Summery September Recipes

Though the calendar may say September, the recent sunny weather has the gardens thinking it’s still high summer as they continue to produce favorites for this week’s box like heirloom tomatoes, Jimmy Nardello peppers, English cucumbers and ripe melons, as well as give us an autumn preview with the first of the local Chanterelle mushrooms. Also included: Smoky bacon and our buttery housemade dough to craft a stunning crostata—so pop that in the oven, uncork a bottle of California red wine and toast to the best of both summer and fall.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Smoky Bacon, Sweet Onion & Chanterelle Mushroom Crostata
The show-stopping crostata makes for a delicious entrée; just serve with a side salad of summer greens.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Corn & Roasted Sweet Onions
Roasted sweet onion adds a wonderful depth of flavor to this refreshing salad.

Summer Melon & Cucumber Salad with Basil
Juicy and incredibly crisp, this salad always receives rave reviews.

Sautéed Summer Squash
So simple, so flavorful: These summer beauties are excellent served over grilled crostini, tossed into pastas, or scattered over pizza.

Pan-Fried Peppers with Lemon & Garlic
Seasoned with slivered garlic, this Bon Appetit recipe is a favorite for enjoying fresh peppers.

Smoky Bacon, Sweet Onion & Chanterelle Mushroom Crostata

The show-stopping crostata makes for a delicious entrée; just serve with a side salad of summer greens.

Ingredients:
F&L crostata dough, rolled into a 12-inch circle, wrapped in plastic and chilled in the fridge
4 slices bacon
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
½ pound Chanterelle mushrooms, trimmed and coarsely chopped
1 large sweet onion, such as Walla Walla, thinly sliced, rinsed, and patted dry
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
3 tablespoons dry white wine
2 tablespoons heavy cream
3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
¼ cup finely grated Parmesan
Leaves from 2 thyme sprigs

Method:
1. To prepare the filling: Place bacon in a heavy skillet and cook over medium heat, turning occasionally, until crispy and golden brown on both sides. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, let cool and then finely chop. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from the skillet and then add the olive oil, before adding the mushrooms, onions and garlic; season lightly with salt. Cook, stirring, until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Add wine and cook, stirring and scraping bottom of skillet, until it evaporates, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour in cream and cook, stirring, until mostly absorbed. Remove from heat; stir in bacon, pepper (to taste), walnuts, 2 tablespoons cheese and thyme.

2. Remove the dough from the fridge and let stand on counter for a few minutes, until it’s pliable enough to lift and fold without cracking. Preheat oven to 400° with a rack positioned in the center. Line a baking sheet with parchment and transfer the crostata dough to the sheet. Scrape filling onto dough using a spatula, spread into a 9-inch circle. Lift the border of the dough and fold over filling, crimping as you go to create a crust.

3. Bake until the crust is deeply golden and then filling is hot, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack and sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons cheese over the filling, and if desired, the crust. Drizzle with oil, if desired. Let cool about 10 minutes or let cool to room temperature, then cut into wedges and serve.

Baked Caramelized Onions

Whip up a batch at the beginning of the week, then enjoy these beauties tossed with roasted vegetables, incorporated into sandwiches or mixed into scrambled eggs all week long!

Ingredients:
5 pounds yellow or red onions, or a mixture of both (about 5-6 onions total)
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon salt

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 400°. Peel and trim onions, then half and cut into ¼-inch slices.

2. Place onion slices into a large stockpot or Dutch oven, then drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt, tossing to distribute. Cover and place in oven.

3. Bake onions for 2 to 2½ hours until golden brown, stirring the onions every 15 minutes or so, scraping the sides of the pot so that the onions do not stick. Store the caramelized onions in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Autumn Brunch Recipes

Rise and shine, it’s breakfast time! Gather round the table this weekend for a hearty and satisfying brunch starring our farm-fresh eggs, Skagit River Ranch’s chorizo sausage and sweet, nutty pancakes crafted from a locally-made whole-grain mix. Complemented by challah bread and a nicely balanced pinot noir, this week’s box also includes Akane apples, sweet peppers, fingerling potatoes and fragrant herbs—so pour yourself a cup of joe and get cookin’.

Here are some recipe ideas for the week:

Emmer Pancake & Waffle Mix
Plan on 1 cup of prepared mix yielding six 4-inch pancakes, or two 8-inch waffles.

Maple-Spiced Apples
These fragrant apples are wonderful served on top of pancakes or waffles.

Chorizo Scramble
Try serving this spicy scramble with a dollop of cool crème fraîche on top.

Roasted Potatoes, Peppers & Onions
These easy roasted veggies are a great brunch side dish. (Or, try topping a hearty serving with a poached egg for a satisfying entrée.)

Lemon Broccolini
This light and fresh side is accented by tart lemon juice and fresh-cracked pepper.

Sweet Onion Confit
These buttery-sweet onions are fantastic mixed into scrambled eggs!

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