Gifts from the Garden Recipes

Our April showers seemed to have been followed by even more May showers, but despite the unseasonably cold weather, the garden is providing a colorful pick-me-up for this week’s delivery. Including lilac-hued chive blossoms, ruby-red rhubarb, and verdant rapini, leeks and arugula, in addition to radishes, asparagus and baby potatoes, the spring-fresh box also features egg grattini, Andouille sausage, chicken stock, farm-fresh eggs, and green garlic. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Grilled Asparagus with Classic Gremolata
This healthy, easy dish is a classic way to serve asparagus in the Italian region of Lombardy—and it only takes a few minutes to put together.

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes with Chive Blossoms
This beautiful dish is sure to be a new spring favorite!

Chive Blossom Vinegar
This punchy vinegar is fantastic incorporated into salad dressings; just swap it one-to-one with your favorite vinegar in recipes!

Chive Blossom-Garlic Aioli
This flavorful aioli is wonderful served with freshly-roasted asparagus, or even with homemade French fries!

Roasted Endive with Walnut Vinaigrette

This warm side pairs beautifully with this week’s frittata.

Ingredients:
12 Belgian endive
Olive oil
Sea salt

For vinaigrette:
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon sugar
6 tablespoons walnut oil
¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Trim the bottoms off the endive and cut each in half lengthwise. Place on a baking sheet, drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Toss to evenly coat and arrange the endive cut-side down. Roast until tender and browned in spots, about 25 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette: In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, and sugar. Slowly whisk in the walnut oil to emulsify. Stir in the toasted walnuts and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

4. Transfer the endive to a serving platter and spoon vinaigrette over top.

Spring Color Recipes

From meaty, charcoal-hued Oyster mushrooms to ruby-red rhubarb, this week’s lineup is awash in color! Enjoy the best that spring has to offer with the likes of vivid bunching scallions, leeks, Boro red beets, Wild Twist apples and radishes, plus fresh spring “greenery” such as pea shoots, arugula and broccoli microgreens. Also included in this bright box: Farm-fresh eggs from our heritage breed laying hens, a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc, Challah bread and chives plucked straight from the herb garden. To spring!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Pea Shoot & Microgreen Salad with Hazelnuts
This stellar salad from Food & Wine is beautifully balanced with peppery microgreens and sweet pea shoots.

Pan-Fried Oyster Mushrooms with Garlic
A rustic and beautiful side dish, these easy pan-fried mushrooms taste meaty and garlicky, and yet delicate and fresh.

Buttered Radishes with Poached Eggs
Tender radishes and shallots are topped with a silky poached egg for the perfect finish.

Rhubarb-Thyme Jam
This sweet-and-savory spread is delicious on toasted crostini with a little crumbled chevre; or, add it to your morning oatmeal for an unexpected touch!

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

Rhubarb Custards
These custards from Martha Stewart Living couldn’t be any easier! (Or more delicious!)

Pan-Fried Oyster Mushrooms with Garlic

A rustic and beautiful side dish, these easy pan-fried mushrooms taste meaty and garlicky, yet delicate and fresh.

Ingredients:
1 pound Oyster mushrooms, cleaned and cut into evenly sized pieces
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Method:
1. Place butter and olive oil in a heavy skillet set over medium-high heat. When the butter is melted, add the mushrooms to the skillet in one single layer.

2. Cook the mushrooms for 2 minutes, or until golden. Flip over the mushrooms and add the smashed garlic to the skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low; season with salt and pepper and continue to cook the mushrooms until they start to brown, spooning the butter over the mushrooms as they cook.

3. Remove from heat. Add more salt and pepper, as needed, and serve.

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