Fall Comforts Recipes

As leaves start to flutter to the ground and dusk descends earlier in the day, now is the time to cozy up with this week’s lineup of warm-and-wonderful fall offerings—like smoky Skagit River Ranch bacon and fragrant fresh sage to accent a beautiful bowl of piping-hot Jacob’s Cattle beans, plus Pain au Levain bread, lively Tuscan red wine and a vibrant produce selection that includes zucchini, Tropea onions, broccolini and Supersweet corn. Also complemented by farm-fresh eggs and Chanterelle mushrooms, this box is a lovely snapshot of the season at its best.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Jacob’s Cattle Beans with Bacon & Sage
Smoky and savory, this is a bowlful of comfort on a fall day!

Roasted Beet Salad with Mesclun Greens & Crumbled Chevre
Topped with a light vinaigrette and roasted seeds, this salad is both colorful and satisfying.

Roasted Beets
Our favorite way to cook beets, this method creates tender, delicious beets that are easy to peel and serve in a salad.

Broiled Heirloom Tomatoes
Topped with crispy Panko bread crumbs and Grana-style cheese, these beautiful tomatoes are a worthy supper side.

Lemon Broccolini
This light and fresh side is accented by tart lemon juice and fresh-cracked pepper.

Sautéed Zucchini with Bacon & Thyme
This simple recipe from the Homegrown Harvest cookbook is packed with flavor.

Cherry Tomato-Beet Salad

Topped with a mustard-balsamic dressing, this cherry tomato and roasted beet salad is incredibly flavorful.

Ingredients:
3-4 Badger Flame golden beets
3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
3 tablespoons combined fresh herbs, such as parsley, chives and tarragon
2 tablespoons chopped shallots
1 tablespoon capers
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Trim roots and stems from beets. Pierce beets with a fork, and wrap in foil. Bake at 400° for 1 hour or until tender. Cool; peel beets and cut into ¼-inch-thick slices.

3. Combine the herbs, shallots, capers, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and mustard in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine cherry tomatoes and about 5 teaspoons of the dressing; toss to coat. Divide sliced beets and dressed cherry tomatoes evenly among 6 plates. Drizzle each serving with about 3 teaspoons of the remaining dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Warm Beet Salad with Cara Cara Oranges & Chevre

Topped with tangy goat cheese and juicy orange slices, this colorful salad is a true winter pick-me-up.

Ingredients:
Roasted red beets, sliced and still warm from the oven (see recipe)
1 Cara Cara orange
½ cup crumbled fresh chevre
¼ cup toasted hazelnuts or pecans, chopped
Fresh-cracked pepper

For the dressing:
½ cup high-quality olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, crushed
Fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl, then toss about half of the dressing with the warm beets.

2. Using a sharp paring knife, cut the tops and bottoms off the oranges. Stand oranges up and slice to remove the peel and membrane. Then, slice oranges crosswise into thin wheels.

3. On a serving platter, arrange the beet slices and then top with the orange slices. Drizzle with additional vinaigrette as desired, then top the salad with the crumbled chevre and toasted nuts.

Variation: This salad is also lovely served atop a bed of baby spinach greens.

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