Marching Towards Spring Recipes

From the valiant and vivid purple crocuses peeping out of the soil to the first of the spring crops, the month of March is giving us some most welcome glimpses of the changing seasons. Thus, this week’s box is full of such winter favorites as beets, Kakai hulless squash and parsnips, while including the tender pea shoots, baby carrots, green onions and leeks that nod to the approaching spring. Rounding out this bright lineup, you’ll also find farm-fresh eggs, Pain au Levain bread, a silky, smooth Washington red wine, graham crackers in fun animal shapes and a beautiful hunk of farmstead cheddar cheese from Duvall’s own Cherry Valley Dairy. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Crispy Parsnip Chips
These lightly-salted baked chips are a wonderful afternoon snack.

Roasted Golden Beet & Carrot Dip
This beautiful spread is delicious with crostini or pita crisps!

Beet, Carrot & Pomegranate Salad
This colorful salad is sure to brighten up your table!

Balsamic-Glazed Root Vegetables
An herb-packed marinade infuses fresh flavor into late fall staples like carrots, squash and parsnips.

Buttery Braised Leeks
Accented with just a squeeze of lemon, these sublime leeks are a worthy side dish.

Honey-Glazed Baby Carrots
The inherent sweetness of fresh baby carrots is further enhanced in this glazed side dish from local chef John Sundstrom’s Lark: Cooking Against the Grain.

Candied Squash Seeds

Great for snacking, scattering over salad or serving atop soup!

Ingredients:
1½ cups winter squash seeds
3 tablespoons olive oil
1½ tablespoons packed light brown sugar
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt

Method:
1. Line a 9-by-13-inch rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

2. Scoop the seeds out of the squash and into a large colander. Rinse seeds thoroughly under cold running water. Use your hands to separate any lingering squash flesh from the seeds. Shake off as much water as you can, then pat dry with paper towel. (If you have time, allow the seeds to sit out on the counter for a couple of hours to really get dry.)

3. Preheat the oven to 350°. Stir together the olive oil, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium mixing bowl, until completely combined. Add the seeds and toss to coat. Evenly spread the seeds in a single layer on the prepared pan.

4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring once or twice, until the seeds are golden and crispy and begin to make popping sounds.

Variation: Once you master the method of preparing the seeds, feel free to play around the seasonings here. We love subbing out the cinnamon in favor of a rosemary-kissed Tuscan herb salt for a more savory flavor!

Fall Provisions Recipes

After months of avoiding turning on a hot oven, the return of some cooler, drippy days have us hankering to get back in the kitchen once again. Thus, this week’s lineup is full of fall provisions to help you stock your shelves—from bread flour, yeast and focaccia bread to Grana-style cheese and cultured butter with sea salt—and an array of culinary delights to cook up however you please. Have fun experimenting with silky duck eggs, vibrantly-hued French peppers, heirloom tomatoes and other seasonal produce, plus we’ve included our cobbler crust mix and the last of the peaches so that you can pop one last summery cobbler into that oven.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Fall Vegetable Frittata with Duck Eggs
Packed with fingerling potatoes, sweet peppers and Grana-style cheese, this easy frittata boasts incredibly fresh flavor.

Sautéed Swiss Chard with French Yellow Peppers
This colorful mixture is wonderful served over pasta noodles, or topped with a poached duck egg!

Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes
As good as heirloom tomatoes are fresh, roasting them concentrates their flavor even more!

Grana Cheese with Honey & Red Pepper Flakes
The success of this lovely snack depends entirely on the quality of the ingredients, so don’t scrimp!

Sweet & Spicy Pepper Relish
This amazing topping brings the sweet heat and is delicious spooned over scrambled duck eggs!

Peach Cobbler
It’s hard to beat this classic dessert!

Snack Time Recipes

Need a little pick-me-up? This week’s box is for you, filled with a beautiful of assortment of late-summer produce—from Snow Giant peaches and Canadice grapes to heirloom tomatoes and yellow carrots—to serve up on alongside such delicious bites as fresh focaccia bread, black truffle and Parmesan potato chips and buttery Marcona almonds. Also accompanied by summer lettuce greens, eggs from the henhouse and a French white wine, this flavorful lineup will perk up your taste buds in no time.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Roasted Grapes with Thyme
These juicy grapes boast an intense flavor, and are wonderful served with a sharp cheese and focaccia bread.

Grilled Peach Salad with Marcona Almonds
With peppery arugula and a red wine vinaigrette, this salad is incredibly bright and fresh.

Sautéed Broccolini
Tangy lemon zest, fresh garlic and creamy butter enhance the natural sweet flavor of broccolini in this recipe from Barefoot Contessa’s Ina Garten.

Carrots Marinated with Garlic & Oregano
This room-temperature dish packs in the flavor and makes for a lovely side dish.

Spicy Heirloom Tomatoes
Topped with sweet corn and a pinch of cayenne pepper, these juicy tomatoes make a wonderful side salad.

Peach Cobbler
It’s hard to beat this classic dessert—just add vanilla ice cream!

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