What’s In The Box? December 21-27

Home for the Holidays
‘Tis the season for family and friends to gather around and celebrate the most magical time of year—allow us to lending a helping hand with any soirée you have planned with a bevy of housemade accoutrements ranging from buttery galette dough and Chanterelle duxelles to chicken liver pâté and both candied cranberries and sweet-tart cranberry syrup. Also included in this holiday lineup: Smoked blue cheese, pear vinaigrette and such produce as celery root, Tokyo turnips and fennel. Happy holidays from our family to yours!

Here’s what you’ll find in your box this week:

Galette Dough

Crafted from organic ingredients including all-purpose flour, sugar and organic butter, this housemade pastry dough adapted from a beloved Alice Waters recipe bakes up light and crisp, with a smooth buttery taste that pairs well with both savory and sweet applications.

Chicken Liver Pâté with Black Truffles

Made with top-quality liver from Bella Luna Farm chickens, this French country-style pâté is seasoned with fresh herbs and earthy black truffles. Set out alongside crostini or crackers for an easy holiday appetizer.

Chanterelle Duxelles

With a firm texture and light, delicate flavor, local Chanterelle mushrooms shine in this finely chopped mixture of shallots and herbs sautéed in butter and wine.

Candied Cranberries & Cranberry Syrup

The perfectly-tart cranberry is celebrated in two ways this week: First, with housemade sugared berries fit for topping an elegant dessert, and then in a glorious ruby-red syrup delicious drizzled over pancakes, whipped ricotta or stirred into a seasonal cocktail.

Fresh Bread

Traditional German Stollen fruit loaf and sweet, nutty Gruyère cheese bread from our favorite local bakery in Snohomish.

Maison Nicolas Perrin Syrah

This French Syrah is made using a traditional Northern Rhone-area technique known as “co-fermentation”, where a very small amount of Viognier is blended into the wine during fermentation. This tiny addition of white grape causes a chemical reaction that stabilizes color, resulting in an absolutely beautiful red wine with greater depth of hue. It also adds a hint of floral quality to the classic Syrah notes of berries, black pepper and hints of smoke.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Our small flock of heritage breed laying hens are on an early-to-bed, later-to-rise schedule with the shorter daylight hours. As they spend more time snug in their coop, the “girls” are enjoying an extra helping of grain to supplement their diet, continuing to give us fresh eggs in beautiful shades of brown, blue and green.

Shallot-Parsley Butter

Sweet, creamy butter flecked with garden-grown parsley and shallots.

Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue Cheese

A long, gentle cold-smoking over hazelnut shells infuses this Oregon creamery’s blue cheese with an added layer of rich flavor; sweet cream and caramel notes balance the earthy flavors of smoke and roasted nuts.

Crème Fraîche

Crafted in our farmstead creamery from pasteurized organic sweet cream, our rich and silky crème fraîche adds a beautiful finishing touch to salad dressings and desserts such as baked apples.

Pear Vinaigrette

Made with beautiful ripe pears, apple cider vinegar, honey, lemon and fresh shallots, this light and crisp dressing adds fresh appeal to a bed of arugula greens.

Fresh Fruit

Beautiful red pears, plus Lady apples, persimmons and lemons.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Peppery arugula greens.

Seasonal Organic Vegetables

This week’s produce selection includes orange carrots, yellow onions, cauliflower, Delicata winter squash, Chanterelle mushrooms, celery root, Tokyo Market turnips, fennel, rainbow beets and Lacinato kale.

Bouquet Garni

Use this fragrant bundle of fresh herbs—which includes parsley, bay leaf and thyme—to flavor your favorite holiday recipes.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Fresh Italian parsley, thyme, garlic and shallots from the walled garden and greenhouse at Bella Luna Farms.

Seattle Chocolates Holiday Chocolate Bars

Enjoy a sweet bite with a seasonal bar from this local chocolatier.

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