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Makes 1 tart

Ingredients:
-2 large eggs, lightly beaten
-3/4 cup sugar
-1 Tbsp. heavy cream
-¾ cup buttermilk
-4 Tbsp. melted butter
-1 ½ Tbsp. fresh mandarin juice
-1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
-zest of 1 mandarin
-3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
-1 prebaked sweet tart crust (recipe below)
-1/4 cup sweetened whipped cream

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, cream, buttermilk, and melted butter. Slowly whisk in the mandarin and lemon juice, zest and flour. Whisk until all lumps of flour have disappeared. Carefully pour buttermilk mixture into the prebaked tart shell. Place onto a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven until tart is just set (when gently tapped the center should no longer jiggle), about 35-45 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature, then slice into wedges. To serve, top with whipped cream and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint, if desired. Wrap leftover tart in plastic and store in the refrigerator.

Flakey Tart Dough
Makes 2 tart crusts

Ingredients:
-2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon sugar
-1 teaspoon salt
-12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
-5 tablespoons cold lard or shortening, cut into pieces
-Ice water

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Pulse to combine. Add the butter and shortening, and pulse until the mixture forms little balls, and no chunks of butter or shortening remain, 5 to 10 times. Do not over process.
Transfer to a large bowl. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the ice water. Repeat 3 times more. Using your hands or a wooden spoon, stir the mixture until it just begins to come together as a dough. If necessary, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Divide the dough into 2 disks. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400.
Once dough is chilled, roll each ball out into an even circle. Carefully lay into tart pan and prick all over with a fork. Quickly chill for another minute in the freezer.
Blind bake the tart shells by cutting a piece of foil to cover and filling the tart crust with dry beans or pie weights. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, about 15-20 minutes. Cool completely before adding any filling.

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.

Serves 6 – recipe by Courtney McDonald

Ingredients:
-6 mandarins, and cut crosswise into ¼ inch medallions
-4 radishes, washed and thinly sliced
-2 cups winter greens such as arugula, mizuna or spinach,
washed and torn into bite-size pieces
-2 crisp apples
-juice and zest of 2 meyer lemons
-1/4-1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
-1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
-salt and pepper, to taste

Place the mandarin slices, sliced radish and greens into a large mixing bowl. Dice the apples into large chunks and add to the bowl. While tossing gently, slowly add the meyer lemon juice and zest. Next add the olive oil and toss. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer salad to a serving bowl, top with the chopped walnuts and serve immediately!

Serves 6; recipe by Courtney McDonald

Ingredients:
-4 pounds sweet potatoes
-2 cups heavy cream or half and half
-1 stick unsalted butter
-zest of 4 meyer lemons
-2 vanilla beans
-salt and pepper, to taste

Peel the sweet potatoes and cut unto large chunks. Place in a pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low. Cook until potatoes just begin to fall apart and are very soft, about 15-20 minutes.

While the sweet potatoes are cooking, heat the cream and butter in a small pot over low heat, just until butter is melted. Add the meyer lemon zest. Cut the vanilla beans in half lengthwise and scrape out the vanilla pulp. Add the pulp to the cream and save the pods for another use. Set cream mixture aside until potatoes are cooked.

Drain the sweet potatoes and discard the cooking water. Return the cooked potatoes to the pot and heat over low flame for a minute to remove any excess moisture. Using a potato masher, mash in the cream-lemon-vanilla mixture. Add the liquid until sweet potatoes are at the consistency you prefer – less liquid for starchier potatoes and more for creamier. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately! This dish would pair well with a Placer County chardonnay or viognier wine.

Serves 2 (with leftovers!)

Ingredients:
-2 large eggs, lightly beaten
-3/4 cup sugar
-1 Tbsp. heavy cream
-3/4 cup buttermilk
-4 Tbsp. melted butter
-1 ½ Tbsp. fresh Meyer lemon juice
-zest of 1 Meyer lemon
-3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
-1 prebaked tart crust (you could use a store-bought graham cracker pie crust)
-1/4 cup sweetened whipped cream

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, cream, buttermilk, and melted butter. Slowly whisk in the lemon juice, zest and flour. Whisk until all lumps of flour have disappeared. Carefully pour buttermilk mixture into the prebaked tart shell. Place onto a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven until tart is just set (when gently tapped the center should no longer jiggle), about 35-45 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature, then slice into wedges. To serve, top with whipped cream and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint, if desired. Wrap leftover tart in plastic and store in the refrigerator.

Foothill Farm­ers Mar­ket Asso­ci­a­tion Recipe

Mixed Greens with Plums, Feta, Red Onion and Pistachios

Serves 6 —  recipe by Court­ney McDonald

Ingre­di­ents:

  • 6 cups mixed greens, washed and spun dry
  • 3 ripe plums, pit­ted and cut into wedges
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced and rinsed in cold water
  • 1/4 cup Snow’s Cit­rus Court Orange Bal­samic Dressing
  • 3/4 cup crum­bled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup roasted and shelled pistachios
  • Salt and freshly ground black pep­per, to taste

Instructions:
In a large bowl, toss the mixed greens, plums and red onion.  Driz­zle enough of the bal­samic dress­ing over and toss to coat to your lik­ing.  Sea­son to taste with salt and pep­per.  Arrange salad onto 6 serv­ing plates and top with the roasted pis­ta­chios and crum­bled feta cheese.  Serve immediately.

Serves 6; Recipe By Courtney McDonald

Ingredients:
For the pickled red onion:
-1 medium red onion peeled and thinly sliced crosswise
-1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
-1/2 cup water
-1/2 cup sugar

In a small saucepot, heat the vinegar and water with the sugar until warm to the touch. Remove from the heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add the sliced onion and let marinate for at least 2 hours, or overnight. Drain the onion. The pickling liquid can be reused, refrigerated, for up to one month.

For the salad:
-2 heads lettuce, such as red leaf, green leaf or romaine, washed
-2 baskets strawberries, washed, hulled and quartered
-1/2 cup toasted and chopped walnuts
-2 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint
-1 tsp. Dijon mustard
-1 Tbsp. strawberry balsamic vinegar
-1/2 tsp. reserved onion pickling liquid
-3 1/2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
-salt and pepper, to taste
-1 pickled red onion
-1/2 cup goat cheese (optional)

Tear the lettuce into bite-sized pieces and place in a large mixing bowl. Toss with the strawberries, walnuts and fresh mint. Set aside. In a separate small mixing bowl, whisk together the dijon mustard, strawberry balsamic and pickling liquid. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking constantly until incorporated. Pour over the lettuce and toss until evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper, top with the pickled red onion and goat cheese (optional). Serve immediately.

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