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    We’ve professed our love for Helene Henderson of Malibu Farm countless times on The Chalkboard. Her vibrant personality and omg-inducing recipes make her restaurant on the edge of the Malibu Pier one of our very favorite midday getaways (that view tho!).

    This month, Malibu Farm is teaming up with Los Angeles produce delivery service, Out of the Box Collective to get Helene’s farm-fresh favorites into your home and onto your table this season. Get your hands on Helene’s couscous recipe, perfect for summer and beyond – then enter to win your own Malibu Farm Real Food Box below!

    Every Wednesday when we head down to the Santa Monica farmer’s market to pick up produce and other delights for our farm-to-table boxes, we are delighted to see Helene Henderson, the force behind the acclaimed Malibu Farm Cafe at the end of Malibu Pier, collecting many of the same ingredients for her fabled restaurant. We love her kindred farm-to-table spirit, so when her new cookbook came out we knew the moment had come to create a Malibu Farm Cookbook Box, complete with ingredients to cook our favorite seasonal recipes from her book.

    We’re thrilled to have Malibu Farm on board with us this month, putting an extra-summery spin on our tried and true Real Food Boxes. Some of the highlights in this box include fresh line-caught California King Salmon, herbed goat cheese from an animal sanctuary where the owners make goat cheese to help fund this shelter for an entire menagerie of otherwise unwanted animals (Grace, their blind goat, is a Hollywood farmers market celebrity!), raw Malibu honey from hives spotted across Point Dume and the Santa Monica Mountains, corn-on-the-cob that’s been family-grown in the Goleta Valley since 1868, and fair-trade couscous from women-owned Palestinian co-ops supporting peace between Israel and Palestine.

    Malibu Farm Cookbook Real Food Box

    Why this box?

    A hand selected local assortment of light, fresh and summery delicacies to truly highlight the peak flavors of summer for you and your entire family – with recipes from the Malibu Farm Cookbook

    What’s inside?

    Line-caught wild, local California salmon from Captain Ben of Wild, Local Seafood, California pastured beef and chicken, local Soledad Goats goat cheese, Malibu honey, Central Coast olives, delicious orzo, fair-trade couscous, fresh-squeezed local OJ, Dare to Dream pastured eggs from Lompoc, and a large assortment of sustainably grown fruits and veggies from our favorite local farmers. 

    Saffron Israeli Couscous with Corn & Sugar Snap Peas
    Serves 6


    1 box couscous
    6 cups stock (or water)
    a pinch of saffron
    sweet corn kernels
    2 Tbsp butter
    4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
    1 clove garlic
    1 lemon, juice and zest
    2 cups sugar snap peas, flash blanched and sliced thin
    1 bunch parsley, chopped


    Cook the large-grain couscous in stock or water with a pinch of saffron, per the package instructions. Cook the corn in butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil for a few minutes, until it is just beginning to brown. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

    Transfer the couscous to a bowl, season with the 3 tablespoons of olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and zest, and additional salt and pepper. Stir in the cooked corn, blanched sugar snap peas and parsley. Taste for seasoning and add more lemon juice if needed, because there is no such thing as too much lemon. Serve hot or at room temperature.

    Adapted from Malibu Farm Cookbook by Helene Henderson. 

    Win A Real Food Box From Out Of The Box Collective!

    We’re teaming up with Out of the Box Collective and giving away a small Real Food Box to one lucky reader! This box serves 1-3 people and comes with all the ingredients to create two meals: Honey Lemon Saffron Chicken with Green Beans and Carrots, and The ‘Bu Better Beef Burger with Goat Cheese, Figs, and Rosemary. Perfect for a summer date night, if you ask us!

    To enter, simply sign up for both our weekly TCM Newsletter and the Out Of The Box Collective newsletter – then leave a comment below to let us know!

    Open to Los Angeles-area residents only. This giveaway ends Tuesday, July 14 2015 at 5pm PST. Winner will be chosen at random. Good luck, readers!

    From our friends


    1. would LOVE this. signed up for both newsletters.

      andrea france | 07.10.2015 | Reply
    2. Signed up for both, i live in Burbank

      Denise M | 07.10.2015 | Reply
    3. I’ve been a long-time subscriber of TCM, and an now I’m an excited new subscriber of Out of the Box Collective! Their procurement of fresh, local food is a dream come true for foodies like me!!

      Alexandra | 07.10.2015 | Reply
    4. Hoping to be that lucky reader! I’m all signed up!

      Erin Cawley | 07.11.2015 | Reply
    5. I’m already a TCM subscriber and now also subscribed to Out of the Box Collective.

      Judith M. | 07.11.2015 | Reply
    6. Oops….I live on the East Coast. Humbug!

      Judith M. | 07.11.2015 | Reply
    7. Subscribed!

      Kim | 07.11.2015 | Reply
    8. Signed up and would love to win!!

      Stacy | 07.12.2015 | Reply
    9. signed up for both!

      Dotty | 07.15.2015 | Reply

      The Chalkboard Team | 07.15.2015 | Reply
    11. THANK YOU THECHALKBOARDMAG!! I’m super excited to try these recipes out! Can’t wait for me and the boy”s datenight!! <3

      Stacy | 07.15.2015 | Reply
    12. Just signed up for both our weekly TCM Newsletter and the Out Of The Box Collective newsletter ! Hope I win:) Fingers crossed. Love it all 🙂

      Alexandra | 07.19.2015 | Reply

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