Rainbow Swiss Chard with Lemon Citronette

A light, lemony dressing adds bright appeal to tender Swiss chard.

Ingredients:
1 large bunch rainbow Swiss chard
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar
½ cup grapeseed or olive oil
Dash of cayenne or red pepper flakes (optional)
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Rinse Swiss chard and pat dry with a paper towel. Trim tough stem ends as needed.

2. Cook the chard in 2 batches in a pot of salted boiling water for about 4-6 minutes each batch, until tender, then immediately plunge into an ice bath to preserve color. Let cool.

3. For the dressing, stir lemon juice, sugar and your choice of spice together in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle in oil and whisk until incorporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Once the chard is cool and dry, drizzle with lemon citronette to taste. Season with salt and pepper as needed.

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Braised Rainbow Swiss Chard with Garlic

Another wonderful side dish to accompany this week’s classic Bavarian fare.

Ingredients:
1 large bunch rainbow Swiss chard, lower ends of stems removed, and then coarsely chopped
½ cup water
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
Pinch red pepper flakes
Sea salt

Method:
1. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Cook garlic and onions, stirring often, until fragrant and golden, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in red pepper flakes, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in Swiss chard and 1 teaspoon salt.

2. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add water, and braise, covered, until greens are just tender and water evaporates, about 10 minutes. If greens are ready but there is still water in the pan, raise heat to medium-high, and cook, uncovered, until completely evaporated. Check seasoning, adding salt if necessary, and serve.

Poached Duck Eggs over Sautéed Spring Greens & Hedgehog Mushrooms

These creamy poached eggs are perfectly complemented by flavorful kale rapini, pea shoots and Swiss chard greens.

Ingredients:
4 duck eggs
4 teaspoons vinegar
1 large bunch kale rapini, removed of any tough stem ends, florets reserved and greens roughly chopped
1 large bunch Swiss chard, removed of any tough stem ends and greens roughly chopped
2 cups pea shoots
2 cups Hedgehog mushrooms, trimmed of any tough ends
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Grana-style cheese, grated, and crispy breadcrumbs (optional)

Method:
1. To poach the eggs, half-fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Add a hefty pinch of salt. Meanwhile, crack each egg into it’s own small bowl and add a teaspoon of vinegar to each. Stir the boiling water vigorously with a balloon whisk until you have a whirlpool then immediately (and softly!) slip the egg into the pot. Turn the heat down low, and cook for three minutes. Gently lift eggs out of the pot and drain on paper towels.

2. Meanwhile, heat the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the rapini greens and florets, pea shoots, Swiss chard greens and mushrooms and cook until all are just tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.

3. To serve, add a serving of greens and mushrooms to a plate, and then top with a poached egg. Season with salt and pepper, as needed, and top with grated Grana-style cheese and crispy breadcrumbs, if desired.

Cozy Up Recipes

February continues to chill the bones, so warm yourself body and soul this week with a pasta night starring locally-crafted bucatini pasta kissed with earthy Shiitake mushrooms and homegrown Swiss chard, as well as our signature garlic confit and Grana-style cheese. Also included in this cozy and comforting box: Fresh Challah bread, seasonal favorites such as Seckel pears and Cara Cara oranges, and two snacks fit for Oscar night—certified-organic black popcorn and chocolate coated almonds.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Bucatini Pasta with Sautéed Red Swiss Chard & Shiitake Mushrooms
Finished with garlic confit and a grating of Grana-style cheese, this wintery pasta is incredibly cozy and satisfying.

Challah Bread French Toast
This lovely and light French toast is wonderful topped with maple syrup, confectioners’ sugar or Cara Cara orange compote (see recipe!).

Cara Cara Orange Compote
Tart, sweet and lively with bright citrus flavor, this compote is excellent on French toast.

Roasted Acorn Squash with Grana Cheese
This versatile recipe works with any number of squash—Butternut, Delicata, Acorn or Sweet Dumpling.

Slow-Roasted Ginger-Lime Carrots
These flavorful carrots from Jennifer Perillo’s Homemade with Love cookbook are wonderful served hot, at room temperature and even cold.

Whole-Poached Seckel Pears
These petite little pears are the perfect sweet bite, poached in just a little sugar and cinnamon.

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