Chicken Cacciatore with Mixed Peppers

A lot of recipes for chicken cacciatore list only bell peppers but we kick up the flavor of this favorite with several different types of peppers – red and green bells, poblanos, Cubanelles, sweet reds, and sweet yellows.  Each adds their subtle difference in flavor to make for a VERY flavorful meal, and if you want, some heat (from the seeds and membranes of the poblanos). … Continue reading Chicken Cacciatore with Mixed Peppers

Sauteed Arugula and Cherry Tomato Crostinis with Blue Cheese Crumbles

The holidays are a special time of the year. While filled with family, friends, and celebrations, it can also be a challenging time trying to figure out what to serve that would be delicious, interesting, colorful, healthy, AND not take a lot of time or cost an arm and a leg to prepare. Here is a great go-to appetizer that checks all of those boxes … Continue reading Sauteed Arugula and Cherry Tomato Crostinis with Blue Cheese Crumbles

Arugula and Goat Cheese Pizza with Red Onion and Mushrooms

We love arugula’s peppery flavor, and rather than having it just in salads we try all kinds of ways to enjoy it. Sometimes it’s hard to think of other ways to enjoy a particular ingredient, but one way is to consider what goes well with it and then try using those same ingredients in a totally different type of dish. For example, arugula is often paired … Continue reading Arugula and Goat Cheese Pizza with Red Onion and Mushrooms

Vegetarian Minestrone with Mizuna

Minestrone is like chicken soup, in that if you ask 10 cooks how to make it, you will get 10 different recipes. But it does have a few common ingredients:  beans, onions, celery, carrots, rice or pasta, vegetable stock, and fresh or canned tomatoes.  It can be, but is not usually, made with meat and/or meat-based stock like chicken stock. Our version of minestrone is vegetarian and … Continue reading Vegetarian Minestrone with Mizuna

Stuffed Sicilian Eggplant

A few weeks ago one of our customers at the downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market came up to Chris to welcome him back to the market after the summer hiatus.  Chris was standing near the table of eggplants (globe, Asian, purple, and Sicilian).  Our customer saw the Sicilian eggplants and mentioned that they reminded her of her Sicilian grandmother’s cooking and in particular, stuffed Sicilian eggplant. … Continue reading Stuffed Sicilian Eggplant

Eggplant Parmesan with Organic Eggplants, Italian Basil, and Oregano

With Fall in full swing, the chill in the air (ok not so much here in Florida) calls for warm, hearty comfort food that brings family and friends together.  It’s also the time here in Florida when we begin harvesting eggplants, herbs, greens, and other veggies, so when our first eggplants are available, eggplant parmesan immediately comes to mind. This dish will require some prep work but … Continue reading Eggplant Parmesan with Organic Eggplants, Italian Basil, and Oregano

Escarole, Sweet Italian Sausage, and Cannellini Bean Soup

This is a wonderful, hearty soup that really highlights our organic escarole greens.  While you may also use spinach in this recipe we really appreciate the slight bitterness of escarole, and if added just a couple of minutes before serving the white ribs of the escarole leaves will retain their crispness, adding a bit of crunch to contrast the creaminess of the beans. By the way, … Continue reading Escarole, Sweet Italian Sausage, and Cannellini Bean Soup