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Fava Bean Salad With A Kefir Poppy Seed Dressing

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

Summer is for salads!

Try this fresh, crisp salad topped with a creamy, cultured goat milk cheese and kefir dressing. Sprinkle poppy seeds just before serving for a colorful finish. If you cannot find favas, try edamame or simply double up on peas. Use Mâche or baby spinach if you cannot find pea shoots at your farmer’s market or grocery store produce aisle. The fava beans and peas as well as dressing can all be prepared up to a day ahead, making this a nice recipe for summer entertaining.

Recipe by Lou Lambert and Larry McGuire and first appeared on bonappetit.com

Nutritional Content:
Calories (kcal) 219, Fat (g) 4, Sodium (mg) 42, Carbohydrates (g) 32, Dietary Fiber (g) 13, Total Sugars (g) 7, Protein (g) 15, Saturated Fat (g) 2, Cholesterol (mg) 13

Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

Roasted Cauliflower with a creamy, cheese sauce

We’ve discovered an inventive recipe pairing the brassica superfood cauliflower with a savory goat cheese sauce. If you visit New Orleans, you’ll find this signature dish by chef Alon Shaya on the menu at Domenica restaurant, www.domenicarestaurant.com. We have tested it here using Redwood Hill Farm cheeses and our Green Valley Organics Lactose-Free Cream Cheese and the results are lovely!  Chef Shaya precooks the cauliflower in seasoned liquid infusing it with flavor, and roasts the whole head at the finish crisping the cauliflower and creating a colorful, textural contrast to the silky whipped goat cheese.

Nutritional Content Per Serving:
Calories(kcal) 480, Fat (g) 37, Saturated Fat (g) 15, Cholesterol (mg) 60, Carbohydrates (g) 11, Dietary Fiber (g) 3, Total Sugars (g) 4, Protein (g) 10, Sodium (mg) 1320

Savory Muffins with Feta and Fresh Basil

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

Surprise your family with a different breakfast idea: the savory muffin. It will fill your kitchen with the warm and earthy fragrances of basil, feta cheese and freshly baked bread, welcoming late risers as they pile out of bed. We suggest serving these muffins with honey butter, which creates a beautiful combination of sweet and savory and enhances the contrast of the tender crumb with the crunchy, seeded muffin top. This recipe was inspired by the Hummingbird Bakery Cook Book, which was published by the legendary Hummingbird Cupcake Shops in London, where it first appeared.

Homemade Kefir Ranch Dressing

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.