Balsamic-Glazed Root Vegetables

An herb-packed marinade infuses fresh flavor into winter staples like carrots and parsnips.

Ingredients:
4-6 carrots, scrubbed, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
2 parsnips, scrubbed, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
2 beets, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch chunks
½ winter squash of your choice, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch wedges
1 yellow onion, peeled and quartered
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs, such as thyme and parsley
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Combine all the vegetables in a large bowl. In a smaller separate bowl, combine garlic, oil, herbs, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar. Mix the marinade with the vegetables, tossing to coat, then cover in plastic wrap and let sit for 2 hours.

2. Preheat oven to 400°. Arrange vegetables on a baking sheet and season generously with salt and pepper. Roast 35-40 minutes until vegetables are tender and cooked through.

Variation: These vegetables are also fantastic served as a warm winter salad over greens with freshly-grated Grana cheese.

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Pasta Night Recipes

From spicy, organic Italian sausage from Skagit River Ranch to hand-crafted rigatoni pasta, this week’s box has you prepped for a delicious Sunday supper. Also including a gorgeous bounty of produce to add to your pasta as you please—think such favorites as Lacinato kale, rainbow Swiss chard and Walla Walla sweet onions—plus Sweet Dumpling winter squash, Meyer lemons and fragrant garden herbs, this lineup is also accented by focaccia bread, chocolate amaretti cookies, double cream cheese and our own signature olive oil-polenta cake mix to complete the meal. Mangia!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Italian Sausage Pasta with Roasted Squash & Greens
Cozy, comforting and full of flavorful squash and greens, this pasta hits all the right notes.

Garden Herb Vinaigrette
This flavor-packed vinaigrette is fantastic with both grains and greens.

Radicchio & Apple Salad with Garden Herb Vinaigrette
Tart, crunchy and crisp, this salad celebrates the classic combination of apple and radicchio.

Rainbow Swiss Chard with Meyer Lemon Citronette
A light, lemony dressing adds bright appeal to tender Swiss chard.

Lemon Olive Oil Polenta Cake
This rustic cake has a slightly-crunchy texture courtesy of polenta and is beautifully flavored by olive oil.

Cozy & Comforting Recipes

Happy New Year! Cozy up to our first delivery of the year, which features our handcrafted tomato soup, plus freshly-baked Gruyère cheese bread and our light and bright citronette to drizzle over this week’s bounty of greens. Also accented by produce like leeks, Brussels sprouts and carrots, plus farm-fresh eggs, fragrant herbs and cocoa nib granola, this lineup is sure to help you start your year off right.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Cara Cara Orange, Radicchio & Fennel Salad with Citronette
A light, bright and refreshing addition to any dinner lineup.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pears
This unique flavor combination is accented by salty pistachios.

Herb-Roasted Winter Squash
We turn to this simple method time and time again—the combination of sage, thyme and garlic infuses the squash with a rich, wonderful flavor.

Honey-Kissed Carrots with Sea Salt
The opposing flavors of sweet honey and flaky sea salt balance this beautiful side.

Leek & Mushroom Frittata
Perhaps best served at room temperature, this luscious frittata from Bon Appetit is a fantastic do-ahead entrée.

Herb-Roasted Winter Squash

We turn to this simple method time and time again—the combination of sage, thyme and garlic infuses any variety of squash with a rich, wonderful flavor.

Ingredients:
1 Acorn, Delicata, Kabocha or other squash of your choice
4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
½ cup chopped yellow onion
2-3 tablespoons fresh sage
2-3 tablespoons fresh thyme
Olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cut squash in half and scoop out the seeds.

2. Fill cavity of both halves with garlic, onion, fresh sage and thyme, then drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

3. Place herb-filled halves face down on a lightly oiled baking dish and bake until done (the squash should be fork-tender).

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