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Serves 6-8; recipe by Courtney McDonald

For the chicken:
-2 whole farmers’ market chickens, each cut into 8ths with bone in
-2 cups Snow’s Citrus Court Mandarin Orange Grill Sauce
-6 yellow or white firm-ripe nectarines
-3 Tbsp olive oil
-2 Tbsp honey
-salt and pepper, to taste

Several hours before you plan to serve the chicken, marinate the chicken pieces in the 2 cups mandarin grill sauce. 30 minutes before grilling, preheat grill to medium,-high heat. Halve the nectarines and remove the pit. Toss halves with the olive oil and honey, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Grill the chicken over indirect heat until cooked through. Transfer to a serving platter to rest while the nectarines cook. Allow the grill to come back up to temperature, then evenly spread the nectarine halves on the grill, cut side down. Grill until nicely caramelized, about 2 minutes. Flip the nectarines over and cook on the other side for another 30 seconds to heat through. When nectarines have finished cooking, arrange on top of the cooked chicken and serve immediately.

Cat­e­gory: Main Dish

Plac­er­Grown ingre­di­ents used: Arugula Chiles Cucum­bers Onions Pep­pers Toma­toes

Served with these Plac­er­Grown Prod­ucts: Toma­toes

Ingre­di­ents:

  • 4 large cucum­bers — peeled
  • 4 assorted col­ored bell pep­pers — seeded
  • 1 cup cilantro or arugula
  • 2 cups green onions — sliced (2 bunches)
  • 1/2 cup assorted chopped chilies that have been roasted peeled and seeded
  • 2 cloves gar­lic — mashed
  • 1 table­spoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tea­spoons salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh-diced toma­toes for garnish

Instruc­tions:
Cut cucum­bers in half length­wise, and slice into chunks. Dice pep­pers. Place cucum­bers, pep­pers, cilantro, scal­lions and chilies in blender or food proces­sor, and process until smooth. Add gar­lic, vine­gar, salt and olive oil, and mix well. Add water, taste, and adjust sea­son­ing with salt and vine­gar. Add more water to thin soup if needed. Chill in refrig­er­a­tor until cold, 2–3 hours. Serve in chilled bowls topped with fresh-diced toma­toes. Serves 4–6.

Serves 6 with leftovers; recipe by Courtney McDonald

Ingredients:
-3 1/2 pounds butternut, kabocha or acorn squash, peeled, seeded, and cut
into 1-inch pieces
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-salt and pepper, to taste
-1 pound whole-milk ricotta cheese
-1 pkg no-boil lasagna noodles (you may not need all of them)
-1/2 cup heavy cream
-2 large egg yolks
-2 cups fresh mozzarella cheese, grated
-2 tablespoons unsalted butter
-2 Tbsp curry powder
-1/4 cup fresh thyme leaves
-1 1/4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
-1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
-1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss squash, oil, and 1 teaspoon salt on a baking sheet. Season with pepper. Bake until light gold and tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool.
Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees. Combine ricotta, cream, yolks, and mozzarella in a medium bowl. Season with salt.
Melt butter in a small saute pan over medium-high heat. As soon as it starts to sizzle, remove from heat and add curry powder and thyme. Set aside.
Place squash in a medium bowl and mash 1/2 of it with the back of a wooden spoon, leaving the other 1/2 in whole pieces. Gently stir in curry-butter mixture and broth. Season with salt and pepper.
Spread 3/4 cup of ricotta mixture in a 9-cup baking dish. Top with a layer of noodles. Spread 1/2 of the squash mixture over noodles. Top with a layer of noodles. Spread 1 cup of ricotta mixture over noodles. Repeat layering once more (noodles, squash, noodles, ricotta). Sprinkle Parmesan over ricotta mixture, and top with the crumbled goat cheese.
Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until cheese is golden and bubbling, 30 to 35 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Serves 6; recipe by Courtney McDonald

Ingredients:
-6 NY strip steaks or ribeyes
-1/2 cup olive oil
-6 cloves garlic, smashed
-1 shallot, sliced
-2 sprigs rosemary
-2 Tbsp red wine

-4 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced ¼ inch thick
-4 ounces salty blue cheese, such as Bleu d’Auvergne or Roquefort
-1 small red onion or torpedo onion, sliced ¼ inch thick
-1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
-2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
-salt and pepper, to taste

2 hours ahead of cooking time, marinate the steaks – in a large ziplock bag, place ½ cup olive oil, 3 cloves smashed garlic, the sliced shallot, 2 sprigs rosemary and the red wine. Add the steaks and refrigerate for 2 hours to marinate.
Preheat grill. Brush the red onion slices with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill onions until slightly softened and beginning to caramelize, about 1 minute on each side. On a large platter, lay out the tomato slices in a shingled pattern. Crumble the blue cheese evenly on top, then layer the grilled red onion on top of that. Crush the basil leaves and sprinkle over the platter to garnish. Drizzle the tomatoes with the olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside while grilling the steaks.
Remove the steaks from the marinade and season with salt and pepper. Grill to desired doneness and let rest 10 minutes before serving. Serve alongside the tomato platter.

Cat­e­gory: Main Dish

Plac­er­Grown ingre­di­ents used: Lamb, Meyer Lemons, Onions

Ingre­di­ents:

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup veg­etable stock
  • 1 lemon sliced very thin and seeded
  • 1 tsp. caraway
  • 2 tsp. marjoram
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 lbs. Fresh lamb — shoul­der or ribs (cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes)

Instruc­tions:
In a large skil­let saute onion in but­ter until soft over medium high heat, add stock and lemon slices, bring to a boil. Mean­while mash in a mor­tar; car­away, mar­jo­ram and gar­lic then add to skil­let along with lamb. Cover and sim­mer for 1 1/2 hours. Serve over but­tered, wide egg noo­dles, gar­nish with grated lemon rind. Serves 2 to 4.

Serves 2 – recipe by Courtney McDonald

Ingredients:
-3/4 cup Massa Organics short grain brown rice
-2 bone-in pork loin chops (you could also use 1 small whole pork tenderloin)
-1 Tbsp. olive oil
-1/4 cup Snow’s Citrus Court Mandarin Orange Marinade and Stir-Fry Sauce
-1 Tbsp olive oil
-2 pieces bok choy, washed and thinly sliced crosswise
-1 piece green garlic, trimmed and thinly sliced
-salt or soy sauce, to taste

In a small pot with a lid, cook the brown rice according to package instructions. Once fully cooked, transfer the rice to a rimmed baking sheet and spread out to cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate to chill (you could do this a day in advance).

Preheat grill. Brush the pork chops with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and grill to desired doneness. While grilling, baste with 2 Tbsp. of the mandarin stir-fry sauce to form a glaze. Set aside to rest.
While pork chops are resting, heat the remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a wok or skillet. Add the green garlic and saute quickly over medium-high heat until fragrant – about 1 minute. Add the sliced bok choy and sauté for about 30 seconds. Add the cooled brown rice and the remaining 2 Tbsp. stir fry sauce. Cook, stirring frequently, until heated through. Taste for seasoning and add salt or soy sauce to taste, if necessary. If the pork chops have cooled off, put them back on the grill for a few seconds to reheat. Spoon the rice mixture onto 2 serving plates and top with the grilled pork chop. Serve immediately!

Healthier Variation: You can simply steam the brown rice and bok choy and omit the stir-fry technique. Squeeze a fresh orange or lemon over the rice to serve and top with the grilled pork chop.

Recipe by Courtney McDonald
Serves 6

Ingredients:
-2 Tbsp. olive oil
-6 pork loin chops
-2 Tbsp unsalted butter
-8 fresh thyme sprigs
-3 tart green apples, peeled, cored and sliced ¼ inch thick
-2 Tbsp honey
-sat and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Heat a large cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil. Season the pork chops to taste with salt and pepper and add to the pan (in batches if they won’t all fit together). Avoid crowding the pan or the pork chops will steam. Cook the chops until well-caramelized on both sides and cooked just under your liking. Remove chops from the pan and set aside to rest.
Wipe excess oil from pan and add the butter, thyme, apples and honey. The apples will start to release moisture and absorb any browned bits left from the pork chops. Cook this mixture, stirring occasionally, until apples begin to soften – about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Once apples are soft, place the cooked chops back into the pan, on top of the apple mixture. Put the whole pan in the oven to heat through – about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

Recipe by Courtney McDonald
Serves 6-8

For the lamb:
-1 bone-in or boneless leg of lamb (3-5 lbs)
(you could also use a rack, loin or loin chops for this recipe if you prefer – adjust cooking time accordingly)
-1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
-4 sprigs fresh rosemary
-1 orange, sliced into ¼ inch rounds
-6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

Marinate the lamb a day ahead: Place the leg of lamb in a large bowl. Add the ½ cup olive oil, rosemary sprigs, orange slices and garlic. Toss to coat the lamb, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Remove the leg of lamb from the marinade and place on a rack in a small roasting pan. Put the orange slices and rosemary in the roasting pan as well, and pour the olive oil from the marinade over the leg of lamb. Season the meat generously with salt and pepper. Roast in the preheated oven to desired doneness (internal temperature of 135 degrees for medium). This could take from 45 min-2 hours, depending on your liking. Once lamb is cooked, remove from the roasting pan and set aside to rest for 15-20 minutes before slicing.

Ratatouille:
-2 lbs. ripe red tomatoes, cut into 1 inch chunks
-6 Tbsp. olive oil
-1 lb. eggplant, diced into 1 inch pieces
-2 large white or yellow onions, chopped
-8 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
-2 sweet peppers, diced into large chunks
-1 lb. zucchini, yellow squash, or combination,
cut into 1 inch chunks
-2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
-juice of 1 lemon
-salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place tomatoes and juices on a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil and bake until thickened, 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. While the tomatoes are cooking, toss eggplant with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Let sit 20 minutes, then squeeze out excess liquid and discard. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat 4 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until onions and garlic are soft, about 5 minutes. Add peppers and cook, stirring, until crisp-tender, 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini and/or squash, and thyme to pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover, and cook at a gentle simmer until vegetable are tender but not mushy, 15 minutes. Season to taste with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Serve as accompaniment to roast leg of lamb.

Recipe by Courtney McDonald
Serves 6

Ingredients:
-2 Tbsp. olive oil
-2 stalks green garlic, thinly sliced
-2 green onions, thinly sliced (including whites)
-1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
-1/2 tsp. crushed red chili flake
-1 1/2 pounds snow or sugar snap peas, stems and strings removed and cut in half
-1 pound Daikon radish, peeled and thinly sliced
-1 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
-1/2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
-soy sauce, to taste
-1 Tbsp. Olive oil
-6 pasture-raised eggs
-salt and pepper, to taste

Heat a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. When pan is hot, add the oil, garlic, green onions, and ginger. Quickly cook, stirring frequently, until garlic just begins to toast. Add the chili, peas and radish. Toss and cook until the peas are barely cooked, about 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat and add the sesame seeds and sesame oil. Season to taste with a few splashes of soy sauce. Transfer to a serving platter and set aside.
In a separate non-stick or cast iron skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat. Crack the eggs into the pan and cook to desired doneness. Season with salt and pepper and place on top of the stir-fried peas. Serve immediately.

Serves 6 – recipe by Courtney McDonald

Ingredients:
-1 loaf day-old crusty bread, cut into ½ inch slices
-2 Tbsp olive oil
-1/4 cup unsalted butter
-2 bunches green onion, thinly sliced
-6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
-4 cups milk
-2 large meaty tomatoes, thinly sliced
-1 small zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise
-1 small yellow squash, thinly sliced lengthwise
-1/2 cup grated mozzarella or provolone cheese
-1/4 cup grated parmesan
-salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400F. Line the bread slices on a baking sheet, brush with the olive oil and toast until lightly browned. Remove from oven, reduce the temperature to 375, and set aside.

While bread is toasting, melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed medium pot over medium heat. Add the green onion and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the flour and cook another 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Whisk in the milk and season very generously with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Continue cooking, stirring gently, until milk is thickened completely, about 10 minutes. Remove pot
from the heat. Whisk in half of each grated cheese and set aside.

In the bottom of a large casserole dish, spoon a little of the cream sauce to coat. Add a single layer of the toasted bread slices and spoon the cream sauce over the top to cover. Add a layer of tomato slices, then a layer of zucchini and yellow squash. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper, and spoon more of the cream sauce over top. Add another layer of the bread slices, then the vegetables, always coating with the cream sauce. You should end up with two layers of bread and two layers of vegetables. Top the casserole with the remaining cream sauce, then sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake in the hot oven until heated through and bubbling around the edges, about 25 minutes. Switch the oven to broil and cook until the top of casserole is nicely browned, about 2 minutes more. Remove from the oven, let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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