Peter's Weekly Walkthrough
December 21, 2023
Taking a peak into the box of Wild Bunch (25751-5 lb) was a good surprise- White Beech, Maitake, Black Trumpet and Yellow Foots. Nice to see what they are currently finding out in the woods. Yellow Foot chanterelle mushrooms are unable to be commercially cultivated due to the inability to recreate the natural symbiotic relationship between the mushroom and the host material. Found growing on moss, rotted wood, and other organic materials in wet, lowland, boggy, forest areas, these mushrooms are typically found in clusters. They have a nice mild flavor.
This morning we saw the first Raspberry Blood Oranges (31584-72 ct, 25558- 6 each). This is one fruit that lives up to the namesake. They do have a hint of raspberry. A thought jumped out, How would they be added to roasted vegetables? How about grabbing some root vegetables and cutting them in different shapes: Large Diced Rutabagas, batons of parsnips, coins of carrots, crescents of turnips, rounds of Sweet potatoes and tossing with EVOO, Thyme, Salt and Pepper. This goes in at a high heat , something like 450*f till they lightly brown and are cooked. This comes out and gets a squeeze from a lime and some fresh chopped shallots. This should go on a bed of something,: Arugula is the natural with its sharp bite but if you want something less strong, go with spinach instead. Section out the Raspberry Blood Oranges and arrange on top. Nice winter side there if you leave it as is but mint seems to be nagging me. Maybe it is due to the lime but why not? A dusting of chopped fresh mint will bring all the flavors together. Now it is done.
Like most of us, I gravitate towards the darker colored Garnet Yam (23129-40 lb) when cooking. Last week, some Sweet Potatoes (22410-40 lb, 25523-5 lb) made it home. It was like finding something that was lost for a long time. Gave a simple roast on them, and found they eat really well! They were smooth and creamy with no fibrous strings. Got to have them more often. It is good eats.