Whipped Crème Fraîche

A simply-stunning topping for this week’s gingerbread loaf, or any holiday pie you have in mind.

Ingredients:
1 cup heavy cream
½ cup crème fraîche
1 tablespoon granulated sugar*

Method:
1. Chill the bowl of a stand mixer and the whisk attachment in the freezer for 10 minutes.

2. Place all of the ingredients in the bowl and whisk on high speed until medium peaks form, about 1 to 2 minutes. (Alternatively, you can use a hand whisk and a large chilled bowl. Whisk all of the ingredients until medium peaks form, about 5 to 6 minutes.) Serve immediately.

* Feel free to sub in your favorite sweetener here; our favorites are honey or even a splash of bourbon maple syrup!

Breakfast Favorites

Whether you favor a breakfast-for-dinner feast on Halloween night, or a leisurely brunch after enjoying that extra hour of sleep from Daylight Savings, this week’s lineup is sure to satisfy with cozy fixings like organic buckwheat groats to enjoy steaming hot with savory sausage patties from Skagit River Ranch or cinnamon-kissed orchard fruit, plus farm-fresh eggs and fresh-baked raisin bread. Also included: All-natural eggnog, seasonal beauties like golden Chanterelle mushrooms, Turk’s Turban squash and Taylor’s Gold pears, and a duo of fun Halloween treats. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Savory Buckwheat Groats Breakfast Bowl
This cozy, comforting recipe is extremely versatile—add in your favorite breakfast meat, some seasonal veggies and top with a farm-fresh egg or two!

Buckwheat Groats with Cinnamon-Kissed Apples & Raisins
Topped with fall apples, this sweet groat bowl option is also fragrant with cinnamon.

Meyer Lemon-Garlic Kale Salad
Tossed with a sweet-tart citrus dressing, this salad is fresh and bright and pairs nicely with just about any main dish.

Butter-Braised Turnips with Greens
Simmered in rich chicken stock, this dish is finished with lemon juice and thyme for fresh appeal.

Baked Delicata Squash
Tossed with cream and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, this beautiful side from The Glorious Vegetables of Italy enhances the sweet flavor of autumn squash.

Irish Apple Cake
Spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, this delicious apple cake is sure to be a new favorite.

Irish Apple Cake

Spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, this delicious apple cake is sure to be a new favorite.

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, beaten
4 apples, cored, peeled and diced (about 2 cups)
¼ cup walnuts, chopped
1 teaspoon each vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg
1 cup all-purpose flour

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Generously grease an 8-inch square cake pan.

2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg, apples, nuts, and vanilla and stir well. Sift in the dry ingredients and mix well.

3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake about 45 minutes, until the cake is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let the cake set in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove from pan. Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Applesauce

This lovely, chunky applesauce pairs well with this week’s Bavarian fare.

Ingredients:
4 pounds fall apples of your choice, peeled, cored and quartered
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
¾ cup organic cane sugar
Pinch of salt

Method:
1. Combine apples, lemon juice, sugar and 1½ cups water in a large pot. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium low, partially cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are completely soft, about 40 minutes.

2. Mash the apples with a potato masher or large fork, if needed, until applesauce reaches desired texture. Applesauce can be stored in the refrigerator up to 1 week, or in the freezer up to 3 months.

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