Author: Jen Langdon

14 Mar 2022

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Dried lavender is available at Greenacres Michaela Farm.

Simple and sophisticated, these cookies are perfect for tea parties, luncheons, and make the perfect hostess gift when visiting friends. 

Recipe courtesy of Victor Sarringhaus

Ingredients
  

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour plus more for rolling
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp whole dried lavender buds

Instructions
 

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add vanilla and beat to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, and salt. Add the flour/cornstarch mixture to the butter/sugar mixture a third at a time, mixing after each addition. Add lavender with the final third of flour mixture. Dough will be crumbly.
  • Spread a teaspoon of flour on work surface. Turn out dough and work into a ball. Rub surface with flour. Roll into 1-inch log, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350º.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. On a very lightly floured surface, roll dough out to ¼” thick. Cut cookies with a 3" round cutter. Poke holes in cookies with a fork.  These cookies will not spread while baking, so they can be placed close together on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake 18-20 minutes. Color will stay light, but dough will be set. Cool 10 minutes.  Makes 20-24 3-inch cookies.
19 Jan 2022

Bacon and Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast with Cheesy Pasta

Bacon and Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast with Cheesy Pasta

This elevated take on basic chicken breasts is fancy enough to serve to company, but quick enough for a weeknight meal!

 

Ingredients
  

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 lb spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 lb bacon, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz pasta, such as penne or bowties
  • 5-6 oz creamy, easily melted cheese (such as Boursin, goat cheese, or cream cheese)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350º. For the spinach filling, saute bacon in a large oven-safe skillet until crispy. Set cooked bacon aside to drain on paper towels. Pour off and reserve most of the rendered fat.
  • In the same skillet, saute the garlic until just starting to brown. Add spinach and stir often, scraping the browned bits off the bottom of the pan, until cooked down significantly and most of the moisture has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Add cooked bacon to the spinach mixture and combine.
  • Butterfly each chicken breast by slicing nearly through each piece, starting at the long side. Open the chicken pieces like a book and spread the filling evenly across each piece. Fold the pieces back together.
  • In the empty skillet, heat several tablespoons of the reserved bacon fat over medium-high heat. Carefully add the chicken breasts and sprinkle with salt and pepper, to your taste. Allow the chicken to cook for a few minutes on each side, until golden brown, about 4-6 minutes per side.
  • Transfer skillet to the oven, and bake until chicken is fully cooked, about 15-20 minutes.
  • While the chicken is baking, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Once cooked, reserve about a cup of the cooking water before draining.
  • Return the pasta to its cooking pot (remove it from the heat), add the cheese and a few tablespoons of the reserved pasta water. Stir to combine as the cheese melts, adding more of the pasta water a little at a time, as needed, until you have a creamy sauce.
  • Once the chicken is fully cooked, remove pan from the oven and allow to rest 5 minutes. Slice chicken and serve on top of a bed of cheesy pasta.
22 Sep 2021

Michaela Farm Product Availability

Michaela Farm Product Availability

Pricing is available in store. 

Eggs

Apologies, but we are temporarily out of eggs.

Fresh Vegetables and Fruits

  • Garlic
  • Asian Pears
  • Butternut Squash
  • Acorn Squash
  • Baby Carrots
  • Carrots with Greens
  • Radishes
  • Yellow Sweet Onions
  • Salad Beets
  • Hakurei turnips

Leafy Greens

  • Kale
  • Cabbage

Herbs

23 Jul 2021

Quick Pork Chorizo Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

Quick Pork Chorizo Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

Try something new this Taco Tuesday! Our cook-and-serve chorizo pork sausage is the perfect taco filling (or quesadilla filling, or nacho topper…) Paired with a quick cabbage and carrot slaw, you can have a fun and filling supper on the table in about 30 minutes!

Ingredients
  

For the slaw

  • 1 head cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 3/4 tsp celery seed
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

For the tacos

  • 1 lb pork chorizo
  • 10 small corn tortillas
  • Other topping ideas: sour cream, pickled onion, lime, hot sauce, etc. to your taste

Instructions
 

  • In a skillet over medium heat, thoroughly cook the sausage.
  • While the sausage is cooking, shred the cabbage. Toss cabbage and salt in the basket of your salad spinner or in a colander set over a bowl or in your sink. The salt will draw out some of the moisture from the cabbage and keep your slaw from getting too watery. Allow cabbage to sit with the salt for at least 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, shred the carrot. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, mayonnaise, celery seed and pepper to create the slaw dressing.
  • When the sausage is thoroughly cooked, drain the cabbage by using your salad spinner or squeezing it with your hands in the colander, allowing the water to drain. In a large bowl, combine cabbage, carrot, and slaw dressing, tossing to combine.
  • Heat the tortillas in a skillet or over the open flame on a gas stovetop. Stuff tortillas with the sausage, slaw, and any other toppings of your choice!