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.
Update your classic holiday green bean casserole, using our goat cheese, lactose free sour cream, and fresh, in-season fennel and green beans.
“As a kid, my very favorite Thanksgiving dish was the green bean casserole. It still is, come to think of it. I suppose it’s one of the formative flavors from my childhood. Fast forward a few decades, and now that I’m pushing forty (gah!) and have changed how I eat, the notorious canned-soup version doesn’t really hold the same appeal for me. So what to do? Make a new dish that kicks the old one’s butt, that’s what!”
- Andrew Wilder, Eating Rules
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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.
We’re not getting older, we’re getting better…
Though we love our website and it has served us very well since it’s launch nearly 14 years ago, we’ve decided: it’s time for a facelift!
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery is celebrating it’s 45th Anniversary this year and what better time to refresh and improve our virtual home, www.RedwoodHill.com?
We loved the look of our existing site, so you might not notice a big difference in the “look” as you browse through the pages. But just step inside…
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.
How we control the flies on our organic farm including complete plans for “Mother Nature’s Fly Trap”
We are totally committed to protecting our environment and the health/safety of our employees and goats. Therefore, we have a policy of zero tolerance for synthetic chemical pesticides. Cleanliness and sanitation are the first line of defense against such pests as common flies. Their larvae need a moist, nitrogen rich area in which to incubate and hatch. In so far as possible, such habitats are minimized in our management. However, certain areas are always problematic on a working farm, such as around and underneath platforms supporting water tanks. Insect predators are routinely distributed to such areas to feed on the fly larvae.