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Holiday Celebration Recipes

Farm Fresh Ginger

"In winter, I cherish the additional warm, quiet family and hobby time after an extremely busy outdoor growing season. I also long for fresh food, personal connections and hard work like those we have in the summertime. Growing and eating locally year-round keeps us in tune to the rhythms of the season and looking ahead to the new year,” says Jen Miller, of Prairie Wind Family Farm, in Grayslake.

Farm Fresh Ginger Cocktail

This is our New Years’ Eve go-to cocktail!

Yields: 4 servings

1 bottle champagne, chilled (or non-alcoholic sparkling beverage)

2 bottles ginger beer, chilled

1 Tbsp fresh or frozen ginger – we use frozen ginger, grated on microplane zester

3 Tbsp sanding sugar

In a small dish, mix 3 Tbsp sanding sugar with 1 Tbsp grated ginger and set aside.

To rim champagne flutes, dip in ginger beer and then in the ginger-sugar mixture.

Fill champagne flutes ⅓ full with ginger beer and then slowly top with champagne.

Garnish with a pinch of fresh ginger zest or slice of fresh ginger. Enjoy!


Refreshing Winter Salad

This can be made vegetarian and paired with soup, or add a protein to serve as a main course for a simple, fresh dinner.

Yields: 4 servings 

6 cups salad mix

¼ cup fresh fennel bulb, sliced very thin

2 shredded chicken breasts (optional)

Parmesan cheese (optional)

For the Dressing

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 Tbsp local maple syrup

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp orange juice

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 clove garlic, minced

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine the dressing ingredients in a mason jar.

Screw on the lid tightly and shake until the oil and vinegar have combined evenly.

Combine the greens and fennel in a large bowl. Pour dressing on top and toss to coat. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Place salad on four separate plates and add shredded chicken and grated parmesan cheese to each for extra protein and flavor.

Recipes courtesy of Jen Miller, of Prairie Wind Family Farm, which grows a wide variety of certified organic vegetables and pasture-raised hens for eggs, and provides fresh fruit to CSA members, delivered to north and western suburban locations, and area farmers’ markets. For more information, a schedule of farm events and to sign up for the 2020 harvest, visit