Aug. 14, 2018
Happy Tuesday Folks!
Peak Summer produce coming for your kitchens this week! As always, everything picked fresh from our network of talented local farmer friends. Perfect week for some refreshing chopped summer salads, lots of tasty combos! Thanks for leaving your flattened “empties” out for us to collect. Enjoy!
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Have a great week!
Ben and the HH Team

 
Just harvested & in this week’s bins:
*Crimson Sweet Watermelons  (Sunrise Organic Farm, Organic, Lompoc)
*Bella Royal Peacotums   (Galpin Family Farms, Reedley)
*Brandywine Heirloom Tomatoes  (Alcantar Organics, Organic, Buellton)
*Lemon Cucumbers  (Tutti Frutti Farms, Organic, Lompoc)
*Shishito Peppers  (Alcantar Organics, Organic, Buellton)
*White Corn  (Milliken Family Farms, Lompoc)
*Purple Basil  (Sunrise Organic Farm, Organic, Lompoc)
*Arugula  (Sunrise Organic Farm, Organic, Lompoc)
                     – (bin contents may change due to harvest availability)
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SUMMER SALAD INSPO :)

This Week’s Tips & Notes:

*Everything can go directly into the fridge except for the tomatoes which you can leave on your counter-top. Basil can stay on the counter-top with roots in a cup of water Good idea to give your arugula a quick hydrating rinse before placing in the crisper.

*SHISHITO TIME!   A sure sign of summer and a favorite of the HH team. Finger sized, slender and thin-walled. Sweet and Mild in taste, only about 1 in 10 is spicy. “Shishto” refers to the fact that the tip of the chili pepper looks like the head of a lion w/ a mane (shish in Japanese).

*CAPRESE PER FAVORE: So many ways to devour the tomato-basil combo…. caprese salads, caprese sandwiches, bruscetta, pasta sauces & any-time-of-day scrambles

*SUMMER CORN-UCOPIA—-> We’re excited for you to try the first round of corn from Chris Millken’s family farm in Northern Santa Barbara County. As with all unsprayed corn, a few pests here and there can be expected, but they usually tend to be on just the tips…a small price to pay to enjoy un-sprayed, juicy, local, sweet corn! We recommend cutting off or “TIPPING” 1-2 inches of the ear upon delivery.

*HEAT WAVE HEATLH W LEMON CUCUMBAS:  LOOKS LIKE A LEMON BUT TASTES JUST LIKE A CUC. Eat as you would an apple or:
-Hydration…add slices of cucumber to your water bottle for hot weather hydration.
-As a “cracker”…use thick slices of cucumber in place of toasts or crackers when serving dips or spreads such as hummus or tzatziki.
-Slice thinly and toss with rice vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste.
-Add thick slices of cucs on sandwiches or chopped into salads.
-Relax & Revitalize:  slice cucs put on ‘em on your eyes.
*Happy to report we have one more round of the prizedPEACOTUM (!!!). One of farmer Anthony Galpin’s personal favorites….a 3 three-way cross of a velvety & fuzzy PEACH, a sweet APRICOT and a colorful PLUM. Close your eyes and you can certainly taste all three fruit flavors in the Peacotum, YUM!

This Week’s Recipes:
BLISTERED SHISHITO PEPPERS
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 lb. shishito peppers
salt to taste
STEPS
Place frying pan or cast iron skillet over high heat. Once skillet is hot add oil.
Carefully add peppers to pan and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes, moving them around the pan frequently.
Once peppers have charred/blistered all around and have begun to wilt remove from heat.  Salt as needed —> A great side dish to eat by hand!
*adapted from hharchives

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SOY GINGER SHISHITO PEPPERS
INGREDIENTS
1 pound shishito peppers
¼ cup soy sauce
1 Tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon zested fresh ginger
¼ cup panko breadcrumbs (optional)

STEPS
Sauté the shishito peppers over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
Next, whisk the remaining ingredients except the breadcrumbs together in a small bowl. Pour this sauce over the shishitos, and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes until the peppers are tender and the sauce begins to thicken into a glaze.
Toast the breadcrumbs over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes. Sprinkle atop the shishitos and serve.
*adapted from bonapetit

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TUSCAN PANZANELLA
*the perfect make-ahead summer meal….Traditionally a mix of day-old bread and tomatoes, softened with a vinaigrette that mixes w/ fresh tomato juices.  Super flexible, add cucumbers, capers, olives, etc… you get the idea.
INGREDIENTS

2-3 tomatoes tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup thinly sliced onion
1 cucumber, halved lengthwise and cut into large dice
1 bunch basil leaves, torn into large pieces
2 cups day-old country bread, torn into large pieces
1/4 cup lemon and olive oil dressing
salt
freshly ground black pepper

STEPS
Combine half of the dressing with all of the bread, toss to coat well, and set aside at room temperature to marinate for about 10 minutes.
When the bread has marinated, add the remaining dressing and all the other measured ingredients and season well with salt and pepper.
Mix together with your hands until well incorporated. Let rest at least 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld, then serve at room temperature.
*adapted from chow

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SWEET CORN, TOMATO, CUCUMBER & BASIL SUMMER SALAD… (NO COOK!)
INGREDIENTS
•          1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
•          1 tsp. cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
•          1/4 tsp. salt
•          1 small red onion (optional)
•          3 ears sweet corn
•          tomatoes, chopped
•          1/2 bunch basil
STEPS
1.         In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix oil, vinegar, and salt. Finely chop onion. Add ¼ cup to dressing, reserve the rest for another use. Set dressing aside.
2.         Husk corn and cut off kernels
3.         Add the chopped basil and cucs
4.         Toss corn and tomatoes with dressing.
5.         Sprinkle with more basil and serve.
*adapted from sunsetmag

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CARRIBEAN-JERK GRILLED SWEET CORN
INGREDIENTS
•          3 ears corn, shucked
•          1 Tbsp. garlic, finely chopped
•          1 Tbsp. lime juice
•          1/2 tsp. red cayenne pepper
•          1/2 tsp. paprika
•          1/2 tsp. Jamaican jerk seasoning (or your favorite spicy seasoning blend)

STEPS
1.         Preheat your grill over medium heat.  Place the corn directly on the grill and close the lid.  Grill, turning occasionally, 15-20 minutes.
2.         Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and mash together using the back of a fork.  If you’re making this recipe in a larger quantity, you may want to prepare the butter using a food processor.
3.         When the corn is almost done (check for tenderness with a fork) brush the mixture on all sides and grill for another 1-2 minutes.
*adapted from smittnekitchen

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CAPRESE!
INGREDIENTS
2-3 tomatoes
fresh mozzarella or burata
1 large handful basil leaves
extra-virgin olive oil
balsamic vinegar (optional)
salt, pepper
STEPS

Slice the tomatoes. Slice the mozzarella balls (if using large balls) into similar-sized circles.
In an alternating pattern, arrange the slices of tomatoes, the slices of cheese, and the basil leaves on a plate.
Sprinkle lightly with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, pepper, and salt. Serve immediately.
*adapted from smittenkitchen

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TOMATO-BASIL BAGUETTE
INGREDIENTS
loaf crusty baguette
large ball fresh mozzarella cheese
2 cup sliced ripe tomatoes, with juice
½ bunch fresh basil, chopped
1 fat garlic clove, minced
3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
~coarse sea salt
~freshly ground black pepper
STEPS

Slice baguette in half and set aside. Cut cheese into ½-inch slices and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine sliced tomatoes with chopped basil, minced garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.
To assemble the sandwich, alternate layers of tomatoes and cheese along one side of the baguette. Drizzle both sides of the bread with the tomato juices that have accumulated in the bowl. Place top half of the baguette on the bottom. Serve immediately.
*adapted from culinate

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HOME-MADE BRUSCHETTA
INGREDIENTS:
bread, ideally freshly sliced ciabatta
garlic
extra virgin olive oil
salt
tomatoes

STEPS
mince garlic, chop 2 tomatoes, chop 2 loose handfulls basil and combine in a bowl and toss lightly.
toast six-inch wide slices of Tuscan bread and gently rub them with a cut clove of garlic.  add chopped chopped tomato mix and then drizzle with olive oil. season with salt and pepper to taste.
*adapted from hhachives

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FRESH CORN-ASIAGO POLENTA
INGREDIENTS
1 T olive oil
2 T butter
1 large garlic clove
1 med onion
3 ears corn, husked
3 c water
1/2 c cornmeal
2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1 c shredded asiago cheese
basil garnish

STEPS
In a large saucepan, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and sauté 5-7 minutes, until onion is translucent.
With a serrated knife, cut corn kernels off ear, directly into the pan. Stirring, sauté 3 minutes. Add water, cornmeal, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a low simmer.
Cook, stirring often, 30 minutes. Turn off heat, and stir in asaigo.
*adapted from 101cookbooks

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COCONUT CORN SALAD
INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 ears of corn, shucked
fine grain sea salt
1 cup / 1 1/2 oz / 40 g big coconut flakes, well toasted
1 cup / 3 oz / 85 g sliced almonds, well toasted3 tablespoons chopped red onions
big squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice

STEPS
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the corn, sprinkle with a couple pinches of salt and stir well, you want all the corn to be coated.
Cook for just a minute, until the corn looses its raw edge, stir in half the basil, and then transfer the corn to a large serving bowl.
Just before you’re ready to serve, add most of the coconut flakes, most of the almonds, the rest of the basil, red onions, and citrus juice. Stir well. Taste, season with more salt, to taste, and serve topped with the remaining coconut and almonds (and another jolt of juice if needed!).
*adapted from 101cookbooks

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GRILLED CORN & BASIL BUTTER
Grilled Corn
3 ears of corn, shucked
Olive oil
Salt
½ stick unsalted butter at room temperature
1cup basil, loosely packed
1 tablespoon sea salt

STEPS
Preheat grill to medium hot.
corn in a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt. When grill is hot, add corn and close the lid. Rotate the corn a few times, until some of the kernels are blistered and the rest a bright and shiny yellow. This shouldn’t take longer than 8 minutes. Be careful not to overcook, or the corn will be dry.
When the corn comes off the grill, slather it with the butter. Sprinkle with a little more salt if desired. Eat immediately.
*adapted from sunsetmagazine

 

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