Potato Salad with Apples & Walnuts

This crisp potato salad will be especially beautiful with this week’s Magic Myrna fingerling potatoes.

Ingredients:
2 pounds fingerling potatoes
6 tablespoons crème fraîche
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
1 cup chopped apple
4 stalks celery
½ cup roughly chopped toasted walnuts
½ cup roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Place the potatoes in a large, wide pot, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Add 2 teaspoons salt, reduce heat, and simmer until the potatoes are just tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and run under cold water to cool.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the crème fraîche, vinegar, mustard, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.

3. Cut the potatoes in half (or quarter if large). Add the potatoes to the dressing and gently toss to coat. Fold in the apples, celery, walnuts, and parsley.

Fall Green Salad with Apples, Blue Cheese & Dried Cranberries

This beautiful salad is light and fresh, a perfect pairing for fall’s heartier pastas, risottos and soups.

Ingredients:
4 cups salad greens, washed and patted dry
1 cup radicchio, cored and thinly sliced
1 apple, cored and diced
½ cup crumbled blue cheese
¾ cup walnuts
¼ dried cranberries
F&L apple cider-honey vinaigrette
Fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. In large bowl combine the greens, radicchio and apple slices. Drizzle about ¼ cup of the vinaigrette over the salad and toss to incorporate, then add more as desired. Top salad with crumbled blue cheese, walnuts and dried cranberries. Add fresh ground pepper over if needed.

F&L Rhubarb Cake

Moist and incredibly flavorful, this cake comes together in just minutes!

Ingredients:
F&L cake mix
2 eggs
4-6 stalks rhubarb, diced
½ cup toasted walnuts, chopped

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the apple cake mix, eggs, diced rhubarb and toasted walnuts, stirring well to combine.

2. Pour batter into a greased cake pan and back for 25-30 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly and serve warm.

Variation: This is also lovely baked in a cast-iron pan as an upside down cake. For this method, melt ⅓ cup butter and ⅓ cup sugar in a cast iron pan over medium-low heat, then pour in the mixed cake batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Remove from the oven and invert the pan on a rimmed plate. Let sit 5 minutes then carefully remove the pan from the cake.

Savory Roasted Squash, Two Ways

After roasting, this side is topped with either fresh thyme, honey and walnuts, or hazelnuts and blue cheese, for a spectacular finish.

Ingredients:
1 fall squash of your choice, such as Delicata, seeded and quartered
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional for drizzling
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

For Honey-Herb Topping:
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons fresh thyme
¼ cup toasted walnuts, chopped

For Blue Cheese Topping:
¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
¼ cup toasted hazelnuts, chopped

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 400°. Place squash quarters skin side down on a heavy baking sheet and brush flesh generously with olive oil using a brush. Sprinkle each piece with salt and pepper, and bake for 30-40 minutes until squash is tender. Remove from oven and allow to cool just slightly.

2. For honey-herb topping: Transfer squash to a serving dish and brush lightly with additional olive oil before sprinkling the pieces with fresh thyme and walnuts, finishing with a healthy drizzling of honey. For blue cheese topping: Transfer squash to a serving dish and brush lightly with olive oil before sprinkling blue cheese and hazelnuts over each piece of squash.

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