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Farmers’ Market Box 8-30-18

This week’s local produce and featured farms:
Lemon Cucumbers - Tutti Frutti Farms
Persian Cucumbers - Black Sheep Produce
Fennel - Black Sheep Produce
Salanova Lettuce - Terra Madre
Valencia Oranges - Polito Family Farms
Anaheim Chile - Tutti Frutti Farm
Rhubarb - Trevino Farms
Dapple Dandy Pluots - Fair Hills
Costoluto Tomatoes - Point Loma Farms

Juicing Bag:

Carrots - Cal-Organic
Celery - Foxy Organic
Kale - Foxy Organic
Grapefruit - Sundance Natural Foods
Lemons - Sundance Natural Foods
Beets - Cal-Organic

Farmer’s Choice:
Rocky Sweet Melon - Munak Ranch
Meyer Lemon - Rancho Del Sol

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Juice Recipes

Showtime

1 Lemon

1 Beet

2-3 Carrots

2 stalks Celery

Feel the Beet

1 Beet

1 Grapefruit

3 Carrots

Jolted

3 stalks celery

2 handful kale

1 Beet

Farmers’ Market Box Recipes

Orange and Fennel Salad
Serves 4 to 6

1 fennel bulb, root end trimmed, wispy ends trimmed, and thinly sliced
3 Valencia oranges, peel and pith removed, and thinly sliced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped oregano
Salt and pepper

1. Arrange the fennel and orange slices on a serving platter in an overlapping pattern.
2. In a bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil, and oregano. Season with salt and pepper and pour the dressing over the salad. Serve at room temperature.
3. Do-Ahead: Arrange the fennel and oranges, cover and refrigerate. Pour the dressing over the salad about 1 hour before serving.

Small Batch Overnight Bread and Butter Pickles
Makes 1 quart

1 pound Persian cucumbers sliced crosswise 1/8 inch thick
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
3 tablespoons kosher salt
1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2 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 cucumber and onion with 2 tablespoons of the kosher salt. Cover with ice water and let stand until just softened, about 45 minutes. Drain the cucumbers 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 cucumbers 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.

Panzanella
Serves 6

6 cups Italian bread cut into cubes
1 pound tomatoes chopped coarsely
4 Persian cucumbers, scrubbed, and diced
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup packed basil leaves finely chopped
Salt and pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, silicone or parchment.
2. Lay the bread on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, until the bread begins to turn golden.
3. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
4. In a large bowl, combine the bread tomatoes, cucumbers and red onion.
5. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil and basil. Season with salt and pepper.
6. Pour over the salad and toss to coat. Allow the ingredients to marinate at room temperature for at least 2 hours.
7. Serve the salad at room temperature.
Optional Add ins: Ricotta Salata, olives, and chopped celery are all delicious in this salad.

Lemon Cucumber Dip
Makes about 4 cups

2 cups Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons olive oil
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons dill chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped chives
4 lemon cucumbers, seeded, and finely chopped
freshly ground black pepper
1 cup crumbled feta cheese

In a mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, oil, zest, lemon juice, dill, chives, cucumbers, and feta. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and serve with pita chips and crudités.

BLT Salad
Serves 6

1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup milk
2 garlic cloves minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
One head butter lettuce, washed, spun dry and chopped
1 1/2 cups tomatoes cored and cut into wedges
6 strips thick cut bacon, cooked crisp, and crumbled
2 cups croutons

1. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, milk, garlic, salt, pepper, zest, and lemon juice.
2. Refrigerate for up to 5 days.
3. In a salad bowl, combine the lettuce, tomatoes, bacon and croutons.
4. Toss the salad with the dressing and serve.

Rhubarb Pluot Compote
Makes about 1 cup

1/2 pound rhubarb cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 pound pluots, pitted, and chopped
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
Pinch of salt

1. Put all the ingredients into a Dutch oven and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes until the mixture has thickened. Remove the cinnamon stick, cool, cover and refrigerate.
2. Serve the compote as a sauce on the side of chicken or pork, or serve over cake, ice cream, or with English muffins or scones.

Orange Upside Down Cake with Whipped Cream
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 zest
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.

Anaheim Chile Breakfast Casserole
Serves 6

3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 1/2 cups finely chopped Anaheim chile, seeded and cored
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
6 corn tortillas cut into 1/2-inch squares
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
6 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat the inside of a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a large skillet, heat the oil, saute the onion, chile and cumin until the onion is translucent.
3. Put the mixture into a bowl and allow to cool. Add the tortillas, cilantro, eggs, and heavy cream. Stir to blend. Pour into the prepared pan, and sprinkle with the cheeses.
4. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until the casserole is puffed, golden and set in the center. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.

Chicken Chile
Serves 8

1/4 cup unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 Anaheim chiles, seeded and finely chopped
1 medium-size red bell pepper seeded and chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup fine cornmeal or masa harina
1 teaspoon sugar
4 cups chicken broth
3 cups fresh corn kernels cut from the cob or frozen corn, defrosted
cups corn kernels, either cut fresh from the cob or frozen (defrosted)
Two 15.5-ounce cans black beans rinsed and drained
4 cups shredded cooked turkey or chicken
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro for garnish

1. In an 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, melt the butter and oil until the butter melts.
2. Add the onion, peppers, and garlic, and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the oregano, coriander, cumin, chili powder, salt, cornmeal, and sugar and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour in the broth and stir until it comes to a boil and thickens.
4. Add the corn, black beans, and turkey or chicken, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes. Taste for and add more salt and pepper if needed. Do-Ahead: At this point, you can let cool, cover, and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 6 weeks. Defrost and reheat before serving.
5. Garnish with the cilantro and serve.
6. Slow Cooker Savvy: Prepare the chili through step 2.
Transfer to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker and stir in the corn, black beans, and turkey. Cover and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours.

Pluot Cake
Serves 6 to 8

1 cup (250 g) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups (325 g) sugar
4 large eggs
2 cups (250 g) self-rising flour
6 to 8 pluots cut in half and pitted

1. Coat the inside of a 10-inch (25cm) spring form pan with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
4. Add the flour and stir to blend.
5. Transfer to the prepared pan and arrange the pluots skin side up in a decorative pattern, cutting some to fit into small spaces, the more pluots you have the better.
6. Transfer to the oven and bake for 1 hour, until a skewer inserted into the batter should come out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing the pan. Serve slightly warm.

Tropical Gazpacho
Serves 6

6 cups canned tomato juice
1 cup mango nectar
2 under ripe mangoes or papayas, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 cups Rocky Sweet melon, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice
½ red bell pepper, diced small
½ yellow bell pepper, diced small
½ cup lime juice (about 4 limes)
4 dashes of Tabasco sauce
Salt and pepper
½ cup chopped Italian parsley

1. In a large bowl, combine the tomato juice, mango nectar, mangoes, melon, red pepper, yellow pepper, lime juice, and Tabasco.
2. Taste for seasoning and add salt or pepper if necessary. Add the parsley just before serving chilled.

Meyer Lemon Scampi
Serves 6

1 pound linguine or spaghetti, cooked 3 minutes short of al dente, saving some pasta water
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons chopped green garlic, or 4 garlic cloves, mince
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
Grated zest of 2 Meyer lemons
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc or dry Vermouth
1/4 cup Meyer lemon juice
1 1/2 pounds large shrimp peeled and deveined
1/4 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
Salt and pepper

In a large skillet over medium high, heat the oil, and saute the garlic, onion, zest, pepper and oregano for 3 to 4 minutes, to soften the onion. Add the wine and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Add the shrimp, and toss in the mixture, until the shrimp are cooked, and have turned pink.
Add the hot pasta to the pan and toss to coat. Add the parsley, taste the sauce for salt and pepper, adjust the seasonings and serve.

Blueberry Meyer Lemon Cake
Serves 12

For the streusel

1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1. Combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl.
2. Stir in the melted butter and then the flour. Mix well and set aside.

For the cake

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature (3/4 stick)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2/3 cup sour cream
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh blueberries

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat the inside of a 10-inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on high speed for 4 to 5 minutes, until light.
3. Reduce the speed to low and add the eggs 1 at a time, then add the vanilla, lemon zest, and sour cream.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the batter until just combined.
5. Fold in the blueberries and stir with a spatula to be sure the batter is completely mixed.
6. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and spread it out with a knife. Sprinkle the crumble evenly over the batter.
7. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool completely and serve sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar.

Hot Lemon Pudding Cake
Serves 6

4 large eggs separated
grated zest of one sweet lemon
1/3 cup sweet 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. 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.
4. In another bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, salt, and add to egg yolk mixture, beating until smooth and fold into the reserved egg whites.
5. 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. 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.
3. In another bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, salt, and add to egg yolk mixture, beating until smooth and fold into the reserved egg whites.
4. Transfer the batter to the prepared slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 2 ½ hours.
5. Remove the top of the slow cooker, turn off the heat, and allow the pudding to rest for 15 minutes.

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Farmers’ Market Box 8-23-18

Farmers Market Box






This week’s local produce and featured farms:
Yellow Corn - Tamai Family Farms
Dragon Tongue Beans - Tutti Frutti
Fennel - Black Sheep Produce
Arugula - Terra Madre Gardens
Chocolate Mint - Terra Madre Gardens
Salanova Lettuces - Solutions Farm
Flavor King - Frog Hollow Farm
Early Girl Tomatoes - Point Loma Farms

Juicing Bag:

Blueberries - Better Life Produce
Celery - Josie’s Organics – Braga Fresh Family Produce
Kale - Foxy Organic
Valencia Oranges - Sundance Natural Foods
Beets - Cal-Organic
Baby Spinach - Classic Salads

Farmer’s Choice:
Dragon Fruit - Wallace Farms
Kyoho Grapes - Ken’s Top Notch

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Juice Recipes

Oh Kale Yeah

1 Bunch Kale

1 c Spinach

1/2 Blueberries

1 Bunch Celery

Juicy J

1 Beet

2 Oranges

1/2 Bunch Celery

Blue Dream

1/2 Blueberries

2 c Spinach

1 Orange

1 bunch Kale

Almond Milk (not included)

Farmers’ Market Box Recipes

Salanova Salad with Blue Cheese Caesar Dressing
Serves 6

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 1/3 cups olive oil
1 1/2 cups crumbled blue cheese—choices are: Maytag, Roquefort, gorgonzola, Point Reyes cheese
2 heads Salanova lettuce, washed, spun dry and chopped
1 1/2 cups pecan halves toasted

1. To make the dressing, in a medium-size bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, garlic, Worcestershire, mustard, and pepper until blended. Gradually whisk in the oil until incorporated, and then stir in the Gorgonzola.
2. Do-Ahead: At this point, you can cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
3. When ready to serve, assemble the salad. Place the lettuces in a large salad bowl, shake the dressing and pour half of it over the salad, and toss to blend.
4. Add 1 cup of the pecans and more dressing if desired and toss again. Garnish the salad with the remaining 1/2 cup of pecans and serve immediately.
5. Any leftover dressing is terrific as a dip, swirled into mashed potatoes, or used as a topping for baked potatoes.

Fennel Gratin
Serves 4
This is a simple side dish to serve with grilled meats, poultry or seafood.

One fennel bulb, root end trimmed, wispy ends removed, and thinly sliced
1 large Vidalia onion
2 garlic cloves minced
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
2 cups shredded Gruyere or imported Swiss
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano

1. Put the fennel, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, heavy cream and milk into a large skillet, and bring to a boil.
2. Simmer for 5 minutes, the fennel will begin to be tender.
3. Transfer the mixture to the gratin dish and sprinkle with the cheeses.
4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and golden brown.
5. Allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Dragon Tongue Bean Salad
Serves 4

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
One 1/4-inch piece pancetta, finely diced
1 pound Dragon Tongue beans shelled
1/2 cup finely chopped shallot or red onion
2 ribs celery finely chopped
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons finely chopped basil
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

1. In a skillet, heat the oil, add the pancetta, and cook over medium high heat, until the pancetta is crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
2. Bring 4 quarts of salted water to a boil, add the beans, and cook for 20 to 25 minutes until the beans are tender. Drain and set aside in a bowl to cool.
3. When the beans are cool, add the shallot and celery to the bowl.
4. In another bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, basil, and oil. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Pour over the beans and toss to coat. Add the pancetta and toss again. Allow the salad to marinate for at least 2 hours at room temperature before serving.

Jalapeno Corn Bites
Serves 6 to 8

These are a great bite to serve with cocktails.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup finely chopped sweet yellow onion
¼ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
¼ cup finely chopped jalapeno pepper
1 cup corn kernels cut from the cob
One package Jiffy corn bread mix
1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup sour cream
½ cup mayonnaise
6 shakes hot sauce, or Tabasco
2/3 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
1/3 cup shredded pepper jack cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, coat the inside of 24 mini-muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Melt the butter in a large skillet and remove half to a mixing bowl to cool. Add the onion, peppers, and corn to the skillet, and sauté until the onion and peppers are softened.
3. Transfer the mixture to the mixing bowl and allow to cool.
4. Add the remaining ingredients to the corn mixture in the bowl and stir until blended. Using a small scoop, fill the muffin cups 3/4 full.
5. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out with just a few crumbs adhering to the toothpick. Remove from the oven, allow to cool in the tins for 5 minutes, remove and serve warm.

Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart
Serves 6 to 8

1 sheet frozen puff pastry defrosted
3 eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
6 ounces goat cheese crumbled
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 to 3 tablespoons each chopped fresh parsley, basil and thyme
1 pound Early Girl tomatoes sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Coat the inside of a 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom with non-stick cooking spray. Roll out the puff pastry to fit the tart pan, and fit the pastry into the pan, cutting the edges. Refrigerate while you prepare the filling.
2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, mustard, and cheese. Add salt, pepper, and herbs.
3. Pour the mixture into the prepared tart pan and arrange the tomatoes over egg mixture overlapping them slightly.
4. Drizzle on the olive oil. Place in the oven and bake 12 minutes, lower the heat and bake an additional 20 to 30 minutes, until the top is nicely browned.
5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving. Allow the tart to rest for 10 minutes, and warm or at room temperature.

Tomato, Nectarine and Arugula Salad
Serves 4

1 bunch arugula, washed, spun dry and chopped
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 basket cherry or grape tomatoes, stemmed, and cut in half
2 to 3 pluots, halved, pitted and cut into wedges
1/2 cup crumbled Feta
1/4 cup chopped basil
2 tablespoons finely chopped mint
Salt and pepper

1. Put the arugula into a bowl and toss with 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil. Arrange on a serving platter.
2. In another bowl, combine the tomatoes, nectarines, feta, basil and mint. Toss with the remaining olive oil.
3. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Arrange the mixture over the arugula and serve.

Pluot Crumble
Serves 6

4 Pluots, pitted, and sliced into wedges
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 ½ cups oatmeal
½ cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
½ cup brown sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350*F, coat the inside of a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Combine the pluots with the sugar, and cornstarch, toss to combine.
2. Transfer the pluots to the prepared pan.
3. In a medium bowl, mix together the oatmeal, butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and brown sugar with a fork. Crumble this mixture evenly over the pluots.
4. Bake at 350*F for 40-45 minutes, until the crumbled is golden, and the fruit is bubbling.
5. Serve the crumble with vanilla ice cream.

Dragon Fruit Smoothie
Serves 2

1 Dragon fruit, peeled, and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup hulled strawberries
2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup ice

1. In a blender, combine the dragon fruit, orange juice, berries, lemon juice and yogurt. Puree the mixture.
2. Add the ice, and puree again.
3. Serve in a tall glass.

Dragon Fruit Ambrosia
Serves 6

1 dragon fruit peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 teaspoon lime peel
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup buttermilk
4 Valencia oranges, peel and pith removed, and segmented
2 cups grapes seeded and cut in half
1/2 cup shredded coconut

1. In a blender, combine the dragon fruit, lime peel, juice, honey and buttermilk. Taste and add more honey, or lime juice if needed. The dressing can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.
2. In a bowl, combine the oranges and grapes.
3. Drizzle with the dressing, and garnish with coconut. Serve cold.

Grilled Caprese Sandwich
Serves 4

8 thick slices, crusty, white, Italian-style bread
Extra virgin olive oil
8 thick slices fresh mozzarella plus more as needed (enough to create 1 layer)
8 thick slices tomato plus more as needed (enough to create 1 layer)
8 pinches salt
24 big basil leaves

1. Brush one side of each slice of bread with olive oil.
2. Lay 4 slices of bread oil side down on a cutting board.
3. Layer the mozzarella, tomato, salt and basil on the bread.
4. Top with the remaining bread, oil side up.
5. Transfer to a griddle, or large skillet, and grill until one side is golden brown.
6. Turn the sandwiches, and grill until the remaining side is golden brown.
7. Remove to a cutting board, allow to rest for 3 minutes, then cut in half and serve.

Harvest Grape Focaccia
Makes one 13-by-9-inch pan

    Rosemary, Lemon Zest Oil for Focaccia

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
Grated zest of one Lemon

1. Heat the oil in a skillet and add the rosemary and lemon zest.
2. Swirl in the pan one minute and remove from the heat. Allow to cool and steep for at least 1 hour.
3. Pour into a bottle and seal, refrigerate until needed, or proceed. This will keep in the refrigerator for up
to 1 week.

    For the Focaccia

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
3 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 tablespoon instant yeast
1/2 cup rosemary, lemon zest oil (above)
1 cup grape, halved or quartered if large
1/4 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon fleur de sel for finishing

1. Lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ pan, and drizzle 1 to 2 tablespoons Rosemary Lemon zest oil in the bottom.
2. Combine the water, salt, flour, yeast, and 2 tablespoons oil, beat at high speed with an electric mixer for 60 seconds.
3. Scoop the sticky batter into the prepared pan, cover the pan with plastic wrap, and let it rise at room temperature for 60 minutes, till it becomes puffy.
4. While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 375°F.
5. Gently poke the dough all over with your index finger creating dimples and arrange the grapes and raisins over the top, drizzle with more oil and sprinkle with some fleur de sel.
6. Bake the bread till it’s golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes.
7. Remove it from the oven, wait 5 minutes, then turn it out of the pan onto a rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Chocolate Mint Tart
Serves 6 to 8

    For the Crust

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
¼ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
1 egg yolk
Make the crust: In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Pulse to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolk with 1 tablespoon cold water. Add the yolk mixture to the food processor and pulse until it is evenly distributed. The mixture will appear crumbly, but should hold together
very easily when pressed. Add a bit more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, if necessary. Turn the mixture out onto a piece of plastic wrap and form it into a disc. Wrap the disc in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the chilled dough into a circle 1/4- to 1/8-inch thick. Gently fit the dough into a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom and trim the top evenly. Repair any cracks or tears
in the dough with the trimmings and reserve the trimmings, wrapped in plastic and kept at room temperature, to use later if necessary. Freeze for 30 minutes.
While the shell is chilling, heat oven to 375 degrees. Just before baking, prick the shell all over with a fork, and line the bottom and sides with aluminum foil. Bake the shell until it is cooked through and crisp, about 25 minutes. Remove the foil and, using the leftover dough, repair any cracks that may have formed. Cool the shell on a rack while you prepare the rest of the tart.

    For the White Chocolate Ganache

1 ¾ cups heavy cream
1 cup chocolate mint leaves packed
10 ⅜ ounces white chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
Pinch salt

Heat the 1 3/4 cups heavy cream and mint leaves in a saucepan over medium-high until simmering.
Turn off heat and let cream steep for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.
Strain the cream through a fine mesh sieve, pressing on the leaves to extract as much cream as possible. Reserve 1 cup of the cream, covered, in the refrigerator.
Heat the remaining 3/4 cup of cream until simmering and pour it over the white chocolate in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk the mixture until smooth, then let it cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. If the chocolate is resisting melting, set the bowl over a pan of simmering water and whisk until smooth.
Add the butter and a pinch of salt and whip the ganache on high speed for 10 minutes. It will go from slightly translucent to opaque and aerated. Pour the whipped ganache into the cooled tart shell, smooth the top and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

    For the Bittersweet Ganache

½ cup heavy cream
3 ½ ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
Pinch salt
1. Make the bittersweet ganache: Bring the cream to a simmer in a small saucepan. Add the chocolate, butter and salt to a heat-safe bowl and whisk in the hot cream until smooth. If the chocolate is resisting melting, set the bowl over a pan of simmering water and whisk until smooth.
2. Use a spatula to spread the bittersweet ganache over the cooled white chocolate ganache. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour and serve garnished with additional whipped cream.

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