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Mercado Kitchen: Palmero Date Smoothie

Posted on by BrittanyG in Mercado Kitchen, Palmero Date Shop, Recipes, Vendors, Winters Tree Fruit | 3 Comments

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Have a sweet tooth but want to fulfill the craving with something healthy, kosher, and organic? Stop by the Palmero Date Shop stall this Thursday to pick up some tasty and succulent dates! Ronald will guide you through his wide variety of dates for any sweet or savory craving. His Jumbo Medjool dates are the best for snacking, as they embody the true unique flavor of perfectly ripe Medjool dates from Bard Valley California. Also highly recommended are his unique, dainty, and incredibly sweet Khadrawy dates that melt in the mouth — a delectable treat! This week Palmero Date Shop will be introducing new Varietal Date Paste balls that are great for making Vegan Date Shakes, as featured in the recipe below.

Palmero Date Shop is no ordinary date vendor. They provide traceability for all of their five varieties of dates produced on a small farm in Bard, California; 100% Organic, Kosher. They follow strict food safety procedures to ensure that their smooth pillows of natural sugar are dispersed responsibly and ethically to a wide range of communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. Not only do Palmero Dates track and document every batch of their mouthwatering dates, they work hard to educate the public about the unique date growing region in Bard, California.  One of their goals is to create a larger demand for varietal dates so growers will be encouraged to plant new date palm cultivars and ultimately expand the selection of dates for farmers market consumers in the future.

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For this weeks recipe, Ronald recommends their new Varietal Date Paste pack for a healthy, sweet, protein-packed Palmero Date Shake. To add to this tasty smoothie, stop by the Winters Fruit Tree stall to pick up some Raw Nonpareil Almonds! Check out the full recipe after the jump!
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Mercado Kitchen: Mushroom Quiche

Posted on by Carletta Wong in Achadinha Cheese Company, Blog, Blue House Farm, Far West Fungi, Happy Boy Farms, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes | Leave a comment

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Stop by the Far West Fungi stall at the market to explore an amazing array of organic mushrooms. They are happy to share recipe ideas and give advice for how to use their more exotic mushroom varieties. For this week’s mushroom quiche, they recommended creamy, buttery king trumpets and firm, crunchy maitakes. To round out the mushroom flavor, we also tossed in some earthy crimini mushrooms.

The mushrooms in this quiche are complemented by mild, creamy Broncha cheese from Achadinha Cheese Company, made in Petaluma from a cow and goat milk blend. And don’t forget to pick up more ingredients for this recipe at the market, including eggs from Great Valley Poultry and shallots and herbs from Blue House Farm or Happy Boy Farms.

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Quiche is very versatile – serve it for dinner with a simple green salad, include it in a brunch menu, or have a slice as an afternoon snack. The full recipe is after the jump. Enjoy!

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Mercado Kitchen: Creamy Greens Soup

Posted on by Carletta Wong in Blog, Blue House Farm, Happy Boy Farms, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes | 1 Comment

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The market is a great place to stock up on organic greens! Grab a variety of healthy greens, from kale and chard to collards and dandelion greens, available by the bunch from Blue House Farm and Happy Boy Farms. And at 3 bunches for $5, it’s a great deal! These farms also frequently sell spinach, lettuces, and beets, which usually contain free greens as an added bonus!

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Wondering what to do with all those greens? Here is a simple recipe for a creamy, tasty soup that can be made with any combo of greens you have on hand. This is a great way to make use of any leafy goodies, even if they’re approaching the end of their freshness. Made here with kale and mixed lettuces, you could substitute with one or more bunches of your choice.

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Full recipe found after the jump!

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Mercado Kitchen: Citrus Ginger Cookies

Posted on by Carletta Wong in Blog, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes, Twin Girls Farm, Winters Tree Fruit | Leave a comment

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Orange zest and orange glaze add a fresh twist to these delicious ginger cookies. Pick up juicy navel oranges from Twin Girls Farm or mandarin oranges from Winters Fruit Tree to add this seasonal spin to a classic cookie. You can also make a variation substituting lemons for oranges. Try Meyer lemons from Winters Fruit Tree for their sweeter flavor.

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The addition of citrus doesn’t mean these cookies are light on ginger flavor. Each chewy bite has a zing of ginger from the addition of three types of ginger: ground ginger, fresh grated ginger, and crystallized ginger.

Citrus ginger cookies are perfect for this time of year. Bake up a batch for a cookie swap or to share with friends and coworkers! And in the process fill your kitchen with the warm aroma of ginger, spices, and citrus baking in your oven.

Happy baking!

Citrus Ginger Cookies

Adapted from 101Cookbooks.com

Ingredients:

1/2+ c large-grain sugar (such as organic cane sugar or turbinado)

1 naval orange or 2 mandarin oranges or 2 Meyer lemons

2 c flour
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1 t allspice
1/2 t salt
1/4 t white pepper
2 t ground ginger

1 stick (1/2 c) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 c unsulphured molasses
2/3 c sugar
1 T plus 1 t fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 large egg, well beaten
1/2 c crystallized ginger, minced

1/2 c powdered sugar

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Zest the orange(s) or lemons to yield a heaping tablespoon of zest. Juice the fruit and reserve 2 tablespoons of the juice for making the glaze. Save the remaining juice for another use.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, salt, white pepper, and ground ginger in a large bowl.

Heat the butter in a saucepan until just barely melted. Stir in the molasses, sugar, and fresh ginger. If the mixture is hot to touch, let it cool until it is lukewarm. Whisk in the egg and pour the mixture over the flour mixture. Add the crystallized ginger and orange or lemon zest. Stir until just combined. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Scoop a heaping teaspoon of dough and roll into a ball, then coat in large-grain sugar. Place sugar coated dough balls a few inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies puff up, get fragrant and crack. Cool on a wire rack.

Prepare the glaze by whisking together powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons orange or lemon juice. Dip cooled cookie tops in the glaze or use a pastry brush to apply the glaze. Sprinkle with more large-grain sugar.

Store in an airtight container. Makes about 45 cookies.

Mercado Kitchen: Persimmon Scones

Posted on by Carletta Wong in Blog, K&J Orchards, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes, Twin Girls Farm | Leave a comment

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Impress your family and guests this holiday season with freshly baked scones for breakfast! Studded with Fuyu persimmons available into early December from Twin Girls Farm and K&J Orchards, these delicious scones are sure to please.

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It can be notoriously difficult to incorporate fresh fruit into scones without the fruit streaking and turning to mush. That’s why you most often see scones with dried fruit. But nothing beats fresh, seasonal fruit in baked goods. This recipe from America’s Test Kitchen has great tips to make adding fresh fruit to your scones a success. The squat Fuyu persimmons are a great choice because they are quite firm when ripe and ready to enjoy, making them easier to incorporate in the scone batter without breaking down. This recipe also has some great make ahead tips so you don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to have freshly baked scones in the morning.

The full recipe is after the jump. Happy baking!

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