Right now, late spring, is the time for apricots here in Sonoma County—and locally grown just picked off the tree don’t stay around at fruit stands of farmer’s markets for very long. Savor them while you can still find them!
At the farm we’re lucky to have young tree that produces a little more fruit for us each season. We’re growing peaches and nectarines in our orchard as well, and all pair beautifully with goat cheese, especially Redwood Hill Farm Chèvre.
Here is a simple yet elegant recipe that celebrates this great flavor combination. This recipe actually uses a blend of chèvre and cream cheese (but you could use all Chèvre if you like). We prefer to use the cream cheese we make right here at our creamery; Green Valley Organics Lactose-Free cream cheese, but any good quality cream cheese will work. Experiment with your own favorite herbs, nuts and seeds, but remember to use a light hand so as not to overpower this classic fruit/cheese combo. Fast and easy to make for a crowd, too.
This recipe and variations were inspired by and reprinted with permission from the blog “In Erika’s Kitchen”.
Lavender is blooming at our farm and local blueberries are ripening around the county. I was recently inspired to try this very seasonal and simple appetizer recipe courtesy of Patty James Catering, of a lavender & blueberry jam on crostini spread with Plain or Three Peppercorn Chèvre goat cheese. It is fabulous! For a light summer supper, simply pair with a salad and a crisp, white wine or sparkling juice. Patty James is a nutritionist, chef and author whose blog and videos are simply wonderful. Click here to vist her blog “Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives”.
This bread was developed as a request from Jennifer Bice and Steven Schack of Redwood Hill Farm for the annual Goat Milk Producers Convention which was held in Santa Rosa in 1990 at the Landmark Winery. It first appeared in print in Brother Juniper’s Bread Book: Slow Rise as Method and Metaphor by Peter Reinhart. At that time we made a goat milk ricotta, or as we liked to call it “rigoatta”, and the original recipe was developed using that ricotta goat cheese.
Donuts… deliciously crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
This donut recipe uses a lucky Chinese ingredient eaten on New Year’s Day: orange. The recipe calls for yuzu jam, made with Asian citrus, but you can use any citrus jam that is readily available such as orange marmalade. Oranges and tangerines bring luck, wealth and success to all those that eat them during the New Year.
Redwood Hill Farm plain kefir is the secret ingredient here. The batter should be slightly thick and donuts fried over a low-medium heat to make sure they are completely cooked and fluffy on the inside. You can either mix the yuzu jam in the batter or drizzle over the donuts while still warm. Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar (optional) for extra sweetness.
Happy Year of The Goat, we hope it is filled with luck and delicious new recipes for you!
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery owner Jennifer Bice has made many trips to France to study goat cheese making techniques. Her experiences resulted in the development of our beautiful French-style goat cheeses right here in Northern California.
The Cameo, California Crottin, and Bucheret artisan goat cheese pictured are all handmade with
imported French cheese cultures, and paired with classic French accompaniments. Bon appétit!
The number “8” is very lucky for the Chinese, so it’s not unusual to find a delicious dish with eight special ingredients on the table during Chinese New Year. Traditionally, eight ingredients like bamboo shoots, bean shoots and other “lucky” ingredients are stir-fried together to make something truly delicious.
You can choose any ingredients you love, but we like the crunch of the cucumbers, the slightly spicy radish wedges and the sweetness of the tomatoes when paired with the peanut and goat yogurt sauce. The egg ribbons add an Asian flavor to this salad, and the addition of fresh herbs give an added freshness with every bite. The carrots are also important since they are thought to bring luck.
Catch the cool, tropical breeze with this special frozen yogurt parfait made with Redwood Hill Farm Apricot Mango Goat Yogurt, topped with tropical fruits and nuts.
Nutrition Information Per Serving:
Calories 290, Fat Cal. 110, Total Fat 13g (20% DV), Sat Fat 7g (35% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholest. 18mg (6% DV), Sodium 120mg (5% DV), Total Carb. 35g (12% DV), Fiber 3g, Sugars 17g, Protein 6g, Vitamin A 7%, Vitamin C 113%, Calcium 14%, Iron 10%.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Created for Redwood Hill Farm by Sabrina Modelle, The Tomato Tart
(TheTomatoTart.com, @thetomatotart.com, facebook.com/sabrinamodelle.thetomatotart)
I just love this simple yet elegant flavor pairing of Rosemary Honey and creamy, Redwood Hill Farm Plain Goat Yogurt created for us by the Tomato Tart, I think you will too.
The recipe calls for 24 oz. of Redwood Hill Farm Goat Yogurt but as Redwood Hill Fans know, our tubs of yogurt are in the one quart size. Reserve the additional 8 oz. of yogurt for another recipe.
Very easy and satisfying…enjoy!
Created for Redwood Hill Farm by Deb Smith, Smith Bites (smithbites.com)
Here’s a recipe for roasting rhubarb and using as a flavor add-in with Redwood Hill Farm Plain Goat Yogurt. I was excited to get this recipe as I’ve been growing fresh rhubarb in my Sonoma County garden for a couple of years now…and love using it in recipes! We hope you love it too. In addition, you can view Deb’s video for this recipe, SELECT HERE.
Enjoy! ~ Sharon
What’s your flavor?
We asked a number of our favorite bloggers what they love to pair with Redwood Hill Farm Goat Milk Yogurt. Enjoy this inspired recipe, created for Redwood Hill Farm by Dorothy Reinhold, Shockingly Delicious
Earthy, sweet-tart flavor makes a surprising breakfast, elegant lunch or snack that strays far from the usual over-sweetened yogurt path.