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And the Vegetable of the Year goes to… Chicory!

Say What?! We are beyond excited that Bon Appetit came out with the 2017 awards of the year. If you are unfamiliar with these awards some examples are dish of the year, cuisine of the year, and more. We are so excited to say that they awarded Chicory as the vegetable of the year! They describe chicories as “a family of hardy, pleasantly bitter, multihued lettuces”. This is on point! Read full post

Chicory Vegetable of 2017

Let’s get into the details. Chicory, cichorium intybus, is a perennial plant in the dandelion family and they grow wild in Europe, North America and Austrialia. There are several varieties that are cultivated for salad leaves like radicchio, escarole, and endive. There are many varieties of radicchio out there as well. Radicchio di chioggia has a round head with a deep red and white veins, this is the most common and can be found in many retail stores. Treviso is the elongated version of chioggia and slightly less bitter to taste. Lastly, Castelfranco is round with butter-cream and red-speckled leaves. Now that you know what Chicory is, check out some of our favorite Bon Appetit’s recipes. 

Radicchio Salad with Sourdough Dressing
Radicchio Salad with Sourdough Dressings

Radicchio and Plum Salad

Radicchio & Plum Salad

Radicchio & Stone Fruit Salad

Seard Sweet Potatoes with Sausage and Radicchio

Sweet Potatoes with Radicchio

Seared Steak with Cipolline Onions and Radicchio

Seared Steak with Radicchio

Radicchio Salad with Beans, Figs, & Walnuts

Radicchio Bean and Fig Salad

Treviso And Radish Salad With Walnut–Anchovy Dressing

Treviso and Radish Salad

Flatbread with Castelfranco, Burratta, Apples, and Olives

Castelfranco and Citrus Salads with Burrata

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Welcome to Chicory Chicks

Welcome to the J. Marchini Farms blog Chicory Chicks! Here you’ll receive an inside look at J. Marchini Farms & Joe’s Premium Brand through events, recipes, and more. If nothing else, we are here to inspire you in the kitchen by delivering fresh, healthy produce and offering suggestions on making Italian specialties.

Why are we the Chicory Chicks?

We know where Chicory comes from: radicchio, treviso, and castelfranco are chicories and are very tasty & nutritious indeed. Don’t know a lot about these Italian specialty chicories? Check out our products page to learn more.

Now how are we coming up with Chick? Well it’s simple, I’m the oldest granddaughter of Joe Marchini, the co-founder & face of Joe’s Premium. My name is Francesca & I enjoy cooking, deep cleaning, talking with produce buyers, and I LOVE radicchio & Italian specialties. Italian way of cooking with fresh seasonal ingredients is so my style. I make pasta with whatever is in my vegetable garden or fridge at least once a week. Sometimes when I’m cooking in the kitchen I wish I could go back in time and cook with my Nonnie (Joe’s Mother).Nonnie always insisted on feeding her grandchildren and great-grandchildren when they stopped by for a quick visit. Her dishes were effortlessly put together with the best homestyle flavors. I hope my recipes here on the Chicory Chicks live up to my Nonnie’s standards.


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