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Celebration of California Box

IMG_1880-300x300This is a meal plan Sara Woodward wrote three years ago at this time, just before moving to New York City to work at Le Bernardin Restaurant. Nostalgic about the tastes she would be saying goodbye to, she created this meal plan to celebrate the delicious produce we are so spoiled to have, practically year-round! Sara’s elegant but simple combinations of flavors are skillfully created in these…

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We’re in the high summer, so here’s a week of easy picnic meals that we hope will inspire you to get out for some summer fun – at the beach, hiking, at the baseball stadium.

The recipes are written by Tina, who supervises all the box packing at our facility. She also happens to be an athlete and a chef. The recipes are all easy to put together and many of them are perfect for a picnic on the…

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Back To Butter Box

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In you haven’t heard already, butter is making a comeback.

We’re celebrating that and creating a box centered around traditional foods. The recipes are from Molly Chester and Sandy Schrecengost’s book “Back to Butter.” Chester is behind the popular blog Organic Spark and the farm, Apricot Lane, in Moorpark. We’re including in each box chicken stock, bacon, and a big block of butter from…

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Back to Butter: Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Onion Marinade

Back to Butter: Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Onion Marinade Author: Out of the Box Collective Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon powdered mustard (not included)
  • 1/4 cup melted bacon fat
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (not included)
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin
  • 3 tablespoons ghee, divided (not included)
  • 5 slices from the center of a sweet onion
  • 1/4 cup dived…

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Back to Butter: Garden Green Beans with Garlic & Olive Oil

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Back to Butter: Garden Green Beans with Garlic & Olive Oil Author: Out of the Box Collective Ingredients
  • 10 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons plus 3/4 teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large-size pot with a lid, bring the water and 2 tablespoons of sea salt to a…

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Back To Butter: Aunt Mimi’s New Potatoes, Green Beans, and Bacon with Dill

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Back To Butter: Aunt Mimi’s New Potatoes, Green Beans, and Bacon with Dill Author: Out of the Box Collective Ingredients
  • 1 pound bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoon sea salt, divided, plus more to taste
  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes, scrubbed, bad spots removed
  • 7 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons…

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Back to Butter: Classy Chicken Salad with Dates & Walnuts

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Back to Butter: Classy Chicken Salad with Dates & Walnuts Author: Out of the Box Collective Adapted from “Back to Butter” Ingredients
  • 3 cups medium diced chicken
  • 6 ounces bacon, roughly chopped, cooked until crisp, and drained
  • 1/2 cup finely diced dates from Flying Disc Ranch
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallion, both white and green parts
  • 1/3 cup finely sliced celery, cut on the diagonal
  • 1 cup…

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Back to Butter: Spud ‘n Corn Chowder for a Crowd

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Back to Butter: Spud ‘n Corn Chowder for a Crowd Author: Out of the Box Collective Adapted from “Back to Butter” Ingredients
  • 12 ounces bacon, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 cup finely diced celery, leaves left on
  • 1 cup cleaned and thinly sliced leeks
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 8 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 5 cups fresh corn, cut from the cob, divided
  • 5 cups peeled and medium…

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Back to Butter: Roasted Corn Guacamole

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Back to Butter: Roasted Corn Guacamole Author: Out of the Box Collective Recipe from “Back to Butter” Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/8 plus 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 18 plus 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 avocados
  • 4 teaspoons (20 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup (60g) seeded and small diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
Instructions
  1. Pre…

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