Cool Greens....
As the days grow shorter, we instinctively change what and how we want to eat. Welcome to fall! Autumn is the time for harvest – including many of the year’s best greens which peak as the weather gets cooler. Almost always meant for cooking rather than raw, these greens are great pairings with so much of the comfort food we begin to crave – dishes like braises, roasts, stews, and soups. Greens are full of flavor, texture, color, and nutrients. They are often easy and quick to prepare as well. We dream of all the ways to incorporate them into the days menu! Yet whether you are at the farmer’s market, the grocery or in the garden, dramatic bunches of leaves piled high can seem daunting. After consulting with infamous Bay Area grower Martin Bournhonesque, we compiled a list of some favorites, sure choices and certain differences between them. Just remember to pair the general bitterness of these greens with either sweet or assertive counterparts. Perhaps it will inspire you to fall into the season!

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Smoked Whole Chicken

A classic meal that everyone at the table will love! We are sharing our secrets for creating a moist, delicious whole roast chicken – the twist is that this recipe gets fireside flavor outside on a Weber grill. This is a staple for any family style Sunday dinner. 

Roast Pork with Cippolini Onions

Roast Pork Loin with Cippolini Onions
A meal that tastes like autumn...  Short on preparation and long on flavor, this recipe will not disappoint.  The simple technique of brining brings out the juices and seasoning of the meat.  The apples and onions balance sweet and savory. The result are simply delicious!

Risotto with Butternut Squash and Hazelnuts

Risotto with Butternut Squash and Hazelnuts 
Although risotto needs a bit of attention at the stove, it is definitely worth the effort.  Risotto is a staple in many kitchens because it can be as basic and versatile as pasta. Look for Italian short grain rice in the pasta section of your grocer under the names Camaroli, Vialone Nano or Arborio ...more

Torte Rustica
Torte Rustica 
Give this recipe a try!  This rustic savory pie is inspired by an Italian recipe from the Liguirian countryside and uses some f the best ingredients of the season.  Served as an appetizer or a main dish, you will absolutely love having the leftovers in your refrigerator (although they may not last that long)! 

Broccoli Rabe with Toasted Garlic and ChilisBroccoli Rabe with Toasted Garlic & Chilis 
An ideal example of our approach to seasonal food - use fresh, quality ingredients to create a simple, delicious dish.  Broccoli rabe or rapini is one of our favorite cool greens.  This recipe balances the tender bitterness of rabe with assertive flavors like ...more

Pear & Cranberry Tarte Tatin Pear & Cranberry Tarte Tatin 
Sweet!  Tarte Tatin is a classic for a reason - this dessert is big enough to satisfy the end of any meal but light enough not to put you to sleep.  An upside down tart that is traditionally made with apples, this version combines two other favorite fall flavors.  Most of all, it is truly easy to prepare.