Who knows better what to do with what's available around Puget Sound during our long dark winter than local farmers? We asked them to share some of their go-to winter recipes with us, and here's what they sent:
Betsey Wittick is Bainbridge Island's potato goddess, so we looked to her for some of her favorite spud specialties. Her first suggestion was Roasted Fingerlings Potatoes & Garlic with Caramelized Onions. "Aileen Griffey, one of our loyal farmers' market customers, helped me develop this recipe," she explained. Another favorite is Gratin Dauphinois. "If I need an easy dish to bring to a pot luck," Wittick said, "this is one I often choose. The plate always comes home clean. How could you go wrong with potatoes, garlic and cream!" She found this recipe in A Passion for Potatoes, a cookbook by Lydie Marshall. Finally, she sent along a recipe for the sweet, squat cipolini onions, which she'll have at her stand at Saturday's Winter Market. She attributes the inspiration for Betsey's Cipolini Onions to "one of my favorite customers."
Nancy Fortner of Sweetlife Farm is a wizard at holiday entertaining, and some of her products can be almost instantly transformed into tasty treats when guests pop in. An easy recipe for Oatmeal-Cheddar Crackers makes a delicious before or after dinner nosh when topped with Sweetlife Farm's Berry-Infused Wine Jellies. And your guests will enjoy her quickie Cocoa Local Shooters - miniature servings of one of Sweet Life's hot cocoas. The cocoa mixes and jellies can be purchased on the Sweetlife Farm website.
Rebecca Slattery of Persephone Farm thought of this recipe for a creamy garlic soup when I asked her for her favorite winter warmer. "See, no magic ingredients at all," was the preface to this recipe for Veloute d'Ail, from her friend Abra Bennett's tres chic blog French Letters. Persephone Farm will also be at this Saturday's Winter Market, with all the potatoes, onions and garlic you'll need to make this soup - it's good for what ails ya!