Category: Featured Recipe

Valentine’s Day Menu

Valentine’s Day Menu

Whether for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, a birthday, or any occasion, this is my go-to steak dinner that’s sure to impress. Instead of heading out to a restaurant, treat yourself and a special someone to a lovely dinner in because this steakhouse quality dinner at home won’t let you down.

Ingredients

  • 2 steaks beef tenderloin, NY strip, top sirloin, ribeye – whatever makes you happy
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese such as Gouda Parmesan, or Lost Lake special reserve
  • 4 1/4 ” thick red bell pepper rings
  • 3 cups of 1/2″ cubed butternut squash
  • 2 TB honey or maple syrup
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 2 slices of bacon diced and fried
  • Creamy salad dressing such as creamy Italian
  • 1 TB + 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp ghee
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450F. Toss the cubed squash in 1 TB of olive oil and spread out on a rimmed baking sheet. Season with salt & pepper. Roast until easily pierced with a fork – about 20 minutes.
  • While the squash is roasting, heat a heavy, oven safe skillet (I break out my cast iron for this) over medium high heat. Add the olive oil, and the pepper rings. Cook until slightly charred on each side about 2 minutes per side. Set aside. Pat the steaks dry with paper towels (this helps you to get a nice sear). Add the ghee to the skillet, once melted, add the steaks. Sprinkle with a liberal amount salt and little pepper to taste. Allow the steaks to sear without moving them for 2 to 3 minutes, flip and sear for another 1 minute. Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook to desired doneness – about 5 to 6 minutes for rare/medium-rare, 8 minutes for medium. Remove skillet from oven and sprinkle on shredded cheese. Return to oven and allow cheese to mostly melt – about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from oven, twist pepper rings into a figure 8 and place 2 on each steak. Allow steak to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Using a fork, mash the cooked squash, stir in the honey or maple syrup and a pinch of cayenne (more or less depending on your preference). Set aside.
  • Trim the end off the romaine, leaving the connecting stalk intact, and cut the head in half from stalk to tip. Arrange each half on a place or in a shallow bowl. Divide the blue cheese and bacon between each wedge and drizzle with the dressing of your choice.
  • Pour a glass of wine, beer, or mix up your favorite cocktail. Serve the steaks with the mashed butternut squash and enjoy your incredibly easy steak dinner that rivals anything you can find in a steakhouse.

Notes

For an extra special treat, serve one of our amazing baked goods for dessert – this meal pairs perfectly with cheesecake or cream puffs.

Super Bowl Pork Nachos/Tacos

Super Bowl Pork Nachos/Tacos

Who’s ready for some football? Whether you’re cheering for the NE Pats or the LA Rams, you and your friends will surely be cheering for these easy to make, great to eat nachos & tacos. Grab a few friends, your favorite beer, and get ready for kick-off because this recipe can easily be made the day before and warmed up in crock pot for the big game.

Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 pounds pork shoulder/Boston butt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 TB salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder or 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 2 TB white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 TB onion powder or 1 whole onion, finely minced

For serving: flour tortillas, butter lettuce, tortilla chips, charred bell pepper slices, lime wedges, sour cream, jack or cheddar cheese

    Instructions

    • In a small bowl, combine oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil, white wine vinegar, brown sugar, and onion. Mix well – if you’re using garlic cloves or a whole onion, puree everything in a blender. Pour mixture over meat, coating all sides.
    • Either preheat oven to 300 degrees, place coated meat in a Dutch oven, and pour 2 cups of water into the pot. Cover and roast for 5 hours, or until meat is fork tender. Alternatively, place meat in a crock pot with 1/2 cup of water, and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. This can also be made in an Instant Pot, by using 1 cup of water and cooking on high pressure for 75 minutes, with a natural pressure release.
    • Remove the meat, shred or cube, and then return to the liquid to prevent drying out.

    Notes

    Serve as pork tacos, over nachos, a mixed salad, or in lettuce cups with your favorite toppings. Squeezing a bit of lime over it before serving, gives it a nice, fresh, pop of flavor.

    Biscuits + Gravy


    You don’t need to live on a farm to enjoy a farmhouse breakfast. This sausage gravy is perfect for a weekend brunch, a weeknight breakfast-for-dinner, or make a batch over the weekend, and then reheat it for a quick breakfast during the week by simply adding a splash of milk before reheating.

    Ingredients

    • 1 lb seasoned breakfast sausage pork or chicken sausage
    • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
    • 4 cups whole milk
    • 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
    • 1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
    • 1 to 2 TB cooking oil only if using chicken sausage
    • Biscuits eggs, and bacon for serving

    Instructions

    • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, break apart the sausage and cook through. If using chicken sausage, add 1 TB of cooking oil.
    • Sprinkle in the flour and stir to coat the sausage. If you’re using chicken sausage, and it’s too dry, add a bit more oil and stir until the flour is thoroughly coating the meat. Allow to cook for about a minute.
    • Slowly stir in the milk, 1 cup at a time, stirring to combine after each addition. Stir in the seasoned salt and 1 1/2 tsp of black pepper.
    • Reduce heat to a simmer and allow to cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it reaches desired consistency. Taste for seasoning and add more if needed. If the gravy gets too thick, and in a bit of milk and stir.

    Notes

    Serve over warm biscuits with eggs and bacon for a complete farmhouse breakfast. Leftovers can be frozen for several months – simply thaw, add a splash of milk, and reheat.

    Egg Nog French Toast

    Egg nog is one of those holiday traditions that many of us look forward to as soon as the air turns crisp in autumn. This decadent French toast allows you to extend that tradition to brunch! Whether you’re making breakfast for a crowd, or a cozy morning for two, this French toast will quickly become one of your favorites. –Robin

    Egg Nog French Toast

    Ingredients

    French toast:

    • 1/2 loaf of brioche or other dense bread, but I highly recommend using brioche, sliced into 1" thick slices - about 5 or 6 slices
    • 1 1/4 cup of egg nog
    • 1 to 2 TB rum or bourbon add to your personal preference (optional, but recommended)
    • 2 TB whole milk
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
    • 1 tsp vanilla exract
    • About 3 TB ghee
    • Whipped cream see below for fresh whipped cream for serving
    • Maple syrup for serving

    Fresh whipped cream:

    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp powdered sugar

    Instructions

    Whipped cream:

    • Using a hand or stand mixer, whip the heavy cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Set aside until serving time.

    French toast:

    • Combine the egg nog, rum or bourbon (if using), milk, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. Whisk until the eggs and milk are completely combined with the egg nog.
    • In a large skillet or griddle over medium heat, melt about 1 tsp of ghee per toast slice.
    • Dunk the bread slices into the egg nog mixture and allow to soak for 10-15 seconds per side (more or less depending on how you like your toast - though the longer it soaks, the more batter you'll need). Place in the skillet and cook until lightly golden brown on each side - about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
    • Serve topped with maple syrup and fresh whipped cream.

    Crispy Baked Capon Wings

    Here’s a recipe from producer Holdeman Poultry.

    Holdeman Poultry is family owned business. We started raising Capons in early 2012. These chickens are minimally processed with no fillers or additives added.For those of you that are not familiar with Capons here is little info. Capons are a very old tradition. Many old timers will remember raising these on the farm. A capon is raised quite large and is much more tender and juicey than your average chicken. Most people say this is the best chicken they have ever had.

    Capon wings are on sale for just $2.20/lb for the holidays. Add them to your cart then try this recipe:

    CRISPY BAKED WINGS

    Ingredients

    • 3/4 cup flour
    • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
    • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    • 3/4 tsp. salt
    • 1/4 tsp. paprika
    • Approximately 5 lbs. wings
    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1/2 cup hot pepper sauce Louisiana
    • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

    Instructions

    • Line a cookie sheet with foil. Grease well. Mix first 5 ingredients well. Dredge wings in flour mixture, place on greased pan, then cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt butter and mix in the hot pepper sauce, garlic powder, and black pepper. Dip wings in the sauce then place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, then turn wings and continue baking for another 30 minutes or until done. Wings should be crispy and delicious!

     

    Recipe: Sunday Pot Roast (Company Optional)

    Have you ever had gravy that’s so good that you want to eat it in a bowl with a spoon? This simple pot roast renders that kind of gravy – it’s rich, flavorful, and has a perfectly silky texture that stands up to anything you want to ladle it over. This roast is good enough for Sunday dinner with company and easy enough to make on a lazy afternoon with family.

    Recipe: Sunday Pot Roast (Company Optional)

    (Pictured with a round roast from Ebersole Cattle Company) Have you ever had gravy that's so good that you want to eat it in a bowl with a spoon? This simple pot roast renders that kind of gravy - it's rich, flavorful, and has a perfectly silky texture that stands up to anything you want to ladle it over. This roast is good enough for Sunday dinner with company and easy enough to make on a lazy afternoon with family.

    Ingredients

    • 3 to 5 lb beef roast chuck, round, or rump
    • 4 TB ghee
    • 2 yellow onions peeled and halved
    • 8 carrots washed, unpeeled, cut in 1/2" circles
    • 1 cup red wine
    • 2-3 + 1/4 cups beef stock or broth
    • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary or 1 TB dry
    • 4 springs of fresh thyme or 1 TB dry
    • Salt
    • Ground black pepper
    • Smoked paprika *can be found at Trader Joe's, Penzey's, or online
    • 2 TB corn starch

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
    • Generously sprinkle the roast with the salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika. Set aside.
    • In a heavy Dutch or French oven, melt the ghee over medium-high heat. Add the onions and carrots to the pot and cook until browned on both sides. Remove to a clean plate.
    • Place the roast in the pot and sear on each side for about 3 minutes - don't move it around so that you get a good, brown crust going. Remove to the plate with the vegetables.
    • Pour the wine into the pot and scrape the brown bits off the bottom as the wine boils.
    • Once the pot is deglazed, put the roast back in and place the vegetables on top. Pour in enough beef stock to come at least halfway up the roast. Place the herbs on top.
    • Put the lid on the pot and move to the preheated oven. Roast for 3 1/2 to 4 hours, or until the meat is fork tender.
    • Remove the roast to a plate and keep warm. If using fresh herbs, remove the herb sprigs from the pot and discard. Using an immersion blender, or carefully transferring the cooked vegetables and liquids to a blender, blend until smooth. If the gravy is thinner than you would prefer, mix 2 TB corn starch with 1/4 cup beef stock and pour into the gravy while bringing to a boil over medium-high heat and cooking until desired consistency.

    Notes

    Slice the roast and serve topped with the pan gravy along side roasted or mashed potatoes, vegetables, and of course bread for sopping. Leftovers can be frozen by storing the beef and gravy separately - add a couple of TB of beef stock in with the meat to prevent it from drying out when reheated.

     

    Winter Squash Gratin

    Member Chad’s winter squash gratin was a HUGE hit at our sampling event last Thursday. Grab the recipe here, then shop the ingredients.

     

     

    Winter Squash Gratin
    Author: Chad
    Ingredients
    • roughly 3 Lb winter squash, peeled and seeded (Any firm, good flavored squash like butternut, Hubbard, Kuri will be perfect)
    • 6 fresh sage leaves, plus 3-5 leaves for garnish
    • 1/2 medium onion
    • 1 pint of heavy cream
    • 3/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
    • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
    • 1 tablespoon of butter, plus extra for greasing pan
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • Olive Oil for frying sage leaves.
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. Mix breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese in a bowl.
    3. Peel and dice onion finely. Place 1 tbsp butter and onion in a heavy bottomed pan over medium heat. Cook onions until very golden with a touch of brown, 15-20 minutes (reduce heat if onions begin to burn before caramelizing). Remove from heat.
    4. Slice 6 sage leaves finely. Add the sage and heavy cream to the pan with onions over very low heat for 10 minutes. Add the salt and the black pepper. Stir often and do not let the cream get to a boiling point. Remove from heat.
    5. Using a mandolin or a very sharp knife, slice the squash into very thin slices, about 1/8th of an inch thick.
    6. Taste the cream for seasoning and add more salt and pepper to taste if needed.
    7. Butter a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish on the bottom and sides.
    8. Create one even layer of butternut squash in the dish, spoon on and spread a thin coating of the cream on the squash and repeat the process until the the last layer is topped with cream. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture on top of the cream evenly.
    9. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove the foil and turn up the heat to a high broil until golden brown, roughly 5 minutes.
    10. Pour a liberal amount of olive oil in the bottom of a small skillet. Place over medium high heat. When oil begins to shimmer, place reserved sage leaves in oil and fry for 2-3 seconds (they will roll out flat on top of oil). Remove with a fork and place on paper towels.
    11. Let the squash sit for 10 minutes. Garnish with fried sage leaves and serve.

     

    Recipe: Holiday Sausage Stuffing

    Wait a minute… I was just grilling brats for Labor Day! I blinked and the holiday season is almost upon us – time to start planning those wonderful family feasts. Give this superb sausage stuffing a try for your next holiday. You can make it the day of, weeks (or months) in advance, and freeze it; or assemble it 1 or 2 days ahead, store it covered in the refrigerator, and then bake it.

     

     

    Recipe: Holiday Sausage Stuffing
    Ingredients
    • 8 cups unseasoned, dried bread cubes
    • 1/2 cup butter + extra for greasing the casserole dish
    • 1-1/2 cups diced yellow onion
    • 1 cup diced celery
    • 4 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 lb. seasoned sausage
    • 2-3/4 cups chicken broth
    • 1 large egg, beaten
    • 1 TB fresh chopped rosemary or 1 tsp dried rosemary
    • 1 TB fresh chopped sage or 1 tsp dried sage
    • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley or 1 TB + 1 tsp dried parsley
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
    Instructions
    1. Preheat over to 350 degrees and grease a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish with butter. Place the bread cubes in a large mixing bowl.
    2. In a large saute pan, melt the butter. Add the onions and celery. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, or about 8 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. Add the garlic and cook an additional 1 or 2 minutes. Add the vegetable mixture to the bread cubes, being careful to scrape out all the vegetables. Without washing it, add the sausage to the same pan, breaking it up as it cooks. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Add the sausage and fat in the pan to the bread cubes bowl.
    3. Add the chicken broth, egg, rosemary, sage, parsley, salt, and pepper to the bread cubes. Mix until the bread is soft and moistened. Transfer the mixture to the casserole dish and bake for 65 to 75 minutes, uncovered, until golden brown and crisp on top.
    4. After baking and allowing to cool, this dish can be frozen, tightly covered for up to 3 months. To reheat, defrost in the refrigerator for 24 hours, then reheat it, covered with foil, in a 325 degree oven until hot.
    5. —To make ahead, after everything is mixed together and added to the casserole dish, tightly wrap the dish with foil or plastic wrap and store, refrigerated for up to 2 days. Remove from the refrigerator at least an hour before baking. Bake as indicated above.—