March 13, 2019

What’s in the box this week?

Standard Shares include

  • Leeks - Once established in the garden, leeks are hardy; many varieties can be left in the ground during the winter to be harvested as needed.

  • Oranges - Oranges are classified into two general categories: sweet and bitter. The sweet varieties are the most commonly consumed. Popular varieties of the sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) include Valencia, navel and Jaffa oranges. Bitter oranges (Citrus aurantium) are often used to make jam or marmalade, and their zest is used as the flavoring for liqueurs such as Grand Marnier and Cointreau.

  • Dino Kale Raab - Raab, strange a word as it sounds to American ears, is just taken from the Italian word “rapa,” for turnip, another vegetable in the Brassica genus that bolts and produces these tender little flowers. (Dutch for turnip: raap or knolraap; German for turnip: rybe.)

  • Celeriac - Thinly shaved, a great topping for pizza!

  • Mint - The star of this week’s recipe

    Egg Shares include eggs from our certified organic, pasture-raised, happy hens.

 

Vegetable Forecast

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Recipe

Fettuccine with Asparagus, Leeks, and Mint (Serves 4) Use two ingredients from this week’s box and check this out recipe from the folks at Real Simple: “Spring is the ideal time to make a vegetable pasta: It’s the tail end of winter, when we still want comfort food, but there are delicious, fresh foods back in the market stalls. Enter this vegetarian spring pasta with asparagus, which feels particularly light since it doesn’t have an intense tomato or creamy sauce. Mint adds a bright note to balance the buttery sautéed leeks, while red pepper flakes add heat to cut through each bite. Serve with a dry, medium-bodied white wine or a light beer.”

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest plus 2 Tbsp. fresh juice (from 1 large lemon)

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ cup olive oil, divided

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ cup torn fresh mint, divided

  • 10 ounces fettuccine

  • 1 pound thin asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1½-in. pieces

  • 1 large leek, white and light green parts only

  • 1½ ounces Parmesan, shaved (about ½ cup)

  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper

Whisk lemon zest and juice, salt, ¼ cup oil, and black pepper in a large bowl. Stir in ¼ cup mint.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Add asparagus during the last 3 minutes of cooking. Drain and cover to keep warm.

Meanwhile, halve leek lengthwise and thinly slice crosswise into half-moons (about 2 cups). Place in a medium bowl filled with water and let stand for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Lift leek slices from water (leaving any grit behind) and drain on paper towels.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Cook leeks, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4 minutes. Add lemon mixture, pasta, and asparagus to skillet with leeks and toss to combine. Serve topped with cheese, crushed red pepper, and remaining ¼ cup mint. Drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons oil.

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