The “Perfect Bite” winner at the first West Coast Cheesemonger Invitational (CMI) at Public Works in San Francisco on January 19 was an unlikely, but delicious combination of flavors and texture that just worked. “The Perpetual Goatstopper” was the creation of Cheesemonger Perry Soulos of Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington, VA, who paired our award-winning plain chèvre with grapes, candied ginger and Burstin’ Berry Poppin’ Pebbles™ breakfast cereal to create his unique, eye-catchingly delicious perfect bite.
“I really wanted to do something different and fun with my perfect bite,” said Soulos. “When we first received the list of cheeses to choose from, I went right for Redwood Hill Farms’ Traditional Plain Chèvre. I knew the product very well from my years behind the cheese counter and thought it would be the perfect choice for a California-inspired cheese bite. Its decadent and rich flavor and clean lemony tang make it very versatile in the kitchen.
Goat cheese and goat milk confections create a visually dazzling presentation!
Many sweets pair remarkably well with our creamy goat cheese. Use your imagination and choose your own favorite cookies or breads for accompaniments, or choose from our suggestions. Beautiful fruit and fresh-cut flowers add a dramatic flair to your dessert course.
Bring your cheeses out at least one hour before serving to allow them to come to room temperature and plan on about 30 minutes for preparing this course. This will serve 8-10 as shown except for the Chevre Dessert, you’ll need to make more and/or use smaller individual containers
Use our design as a guide and have fun creating this very unique dessert and delicious dessert tray!
Redwood Hill Farm Plain Chèvre Dessert is sweetened, whipped fresh chèvre, piped into dessert parfaits, and topped with shaved dark chocolate and lemon zest. (Select here for recipe)
Dipping Cookies Sweet currant “Twigs” are divine for dipping (Lovesticks.com) or provide simple tea cookies for pairing.
Goat Milk Fudge We used two goat milk fudges: Bittersweet Chocolate, and Bittersweet Chocolate with Marshmallows and Walnuts both from KiddingAroundWithChocolate.com.
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Redwood Hill Farm Plain Chèvre is spooned into a bowl and drizzled with Goat Milk Caramel Sauce from KiddingAroundWithChocolate.com and paired with candied pecans for dipping.
Redwood Hill Farm Bucheret This cheese, with its white bloomy rind, has a dense and buttery, flavorful interior. We love pairing it with pure, raw, Sonoma County honeycomb.
Redwood Hill Farm Aged Cheddar is smooth textured, with a sweet, complex lavor from the aging process. It is delicious with sliced membrillo (quince paste).
Redwood Hill Farm Camellia Our luscious, Camembert-style goat milk cheese is drizzled with Organic Raspberry Spread. We love the Raspberry Spread at SweetCreekFoods.com.
Fresh Artisan Bread In the center, we mounded cubes of fresh, sweet, artisan bread with nuts and raisins.
And voila, a delicious and beautiful presentation for your party, family or friends! Planning this cheese dessert course for your next get-together? We’d love to get your comments.
Cheese columnist Janet Fletcher includes Cameo as one of 10 exceptional California cheeses
There are just a few exceptional magazines for cheese lovers, and that short list includes one of our favorites, Cheese Connoisseur. What a happy surprise last week to open the fall issue and read that Bay Area cheese columnist and expert, Janet Fletcher, included Redwood Hill’s Camembert-style Cameo in one of the magazines feature this month: “San Francisco: The Ultimate 1-Day Cheese Tour”. For those of us who live in or near San Francisco, we already know that San Francisco is a cheese-lovers and food lovers fantasy land and that multiple award-winning Cameo is a dream come true!
At Redwood Hill Farm we’re reducers, reusers, recyclers… and composters!
With a bit of time, kitchen scraps, plant clippings, and straw & hay from the barns turns into what we love to call “black gold”! It’s part of our ongoing commitment to the environment of our community, and our constant striving to be as “green” as we possibly can.
This commitment has enabled us to recently receive certification and recognition as a Sonoma County Green Business, and the news on our Green Business Certification was the lead news item in The Press Democrat’s Agriculture Briefs , Sunday December 15.
The Sonoma Green Business Program (www.sonoma-county.org/sonomagreen) is a partnership of government agencies and utilities that assists, recognizes, and promotes local organizations, focusing on small to medium-sized consumer-oriented businesses who voluntarily operate in environmentally responsible ways. Certified participants must be in compliance with all environmental regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste. Select here to download more about our new certification.
As part of a fundraising event recently for The Ceres Project, we hosted a “Mystery Tour” of 25 people who crawled the back roads of Sonoma County to learn, taste, and enjoy some baby goat love at Redwood Hill Farm! Thanks to Lorelei for the lovely blog post and pictures from a simply wonderful afternoon for all.
We are honored to donate probiotic kefir and yogurt to the meals program each week applaud founder Cathryn Couch, founder, for caring so deeply about local community.
Note: this blog post ran for the first time last fall. The farm was so beautiful, and this pumpkin pie recipe is so special, I’m sharing again for this Thanksgiving. Enjoy, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving feast with you and yours.
Thanksgiving is upon us…
and right on cue are blustery days, intense fall colors, and a sprinkling of rain showers to green up the fields on the farm. Recently on an extraordinarily fine day, I spent the afternoon with Jennifer and we made pie. Jennifer and I share a passion for cooking, along with Scott, David, Shelley and a few other siblings! As a large family growing up together on Redwood Hill Farm, cooking with fresh goat milk and seasonal produce from the garden each year became a natural part of our life. Now, some 45 years later, we all have favorite recipes when it comes to gathering for holiday meals and this pie is very special.
The following recipe is from the Ceres Project’s “Nourishing Connections Cookbook”. Fresh and delicious because it’s made with Redwood Hill Farm Goat Milk Yogurt and Goat Milk Kefir, this dip pairs equally well with crackers or crudite!
“Nourishing Connections Cookbook” is available!
We have a copy at Redwood Hill and I find myself picking it up often when looking to be inspired for a creative nourishing meal or from the heartwarming writing on improving my own diet. The links & resource section are wonderful as well.
Drum roll please…
Official results for the 2013 Sonoma County Harvest Fair are in! We’re thrilled to announce Redwood Hill Farm Artisan Goat Cheeses once again were awarded top honors with Three Peppercorn Chevre AND Raw Milk Feta both taking away DOUBLE GOLD awards!
For over 38 years, attending the Harvest Fair has been a tradition for both local and out of town guests. Wine and food lovers from as far abroad as South America, India and even Australia, plan their visit to Santa Rosa each October, to sample the county’s bounty. This is our local celebration of the best Sonoma County has to offer in food, wine, and beer. To be awarded top honors in a field of amazing food producers is exciting for all of us at the creamery and farm.
Congratulations to our incredible Farm Team!
It was a wonderful Sonoma County Fair goat show for Redwood Hill Farm. We were honored to receive many awards, including the coveted Supreme Best Doe in Show award as SGCH Rima (pictured) won it against some amazing competition. Winning this award at our prestigious State and County Fair in the same year, is another great accomplishment in this Doe’s storied career.
This lovely cake was adapted from a favorite cookbook of mine, The Heritage of Southern Cooking by Camille Glenn. It is a family heirloom cake of hers and we think it will become a favorite with your family too! The original recipe calls for chopped, cooked, pitted prunes but the spices in it begs for trying pineapple or even cooked, chopped peaches as an alternative. The fruit may vary in the amount of moisture it gives to the batter, so if the batter looks a little loose after adding the fruit of your choice, add a tablespoon or so of flour.
I am showing the cake here with a delicious goat cheese Cream Cheese Frosting which is a perfect complement. This recipe, along with the original recipes suggested frosting, Caramel Kefir, are both in our dessert section. Remember: Redwood Hill Farm plain goat milk kefir is a perfect substitute for buttermilk in any recipe! The original recipe states that this cake is delicious served without frosting if desired.