June 2016

America’s Tiny Farmers

One of our favorite things about summer is cooking with delicious summer squash. Tender and versatile, summer squash comes in a dazzling array of shapes and sizes, from zucchini to green and yellow zephyr to round eight ball to pattypan (think adorable flying saucer). Like tomatoes, corn and eggplant, summer squash is a seasonal must. But growing it isn’t a simple proposition. It takes serious teamwork, and one of the the most important players isn’t human. Buzzing between squash blossoms, tiny bees perform an essential service: in exchange for sugary nectar, they transfer pollen, which allows the plant to fruit. Read more »

Your summer cooking playlist is here!

Summertime and the livin’ is easy…and we’ve got barbecues, dinners on the deck and all the delicious produce we can eat on the brain. Just-off-the-vine tomatoes, buttery corn on the cob, luscious berries. Whether you’re cooking solo, whipping up a dish for two or making it a family affair, meal prep always feels like a party when you’ve got the the perfect playlist. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite warm-weather tunes for you, so get ready to ramp up the volume, feel the beet and drop it like a hot potato (sorry, we couldn’t resist!)—and if you find yourself pretending your spatula is a microphone, don’t say we didn’t warn you. Read more »

Red, White and Blueberries: Celebrate the 4th with This Sumptuous Berry Dessert

The sight of farmers’ market tables and roadside stands, laden with ripe produce—smooth-skinned squash in the winter giving way to bright, plump and deeply fragrant fruits in spring and early summer—is one of our favorite ways to mark the changing seasons. Now, as summer begins to heat up, we’ve set our sights on those characteristic green lattice baskets filled with soft, jewel-toned strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. Read more »

Get Smarter About Salt

Ben Jacobsen, founder of Jacobsen Salt Co. in Portland, Oregon, makes the best salt we’ve tried. He only turned his hobby into a profession in 2011, but already his salt is prefered in Michelin-starred restaurant kitchens across the country. It’s our choice, too, and we’re thrilled to make it the featured ingredient in our Black […] Read more »

Wine with Dinner: How to Pair for Summer

A truly great wine not only impresses enophiles, it pairs well with dinner. And then there are rockstar wines—the kind that not only impress, but are versatile. These wines stand up to simple, straightforward dishes as well as more complex, intricate combinations of flavors on the plate. Our reds and whites made in collaboration with Pax Mahle and Ian Brand are most definitely in this rockstar category. Check out our pairing tips for L’Ptit Paysan Chardonnay, Pax Red and Pax White—and discover why rockstar wines make for a memorable dinner. If you want to try them for yourself, order here by June 17th!

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