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Recipes from the Farmers Market

Zuppa Toscana   Serves 6, 50 min

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1 teaspoon olive oil

1 lb sausage, casings removed

1 medium onion, chopped

6 garlic cloves, chopped

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried thyme

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 lb small red potatoes, washed and quartered

1 tablespoon all purpose seasoning ( Garlic Herb)

½ teaspoon salt

4 cups chicken broth

2 cups milk

Cracked black pepper

3 – 4 cups chopped kale or spinach

  1. Heat olive oil in large soup pot and cook sausage, breaking it apart as it cooks. (medium heat)
  2. To the pot, add onion, garlic, all the herbs and seasoning. Cook, stirring occasionally for 2 – 3 minutes.
  3. Add in the potatoes and cook with the onions and garlic for 2 more minutes.
  4. Pour in the broth and bring to a hard simmer (medium – high). Cook for 25 minutes or until potatoes are soft.
  5. Stir in the milk and kale and cook for another 10 minutes (medium heat). If using spinach, cook for 5 minutes. Season to taste and serve.

Basil Pesto with Pecans

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1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup nuts: pecans
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Combine all ingredients except olive oil in food processor. Process until it looks like very coarse meal and add oil gradually until smooth-ish.

Pesto Vinaigrette:

Perfect for a little different take on a caprese salad

2 T freshly-made pesto

2 T Champagne Vinegar

For the smoothest vinaigrette, process in a blender. Otherwise, whisk together and serve. Will stay fresh in the refrigerator for two weeks. Drizzle over a salad of mixed greens, fresh or sundried tomatoes, and a few balls of fresh mozzarella.

Shaved Radish, Carrot, Cucumber Salad with Tangerines and Microgreens
Recipe by Lindsey Johnson

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2 small carrots, peeled and very thinly sliced
2 large radishes, very thinly sliced
1/2 large cucumber, very thinly sliced
1 tangerine, peeled and thinly sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced white and tender green parts
microgreens, about 1/4 cup

Arrange the sliced vegetables and tangerine on a serving platter.  Top with the green onions and microgreens.  Serve immediately with Orange and Honey Vinaigrette.


Orange and Honey Vinaigrette

1/3 c freshly squeezed orange or tangerine juice

¼ c olive oil

1 T honey

1 T Dijon mustard

3 T champagne vinegar

Salt & pepper to taste

Whisk all ingredients (or shake in a Mason jar) and drizzle over salad. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

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3 tablespoons good olive oil

3 cups yellow onions, chopped (2 onions)

1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)

4 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade

1 ½ lbs roasted San Marzano or Roma tomatoes

Large pinch of saffron threads

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup orzo

1/2 cup heavy cream

Grilled Cheese Croutons (see below)

In a large pot or Dutch oven such as Le Creuset, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Stir in the chicken stock, tomatoes, saffron, 1 tablespoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, fill a medium pot with water, add 2 teaspoons salt and bring to a boil. Add the orzo and cook for 7 minutes. (It will finish cooking in the soup.) Drain the orzo and add it to the soup. Stir in the cream, return the soup to a simmer and cook for 10 more minutes, stirring frequently.

Serve hot with Grilled Cheese Croutons scattered on top.

Grilled Cheese Croutons

4 (1/2-inch-thick) slices country white bread

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Heat a panini grill. Place the four slices of bread on a cutting board and brush lightly with the melted butter, being sure to butter the corners. Turn the slices over and pile cheddar on two of the slices. Place the remaining two slices of bread on top of the cheese, buttered sides up.

Grill the sandwiches on a grill pan or griddle for about 5 minutes, until nicely browned. Place on a cutting board, allow to rest for 1 minute and cut into 1-inch cubes.

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Spring Panzanella Salad with Asparagus

Spring Panzanella Salad with Asparagus

6 servings

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For the croutons:

1/4 cup olive oil

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

6 cups day-old bread, crust removed, cubed

6 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Mix the bread cubes with the garlic, olive oil, parmesan, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Toss to coat well. Transfer bread to a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake stirring once or twice, until the croutons are crisp and lightly colored on the outside but still soft within, about 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside and let cool.

For the vinaigrette:

Half a red onion, finely diced

2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons champagne or white wine vinegar

Juice of half a lemon

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  1. Mix the red onion with the vinegar and lemon juice in a small bowl and set aside for a few minutes before whisking in the remaining vinaigrette ingredients: olive oil and dijon. Set aside.

For the salad:

4 large leeks

2 teaspoons salt

1 pound asparagus

1 19-ounce can of white beans, rinsed and drained or 1 1/2 cups cooked white beans

  1. Cut off dark green tops of leeks and trim root ends. Halve each leek lengthwise to within 2 inches of root end. Rinse well under cold running water to wash away sand.
  2. Cover leeks with cold water in a 12-inch heavy skillet. Add salt and simmer leeks, uncovered, until tender, 10 minutes.
  3. Without draining the cooking water (you will reuse it for the asparagus), transfer leeks to a bowl of ice and cold water to stop cooking, then pat the leeks dry with paper towels.
  4. Break off tough ends of asparagus and cook it in the boiling water until crisp-tender, no more than three minutes if they’re pencil-thin, more if your asparagus is thicker. Transfer it to another bowl of ice water, drain and pat it dry.
  5. Cut the leeks and the asparagus each into one-inch segments–the leeks will be especially slippery and prone to separating; hold firm and use a sharp knife!
  6. Place pieces in a large bowl and mix in beans and cooled parmesan croutons. Pour vinaigrette over and toss well. Season with salt and pepper.
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The Wonderful Tatin

My favorite pan, the TATIN, awaits my attention. I have used it for the Apple Tart Tatin with apples and pears. It’s time for me to branch out into something savory. The Le Creuset Cookbook that accompanies the Tatin includes  recipe for a veggie tart. With all the attention on the Mediterranean diet, this will be my next adventure in the kitchen. The recipe follows:

Mediterranean Vegetable Tarte Tatin
 
Serves 8-10
Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Wait: 5 minutes
(Recipe is for a 12 inch pan)
Ingredients:
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 large red onion, chopped
2 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 red or orange peppers, seeded and cut lengthwise into 3/4 inch wide strips
1 lb courgettes, cut into 1/2 inch slices,  aka zucchini squash
1- 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1- 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
10-1/2 onions cherry tomatoes
1-1/2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
1-1/2 tbsp fresh chopped majorum
Salt
Fresh ground black pepper

10-1/2 puff pastry
1/2 c feta or mozzarella

1. Heat oil in the Tatin  dish and then add the red onion, garlic and pepper. Fry gently on low heat. Add the courgettes and fry longer.
2. Add the red wine and sugar. Cook until the juices turn syrupy.
3. Remove from heat. Add the tomatoes, herbs and seasoning. Leave to cool.
4. Spread the dough in a circle of similar diameter to the the top of the dish. Place it over vegetables and tuck in the edges. Punch two or three holes in the pastry.
5. Bake in the center of the oven (400F.) for 20 to 25 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.
6.. Leave to cool in the dish for 5-10 minutes; then, separate the edges with a knife. Turn over on a large serving dish.
7. Dice the cheese and scatter over the top just before serving.

And as all good entree recipes suggest–add a green salad–and as I suggest a nice bottle of Pinot Grigio.

Happy, healthy eanting.
Jo An

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Red Curry with Pumpkin or Butternut Squash

We love the balance of sweet and spicy in this seasonal curry. It’s a great recipe to start with if you’re looking to incorporate new spices into your dishes.

Red Curry with Pumpkin or Butternut Squash

Serves 6 -8

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Ingredients

CURRY

1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil or avocado oil

1 shallot, minced

2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger

2 Tbsp minced garlic

1 small jalapeno pepper, stem + seeds removed, thinly sliced

1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced lengthwise

3 Tbsp red Thai curry paste

3 1/2 cups peeled and cubed pumpkin or butternut squash

2 14-ounce cans light coconut milk

2 Tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp ground turmeric

Healthy pinch sea salt

1 Tbsp coconut aminos or soy sauce

1 cup chopped, fresh broccoli

2 Tbsp lemon juice

2/3 cup roasted cashews or peanuts

 

FOR SERVING optional:  Fresh basil or cilantro, Lemon juice & Jasmine rice, Brown rice, Quinoa, or Cauliflower Rice

 

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, shallot, ginger, garlic, and pepper. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add bell pepper and curry paste and stir. Cook for 2 minutes more. Then add pumpkin/butternut squash and stir. Cook for 2 minutes more.
  3. Add coconut milk, sugar, turmeric, sea salt, and coconut aminos/soy sauce and stir. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  4. Once simmering, slightly reduce heat to low and cover. You want a simmer, not a boil, which should be around low to medium-low heat.
  5. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, to soften the pumpkin and infuse it with curry flavor.
  6. At this time, also taste and adjust the flavor of the sauce/broth as needed. Don’t be shy with seasonings – this curry should be very flavorful.
  7. Once the broth is well seasoned and the pumpkin is tender, add broccoli, lemon juice, and cashews and cover. Simmer for 3-4 minutes more over low to medium-low heat.
  8. Optional: Scoop out half of the broth/sauce and half of the pumpkin (try to exclude the broccoli) and blend until creamy and smooth in a blender for a thicker, creamier curry. Return to pot and warm for a few minutes before serving.
  9. Serve as is or over rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice. This dish gets elevated with the addition of fresh lemon juice and Thai or regular basil or cilantro for serving.
  10. Best when fresh, though leftovers will keep in the refrigerator up to 3-4 days or in the freezer for 1 month. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave until hot.
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One Pot Minestrone

Reasons why we love this soup:

  • Ready in 30 minutes
  • It’s a one pot dish
  • A perfect recipe to use up leftover fresh veggies
  • It’s delicious!

One Pot Minestrone Soup

Serves 8

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Ingredients

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1/2 white or yellow onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 large carrots, peeled and sliced into thin rounds

1 1/2 cups fresh green beans, trimmed, roughly chopped

1 Tbsp All Purpose Seasoning

sea salt & black pepper + more to taste

1 small zucchini diced into 1” pieces

1 15-ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes

6 + cups  vegetable broth

2 tsp dried basil (or 1 Tbsp fresh)

2 tsp dried oregano

1 Tbsp Parmesan + more for serving

½ Tbsp (or more) Pizza Seasoning

1 Tbsp sugar or honey

1 15-ounce can white beans or chickpeas, rinsed + drained

2 cups pasta noodles, like penne, macaroni, or rotini

1 cup baby kale or spinach, roughly chopped

 

Instructions:

  1. Heat a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat and then add your oil.
  2. Add carrots and green beans and season with salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables have softened slightly and have some color.
  3. Next, add onion, and garlic and stir. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add zucchini, fire-roasted tomatoes, vegetable broth, basil, oregano, Parmesan cheese, pizza seasoning, sugar, and beans. Stir to coat.
  5. Increase heat to medium-high and bring soup to a strong simmer. Then reduce heat slightly to medium-low until the soup is simmering but not boiling. Add pasta and stir. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, reducing heat if needed to keep the soup at a simmer.
  6. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste soup and adjust seasonings as needed.
  7. Add kale or spinach and stir. Cook for another 3-4 minutes to wilt the kale and allow the flavors to meld together. Turn off heat and let rest for a few minutes before serving.
  8. To serve, divide soup between serving bowls and garnish with fresh herbs and parmesan cheese (optional).
  9. Store leftovers in the refrigerator up to 3-4 days or the freezer up to 1 month.
  10. Be careful not to overheat the soup when warming leftovers, as the pasta is tender once cooked and will get mushy if overcooked.
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Late Summer Vegetable Soup with Peppery Croutons

Summer is the longest season in Central Texas. Lucky for us, that means we can still find some of summer’s vegetable bounty at our local farmers market in October.

This soup is a great way to make the most out of your late summer vegetables. Feel free to add in some diced tomatoes, leafy greens or your favorite protein.

Late Summer Vegetable Soup with Peppery Croutons  

8 Servings

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3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 shallots, thinly sliced

1/2 red bell pepper, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 carrot, diced

3 teaspoons fresh thyme

2 teaspoons fresh oregano

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

1 cup fresh green beans, cut into bite size pieces

1 zucchini, cut into bite size pieces

1 yellow squash, cut into bite size pieces

1 ear of fresh corn, kernels removed

6 cups vegetable or chicken broth

pinch of cayenne pepper

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

 

Heat the oil in a 6 quart stockpot over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the shallots, red bell pepper, garlic and carrot. Saute for 4 minutes. Next, add the herbs and season with salt. Finally, add in the green beans, zucchini, squash and corn. Cook for 3 or 4 minutes. Season again with salt and a pinch of cayenne. Finally, add in the broth. Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes and serve with peppery croutons and Parmesan cheese.

 

Croutons

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

3 cups 1/2-inch cubes crust-less sourdough bread (about 8 ounces)

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt

1 teaspoon coarsely cracked black pepper

 

Heat the butter in pan over medium heat until bubbly. Add the bread and cook until browned on all sides, about 6 minutes. Remove and immediately sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve atop vegetable soup.

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Cooking with Seasonal Produce: Bok Choy

Whether the weather in Central Texas is indicating it or not, the Fall season is officially here. It’s the season when we start thinking about pumpkins and heartier holiday dishes like chili, apple pie, and pot roast. We always look forward to this time of year. Our culinary artist within comes alive with the anticipation of creating new recipes and dishes and sharing them with our friends and family.

Have you ever thought about why some dishes are more popular during the current season? Why do we always have pumpkin pie in the Fall or tomato salad in Summer? It is because of the seasonality of produce. Eating vegetables and fruits that are “in season” have so many benefits:

  • You get a broader variety of foods in your diet.
  • You save money (seasonal produce is less expensive).
  • You get the best tasting, healthiest food available because they are picked when ripe and travel a shorter distance to get to you, the customer.
  • You end up supporting local, more sustainable farmers ( Downtown Waco Farmers Market ).

How do we know what is really “in season” in our area? The local farmers market is a great resource! The produce offered by these local farmers is all seasonal. We make a point to go every week and see what is available, and even chat with the vendors to see what they will have in the following weeks. (Another great resource: Seasonal Food Guide )

Last week we picked up some fresh Bok Choy from The Home Grown Farm. This Chinese vegetable, which is a cross between romaine lettuce and cabbage, is very versatile. Serve it raw in salads, add it to soup, or just saute and serve as a side dish, which is what we did! What’s great about Bok Choy is you can use the whole vegetable. Talk about getting your money’s worth.

Sauteed Bok Choy

Serves 4

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½ cup water
1 ½ teaspoon tamari or soy sauce
2 teaspoons avocado or extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon finely minced ginger
1 lb. bok choy
pinch of coarse sea salt
Sesame Seeds, optional for garnish

PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Whisk water and tamari in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large nonstick pan over high heat.
  3. Add the garlic and ginger and cook just until they begin to sizzle, tilting the pan so the aromatics and the oil get a little bath, all in all just about 30 seconds.
  4. Immediately add the greens along with pinch of salt to the pan and stir to coat greens with garlic and ginger.
  5. Add the reserved soy sauce mixture and cook just until the greens begin to wilt, about 3 minutes. Serve immediately.

 

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Curried Butternut Squash Soup

We love the natural, creamy flavor and texture of this spectacular squash. With the addition of spices such as Madras Curry and Tandoori, the soup is light but bold in flavor. Try it and let us know what you think!

 

Creamy Curried Butternut Squash Soup

3 – 4 servings

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2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon Sandy Oaks Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 cup sweet onion, diced

3 cups roasted butternut squash *recipe follows

2 cups vegetable broth

1 teaspoon Tandoori Spice Blend

1 Tablespoon Madras Curry

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk

Sriracha, optional

 

Heat butter and oil in a 4 quart stockpot. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 min, stirring occasionally. Add the squash, broth, spices and season with salt. Cook for 5 minutes. Carefully pour the soup into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. (This can also be done with an immersion blender.) Pour the blended soup back into the stockpot. Add the coconut milk and reheat if necessary. Serve with optional Sriracha sauce.

 

*Roasted Butternut Squash:

1  2 -3 lb butternut squash

4 tablespoons olive oil or butter

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Peel the squash. Carefully cut it in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Cut the squash into 1” cubes and scatter them out onto a large USA Half Sheet Baking Pan. Pour the olive oil over the squash and toss to coat. Season with the salt and pepper and toss once more. Bake for 45 minutes or until the squash just begins to caramelize and turn brown on the edges.

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Summer Recipes from the Farmers Market

We shared some of our favorite Summer Recipes in a recent cooking demonstration at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. We love being able to use many fresh fruits and veggies available at the market. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to visit and sample!

Summer Salad With Poached Egg

4 servings

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1 head butter lettuce ( Home Grown Farm)

1 ripe Summer tomato, sliced ( Various Vendors)

two medium Avocado, skin and pit removed & sliced

3 stalks Green onion, chopped (JBG Organic)

¼ lb crisp Bacon, chopped (Richardson Farms)

Roasted red sweet pepper

Beet micro greens (Kin Worthy Harvest)

 

Vinaigrette

1 Tablespoon fresh or 1 tsp dried Tarragon

¼ cup Sandy Oaks Extra virgin olive oil *

2 Tablespoon Champagne vinegar

2 Tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 – 4 Tablespoon Honey, optional (Richardson Farms, Round Rock Honey, C & J Farms)

1 teaspoon lemon zest or 2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 Tablespoon minced shallot (Lightsey Farms, JBG Organic, World Hunger Relief )

 

4 Farm fresh eggs ( Home Grown Farm, World Hunger Relief, Richardson Farms )

White vinegar

Salt and pepper

* Available in our SHOP

For the eggs, start heating a deep skillet or shallow pot with 1 inch deep water. Add 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp white vinegar. Heat the water until it barely bubbles, around 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

For salads I recommend using your best farmers market greens and tomatoes, but anything colorful you can find will work.

Chop your greens and vegetables while your water is heating and prepare your salad dressing.

Vinaigrette

Combine all ingredients together and whisk until incorporated.

 

In a large bowl, toss your vegetables with your dressing. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Use tongs to plate your salad and get ready to prep your eggs.

Rinse your eggs and crack them one at a time into a small bowl or large serving spoon. Gently lower each egg into the warm water and release it into the pan (use a larger pan for batches greater than 2). Allow the egg to cook until the yolk has filmed over and the white is set, about 3-5 minutes.

Remove egg with a slotted spoon, drain off water and carefully place the egg on top of your salad. Garnish with pepper and serve immediately. Poached eggs go particularly nicely with sour toast (Artisan Oven).

Grilled Bruschetta with Havarti, Honey and Figs

Makes 32

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1 crusty baguette, sliced into ½” thick slices = 32 (Artisan Oven)

10 oz havarti cheese, cut into thin slices = 32 (Brazos Valley Cheeses)

8 ripe fresh figs, stemmed, quartered lengthwise (Lightsey Farms)

Honey (Richardson Farms, Round Rock Honey, C & J Farms)

Basil Microgreens (Kin Worthy Harvest)

Preheat grill to medium high heat. Brush both sides of bread with olive oil. Grill bread until grill marks appear on the first side, about 3 minutes. Turn bread slices over and place grilled side down on a piece of foil. Place 1 cheese slice atop each bread slice and close the grill until cheese melts, about 3 minutes. Transfer bread to a work surface and top each piece with a fig slice. Drizzle lightly with honey and sprinkle lightly with freshly ground black pepper. Transfer to a platter and serve. Garnish with Micro Greens

Option: top with the cheese and fig and then place under a broiler to “toast” the fig. Then drizzle with honey and sprinkle with fresh pepper. Garnish with Microgreens

 

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Farmers Market

The Waco Downtown Farmers Market offers FREE cooking demonstrations using farm fresh ingredients from their vendors. Enjoy these recipes from our demonstration on March 4th using many ingredients available early spring.

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Waco Downtown Farmers Market Saturdays 9 am – 1pm

Pumpkin Bread French Toast

  • half a loaf of pumpkin bread or zucchini bread, sliced thickly (about 6 pieces), The Wine Maker’s Pantry
  • 3 eggs, Various Vendors
  • ½ cup whole milk, Richardson Farms
  • a splash of Nielsen Massey vanilla **
  • Cinnamon honey syrup, recipe follows
  1. Whisk the eggs, milk, and vanilla together. Heat a nonstick or oiled skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Dip each piece of pumpkin bread in the mixture and soak for about 20 seconds. Let excess drip off, then transfer to the hot skillet and fry for a few minutes on each side (and repeat if needed) until both sides are golden brown and almost crispy (but the insides will still be soft).
  3. Serve with Cinnamon Honey Syrup.

Cinnamon Honey Syrup

  • 3⁄4 cup honey, Round Rock Honey
  • 1⁄2 cup butter
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground Ceylon cinnamon**

Heat all ingredients in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until warm.

Herbed Pecan Pesto:

  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves, Various Vendors
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans , Pecan Shop
  • 4 cloves garlic, Various Vendors
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup olive oil, Texas Hill Country Olive Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 pinch ground black pepper to taste **

Blend the basil, pecans, garlic, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt, and pepper together in a food processor until the mixture becomes a slightly chunky paste.

Bowl of Vegetable Soup and a slice of bread topped with Pesto
Farmers Market Soup

Farmer’s Market Italian Soup

  1. In a heavy bottom pot, heat 1 tbs olive oil over medium high heat. Add in the sausage and brown , about 5 minutes. Put the sausage aside on a plate.
  2. Add more oil, the carrots, celery, leeks and onions. Add in 2 tsp salt and 21 tsp pepper. Cook over medium heat, scraping up any brown bits from the sausage on the bottom of the pot, and stirring occasionally. Cook until the onions turn translucent, about 10 minutes.
  3. When the onions have turned translucent, and the vegetables have cooked through, add in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Then add in the can of diced tomatoes, bone broth, sausage, and thyme. Cook over low heat, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Add in the spinach (or other leafy green).
  4. Add in pasta. Stir and continue cooking until pasta is cooked, 5 – 10 minutes depending on type of pasta.
  5. Taste to see if it needs more salt and pepper.
  6. Serve it topped with herbed pesto and warm bread.
  7. Will keep in an air tight container for 1 week in the fridge. Can be frozen for up to 6 months.

** Ingredients available at Gourmet Gallery