Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

A simple, easy and incredibly flavorful salad vinaigrette to add to your arsenal!

Ingredients:
8 cloves garlic, roasted and peeled
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil

Method:
1. Combine the garlic, vinegar, mustard, honey, lime juice and salt and pepper, to taste, in a blender and blend until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the oil until emulsified. Set aside until ready to use; the vinaigrette will keep in the fridge for up to a week.

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Roasted Rhubarb

This rosy-colored roasted dish makes for an excellent dessert, especially served with vanilla ice cream!

Ingredients:
14 ounces rhubarb
1 blood or navel orange (or 1 lemon)
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons Demerara sugar

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 300°. Cut the rhubarb into 2 to 2 ½ -inch pieces and place in a medium bowl. Finely grate the zest of half the orange over rhubarb, then squeeze the juice of the whole orange into the bowl. Add the vanilla and sugar and stir to combine.

2. Pour the rhubarb into a baking dish and arrange the pieces so that they lie flat. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with crème fraîche.

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Sweet Onion Confit

This buttery-sweet topping is wonderful in sandwiches or even atop crackers.

Ingredients:
2 yellow onions
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon balsamic or sherry vinegar (optional)

Method:
1. Peel and slice the sweet onions. Heat a bit of vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.

2. Add sweet onions, sprinkle with salt, reduce heat to medium low or low and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are extremely tender and caramelized, about 30 minutes. Keep heat low enough so onions are cooking but not browning; caramelizing will brown them inside-out rather than bits of browning on the outside first. Finish with a splash of balsamic or sherry vinegar, if you like.

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How-To: Brine Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Soaking a turkey overnight in a solution of salt and water ensures a moist, juicy interior; beautiful aromatics infuse it with flavor.

(Makes enough for one 17-20 pound turkey)

Ingredients:
7 quarts water
Farm & Larder brine mix
1 bottle dry white wine
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
6 garlic cloves

Tools:
5-gallon brining container (tub, stockpot, or bucket)
Large brining bag (included in your brining kit)

Method:
1. One day before roasting the turkey, bring 1 quart water and the brine mixture to a simmer, stirring until salt has dissolved. Let cool for 5 minutes.

2. To minimize cleanup, line a 5-gallon container with the brining bag. Place turkey in the bag and add salt mixture, remaining 6 quarts (24 cups) water, and the other ingredients. Tie bag tightly; if turkey is not fully submerged, weight it down with a plate. Refrigerate for 24 hours, flipping turkey once. (If there isn’t room in your refrigerator, place the turkey inside a cooler, and surround it with ice, replenishing as necessary to keep it at 40 degrees).

3. Remove turkey from brine one hour before roasting, and pat it dry inside and out. Let stand for up to an hour before roasting it to your preferred recipe’s specifications.

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