Recipes from the Farm Kitchen
Turmeric Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
2 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 cup water
1 cup cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups sugar
Pinch kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
1/2 teaspoon pickling spice
Combine onion and cucumber slices in a clean spring-top jar.
Combine the remaining ingredients in a non-reactive saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 4 full minutes to wake up the flavors of the spices.
Slowly pour the hot pickling liquid over the onion and cucumber slice, completely filling the jar. Allow the pickles to cool to room temperature before topping off with any remaining pickling liquid. Refrigerate.
Refrigerate the pickles for a week to ripen. They will keep for about 2 months in the refrigerator.
Stone Fruits with Almonds, Chèvre, Ricotta and Honey
½ cup blanched whole almonds
2 tablespoons almond oil or extra-virgin olive oil
4 ounces fresh goat cheese, room temperature
4 ounces fresh ricotta cheese
5-6 apricots and two handfuls of sweet cherries (pitted)
3 tablespoons wildflower or orange-blossom honey
Heat almonds and oil in a skillet over medium heat, tossing occasionally, until almonds are lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer almonds to a plate to cool; discard oil. Stir together cheeses, then mound on a platter, making a small well in the center with the back of a spoon. Surround with fruits and toasted almonds. Drizzle honey into center of cheese.