Recipes

Creamy CA Guacamole

We at CFT love guacamole, but we had never tried creamy guac before now! Up the nutrition factor of traditional guacamole even more with this easy recipe from the California Milk Advisory Board. INGREDIENTS: 1 package (8 Ounces) Real California cream cheese, softened...

Beef & Asparagus Pasta

We love celebrating beef this month! Not just because it is good for you…and the land…but because you can make a super quick meal out of it. This pasta dish is a great twist on using ground beef without red sauce or some of the more typical ways to use...

Super Simple Roasted Garlic

Super Simple Roasted Garlic Roasted garlic is savory and can be used in any number of dishes.  The best thing about this recipe is you can start with it and by the time you are done with your main dishes and sides your delicious roasted garlic will be coming out of...

Cherry Cream Cheese Pie

Cherry Cream Cheese Pie with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust… to die for! • 1 chocolate graham cracker crust • ½ pint heavy whipping cream (DO NOT use Cool Whip or canned whipped cream – it’s not the same!) • 4 oz Philly Cream Cheese, softened (Do not microwave!...

Butternut Squash Soup

RECIPE: BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP INGREDIENTS 1 onion chopped 1 celery stick chopped 1 carrot chopped 3 T butter + 1 T olive oil 1 butternut squash (or other squash), peeled, cored and chopped 1 granny smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped 6 cups chicken broth 1 T smoked...

January = Soup Month!

Soups On! When the cold weather is here and it seeps into your bones, what better way to sit down and warm up than with a warm bowl of soup? Soup has long been considered the antidote to weary tired bodies from physical exertion or illness. The word soup itself...

Delish Eggnog for the Adults!

December is Egg Nog Month (as well as root veggie month)… and why not learn to make the real stuff? With the holidays upon us, a little indulgence is well deserved! We love this recipe from Raley’s for an adult’s-only egg nog drink… simply...

Bacon Wrapped CA Figs

Bacon-Wrapped California Figs with Maple Snakebite Glaze & Goat Cheese Dip Makes 12 servings. Ingredients 6 strips bacon, halved crosswise 12 Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs, stemmed 12 pecan pieces, toasted 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup...

Pumpkin Flan

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Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd Ingredients (makes 2 cups) 3 eggs 1 cup white sugar 1/3 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup butter 2 teaspoons lemon zest   Directions 1. Whisk eggs, sugar, and lemon juice in a double boiler over simmering water until mixed well, then continue to stir until...

Honey Glazed Balsamic Beets and Carrots

Ingredients
3 large beets, tops trimmed
4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
Olive or canola oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

Directions
1. 
Wrap the beets in foil and roast them in the oven at…

Walnut Pesto

Walnut Pesto ½ cup broken walnuts 1 large clove of garlic, chopped 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves ¼ tsp. salt 1 cup packed Italian Leaf parsley ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated Directions: Finely chop the walnuts and garlic in a food...

Chicken Pesto Pasta

Chicken Pesto Pasta 12 oz. pasta of your choice 3 cups combined basil and romaine leaves 1/3 cup nuts (pine, almonds, walnuts or pecans) 2-3 cloves garlic ½ cup shaved or grated parmesan ½ cup olive oil 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes 12-16 oz. bag grilled chicken strips...

Spinach Strawberry Salad

Spinach Strawberry Salad 1 Bunch/Bag Spinach 1 Avocado, chopped 1 Pt. basket of strawberries Sesame and/or Poppy seeds Dressing: 1/2 c.  sugar 1/2 tsp minced onion 1/2 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1/2 c. olive oil 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar Combine...

Crab Cakes with Relish

Crab Cakes with Sweet White Corn-and-Tomato Relish 6 Tbsp. butter, divided 1 small sweet onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 lb. fresh lump crabmeat, drained 3 cups soft breadcrumbs, divided ¼ cup mayonnaise 1 large egg, lightly beaten 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh...

Tomatoes Lutice

12 to 16 tomatoes, peeled 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley 2 cloves crushed garlic (or ¼ tsp. garlic powder) 2 tsp. salt 2 tsp. sugar ½ tsp. pepper ½ cup olive oil or salad oil 2 tsp. prepared mustard 2 Tbsp. Tarragon and Red Vinegar Core and slice tomatoes ¼ to ½ inch...

Garden Fresh Salsa

(Serve with California Quesadilla) 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted 2 medium tomatoes, chopped 2 Tbsp. thinly sliced green onion 1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro ¼ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. Tabasco sauce, or season to taste Combine all ingredients in small bowl.  Cover and chill...

Chilled Tomato Fennel Soup

2 oz. canola oil 1 large white onion, medium diced 1 leek, cleaned and trimmed, ¼ inch slices 2 bulbs fennel, trimmed, medium diced 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1 Tbsp. fennel seeds, freshly toasted and cracked 1 cheesecloth satchet with tarragon, thyme, bay leaves...

Holiday Fudge

1/2 cup butter (use butter!) 13 oz. half and half 4 ½ cups of C & H Sugar (must be cane sugar) ½ lb. marshmallows 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate 12 oz. semi sweet chocolate 12 oz. dark sweet chocolate (or milk chocolate) 1 Tbsp. vanilla 2 cups walnuts (if desired)...

Tomato Dressing or Dip

Summary: Yummy on salad greens or with dipping veggies or even on bread! Put 2 peeled tomatoes, 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar, 2 cloves of roasted garlic, ½ teaspoon of salt, fresh ground pepper, 1 teaspoon of Smoked Spanish Paprika in a blender and blend...

Sweet Potato Soup – Ahwahnee Lodge

Summary: The Ahwahnee kitchen estimates that it serves about 45 gallons of soup at every seating of the annual Bracebridge dinner. INGREDIENTS 5 medium orange-fleshed sweet potatoes Salt 3 tbsp. olive oil 1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped 1 large leek, white...

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Summary: Good all year long! INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary 2 teaspoons olive oil 3 garlic cloves, unpeeled and crushed 1 1/2 pounds peeled sweet potato, cut into 3/4-inch pieces 5 oranges peeled and sectioned (or use grapefruit) 1/2 cup sliced red...

Roasted Almonds

Summary: This recipe is from Jeani Ferrari and it’s one of her favorites for a healthy snack. INGREDIENTS Raw Almonds INSTRUCTIONS Pile almonds high on a roasting pan and bake at 225 degrees Farhenheit for 2 hours. No seasoning or salt is needed. The nuts will be...

Pumpkin Soup

INGREDIENTS 4 Tbsp. butter 4 green onions, sliced 2 Tbsp. flour 3 cans (10-3/4 oz. each) chicken broth 1 can (16 oz.) pumpkin ½ tsp. salt 1 cup light whipping cream Garnishes: bacon bits, green onions, croutons, sour cream INSTRUCTIONS Melt butter; sauté green onions...

Pumpkin Pancakes

Summary: Features California grown pumpkin. This recipe was contributed by Monica Bianchi. It is a Bianchi family favorite in the fall when pumpkins are in season. INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups milk 1 cup pumpkin puree 1 egg 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 tablespoons vinegar...

Lemon Persimmon Bars

Summary: Board member, Ron Freitas, submitted this recipe. He grows persimmons and this is a family favorite. INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp baking soda 1 cup Hachiya persimmon pulp 2 ½ cups flour 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp cloves 1/2...

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes with Bourbon Whipped Cream

INGREDIENTS 8 ounce cream cheese, at room temperature 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 large egg white ½ tsp vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups flour 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup canned pumpkin puree 2 eggs 1 cup granulated...

Penne Pasta with Tomatoes, Basil, & Asiago Cheese

Summary: Features California grown tomatoes. This recipe was contributed by Greg Stewart and is a family favorite. It is a wonderful use of fresh tomatoes so plentiful this time of year. This recipe is easy to make larger or smaller just, try to keep the amounts...

Maple Almond Granola

INGREDIENTS 4 ½ cups (18 ounces) old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant) ¾ cup (3 ounces) shelled, raw, unsalted sunflower seeds 1 ½ cups slivered or coarsely chopped raw almonds 2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon 1 ¼ cups pure maple syrup, preferably Grade A Dark Amber 1/3 cup...

Homemade Cherry Pie Filling

Summary: (adapted from mybakingaddiction.com) submitted by Monica Bianchi. INGREDIENTS 5 to 6 cups fresh Linden Bing cherries, about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds 1/2 cup water 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2/3 cup granulated sugar 4 tablespoons cornstarch 1/4 teaspoon almond...

Dutch Boiled Spice Cake

Summary: Features California walnuts and raisins. This recipe was contributed by Maxwell Norton. This cake has been a family favorite of the Van Konynenburg and Norton families for many generations. The walnuts usually came from the family farm near Salida....

Creamy Walnut Pie

Summary: This recipe is from the kitchen of Christine Brandstad and is a family favorite. INGREDIENTS 2 cups walnuts, plus ½ cup for the top of the pie 1 store-bought 9” pie shell 3 eggs ½ cup less 1 Tbsp heavy cream 1 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla 2 Tbsp butter 1 Tbsp...

Cherry Smash

Summary: (adapted from Delish.com) submitted by Monica Bianchi INGREDIENTS 1 cup pitted fresh Linden Bing cherries 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, plus 4 sprigs for garnish 8 teaspoons sugar 6 ounces (3/4 cup) dark rum 1/4 cup lime juice 3 cups cherry-flavored seltzer or...

Butternut Squash Soup

INGREDIENTS 1 large yellow onion, chopped 4 tbsp. butter 6 cups butternut squash, cubed and steamed (about two squash) 2 quarts (64 oz.) chicken broth 1 tsp. ground ginger 1 tsp. ground poultry seasoning ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp pepper 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional) 8...

Busy Mom’s Bruchetta

INGREDIENTS Pint of Cherry tomatoes Tablespoon of Minced garlic Small palm full of freeze dried basil – next best thing to fresh! Heavy drizzle of both high quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar Sliced baguette Goat Cheese INSTRUCTIONS Heat oven to 350 degrees Slice...

Basil and Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken

Summary: Features California farm fresh chicken. This recipe was contributed by Carol Martin. This recipe is a favorite in the Martin family. Easy . . . but always popular! Makes 4 servings. INGREDIENTS 4 chicken breasts, boned and skinned 4 tsp. Dijon mustard 4 thin...

Baked Asparagus

Summary: Features California grown asparagus. This recipe was submitted by Ken Oneto. INGREDIENTS 1 bunch fresh asparagus 2 Tbsp Olive Oil salt and freshly ground black pepper INSTRUCTIONS Dip or rub asparagus spears in olive oil. Lightly salt and pepper each spear....

Baja Grilled Corn on the Cob

INGREDIENTS 4 ears corn 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 1/2 cups sour cream 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves INSTRUCTIONS Mix mayonaise, sour cream and cilantro in a bowl Remove the husks of the corn and grill on a hot grill until slightly charred on all sides. Hot off...

Artichoke Hor d’Ouerves

Recipe: Artichoke Hor d’Ouerves Summary: Features California grown artichokes. This recipe was submitted by Carol Martin. It’s been a family favorite since the early 70’s. INGREDIENTS 4 eggs salt and pepper dash of Tabasco 12 saltine crackers, crumbled ½ lb. Sharp...

Almond Crusted Salmon

Summary: This recipe is from Jeani Ferrari. INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup almonds, chopped 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley 1 tsp grated lemon peel Salt, ground black pepper 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 8 oz. skinless salmon filet 2 eggs, separate egg whites, discard yolks. Beat egg...

Almond Biscotti

INGREDIENTS 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour 1 ½ cups sugar 1 ½ tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 2 eggs 2 egg yolks 6 Tbsp. butter, melted 1 ½ tsp. finely shredded orange or lemon peel (optional) 1 cup coarsely chopped almonds INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees....

5 Tips for the Perfect Burger

Recipe: 5 Tips for the Perfect Burger Wheres the Beef? What meat makes the best burger? Douglas Keane of Cyrus and the Healdsburg Bar & Grill, Healdsburg, CA uses 70% lean beef and says it is a marked improvement over 80% lean. Definitely, do not use a very lean...