August 2016

From the Ground Up: The Story of a Dazzling Purple Pepper

By now, it’s no secret that we harbor deep affection for offbeat and unique produce. (Petite, fairy tale eggplants? Check. Dazzling striped, rose-hued lemons? Check.) And what’s more, we love sending you beautiful vegetables that are good for the farms growing them. So we’re excited to introduce you to the islander pepper, a stunningly-purple (and sometimes yellow, orange and red!) pepper making its crunchy, delicious debut on dinner plates across the country this summer. Read more »

Your Kids Cooking Camp Super Chef Achievement Award

Thank you to all the families that joined us at camp this year! We loved seeing your photos, reading your postcards and watching your videos.

From learning their way around the utensil drawer to growing a key ingredient for dinner, your kids are now set up for success in the kitchen! Here’s a little something to celebrate all that they’ve learned: a Certificate of Achievement. You can download it here and print it for your little campers (now back-to-schoolers!) Read more »

A Fairy Tale (Eggplant) with a Happily Ever After

With its miniature form and gorgeous violet-and-white skin, fairy tale eggplant is just as dreamy as it sounds. But there’s even more to this specialty variety than meets the eye. It’s also incredibly fruitful and resilient, two big wins for farmers (and we mean that quite literally: the seed has brought home an All-America Selections vegetable award). As for the cooks? Fairy tale offers a delicious, delicate flavor and delightfully creamy bite. Plus, this palm-sized eggplant is a breeze to prep for sautés, stir-fries, grilled dishes and more. Read more »

Your August Food Horoscopes Are Here

Long days, warm nights and sun to spare: August is all about the dog days of summer. For us, this month is a celebration of summer’s most flavorful bounty: eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, melons and cucumbers. If it’s juicy, colorful and fresh, we’re eating it in August.
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DIY Pea Shoots Grow Kits

Did you know that in about just two weeks, you can harvest easy-to-grow, flavorful pea shoots right at home? No backyard or garden required! Keep reading for the instructions on how to turn your grow kit into a pot for your pea shoots! But first… Read more »

Wine Pairing 101: How Tannins Bridge Each Bite and Sip

It’s only natural to wonder how or why the blackberry, plum or other fruit flavors pair with, say, a steak. On your first bite and sip, you’ll quickly find that they do—but pairing food and wine is as much about feel as it is about flavors, and the effect a wine has on your palate as you sip it. Pair for feel, and you’ll have an even better dining experience. Read more »

No-Bake Chocolate Cake for Summer

Icebox cake is the perfect dessert for your end-of-summer gatherings. Why? Because there’s absolutely no baking involved. After all, there’s nothing better than a recipe that doesn’t require you to turn on your oven when it’s especially hot out. As the name implies, all you need to make this delectable treat is an icebox—which is just an old-fashioned way of saying refrigerator. Read more »

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