What’s In The Box? November 13-19

Turn Up the Heat
Ward off the chill of the first hard freeze with an Italian-themed box that turns on the heat. Starring a bold, spicy Arrabbiata sauce crafted from bright tomatoes, fragrant garlic and zingy red chili flakes, this warm and cozy lineup also features handcrafted pasta, our special reserve Grana cheese and a crisp Italian loaf, plus hearty late-fall greens, a big-bodied wine and sweet Moscato-poached pears for dessert.

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

Lagana Foods Rigatoni Pasta

Made in downtown Seattle, this tube-shaped pasta is crafted using semolina flour and water, then cut to shape using traditional bronze dies. A collaboration between local chefs Kaela Farrington and Ethan Stowell, Lagana Foods pastas are the epitome of rustic elegance—tender, light and delicious.

Housemade Arrabbiata Sauce

Crafted from sun-ripe tomatoes and fresh garlic, our housemade all’arrabbiata lives up to its name—Italian for ‘in the angry style’—seasoned with chili flakes for big, bold flavor. Balance the heat of this superb sauce with a grating of our aged Grana cheese.

Italian Rustica Bread

This freshly-baked loaf is made at a small bakery in Snohomish using a wild yeast starter, which creates an airy, chewy bread and a delightfully-crisp crust. Serve alongside our house dipping oil.

House Italian Dipping Oil

A light, flavorful dipping oil crafted from fresh garlic, minced shallots, and a variety of fresh herbs, then blended with a touch of balsamic vinegar.

Maculan Brentino Red

For three generations, Maculan has produced beautiful wine in Italy’s Veneto region within the village of Breganze in the foothills of the Alps; this area is only an hour away from famed Italian wine regions, Valpolicella and Amarone. This Maculan “Brentino” red is made using grapes which are not considered traditional to Italy, the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but when you taste the wine its terroir is very similar to that of Valpolicella and Amarone, inspired by the volcanic and tuffaceous soils where they are all grown. Spicy with notes of cedar and an earthy quality reminiscent of sub-alpine forests, the wine is balanced by the delicate fruit flavors of blackberries and cherries, with hints of oak indicative of aging in new French barrels.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Our small flock of heritage breed laying hens are on an early-to-bed, later-to-rise schedule as the weather cools and the daylight hours shorten. As they spend more time in their coop to stay dry, 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.

Grana-Style Cheese

Made in our farmstead creamery, this hard Grana-style cheese is crafted from part-skim cow’s milk to allow for longer aging of 24 months or more. Ideal for grating over soups and pastas, the drum-shaped cheese is turned and rubbed with olive oil during aging to create a smooth, golden rind.

Moscato-Poached Pears with Crème Fraîche

Organic Bosc pears poached in sweet Italian wine—excellent topped with thick, housemade luscious crème fraîche for dessert.

Fresh-Picked Apples

Beautiful Honeycrisp apples from the orchard at Bella Luna.

Organic Fruits & Vegetables

This week’s produce selection also includes Delicata squash, Chioggia beets and Cipollini onions, Cayenne peppers, plus a mixture of Ozette and Ruby Crescent fingerling potatoes and Italian cardoon.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Red-ribbed dandelion greens, puntarelle, Lacinato kale and wild arugula.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Italian parsley, garlic, shallots, rosemary and oregano from the Walled Garden at Bella Luna Farms.

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