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Warm Mushroom and Arugula Salad

The umami and warmth of the mushrooms plays nicely with the richness of the cheddar and the peppery bite of the arugula.

This dish was inspired by a meal Jake had at the restaurant Fore Street in Portland, ME. Their version used black trumpet mushrooms and clothbound cheddar, which we didn’t have access to, but we think we’ve done it justice. For a meatless salad that eats like a meal look no further.

Equipment Needed: Frying Pan, Chef’s Knife, Cutting Board, Wooden Spoon, Paper Towels, Sieve or Salad Spinner, Small Mixing Bowl, Fork

Serving Suggestion: Individual Plating

Servings: 4-6

Suggested Wine Pairing:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Rioja, Malbec 

Suggested Beer Pairing: Porter, Stout, Bitter Ale

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz arugula ($3.49/5 oz package)
  • 2 lbs. baby bella or crimini mushrooms ($2.99/lb)
  • 1 large shallot ($2.99/lb)
  • 2 cloves garlic ($2.99/lb)
  • 6 oz porter cheddar (or any good aged cheddar) (about $8.99/lb)
  • 1 C walnuts (about $8.99/lb)
  • 2 TBSP unsalted butter ($4.99/lb)
  • 2 TBSP & 1/4 C extra virgin olive oil, divided ($8.99/32 oz)
  • 2 TBSP whole grain mustard ($4.99/8oz jar)
  • 1 TBSP honey ($4.39/12 oz)
  • 4 TBSP balsamic vinegar, divided ($8.99/32 oz)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Dressing Preparation:

  • In your small mixing bowl combine the mustard, 1/4 C of olive oil, 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar and your honey. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and whisk everything vigorously with a fork. Give it a taste to adjust the flavors to your liking and set it aside.

Salad Preparation:

  • Peel your shallots and garlic. Cut the shallots into quarters, lengthwise, and then go on to slice each piece thinly. Crush and mince the garlic and combine the two in a small bowl.

Slice your shallots thinly so they cook down more easily.

  • Using a damp paper towel, wipe off your mushrooms and slice them thinly. Place the frying pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. When it’s shimmering add the mushrooms with a palmful of salt and pepper. Let them cook down for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, and then add the garlic and shallots.
  • Pour in 2 TBSP of balsamic vinegar and let everything cook down for another 10 minutes and take off the burner.
  • Wash and dry your arugula and put it in your serving bowl. Take the cheddar and cut it first into quarter inch thick slices and then into quarter inch cubes. Set aside separately from the arugula.

Cut your cheddar into tiny little cubes known as brunoise, a classic knife technique.

  • Place a frying pan over medium head and add a tablespoon of butter. Make sure to swirl it around the pan to coat the bottom. Add your walnut pieces and let them sit for about 4 minutes (make sure to check at 3 minutes; if they smell like they’re burning, they probably are).
  • Stir the walnuts and sprinkle on some salt and pepper. Toast for another 4 minutes and remove from the heat.

Watch the walnuts carefully. Toasted = delicious. Burnt = not so much.

  • We suggest layering things as follows: Arugula, mushrooms, walnuts, and cheddar. Drizzle some dressing across the top of the whole lot and graze away.

Meyer Lemon and Rosemary Potatoes

Little lemony roasted potato pearls.

Potatoes can sometimes make us feel blasé. Mashed? Mixed ‘em with everything possible. Baked? Ho hum. Roasted? Always. But a recent sale on meyer lemons inspired us. A simple citrusy twist with some fragrant rosemary takes these tubers to the next level. Pair them with a nice roasted chicken or some Mediterranean fare to keep things interesting.

Equipment Needed: 13 x 9 Baking Pan, Chef’s Knife, Cutting Board, Wooden Spoon, Large Spoon

Serving Suggestion: Family Style

Servings: 4

Suggested Wine Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio 

Suggested Beer Pairing: IPAs, Pale Ales, Lighter Saisons

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb fingerling potatoes (you can use any kind of potato but fingerlings or smaller potatoes make for a more interesting presentation) ($2.49/lb)
  • 4 cloves garlic ($2.99/lb)
  • 2 meyer lemons ($0.50-$1/each)
  • 4 large rosemary sprigs ($1.50/sprig or bunch)
  • 3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil ($8.99/32 oz)
  • 3 TBSP whole grain mustard ($4.99/8oz jar)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven to 415° F.
  • Wash your potatoes well making sure to scrub off any dirt. Put them in the baking pan and set them aside.
  • Peel and crush the garlic with the flat site of your knife. Mince it up and sprinkle a generous amount of salt on top. Using the edge of your knife, press down bit by bit on the pile of garlic crushing it into an even finer paste. When you get to the end of the pile consolidate everything and keep crushing until smooth. Toss the garlic on top of the potatoes.

Add more salt if you need extra abrasiveness.

  • Wash your rosemary sprigs and remove the leaves from the stems. Give them a rough chop and toss them in with the potatoes as well. Pour in the olive oil and spoon in the whole grain mustard. Add a generous pinch of salt and pepper and still up the whole shebang until everything’s evenly coated.

We like ours with a little extra mustard to keep things interesting.

  • Wash the lemon and cut it into eighths, being careful to remove as many seeds as you can. Throw those suckers in with the potato mix and toss it in the oven. Let it roast up for 20 minutes and then give it a good stir. Pop it back in the oven for another 20 minute or until the spuds are fork tender. Serve with a little butter or sour cream if you desire.

Seriously, these little suckers have a ton of seeds. Remove as many as you can before you throw them in.

Greek Vegetable Pizza

Like having a Mediterranean garden on a little island of dough.

We can’t eat meat all the time, no matter how much we wish it was possible. For those times when the circles of meatlessness and pizza overlap on your Venn diagram of hunger (how’s that for an intelligent reference) try our vegetable version. With classic Greek flavors this easy crowd pleaser is also great for using up leftover veggies (zucchini, peppers, extra greens, scallions, we could go on…) with minimal effort and maximum results.

Equipment Needed: Baking Sheet or Pizza Pan or Pizza Stone, Chef’s Knife, Cutting Board, Tongs, Mixing Bowl, Plastic Wrap, Serving Spoon

Serving Suggestion: Family Style

Servings: 4 people (or 2 Brown Brothers)

Suggested Wine Pairing: Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Beaujolais

Suggested Beer Pairing: Pilsners, Light Lagers  

Ingredients:

  • 1 pre-made ball of pizza dough (about $1.99/package)
  • 1 medium red pepper ($3.99/lb)
  • 1 small onion ($0.99/lb)
  • 1 C pitted olives ($5.99/lb)
  • 1/2 C sundried tomatoes (about $5/3 oz jar)
  • 6 oz feta cheese ($7.99/lb)
  • 1/2 C  our roasted garlic and artichoke cream (you can just mince artichokes with olive oil or buy a spread if you prefer)(about $6/8 0z jar)
  • 1 TSP dried oregano ($3.50/1 oz jar)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Preparation:
  • Preheat your oven to 425°F.
  • Before anything else, wash off your red pepper and put it directly over the burner on your stove. If you don’t have a gas stove, pop into the oven directly on the baking rack for about 10-15 minutes. You want the skin to start burning and blistering so keep a close eye on it and rotate when one side gets too done; a crackling, popping noise means you’re headed in the right direction.

Let the pepper char up completely on each side before you turn it.

  • When your pepper is properly charred, put it in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to sweat it out. While you’re waiting for it to steam peel and slice your onion crosswise into thin strips and do the same with your sundried tomatoes (the cutting into strips part, not the peeling part).
  • After about 5 minutes remove the pepper from the bowl, run it under hot water and rub the skin off. Cut in half lengthwise, remove the ribs and seeds and slice into thin strips lengthwise.
  • Peel your onion and slice it into thin discs, halfwise.
  • Throw a little flour on your baking sheet and spread out the pizza dough into the shape your heart desires. Drizzle some olive oil over the top and pop it into the oven for 5 minutes to let it firm up a bit.
  • Take the dough out and coat it with your artichoke spread. Layer on the red pepper strips, onion discs, sundried tomatoes and olives.

Crush the olives before you put them on so they cook down better and cover more pizza real estate.

  • Crumble some feta over the whole lot and sprinkle some dried oregano evenly over the top. Pop it back in the oven for another 10 minute, or until the crust is crisped to your liking. Pull it out, slice it up and take it down.

You could buy the pre-crumbled stuff but where's the fun in that?

Truffled Parmigiano Popcorn

If you've got five minutes you too can be happy.

Oh how we pity those that have lost touch with popcorn’s pure roots and resort to the chemical-ridden quasi-corn that has its own special button on most microwaves. Lost is the simple pleasure of shaking a pot, watching the kernels explode in light fluffy goodness right before your eyes and adjusting flavors to something other than “salty and yellow.” If you need any more inspiration than truffle and Parmigiano cheese to class things up then we can’t help you. Treat yourself and carve out a whole five minutes of your day to do it the right way; we promise you’ll never go back to the bag.

Equipment Needed: 3 QT Pot with Lid, Microplane or Cheese Grater, Small Microwaveable Dish, Large Serving Bowl

Serving Suggestion: Family Style

Servings: 2-3 normal people (though we can each eat a batch)

Suggested Wine Pairing: Whatever you’re drinking

Suggested Beer Pairing: Whatever you’re drinking

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 C un-popped popcorn ($2.29/28 oz)
  • 1/4-1/2 C grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese ($12.99/lb)
  • 2 TBSP canola oil ($4.89/48 oz)
  • 1/2 TBSP butter ($4.99/lb)
  • 2-3 TBSP truffle oil (about $23/8 oz but totally worth it)
  • 2 TSP dried parsley flakes ($1/0.5 oz jar)
  • Sea Salt (about $3/26 oz)
  • Black Pepper

Preparation:

  • Place your pot uncovered over medium-high heat for a minute to warm things up. Add your canola oil to evenly coat the bottom and give it another minute or so to start shimmering.

Use just enough to lightly coat the bottom of the pot.

  • Pour in the popcorn kernels and put the lid on the pot. Every 30 seconds or so swirl the pot in a circular motion to keep the kernels from sticking to the bottom and charring.
  • As soon as the first kernel pops you’ll need to be in action mode, swirling the pot constantly while keeping it over the heat to make sure you get maximum poppage and minimum burnage.

Shake what your momma gave ya!

  • Once the popcorn starts to press against the lid and the popping of the kernels comes more than 3 seconds apart remove the pot from the stove and give it a couple more solid swirls to get any stragglers to explode.
  • Pour the popcorn into your serving bowl. Pop your butter in the microwave for 20-30 seconds to melt it down and pour it evenly over the popcorn. Grind on some fresh black pepper, a pinch of salt (the cheese will make up the difference) and a few dashes of parsley flakes.
  • Drizzle truffle oil over the whole lot and grate on Parmagiano Reggiano to your little heart’s content. We suggest stirring things up a bit to ensure even distribution of flavors and adding more of whichever seasoning/accouterments you desire to taste.

We love that truffle funk. Use liberally.

Make it rain parmigiano.

Roasted Garlic and Artichoke Cream

You'll be finding excuses to put this on everything.

We’re not gonna lie, we totally ripped this idea off from a spread we saw while shopping in Fairway. Our version, however, isn’t $14 for 8 ounces, so there. This blend is great by itself on bread but can be used for pizzas, on pasta, as a sauce for poultry, you name it. For a sharper bite use the garlic raw instead of roasting it.

Equipment Needed: Aluminum Foil, Baking Pan, Chef’s Knife, Cutting Board, Blender or Food Processor

Serving Suggestion: Family Style

Servings: 8-12

Suggested Wine Pairing: Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, un-oaked Chardonnay

Suggested Beer Pairing: Pilsner, Light Lagers

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans artichoke hearts ($2.79/13.75 oz can)
  • 2 garlic bulbs (yes, 2 whole bulbs) ($2.99/lb)
  • 1/4 C grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese ($12.99/lb)
  • 1 lemon ($0.50/each)
  • 4 TBSP extra virgin olive oil, divided ($9.99)/32 oz)
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper

Preparation:

  • Preheat your oven to 415° F.
  • Peel as much of the loose outer papery skin odd the garlic bulbs as you can without actually peeling them. Cut the tops off of the cloves and tear off a piece of foil large enough to enclose both bulbs.
  • Place the foil in the baking sheet and set down your garlic bulbs, cut side up. Drizzle about two tablespoons of olive oil over the top and sprinkle some salt and pepper on each as well. Wrap them up and pop them in the oven for 35 minutes.

Lube your bulbs.

  • While your garlic is roasting drain the artichokes and quarter them. Put them in the blender or food processor, add a palmful of salt and pepper, and grate in a quarter cup of Parmigiano cheese. Squeeze in the juice of half a lime, pour in two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and blend everything together until it’s smooth.

The acidity of the lemon helps balance things out.

  • When your garlic has roasted let it cool for a couple of minutes and then squeeze the cloves out of their peels and into your artichoke puree. Blend until everything is incorporated and add more cheese, salt, pepper or lemon to taste. Spread on your vessel of choice and buon appetito!

Garlicky Pickled Scallions

A perfect pickled produce for plentiful pairings.

Another one fresh from the fields, this CSA bumper crop works great on sandwiches, chopped up on a hot dog, as a side for BBQ. You know, whatever. Yes we need to learn how to pickle things properly so they last longer but for now stop complaining and just enjoy the fact that we’ve given you yet another brilliant idea that will make you look epicurean in front of your friends.

Equipment Needed: 3 QT Pot with Lid, Wooden Spoon or Whisk, Chef’s Knife, Cutting Board, Measuring Cup

Serving Suggestion: Family Style

Servings: 12 ish

Suggested Wine Pairing: Whatever you’re drinking

Suggested Beer Pairing: Whatever you’re drinking

Ingredients:

  • 2 bunches scallions (about $2/bunch)
  • 5 cloves of garlic ($2.99/lb)
  • 1 lemon ($0.50/each)
  • 1 C white vinegar ($2.89/12 oz)
  • 1 C sugar ($2.39/2 lb box)
  • 2 TBSP coarse kosher salt ($2.29/48 oz box)
  • 1 TSP black peppercorns ($3.69/2.25 oz)
  • 1 C water (free)

Preparation:

  • Mix the sugar, vinegar, salt and water in your pot.
  • Cut the root end off your scallions and cut the green leaves off at the point where the stalk starts to turn that light green/white. Pull off the outer layer as it’s usually pretty grungy and wash those puppies thoroughly. Slice them in half lengthwise and set them aside.

Watch your fingers as you slice the scallions down the center.

  • Put your pot over high heat and bring it to a boil. While it’s coming to temperature peel and smash your garlic cloves. Also, cut out a quarter of a lemon and set it aside.

Crush the garlic cloves for maximum flavor diffusion in the pickled mix.

  • Once the vinegar mixture starts boiling add the scallions, garlic, lemon wedge and peppercorns. Stir everything around to make sure it gets coated in the pickling liquid and remove the pot from the heat. Cover the whole lot and let it sit until it comes to room temperature. Store it in an airtight container and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Use it to top sandwiches, as an accent for salads, or just an acidic side for fatty dishes.

Golden Beet Relish

A golden accompaniment for anything that needs a multi-flavor kick.

Our CSA is starting to yield more root vegetables and with cold weather coming we’re in a food preservation mode. Quick pickling allows us to get a solid month out of fresh veggies and gives us an excuse to try new combinations for side dishes and potential condiments. The sweet, earthy flavor of the beets along with the vinegary kick make this recipe a great complement to poultry dishes and in any situation you’d normally reach for a gherkin.

Equipment Needed: 2 QT Pot with Lid, Wooden Spoon or Whisk, Chef’s Knife, Cutting Board, Measuring Cup

Serving Suggestion: Family Style

Servings: 12 ish

Suggested Wine Pairing: Whatever you’re drinking

Suggested Beer Pairing: Whatever you’re drinking

Ingredients:

  • 3 large beets ($0.99/lb)
  • 2 scallions (about $2/bunch)
  • 1 clove of garlic ($2.99/lb)
  • 1 TBSP ground mustard ($3.49/3 oz)
  • 1 C apple cider vinegar ($2.89/32 oz)
  • 1 C sugar ($2.39/2 lb box)
  • 1 TSP black peppercorns ($3.69/2.25 oz)
  • 1 C water (free)

Preparation:

  • Cut the scallions into thin discs, crosswise

Add a little bite and some extra crunch with scallions.

  • Mix the sugar, vinegar, mustard and water in your pot and put over high heat, bringing it to a boil.
  • While the brew is bubbling, peel your beets and slice them carefully with your mandoline or chef’s knife. Take the beet discs and slice them further into little batons (about 1/8th of an inch wide or less). Peel and halve the garlic.
  • Once the vinegar mixture starts to boil add the garlic, scallions and beets. Stir everything together, remove the pot from the heat, cover and let it sit until it comes to room temperature. Store it in an airtight container and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Drop those sweet, earthy slices into the vinegar bath.