September 15, 2016

What's Your Jam?

Because we work with local farms, we offer an array of delicious jams and preserves, from Laura Ann's Blackberry Bay Leaf Jam to our very own Capay Organic Aprium Jam. But other than adding a dollop to your morning toast, a lot of people aren’t sure what to do with it. Well, do not fret, we have a few scrumptious recipes featuring this sweet treat that will spark your creativity and have you thinking of jam as an ingredient to kick your recipes up a notch.

You can use any type of toasted nut or whole-grain flour in this recipe. And the best part is that it also works with any jam you like. We chose walnuts, pistachios, and almonds and a little spelt flour, aiming at a cookie with a little salt and tang.

Aprium Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Makes 20 cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 large egg, separated
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup spelt flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup of almonds
3/4 cup of walnuts
3/4 cup of pistachios - toasted and finely chopped
1/2 cup of jam (we used Capay Organic's Aprium Jam)

In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract and beat until combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the spelt flour, all-purpose flour and salt. Add the flour mixture to the batter and beat just until combined. If the batter is too soft to roll into balls, refrigerate.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Toast nuts on a sheet pan at 350 degrees F until golden brown. Cool. Chop in food processor on pulse or finely chop by hand.

In a small bowl, whisk the egg white until frothy. Place the finely chopped nuts on a plate.

Roll the dough into 1-inch balls. Dip each ball of dough into the egg white and then lightly roll in the nuts. Place on a baking sheet spacing about 1 inch apart.

Using your thumb or end of a wooden spoon, make an indentation into the center of each cookie and fill with about 1/2 teaspoon of jam.

Bake for about 12 - 15 minutes, or until cookies are set and the nuts have nicely browned. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool.

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Blackberry and Bay Leaf Jamtini
Serves 1

2 ounces of your favorite gin
1 ounces fresh squeezed lemon juice
3 ounces club soda
1 heaping teaspoon Blackberry Bay Leaf Jam

In shaker, add all ingredients, shake and pour in glass.
Garnish with fresh lemon slice and a bay leaf.

Tip - for added flavor - rim the glass with sugar

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Blood Orange Marmalade Glaze
Makes 1-1/2 cup of glaze

1 jar of blood orange marmalade by Happy Girl Kitchen
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup white wine
1 tablespoon whole seed mustard
sea salt
cracked pepper
1/2 lemon, zest and juice
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

In a hot skillet, add olive oil. Heat until almost smoking.

Sauté onions until caramelized, add garlic and cook until tender. Add white wine and reduce slightly.

Add blood orange marmalade, salt, pepper, lemon juice, zest, and apple cider vinegar. Cook until nice and thick, with a slow boil.

Add finishing touches to taste, may need more lemon or salt.

Glaze over your favorite vegetable or your favorite poultry.

We also love it on zucchini, red potatoes, pork roast or duckling. Enjoy!

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Farm Fresh Preserves, Cheese and Nut Plate
Serves a crowd

Brie cheese
Gorgonzola cheese
smoked Gouda cheese
Havarti cheese
goat cheese
dried figs, or any dried fruit
fresh sliced apple and pears
favorite jams and preserves (we used Laura Ann's Blackberry Bay Leaf jam and our farm's Capay Organic Aprium jam)

The ingredients list is only a suggestion. A cheese platter should include all of your favorite cheeses, fruits, nuts and preserves.

Arrange your items on a large plate or cutting board. Try to use seasonal farm fresh fruit and make it colorful.

People love to gather around a beautiful cheese platter for noshing and conversation.

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How To Add Produce and Farm Products for these Recipes To Your Delivery: CSA members - head on over to our online Farm Stand Market to customize your upcoming delivery. The Market is open from noon on Thursday until 10 am, 2 days before your scheduled delivery day. After you confirm your produce items, click the orange button "Confirm and Continue To Other Farm Products" to add the products to your delivery.