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September 5 th - 6th 2012

Newsletter & Recipes Ayda’s Back to School Box +


For those of you who have been gone all summer, and are just returning, welcome back! With the kids going back to school, and the end of the summer at hand, all too quickly, Ayda has created several recipes which are perfect for enjoying the gorgeous summer produce, lingering in the garden and savoring with your loved ones, and also some recipes for back to school nights. Enjoy the peaches,

Grilled New York Strip with Tarragon Mustard & Red Summer Crisp Salad Mushroom Tart and Rainbow Chard Salad Asian-Style Barbecue Wings

goodies before they are replaced with

Kielbasa & Beer, Roasted Red Potatoes, Braised Red Cabbage

slow-cooked meals, cozy wool socks, and

Courgette Gratin

berries, zucchini, stone fruit and other gorgeous summer

the smell of smoky chimneys. Next week: Bonnie Stoilkovich’s Back on Schedule

Pickled Onions Tarragon Mustard

Box. Have a great week!

Tarragon Mustard Vinaigrette

+Cipollini Onions…

Halibut Tacos

Cipollini onions (pronounced chip-ohlee-knee) were once a rare treat only to be found at fancy restaurants and the occasional gourmet market. Their name literally means “little onion” in Italian, and indeed they are! With more residual sugar than your average yellow or white onion they are

$8.50 in the store

incredible for roasting, pickling or caramelizing. The red cipollini’s are included in all produce selections, and the white ones in the Family-Only. Let us know how you like them!

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Alter Eco:

By working directly with the small-scale farmers who grow their quinoa, rice, sugar and chocolate, helping them institute Fair Trade and Organic practices and assisting them in improving both quality of food and quality of life, Alter Eco is creating a system that benefits everyone involved. Together with their farmers, employees, investors and customers, Alter Eco is taking

an adventure through food, and creating a vision of the future that’s fair, prosperous, healthy and mouth-watering.

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Every time we crack open a bag or bar of Alter Eco here in the states, we’re sharing a lively meal. With Gustavo in Bolivia, Sompoi in Thailand, Grover in Ecuador – Alter Eco connects consumers to the people growing their delicious organic foods wherever they may be.

Meet Your Artisan Series Kevin West of Saving the Season: We’re so excited to be including Strawberry Rhubarb jam from Kevin West of Saving the Season. With a cookbook on the way, and a blog about all things related to canning and pickling, Kevin lives and breathes preserves. From hanging around Chez Panisse and cooking and eating in Paris as W's European editor it was only when he impulsively bought an entire flat of strawberries at the Santa Monica Farmers Market and realized there was no way to eat them all, that he made his first jam, and ever since has been figuring out how to make preserves that taste exactly how he thinks they should.

Holey Cow Cheese: One of our favorite cheeses, here at Out of the Box, Holey Cow is a hand-crafted artisan cheese made from whole cow milk. This semi-soft cheese is filled with small round openings characteristic of a swiss cheese but with a smooth, creamy texture and a crisp and buttery finish.

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Hailing from the Central Coast Creamery in Paso Robles, and using local California milk from animals not treated with hormones, ,all of their cheeses are made in small batches with an uncompromising attention to detail. Their mission is to deliver great cheese, to help with the movement to redefine the American palate, and to do this responsibly.


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Box Contents • •

Not included in the Couple’s Box **‘Add-on’ option. Please go to if you are interested ***


• Purple Potatoes (Mike Dixon) • Garlic (Chris Milliken)* • Red Cipollini Onions (Roots) • Rainbow Carrots (Jose Alcantar Garcia) • White Cipollini Onions (Givens)*



• Sungold Cherry Tomatoes (Earthtrine) • Zucchini (Earthtrine) • Red Cabbage (Rancho Cortez) • Yellow Straightneck Squash (Givens) • Brown Beech Mushrooms (LA Funghi)

• Blackberries (Cortez) • Avocados (Hilltop & Canyon) • Gravenstein Apples (Allan’s Apples) • Yellow Peaches (Regier) • Figs (Earthtrine)*

Leafy Greens

Extra Fruit **

Meat & Eggs

• Red Summer Crisp Lettuce (Earthtrine) • Rainbow Chard (Domingos)

• Cherry Tomatoes (Earthtrine) • Strawberries (Jose Alcantar Garcia) • Raspberries (Rancho Cortez) • Valencia Oranges (Earthtrine) • Blackberries (Cortez) Dairy

• Chicken Wings (Dey Deys) • New York Steak (Dey Deys) • Kielbasa (Dey Deys) • 1 dozen Dare to Dream Eggs

Herbs • Thyme (Earthtrine) • Tarragon (Earthtrine)* Juice Orange Juice – Etheridge Farms Valencia Oranges Fair Trade

Regional Specialty

• Butter (Organic Valley)* • Strawberry Rhubarb Jam • Holey Cow Cheese (Central (Saving the Season) Coast Creamery) Grain/ Pulse

Nuts, Seeds or Dried Fruit

Pie Shell (Simply Pies)

• Going Coconuts Almonds (Fat Uncle)

Catch of the Week **

New Customer/ Referral Gift

• Chocolate Quinoa Bar (Alter • Local Halibut (Kanaloa Eco) Seafood)

Gravenstein Apples: Part of the Slow Foods Ark of Taste, a catalogue of 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction, the Gravenstein Apple is known for its all-purpose versatility as a terrific eating, sauce and pie apple. Gravensteins are in danger of becoming extinct for many reasons, above all, their difficulty to harvest. Out of the Box Collective


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Grilled New York Strip with Tarragon Mustard, Red Summer Crisp Salad, and Roasted Red Potatoes Ingredient: NY Strip steak Salt Pepper Red summer crisp lettuce 1/4 cup pickled onions (see below) Cherry tomatoes, halved Tarragon mustard vinaigrette (see below) Purple potatoes 3T olive oil 2T melted butter 3 cloves minced garlic 1 t salt 1/2 t pepper 1/2 t paprika Springs of thyme for garnish

For the Steak: Salt and pepper the steak and grill for 5-7 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of the cut, and your preference as to the rareness of the meat. Be sure not to flip it too much on the grill, as that toughens the meat. When the steak is cooked to your preference, place it on a plate and cover with foil. Allow it to rest for 5-7 minutes so that it retains its juices. Serve with tarragon mustard and red summer crisp salad. Red roasted potatoes if you’re in the mood! For the Salad: Tear up lettuce leaves. Wash thoroughly in cold water and spin dry in a salad spinner. Add pickled onions and cherry tomatoes. Toss with Tarragon mustard vinaigrette.

For the Potatoes: Preheat oven to 450. Quarter the potatoes, coat them in all of the ingredients and spread onto a baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes until potatoes are golden on the outside and cooked all the way through. You want to be sure to flip the potatoes halfway through cooking.

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Mushroom and Cipollini Onion Tart & Rainbow Mushroom Tart: • Pie shell, thawed • 1T Olive oil • Brown Beech Mushrooms • Cipollini Onions • 1 clove of garlic, minced • 2T freshly chopped thyme • 3 eggs • 1/3 cup whole milk or ricotta or sour cream • 1 cup grated holy cow cheese • 1/4 t pepper • 1/2 t salt Rainbow Chard Salad: • Rainbow Chard • Shaved yellow carrot • Pepitas or a nut of your choice • Pickled Onions (see recipe below) • Tarragon Mustard Vinaigrette (see recipe below)

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September 5th-6th , 2012 Chard Salad

Tart: Preheat oven to 350. Peel and remove the root end from the onions. Place them in a pie dish or small roaster, toss with olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Roast until the onions are soft and begin to color but still hold their shape, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Increase oven temp to 400. In a non-stick frying pan, sauté mushrooms in 1 tablespoon olive oil with the minced garlic clove. Set mushrooms aside. In a mixing bowl, whisk together egg with your choice of dairy (milk, ricotta or sour cream). Add all other ingredients (except mushrooms and onions and 1/4 cup of the cheese) into the mixing bowl. Prick bottom of pastry crust with a fork, nestle the onions into the pie base and pour in the filling. Sprinkle mushrooms and the remaining cheese on top. Place the pie tin on a cookie sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. This delicious mushroom and onion tart can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s great at brunch with a green salad or my rainbow chard salad recipe below.

Salad: Remove most of the tough stalk from the rainbow chard and chop it. Wash thoroughly in cold water and spin dry in a salad spinner. Place the clean chard in a serving bowl and add the shaved carrot. Top with pepitas or other nuts along with pickled onions. Dress with tarragon mustard vinaigrette.



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Courgette Gratin

Ingredients: • 5 thinly sliced zucchini and/or yellow squash • 3T butter • 1/2 cup grated Holey Cow cheese • 1/2 cup crème fraiche or sour cream • 1/2 cup bread crumbs • 1T freshly minced thyme • 1/4 t pepper • 1/2 t salt

Prep: In an oven-safe 13x9 baking dish, rub bottom and sides with half of the butter. Line up the sliced zucchini and yellow squash in the dish. Top with crème fraiche and sprinkle thyme, salt and pepper. Then sprinkle on the cheese, followed by the bread crumbs. Top with the remaining butter, which should be melted. Bake in 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes until bubbly and golden brown. This is delicious as a main served with a side salad or as an accompaniment to a protein. Yum!

Ayda Robana has combined her Tunisian background and extensive world travels to create a unique culinary experience. Ayda is a self-taught culinary artist who is passionate about using local, organic farm-fresh ingredients. Friends urged her to start her own catering business, so she created Om Sweet Mama in 2008. In celebration of her North African roots, storytelling has been an important part of her life. She loves to tell stories through food and gather loved ones around a table to enjoy a meal together.

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Kielbasa & Beer and Braised Red Cabbage

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Sausages: Ingredients: 1package of kielbasa 2 x 12oz. bottles of your favorite dark beer Dried bay leaf 2 whole cloves garlic 1 large shallot, chopped (opt., sub with some onion)

Cut the sausages in half, and drop in the boiling liquid. Cook for 10 minutes. Strain the kielbasa, discarding the poaching liquid. In a non-stick frying pan, heat up olive oil. Coat the kielbasa with the honey and pan sear until nice and golden brown. Delish! You can serve this with roasted red potatoes and braised red cabbage.

1T honey 1T olive oil

Braised Cabbage:


Halve the cabbage and then thinly slice it. Thinly slice red onion and apple.

Red cabbage 1 red onion 1 apple 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1T brown sugar

In a heavy stock pot, heat up olive oil and toss in the red onion and sautĂŠ for a few minutes until it is softened. Add the apple and cook together for a few more minutes. Add red cabbage, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Cover with a lid and allow it to cook down on medium heat for 20 minutes.

1T olive oil 1/2 t salt 1/4 t pepper

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July 5th, 2012

Independence Day Box

Asian-style Barbecue Wings

Ingredients: •

Chicken wings

2T ketchup

• 1T black bean sauce •

1T brown sugar

1T melted butter

2T hoisin sauce

1 t salt

1/4 t pepper

Place chicken wings on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Bake in a 350 oven for 20 minutes. In a mixing bowl, mix together all the other ingredients. Coat the chicken wings in the marinade and grill them until they are crispy and golden. Note: If you do not have hoisin sauce or black bean sauce you can easily just increase the brown sugar to 2T, add 2T of soy sauce or Bragg’s, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Serve with rice and a salad.

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Pickled Onions

Ingredients: • 2-3 cippoini onions • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar •

1T brown sugar

1 t salt

Thinly slice the cipollini onion. Dissolve the sugar and the salt in the vinegar. Add the onions to the vinegar mixture and securely cover. This will keep in the refrigerator for several days. Prepare at least three hours before serving. It’s a great garnish or addition to many meals.

Tarragon Mustard Ingredients: 3T chopped tarragon 2 cloves minced garlic 2T whole grain mustard 1 small cipollini onion Salt and pepper to taste

Tarragon Mustard Vinaigrette Ingredients: 1T tarragon mustard 2T white wine vinegar 1/3 cup good olive oil

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Halibut Tacos Ingredients:

Season halibut fillet with salt and pepper.


On medium-high heat, heat up olive oil in a non-stick frying pan. Sear halibut so it is lightly golden on both sides, approximately 6 minutes per side. It should be cooked all the way through in the center.

Corn tortillas Your favorite salsa Shredded red cabbage Pickled red onions Diced avocado 1T olive oil Pinch salt and pepper

Set aside and warm up tortillas in a preheated 350 oven by placing them in a foil pouch for 3-5 minutes. Fill your tacos with the halibut, salsa, avocado, cabbage, and any other condiments you like. Top with pickled red onions. Note: If you do not have tortillas, you can substitute with corn chips and make a halibut taco salad, or you can also use a lettuce or cabbage leaf as a wrap.

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Grilled New York Strip with Tarragon Mustard & Red Summer Crisp SaladMushroom Tart and Rainbow Chard SaladAsian-Style Barbecue WingsKielbasa...

Ayda's Back to School Box 2012  

Grilled New York Strip with Tarragon Mustard & Red Summer Crisp SaladMushroom Tart and Rainbow Chard SaladAsian-Style Barbecue WingsKielbasa...