Farmers’ Market Box 5-23-2019


 

This week’s local produce and featured farms:

Zucchini - Tutti Frutti Farms
Gold Bar Squash - Tutti Frutti Farms
Orange Carrots - D’Acquisto Farms
Temecula Honey OnionsCrows Pass Farms
Rainbow Card - J.R. Organics
Debutante Yellow Peaches - Fitzgerald Fruit Farms
Leeks - Tutti Frutti Farms
Japanese Sweet Potatoes - Milliken Family Farms
Green Onions - D’Acquisto Farms

Farmer’s Choice:

Fava Beans - Rio Del Rey
Mayfire Nectarines - Fitzgerald Fruit Farms

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Farmers’ Market Box Recipes

 
Zucchini Tortino
Serves 6

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups grated zucchini
2 large eggs
1/2 cup whole milk ricotta
1/3 cup grated Pecorino
Salt and pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and butter six 4-ounce ramekins.
2. In a skillet, heat the oil and saute the garlic for 30 seconds until fragrant.
3. Add the zucchini and saute until the zucchini is wilted, and the liquid in the pan is absorbed.
4. Cool.
5. In a blender, combine the eggs, ricotta, pecorino and zucchini, and blend until combined.
6. Pour the into the prepared ramekins to within 1/2-inch of the top.
7. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes until set. Allow to rest for 5 minutes then turn out onto a plate in a pool of Pecorino Sauce.

For the Sauce

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup grated Pecorino Romano
Salt and pepper

1. In a saucepan, heat the butter, add the flour and cook whisking for 2 minutes.
2. Add the milk and bring to a boil.
3. Take the pan off the heat, add the cheese, and whisk until melted.
4. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

 
Zucchini Parmesan Rice
Serves 8

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups shredded zucchini (about 2 1/2 pounds)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 shakes of Tabasco sauce
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup long-grain rice
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter, then add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the zucchini and cook until it is no longer giving off moisture, 4 to 6 minutes. Season with the salt, pepper, and Tabasco.
2. Sprinkle with the flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Gradually stir in the broth and heavy cream, stirring until the mixture is smooth and the mixture comes to a boil.
3. Do-Ahead: At this point, you can let cool, cover, and refrigerate for 2 days. Let come to room temperature before continuing.
4. Preheat the oven to 400°F F. Coat a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
5. Stir the rice into the zucchini mixture, pour into the prepared dish, and sprinkle with the cheese. Bake until the rice is tender, and the cheese is golden, 25 to 35 minutes. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
6. Cook’s Note: If you would like the rice can be made in individual ramekins or muffin tins, then tipped out onto the plate when served. They will only need about 15 to 20 minutes baking time.

 
Stuffed Zucchini
Serves 8
This recipe calls for zucchini, but you can sub in Gold Bar squash for the zucchini, or mix and match

Six 6-inch-long zucchini or summer squash, ends trimmed, and cut in half lengthwise
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
½ cup finely diced boiled ham
1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves, cut into strips
1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 1/4 cups shredded Gruyere

1. Line a baking sheet with a silicone liner or aluminum foil or coat two 13 x 9-inch baking dishes with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Bring an inch of water to a boil in a large pot. Place the zucchini in a steamer insert, fit it into the pot, cover, and steam the zucchini until tender when pierced with a knife, but the skin is still crisp, 6 to 10 minutes. Remove from the pot and let cool a bit. Then gently scoop out the insides of the zucchini with a small teaspoon or grapefruit spoon, leaving a 1/2-inch-thick shell. Dry the shells with paper towels. Chop the insides of the zucchini finely.
3. In a 10-inch skillet, heat the butter and oil together over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the onion and chopped zucchini and cook, stirring, until the onion begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, ham, and cook, stirring, for another 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer to a medium-size bowl. Stir in the basil, breadcrumbs, and mayonnaise until blended.
4. Stuff the zucchini shells with the mixture and place on the prepared baking sheet or in the baking dishes.
Do-Ahead: At this point, you can cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before continuing.
5. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cover the zucchini evenly with the cheese and bake until the cheese is golden, and the filling is puffed, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

 
Gold Bar Chowder
Serves 6

1 bunch chiogga beets, tops removed, and scrubbed
1 bag mixed salad greens, washed and spun dry
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese for garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Put the beets on a baking sheet and cover with aluminum foil. Roast the beets for 40 minutes (small to medium beets) 60 minutes for large beets, until a sharp paring knife inserted into the center goes in easily. Cool the beets and cut into bite sized pieces.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Pour some of the dressing over the beets and toss to coat.
4. Put the salad greens into a bowl and toss with some of the dressing to coat.
5. Plate the salad greens, top with some of the beets, and garnish with the goat cheese.

 
Roasted Smashed Satina B. Potatoes
Serves 4

1 pound Satina B. Potatoes, scrubbed
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup rosemary

1. Put the potatoes into water to cover. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
2. In a blender. Combine the oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and rosemary. Let it sit until the potatoes are tender.
3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, line a baking sheet with silicone, aluminum foil, or parchment. Pour 1/2 of the oil mixture onto the baking sheet.
4. Put the potatoes onto the baking sheet and press down on the potatoes to flatten them. Pour the remaining oil over the potatoes and roast for another 20 to 25 minutes, until the potatoes are crispy and tender. Serve warm.

 
Carrot Breakfast Cake
Serves 8

This cake is a standout for breakfast or brunch; I’ve even made it gluten free using King Arthur Flour’s gluten free flour or Cup4Cup.

¾ cup canola oil
½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded carrot
½ cup drained crushed pineapple
½ cup chopped pecans
½ cup sweetened flaked coconut

1. Preheat oven to 350°F coat the inside of a 9-inch round cake pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat oil, sugars, eggs, and vanilla at medium speed until combined.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to oil mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in carrot, pineapple, pecans, and coconut. Spread batter into prepared pan.
4. Bake for 25 minutes.
5. Sprinkle with Coconut-Pecan Crumble (see below) and bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 10 minutes more. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool on a wire rack.

For the Crumble

½ cup sweetened flaked coconut
⅓ cup chopped pecans
1½ tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2s tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1. In a medium bowl, stir together coconut, pecans, brown sugar, and flour. Using a wooden spoon, stir in melted butter until mixture is crumbly.

 
Sweet Potato Hash
Serves 6

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cups finely chopped Temecula onions
1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme
1/2 pound bulk pork breakfast sausage
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound Japanese sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch dice
Salt and pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and line a baking sheet with silicone, aluminum foil, or parchment.
2. In a large skillet, heat the butter, and oil, saute the onions and thyme, until the onions are beginning to caramelize. Remove to a bowl, add the sausage to the pan with the garlic, and saute until the sausage is no longer pink. Add the sausage to the bowl with the onions and add the sweet potatoes.
3. Toss to combine, then turn out onto the sheet pan. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes until the potatoes are crispy.
At this point you can serve the hash, or you can break several eggs over the hash on the sheet pan, and roast for 5 to 8 minutes until the eggs are done to your preference.

 
Caramelized Onion Bread Pudding
serves 6-8

As an alternative to potatoes or rice, this savory bread pudding tastes like French onion soup, studded with caramelized onions, and melting Gruyere cheese, it is a great side with grilled meats and poultry.

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 large onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cloves garlic, mashed
5 large eggs
2 cups heavy cream
5 shakes of Tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
6 cups white bread cubes with crusts removed
1 1/2 cups Gruyere cheese cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1. Coat a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a large skillet, heat the butter with the oil over medium heat until the butter melts and the foam subsides. Add the onions, stir to coat with the butter, and cook until they begin to turn translucent. Sprinkle with the sugar, thyme, salt, pepper, and garlic and cook, stirring, until the onions become golden. Remove from the skillet and cool.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, Tabasco, and Worcestershire. Stir in the bread, Gruyere, onion mixture, and parsley. Pour into the prepared dish and sprinkle the top evenly with the cheese.
4. Do-Ahead: At this point, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours. Bring to room temperature before continuing.
5. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the pudding until golden brown and bubbling, 45 to 55 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

 
Israeli Couscous Salad with Rainbow Chard and Chickpeas
Serves 6

1 cup Israeli couscous
1 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 bunch rainbow chard, tough stems removed, and cut into 1/2-inch ribbons
4 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 1/2 cups chickpeas
2 tablespoons chopped mint
2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and black pepper
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1. Bring the broth to a boil and simmer the couscous for 8 minutes until al dente. Drain and set aside in a large salad bowl to cool a bit.
2. In a large skillet, heat the oil, and swirl the garlic in the oil for 30 seconds. Add the chard, and carrots and saute until the chard is wilted, and the carrots are crisp/tender. Add the chickpeas, and saute for 3 minutes.
Remove from the heat and add the mint and parsley. Transfer the mixture to the couscous, toss with the lemon juice, and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve the salad garnished with Greek yogurt and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Serve the salad at room temperature.

 
Green Onion Dressing
Makes about 1 1/2 cups

1cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons honey
1/4 cup canola oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 green onions, green and pale green parts, chopped

1. Put the ingredients into a blender, and pulse on and off until the green onions are chopped finely.
2. Transfer to a jar and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Serve over greens, or as a topping for seafood, poultry or baked potatoes.

 
Fava Bean Mint Pesto
Makes about 1 cup

A sure sign of spring in the Mediterranean, this delicious pesto can be spread on crostini, stirred into pasta, or risotto.

1/2 pound fava beans
2 teaspoons almonds, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 garlic clove
1⁄4 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1⁄4 cup loosely packed mint leaves
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Fava beans come in a pod. Slit the pod with a knife or your fingernail and remove the beans from the pod. The beans will have a membrane covering them. If the favas are small, about the size of your little fingernail, there is no need to remove the membrane, but if the fava are larger, and at the end of the season, you will need to blanche them in boiling salted water for 1 minute. Drain the beans, when they are cool enough to handle, pinch the membrane off, and put the membrane aside. The favas are now ready to be used in soups, salads, and pastas.

1. Put the fava beans, almonds, lemon zest, garlic, cheese, and mint into a food processor.
2. Pulse on and off to break up the garlic and almonds.
3. With the machine running, add the oil, until the mixture forms a pasta.
4. Stir in the lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper.
5. Transfer to an airtight container, pour a bit of olive oil over the top to seal, and refrigerate for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months.

 
Pasta with Fava Beans and Green Onions
Serves 4

1 pound fava beans, shelled
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 green onions, finely chopped, using the white and tender green parts
1 cup fresh peas
1 pound fresh fettucine noodles, cooked 2 minutes short of al dente, reserving some of the hot pasta water
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano

1. Bring 4 cups of salted water to a boil, add the fava beans, and cook for 1 minute. Drain and remove the membrane.
2. In a small skillet, heat the oil and butter, add the green onions, and saute 1 minute. Add the fava beans, and peas, and saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Drain the pasta, add to the skillet, and toss with 1/2 of the cheese, adding some pasta water to make a creamy sauce. Season with salt and pepper and serve garnished with the remaining cheese.

 
Peach Upside-Down Cake with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Serves 8

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
⅓ cup sugar
Salt
1 pound peaches, peeled, halved, pitted, and cut into 3/4-inch wedges, or 12 ounces frozen sliced peaches, thawed and drained
1 cup (5 ounces) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
⅛ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup whole milk
6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
1/4 cup orange juice
1 large egg plus 1 large yolk

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and coat the inside of a 10-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a skillet, melt the butter, add the sugar, and salt, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the mixture is a deep amber color. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
3. Arrange the peaches on the butter and sugar mixture.
4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and soda.
5. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, butter, sugar, zest, orange juice, egg and yolk.
6. Pour into the dry ingredients, stirring until combined.
7. Gently pour over the peaches, bake for 28 to 33 minutes, until the cake is golden brown, and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
8. Let the cake cool for 15 minutes. Place a plate that is 2-inches wider than the cake pan over the pan, carefully invert the cake onto the plate. Allow the cake to cool for at least 1 hour before serving with vanilla bean ice cream.

 
Nectarine Tart
Serves 6

1 9-inch prebaked pie crust
1/2 cup heavy cream
8-ounces mascarpone cheese
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
4 yellow nectarines, pitted, and thinly sliced
1/2 cup apricot jam

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer using the whisk attachment, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Add the mascarpone, sugar, and extract, and beat to combine.
2. Spread the mixture into the prepared cooled pie crust.
3. Arrange the nectarines on top of the mascarpone.
4. Warm the jam and brush it over the nectarines to seal the fruit.
5. Refrigerate the pie for 2 hours. Serve cold.

 
Nectarine Slaw
Serves 6

1 9-inch prebaked pie crust
1/2 cup heavy cream
8-ounces mascarpone cheese
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
4 yellow nectarines, pitted, and thinly sliced
1/2 cup apricot jam

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer using the whisk attachment, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Add the mascarpone, sugar, and extract, and beat to combine.
2. Spread the mixture into the prepared cooled pie crust.
3. Arrange the nectarines on top of the mascarpone.
4. Warm the jam and brush it over the nectarines to seal the fruit.
5. Refrigerate the pie for 2 hours. Serve cold.

 
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Farmers’ Market Box 5-16-2019


 

This week’s local produce and featured farms:

Baby Orange Carrots - D’Acquisto Farms
Frisee - D’Acquisto Farms
Baby Lettuce Mix - Terra Madre Gardens
Sugar Snap PeasTutti Frutti Farms
Satina B Potatoes - Weiser Family Farms
Chiogga Beets - Gloria Tamai Farms
Mixed Summer Squash - Flora Bella
King Trumpet Mushrooms - Mountain Meadow Mushrooms

Farmer’s Choice:

Strawberries - Be Wise Ranch
Meyer Lemons - Chocolate Mountain Ranch
Rhubarb - Trevino Farms

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Farmers’ Market Box Recipes

 
Frisee Salad with Soft Cooked Egg and Lardons
Serves 4-6

For the Salad Dressing

2 teaspoons finely minced shallot
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper

1. In a bowl, whisk together the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. A dressing that is too acid requires additional salt to balance the acid. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
2. This also makes a great marinade for chicken breasts.

For the Salad

6 strips thick cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 head frisee, washed, spun dry and chopped
8 thin slices baguette, toasted
4 large organic eggs
Salt and pepper

1. In a large skillet cook the bacon until crisp and allow to drain on paper toweling.
2. Toss the frisee with the dressing and plate the salad.
3. Put the toasted baguette onto the frisee.
4. On the stove fill a skillet two-thirds with salted water. Bring to a gentle simmer.
5. Crack each egg into a cup and carefully lower into the water. Poach eggs for 3 to 4 minutes, until whites have set, and yolks are still soft. With a slotted spoon, remove and place on the baguette slices. Garnish with the bacon and garnish with freshly ground black pepper.

 
Bistro Carrot Salad
Serves 4

4 cups grated carrots
1/4 cup finely chopped green onion using the white and tender green parts
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup chopped Italian Parsley

1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients, tossing to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Add the parsley and mix together.
2. Serve cold.
3. The salad will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

 
Baby Mix Salad with Chiogga Beets
Serves 4-6

1 bunch chiogga beets, tops removed, and scrubbed
1 bag mixed salad greens, washed and spun dry
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese for garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Put the beets on a baking sheet and cover with aluminum foil. Roast the beets for 40 minutes (small to medium beets) 60 minutes for large beets, until a sharp paring knife inserted into the center goes in easily. Cool the beets and cut into bite sized pieces.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Pour some of the dressing over the beets and toss to coat.
4. Put the salad greens into a bowl and toss with some of the dressing to coat.
5. Plate the salad greens, top with some of the beets, and garnish with the goat cheese.

 
Roasted Smashed Santina B. Potatoes
Serves 4

1 pound Santina B. Potatoes, scrubbed
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup rosemary

1. Put the potatoes into water to cover. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
2. In a blender. Combine the oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and rosemary. Let it sit until the potatoes are tender.
3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, line a baking sheet with silicone, aluminum foil, or parchment. Pour 1/2 of the oil mixture onto the baking sheet.
4. Put the potatoes onto the baking sheet and press down on the potatoes to flatten them. Pour the remaining oil over the potatoes and roast for another 20 to 25 minutes, until the potatoes are crispy and tender. Serve warm.

 
Roasted Trumpet Mushroom Salad
Serves 4

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 pound trumpet mushrooms, cleaned, and chopped
1 bag mixed greens, washed and spun dry
1/2 cup shaved Parmigiano Reggiano

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Put the mushrooms on a baking sheet lined with a silicone liner, parchment paper, or aluminum foil.
3. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over the mushrooms, toss to coat well, and roast for 20 minutes.
Put the mixed greens into a salad bowl. Toss with some of the liquid from the roasted mushrooms. Plate the salad and top with some of the mushrooms, and shaved Parmigiano.

 
Chinken and Squash Bake
Serves 6

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
6 sage leaves, finely chopped
2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme
4 cups coarsely grated squash
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup milk
3 cups cooked chicken, shredded or cut into bite sized chunks
Salt and pepper
2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and coat the inside of a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. (you can also divide this in half and use two 8-inch casserole dishes)
2. In a large skillet, heat the butter, and oil, add the onion, sage and thyme, and cook until the onions begin to soften.
3. Add the squash, season liberally with salt and pepper, and saute until the liquid in the pan has evaporated.
4. Add the flour, and whisk (with a flat whisk) for 2 minutes.
5. Add the broth and bring to a boil.
6. Add the milk and chicken and bring to a boil.
7. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.
8. Transfer to the baking dish.
9. In a small bowl, blend together the breadcrumbs, cheeses, and parsley. Drizzle with the oil, until the crumbs begin to come together.
10. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the casserole is bubbling, and the crumbs are golden brown. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving. This is delicious over rice, or orzo pasta.

 
Meyer Lemon Potato Salad
serves 4

1 pound potatoes, scrubbed
1 leek, finely chopped, using only the white part
2 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup mayonnaise
Grated zest of 1 Meyer lemon
1 garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme, or tarragon
1/4 cup finely chopped Italian parsley

1. Put the potatoes in a saucepan with water to cover. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 20 minutes until tender.
2. Cool the potatoes completely.
3. Cut the potatoes into bite size pieces in a large bowl. Add the leek, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper.
4. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, zest, remaining lemon juice, garlic, thyme or tarragon, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Dress the potatoes and leeks with the dressing and toss to coat and serve.
6. The salad will keep in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

 
Meyer Lemon Curd
Makes about 3 cups

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

1. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, eggs, and lemon juice. Whisk over medium high heat until the mixture thickens. This will take about 10 minutes.
2. Remove from the heat, whisk in the butter, and cool.
3. Cover, and refrigerate for up to 1 month or freeze for up to 3 months.
4. Lemon Curd is amazing as a cake filling, spread on toast or English muffins, and of course served with scones.

 
Zucchini Fritters
Serves 6

2 zucchini, ends trimmed, and coarsely shredded, or other summer squash
Salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
Oil for frying

1. Put the zucchini into a colander, and sprinkle with salt. Set aside for 10 minutes.
2. In another bowl, combine the garlic, onion, egg, flour, Parmigiano and pepper.
3. Squeeze the moisture out of the zucchini and add to the bowl. Stir until blended.
4. Heat 1/4-inch of oil in a non-stick pan.
5. Drop the batter by tablespoons into the oil, and fry until golden brown on one side. Turn and fry until the second side is golden brown. Remove to paper towels and drain. Serve warm.

 
Quick Zucchini Bread and Butter Pickles
Makes 1 quart

This recipe works well for any summer squash.

1 pound very firm medium zucchini, sliced crosswise 1/8 inch thick
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
3 tablespoons kosher salt
Ice
1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons brown or yellow mustard seeds, crushed
1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard powder
1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1. In a large bowl, toss the zucchini and onion with 2 tablespoons of the kosher salt. Cover with ice water and let stand until just softened, about 45 minutes. Drain the zucchini and onion well and pat dry.
2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the remaining 1 tablespoon of salt with the vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, mustard powder, turmeric and 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar; let cool completely.
3. Transfer the zucchini and onion to a 1-quart glass jar and pour in enough brine to cover. Seal with the lid and refrigerate overnight before serving.
4. The pickles can be refrigerated in the brine for up to 1 week.

 
Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas with Meyer Lemon Zest
Serves 4-6

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Grated zest of 1 lemon
1 pound sugar snap peas, ends trimmed and strings removed
Salt and pepper
Lemon juice

1. Heat the oil, add the zest, and saute for 30 seconds. Add the sugar snap peas, and saute the peas until they are crisp/tender. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with lemon juice and serve.

 
Strawberry Rhubarb Fool
Serves 4-6

2 cups rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 cups hulled strawberries, quartered
1/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla paste or vanilla extract
1 cup mascarpone
1 cup heavy cream whipped stiffly
1/4 cup sugar

1. Put the rhubarb, strawberries, orange juice, sugar, and vanilla into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes. Cool.
2. In a bowl, combine the mascarpone, whipped cream, and sugar. Put some of the rhubarb mixture into a parfait glass. Top with the mascarpone mixture, alternate with the rhubarb, ending with the rhubarb mixture. Refrigerate for up to 2 hours, or overnight.

 
Marinated Red Spring Onions
Makes about 4 cups

1 bunch red spring onions
3/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1. Trim the root end of the onions, and slice thinly, using the red bulb and tender green parts. Place the onions in a glass bowl.
2. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, oil, pepper flakes, oregano, salt, and pepper. Pour over the onions.
3. Do-Ahead: At this point, cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, and up to 24 hours.
4. Drain the onions and serve cold.

 
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream
Serves 8-10

For the Fruit

4 cups hulled strawberries, cut in half, or quartered if large (if using frozen, defrost and drain)
4 cups fresh rhubarb, chopped into 1” pieces (about 4 stalks) (if using frozen, defrost and drain)
1 cup granulated sugar (or more if required)
3 tablespoons cornstarch
⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
¼ cup fresh orange juice

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and coat the inside of a 13”x 9” baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a large mixing bowl, toss together the berries, sugar, cornstarch and juice, and transfer the mixture to the baking dish.
3. Set aside while making the crumble.

For the Crumble

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into ½” cubes

1. In a food processor, combine the flour and sugars by pulsing on and off 4 to 5 times.
2. Drop the butter cubes onto the flour mixture and pulse the mixture on and off until it begins to come together.
3. Break up any large pieces, and sprinkle evenly over the fruit in the prepared pan.
4. Bake the crumble for 35 to 45 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling.
5. Serve the crumble warm, or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream or gelato.
6. If you have any crumble topping (uncooked) leftover, freeze it, and use it another time.
7. If you are doing individual crumbles, they will cook for 20 minutes, until they are golden and bubbling. This recipe will make about 16 ramekins.

 
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