Italian Summer Recipes

The Tuscan summer calls to mind visions of the perfect glass of wine served alongside garden-fresh produce simply and beautifully prepared. Hence, this week’s box captures the flavors of summer by way of Italy with a Tuscan-style ribollita stew crafted with imported cannellini beans, rustic bread chunks and fresh ingredients like rainbow Swiss chard, heirloom tomatoes and summer squash. Also included for this relaxed and refreshing meal: A classic Italian red wine, apricot jam and our own Grana-style cheese.

Here are some recipe ideas for this week:

Summer Ribollita
Inspired by a recipe found in the Lark: Cooking Against the Grain cookbook, this ribollita celebrates the beautiful vegetables of summer.

Pistou
This incredibly-flavorful sauce is the perfect accent to this week’s rustic stew.

Cantaloupe & Cucumber Salad with Basil
Juicy and incredibly crisp, this salad always receives rave reviews.

Cucumber & Tomato Salad with Sweet Onion
This light side salad is excellent served for lunch, or alongside a grilled protein and bread.

Summer Red Wine Vinaigrette
File this one away: This versatile vinaigrette pairs beautifully with both green and pasta salads.

Grilled Radicchio with Olive Oil & Sea Salt
These radicchio wedges are wonderful served alongside a grilled entrée.

Sautéed Summer Squash
So simple, so flavorful: These summer beauties are excellent served over grilled crostini, tossed into pastas, or scattered over pizza.

Flavors of the Southwest Recipes

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Nothing perks up the taste buds quite like the flavors of the Southwest. Explore the region’s smoky, spicy flavors by firing up the grill for this week’s housemade dry rub seasoned with garlic, thyme and smoked sea salt (just pick your meat or veggie main!), then use the signature cornbread mix and premium dried beans to craft cookout-friendly sides. Combined with a plethora of fresh produce ranging from rainbow cherry tomatoes and fennel to cherry plums and red grapes from the Bella Luna grapehouse, this spectacular supper will do the Southwest proud.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Southwest-Style Beans
These spicy beans pair wonderfully with this week’s cornbread and your favorite meat or vegetable hot off the grill.

Farm & Larder Cornbread
Best baked in a preheated cast-iron skillet, our signature cornbread is lovely served warm and topped with sweet butter and honey.

Summer Slaw
This zippy coleslaw is incredibly crisp and fresh, with cabbage, cucumber and scallions.

Fresh Fennel, Radicchio & Apple Salad
Tart, crunchy and crisp, this cool salad celebrates the classic combination of fennel and radicchio.

Late-Summer Bounty Recipes

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From juicy heirloom tomatoes and crisp peppers to fragrant peaches and lemons, summer’s late-season bounty continues this week with a fresh and flavorful meal starring a creamy polenta entree topped by all-natural chicken Italian sausage, smoky-sweet peppers and summer squash. Add alongside a robust red wine, our housemade pickled cauliflower to pair with Pain au Levain bread and Grana-style cheese, plus crisp produce including fresh cranberry beans, cucumbers and baby beets, and you’ve got all the makings of an al fresco feast.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Polenta with Chicken Italian Sausage & Sautéed Summer Vegetables
This creamy dish is bright with Italian flavors, courtesy of pungent mixed peppers and summer squash.

Chilled Tomato & Peach Soup
This creamy, cold soup is bursting with spicy appeal.

Cantaloupe & Cucumber Salad with Basil
Juicy and incredibly crisp, this salad always receives rave reviews.

Fresh Cranberry Beans with Lemon & Olive Oil
A lovely side for a summer barbecue, these beautiful beans are also tossed with fresh herbs.

Grilled Eggplant with Lemon & Mint
Tossed with fresh mint for added brightness, this barbecued eggplant boasts a wonderfully-rich and smoky flavor.

Smoky Bell Pepper & Eggplant Salsa
This smoky salsa is a wonderful boost for burgers, sausages and more.

No-Bake White Peach Crumble
The perfect no-fuss dessert for a hot summer’s day!

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