Late Summer Bounty

From Poblano peppers and eggplant to heirloom tomatoes and sweet corn, summer’s late-season bounty continues this week with a fresh and flavorful lineup that also stars gorgeous cranberry shelling beans, Italian prune plums and a wealth of fragrant herbs. Add alongside a freshly-baked load of Pain au Levain bread, farm-fresh eggs and organic greens, and you’ve got all the makings of an al fresco-ready feast for the long holiday weekend ahead. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Roasted Ratatouille Toasts
A delightful spin on the classic stew, this time slathered on toasted Pain au Levain bread as a starter!

Escarole Salad with Grana-Dijon Dressing
A wonderful side salad!

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

Grilled Corn & Poblano Salad
Smoky, a little spicy and very summery, this salad with a snap to prepare.

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

Polenta Cake with Italian Prune Plums
This luscious cake is kissed with juicy Italian plums and citrus peel.

Grilled Eggplant with Lemon & Mint

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

Ingredients:
2 medium eggplants
Olive oil, for basting

For dressing:
¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice and zest from 1 lemon
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1-2 teaspoons sugar
4 tablespoons very coarsely chopped mint
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Prepare the dressing: Whisk olive oil, lemon zest and juice and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl. Add in sugar, salt and pepper and check for taste (it should be fairly sweet). Add in half of the chopped mint and set aside.

2. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat. Cut each eggplant lengthwise into about 8 thin slices about ¼-inch thick, then brush each liberally with olive oil. Lay on the grill, cooking each side about 2-3 minutes until golden brown and slightly charred.

3. Arrange the slices on a large platter and spoon dressing over top. Cover and set aside to allow eggplant to soak up the dressing. Sprinkle with the remaining mint and serve warm or at room temperature.

Roasted Ratatouille Toasts

A delightful spin on the classic stew, this time slathered on toasted Pain au Levain bread as a starter!

Method:
1 heirloom tomato, roughly chopped
1 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes, some sliced in half, others left whole
½ eggplant, cut into ½-inch pieces
1 zucchini or summer squash, cut into ½-inch pieces
1 sweet pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 sweet onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch red pepper flakes
⅓ cup olive oil
2½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 loaf Pain au Levain bread, sliced into ½-inch-thick slices
½ cup crumbled sheep’s milk feta
½ cup basil, thinly sliced
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a large roasting pan, toss the tomatoes, eggplant, squash or zucchini, pepper, onion and garlic with red pepper flakes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a healthy pinch of salt and pepper. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and lightly browned and the tomatoes have released their juices. Stir the vegetables halfway through cooking, and then toss again once they have been removed from the oven.

2. Remove the vegetables from the oven and increase the temperatures to a broil. Lightly brush each slice of bread with olive oil. Place them on the upper rack of the oven and toast until lightly browned, 1-2 minutes.

3. Top each toast with a generous portion of the ratatouille mixture, and then add a little crumbled feta on each. Garnish with the basil and season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

Summery Salads Recipes

The time is ripe—for just about everything! From spicy summer greens, heirloom tomatoes and crisp cucumbers to beautiful striped eggplant, Italian Tropea onions and baby Chioggia beets, this week’s box is a display of late summer splendor. Filled with a bevy of salad-ready provisions including gorgeous sheep’s milk feta cheese and housemade raspberry vinaigrette, this refreshing lineup also features a bright French Rosé, Pain au Levain bread and our signature cobbler mix to pair with plump blueberries so that you can enjoy each and every bite this box has to offer.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Roasted Baby Chioggia Beet Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette
Tossed with our housemade vinaigrette, this showpiece salad boasts beautiful color.

Greek Village Salad
This classic salad makes the best of summer heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers.

Treviso Radicchio Salad with Feta
This is one of those salads that hits all four flavors—bitter, salty, sweet and sour, all in one bite.

Roasted Ratatouille Toasts
A delightful spin on the classic stew, this time slathered on toasted Pain au Levain bread as a starter!

Tomato Fritters
A favorite throughout the Mediterranean, these delightfully-crisp nibbles are a wonderful pairing for a summer salad.

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

Blueberry Cobbler
It’s hard to beat this classic summer dessert—just add vanilla ice cream!

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