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Caramelized Bacon with Pecans and Delicata Moons

caramelized bacon and squash moons

caramelized bacon and squash moons Caramelized Bacon with Pecans and Delicata Moons Print Serves: 4 A scrumptious appetizer: the salty crunch of the bacon is balanced when paired with the sweetness of the pecans and caramelized squash. Adapted from Ina Garten. Ingredients

  • ½ pound bacon
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup pecans
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 delicata squash
  • 3 tablespoons butter
Farmers To You Ingredients: Other Fresh and Pantry Ingredients:
  • brown sugar, salt, pepper, cayenne, butter
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

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Fresh Homemade Raita

raita   Fresh Homemade Raita Print Cool and refreshing, raita is wonderful as a side dish, a dipping sauce for bread and vegetables or a dressing. An excellent accompaniment to grilled meat. Ingredients Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole organic yogurt
  • ½ cup cucumber, grated
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped (or mint)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed (optional) -- see note below
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional) -- see note below
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons lemon juice (optional) -- see note below
Farmers To You Ingredients Other Fresh or Pantry Ingredients
  • ground cumin, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste
  1. Grate cucumber.

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Parsnip Hummus

parsnip hummus

parsnip hummus Parsnip Hummus Print Serves: 6 Don’t miss this opportunity to use the last of the parsnips. This recipe is a great take-off on the standard chickpea hummus. Serve it with your favorite bread or carrot sticks and watch it disappear at your next party. Ingredients

  • 1 – 1 ½ pounds parsnips
  • ¼ - ½ cup oil (olive oil or sunflower)
  • 1 large clove garlic, unpeeled
  • juice of one whole lemon
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of cumin
  • salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • a half cup cilantro, coarsely chopped
Farmers to You Ingredients: Other Fresh or Pantry Ingredients:
  • garlic
  • lemon
  • cumin
  • tahini
  • salt and pepper
  1. This is one of those great recipes where you don’t have to worry too much about amounts and measurements.

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Maple Glazed Nuts


maple.glazed.walnutsSo this recipe does not technically qualify as a side dish (maybe for some people!), but these tasty nuts can show up just about anywhere. Here are a bunch of possibilities: in your hand for a snack, tossed in a salad, chopped and sprinkled on top of roasted or steamed vegetables, as a garnish for soup, on top of a scoop of ice cream for a quick sundae, on a cheese plate with some fine cheese and apple slices, sprinkled on an apple crisp, chopped with garlic and olive oil and tossed with pasta for a quick weeknight meal,  stirred into a banana bread batter, layered in a breakfast parfait with yogurt, granola and fresh or dried fruit, on a holiday dessert platter with cookies and chocolate, etc…

These nuts transform something simple into something a bit more special.

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Rainbow Chard with Leeks



These greens are quick to prepare and don’t claim any precious oven time. I like that these greens aren’t bogged down by anything too heavy and offer a contrast to the richer fare on your plate. If you’re not crazy about leeks you may certainly sub them for regular onions or shallots. This also makes an easy weeknight dinner by serving over rice or pasta.  The recipe may be easily halved for fewer servings. If you are sensitive to dairy,  use all oil in place of the butter.

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