What’s In The Box? September 4-10

Flavors of the Southwest
Nothing quite perks up the taste buds like the flavors of the Southwest, with smoky, spicy seasonings adding new depth to the likes of sweet corn and gorgeous heirloom tomatoes. This week, explore these flavors with all the fixings for a spectacular supper: our signature dry-grill rub seasoned with dried chiles, cumin and paprika, housemade cilantro compound butter and cornbread mix. Combine these with a plethora of fresh produce ranging from wax beans to crisp carrots, plus a Spanish wine, and you’ll do the Southwest proud.

Here’s what you’ll find in your box:

Southwest-Style Dry Grill Rub

Made with a mixture of spices including flaky sea salt, dried chiles, ground cumin and smoked paprika, our house-blend rub is excellent on chicken, beef or vegetables. Smoky with just a hint of spice, this versatile marinade translates well to both roasted and grilled preparations.

Housemade Cilantro Compound Butter

Crafted from minced shallots, garlic, fresh cilantro and creamy organic butter, this delicious, savory condiment is the perfect finishing touch for just about any dish—add a pat to grilled chicken, brush over grilled veggies, or spread on warm cornbread.

Farm & Larder Cornbread Mix

Our signature mix produces an old-fashioned-style classic style of cornbread with the natural sweetness of corn. Bake in a preheated cast-iron skillet—delicious topped with Bella Luna Farms’ wildflower honey!

Wildflower Honey

Golden wildflower honey from the apiary at Bella Luna Farms.

Italian Rustica Bread

This loaf is baked just for us at a small bakery in Snohomish using a wild yeast starter, which creates an airy, chewy bread and a delightfully-crisp crust.

Can Blau Red

Can Blau Red comes from the Montsant region of Spain’s east coast, less than 2 hours from Barcelona. It’s a blend of 40% Cariñena, 40% Syrah, and 20% Garnacha (this is the Spanish word for Grenache), which are all grapes traditional to this area. The fruit is harvested from vines as old as 40 years, planted in a form of slate soil unique to this are called “llicorella”, at an elevation of 2000 feet- with all factors contributing to the depth and concentration of the berries. The wine is aged 12 months in French oak barrels, and showing notes of smoke and warms spices with hints of flowers. It’s loaded with much dark berry flavors of black cherry, blueberry, and blackberry, and touch of stewed plums. Fairly full bodied and bold, yet silky smooth, it’s drinking great now but can lay down for another 5 years or more.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Our small flock of heritage breed laying hens gives us fresh eggs in beautiful shades of brown, blue and green. With shorter days that signal the coming of fall, the girls are up with the sun to roam the outdoors where they can still enjoy the warm afternoons scratching up bugs and eating tasty greens and weeds we pull from the garden. Bedtime is coming much earlier now, as we see them heading into their house to roost as the sun is going down.

Cotija Cheese

A hard cow milk’s variety originating from Mexico, this rich grating cheese is similar in consistency to Parmesan and a wonderful finishing accent for a crisp green salad.

Seasonal Organic Fruits & Vegetables

This week’s produce selection includes a mixture of Green Cherokee, Striped German and Brandywine heirloom tomatoes, plus Painted Dragon wax beans, Poblano chiles, Chantenay carrots, Salt and Pepper cucumbers, fresh local corn and sweet onions.

Seasonal Organic Greens

Mixed heirloom lettuce and Savoy cabbage from Local Roots Farm.

Fresh Garden Herbs

Fresh cilantro, silver thyme, garlic, shallots and oregano from the Walled Garden at Bella Luna Farms.

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