New Years Black Eyed Peas

As the New Year approaches, many traditions and customs are celebrated across the globe to welcome a fresh start. In the Southern United States, a popular tradition is serving up black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck and prosperity throughout the coming year. Whether you’re a staunch follower of this age-old practice or simply appreciate a delicious side dish, this easy black-eyed peas recipe is sure to become a staple in your holiday or weeknight dinner repertoire.

To make:

Before soaking, carefully inspect your dried beans for any impurities such as leaves, twigs, or broken beans, and give them a good rinse. Place the beans in a large bowl and cover them with 4 inches of water. While not mandatory, soaking the beans overnight will reduce cooking time. 

Drain the soaked beans and rinse them under cold water. Transfer them to a large pot, covering them with 4 inches of chicken stock. Simmer, covered, for approximately 1 hour, checking for tenderness after 45 minutes. Adjust with more broth or water as needed. We like to add a ham bone during cooking for a punch of flavor.

Once the black-eyed peas are tender, season them to taste and add any desired extras. Consider incorporating spinach or other greens during the final 5 minutes of cooking. Season to taste. 

Serve them up with collard greens, glazed ham steak, skillet cornbread, and mac & cheese for a satisfying meal!

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Garlic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

We grow several varieties of tomatoes here at the farm including delicious cherry tomatoes. They are great for salads, pasta, or simply eating them by themselves. We also like them in this savory recipe, roasted with some lovely garlic!

You’ll need:

20oz cherry tomatoes
6 large garlic cloves, finely minced
2 tbsps of olive oil
1 tsp of kosher salt
2 tsps cracked black pepper

To make:
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, combine all of your ingredients and gently toss to coat all the tomatoes.
Spread the tomatoes in an even layer on your baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
You can toss your tomatoes into a pasta or you can spread them on a nice piece of toasted sourdough bread topped with parmesan cheese, fresh basil, and a little more cracked black pepper. Enjoy!

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Lemon Basil Pasta

We’ve been adding fresh, aromatic basil to farm boxes all week. Basil is a key ingredient in one of our favorite delicious- and easy – dishes: Lemon Basil Pasta!

You’ll need:
8 oz Fettucini
6 tbsp good butter
2 lemons
Fresh basil
1/2 – 1 cup Grana Padano cheese, shredded. More for serving.
Cracked black pepper
Kosher salt

To make:
Cook pasta until al dente. While the pasta is cooking, melt butter in a large saucepan. Add five basil leaves along with the juice of two lemons and the zest of one lemon. Add al dente pasta to the pan and toss. Fold in the shredded cheese and stir until the butter, lemon juice, and cheese have a creamy consistency. Stir in a little pasta water if needed. Salt and pepper to taste. Top with more cheese, basil, and cracked pepper to serve.

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Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana is hands down one of the best soups! The spice from the sausage, the richness from the cream and half and half, and the light crunch from the kale make this dish a family favorite!

You’ll need:

1 lb ground hot sausage
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon flour
64 oz chicken broth
6 russet potatoes, sliced in half lengthwise and then sliced across in ¼ inch pieces
1 cup heavy cream
6 cups torn kale pieces         

To make:

Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add sausage and cook until it begins to brown. Add onion and garlic and cook until the sausage is completely cooked and the onions are translucent.

Sprinkle flour over the mixture and stir to coat evenly. Stir in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, add the potatoes and cook for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Not too long – we don’t want mushy potatoes.

Reduce the heat to low and stir in the heavy cream and kale. Cook for 5 minutes. Serve warm with nice, crusty bread.

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Roasted Radishes with Garlic

Radishes are delicious in salads, with a little salt, or roasted with garlic and herbs like the recipe below. Give it a try! 

You’ll need:

1 lb farm-fresh radishes, stems removed, ends trimmed, and halved
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
2 minced garlic cloves
Dip of your choice 

To make:

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. In a bowl, combine the radishes, butter, dried parsley, salt, and pepper. Toss ingredients until the radishes are evenly coated. 

In a 9×13 inch baking dish, spread radishes out in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes. Add the minced garlic and toss. Return the radishes to the oven to bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the radishes are golden brown and easily pierced with a fork.

Serve with your favorite dip. We love them with ranch. 

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Spicy Lettuce Wraps

Romaine isn’t just for tasty salads. It makes great low-carb, crunchy bun and tortilla alternatives for tacos, burgers, and wraps like this delicious recipe. 

You’ll need:

2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp Sriracha, plus more for serving
3  thinly sliced scallions
2 finely chopped garlic cloves
1 lb ground beef
Kosher salt
Romaine lettuce
Lime wedges (for serving)

To make:

In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and 1 tbsp Sriracha. Set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium. Add your scallions and garlic and cook until softened (2-3 minutes). Add the chicken and season with kosher salt. Cook until chicken is cooked through, 6 minutes. Add the soy sauce mixture and cook for 2 minutes until liquid is almost completely reduced. Serve meat mixture in Romaine lettuce leaves with lime wedges and Sriracha. 

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Collard Greens With Bacon

Collard greens go well with just about anything. Collard greens taste like a cross between kale and cabbage and have a smooth and hearty texture. Try this savory side dish at your next meal!

You’ll need:

4 strips thick-sliced bacon, sliced into 1/2-inch strips
1 small yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
Several dashes of hot sauce (add more if you want more heat)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 pounds collard greens, stems removed, sliced into 3-inch-wide strips
1 cup chicken stock (or water)

To make:

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon until browned around the edges. Add onion and cook until softened. 

Add the salt, pepper, sugar, hot sauce, and garlic, and cook for about one minute. 

Add the vinegar and simmer until the amount of liquid is reduced by half, stirring and scraping up browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.

Add the collard greens and the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Reduce the temperature to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally until the collard greens have wilted and lost their brightness. Season to taste with additional vinegar and hot sauce.
Serve the greens with some of the juices from the pan.

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Easy Cilantro Vinaigrette

Try this simple recipe and add a punch of flavor to salads, grilled chicken, and, of course, tacos! You can get fresh cilantro when you join our farm box program.

You’ll need:

1 large bunch of fresh cilantro (2 cups packed)
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 to 1/2 cup water, as needed

Add ingredients to a blender or food processor and season to taste.

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Pickled Strawberries

Pickled Strawberries

In the extremely rare case that you’re unable to eat all your Falcon Ridge Farm strawberries, here’s a good recipe for pickled strawberries. Pickled strawberries are a delicious addition to fresh salads, deserts, or as a midday snack. 

What you’ll need:

1lb firm, ripe strawberries, hulled (halved if large)
1 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
¼ cup sugar
2 tbsps kosher salt
⅔ cup water
1 qt heat proof jar with lid

To make:
Put strawberries in the jar. In a small saucepan, bring vinegar, sugar, salt and ⅔ cup water to a boil over medium heat. Stir until sugar and salt are dissolved. Allow to cool and then cover and refrigerate.

Berries are good for 5 days refrigerated. Enjoy! 

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Toilet Paper Tube Trees

The holidays are a great time to gather up the kiddos and make fun Christmas crafts. The great thing about this particular project is that one of the supplies is abundant in most households: empty toilet paper tubes.

You’ll need:
Scissors
Pencil
Paint and brushes
Glitter, puffballs, sequins, or whatever glitzy doodads your heart desires
Empty toilet paper tubes

To make:
Using the pencil, draw out the shape of tree you’d like, make sure that the points of your tree meet at the side. Leave enough room at the bottom for a base.

Carefully cut along the lines (parents can do this for the real little ones). Once your tree is cut out, paint the trees whatever color you or your little ones like. Washable acrylic paint is great for clothes and table tops. 


Once the pain dries, decorate your trees with pain, glitter, stickers, etc. The kids can even stick a photo of themselves on the tree as a cute gift to the grandparents!

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