Sunday Supper Recipes

In the tradition of our own Nonna Pat’s long-standing Sunday suppers, this week’s box includes fixings for a truly satisfying Italian-style spread: Appetizer provisions like freshly-baked focaccia and plump olives; fresh bucatini pasta topped with Nonna’s signature marinara sauce and Grana-style cheese; and finally, our signature lemon olive oil-polenta cake mix to whip up for dessert. Also included: Local duck eggs, fresh garden herbs and a lineup of produce favorites like Lacinato kale, Hakurei turnips and Meyer lemons—mangia!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Grana Cheese with Honey & Red Pepper Flakes
The success of this lovely appetizer depends entirely on the quality of the ingredients, so don’t scrimp!

Brown Butter Kale
Simple and irresistible, this Tom Douglas recipe combines quality ingredients to bring out the inherently nutty flavor of this protein-rich green.

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

Glazed Hakurei Turnips
These buttery glazed turnips are sure to delight.

Lemon Olive Oil Polenta Cake
This rustic cake has a slightly-crunchy texture courtesy of polenta and is beautifully flavored by olive oil.

Scorzonera Fritters

These delightful, Italian-style fritters make a wonderful appetizer, or just serve alongside a green salad to make it a full meal.

Ingredients:
4 Scorzonera roots, trimmed of greens
2 teaspoons fresh thyme
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons grated Grana-style cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup polenta
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Olive oil (for frying)
Lemon wedges (for serving)

Method:
1. Wash and scrub Scorzonera, then peel off skin with a vegetable peeler. Grate Scorzonera into a large bowl using a box grater. (You should have about 1½ cups once grated.) Place a large frying pan over medium heat and add butter to melt. Add in grated Scorzonera and thyme. Stir and fry until Scorzonera has softened, about 15 minutes, and then remove from heat.

2. In a bowl, combine Scorzonera, egg, breadcrumbs, Grana cheese, parsley and garlic, then season generously with salt and pepper. Divide mixture into 6-8 even patties (each about the size of a crab cake).

3. Place the polenta in a bowl, then dip each patty into the polenta and coat on both sides. Place pan back on medium heat and add enough olive oil to coat, Fry the fritters until golden, about 4-5 minutes per side. Transfer to paper-towel lined plate to drain, then serve warm with lemon wedges on the side.

Pickles & Peppers Recipes

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As summer wanes and we begin to gather up the last of the heat-loving crops, ‘tis now the season for pickling! With a bevy of produce at your disposal—including cucumbers, heirloom zucchini and tomatoes, plus a myriad of colorful peppers—this week’s box is full of crisp, pickle-friendly fare, plus recipe ideas courtesy of the Hugh Acheson’s charming Pick A Pickle cookbook. Also included: Fresh accoutrements like locally-made peanut butter and cinnamon raisin bread, a full dozen eggs, and a perfectly-balanced French Bordeaux wine to sip whilst flipping through recipes.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Pan-Fried Peppers with Lemon & Garlic
Seasoned with slivered garlic, this Bon Appetit recipe is a favorite for enjoying fresh peppers.

Pickled Peppers
These addictive peppers are wonderful for snacking, or served over burgers, tacos and sandwiches.

Billy Mills’ Corn Relish
This classic recipe hails from The Complete Book of Pickles and Relishes, and is a true farmhouse standby!

Billy Mills’ Bread & Butter Pickles
This recipe from 1940s-era music conductor Billy Mills is a great introduction to pickling.

Summer Vegetable Frittata
Packed with peppers, potatoes and sweet onion, this easy frittata boasts incredibly fresh flavor.

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

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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