Italian Summer Recipes

The Italian summer calls to mind visions of flavorful pasta enjoyed alongside a bottle of fine wine and beautifully prepared garden-grown produce. Hence, this week’s box captures the flavors of summer by way of Italy with Skagit River Ranch’s organic Italian sausage and imported semolina pasta to toss with a super-fresh heirloom tomato sauce, plus garlic fougasse bread and creamy chevre cheese from Lost Peacock Creamery. Also included for this relaxed, refreshing meal: Ripe and juicy summer nectarines, Badge Flame beets and other seasonal highlights like Romano beans, English cucumber and Little Gem Romaine.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Summer Heirloom Tomato Pasta with Italian Sausage
This light and lovely pasta makes the best of summer heirlooms; we also recommend adding a dollop of creamy chevre to each serving!

Baked Eggs with Heirloom Tomatoes
Juicy tomatoes, fresh herbs and a touch of cream lend rich appeal to this dish.

Cherry Tomato-Beet Salad
Topped with a mustard-balsamic dressing, this cherry tomato and roasted beet salad is incredibly flavorful.

Escarole Salad with Grana-Dijon Dressing
A wonderful side salad to this week’s pasta!

Romano Beans with Caramelized Tropea Onions
These beautiful beans are tossed with Italian red onions and fresh parsley.

Blueberry-Nectarine Buckle
This easy dessert is sure to please the whole family!

Escarole Salad with Grana-Dijon Dressing

This salad is packed with bold flavor, drizzled with a Grana-Dijon dressing.

Ingredients:
½ head escarole, tip and tail trimmed, sliced lengthwise and then thinly sliced crosswise
1 head radicchio, thinly sliced
½ cup thinly sliced radish
Juice of 1 lemon
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
¼ cup grated Grana-style cheese, plus more for garnish
½ cup olive oil
Fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Combine the escarole and radicchio in a large salad bowl. Toss in sliced radishes.

2. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the lemon juice, mustard, grated Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and black pepper. Shake well to combine. Pour over the salad and toss.

3. Grate more Parmesan on top and serve.

Chicory Salad with Pecans & Goat Cheese

This light and bright dressing is the perfect compliment to peppery chicory greens.

Ingredients:
6 cups chicory, leaves separated and torn
1 cup pecans
¼ cup sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
¼ cup whole grain mustard
2 tablespoons honey
¼ cup thinly sliced chives
¼ cup goat cheese
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Toast pecans on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once, until slightly darkened and fragrant, 6-8 minutes. Let cool; crush or coarsely chop.

2. Whisk vinegar, mustard, and honey in a large bowl to combine. Add chicory, chives, and half of the pecans. Drizzle with oil, season with salt and lots of pepper, and toss to coat. Top salad with remaining pecans and goat cheese.

Paella Party Recipes

The summer harvest is at its peak, with favorites such as heirloom tomatoes, cauliflower, purple carrots and fennel ripening in abundance as we reach the end of August. This week, put these gorgeous offerings to delicious use in a traditional Spanish-style paella crafted with our own signature chicken stock, traditional Valenciano rice and spicy chorizo sausage. Also featuring Pain au Levain bread and farm-fresh fruit including Canadice and Himrod grapes from our own Grapehouse, this summery lineup is fit for a crowd—gather ‘round the paella pan, uncork a bottle of wine and enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Summer Vegetable Paella
This recipe is so versatile: Try it with different vegetables, add in protein like this week’s chorizo sausage, or even cook it on the grill!

Carrots Marinated with Garlic & Oregano
This room-temperature dish packs in the flavor and makes for a lovely side dish on a hot day.

Spicy Escarole
Sautéed with fennel, olive oil and red pepper flakes, this side dish pairs nicely with grilled fish or chicken.

Shaved Beet, Carrot & Radish Salad
Crisp and crunchy, this colorful salad makes a great picnic dish!

Summer Red Wine Vinaigrette
File this one away: This versatile vinaigrette pairs beautifully with summer veggies and salads.

Roasted Grapes with Thyme
These juicy grapes boast an intense flavor, and are wonderful served with a sharp cheese and crostini.

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