The Acme Farms + Kitchen 7 Days of St. Patrick’s Day

In celebration of our 7 Days of St. Patrick’s Day box, we wanted to take a look at each item in the box and explore its connection to Ireland. Make sure to order your 7 Days of St. Patrick’s Day box before orders close so you don’t miss out on this exclusive box and these festive recipes!

Day 1: Rachel’s Ginger Beer (add your own Irish Whiskey to enjoy an Irish Whiskey Ginger cocktail)

Rachel’s Ginger Beer – Available in the 7 Days of St. Patrick’s Day Box or as an add-on item to any Acme order

If you aren’t a whiskey aficionado, you might not be aware of all the different kinds of whiskies that exist in the world (some spelled “whiskey” and others “whisky” depending upon where they are produced.) You also might not know that the word “whiskey” comes from the Irish (or ‘Gaelic’ to be precise) “uisce beatha” meaning “water of life.”

But what makes Irish whiskey different from other whiskies? First of all, to be labeled as Irish whiskey, the whiskey must be distilled and matured on the island of Ireland. This article does a good job of breaking down other differences between whiskies. The most famous brand of Irish whiskey is Jameson, but there are hundreds of different Irish whiskies out there to try, each with its own unique flavor profile.

There is nothing particularly Irish about ginger beer, but Rachel’s Ginger Beer makes an excellent mixer, and who couldn’t use a healthy dose of ginger in these winter months? If you aren’t a drinker, Rachel’s Ginger Beer served straight makes a more than suitable “water of life”.

Day 2: Boxty – Irish Potato Pancakes with Bacon + Eggs

Boxty – Available in the 7 Days of St. Patrick’s Day Box or as an individual meal kit

Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake made with grated potato, flour, baking soda, and buttermilk. Traditionally made with ¾ potato and ¼ other ingredients, all ingredients all mixed together then fried in a pan like a normal pancake. This gives boxty a texture between a pancake and a hash brown.

The Acme Boxty kit comes paired with Jack Mountain Meats uncured bacon, eggs, and fresh scallions to top your boxty.

Day 3: Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Beef

Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Beef – Available in the 7 Days of St. Patrick’s Day Box or as an individual meal kit

Perhaps a contender for ultimate comfort food, shepherd’s pie is essentially a ground meat pie with a crust or topping of mashed potato. Seriously, you need to make shepherd’s pie on a cold or rainy day. If you think mashed potatoes couldn’t get any better, wait until you try them baked until crispy on top of a bed of delectable seasoned meat and vegetables. There is apparently some contention about if shepherd’s pie is of Irish or English origin.

The Acme Shepherd’s Pie kit features grass-fed ground beef, kale, and tender root vegetables covered with mashed potatoes and parsnips.

Day 4: Irish Beef Pasties

Irish Beef Pasties – Available in the 7 Days of St. Patrick’s Day Box or as an individual meal kit

Like shepherd’s pie, there are many variations of pasties across Ireland and the UK. Pasties became popular as a grab-and-go meal for tin miners in Cornwall, England in the 17th and 18th centuries. The flaky crust of the pasty safely contained all the other ingredients, keeping them warm for a long time. If the pasty got cold, the miners would put on a shovel and heat it with the heat from a miner’s headlamp. You can think of a pasty as a pot pie minus the pot.

The Acme Irish Beef Pasties kit features grass-fed ground beef cooked with cabbage, potatoes, onions, and a savory sauce wrapped in buttery, flaky pastry, served with a light green salad.

Day 5: Guinness Stew

Guinness + Beef Stew – Available in the 7 Days of St. Patrick’s Day Box or as an individual meal kit

There are few things associated more with Ireland than Guinness beer. Guinness is a stout beer and remains the best-selling stout beer in America. Guinness traces back to Arthur Guinness’s brewery in Dublin in 1759, and yes, it did create Guinness World Records—funnily enough, after the Managing Director of the brewery got into an argument with friends about the fastest game bird in Europe and failed to find the answer in any reference book.

For the Acme Guinness + Beef Stew kit, you will have to supply your own Guinness (or other stout beer) but we will provide the grass-fed beef, mushrooms, carrots, celeriac, potatoes, and other fixings for a complex, stout-spiked gravy, served with a swirl of freshly grated horseradish root.

Day 6: Irish Apple Cake with Vanilla Custard Sauce

Irish Apple Cake with Vanilla Custard – Available in the 7 Days of St. Patrick’s Day Box or as an individual meal kit

Apple harvest season has historically been a big deal all across Ireland, and the smells of different household’s take on Irish Apple Cake would fill the homes of the Irish farmlands. Irish Apple Cake is most traditionally served with a custard sauce and a streusel topping.

Staying authentic to the recipe, the Acme Irish Apple Cake kit comes with the makings for the soft, moist cake along with the traditional streusel topping and a vanilla custard sauce.

Day 7: Homemade Corned Beef + Irish Soda Bread

Cure your own corned beef with brisket from Carman Ranch – Available in the 7 Days of St. Patrick’s Day Box

For the last day of our 7 Days of St. Patrick’s Day box, we bring you the St. Patty’s day classic done up in the Acme locavore style: high-quality grass-fed beef brisket from Carman Ranch along with everything you need to cure your own corned beef, paired with a kit for Irish Soda Bread.

Corned beef is a salt-cured brisket of beef—and no, it does not have corn as an ingredient. The “corn” in the name comes from the large-grained rock salt—called “corns” of salt—used to treat the brisket. Sugar and spices are also sometimes added to the mix. Corned beef is featured as an ingredient in many cuisines, but in America, it is most associated with Irish cuisine and St. Patrick’s Day.

Irish soda bread is a yeast-free quick bread. The name comes from the “baking soda” (or in Ireland, “bread soda”) that is used as a leavening agent instead of yeast. There are many different forms of soda bread popular across different parts of Ireland.

The Acme Soda Bread kit includes raisins and calls for buttermilk to add tang. You can consider adding orange zest or caraway seeks to sweeten the bread, or a quick search on the internet will turn up many other variations you can attempt for your soda bread.

Irish Soda Bread – Available in the 7 Days of St. Patrick’s Day Box or as an individual meal kit

We hope you enjoy the 7 Days of St. Patrick’s Day box and that these recipes bring you some festive cheer. As always, your purchase supports many local producers near you in their mission to better our food system. If you enjoy your 7 Days of St. Patrick’s Day Box or any of our Acme offerings, please leave us a review on Google or Yelp—it would mean a lot to us!

As always, thank you for supporting local and for making a difference in your community.

With love,
-Your Acme Team

Whole Grain for Whole Nutrition: Health Benefits of Whole Grains

Gluten Free Apple Crisp – included in the Acme Whole Grain Bakery Box

In celebration of the launch of our Acme Whole Grain Bakery Box and our second bakery box challenge, we wanted to take a moment to talk about whole grains and what makes them so nutritious.

First off, what makes a whole grain whole? Simply put, whole grains contain all three parts of the grain kernel. Refined grains contain only one part of the grain—the endosperm—as the other two parts are stripped away in the refining process. Enriched grains are just refined grains with some of the nutrients lost during processing replaced.

Health Benefits of Whole Grain

Each part of the grain has health benefits, so by consuming all three parts you are getting the full nutrition of the grain. Here are the three parts of a grain kernel and the nutrients they contain:

  • The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer of the grain that contains B vitamins, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are natural chemical compounds in plants that have been researched for their role in disease prevention. Bran and fiber slow the breakdown of starch into glucose—thus helping to maintain regular blood sugar rather than causing sharp spikes. Fiber also helps to lower cholesterol and to help move waste through the digestive tract. Fiber may also help prevent the formation of small blood clots that can trigger heart attacks or strokes.
  • The endosperm is the interior layer that holds carbohydrates, protein, and small amounts of some B vitamins and minerals. This is the only part of the grain left in refined and enriched grains.
  • The germ is the core of grain and is rich in healthy fats, vitamin E, B vitamins, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. Phytochemicals and essential minerals such as magnesium, selenium, and copper found in whole grains may protect against some cancers.
Seeded Whole Grain Quick Bread – included in the Acme Whole Grain Bakery Box

If whole grains are so much healthier, why do so many products and recipes use refined grains? Milling leaves only the soft, easy-to-digest endosperm. Without the fibrous bran, this makes refined grains easier to chew. The germ is removed in milling because the fat it contains can limit the shelf life of processed wheat products.

Refined flour is fluffy and does help to make airy and light pastries and breads—but the refining process also strips away more than half of wheat’s B vitamins, 90 percent of vitamin E, and nearly all of the fiber. Although some nutrients may be added back in by enrichment and fortification after refining, other health-promoting components of whole grains such as phytochemicals are unable to be replaced.

Incorporating Whole Grains in Your Diet

Swapping out refined grains for whole grains when possible is a great way to get all the benefits of whole grains. Some whole grains you may consider incorporating into your baking and diet: barley, brown rice, buckwheat, bulgur (cracked wheat), millet, oats, popcorn, wild rice, quinoa, spelt, teff, sorghum, kamut, and whole-wheat bread, pasta and crackers.

Whole Grain Cheese Crackers – included in the Acme Whole Grain Bakery Box

Our Whole Grain Bakery Box is also a great way to learn 8 tasty baked good recipes full of whole grains! Order your Whole Grain Bakery Box by Wednesday, February 24 at midnight so you don’t miss out on these recipes and the opportunity to win prizes in our Bakery Box Challenge!

Happy baking and warm wishes,
– Your Acme Team

Sources:

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health – “The Nutrition Source: Whole Grains”

Mayo Clinic – “Whole grains: Hearty options for a healthy diet”

Announcing… the Acme Whole Grain Bakery Box Challenge!

Back by popular demand, we are excited to announce our new Whole Grain Bakery Box Challenge! This time around, all the recipes in our Bakery Box will use healthy whole grains including whole grain flour locally sourced from the wonderful Cairnspring Mills in Skagit Valley.

We love Cairnspring Mills because they share in our vision to disrupt our broken food system. Cairnspring Mills does this by ensuring local farmers remain financially viable, preserving the unique agricultural heritage of the Skagit Valley, shortening the distance between farmer and customer for a bulk crop such as wheat, and by building soil health and conserving farmland.

Purchasing this bakery box not only supports such an awesome local producer, but you also get all the recipes and ingredients for 8 healthier-yet-not-skimping-on-taste whole grain baked goodies! Plus, we invite you to participate in our social media challenge for the opportunity to win big!

Here are the rules for our 2nd Bakery Box Challenge:

  • Order the Whole Grain Bakery Box between Feb. 19th-24th. When you order this box, you will also be entered to win a brand new $370 Kitchen Aid Mixer!
  • The challenge runs from March 5th-26th. During these weeks, each photo you post and tag with @acmefarmsandkitchen AND #AcmeWholeGrains on Instagram or Facebook of your completed recipe will earn you one entry. You will know your entry has been counted when the Acme social media account likes your post.
  • At the end of each week, we will randomly select one lucky winner for $200 Acme credit! We will announce the winner on social media and credit the $200 to your account.

We were so delighted to see the response from our first Bakery Box Challenge, so we are so excited to offer this opportunity again with a whole grain twist! We so appreciate each and every one of you home bakers out there trying these recipes and spreading the word about good, local food. We can’t wait to see all your baking pictures!

With love,
Your Acme Team

Citrus: For Health and Pleasure

If you have never expressed an orange peel (or any other citrus peel), we encourage you to try it the next time you get your hands on a citrus fruit. Express the citrus oils over tea, a glass of ice water, ice cream, or simply into the air. The bright, aromatic oils released are like pure sunshine to the nose.

Citrus fruits have been used to add character to both food and beverage since ancient times, and have historically been sought after for their medicinal properties—used to combat sickness, intestinal ailments, skin conditions, gout, scurvy, an antidote to poison, and as an antiseptic during times of plague.

Not all these uses of citrus hold up today, but modern science has come to know much more about what makes citrus so nutritious. This week’s Acme curated meal boxes feature a variety of citrus fruits: orange, grapefruit, and blood orange. We wanted you to know some of the health benefits you will get from these citrus fruits in addition to the flavor they bring to this week’s recipes.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C has many benefits. We need vitamin C to maintain healthy skin, bones, blood vessels and connective tissues, and it strengthens our immune system. Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant that might help protect your cells against the effects of free radicals and fight inflammation. By reducing inflammation, vitamin C may prevent or delay heart disease conditions like arthritis and some types of cancer.

Flavonoids

Ever heard of a flavonoid? Flavonoids are plant-based nutrients that create the bright color and the familiar aroma of citrus. Citrus fruits are an important source of dietary flavonoids!

Studies indicate citrus flavonoids protect cells against the damage of free radicals. Through a direct scavenging of free radicals, citrus flavonoids can reduce inflammation. Consequently, those anti-inflammatory pathways provide therapeutic benefits against cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes.

Fresh salad with avocado and grapefruit on a stone table. organic diet food. top view

Citrus flavonoids can also protect against diabetes by improving glucose tolerance, increasing insulin secretion and sensitivity, and decreasing insulin resistance and also may play a significant role in the development of antiobesity agents, reducing obesity and adipose tissue inflammation.

Also importantly, citrus flavonoids have the ability to modulate gut bacteria (microbiome) composition and activity and exert beneficial effects on intestinal barrier function and gastrointestinal (GI) inflammation.

Dietary Fiber

When you think about fiber, perhaps you first think of grains and rice. But citrus fruits are high in dietary fiber as well! Citrus fruits contain both types of dietary fiber: soluble and insoluble fiber—both of which are important!

Soluble fiber can help lower LDL cholesterol, reducing cardiovascular disease. This type of fiber can also help improve glucose control by slowing the absorption of sugar resulting in better blood sugar levels. Insoluble fiber can help relieve constipation by helping food move more efficiently through the digestive system and increases stool bulk.

If you are looking to get more fiber in your diet, we recommend not adding too much fiber too quickly, as this can promote intestinal gas, abdominal bloating, and cramping. Increase fiber in your diet bit by bit over a few weeks to allow the natural bacteria in your digestive system to adjust. Also drink plenty of water along with your fiber, as fiber works best when it absorbs water.

Even More Benefits

Among other benefits, citrus fruits also have a low glycemic index (meaning they won’t spike your blood sugar as much as some other foods) and are high in potassium, and other essential nutrients such as folate, calcium, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, riboflavin and pantothenic acid.

Upside down blood orange cake on old dark concrete background. Rustic stile. Selective focus

It is important to know that some citrus fruits—such as grapefruit, pomelo, and orange fruits— can interact with medications. If you are taking medications, please consult with your healthcare provider before adding those fruits to your diet.

We hope you enjoy this week’s citrus recipes and that the bright and tangy citrus flavors of this week’s recipes bring some warmth to your winter.

With love,
Your Acme Team

Sources

“The Powerful Health Benefits of Citrus Fruits” – University of Washington

“7 Reasons to Eat More Citrus Fruits” – Healthline

“9 Surprising Health Benefits of Citrus Fruit” – Health

“Dietary fiber: Essential for a healthy diet” – Mayo Clinic

Meet the Nutritionist: Selva Wohlgemuth of Happy Belly Nutrition

Acme is so excited to partner with Selva Wholgemuth, MS, RDN, CD of Happy Belly Nutrition for our Best Year Ever Box. Selva is a gut health dietitian, specializing in functional digestive disorders, including GERD, IBS, SIBO.

Selva has helped many patients regain health and vitality using integrative and functional medicine principles in her private practice, Happy Belly Nutrition. Selva specializes in both gut and women’s health, helping patients find relief from chronic digestive issues and providing essential nutrition guidance for women trying to conceive and during the perinatal period.

As a Registered Dietary Nutritionist (RDN), Selva is bringing her years of expertise with food and nutrition to the table. Not only providing accessible information on a number of healthy living topics, she is working with us to select and develop meals that highlight those topics in the most delicious way possible!

Initially, when starting her private practice, Selva wanted to work with all types of patients and health conditions. She began to focus on gut health because many people are struggling silently with chronic digestive issues and the consequences of an inflamed gut are far-reaching. More and more research has been highlighting how the gut microbiome can impact the development of chronic disease.

After becoming a new mom, Selva realized there is a lack of quality nutrition support for women wanting to conceive, during pregnancy, and postpartum. She was distraught to find out that often nutrition is rarely talked about when women are struggling to conceive and during the postpartum phase. During the 6 months leading up to conception, during pregnancy, and the year following birth, proper nutrition (and absorption) is essential! However, often this population is not getting the expert nutrition guidance needed to support optimal health for mama and baby.

With her in-depth knowledge of the gut and women’s health, Selva has helped many patients meet their health goals, including alleviating irritating gut symptoms and helping women conceive successfully after many years of trying. It is Selva’s passion to provide expert nutrition guidance and make a lasting positive change in someone’s life!

You can follow Selva on her Instagram @happybellynutrition for tasty recipe ideas and nutrition know-how, and check out her Nutrition Nerd blog and Selva’s Recipes on her website: happybellynutrition.com

We have included some of Selva’s “Nutrition Nerd” blog posts related to gut health:

Cranberries for Gut Health http://www.happybellynutrition.com/nutrition-nerd/cranberries-for-gut-health

Polyphenols for Gut Health http://www.happybellynutrition.com/nutrition-nerd/polyphenols-for-gut-health

Is Your Low Carb Diet Harming Your Gut Health http://www.happybellynutrition.com/nutrition-nerd/is-your-low-carb-diet-harming-your-gut-health

Supporting Your MMC http://www.happybellynutrition.com/nutrition-nerd/supporting-your-mmc

Complicated But Important Fiber http://www.happybellynutrition.com/nutrition-nerd/complicated-but-important-fiber

As well as some of our favorite Selva’s Recipes promoting gut health:

Turmeric Quinoa Porridge http://www.happybellynutrition.com/selvas-recipes/turmeric-quinoa-porridge

Whole Grain Harvest Cornbread http://www.happybellynutrition.com/selvas-recipes/whole-grain-harvest-cornbread

Poo Happy Smoothie http://www.happybellynutrition.com/selvas-recipes/poo-happy-smoothie

Lemon Curry Four Bean Salad http://www.happybellynutrition.com/selvas-recipes/lemon-curry-four-bean-salad

Cold Brew Green Tea http://www.happybellynutrition.com/selvas-recipes/cold-brew-green-tea

Feed Me Belly Bowl http://www.happybellynutrition.com/selvas-recipes/feedme-belly-bowl

Apple Banana Breakfast Muffins http://www.happybellynutrition.com/selvas-recipes/apple-banana-breakfast-muffins

Why a local, organic, pasture-raised turkey is worth the price.

Photo courtesy of Osprey Farms

Let’s face it: our food system is broken. For most, eating in a way that is healthy, nutritious, ecologically sound, humane, good for the environment, good for local economies, and that works for our busy lives remains a difficult—if not impossible—balancing act. As a culture and a society, we have long accepted this broken industrial food system as the norm.

At Acme Farms and Kitchen, our mission is to combat our broken food system through building a local food movement—a movement that directly challenges our broken food system and long normalized ways of eating. We hope our locally sourced meal kits make it easier to eat in a way that is delicious, healthy, and good for the environment and local economies.

This holiday season, you may be looking at how you can support and strengthen your local food systems through purchasing a local, organic, pasture-raised turkey. We will be the first to admit that this is not an option for many, as a turkey that meets these standards can often cost upwards of $100—compared to the $30 price tag of an industrial farm-raised turkey. This is the unfortunate reality of our current food system which makes healthy and ethical eating inaccessible for many.

But if you find yourself in a situation where you can afford a local, organic, pasture-raised turkey, there are plenty of great reasons and benefits to doing so, and—like many—you may find the price well worth it.

In this HuffPost article, Julie Thomson breaks down the costs of raising a truly pasture-raised, organic turkey on a small local farm (similar to Acme’s turkey suppliers Osprey Hill Farms and Chehalis Valley Farm). Among the benefits: small farm turkeys are not subjected to the horrific treatment that industrial raised turkeys are subjected to, they are fed a well balanced diet of foraged greens and organic grain which greatly improves the flavor of the turkey, and a small family farm is supported in their mission to challenge the industrial food system and keep money in their local economy.

Even with the higher costs associated with raising an organic pasture-raised turkey, many small farms are still often operating on small profit margins with events such as an especially cold winter or a coyotes eating a few birds greatly impacting their profitability for the year. These unexpected events must also be factored in when a small producer prices their turkey.

As consumers, often the only thing we are taught to see with our food choices is the price tag. But building an ethical food system means taking the time to understand what goes into that price and evaluating if purchasing the product is worth supporting the system behind it. We hope you will consider this when making your turkey purchase this year if you have the means to do so.

Our Fall Baking Challenge is here!

Our first ever Fall Baking Challenge kicks off this Friday, November 13th!

If you’ve already purchased your box, you are invited to join the #acmefromscratch Facebook group to connect with other bakers and receive tips from Chef Andrew! https://www.facebook.com/groups/acmefromscratch

If you have yet to purchase your box, order here: https://theacmebox.com/product/bakery-station
Supplies are limited!

SPREAD THE LOCAL LOVE! REFER A FRIEND!

The fall harvest is in full swing! Now that we have finally settled into our new space, our crew and local producers are ready to grow! 

Help us share the local love!

So many people are benefiting from meal kits deliveries, but we still need to spread the word that there is a local option out there — us! And the truth is, we’d rather give back to our loyal customers rather than spending money on social media ads and marketing.

So… here is our exciting new offer! 

Now until the end of the year, we are DOUBLING REFERRAL CREDIT

You will now automatically get $20 credit (for every friend referred!)
Your friend(s) will get 20% 
off with code: Fallfriend2020

We will keep track of referrals, maybe even make a leader board. 🙂 We will have weekly prize drawings of $25 gift certificates and/or Free Bakery Kits which we will annoyance every week. And at the end of the year, our top referral customer will win a grand prize! 

Please consider joining us in spreading the word to your friends and family, and help strengthen our local food community together. Delicious Food, Supporting Local, All Delivered.

Your friends will love us! 🙂


THIS WEEK’S FEATURED MEAL KITS INCLUDE:

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER QUINOA BOWLS WITH CHICKPEAS + TAHINI
THAI PORK BURGERS
CARAMELIZED APPLE SKILLET PANCAKES
FISH TACOS
PUMPKIN DONUT HOLES

ACME KIDS BOX HALLOWEEN SPECIAL!

ACME KIDS BOX – HALLOWEEN SPECIAL!

Help get your kids in the Halloween spirit with these fun Halloween snacks and meals. When they don’t get to make Halloween crafts and cooking projects at school, why not bring the Halloween fun at home?!

This week’s Halloween KIDS BOX special includes:
Halloween Pasta, Halloween Mummies, Spooky Kiwi Monsters, Apple Monster Mouths, Roasted Pumpkin Slices, Spider Web Pancakes, Pumpkin Oranges, and Pre-made Pumpkin Patch Shortbread Cookies for a treat!

Support local, while enjoying some Halloween fun!
(Fun for all ages! – you don’t have to be a kid to order!)


Thank you for supporting local with us!

~Your Acme Family

NEW RECIPE: RATATOUILLE

40 Minute Meal, 40 Minute Bake Time
Serves 4
Vegan

INGREDIENTS:
1 lb Japanese eggplant, trimmed
salt
1 lb zucchini, trimmed
1 lb yellow summer squash, trimmed
4 roma tomatoes cored

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, peeled + diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
3 roma tomatoes, cored and diced
salt + pepper to taste
2 tbsp basil, minced
1 tbsp oregano, minced

1 clove garlic, minced
3 tbsp parsley, minced
2 tbsp basil, minced
1 tbsp oregano, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
salt + pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:
Slice the eggplant into rounds about 1/8 inch thick (a mandoline or very sharp, serrated knife works the best for this) and place in a colander. Toss the eggplant with about 1/2 tsp salt, set the colander in the sink, and let the eggplant drain for about 1/2 hour. Slice the zucchini, squash, and 4 roma tomatoes into rounds the same size as the eggplant and place in piles on a baking sheet. Save the ends of the tomatoes to add to the sauce.

Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch ovenproof skillet set over medium-high heat and add the onion and bell pepper. Sauté until soft, about 6 minutes, then add the 3 cloves garlic and continue to cook for another minute. Stir in the vinegar and diced tomatoes (including the reserved ends), reduce heat to medium, and simmer until the tomatoes have broken down into a thick sauce, about 10 minutes. Season well with salt and pepper, remove from heat, and stir in the basil and oregano.

Preheat oven to 375F.

While the sauce is simmering, make the herbed oil. Stir the final 6 ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.

Next, assemble the ratatouille – be patient, this takes a bit of time. Placing the vegetables directly on top of the sauce in the skillet and alternating slices of eggplant, zucchini, tomato, and summer squash, create a tight ring around the inside of the pan. Create a second, smaller ring inside the first, then fill in the remaining space in the center with as many more vegetable slices as you can. You should end up with a colorful bulls-eye pattern, with bits of sauce poking up through the vegetables in places.

Spoon the herbed oil evenly over the vegetables. Cover the pan with foil and slide into the oven. Roast for about 30 minutes, then remove the foil and continue to roast until the vegetables are very tender, the top is brown, and the whole pan is bubbling beautifully, about 40 more minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving, preferably with lots of crusty bread. This dish is just as good, if not better, served the next day, either at room temperature or gently reheated. Enjoy!

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Could this recipe become a new Acme favorite?
Please try out this meal and let use know what you think!
Use code RATATOUILLE$5 to get $5 off this meal.


{Recipe inspired and adapted from https://tasty.co}