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Savory Muffins with Feta and Fresh Basil

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

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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.

Roasted Vegetable and Feta Galettes

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

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Baked egg in puff pastry on a bed of fragrant, roasted vegetables and a creamy base of savory feta, heavenly! And quite easy to make. Serve this savory pastry as an appetizer, or alternatively, with a lightly dressed green salad as a perfect spring brunch entree. We suggest pairing it with Champagne or other dry sparkling wine. Your guests will be delighted.

We’ve adapted this recipe from the cookbook “Jerusalem” by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi to include our feta.

From Redwood Hill to Hawaii

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Life on the Farm

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Young Emma Bello Brings Dairy Goats and Cheese Making to the Islands

Shared by David Bice

When we sample our goat milk cheeses at events or stores, people often say, “I wish I had goats!” or “My dream is to have goats one day and make cheese”. For most, it remains a dream. For Hawaii’s Emma Bello, it’s a dream come true.

Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Emma is raising goats, crafting artisan cheeses – and doing a very good job of it. Her degree in culinary arts, as well as her training while being an intern at Redwood Hill Farm from January through August, 2012. has played a crucial part in making her dream a reality. A young woman in her mid-twenties with a love of goats, farming, and a great passion for good food, Emma has turned former sugarcane and pineapple land in Central Oahu into a successful dairy goat operation, aptly named ‘Sweet Land’ Farm.

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Emma’s dream began several years ago, while working at Maui’s Surfing Goat Dairy, where she helped with cheesemaking. Wanting to learn more, Emma researched opportunities, preferably at a farm with decades of experience and known throughout the country for its goat milk products, she contacted Scott Bice, our farm manager at Redwood Hill. We constantly receive applications from students and job seekers looking to intern and work at Redwood Hill, and we did need a farmhand at the time.

Interning and learning at the farm takes serious commitment and effort. With determination, Emma and her father flew from Hawaii to meet with Scott and farm owner Jennifer Bice. Jennifer and Scott were impressed with her enthusiasm and willingness to learn the “Redwood Hill Farm way”.  Her dream of eventually beginning her own goat dairy and making cheese was something they both wanted to support. So, Emma packed her bags and left Hawaii to pursue that dream, living and working at Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery for nearly a year.

From milking goats, feeding and caring for goat kids, to helping deliver goat babies, Emma immersed herself in all facets of our farm to learn more about goat husbandry. She also spent two days per week in the cheese rooms at our creamery, learning the myriad details in the craft of cheese making, alongside Jennifer Lynn Bice and our cheese crew. For Emma, it was advantageous to monitor the small layout of Surfing Goat Dairy, and the larger operation of Redwood Hill, as it enabled her to choose methods that suited her best for her own farm.

With entrepreneurial spirit, Emma took her knowledge home to Hawaii, rolled up her sleeves and began building her dairy and small cheese plant. The main goat barn and pasture fencing she constructed first, and with the purchase of seventeen goat kids from Redwood Hill Farm, her dream was becoming reality. A special, custom-built container was built to fly the goat kids, the foundation of her herd, safely and comfortably in the cargo hold of a jet used exclusively to fly livestock. Building on this foundation, her herd has grown in recent years and she still has those original Redwood Hill goats. Her current Sweet Land Farm logo actually features a Redwood Hill Alpine doe.

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When I visited Emma and the goats, I could see that they had adapted very well! Trade winds bring daily showers for lush greenery year around, and the goats happily browse many acres, within view of nearby mountains and frequent rainbows. As we have always said at Redwood Hill, happy goats give the best milk, and Hawaii turned out to be a paradise for descendants of our herd.

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The goat milk is carefully and lovingly made into goat cheese by Emma, using methods learned in our cheese rooms as well as experimenting with what works best in her specific climate. Climate and the animals’ diet are contributing factors to the flavor and “terroir” of any cheese. The varieties of goat cheese she makes are getting rave reviews from chefs and restaurants, only an hour away in bustling Honolulu, home to many creative restaurants that like to feature local ingredients in their pacific rim style cuisine. Alan Wong, one of the most famous and well-respected chefs in the islands, proudly displays Sweet Land Farm cheeses on his menus and showcases her cheeses at public events.

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Currently, Sweet Land Farm makes fresh chèvre, the soft & spreadable goat cheese, in six flavors, while also producing goat milk Tomme and feta. Emma offers her cheeses at the Mililani Farmers Market each week, where market goers can “try before you buy”. Emma has her regular customers and sees it as an opportunity to educate the public about dairy goats. She is often asked about goat milk, and it’s her goal to eventually bottle fresh milk for sale.

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Farming and making cheese means hard work and long hours, but Emma truly enjoys being involved with all of it, from raising baby goats to meeting her customers. She has five employees, including family members. Her brother has an agricultural engineering degree, and her parents share the workload.

When asked what her favorite part of it all is, Emma says “helping does deliver their babies is the best.” As with our farm at Redwood Hill, it all begins with love for these intelligent animals and their individual personalities. Indeed, their irresistible personality is why Emma fell in love with goats to begin with. For Emma, living and farming in the paradise of Hawaii where she grew up completes the dream – and it is coming true at Hawaii’s Sweet Land Farm.

Your Top Sustainable Cheese Producer

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Company News, In the News

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We are thrilled to be in Issue 3 of Conscious Company Magazine as a handful of the nations top sustainable cheese producers! Redwood Hill Farm Owner and CEO Jennifer Bice was interviewed about her woman-owned company and her 45+ year commitment to sustainability and the environment.

You can pick up a copy at Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and other local retailers—you’ll be supporting sustainable businesses.

CLICK HERE to read the full article.

Recipe: Pumpkin Chèvre Cheesecake

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

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This is the ultimate pumpkin cheesecake recipe! It has a unique gingersnap crust and rich, luscious swirls of cream cheese and chèvre cheesecake plus pumpkin. If you want something extra special for the holidays, you must try this recipe. This recipe was tested and then adapted from a favorite cheesecake recipe I’ve loved making at Taste of Home.

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: Chèvre Lemon Cakes with Powdered Sugar

Written by Redwood Hill on . Posted in Recipes

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This is a classic lemon cake recipe that owner Jennifer Bice has been making with her award-winning chèvre for years. Arrange your tiny lemon cakes on a pretty serving platter, dust with powdered sugar and garnish with slices of lemon. Based on a recipe from Judith Maguire, pastry chef at Lalime’s Restaurant in Berkeley, CA, this simple recipe is sure to become one of your favorites, too.

 

 

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: Ultimate Goat Cheese Sandwich

Written by Redwood Hill on . Posted in Recipes

Redwood Hill Farm Grilled Cheese Sandwich with smoked goat cheddar

Redwood Hill Farm’s Smoked Cheddar goat cheese knocks it out of the park in a grilled cheese sandwich! Use your favorite hearty bread from a local bakery if you can. I used Full Circle Baking Company’s organic “Powerbread” with Walnuts, Almonds and Raisins.  ~ from Nancy Lorenz

Recipe: Feta & Chive Sour Cream Scones

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

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When we discovered Joy the Baker and these Feta & Sour Cream Scones from her website, I simply could not resist testing this recipe and sharing. I brought these little gems into the office this morning, warm out of the oven all buttery and flaky—yum! Needless to say they were gone in a flash! This is a great recipe. I used our sister-brand Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Sour Cream and fresh chives from my garden.