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Tag Archives | Fall 2017 Recipes

Chicken + Corn Chili

Marinating the thighs gives them an inside-out spiciness, and it tenderizes them, too. You’ ll not need to wait a day for the flavors to come together for this chili—because they’re already inside the meat.

Makes 6 servings

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Sea salt
1 cup Greek or full-fat yogurt
1 teaspoon ground cumin plus more for chili (divided use)
1 teaspoon chile powder
1 ear corn
2 ancho chiles
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup diced yellow onion
2 cloves garlic
1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
½ teaspoon smoky Spanish paprika
Cilantro, avocado, limes and tortilla chips for serving

Put the chicken thighs on a plate and salt them on both sides.…

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Butternut Squash + Goat Cheese Croustade

Makes 6 servings

4 cups butternut squash, sliced into cubes (about 1 small squash)
2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for serving
Sea salt and pepper to taste
1 cup ricotta
3 tablespoons goat cheese, softened (divided use)
Croustade Dough (recipe follows)
6 thyme sprigs
1 egg yolk

Preheat the oven to 425°F.…

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Swiss Chard + Mushroom Crêpes

Makes 4 servings

2 cups buckwheat flour
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 egg, beaten
¼ cup melted butter plus more for cooking crêpes
1½ to 2 cups whole milk
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large bunch Swiss chard, well-rinsed and chopped into
½-inch pieces
1 pint mushrooms (I used Baby Bella), sliced
Zest of ½ lemon (divided use)
¼ teaspon freshly grated nutmeg (divided use)
Sea salt and pepper
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese

Make the crepes: A day before you want to make these, make your batter—it needs an overnight rest.…

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Pear & Apple Ginger Crumbles

Makes 6 servings

2 to 3 tablespoons of butter, for greasing the ramekins
½ pound firm apples, such as Granny Smith
½ pound medium-firm pears, such as Bartlett
1 cup brown sugar (divided use)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 cup instant oats
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 stick (½ cup) butter, softened
½ cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
Apple Brandy Sauce (recipe follows)

Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease 6 (4-ounce) ramekins.…

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Minty Grapefruit Salad

Makes 8 servings

Average cost for one recipe: $2.82

3 large or 4 small grapefruit
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons finely chopped mint

Cut away grapefruit peel and white part. Then cut each grapefruit segment from the membranes. Place grapefruit segments in a serving dish.…

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Garden Café’s Apple-Raisin Blinis

Photo by Sandy Wilson

Garden Café owner Mark Wootton has long been a champion of using natural, sustainable, and humanely raised food products, extending even to the honey that he uses at the café.

Makes 4 servings

Apple-Raisin Filling (recipe follows)
Blinis (recipe follows)
3 ounces Texas artisan mascarpone cheese, such as Mozzarella Company’s
Texas Honeybee Guild Honey or other natural local honey
Powdered sugar for garnishing
Fresh sliced seasonal fruit and/or berries

Apple-Raisin Filling

1 tablespoon butter
1 large apple, peeled, cored and cut into small dice
1 cup golden raisins, also called sultanas
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon sugar
¼ teaspoon baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 large eggs, well beaten
2 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon canola oil
4 tablespoons butter

Begin by making the apple-raisin filling.…

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Crispy Italian Sausage Scrambled Egg Muffins

Photo by Sandy Wilson

For the family facing busy, hectic mornings, these scrumptious and filling “muffins” are the answer to providing a hot meal that can be enjoyed on the go.

Makes 15 to 16 muffins

½ cup melted butter
1 cup panko bread crumbs
½ pound bulk-style Italian sausage, hot or mild
12 eggs
½ cup finely chopped onion
2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
1 small green bell pepper, cut into tiny dice
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup (2 ounces) shredded Asiago or Italian Fontina cheese

Preheat oven to 350 °F.…

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German Puffy Pancakes with Apples (Apfelpfannkuchen)

Photos by Sandy Wilson

These puffy and delicious pancakes, sometimes called “Dutch babies,” have long been a cool weather favorite in German households. Serve with German-style pan or link sausage.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Apple Filling

½ stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
5 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced into thin wedges
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ cup Texas honey


6 eggs, room temperature
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup sifted all-purpose fl our
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 450 °F and place oven rack in middle position.…

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Tasty Crackers

Photography by Desiree Espada

½ cup canola oil
¼ cup C&J Farms seasoning blend of choice
10 ounces oyster, saltine minis or other small crackers

Put oil and seasoning blend in a 1-gallon zip-top plastic bag. Mix to blend. Add the crackers, seal and mix well until all are coated

More About C&J Farms

  • C&J Farms sells at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market and many of the Four Seasons markets in the Dallas area.
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