Cara Cara Orange Salad with Escarole & Fennel

This crisp, citrus-kissed salad is both bold in flavor and beautiful in presentation.

Ingredients:
1 Cara Cara orange
½ pound escarole greens
½ red onion, thinly sliced
1 fennel bulb, quartered, cored and thinly sliced, plus a handful of the fronds
½ cup celery leaves, coarsely chopped

Vinaigrette:
1 shallot, peeled and minced
⅓ cup freshly squeezed juice from a Cara Cara orange
⅓ cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
¾ cup olive oil
Sea salt salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Spread the escarole out on a large, round serving platter to make a bed.

2. Using a sharp paring knife, cut the tops and bottoms off the orange. Stand oranges up and slice to remove the peel and membrane. Then, slice oranges crosswise into thin wheels.

3. Arrange the orange on top of the escarole greens, overlapping the slices slightly. Then layer on the fennel slices and drizzle with the vinaigrette (you may not need all of it). Scatter onion slices and celery leaf on top of the salad.

A Taste of Italian Summer Recipes

Crafted from tender basil leaves, sweet pine nuts, extra-virgin olive oil, Grana-style cheese, fragrant garlic and a kiss of sea salt, classic Genovese pesto is a true taste of summer—and our weekly delivery comes complete with the ingredients to craft your own incredibly fresh version. Accompanied by imported orecchiette pasta and fresh Italian Rustica bread to pair with that glorious pesto, this summery lineup also includes farm-fresh eggs, heirloom tomatoes, a crisp rosé and beautifully ripe plums. Mangia!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Classic Basil Pesto
Toss it on pasta, stir into salad dressings, drizzle over heirloom tomatoes—the possibilities are endless with this classic sauce!

Frisée Salad with Plums & Hazelnuts
Later in the fall, this salad is equally amazing with slices of crisp apple or juicy pear.

Slow-Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes
Slow-roasting these beautiful tomatoes concentrates their unique flavor—try these with a drizzle of pesto!

Grilled Turnips with Mint & Lime
The bright combination of mint and lime adds summery appeal to these tender-crisp grilled turnips.

Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Honey & Lemon
Break out the barbecue for these flavorful cauliflower “steaks”!

Plum Compote
This delectable compote is delicious spooned over yogurt, ice cream, even waffles or pancakes!

Bucatini with Italian Sausage & Marinara Sauce

So simple, so satisfying: Top this week’s bucatini with our housemade sauce and cooked and crumbled Italian sausage.

Ingredients:
1 pound bucatini
1 pound Italian sausage
Nonna Pat’s Marinara Sauce
1 tablespoon butter
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Grana-style cheese
4 tablespoons micro basil

Method:
1. Cook the bucatini for 5-7 minutes in a pot of heavily salted water until al dente, or just cooked through with a bit of bite left. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water, and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, cook the Italian sausage in a large skillet over medium-high until no longer pink, breaking into bite-sized pieces with a spoon. Add in cooked pasta, 1 tablespoon butter and marinara sauce, tossing to combine thoroughly. Serve with a grated Grana-style cheese and a sprinkling of micro basil.

Risotto with White Chanterelle Mushroom Ragout

Crafted with our own mushroom ragout, this creamy and delicious recipe is a favorite here at the farm.

Ingredients:
1½ cups Arborio rice
4 cups chicken stock
½ cup white wine (if desired)
½ finely chopped onions or shallots
1-2 tablespoons chopped garlic (if desired)
8 tablespoons butter or olive oil (can use a mixture)
F&L white Chanterelle mushroom ragout
¼ cup grated Grana cheese
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Sea salt and ground pepper to taste

Method:
1. In a saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a boil and then turn down to a simmer to keep hot.

2. In another large saucepan over medium low heat, melt 4-5 tablespoons of butter and cook the onions until soft but not brown. Add garlic and continue cooking for about 2 minutes. Turn the heat up and add the Arborio rice, stir for about one minute. Add a ladleful of stock to the rice and continue stirring until almost absorbed.

3. Add another ladleful of stock and the wine (if using) and continue stirring. Repeat until all the stock is gone and the rice is creamy and tender.

4. Stir in the remaining butter, the white Chanterelle mushroom ragout and grated Grana, until the ragout is warmed through and the cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with fresh parsley, then serve.

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