Grilled Peaches with Mint Pesto

Summer is coming to a close, but don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Squeeze a little more sunshine out of the last grilling days of the season with this super easy dessert!

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To make 2 peaches (4 halves) you will need:

1/2 cup Mojito Mint from Terra Farms
1/2 cup Roasted Almonds from Going Nuts
1/4 cup Alpine Wildflower Honey from Beeland
Peaches, just ripe from Cherry Pit

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  1. Wash the fuzz off of peaches.
  2. Cut peaches in half and take out the pits. Lightly coat the peaches in olive oil and place on a hot grill.
  3. Crush or blitz your mint, almonds and honey together (to loosen things up, add a drizzle of oil as the blender makes dessert pesto magic).
  4. Remove peaches from the grill after roughly 4 minutes or until grill marks have appeared. If you want softer peaches, grill them for a longer amount of time.
  5. Scoop a healthy serving of your mix in to the middle of each halved peach.
  6. Serve simply like this or with a scoop of ice cream!

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Honey Thyme Glazed Trout

If you’re a fish-lover, there are few things more beautiful than fresh, wild Steelhead trout or a deep red Ahi steak or a glistening halibut filet….. *ahem*  we may be fans of the beauties showcased at Blu Seafood.  There’s nothing quite like perfectly crisped-skin trout fillets; with a flavor so delicate that they really don’t need much to make a delicious (and healthy) dinner.  This recipe is dead simple with only four main ingredients:  a squeeze of orange, and a dollop of honey, and fresh sprigs of thyme, it lets the trout shine and takes all of 12 minutes.  And, with the outstanding selection of ready-made salads and grilling vegetables from Cherry Pit, a complete meal can be whipped together in less time than calling for take-out.

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Market-Sourced Ingredients

1 Steelhead Trout Fillet from Blu Seafood

2 tbsp Honey from Buzz Honey

Fresh Thyme from Terra Farms

Juice of half an Orange from Cherry Pit

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sea Salt

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Your Choice of Prepared Salad or Vegetable Sauté from Cherry Pit

Cherry Pit Salads

Quickly whisk together a mixture of orange juice, honey, fresh thyme, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper.

Rub the salmon with oil and season with salt and pepper. Place in hot pan, skin side down, approximately 6-8 minutes.

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Gently flip and continue to cook for about 3 minutes.  Flip back onto skin side and brush the tops of the fillets with a few remaining minutes of cook time.  *Do not brush skin side of fish with the honey-thyme glaze as this will cause it to burn terribly.  Take care not to overcook the fish.

Serve skin side up over whatever incredibly easy (and yummy) Cherry Pit side you chose to enjoy; serve the remaining glaze on the side.

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Alternatively, if you’re more of a grillin’ kinda gal or guy, this trout can be done on the grill (just be sure to oil the skin well to prevent it sticking to the grates).

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Summer Vegetable “Ceviche”

Another long weekend is upon us and it’s sure to be a great time to BBQ and entertain in the great outdoors.  But by this time in the summer in Calgary, you’ve probably eaten your fair share of beef on a bun, burgers, corn dogs, and all sorts of other not-quite-so-healthy-or-appetizing meals.  Some of you may be looking for ways to break the Stampede-induced fried food cycle, get back on the farm-fresh wagon, or just try a new side to go with your perfectly grilled steak.  Well, we have a vibrant and zippy ceviche-esque salad marinated in lime juice dressing that is a beautiful accompaniment to whatever your little grilling hearts desires; a surprisingly tasty potluck side, or even a no-meat Monday dish.  Any way you slice it, it’s going to be yummy.

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Market-Sourced Ingredients

1 cup freshly shucked garden peas from Innisfail Growers Co-op

1 jalapeño, seeded and thinly sliced from Souto Farms

1 small red onion, thinly sliced from Souto Farms

1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (from 2 ears) from Souto Farms

2 B.C. nectarines, cut into thin wedges from Souto Farms

1 Hass avocado, cut into 1/2-inch cubes from Cherry Pit

1 scallion, thinly sliced from Cherry Pit

2 fresh limes from Cherry Pit

1 large purple bell pepper, finely julienned from Gull Valley Greenhouses

1 pint cherry and sun kissed yellow tomatoes, halved from Gull Valley Greenhouses

1/2 cup coarsely chopped parsley from Terra Farms

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Sea salt

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The real beauty of this recipe is that if you can slice and dice and squeeze a lime, you can nail this great salad.

In a large bowl, whisk the zest  of one lime and the juice of two limes with the olive oil, jalapeño and diced red onion; season the dressing with salt to taste. *If you’re not a huge fan of spice, just add 5 or 6 jalapeño slices.  If, however, you like it hot, use the whole jalapeño.

Now comes for the veggie prep…. shuck your peas, slice the corn off the cob, cut the nectarines into thin wedges, and slice up the avocado, pepper, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

Gently fold all the vegetables together with the spicy lime dressing.

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Refrigerate the “ceviche” for at least 2 hours.

Fold in the parsley and scallion just before serving and serve the salad chilled.  We chose to enjoy a lovely Silver Sage Beef grilled flat iron steak.  This salad, though, is a perfect pairing to sautéed fish, seared scallops, or grilled chicken.  Heck, you could even swing by Blu Seafood for some of their incredibly sweet prawns and toss them right into the salad for a real ceviche. This can really be paired with just about anything or be enjoyed on its own and is sure to impress.

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The salad can be refrigerated for up to 8 hours.

Berries: 3 Ways

If you’ve been around the market lately, you know we’re bursting at the seams with beautiful berries.  And that means you can pick up a whack of juicy berries for cheap from one of our great case lot sales!  But what do you do with so many berries?!  Well, we have lots of ideas… berry parfaits, berry bundt cakes, berry salad, berry soup, berry jam, berry ice cream… we could keep going but we won’t.  (Check our Pinterest Page for more berry ideas and recipes).  For now, we’re offering you three delicious berry recipes of varying levels of skill and effort.  Let’s start with the easy one… and if this heat holds out, one you’ll likely use a lot!

Berry Sorbet 1

Berry Sorbet

Market-Sourced Ingredients

2 cups fresh raspberries
2 cups fresh blueberries
2 cups fresh cherries (if you’re crazy enough, like us, and you have a cherry pitter…. have at ‘er. You can absolutely omit the cherries and use 3 cups of raspberries and blueberries each)
1/3 cup sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
Zest of 1 lemon
*For the purpose of these recipes, all produce sourced from Souto Farms; case lots sales can be found at other friendly vendors in the market.

Directions: Place the raspberries in a blender and blitz until smooth.  If you’re not a fan of the seeds, pour the raspberries through a wire mesh strainer and press them with the back of a spatula against the sides of the strainer in order to squeeze out the juices. Discard the pulp and seeds that remain in the strainer.

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Combine the raspberry juice, blueberries (and cherries if you’ve chosen to use them), lemon juice, and the sugar in an electric blender, cover, and process until smooth. If you have a cute sous chef, ask them to come help; there’s something about a swirly-whirly ice cream machine that’s just fascinating.  Not to mention, they get awfully excited when they finally see the end product!

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Pour the mix into a 2- quart hand- turned or electric freezer and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Sprinkle the zest of one lemon on top of the sorbet before placing in the freezer. *If you do not have an ice cream maker, have no fear, the puree can be poured directly into a container and placed in the freezer as is.

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Let ripen (read: sit in a freezer) for about an hour.  You can serve garnished with the fresh fruits and mint sprigs.

And now for something just as simple, slightly more versatile, and just as delicious.

Homemade Blueberry Sauce

Market-Sourced Ingredients

2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch, mixed with 1 tbsp water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Juice and zest of 1 lemon

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Directions:

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the blueberries, 1/2 cup of water, sugar, and lemon juice. Stir frequently but gently, and bring to a low boil.  In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and tablespoon of water.  Turn heat down and slowly stir the corn starch into the blueberries, taking care not to crush the blueberries.  Simmer until the homemade blueberry sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon, about 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and gently stir in vanilla and lemon zest. *If this sauce is too thick for you, slowly add in water until you reach the desired consistency. The amount of sugar that you use will depend on the sweetness of your berries and how sweet you like your syrup, simply adjust the amount to suit your taste.  No lemons on hand? This homemade blueberry sauce recipe tastes really great with orange juice and zest.

And now for the one that takes a little more effort and time, but that will be sure to please your family as they roll out of bed in the morning, climb out of the tent, or pack up for a picnic.

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These aren’t exactly a healthy breakfast, but they’re darn yummy and with the streuselly topping you might see on crumbles or coffee cakes, with a dollop of vanilla ice cream they’ll even double as a dessert!  Instead, they’re more like a delicious citrusy blueberry sandwich cookie.  But they’re worth every calorie.  We promise.

You could easily swap the blueberries for raspberries or blackberries… or even cherries.  Heck, peaches would be pretty great too.

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Blueberry Crumb Breakfast Bars

Market-Sourced Ingredients

For the crust and crumb:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces

For the blueberry filling:
1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 pound raspberries, fresh
Juice and zest of 1 lemon

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Make the crust and crumb: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up the two short sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.  *You might wonder why we would do this… by buttering the parchment, you’re helping the crumb bind into a more solid bottom.  Don’t skip this step or you’ll end up with a crumbly base, blech.

Put the flour, brown sugar, oats, coconut, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in a food processor. Pulse in short bursts until combined. Add the butter and pulse until loose crumbs form.

Reserve 1 1/2 cup of the mixture and set aside.  Pour the rest of the mixture into the prepared pan and use your hands to push the crust into an even layer at the bottom of the pan. The crust should touch the sides of the pan. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let the crust cool. Keep the oven on while you make the blueberry filling.

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Make the blueberry filling: In a medium bowl, gently stir the blueberries, lemon juice, sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon and flour together until the blueberries are evenly coated.

Assemble and bake the bars: Spread the blueberry filling evenly on top of the cooled crust. Sprinkle the reserved crust mixture evenly on top of the filling.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, rotating the pan every 15 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the filling starts to bubble around the edges.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then cut into squares and serve. The bars can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two days.  Or wrap them individually in parchment paper and freeze for up to 1 month.

So what do you think?  Are you inspired to pick up a case of incredible berries and try your hand at whipping up a summery sorbet or smothering a fresh batch of pancakes with your homemade syrup?  Go ahead… you can do it.  And your friends will be impressed too.

Cheery Cherry Sangria

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There are a few things that instantly come to mind when you think of summer… BBQing, picnics, patios and sangria are the first things that pop into our head. Luckily, we’ve had some beautiful sunny days as of late here in Calgary to kick off summer. Surrounded by beautiful fresh produce and local products here at the market, we can’t help but think of what we’ll throw on the grill when we kick back and relax with friends. It doesn’t quite feel like a backyard celebration without a frosty beverage in hand. And we have a great, simple recipe featuring our local Field Stone Fruit Wines. Glug in some wine, throw in some fruit, serve over ice….. yup, that sounds perfect!  Here is our take on Field Stone’s Cheery Cherry Sangria

Market-Sourced Ingredients

1 bottle (750 ml) Field Stone Cherry Fruit Wine

1 peach

12 cherries

1 lemon

1 lime

4 shots Wild Black Cherry Field Stone Dessert Wine

1 can club soda

*All produce sourced from Souto Farms

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Sangria has to be one of the easiest cocktails to make.  Grab some good quality ingredients, mix everything together in a pitcher, let sit so all the flavors muddle together, and enjoy!  Let’s break it down.

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First, add the juice of half of the lemon and lime each to the pitcher.  Slice the peach and remaining lemon and lime.  Pit and halve the cherries. Throw all fruit into the pitcher.

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Glug in the entire bottle of Cherry Fruit Wine.

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Add the 4 shots of Wild Black Cherry Dessert Wine.  Mix together and chill for at least one hour.

Add club soda just before serving.  Pour into a couple of wine glasses, pass to a friend, kick up your feet and enjoy!