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They say that food is the way to anyone’s heart. We don’t know who “they” are, but we’re fairly certain that they’re wisdom is spot-on. For us, natural goodies and fresh-picked produce top the charts. We’ve never met a box of snacks we didn’t like – nay, love – and we pretty much fall head over heels for anything and everything farm-to-table.

If you’re anything like us, you’re probably more into culinary festivities and candlelit dinners than overpriced reservations this Valentine’s Day. This year, Summerland has carefully crafted not one but two farm-fresh food boxes to deliver straight to the door of you or your main squeeze. And just like their lust-worthy holiday gifts from the last holiday, these festive boxes give a whole new meaning to the term “special delivery.”

For the sweet-toothed, there’s the Valentine’s Gift Box filled with sweet, salty and savory artisanal treats that are perfect to enjoy with your family, friends, significant other – or dig into yourself! (Do you see that caramel corn?! Self love at its finest…) For food-loving lovers, there’s the Valentine’s Dinner For Two, complete with everything you need to cook a fresh, simple and delicious dinner for someone special, including Marcella Hazan’s world-renowned tomato butter sauce. Need we say more?

Summerland Valentine’s Gift Box
$85

Why This Box?

A beautifully curated assortment of sweet, salty and savory artisanal treats for you and your special someone to enjoy this Valentine’s Day. A thoughtful gift to send to a friend, family member or signifiant other. 

What's Inside?

Caramel Corn, Bread Lounge Granola, Jacobsen Sea Salt Caramels, Woodblock Chocolate, Solstice Canyon Aztec Chocolate Almond Butter, INNA Raspberry Jam, Stumptown Coffee.

Summerland’s Dinner for Two Box
$90

Why This Box?

A perfect gift for that special someone in your life. Ingredients for a beautiful basil arugula salad, delicious Baia Pasta topped with Marcella Hazan’s famous tomato butter sauce, and a chocolate olive oil cake from Coco Bakes. Box also includes a beautiful flower arrangement from Sugarbush Farms. Spend this Valentine’s Day cooking a fresh, simple and delicious dinner for someone special.

What's Inside?

Bread Lounge Artisanal Sourdough Loaf, Baia Kamut Khorasan Pasta, Other Brother EVOO, Maldon Salt Tin, Eureka Lemon, Drake’s Farm Goat Cheese, Shallot, Brown Onion, Garlic, Basil, Baby Arugula, Roma Tomatoes, Sugarbush Farms Flowers, Coco Bakes Chocolate Olive Oil Cake.

Marcella Hazan’s Famous Tomato Butter Sauce

Ingredients:

2 lbs fresh, ripe tomatoes, prepared as described below
5 Tbsp butter
1 medium onion, peeled and cut in half
salt to taste
1 box Baia pasta, cooked al dente, according to box instructions
freshly grated cheese, as desired

Directions:

Plunge the fresh tomatoes in boiling water for a minute or less. Drain them and, as soon as they are cool enough to handle, skin them, and cut them into coarse pieces.

Put the prepared fresh tomatoes in a saucepan, add the butter, onion, and salt, and cook uncovered at a very slow but steady simmer for about 45 minutes, or until it is thickened to your liking and the fat floats free from the tomato.

Stir from time to time, mashing up any large pieces of tomato with the back of a wooden spoon.

Taste and correct for salt. Before tossing with pasta, you may remove the onion (as Hazan recommended) and save for another use, but many opt to leave it in.

Toss sauce with pasta and serve with freshly grated cheese. Serve alongside salad and toasted pieces of bread.

Basil & Arugula Salad with Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

1 bunch of basil leaves, stems removed
1 bunch of arugula
3-4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/4 shallot, minced (or more if desired)
freshly grated cheese, as desired

Directions:

In a large salad bowl, toss together basil and arugula leaves.

In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice and shallot. Season with a little sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Pour dressing over salad and mix thoroughly. Top with freshly grated cheese.

This is a bright, simple and delicious salad on its own, but it’s also great with avocado, pine nuts and cherry tomatoes.

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