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Homemade Kefir Ranch Dressing

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

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Cheers to a fresh and healthy
New Year!

Here is a way to pump up your intake of health-boosting vegetables and probiotics: Pair your leafy greens with homemade Ranch dressing. Originally calling for buttermilk, we’ve substituted our Plain
Goat Milk Kefir
in this Ranch dressing recipe and love the result. Use over fresh lettuce greens, as a dip for raw vegetables, or as a dressing for potato salad and coleslaw.

This recipe was adapted from one at Huffingtonpost.com

Avocado Kefir Smoothie

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

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New research finds that eating an avocado per day, as part of an overall diet rich in healthy fats, may help cut the bad kind of cholesterol, known as LDL. “The avocado is this nutrient-rich, power-packed fruit that’s full of monounsaturated fat,” CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, says. “It also has fiber and antioxidants in it. It’s high in potassium, and vitamins. It’s low in sodium, cholesterol and sugars.” Plus, she noted, “the ancient Aztecs thought it was an aphrodisiac, if you need another reason to eat them.”

Creamy, probiotic-rich goat milk kefir provides the perfect base for this thick, nutrient packed green smoothie. You’ll get the benefits of goat milk, plus the powerful nutritional boosts from avocado, quinoa, banana and cucumber.

Vegetable & Fresh Chèvre Gratin

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

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This rustic recipe has been a favorite of mine since my long-time friend and goat cheese lover, Helen Jackson, gave it to me a few years ago. It makes a great vegetarian dinner or side dish and shows off how versatile cooking with fresh chèvre can be. Tip: do use a mandoline for slicing vegetables if you have one—this recipe is best when the vegetables are sliced very thin.

Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

Photo: Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

We’ve combined fresh-from-the-garden rhubarb with a yogurt-vanilla cake batter, for a new dessert recipe that is as pretty to look at as it is delicious to eat. Enjoy this seasonal, easy upside-down cake with a scoop of homemade goat milk ice-cream for easy living! This recipe was adapted from a favorite of ours published by the New York Times. It’s a classic.

Recipe: Goat Cheese Stuffed Apricots

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

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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”.

Recipe: Lavender Blueberry Jam with Goat Cheese Crostini

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

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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”.

Recipe: Goat Cheese and Chive Bread

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

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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.

Recipe: Redwood Hill Farm Kefir & Yuzu Jam Donuts

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

Donuts for Chinese New Year made with Redwood Hill Farm plain goat yogurt

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!

Recipe: “California French” Cheese Tray

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

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Easy entertaining!

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!

Recipe: “Lucky 8” Salad With Goat Yogurt Peanut Sauce

Written by Nancy Lorenz on . Posted in Recipes

Redwood Hill Farm "Lucky 8" Salad with Goat Milk Yogurt Peanut Sauce

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.