Strawberry-Rhubarb Salad with Mint and Hazelnuts

Strawberry-Rhubarb Salad with Mint and Hazelnuts

Strawberries and rhubarb are a power duo in pie; here raw rhubarb plays a tart counter to sweet strawberries. Fresh mint adds the perfect balancestrawberry-rhubarb-salad_1x1

YIELD
Makes 8 servings
ACTIVE TIME
15 minutes
TOTAL TIME
45 minutes

INGREDIENTS

    • 1/2 cup blanched hazelnuts
    • 2 rhubarb stalks, thinly sliced on the diagonal
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 tablespoon Cointreau or fresh orange juice
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • 2 pounds strawberries, hulled, quartered
    • 1/4 cup torn fresh mint leaves
    • PREPARATION

        1. Preheat oven to 350°. Toast hazelnuts on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, 8–10 minutes. Let cool, then chop.
        2. Meanwhile, toss rhubarb, sugar, Cointreau, and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Let sit until rhubarb is slightly softened and releases its juices, about 30 minutes. Toss with strawberries, mint, and hazelnuts.
      Cooks’ note: Resist the urge to make the salad the night before, or the rhubarb may become too soft.

 

Homemade Cheese Spread w/Fresh Herbs

Homemade Cheese Spread w/Garlic and Fresh Herbs

Simple and delicious!  Parsley and chives bring the fresh flavor of Spring!

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YIELD
Makes about 1 cup
ACTIVE TIME
10 minutes
TOTAL TIME
40 minutes (including chilling)

INGREDIENTS

    • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 small garlic clove, quartered
    • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/4 cup chopped parsley leaves
    • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
    • Crackers or toasts (for serving)

PREPARATION

    1. Combine cream cheese, butter, garlic, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until smooth. Add parsley and chives and pulse a few times until well combined. Pack mixture into a small bowl, ramekin, or glass jar. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes. Serve with crackers or toasts.
  1. Do Ahead
    1. Cheese can be made 5 days ahead. Cover and chill.
Cooks’ Note
To add a citrus note to the cheese, incorporate 1/8 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest with the herbs. Or add 1/8 teaspoon (or more) freshly ground black pepper for a little spice.
 Courtesy of Epicurious

DEVILED GREEN EGGS WITH ROASTED RED PEPPER AND CAPERS

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YIELD
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

    • 8 pasture-­raised eggs
    • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
    • 1 cup trimmed mustard greens
    • 1/2 cup olive oil–based mayonnaise
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/4 cup diced roasted red peppers
    • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and chopped
    • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced (optional)
  1. PREPARATION

      1. Put the eggs and vinegar in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a full boil over high heat, cover, and turn off the heat. Set aside for 15 minutes to allow the eggs to cook through. Place under cold running water to cool. Drain and peel. Cut the eggs in half lengthwise, scoop out the yolks, and transfer them to a small bowl. Set aside.
      2. Put the mustard greens in a food processor and chop finely. Add the reserved egg yolks, mayonnaise, and black pepper and process until smooth. Transfer the egg whites to a plate and fill them with the yolk mixture. Top with the roasted red peppers, capers, and jalapeño, if using. Serve immediately, or cover and chill until ready to serve or for up to 4 hours.
    Cooks’ Note
    If you prefer to roast the peppers yourself, place them on a baking sheet under the broiler for 3 to 4 minutes, turning often, until the skins are blackened. Transfer to a bowl and let them steam for 5 minutes. Then peel and seed the peppers before completing the recipe.
    255 Calories . 13g Protein . 4g Carbohydrates . 19g Fat (4g Saturated) . 382mg Cholesterol . 1g Sugars . 1g Fiber . 555mg Sodium Vitamin K = 157% . Choline = 69% . Selenium = 56% . Vitamin A = 46% . Vitamin D = 40%

    courtesy of epicurious

What’s Growing Wednesday

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Usually we have a ‘Guess What’s Growing’ post on Wednesday, but today we want you to ‘See What’s Growing.’  This is our beautiful wall garden display . . .  first thing we see when entering our office.  Thanks to Anne Marie, our plant stylist, for brightening our day!

But just for fun, feel free to name as many of these plants as you are able.

BROTHY POACHED CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS AND FRESH CHILE

The cure for the common cold!  Try this with your Red Fire (Thai) Chili Peppers or Jalapeno Peppers for a nice kick.  Fresh chopped cilantro adds the perfect finishing touch.

 

BROTHY POACHED CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS AND FRESH CHILE

INGREDIENTS

    • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3 large)
    • 1 head garlic, halved crosswise
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 4 whole allspice
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
    • 8 ounces maitake or shiitake mushrooms, torn into bite-size pieces
    • 1 fresh red chile (such as Fresno), thinly sliced
    • 1 1″ piece ginger, peeled, finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • Sliced scallions and cilantro sprigs (for serving)

PREPARATION

    1. Place chicken, garlic, bay leaves, allspice, and 1 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium pot. Cover with 6 cups water and bring to a bare simmer over high heat. Immediately reduce heat to medium-low, cover pot, and cook 8 minutes. Remove chicken from liquid and let cool slightly, then shred into bite-size pieces.
    2. Strain stock through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean pot; discard solids. Add mushrooms, chile, ginger, vinegar, and soy sauce to stock. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until broth tastes rich and flavorful, 8–10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then add shredded chicken and simmer just until meat is warmed through.
    3. Divide soup among bowls and serve topped with scallions and cilantro.
    4. Do ahead: Chicken can be poached 2 days ahead. Let chicken and broth cool separately. Wrap up chicken and transfer broth to an airtight container; chill.
Calories 330 – Fat 6 g – Fiber 3 g

ZUCCHINI “NOODLES” WITH EGGPLANT AND TOMATOES

For your ‘Meatless Monday’ recipe collection!  A great way to use your Basil and Cherry Tomatoes.This recipe received great reviews with Epicurious.

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YIELD
Serves 4
TOTAL TIME
45 minutes

INGREDIENTS

    • 2 medium zucchini (about 1 1/4 pounds), spiralized or cut into matchsticks
    • 2 medium yellow squash (about 1 1/4 pounds), spiralized or cut into matchsticks
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
    • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 3/4 cup (packed) basil leaves, chopped, divided
    • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling
    • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
    • 1 1/2 large long Chinese eggplants (about 3/4 pound), cut into 1/4″ slices on the bias
    • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, divided
    • 1/4 cup pitted cured black olives, halved, divided
    • 1 (8-ounce) ball fresh buffalo mozzarella, thinly sliced

PREPARATION

    1. Place zucchini and squash in a strainer set over a bowl. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. salt and toss to combine. Let sit 10 minutes, then shake in strainer, pressing gently, to remove any excess liquid.
    2. Meanwhile, whisk lemon juice, honey, pepper, 1/2 cup basil, 3 Tbsp. oil, and 1/4 tsp. salt in a large bowl.
    3. Heat remaining 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium. Cook garlic until it begins to sizzle and turn golden brown, 5–7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to bowl with dressing. Increase heat to medium-high, add eggplant and 1 cup tomatoes, and cook, stirring occasionally, until eggplant is browned and cooked through and tomatoes begin to burst, about 6–8 minutes. Season with remaining 1/4 tsp. salt and transfer to bowl with dressing.
    4. Cut remaining 1 cup tomatoes in half lengthwise and add to bowl with dressing. Add zucchini and squash; gently toss to combine. Add 3 Tbsp. olives and 2 Tbsp. basil, then transfer with tongs to a platter, letting extra liquid drain and remain in bowl. Lay mozzarella on 1 end of platter and drizzle with oil. Top dish with remaining 2 Tbsp. basil and 1 Tbsp. olives.

Courtesy of Epicurious

Cider-Braised Chicken with Apples and Kale

Gather ’round the table and enjoy this warming and wonderful recipe that includes Kale and Tarragon, fresh from your AeroGarden!

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YIELD
Serves 4
ACTIVE TIME
35 minutes
TOTAL TIME
45 minutes

INGREDIENTS

    • 4 chicken legs (thigh and drumstick; about 3 pounds)
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon country-style Dijon mustard
    • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 2 pink-skinned apples, cut into 1/2″ wedges
    • 1/2 medium red onion, cut into 1/2″ wedges
    • 1 cup dry white wine
    • 1 1/2 cups fresh apple cider, divided
    • 1 large or 2 small bunches curly kale (about 1 pound), stemmed, torn into pieces
    • 1/4 cup heavy cream
    • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    • 3 tablespoons tarragon leaves (optional)

PREPARATION

    1. Arrange rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 450°F. Season chicken all over with 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper, then rub with 1/4 cup mustard, making sure to get mustard under skin.
    2. Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large heatproof high-sided skillet or heavy braising pan over medium-high. Sear chicken, skin side down, until golden-brown, about 8 minutes. Turn chicken, then arrange apples and onion around chicken. Add wine and 1 cup cider, then transfer to oven and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 165°F, about 20 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1/2 cup cider, 1 Tbsp. oil, and 1/2 tsp. salt in a large pot over medium; add kale, cover, and cook until wilted. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until kale is tender, about 5 minutes. Using slotted spoon, divide kale among plates.
    4. Transfer chicken, apples, and onion to plates with a slotted spoon. Heat remaining liquid in skillet over high. Add cream and remaining 1 tsp. mustard and bring to a boil. Cook, whisking constantly, until sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.
    5. Spoon sauce alongside chicken and kale. Garnish with tarragon, if desired

Courtesy of Epicurious