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cherry no. 9 fall in love again® – Recipe

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shrimp and cherry tomatoes over cheesy cauliflower grits
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Yields: 3 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 3 slices center cut bacon
  • 12 ounces shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 cup packed chopped kale
  • 10 ounces Village Farms Cherry No. 9 Fall In Love Again® tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • For the grits:
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large head cauliflower, chopped into small florets (about 6 cups riced cauliflower)
  • ¼ cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar
  • 2 tablespoons half and half or milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large cast iron skillet, cook bacon until crispy over medium heat. Remove from pan and set aside on paper towels. Chop or crumble bacon when cool enough to handle.
  2. Reserve 2 teaspoons bacon drippings in pan for shrimp. Arrange shrimp in pan in single layer, cooking over medium heat until pink and cooked through. Flip halfway to ensure even browning on both sides. Remove shrimp from pan. Add onions and kale to the skillet and cook until onions begin to turn translucent; stir constantly and slowly add broth to skillet to keep veggies from sticking.
  3. Stir in cherry tomatoes and cook just until they begin to burst, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in parsley.
  4. For the grits, rice cauliflower in blender or food processor. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add riced cauliflower and cook until starting to brown about 8 minutes, stir in broth and cover for about 5 minutes to steam cauliflower until fully cooked.
  5. Using an immersion blender, puree cauliflower slightly to create a creamy consistency that resembles grit like texture. Remove from heat and stir in cheese and cream; season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. To serve, ladle shrimp and tomato mixture over cheesy cauliflower grits and top with crumbled bacon.

Recipe and photography created exclusively for Village Farms by Kristina LaRue, RD

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sinfully sweet campari® – Recipe

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Caprese Salad
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Yields: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. To make the balsamic reduction, stir the balsamic vinegar and honey together in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to low, and then simmer for about 10 minutes or until the mixture has reduced to ⅓ cup. Allow it to cool to room temperature before using.
  3. Slice the campari tomatoes and mozzarella.
  4. Layer them on the plate, alternating between the two.
  5. Garnish with basil leaves and drizzle with the balsamic reduction before serving.

Recipe and photography by Diana Ponce

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heavenly villagio marzano® – Recipe

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Chicken Cacciatore Flatbread
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Ingredients
  • 2 Naan flatbreads
  • 6 oz cooked chicken breast, chopped
  • 1 bag Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes
  • 1 small red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 small red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white onion, chopped fine
  • 2 tsp fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp fresh black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Take ¼ bag of Village Farms Heavenly Villagio Marzano tomatoes and chop until it turns into a very chunky sauce. The remaining tomatoes, cut into small discs. Set aside.
  3. Heat a pan with olive oil, add chopped onions and cook 1 min. Now add chopped garlic, ½ tbsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, thyme, and oregano. Mix, bring heat down to medium and cook 2 mins.
  4. Now add your chopped tomatoes, chicken and half of the tomato discs. Let sit and cook on low 8-10 mins. If you think you overcooked it, simply add a little chicken stock to bring back its juice.
  5. We don't want it too watery because it will make the flatbread soggy. We're looking for a thicker consistency. Set side 5 mins to cool.
  6. Spread tomato and chicken mixture on flatbread leaving behind extra juices (if needed). Now place the remaining discs on top of the pizza spread out evenly.
  7. Place in oven and bake for 5 mins! Serve hot topped with fresh parmesan cheese and basil! Enjoy!

Recipe and photography by Alex Torres

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heavenly villagio marzano® – Recipe

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pork belly & tomato jam sliders
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Yields: 12 sliders
 
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds pork belly
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes, quartered
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dried ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 12 slider buns, split
  • 3 cups baby arugula
Instructions
  1. Make the Pork Belly: Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Remove skin from meat. Use sharp knife to score fat cap into a criss cross pattern (or ask your butcher to do this for you). Place meat in roasting pan and generously season all over with salt and pepper. Transfer to oven and cook 3 hours.
  2. Raise oven temperature to 400 degrees and cook 30 minutes longer or until top of meat is caramelized and crisp, basting meat with accumulated juices every 10 minutes. Transfer meat to cutting board and let stand 30 minutes before slicing.
  3. Meanwhile, make the Tomato Jam: In medium saucepot, heat mini san marzano tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, ginger, cumin, salt, allspice and red pepper flakes to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour or until mixture has the consistency of jam, stirring occasionally.
  4. Assemble the Sliders: Slice pork belly into ¼-inch pieces. If pork belly has been prepared in advance and refrigerated, gently reheat sliced pieces in nonstick skillet until warmed through.
  5. Divide sliced pork belly among bottom buns. Top pork belly with a spoonful of Tomato Jam and a small handful of arugula. Covers with tops of buns and serve immediately.
  6. Home Chef Tip: The pork belly can be roasted up to 2 days in advance. After roasting, transfer whole pork belly to large plate or container and transfer to refrigerator, uncovered, for 2 hours or until completely cool, then cover until ready to slice, reheat, and assemble sandwiches. Tomato jam can be made up to 5 days in advance. After making tomato jam, let stand at room temperature until completely cool. Transfer to jar or covered container and refrigerate.

Recipe and photography by Lori Yates

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sinfully sweet campari® – Recipe

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toasted ravioli nachos
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Yields: 10 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 boxes (16 ounces each) toasted beef ravioli (sub cheese or spinach for vegetarian option)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (8 ounces) shredded Mexican-style taco cheese
  • 1 pound Village Farms sinfully sweet campari® tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • ⅓ cup sliced black olives
  • Guacamole, for serving
  • Hot sauce, for serving
  • Sour cream, for serving
  • Lime wedges, for serving
Instructions
  1. On large rimmed baking pan, prepare ravioli according to package directions. Sprinkle with black beans and cheese; return to oven and bake 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted and beans are warmed through.
  2. Serve topped with campari tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, onion and olives. Serve with guacamole, hot sauce, sour cream and lime wedges.

Recipe and photography by Lori Yates

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heavenly villagio marzano® – Recipe

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heavenly villagio marzano® tomato galette
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Yields: 1 small 8-inch tart - Serves 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Large onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 10 oz Package Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes, halved
  • 8 oz White cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 14.1 oz Package refrigerated Pillsbury Pie Crusts, use one of the two crusts
  • 1 Egg white
  • ½ tsp Milk
  • 1 tsp Fresh thyme
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400º. Remove one roll of dough from the box, remove dough from plastic wrapper and let come to room temperature for 15 minutes.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil and add sliced onion and salt and cook until caramelized, about 25–30 minutes on medium heat. Remove from heat and drain well on a paper towel.
  3. Unroll the dough and place onto crust – in order – onions, shredded cheese and mini san marzano tomato slices being careful to leave a 1-inch border around the edges of the dough for folding. Fold the uncovered 1-inch edge of the dough up around the contents. The filling inside the galette (or tart) should be visible. Brush a small amount of the egg white mixture over the edges of the exposed crust. Bake at 400º for 20–25 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Top with fresh thyme before serving.

Recipe and photography by Nancy Farrar

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scrumptious mini® – Recipe

Tuna Stuffed Mini Cucumbers
tuna-stuffed mini cucumber canoes
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Yields: 4 portions Approx. prep time: 15 min
 
Ingredients
  • 6 Village Farms mini cucumbers
  • 1 120g tin Canned tuna in water, drained
  • ¼ cup Mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Edamame, shelled
  • 1 Lemon, juice and zest
  • Pinch Black pepper
  • Pinch Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Mix tuna, mayo, and lemon juice in a bowl. Season lightly with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Cut the mini cucumbers in half lengthwise, and shave a thin slice off the bottom so they sit flat.
  3. Using a small spoon, carve out a groove by removing the seeds and making a "canoe".
  4. Chop the extra mini cucumber slices and seeds, and toss into the tuna salad mixture.
  5. Fill up the mini cucumber "canoes" with the tuna salad and place the edamame beans on top. Sprinkle with lemon zest.

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Mini Pizzas

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Yields: 8 individual pizzas Approx. prep time: 1 hour 15 min
 
Ingredients
  • 8 ea Pizza dough balls/shells
  • 1 batch Pizza sauce
  • ½ cup Cornmeal or all-purpose flour
  • 1 lb Shredded mozzarella or bocconcini cheese
  • 1 lb Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 lb Mild pepperoni or salami
  • 1 lb Ham
  • 1 lb Pineapple
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F or prepare a BBQ with a pizza stone.
  2. Prepare the dough and sauce following the instructions below.
  3. Roll out the doughs onto a surface with a bit of coarse cornmeal or all-purpose flour to keep them from sticking.
  4. Arrange the doughs, pizza sauce, and toppings of your choice where the kids can reach and build their own pizzas!
  5. After assembling the mini pizzas, bake for approximately 8–10 minutes. Your kids will love eating the pizzas they made themselves!

pizza dough
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Yields: 8 individual pizzas Approx. prep time: 30 min
 
Ingredients
  • 650 ml Lukewarm water
  • 2 7g Dry yeast packet
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 4 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 cups Italian-style "OO" flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1 tsp Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Put the lukewarm water in a mixing bowl with a dough hook.
  2. Add the yeast and the sugar. Stir once, then allow to sit for a few minutes until it develops a bit of a froth.
  3. Add olive oil, and mix on low for 10 seconds to incorporate the oil and agitate the yeast.
  4. Add the flour, and mix on low until the loose flour is combined. Increase the speed to medium-high.
  5. Mix until all the dough begins to be caught up in the dough hook and is no longer sticking to the walls.
  6. Increase mixer speed to high and allow the dough hook to work the dough for 30 seconds.
  7. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl, and turn out onto a floured surface. Lightly knead the dough for another 30 seconds.
  8. Shape into individual balls, and lay out on a baking sheet covered with a clean dish cloth.
  9. Allow to proof on the counter for 30–40 minutes.
  10. When the dough is ready to roll out, dress and bake in a 400°F oven. (If you want to store the dough longer, place the whole batch in a large ball in a covered bowl, and store it in the refrigerator.)

pizza sauce
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Yields: 2 cups Approx. prep time: 30 min
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Simmer on low heat for 15–20 minutes.
  2. Blend directly in the pot with a stick blender (or transfer to a food processor/blender and purée). Cool and reserve.

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luscious seedless long english® – Recipe

Cucumber Breakfast Smoothie
luscious seedless long english® breakfast smoothie
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Yields: 2 portions Approx. prep time: 5 min
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Wash and chop the cucumber, sweet bell pepper, pear, ginger, and parsley. Transfer to a blender.
  2. Top off with coconut water and lime juice.
  3. Blend until smooth.

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cherry no. 9 fall in love again® – Recipe

Cherry No. 9 Thumbprint Cookies

cherry no. 9 fall in love again® pepper jelly jam
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place cherry tomatoes in a saucepan and cook on medium for 12–15 minutes or until liquid is reduced to a thick sauce. Let cool slightly.
  2. Add red pepper jelly and sugar and stir until dissolved. Pulse in a small food processor until tomato skins are combined.
  3. Refrigerate for 20 minutes before filling cookies. Mixture should be thick.

 
cookie dough
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Ingredients
  • 1 Egg, separated
  • ¼ cup Brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • ¼ cup Shortening
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • ¼ cup Butter
  • 1 cup Walnuts, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Cream butter, shortening and brown sugar in a stand mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add egg yolk and vanilla.
  2. Combine flour and salt in a small bowl. Add flour mixture to the mixer a little at a time, making sure not to over beat.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat 1 egg white and set aside.
  4. Make 16 quarter-sized balls with the dough and create a deep well in each cookie using your thumb or the back of a small spoon. Cookies expand when baking, so smaller balls are better.
  5. Place unfilled cookies into the freezer for 15 minutes prior to baking.
  6. Remove and bake for 16–18 minutes until golden brown. Remove and reform the wells if needed. Let cool and fill with tomato jam.

Recipe and photography by Nancy Farrar

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heavenly villagio marzano® – Recipe

Heirloom tomatoes
Caprese Sandwich
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Ingredients
  • Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 slices Italian bread
  • Buffalo mozzarella, thinly-sliced
  • Chiffonade basil leaf
  • Butter
  • Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Build sandwich to preferred ratios with mini san marzano tomatoes and cheese.
  2. Warm pan with butter.
  3. Brown each side of sandwich then finish in the oven at 350°F to melt cheese.
  4. Serve warm.

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scrumptious mini® – Recipe

Mini cucumbers
Mini Pickles
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Yields: 1 quart pickles
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Lb (454 G) – Village Farms scrumptious mini® cucumbers
  • 1 Cup (240 G) – White vinegar, 5%
  • ½ Cup (120 G) – White wine vinegar
  • 1 Cup (240 G) – Water
  • ¾ Cup (180 G) – Cane sugar
  • 2 Tbsp (20 G) – Mustard seeds
  • 1 Tbsp (1 G) – Celery seeds
  • ¼ Cup (1 G) – Dill
  • 2 Ea (.5 G) – Bay leaf
  • ¼ Tsp (1 G) – Black pepper
  • ¼ Tsp (1 G) – Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Cut mini cucumbers in half lengthwise.
  2. Place the mini cucumbers and the dill into a mason jar.
  3. Heat the vinegar and sugar solution with all the spices until it reaches a slow boil…
  4. Pour over the mini cucumbers in the mason jar.
  5. Allow to cool naturally with the lid off.
  6. Once fully cooled, put on the lid and store in refrigerator.
  7. Allow to stand 24 hrs before tasting.

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scrumptious mini® – Recipe

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cucumber, mint, & apple smoothie
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Yields: 1 20oz smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • 3 Village Farms scrumptious mini cucumbers
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple
  • ½ Banana
  • 1 tbsp Mint
  • 1 cup Water
  • ¼ cup Spinach
  • ¼ cup Kale
  • 1 Lime juice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender – purée until smooth.

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cabernet estate reserve® – Recipe

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bacon-guinness grilled cheese
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Yields: 1 sandwich
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Layer brioche with bacon jam on the bottom slice;
  2. Top with Guinness cheddar (or any cheese of your choice).
  3. Spread the mustard on the underside of the top slice of bread.
  4. Build sandwich, saturate both outside surfaces with olive oil.
  5. Season outside of oil-soaked bread with sea salt.
  6. Brown slowly in a medium-high sautée pan, on both sides.
  7. Transfer to low temperature oven (325°F) to ensure cheese is melted through.
  8. Enjoy with an extra side of cabernet estate reserve® tomato & bacon jam for dipping…

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luscious seedless long english® – Recipe

Luscious Seedless Long English Cucumber
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Ingredients
  • 3 Large Village Farms luscious seedless long english cucumbers, seeded and cut into ½ inch chunks
  • 2 cups Plain yogurt or yogurt cheese
  • 2 tsp Minced garlic
  • 2 tsp Finely-chopped dill
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Salt
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together. Chill if possible for about an hour to let flavors blend. Serve at room temperature with pita bread or pita crisps (baguette slices in lieu of pita)

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sinfully sweet campari® – Recipe

Naturally grown Sinfully Sweet Campari® Tomatoes

campari-stuffed greek salad
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Toss together diced cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, kalamata olives, parsley, and some feta cheese.
  2. Add about 2 tbsp of dressing.
  3. Season to taste.
  4. Stuff campari tomatoes with mixture and top with remaining feta cheese.
  5. Finish by drizzling with remaining dressing.

dressing
 
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup Lemon juice
  • ⅔ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste.
Instructions
  1. Whisk together ingredients.