Archive for 2013
From award-winning goats comes award-winning goat milk kefir!
California’s Sonoma County has a long tradition of dairying and cheese making. That proud tradition recently honored North Bay cheese producers including Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery who took home awards from the 2013 American Cheese Society’s annual Judging & Competition in early August, with Redwood Hill Farm brought home the top prize in their division for the Redwood Hill Farm Traditional Plain Kefir! This is not the first award for Redwood Hill’s delicious goat milk kefir, click here for a listing of recent awards.
The competition took place in Madison, WI during the annual conference of the American Cheese Society, a not-for-profit organization that encourages the appreciation and promotion of farmstead and specialty cheeses in the U.S. and Canada. Congratulations to all of the winners, and to Madison, WI, for hosting a great American Cheese Society Conference!
For more information about the American Cheese Society, go to cheesesociety.org
If you see plump ripe tomatoes hanging on the vine, seize the moment of the tomato!
Local Sonoma County cookbook author and Press Democrat columnist Michele Anna Jordan knows how to make the most of the season. Tomatoes, bacon and our goat cheese aged cheddar peeking out of a toasty galette-style crust– how can you go wrong?
Note: For instructions on making the galette dough, click here.
Cream Cheese Frosting is a classic for spice or carrot cakes. An alternative we love is substituting Redwood Hill Farm Plain Chèvre goat cheese for the cream cheese.
Chèvre is a fresh, light-textured, rindless goat cheese that is similar to cream cheese but softer and fluffier with only 1/3 of the fat and calories and it’s delicious in recipes like this one! Try this recipe with award-winning Redwood Hill Farm Plain Chèvre the next time you’d like a delicious and unique frosting for your special cake.
Has your get up and go, got up and gone? Juice up your day with goat milk kefir and nourishing greens, bursting with energy to spare. We added a kiss of apple and a handful of strawberries for sweetness and recommend including a frozen banana for an extra creamy texture. Our Redwood Hill Farm Plain Kefir packs a punch of protein and has Flourish® – a proprietary blend of 10 live active probiotic cultures. Make enough to share as family and friends will be green with envy of your renewed vim and vigor.
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When food author Michele Anna Jordan’s students tell her they can’t make dough, she often uses this recipe to teach them how. “It’s mostly lack of confidence that gets in the way of a good dough. As long as you use chilled butter, cold water and don’t overwork the mixture, you should have excellent results every time.” says Michele.
Use this recipe for Michele’s Tomato Galette with Bacon.
For sweet galettes, see the variation at the end of this recipe.
Variation: For sweet galettes, use 1/4 teaspoon salt and add 1 teaspoon sugar at the same time.
Who says holiday dishes can’t be healthy? By adding kefir and fibrous parsnips to traditional mashed potatoes your guests will enjoy up to a whopping 10 grams of fiber per serving without missing a beat. A tummy-taming pour of Redwood Hill Farm Goat Milk Kefir adds creaminess, a delightful tang and beneficial bacteria to boot. For a lactose free option use our Green Valley Organics kefir. Try our tempting add-ons to take this showstopper over the top.
Switch It Up, Switch It Out
We whipped up our Parsnip-Tater Mash with goat’s milk kefir because we love its creamy texture and rich tanginess. But if you’re out of Redwood Hill Farm Plain Goat Kefir or have a hankerin’ for cow’s milk products, our Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Kefir, Yogurt or Sour Cream make fine alternatives. Each adds an exceptional creaminess and nutty flavor without any lactose. Substitute the kefir and yogurt 1:1 and the sour cream 3/4 cup per every one cup of kefir. Substitute Redwood Hill Farm Plain Goat Yogurt 1:1 too!
Redwood Hill Farm owner Jennifer Lynn Bice likes to make this lighter version of the classic southern pumpkin pie. In this recipe, she uses our plain goat milk kefir in place of the usual heavy cream or evaporated milk. Modified from a recipe in “The Heritage of Southern Cooking”, by Camille Glenn. Makes one pie.
We’re lucky to have an abundant supply of beautiful Meyer lemons at the farm. This recipe was adapted from Bon Appetit’s Lemon-Buttermilk Sherbet. We replaced the buttermilk with an equal amount of Redwood Hill Farm Goat Milk Kefir for a bright refreshing treat. It can be made 3 days ahead. Keep frozen.
Tres Leches Cakes is a classic Mexican dessert traditionally made with yellow cake drenched with sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and cream; topped with whipped cream and a cherry. We make ours in individual dessert cups (no sharing required!) and switch out the milks for our creamy goat milk yogurt and tangy goat milk kefir mixed with a splash of evaporated milk and vanilla. The result is a light and refreshing fruity dessert that’s a feast for the eyes and taste buds.
Make it Lactose Free: Substitute Earth Balance Buttery Spread for the butter, Green Valley Organic’s Lactose Free Blueberry Pomegranate Acai Kefir for the Redwood Hill Farm Kefir, Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Honey or Vanilla Yogurt for the Redwood Hill Farm Yogurt, and Soy Whipped Cream for the regular whipped cream.
Use a squeeze bottle to create the heart-shape of these savory blini made with goat milk kefir. For the topping, 0ur sister brand, Green Valley Organics® ultra-creamy lactose free sour cream mixed with capers and zesty lemon adds the perfect touch. Make the batter a day ahead, or go a step further and make the blinis a day ahead, refrigerate and reheat on a baking sheet in a 300°F oven until warm. Got some gluten-free guests? Simply substitute your favorite gluten-free all-purpose baking flour blend and one teaspoon xanthan gum for the all-purpose flour. Buckwheat is gluten free. Be sure to have a thermometer on hand to assure the proper water and milk temperature.