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Local Bounty: At the Market in August

What to watch for this month

Sweet Boutique

I’ve been a fan of Isabella Valencia’s chocolates for years. Her Dallmann Chocolates have also caught the attention of the Hotel Del Coronado, Estancia Hotel, Whole Foods, and even the Academy Award folks, who included her bonbons in their Oscar swag bags in 2008. In June, Valencia opened Dallmann Fine Chocolate Boutique in Flower Hill Promenade. There, you’ll find her silky Fleur De Sel Caramel, Spicy Passion Fruit with togarashi, and her new French Macaroons. The shop will also offer wine and chocolate pairing classes, chocolate and cheese classes, and even chocolate tapas.

Nuttzo for local butter

When San Diegan Danielle LiVolsi adopted two young boys from the Ukraine, she found they were vitamin deficient. So LiVolsi searched for ways to pump up their small bodies with nutritious foods. One of the recipes she came up with was Nuttzo, a nutty organic spread filled with Omega-3. Among the ingredients are Valencia peanuts, cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and hazelnuts. The result is chunky and crunchy and perfect in a sandwich, cookies, and added to oatmeal. You can find Nuttzo at Bristol Farms, Whole Foods, Henry’s, and Village Mill Bread Company.

Summer Squash

Are you overwhelmed with a bumper crop of zucchini about now? If not, congratulations.

You may want to try experimenting with the many varieties of summer squash abundant this time of year, besides zukes. There are flat yellow and green pattypans, yellow and yellow/green crooknecks, and round eight-balls. The varieties can be used interchangeably—sautéed, steamed, stuffed, grated for pancakes, or thinly sliced and marinated like carpaccio. Most are sold full-grown, others as “babies” and perhaps still attached to the blossom (which are tasty when filled with cheese, dipped in a light batter, and fried, or simply chopped into a quesadilla or omelet). They’re plentiful at the farmers markets right now.

Specialty Produce shows restaurants like Prep Kitchen, Searsucker, Roy’s and Anthology are all ordering Rainier cherries for their summer menus.

Local Bounty Online: Notes from the blog

  • Jackie’s Jams gets a new owner
  • Sun Rise Rancho now sells burgers at farmers markets
  • Cooking tips for mole paste, baby celery, and more

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