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Farmers’ Market Box 1-26-17

This weeks local produce and featured farms:
Pink Lady ApplesFair Hill Apple Farm
Green CabbageBlack Sheep Produce
Oro Blanco GrapefruitKen’s Top Notch Produce
Dandelion GreensBe Wise Ranch
Italian ParsleyBe Wise Ranch
Macadamia Nuts – Russell Family Farms
Red Spring OnionsBlack Sheep Produce
Red Bell PeppersTutti Frutti Farms
Japanese Sweet PotatoesMilliken Family Farm
Algerian Tangerines – 3 Nuts Farm

Juicing Bag:
Rainbow Carrots – Cal-Organic
Fennel – Lakeside Organic Gardens
Chard – Cal Organics
Cabbage – Goldie Farm
Italian Parsley – Lakeside Organic Gardens

Farmer’s Choice:
Red Hadista BeansMilliken Family Farm
Green GarlicBlack Sheep Produce
Red Mustard FrillBlack Sheep Produce
Leopard Romaine – The Garden Of….

Feature:
Meyer LemonsRancho Del Sol

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Juice Recipes
Courtesy of Drew Canole of Fitlife.tv

Delicious Greens
1 green chard
1 fennel
1 romaine lettuce

Powerful Parsley
Handful of Italian parsley
Half of green cabbage
1 cucumber

Morning Rise
2 rainbow carrots
1 fennel
1 orange

Specialty Produce Recipe Suggestions
courtesy of Diane Phillips (Cucina Divina)

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Serves 6 to 8

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 red bell pepper, sliced
2 Anaheim peppers, seeded, deribbed, and finely chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
2 yellow onions, sliced
8 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
4 cups canned chopped tomatoes, drained
8 cups chicken stock
3 cups cooked chicken, cut into strips
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
Fried corn tortilla strips
Grated Monterey Jack cheese and/or mild cheddar cheese
Avocado Garnish (recipe follows)

1. In a large soup kettle, sauté the peppers and onion in the oil for about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, chili powder, and cumin. Cook for another 2 minutes.
2. Add the tomatoes, and cook about 4 minutes, until most of the liquid is reduced. Add the stock and the chicken. Bring the soup to a boil and simmer 20 to 30 minutes.
3. To serve, place tortilla strips in bowls, ladle in soup and top with Jack cheese and avocado garnish.

Avocado Garnish:
1 avocado, peeled, seeded and chopped
½ cup corn removed from the cob, or frozen defrosted corn
¼ cup chopped red spring onion
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Garnish each bowl of soup with a teaspoonful.

Chili Con Queso
Serves 6 to 8

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup finely chopped red spring onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 Anaheim chilies, seeded, and finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
One 14.5-ounce can chopped tomatoes, drained
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
3 1/2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
Salt and Hot sauce
Tortilla chips for dipping

1. In a Dutch oven, heat the butter, and saute the onion, garlic, chilies, cumin and tomatoes, until the onions have softened about 7 minutes.
2. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture, and cook stirring for 2 minutes.
3. Slowly add the milk, bringing the mixture to a boil.
4. Remove from the heat, add the cheese, and stir until the cheeses have melted.
5. Stir in the cilantro. Season with salt and hot sauce. Transfer to a fondue pot, to keep warm and dip with tortilla chips

Red Dandelion Salad with Tangerines
Serves 4

One bunch red dandelion greens, tough stems removed, washed, spun dry, and chopped
2 tangerines, peeled and segmented
1 red spring onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup tangerine juice
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

1. Put the greens, tangerines and onion into a salad bowl.
2. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the juice, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and oil. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Pour over the salad, and toss to coat before serving.

Red Dandelion Green Pasta
Serves 6

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
One 1/2-inch piece pancetta, cut into small dice
3 garlic cloves, minced
Pinch red pepper flakes
One bunch red dandelion greens, tough stems removed, washed, spun dry and cut into 1/2-inch ribbons
Salt and pepper
1 pound orecchiette, or other small shaped pasta, cooked 3 minutes short of al dente saving some of the pasta water
1 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese

1. In a large skillet, heat the oil, and saute the pancetta until it is crispy.
2. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, saute for 20 seconds. Add the dandelion greens, and saute until the greens have wilted. Season with salt and pepper.
3. When the pasta is cooked, drain and add to the skillet. Toss to coat, adding 1/2 cup of the cheese, and some of the hot pasta water to create a creamy sauce. Season with ground pepper, and serve garnished with additional cheese.

Japanese Sweet Potato Mash
Serves 4

1 pound Japanese sweet potatoes, peeled, and diced
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Few drops Tabasco
1/4 cup heavy cream (you can use milk here but only whole milk)
Salt and pepper

1. Put the potatoes into salted water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
2. While the potatoes are cooking, combine the butter, syrup, soy, Tabasco and cream in a saucepan, and warm the mixture until the butter is melted. Keep warm.
3. When the potatoes are tender, drain thoroughly, add 1/2 of the butter mixture, and mash the potatoes, adding more of the butter mixture until the potatoes are smooth. Season with salt and pepper, and serve.
4. These potatoes would be terrific served alongside poultry or pork.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Serves 6
A great warm weather warm-up to make in your slow cooker.

Cabbage and Sauce:
One large head green cabbage
One 32-ounce can tomato puree
¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
One package fresh sauerkraut, drained and rinsed (about 6 ounces)
One large onion, sliced into half moons

1. Core the cabbage, and heat 6 quarts of boiling salted water on the stove top. Remove each leaf of cabbage carefully so that it doesn’t tear, dip the cabbage into the boiling water, and remove after about 30 seconds. Drain the cabbage leaves in a large colander, and repeat until all the leaves that are large enough (you will need 8 nice sized ones) have been blanched. Coarsely chop the remaining cabbage if there is any left.
2. Place the chopped cabbage, tomato puree, sugar, vinegar, sauerkraut and onion into the insert of a 5 to 7-quart slow cooker insert. Stir the mixture to combine. Turn the slow cooker up to high, and cover while making the rolls.

Assembly:
8 large cabbage leaves, blanched (see above)
1 pound 15% lean ground beef
½ cup finely chopped onion
½ cup cooked white rice
½ cup ketchup
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients, and stir to blend.
2. Form the mixture into 8 portions and place one in the center of each cabbage leaf, and roll into a neat packet around the filling.
3. Place the rolls seam side down in the sauce in the slow cooker. Cook on high for 1 hour, then cook on low for 4 to 5 hours, until the meat reaches 165 degrees on an instant read meat thermometer.
4. Taste the sauce for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper if needed, skimming off any excess fat that may have come to the surface. Serve the rolls directly from the cooker on the warm setting.

Sautéed Green Cabbage
Serves 4 to 6

6 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 red spring onions, finely sliced
1 head green cabbage, cored, and thinly sliced
1/2 cup Riesling wine

1. In a large skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove all but 1 tablespoon bacon drippings, add the onions and cabbage, tossing to combine.
2. Add the wine, and bring to a boil. Simmer tossing the mixture, and cooking until the liquid in the pan has almost evaporated. Serve the cabbage as a bed for poultry or pork.

Granola Baked Pink Lady Apples
Serves 4

2 pink lady apples, scrubbed
2 tablespoons cup brown sugar
1 ounce chopped macadamia nuts
1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon butter cut in half
1 cup apple cider

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, coat the inside of an 8-inch baking dish.
2. Core the apples, and put into the baking dish.
3. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, macadamia nuts, oats, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
4. Push the mixture into the center of the apple. Top with the butter slice.
5. Pour the cider into the baking dish, and bake for 40 minutes until the apples are tender when a paring knife can go into the center easily. Remove from the oven and serve warm.

Hemingway Daiquiri
Makes 4

8 ounces white rum
2 ounces lime juice
4 ounces grapefruit juice
2 ounces maraschino liqueur
Lime slices and maraschino cherries for garnish

1. In a blender, combine the run, lime juice, grapefruit juice, liqueur and fill the blender with ice.
2. Process until slushy.
3. Serve over ice, garnished with lime slice and a cherry.

Oro Blanco Upside Down Cake
Makes one 9-inch round
Make sure when using zest, that you wash the citrus fruit well with hot water, and use a plastic scrubber to get off any wax that has been applied to protect the fruit during shipping.

For the Glaze:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
3 oro blanco grapefruit, peel and pith removed, and segmented

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, coat the inside of a 9-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray, and place on a baking sheet.
2. In a large skillet, heat the butter, and brown sugar, and cook until the brown sugar has dissolved. Pour into the prepared 9-inch baking dish.
3. Arrange the segmented grapefruit in a decorative pattern on the butter and sugar mixture. Set aside while making the cake batter.

For the Cake Batter:
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
1 teaspoon grated grapefruit zest
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice

1. In the bowl of an electric mixture beat the butter and sugar together with the vanilla and zest.
2. Add the eggs and yolk, one at a time. Add the flour, soda, and salt alternating with the sour cream and juice, until smooth.
3. Gently pour the cake batter over the butter/sugar/grapefruit in the pan. Smooth the top. Bake the cake for 45 to 55 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
4. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes, then put a large platter over the cake and turn it out onto the plate to cool. Serve the cake warm or at room temperature garnished with unsweetened whipped cream.

Parsley Spring Onion Flavor Bomb

Makes 1 1/2 cups

1 cup chopped parsley
2 spring onions, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
Pinch red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1. In a bowl, combine the parsley, onion, garlic, oil, red pepper and black pepper. Pour into ice cube trays, and freeze. Use the flavor bomb to start soups, stews, stir into rice and pasta.

Chicken with Lemon and Parsley
Serves 6

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
6 chicken breasts, skin and bones removed
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped parsley

2. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter with the oil over medium high heat.
3. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper and saute for 3 minutes on each side.
4. Remove to a plate, add the lemon juice and parsley, and simmer for 1 minute.
5. Add the chicken back into the pan, add the remaining butter, and simmer for 3 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Serve immediately.

Parsley Pesto
Makes 1 1/2 cups

1 bunch parsley, tough stems removed, washed and spun dry
3 garlic cloves
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

1. In a food processor or blender, combine the parsley, garlic, pine nuts, and cheese.
2. Pulse on and off to break up the garlic and pine nuts.
3. With the machine running pour in the oil until the mixture is a paste.
4. Pour the mixture into an airtight container, pour a bit more olive oil over the top of the pesto and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 4 months.

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Red Beans and Rice
Serves 6 to 8

1 1/2 cups red beans
1 ½ pounds Andouille or other smoked sausage, cut into ½-inch rounds
1 cup chopped yellow sweet onion
1 cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon salt
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
4 cups cooked rice
2 red spring onions, finely chopped

1. Soak the beans in water to cover overnight. Drain the beans, and rinse them.
2. In a Dutch oven, sauté the sausage until it renders some of its fat, add the onion, celery, pepper, thyme, and cayenne, sautéing the vegetables until they are softened, about 6 to 8 minutes.
3. Add the salt, chicken broth, beans and bay leaf, and simmer for 90 minutes, until the mixture is thickened slightly, and the beans are tender.
4. Serve the beans over rice and garnish with chopped red spring onions.

Grilled Leopard Romaine with Green Garlic Caesar Dressing
Serves 2

1 head leopard romaine, washed, spun dry and cut in half
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
Shredded Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1 head green garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat the grill or a broiler for 10 minutes. Brush the cut side of the romaine with the oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill cut side up until light golden brown.
2. Remove from the grill, sprinkle with Parmigiano and place cut side up on salad plates.
3. In a bowl, whisk together the garlic Worcestershire, lemon juice, and oil. Season with additional Worcestershire, lemon juice and pepper.
4. Drizzle the dressing over the lettuce and serve.

Red Mustard Frill Green Frittata
Serves 6

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons finely chopped green garlic
Pinch red pepper
2 red spring onions, finely chopped
1 bunch red mustard frill greens, tough stems removed, washed, spun dry and chopped
Salt and pepper
6 large eggs
2 tablespoons water
6 ounces crumbled goat cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large oven proof skillet, heat the oil, and saute the garlic, pepper and onions for 1 minute. Add the mustard greens, and toss to coat. Saute until the greens are wilted.
2. Season with salt and pepper.
3. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, water and goat cheese.
4. Pour over the greens, and bake for 10 minutes until the eggs are set in the center.
5. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before cutting into wedges.

Green Garlic Butter
Makes 1/2 cup
Use this compound butter on vegetables, grilled chicken, steak, or seafood.

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 head green garlic, minced
Pinch red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. In a bowl, cream together all the ingredients. Form the butter into a 1-inch wide log, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 6 months.

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Chicken Piccata
Serves 6

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
6 chicken breasts, skin and bones removed, and pounded to an even thickness
Salt and pepper
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup capers packed in brine
1/4 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
Salt and pepper

1. In a large skillet, heat the butter and oil.
2. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper, saute for 3 minutes on each side.
3. Remove from the saute pan, add the lemon juice and simmer for 3 minutes.
4. Add the capers and parsley. Add the chicken back into the pan, and simmer another 2 to 3 minutes. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and serve.

Meyer Lemon Curd
Makes 4 cups
Lemon curd is delicious on scones, but also makes an amazing filling for cakes. Whip heavy cream and fold into the curd for a great pie filling.

1 cup sugar
6 large eggs
1/2 to 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1. In a saucepan, whisk together the sugar, eggs, and lemon juice. Cook over medium high heat until the mixture is thickened.
2. Whisk in the butter, until it is incorporated.
3. Push the lemon curd through a sieve into a bowl. Press plastic wrap onto the top of the lemon curd, cool and refrigerate.
4. The cooled lemon curd will keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks, frozen for 6 months.

Pasta with Lemon
Serves 6

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley
1 pound linguine, cooked 3 minutes short of al dente, saving the pasta water
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano plus more for serving

1. In a skillet, heat the butter and oil. Simmer the zest, heavy cream, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper, and add the parsley.
2. When the pasta is cooked, toss with the lemon sauce, adding the cheese, and pasta water to create a creamy sauce.
3. Serve the pasta garnished with additional cheese.

Hot Lemon Pudding Cake with Cherries
Serves 6

1 1/2 cups pitted sweet cherries, rinsed and stems removed
4 large eggs, separated
grated zest of one lemon
1/3 cup lemon juice
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 2/3 cups milk
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups heavy cream, whipped stiffly with 1/4 cup sugar

OVEN METHOD
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2. Coat the inside of a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
3. Spread the cherries over the bottom of the pan.
4. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form and set aside. In another mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks and blend in the zest, juice, butter and milk.
5. In another bowl, stir together the sugar, flour and salt and add to egg yolk mixture beating until smooth and fold into the reserved egg whites.
6. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the top is firm. Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 15 minutes before serving warm, with sweetened whipped cream.

SLOW COOKER METHOD
1. Coat the insert of a 5 to 7-quart slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Spread the cherries over the bottom of the slow cooker.
3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form and set aside. In another mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks and blend in the zest, juice, butter and milk.
4. In another bowl, stir together the sugar, flour and salt and add to egg yolk mixture beating until smooth and fold into the reserved egg whites.
5. Transfer the batter to the prepared slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 2 ½ hours.
6. Remove the top of the slow cooker, turn off the heat, and allow the pudding to rest for 15 minutes.

Recipes Provided By:
Diane Phillips www.dianephillips.com and www.cucinadivina.blogspot.com

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Farmers Market Box 1-18-17

This weeks local produce and featured farms:
Brussels Sprouts Leaves – Two Peas in a Pod
Cauliflower – Life’s a Choke
Sonoran Garlic – Milliken Family Farm
DillBe Wise Ranch
RED or GREEN Oak Leaf Lettuce – Terra Madre Garden
Cara Cara Oranges – Ken’s Top Notch Produce
Teen ParsnipsWeiser Family Farm
Easter Egg RadishBlack Sheep Produce
Kohlrabi – NO NAME
TurnipsBlack Sheep Produce

Juicing Bag:
Broccoli – Lakeside Organic Gardens
Celery – Goldie
Lemons – Sundance
Romaine Hearts – Goldie
daikon – Cal-Organic

Farmer’s Choice:
Rainbow Carrots – The Garden of…
Honey Dates – Dates by Davall
Asian Shinko PearsKen’s Top Notch Produce

Feature:
Hoshigaki PersimmonsKen’s Top Notch Produce

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Juice Recipes
Courtesy of Drew Canole of Fitlife.tv

Let Daikons be Daikons
1 daikon radish
1/2 bunch celery
1 ea lemon

“Dai”ing for Greens
1/2 bunch broccoli
2 heads romaine hearts
1/2 bunch celery
1 ea daikon

Hearts and Flowers
1/2 bunch broccoli
1 head romaine heart
1/2 lemon

Specialty Produce Recipe Suggestions
courtesy of Diane Phillips (Cucina Divina)

Pasta with Brussels Sprouts Tops
Serves 4

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
One 1/2-inch piece pancetta, cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 garlic cloves, minced
Pinch red pepper flakes
One bunch Brussels Sprouts tops, root end trimmed, washed, spun dry and chopped into 1/2-inch ribbons
Salt and pepper
1 to 2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
One pound penne, short rigatoni or farfalle pasta cooked 3 minutes short of al dente, saving some of the pasta water
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

1. In a large skillet, heat the oil, and cook the pancetta until it is crisp.
2. Add the garlic and red pepper, sautéing for 1 minute.
3. Add the sprout tops, and saute until the leaves begin to wilt and the stems are almost tender.
4. Season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with 1 to 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
5. When the pasta is ready, drain and toss into the skillet, tossing to coat the pasta with the sauce. Add a bit of the pasta water to make a creamy sauce.
6. Plate the pasta and garnish with the cheese.

Oak Leaf Lettuce with Dill Dressing
Serves 4 (dressing makes about 2 cups)

One head oak leaf lettuce, washed, spun dry and chopped
2 to 3 Easter Egg Radishes, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1/2 cup Greek Style yogurt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Salt

1. Put the lettuce and radishes into a salad bowl.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, sugar, lemon juice, zest, parsley, basil, dill and pepper. Season with salt, and pour some of the dressing over the greens.
3. Toss to coat, and serve the salad.
4. Any leftover dressing is terrific as a sandwich spread (especially good in tuna, egg or salmon salad) or served as a topping for baked potatoes or try with the Kohlrabi fritters.

Pasta Salad with Dill, Feta and Olives
Serves 6 to 8

For The Dressing
1 1/2 cups olive oil
2/3 cup white wine vinegar
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup finely chopped dill
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until thickened.
2. Do-Ahead: At this point, you can cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

For the Salad

1 pound dried pasta, preferably shell-shaped or corkscrew, cooked in boiling salted water until al dente, drained, and cooled
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium-size yellow bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 medium-size red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 European cucumber, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 cup Kalamata olives, drained, pitted, and sliced
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese

1. To assemble the salad, combine the ingredients in a large salad bowl, tossing to blend.
2. Do-Ahead: At this point, you can cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
3. Pour 1/2 cup of the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
4. Do-Ahead: At this point, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 2 days.
5. Thirty minutes before serving, remove the salad from the refrigerator. Toss with additional dressing and taste and adjust the seasonings.
6. While you were sleeping: Pasta and potato salads absorb whatever you pour on them, and can tend to dry out if you refrigerate them for a longer period of time. Always save some dressing to re-toss with before serving.

Parsnip Muffins
Makes about 12

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
3/4 cup Greek Style yogurt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 ¼ cups grated parsnips
¼ cup sliced almonds

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Coat 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray or arrange cupcake liners in the muffin tins.
3. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in the bowl of a food processor, and process for 5 seconds.
4. Whisk the eggs, sour cream, vegetable oil, and sugar in a large mixing bowl until combined.
5. Add the flour mixture and parsnips, and fold with a spatula until all the flour is moistened, there will be some lumps.
6. Using a large portion scoop, divide the mixture evenly among the muffin cups. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with the almonds.
7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the muffin comes out with a few crumbs attached.
8. Remove them from the tin to a cooling rack, and cool for 15 minutes. Serve warm.
9. Store completely cooled muffins in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Dilly Bread
Makes 2 loaves

1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (105°F)
2 tablespoons sugar
4 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup finely chopped dill
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
2 cups Greek yogurt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg

1. In a 2-cup measure sprinkle the yeast over the water and stir in the sugar. Set aside until the mixture begins to bubble, about 10 minutes.
2. Stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, dill, and onion in a large bowl. Add the yogurt, 2 tablespoons of the butter, and the egg and stir to combine. Gradually add the yeast mixture and continue to stir until it forms into a nice dough; it may be a bit sticky, which is fine. (You can also do this in a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook.) Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
3. At the end of the rising time, punch down the dough, shape into 2 loaves, and place in greased loaf pans. Or pinch off golf ball–sized pieces of the dough and shape into balls. Arrange the balls in 2 greased 9-inch round cake pans. Cover and let rise again until doubled in bulk, about another 45 minutes.
4. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Brush the tops of the bread or rolls with the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter.
5. Bake until browned and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the crust, 45 to 55 minutes, or until the rolls are golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving or cool completely before storing.

Glazed Turnips
Serves 4

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white miso
2 tablespoons honey
1 bunch turnips, greens trimmed (see following recipe), peeled, and cut into wedges
1/4 cup vegetable or chicken broth
Salt and pepper

1. In a skillet, melt the butter with the oil, miso and honey.
2. Add the turnips and toss in the mixture over high heat.
3. Add the broth, and simmer, covered for 5 minutes. Remove the cover, and simmer another 5 minutes, until the turnips are tender, and the liquid in the pan is a glaze. Season with salt and pepper and serve warm.

Turnip Greens and Ham
Serves 4 to 6
This dish is traditionally served in the south with cornbread. I’ve added white beans, and a bit of heat from red pepper to liven it up a bit.

6 cups vegetable broth
1 ham hock
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 bunch turnip greens, tough stems trimmed, and leaves cut into 1/2-inch inch ribbons
Two 14.5-ounce cans small white beans, drained and rinsed
Salt and pepper

1. Put the broth and ham hock into a Dutch oven, and bring to a boil. Simmer the ham hock for 30 minutes.
2. While the ham hock is cooking, in a large skillet, heat the oil, saute the garlic, red pepper and turnip greens, tossing until the greens begin to wilt.
3. Add the greens and beans to the broth, and simmer for 45 minutes.
4. Remove the ham hock from the broth, pick off the meat and discard the fat and bone. Return the ham hock to the broth, taste for seasoning, and adjust using salt and pepper. Serve in shallow bowls.

Cauliflower Kohlrabi Gratin
Serves 6

1 head cauliflower, cored, and cut into florets
1 kohlrabi, greens removed, peeled, sliced 1/2-inch thick
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped shallot or onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Salt
Few drops Tabasco

1. Bring 4 quarts of salted water to a boil, add the cauliflower and kohlrabi, bring back to a boil, and simmer for 2 minutes. Drain well, season with salt and pepper.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, coat the inside of a 2 quart gratin dish with non-stick cooking spray.
3. In a 4-quart saucepan, heat the butter and oil, saute the shallot and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes, until the shallot is softened. Whisk in the flour, and cook for 2 minutes. Add the broth and milk, bring to a boil whisking until smooth.
4. Remove the pan from the stovetop, add 1 cup of cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup of the Parmigiano whisking until the cheese is melted.
5. Season with salt and a bit of Tabasco.
6. Spread some of the sauce into the bottom of the gratin dish. Spread the vegetables into the prepared dish, and cover with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle the top of the sauce with the remaining cheese.
7. Do-Ahead: The dish can be cooled, covered and refrigerated for up to 24 hours.
8. Bake the gratin for 35 to 45 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling and the cheese is golden brown.

Kohlrabi Slaw
Serves 4 to 6

1 kohlrabi, peeled, tough stems removed, and grated on large holes of a box grater
1 cup shredded parsnips
2 to 3 Easter Egg Radishes, trimmed and cut into julienne
2 Cara Cara Oranges, peel and pith removed, segmented and chopped
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice
1 chipotle in adobo, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt and pepper

1. In a bowl, combine the kohlrabi, parsnips, and radishes.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, juice, adobe and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Pour the mixture over vegetables. Toss the vegetables with the dressing and serve.
4. The slaw can be made 24 hours ahead of time. If excess liquid accumulates in the bottom of the bowl, drain off the excess water, and re-toss,

Kohlrabi Fritters
Serves 4 to 6
Serve these fritters with the dill dressing above.

1 kohlrabi, peeled, tough stems removed, and shredded
2 parsnips, grated
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano or Pecorino Romano cheese
1/2 cup panko
Oil for frying

Dill Dressing for dipping (see previous recipe)

1. In a bowl, combine the kohlrabi, parsnips, garlic, egg, Parmigiano and panko. Form the mixture into 2-inch patties about 1/2-inches thick.
2. Heat the oil in a large skillet to 350 degrees.
3. Fry the patties until golden brown on one side, turn and fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper toweling, serve warm with dill dressing (see above)

Orange Upside Down Cake
Serves 10

1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 oranges, peel and pith removed, and sliced 1/4-inch thick

1. Coat the interior of a 10-inch cake pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan on medium heat, then add the brown sugar and stir for a few minutes until the brown sugar is completely combined and melted.
3. Pour the butter/brown sugar mixture over the bottom of the cake pan, and arrange the orange slices on the sugar syrup. Set aside while making the cake batter.

For the Cake

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste or vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon orange oil (optional)
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 cups heavy cream, whipped stiffly for garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until they are light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, orange oil, if using.
3. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
4. Mix the sour cream and orange juice together, add with the flour, baking soda and salt, and beat until the mixture comes together and is smooth.
5. Transfer the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes until a skewer inserted in to the center comes out clean.
6. Transfer the cake pan to a rack and allow to cool for EXACTLY 10 minutes.
7. Turn the cake out onto a serving platter, and serve at room temperature.
8. Refrigerate any leftover cake, and re-warm before serving, garnish with whipped cream, crème fraiche or vanilla ice cream.

Farmers Choice:

Asian Pear Cake
Makes one 13-by-9-inch cake
This plain cake is delicious at breakfast, or with a cup of tea in the afternoon. If you would like to frost it (I think it’s gilding the lily) a cream cheese frosting works here.

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 Asian pears, peeled, cored, and finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
2. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until blended.
4. Add the flour, baking soda, and spices and beat until just incorporated.
5. Stir in the pears, nuts, and vanilla. Scrape into the prepared pan.
6. Bake until a skewer inserted into the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached to it, 35 to 40 minutes.
7. Set the pan on a rack to cool.
8. Do-Ahead: At this point, you can cool completely, cover, and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 6 weeks. Before serving, reheat the chilled or defrosted cake, covered with aluminum foil, in a 350°F oven for 10 minutes.

Orange Date Muffins
Makes 12

1 stick unsalted butter, plus 2 teaspoons, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup orange blossom honey
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon orange extract
1/2 cup pitted, chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, and line 12 muffin tins with paper liners, or coat with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, using a hand-held electric mixer, cream together the remaining 1 stick of butter and honey until fluffy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating after the inclusion of each. Add the buttermilk and orange extract, and beat to combine.
3. Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined, being careful not to overmix the batter.
4. Fold in the dates. Divide the batter among the prepared cups of the muffin tin, and sprinkle with the walnuts.
5. Bake until golden brown and a tester inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn out onto wire racks to cool.

Roasted Carrots and Asian Pears
Serves 4

1 bunch rainbow carrots, tops removed (see below) scrubbed, and cut into quarters
2 Asian pears, cored, and cut into 16 wedges
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, line a baking sheet with silicone, aluminum foil, or parchment.
2. In a bowl, combine the ingredients, and spread on the baking sheets in one layer.
3. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until the carrots are tender.
4. Remove from the oven, and serve.

Although Hoshigaki are delicious eaten by themselves, here are two recipes to try if you ordered the featured item this week.

Hoshigaki Cake
Makes one Bundt cake

1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
4 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
2/3 cup bourbon or whiskey
2 cups persimmon pulp
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup chopped nuts—macadamias are great, but pecans, or walnuts will work
3 1/4 cups sifted flour
1½ teaspoons salt
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF degrees, coat the inside of a bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, eggs, bourbon, persimmon pulp, raisins and nuts.
3. Stir in the flour, salt, baking soda, nutmeg and sugar, until the ingredients are blended.
4. Bake 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
5. The cake will keep for about a week, in an airtight container at room temperature.
6. If you would like you can bake this in 2 loaf pans, freeze one and eat the other.

Hoshigaki Salad Dressing
Makes about 2 cups
Think of this dressing as a sweet and sour dressing for sturdy greens like romaine.

1 hoshigaki persimmon
1/2 cup rice vinegar
2 garlic cloves
3 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons honey
2/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
Salt and pepper

In a blender, combine the persimmon, vinegar, garlic, juice and honey.
Blend until the persimmon is pureed. With the machine running add the oil, and puree until the mixture is emulsified.
Season with salt and pepper, cover, and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
The dressing is delicious over avocados, citrus, and greens. Add a salty cheese to tossed salads, like Feta, or Parmigiano.

Recipes Provided By:
Diane Phillips www.dianephillips.com and www.cucinadivina.blogspot.com

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