Culinary Students Win Big in Christopher Ranch Garlic Gridiron Challenge

Like the New Orleans Saints, the 2010 Super Bowl victor, Christopher Ranch Roasted Garlic & Blue Cheese Crab Dip scored the winning touchdown in this year’s Christopher Ranch Garlic Gridiron Challenge. ...more

Forever Young - Garlic Is Among 8 "Stay-Young Foods"

Move over Botox and facelifts. Hello, grapefruit, almonds, avocados and garlic. Why pay for chemicals and surgery, when there are various healthful foods and beverages that can also help prevent aging, in addition to strengthening your health, increasing your energy and improving your mood? ...more

"BRIX blasts" highlight produce at the peak of flavor

Flavor is a well-orchestrated symphony of the senses. Nothing beats the experience of sinking your teeth into a perfectly ripe strawberry or a nice juicy peach.  However, sometimes the senses fail us--ever felt the disappointment of  a piece of fruit that looks and smells exquisite, but just doesn’t taste as good as anticipated?  So how can you select fruit that will deliver mouth watering flavor, bite after bite, every time? Fortunately, we have another resource to support our pursuit of flavor…BRIX! ...more

California Heirloom Garlic Is Our Forte...Yet, We Dabble In Ginger, Basil, Pesto, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Peppers & More

Now, I don't typically use this blog as a blatant promotional tool for Christopher Ranch. Or, at least, I try not to. While, yes, the majority of posts do relate to fresh garlic in some manner, and consequently, Christopher Ranch, I do my best to avoid screaming - "use Christopher Ranch products - they're the best products EVER!" I try to utilize a little tact, which isn't always an easy thing for me to do. ...more

Make It A Great Day ~ Breakfast & California Heirloom Garlic

Garlic can make the difference in a good or a great day. I'm not suggesting that popping a clove in your mouth while donning your robe is going to make the sun rise, but I am a firm believer that the caliber of your breakfast helps dictate your day. (i.e. - is oatmeal or huevos rancheros going to put more pep in your step? If you cry oatmeal, you lie!) Unbeknownst to many, garlic is an exquisite breakfast ingredient. ...more

Recipes to Boost Brain (Including California Garlic), Breakfast With Jake & Reese

I had breakfast next to Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon yesterday. True, this has absolutely nothing to do with garlic or my post, but I can't stop thinking about it and thought it was a good attention grabber. Okay - it's out of my system. We can proceed. However, for all of you wondering, they are both as good looking - if not more so - than they appear on the big screen. Where was I? Oh, yes...back to California heirloom garlic. ...more

I Love The South, I Love Tailgating, I Love California Heirloom Garlic

 Ahh…..how I love the South’s hospitality and ambiance… It was evident when I first arrived in Knoxville, Tennessee yesterday, and my cab driver did three things you don’t find in LA: he helped me into the cab, called me ma’am (definitely not necessary, but very indicative of the South) and even engaged me in friendly conversation (beyond asking me where I was going and arguing about the rate). ...more

The Lifecycle of California Heirloom Garlic - A 9-Month Adventure

They say all good things must come to an end. That is definitely true when it comes to wrapping up harvest of Christopher Ranch’s California heirloom garlic. Sad face. Our harvest throughout California’s Central Valley is nearing a close, expected to wind down in late August or early September, after commencing in early June. Time sure does fly when you’re growing garlic. ...more

Education & Good Times At PMA's Foodservice Expo

This may surprise you, but every now and then, I run out of stimulating garlic thoughts. Or, as much as I hate to admit, I haven't had an experience worth mentioning - at least that's blog appropriate! That's why I invited my colleague, Amber Oliveira, who also works in marketing and sales at Christopher Ranch, to write a guest blog. Take it away, Amber! Monterey, Calif., typically known for its array of delicious, fresh fish, recently evolved into a produce town for a weekend, attracting some of the most insightful, influential produce industry members.  ...more

Christopher Ranch's Big Debut On Nesting Newbies

Can Christopher Ranch's California heirloom garlic help make the transition to a new living situation a little smoother? Perhaps, according to the new online series, Nesting Newbies (www.nestingnewbies.com), wherein Chef Lea McIntosh shares her cooking, entertaining and decorating expertise with newlyweds, those who are newly on their own and those who require a little assistance when it comes to cooking, entertaining and decorating their nests. ...more