Spring in Swing Recipes

All signs point to spring—budding trees in the orchard, cheery daffodils popping out of the soil and the arrival of fresh spring “greenery” from the gardens in the form of asparagus, micro broccoli and rainbow Swiss chard, plus sunflower and pea shoots. Thus, spring fare takes center stage in this week’s basket, with a housemade potato-leek soup, imported pasta and flaky smoked salmon all to help accent the bevy of produce that also includes cauliflower, Koru apples and leeks—so open up our delivery, perhaps nibble a Dick Taylor chocolate bunny as you peruse recipes, and then enjoy all that the season has to offer!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Smoked Salmon & Leek Frittata
Paired with a crisp salad, this stunningly-simple dish is fantastic for breakfast, brunch or lunch!

Pasta with Sautéed Spring Greens & Chevre
This incredibly-satisfying pasta is quite versatile: Use any combination of your favorite hearty greens!

Baked Fennel
This classic Italian finocchi gratinati is simply sublime.

Cara Cara Orange & Fennel Salad
This crisp, citrus-kissed salad is both bold in flavor and beautiful in presentation.

Honey-Balsamic Roasted Carrots
This slam-dunk recipe from Domenica Marchetti’s The Glorious Vegetables of Italy makes the best of crisp carrots.

Asparagus with Sauce Gribiche
Bright green asparagus spears are drizzled with a classic French-style cold egg sauce in this refreshing recipe.

Cucumber-Lime Slaw

This simple, flavorful slaw is wonderful piled on top of tacos!

Ingredients:
4 cups cucumber, peeled if desired, and cut into very thin matchsticks
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
1 tablespoon lime juice
½ tablespoon honey
¼ teaspoon cayenne
Zest of 1 lime
Sea salt

Method:
1. In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, vinegar, yogurt, lime zest, lime juice, honey and cayenne. Mix well. Stir in the cucumber and jalapeño pepper, and season with salt to taste.

2. Set aside in the refrigerator to chill until ready to serve.

Smoky Southwestern Beans

You can enjoy these beans straight out of the pot, or save and prepare them refried-style later.

Ingredients:
2 cups dried beans, such as Mayocoba Pinto, black or other bean of your choosing
1 small onion
2-3 tablespoons bacon drippings (or butter or lard)
1-2 teaspoons salt (plus more to taste)
2-3 quarts water
Pinch of Mexican oregano (optional)

Method:
1. Sort through the beans and discard any rocks or shriveled beans. Rinse and drain well.

2. Add beans to a pot and cover with 2-3 quarts of water, or so the water level is 2 inches above the beans. Add the roughly chopped onion and 2-3 tablespoons of bacon drippings (or butter or lard).

3. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and partially cover. Let simmer for 1½-2 hours. Ensure that the water level is well above the beans by adding more water as they cook if necessary.

4. Start tasting them after 1½ hours. If they are hard or grainy they need a little more time. Once cooked add 1 teaspoon of salt and a pinch of Mexican oregano and simmer for another 10-15 minutes. Give a final taste for seasoning, adding more salt if necessary. Either serve immediately, or store for future use.

Pasta Night Recipes

In the tradition of our own Nonna Pat’s long-standing Sunday suppers, this week’s box includes fixings for a truly satisfying Italian-style spread: An appetizer platter of cheeses and olives to nibble as you cook; fresh-baked focaccia to dip in our truffle-infused oil; locally-crafted bucatini pasta topped with organic Italian sausage and Nonna’s marinara sauce; and finally, our signature tiramisu to enjoy for dessert. Also included: Our bright Italian vinaigrette, fresh garden herbs and a lineup of produce favorites like sweet pea shoots, romanesco, parsnips, leeks and Honey tangerines—mangia!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Bucatini with Italian Sausage & Marinara Sauce
So simple, so satisfying: Top this week’s bucatini with our housemade sauce and cooked and crumbled Italian sausage.

Radicchio & Apple Salad with Italian Vinaigrette
Tart, crunchy and crisp, this salad celebrates the classic combination of apple and radicchio.

Simple Roasted Romanesco
Use this basic roasting method as a jumping off point for enjoying this crunchy, mellow vegetable.

Roasted Parsnips & Carrots with Shallots
This recipe works well with any number of root vegetables—use whatever you have in your crisper!

Oven-Roasted Leeks
Seasoned with salt and pepper, these leeks make for a satisfying side dish.

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