Braised Spring Potatoes with Garlic

The secret to this simple and quick braised recipe is the chicken stock, which reduces down to a syrup, coating the potatoes in a meaty glaze.

Ingredients:
1½ pounds small spring potatoes, such as this week’s Huckleberry Golds, rinsed
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chicken stock
3 garlic cloves
½ tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Cut potatoes in half and place in a pot, fitting them into a snug, single layer. Pout in the olive oil and chicken stock. Add garlic cloves and a pinch of salt and pepper.

2. Cover the pot and bring the stock to a simmer. Reduce heat to a medium-low and cook for 20 minutes.

3. Remove lid, turn up heat to high and cook until liquid reduces, becomes thick and start to coat the potatoes. Stir occasionally. Plate potatoes and sprinkle with chopped rosemary; season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Cozy Comforts

It’s time to come in from the damp and cozy up to this week’s lineup of farm-fresh produce and pantry provisions, which includes such highlights as Skagit River Ranch’s organic Italian sausage, egg grattini pasta, our housemade chicken stock, Pain au Levain bread, locally-milled flour and filomena cheese. Also accompanied by fingerling potatoes, baby leeks, braising greens, baby golden beets and beautiful garden-grown herbs, this box will do wonders to ward off any rainy day blues (as will a spoonful of carrot cake almond-walnut butter!).

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

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Carrot & Apple Sauté with Rosemary
This beautiful combination sings with fresh flavor!

Butter-Braised Carrots with Thyme
Braised in sweet butter and tossed with garlic and thyme, these carrots are truly sublime.

Roasted Golden Beet & Carrot Dip
This beautiful spread is delicious slathered on toasted Pain au Levain.

Roasted Cara Cara Oranges
These gorgeous oranges are a wonderful addition to a cheeseboard; or, remove the rinds and toss into a salad!

Fragrant Fried Herbs

Crisp-fried herbs are an unexpected (and delicious!) garnish for the likes of pastas, salads, soups and more.

Ingredients:
Fresh herbs of your choice, such as basil, mint and sage leaves, plus parsley, thyme and rosemary sprigs
Neutral frying oil, such as canola or vegetable

Method:
1. Wash and dry all herbs thoroughly. The herbs need to be very dry to prevent splattering when fried.

2. Pour oil about ¼ -inch deep in a small pot and bring to 325°. (To test the heat, drop a small piece of bread into the oil and it should turn golden brown in about 30 seconds).

3. Working in batches, drop a few herbs at a time into the hot oil. Cook for 30 seconds. Flip over using tongs and continue cooking for 30 seconds to 1 min, or until the herb appears slightly darkened in colour and evenly fried. Gently remove from oil with tongs and place on a paper towel-lined plate. Allow to cool before serving.

Sun-Ripened Recipes

No matter how you pronounce it, the word ‘tomato’ practically sings of summer, as well it should as the vine-ripened beauties are now ready to be plucked from the vine—and headed straight for your box. Thus, this week’s delivery pays homage to the ripe, juicy tomato with the first of the heirloom varieties and a bevy of complementary ingredients like Pain au Levain bread, farm-fresh eggs, Tomme-style sheep’s cheese and summery basil, plus other seasonal produce like cucumbers, fennel, fava beans and ripe apricots. So, uncork a bottle of wine, peruse a few recipes and enjoy these bright and beautiful summer favorites to their fullest.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

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Our quick guide to peeling and prepping fresh fava beans.

Fava Bean Dip
This simple, fresh dip enhances the inherent nutty flavor of fresh fava beans.

Grain Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes
Drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette, this crisp salad is accented by green olives and sweet onions.

Heirloom Tomato & Grilled Bread Panzanella
The beauty of this summery salad is in its simplicity: Be sure to use good-quality olive oil and season generously!

Shaved Fennel Salad with Beets & Raspberries
Tossed with a raspberry-honey vinaigrette, this showpiece salad boasts beautiful color.

Roasted Apricots with Rosemary
Topped with a honeyed yogurt cream, these baked apricots make for a lovely summer dessert.

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