Parmesan & Panko Roasted Asparagus Fries with Basil Aioli
Everyone! Get excited about local asparagus being in season! Our basil oil is a top seller, and pairs incredibly well with vegetables, both fresh or roasted. You’ll absolutely love this aioli, and you can use what’s left over as a sandwich or burger spread, or use it on seafood, such as salmon or shrimp. The asparagus can easily be made gluten-free by carefully selecting your panko. Makes about 2/3 cup aioli.
Cheesy Asparagus Popover with Basil-Infused Baklouti Green Chili Oil
This is a work of art when it comes fresh out of the oven! It’s light and fluffy, yet flavorful and filling. Holey Cow cheese, made locally by Central Coast Creamery, is an excellent melting cheese that has a smooth, creamy texture and a crisp, buttery finish; it adds excellent flavor to this dish! For more layers of flavor, consider adding sautéed bacon and/or onions and bell peppers to add in with the asparagus. Adapted from Food Network. Serves about 6.
Rich chocolate with a hint of orange is a classic combination so we know you’ll love this fudge sauce. The fig balsamic gives it nice depth of flavor, too! This is great for gifting or for keeping on hand for drizzling over a bowl of gelato, baked or fresh fruit, ice cream or other favorite desserts. Adapted from The Olive Oil & Vinegar Lover’s Cookbook. You can also cool this in an 8×8” pan, allow it to set and serve it as fudge. Makes about 1.5 cups.
Carmelo Sigona emigrated in 1912 from Sicily, bringing with him the tradition of making his own wine. His grandson and namesake, Carmelo Sigona, co-owner of Sigona's Farmers Market, has fond memories of his grandfather making wine and serving it at family meals on Sundays. After years of wanting to make his own wine just like Grandpa Sigona, present-day Carmelo has finally made his dreams come true. Tune in for more.
Nothing is more rewarding to Rob Sigona, our passionate produce buyer, than taking a road trip to visit one of Sigona's favorite farmers.
About a five hour drive from the Bay Area, nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, is the town of Springville. There you will find a place seemingly untouched by time; a place called home to orange grower Ron Matik of Pleasant Oaks Ranch.
Since 1984 Ron has grown some of the best heirloom navel oranges in the state, if not the world: the heirloom Washington Navel.
"I have yet to taste an orange that is better than ours,” says Matik. “Maybe some with the same sweetness, but never better.”
And Sigona's agrees!
Heirloom Washington Navels are the variety that got the whole California citrus market booming all those years ago. It takes special attention from the farmer to tend to the soil and the variety to produce such outstanding fruit.
"Small farmers, such as Ron, are a dwindling breed,” says Rob Sigona. “They’re passionate caretakers of the the land that produce exceptional quality; they are the rare gems."
It is an achievement to find such great tasting oranges to bring in for our customers. We are excited to announce we’ll get a load of specially picked and packed heirloom Washington Navels in our store this week, delivered directly from Pleasant Oaks Ranch.
So, come on by Sigona's to enjoy a slice of California’s prized history…for FREE! You can get a bag of free Pleasant Oaks Ranch oranges starting today through March 5th with your coupon when you spend $30 or more in the store.
A Tale of Two Carmelos and their love of Zinfandel