The “baby” variety of arugula makes a terrific pesto, full of bright green color and a peppery flavor. Use it to toss with pasta, spread on a pizza into (or in addition to) tomato sauce or as a base for a vegetable dip.
This is the type of dish that goes perfectly with a chilly autumn day or a frosty winter afternoon. Braise them a day ahead and the flavor will deepen overnight in the refrigerator.
Delightfully salty and lemony, this dish uses dark meat from the chicken, which is best suited for braises. Be sure to use bone-in thighs for outstanding flavor.
The juice for Maize Valley’s Chardonnay comes from Washington State. It’s just another example of the farm’s attempts to maintain diversity in what it can offer visitors who arrive all year long to sip and sample wines. Chardonnay can be produced into wines that range from dessert sweet to deliciously dry. This one is buttery, slightly oaky with hints of vanilla and buddies up beautifully with this delicious Caponata, a Sicilian appetizer or side dish, especially nice with roasted chicken.
The Frontenac wine grape is a versatile variety that has found a home at the Maize Valley Winery. Relatively new in the wine making world, it bravely stands up to sub zero temperatures and unpredictable winters. Not as bold and dry as a Cabernet but not as sweet as a Concord wine, it earned the label “Middle of the Road” and goes well with grilled meats like this flavorful cut. If there are leftovers, add them to a salad the next day.
Funny looking vegetables can raise an eyebrow among suspicious eaters. Take zucchini, which comes in a variety of oddball shapes and sizes. The savvy cook knows that this vegetable is one of the most versatile and nutritious and its bland flavor and creamy texture does a good job of highlighting spices and seasonings.
A red pepper is simply a green pepper allowed to mature on the plant, gaining great color and terrific sweetness. There’s nothing hot about this variety. “Pear” it up with some of the season’s naturally sweet vegetables in this soup that looks and feels like a cream soup on the tongue yet doesn’t contain a drop of cream.
Eggplant, the bulbous purple vegetable, is a delightful oddity. The name alone raises questions and can turn up noses. However, it has a soft, creamy texture and a neutral flavor that allows accompanying flavors to take the spotlight. Called “caviar” this recipe is as delicious and special as the real thing.
Fresh red skinned potatoes make up the crust that crowns this dish. Underneath the golden finish are meaty and richly-flavored chicken thighs bathed in a garlicky balsamic sauce. Thick slices of crusty bread are recommended to catch every last drop.
Stock may be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days or frozen for up to three months.