Fall Color Recipes

As leaves flutter to the ground and dusk descends earlier in the day, now is the time to cozy up with this week’s lineup of colorful fall offerings—like beautiful Italian plums, petite and sweet kiwi berries and gorgeous greens like rainbow Swiss chard, plus Gruyère cheese bread, Italian white wine and a vibrant produce selection that also includes Honey Select corn, fingerling eggplant and a trio of summer peppers. Also complemented by farm-fresh eggs and pumpkin-spiced eggnog, this box is a lovely snapshot of the season at its best.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

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

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Corn & Roasted Sweet Onions
Roasted sweet onion adds a wonderful depth of flavor to this refreshing salad.

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

Rainbow Swiss Chard Gratin
Creamy with just a hint of mustard, this rustic gratin will warm you up on a crisp evening.

Smoky Summer Pepper & Eggplant Salsa
This smoky salsa is a wonderful boost for burgers, sausages and more.

Smoky Summer Pepper & Eggplant Salsa

This smoky salsa is a wonderful boost for burgers, sausages and more.

Ingredients:
2 Jimmy Nardello red peppers
1 Basque pepper
1 Pimento pepper
2 fingerling eggplant
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 Piment d’Espellete pepper, minced
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1 small bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons freshly chopped dill

Method:
1. Roast the eggplant and peppers directly over the flame of a gas burner, or put under a preheated broiler, turning frequently, until completely blackened and soft. Place in a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to sweat for about 10 minutes. Then, remove and peel off all blackened skin and discard. Remove stems and seeds from bell pepper and chop finely; cut stem off eggplant and chop finely.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet, add onion and garlic, and sauté for about 5 minutes until soft. Transfer to a large bowl and add bell peppers, eggplant, the remaining oil, chile pepper, sugar, salt, lemon juice, cilantro and dill, and mix well.

Cherry Tomato Pico de Gallo

This classic-style pico de gallo is fantastic atop tacos, scrambled eggs and of course, served as a dip with chips.

Ingredients:
1 pint cherry tomatoes, washed and chopped in half
1 Walla Walla sweet onion, peeled and finely diced
1 Jalapeño pepper, seeds removed and finely chopped
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
Sea salt

Method:
1. Combine tomatoes, onion, and Jalapeño pepper in a medium bowl. Add the cilantro, then drizzle lime juice over the salsa. Season generously with sea salt, to taste. Allow to sit 10-20 minutes on the countertop for flavors to fully combine.

Taco Time Recipes

Spice things up with this week’s taco-themed box, which comes complete with locally-made, hand-pressed tortillas, organic beef chorizo sausage from Skiyou Ranch and a bounty of late summer produce to serve on those tasty tacos or alongside, from heirloom tomatoes, fennel and sweet corn to smoky peppers and white Chanterelle mushrooms. Also included: Freshly-baked multigrain bread, a crisp Rosé wine and organic raw peanuts from Alvarez Farms. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Fresh Corn Salsa
This crisp salsa is brightened with smoky Poblano chiles and fresh lime juice.

Spicy Heirloom Tomatoes
Topped with sweet corn and a pinch of cayenne pepper, these juicy tomatoes make a wonderful side salad.

Marinated Cucumber Salad
Super simple and healthy, this salad is perfect for lunch or dinner.

Baked Fennel
This classic Italian finocchi gratinati is simply sublime.

Slow-Roasted Sungold Cherry Tomatoes
These roasted beauties are incredibly sweet and juicy.

Pepper, Fennel & Onion Relish
Red Bullhorn peppers lends themselves well to this classic trio—an excellent condiment-style topping for sandwiches, scrambled eggs or even tacos!

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