Archive for 2013

Recipe: Heart-Shaped Blini with Smoked Salmon and Lemon Caper Sour Cream

Written by Redwood Hill on . Posted in Recipes

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Our ultra-creamy Green Valley Organics® lactose free sour cream mixed with capers and zesty lemon adds the perfect touch to these savory appetizer bites. 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.

 

Recipe: Chocolate Cake with Zucchini

Written by Redwood Hill on . Posted in Recipes

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Our CFO, Darlene Brazil, contributed this delicious chocolate cake recipe at the peak of zucchini season this year. It was a big hit in the office. If you’re looking for moist, rustic, doubly-chocolatey comfort-food, here you go. Top this irrestible chocolate cake simply with sifted powdered sugar, or go rich with your favorite buttercream or cream cheese frosting. For a ‘better-for-you’ cream cheese frosting, try this favorite of the chef’s at Redwood Hill Farm: Classic Cream Cheese Frosting Using Chèvre.

LOVE At First Bite: Sweet Recipes with Goat Products for Valentine’s Day

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Life on the Farm, Recipes

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Who brought in those luscious brownies to work today? I can smell them from my desk, All chocolatey, chewy goodness! And chocolate, coupled with February means that Valentines Day is near. Naturally, sweet treats come to mind. But very special doesn’t have to be about sweet. Luscious, savory goat cheese just as is or in a simple recipe that showcases it’s unique flavor, aromas, and texture, can be a very special offering for your favorite someone.

Our vanilla goat milk yogurt is a wonderful ingredient in the Valentines Day cake here, and can be used in nearly any recipe calling for milk, buttermilk, or sour cream. Yogurt or kefir will lend a delicious, tender crumb to your baked goods and delicious, mild tang to cream pies and puddings. And possibly best of all?  You will be able to enjoy a sweet treat with your loved ones that is truly of the “heart”: heart healthy!

The Olive Harvest and First Pressing of Olive Oil From Redwood Hill Farm Trees

Written by Scott Bice on . Posted in Life on the Farm, Recipes

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This past Thanksgiving, our family gathered around more than just a dining room table.  We also gathered around an olive grove for our very first harvest of the beautiful Tuscan olive trees planted two and a half years earlier.

In Italy there are many festivals in November to celebrate the olive harvest, when family and friends gather to harvest the plump green and purple fruit by hand.  On a cold but sunny morning, we started a new Bice family tradition: picking the fruit to make “green gold”—the buttery, peppery, and delicious olive oil.

Redwood Hill’s Rima: A Very Special Dairy Goat

Written by Scott Bice on . Posted in Life on the Farm

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By Scott “Goat Guy” Bice

All of our goats are special, but every once in a while, a certain individual will come along and grab everyone’s attention. From the experienced goat breeder visiting the farm who exclaims “WOW!!” when they see her gliding around the barn, to the third grade student that very same goat befriends by coming up and rubbing her gently on their back, as if saying, “Love me”.

Meet Rima, the American Dairy Goat Association’s (ADGA) 2012 National Champion and Best Udder Alpine.

Baby Goats Head To The City For The 4th Annual CUESA Goat Festival

Written by Scott Bice on . Posted in Life on the Farm

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By Scott “Goat Guy” Bice

Spring and Summer are very busy seasons here at Redwood Hill Farm. In that time, we go from kidding season to goat show season, with just about every weekend filled with some kind of event. This year it seemed busier than ever with a multitude of events. Sadly, neither the goats or I had time for writing The Bleat Beat!  Fear not loyal readers, The Bleat Beat is back!

 

Six Generations of Kids by Momma Goat Zimba

Written by Scott Bice on . Posted in Life on the Farm

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Hi Everyone, my name is Zimba! I’m one of over 300 dairy goats living here at Redwood Hill Farm, the first goat dairy in the nation to be labeled with the Certified Humane designation. You might have seen me on postcards or even on a truck and trailer that delivers our natural, delicious, dairy goat products to health food stores everywhere. Well, now I’m so famous they even want me to write a blog! Actually, Farm Manager Scott Bice and others on the farm will be contributing to the blog as well, but we all know that I’m the one capacious in writing creativity! I’m excited to fill you in on happenings at Redwood Hill Farm from the goat’s perspective.