The seasons have a huge influence on everything we do here at Yellow 108, from the types of hats we make and wear to the events we participate in, however most importantly being what we eat. Choosing to eat what’s locally in season not only taste great, its good for the environment too since its not being shipped in from the other side of the world, usually the southern hemisphere for temperate climate produce.
Here are the Yellow 108 Staff Picks:
Bret - Figs and Chiles
Figs are a sweet seasonal treat. They have a short season (a few weeks) and a very limited shelf life (A few days). I enjoy them eating at sunset as an appetizer, what follows is one of my favorite fig recipes.
Baked figs with goat cheese and lavender honey
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
From the top of a fig, make 2 crossing knife cuts down the fig a little bit more then half way making a X that flowers open. Repeat this with the rest of the figs.
Stuff a 1/2-1 Tbsp of goat cheese into each fig depending on its size. Mascarpone cheese can be substituted if preferred.
Bake the stuffed figs for 9-10 mins.
Heat 4 Tbsp of honey in a sauce pan with some lavender leaves and flowers.
Pour the honey over the baked figs and serve.
Get figgy with it!
This is also the season for chiles. Although, chiles can be available year round, the best flavor and most varieties are available right now. Roasting really brings out the flavor of chiles, I simply put them on the BBQ and flip them till its blistering black on all sides, let them cool slightly before rubbing the burnt skin off and deseeding (the seeds contain the majority of the heat). Be careful not to rub your eyes, and wash your hands with soap thoroughly. These can used in all sorts of dishes, sauces, and stews. Use immediately or freeze for later use. Spice up your life with some chiles this season.
Lauren - Heirloom Tomatoes
In recent years, there has been a resurgence of heirloom tomato varieties. Tomatoes aren’t just the boring old staple red, heirlooms can be zebra striped with orange, yellow (woot!), pink, green, and even dark purple. These beauties are best served on their own with a little bit of salt.
Jody - Watermelon and Peaches
Juicy and sweet, the perfect summer time snack. Jody loves enjoying them on the beach during hot summer days.
Colin - Strawberries
Colin has been savoring over the last strawberries of the season. Grab some while you still can.