Redwood Hill Farm Recipes
Goat milk products are a natural in cooking! Enjoy these wonderful recipes, many courtesy of local Bay Area chefs, or experiment on your own. Try using Redwood Hill Farm goat milk yogurt or kefir in almost any recipe that calls for milk, cream, sour cream or buttermilk. The live cultures and lactic acid in yogurt and kefir helps marinate all types of meat. Commonly used to tenderize chicken (tandoori is fabulous, as is leg of lamb,) it would also be great for beef or chicken kabobs.
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.
Our CFO, Darlene Brazil, contributed this delicious chocolate cake recipe at the peak of zucchini season. It was a big hit in the office. If you’re looking for moist, rustic, doubly-chocolatey comfort-food, here you go. You will love the rich flavor of the cake made with goat milk kefir. 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.
Cool, creamy and velvety on the tongue, our chilled avocado soup refreshes with a satisfying tanginess from our Redwood Hill Farm Goat Milk Kefir…even on the hottest summer days. It’s perfect for a quick entree soup for the family, or portioned into shot glasses and topped with grilled shrimp for a party-worthy appetizer.
This very pale caramel frosting is a bit sticky, but it has an exquisite flavor! Of course we prefer it made with Redwood Hill Farm Goat Milk Kefir but you can substitute buttermilk as well. Delicious on Fruit and Spice Cake.
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 recipes with goat cheese with unique flavor, aromas, and texture, can be very special offerings 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!
by Scott Bice, Farm Manager Redwood Hill Farm
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.
Simple to do yourself in the kitchen
In many countries drained yogurt, called Lebneh, is served topped with olive oil and a mixture of spices called Zatar (available at many gourmet and Middle Eastern stores).
Strained or “Greek style” yogurt is easily made by simply draining plain yogurt creating a thicker consistency similar to sour cream.
This thicker yogurt may be used as you would sour cream or mayonnaise, as a dessert with berries and maple syrup, in smoothies and baked goods or as the base of a dip made with salsa or spices.The resulting yogurt can be used as a low calorie substitute for sour cream in dips, salad dressings or sauces. The slightly tart flavor adds a new zing to many recipes.
Looking for a quick and simple appetizer using raw milk cheese and showcasing our Raw Milk Feta?
Here we present two options – hot or cold. For the hot, guests scoop up the oozy goodness of roasted feta with herbs and olive oil with slices of crusty bread. The cold version is simply cubed feta in olive oil with fresh ground black pepper, herbs and curls of lemon zest, served with toothpicks. C’est Simple!
By Chef John Ash
This recipe is by Sonoma County Chef John Ash, who has developed many recipes for Redwood Hill Farm. Originally this recipe called for buttermilk. Kefir is an excellent substitute in any recipe calling for milk, buttermilk or yogurt. Kefir is excellent as a base for soups, dips and sauces.
This is a quick, and simple soup. It is a wonderful base to which you can add all manner of things including cooked shrimp, sauteed mushrooms, spring peas, etc. I often will drizzle on a little fragrant nut oil as a garnish. Serve the soup chilled or at room temperature. We do not always think about room temperature soups but it is a nice variation on a warm day. Serves 4