Heirloom Tomato & Grilled Bread Panzanella

The beauty of this summery salad is in its simplicity: Be sure to use good-quality olive oil and season generously!

Ingredients:
4 cups Pomodoro bread, cut into large cubes
2-3 heirloom tomatoes, sliced
½ cup good-quality olive oil
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
¼ cup freshly-crumbled feta or goat cheese
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Toss the bread cubes with about 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Grill the bread cubes until lightly charred, turning frequently with tongs. (A grill basket works well for this if you have it; otherwise watch that you don’t lose the croutons down the grate!) Remove from the grill and reserve.

2. On a large platter, arrange the heirloom tomato slices and drizzle with the remaining olive oil, and season generously with salt and pepper. Garnish with the chopped basil, cheese and grilled bread croutons and drizzle with another swirl of olive oil and, if desired, balsamic vinegar as well.

Variation: If you can find it, this salad is amazing topped with burrata cheese instead of the crumbled soft cheese!

Sun Ripened Recipes

No matter how you pronounce it, the word ‘tomato’ practically sings of summer, as well it should as the vine-ripened beauties are now at their best. This week’s box pays homage to the ripe, juicy summer favorite with a selection of heirloom tomatoes, plus focaccia bread, our housemade Cara Cara orange vinaigrette and everything you need for a hearty baked orzo main, plus Rainier cherries, raspberries, fennel and crisp gardens greens. Also included: Ingredients for a luscious apricot cake topped with apricot-almond crumble to finish off this bright and beautiful lineup.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Heirloom Tomato & Grilled Focaccia Bread Salad
The beauty of this summery salad is in its simplicity: Be sure to use good-quality olive oil and season generously!

Baked Orzo
This hearty baked orzo recipe is both satisfying and summery when topped with fresh heirloom tomatoes!

Roasted Beet Salad with Raspberries & Hazelnuts
Tossed with our Cara Cara orange vinaigrette, this showpiece salad boasts beautiful color.

Grilled Fennel with Radicchio
Also tossed with this week’s vinaigrette, this salad features a wonderfully-smoky flavor from the grill.

Grilled Glazed Carrots
Brushed with a sweet-tart glaze, these grilled carrots are sure to impress.

Rainbow Swiss Chard with Lemon Citronette
A light, lemony dressing adds bright appeal to tender Swiss chard.

F&L Apricot Cake with Apricot-Almond Crumble Topping
Moist and incredibly flavorful, this cake comes together in just minutes!

Summer All-Star Recipes

Peppers! Peaches! Tomatoes! These late summer staples are arriving in abundance here in August and this week’s box celebrates them in all their sun-ripened glory, as well as other favorites such as artichokes, squash blossoms and Santa Claus melon. Also joining these summer all-stars: Fresh, handcrafted red pepper linguine from Bellingham Pasta Co., plus Pain au Levain bread, Grana-style cheese and a smooth Washington Syrah. Long live summer!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Fragrant Fried Herbs
Crisp-fried herbs are an unexpected (and delicious!) garnish for the likes of pastas, salads, soups and more.

Ricotta-Stuffed Fried Squash Blossoms
The ultimate summer starter, incredibly beautiful and flavorful.

Grilled Bread with Basil Pesto
A wonderful appetizer to serve with this week’s pasta supper!

Italian-Stuffed Artichokes
Our Nonna Pat’s favorite way to serve artichokes!

Grilled Artichokes
Cracked pepper and a subtle lemon flavor perfectly accent these beautiful grilled artichokes.

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

Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone, Pistachios & Balsamic Glaze
Peaches off the grill are a true summer delight—we particularly love this salty, sticky-sweet topping.

Here’s to Summer Recipes

Summer is now in full swing, which (hopefully!) means sun-soaked days, leisurely evenings and produce-filled meals on the patio. Fittingly, this week we’ve captured the tastes of early summer, from purple scallions and green and yellow squash to a light and lovely pasta main starring spinach fettuccine, toasted pine nuts, mint and fresh fava beans. Pair this dish with grilled apricots, a beautiful summery salad and Italian Rustica bread, and then sit back and enjoy the flavors of the season.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

How-To: Prep Fava Beans
Our quick guide to peeling and prepping fresh fava beans for this week’s pasta and dip recipes.

Fava Bean Dip
This simple, fresh dip enhances the inherent nutty flavor of fresh fava beans.

Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto
A wonderful appetizer to serve this week’s pasta supper!

Fresh Spinach Fettuccine with Fava Beans, Mint & Toasted Pine Nuts
This summery pasta is light, lovely and fragrant with fresh lemon zest and mint.

Grilled Apricots with Almond Whipped Cream
Drizzled with honey and topped with toasted almonds, these apricots are simply stunning for dessert.

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