Chef Michael Giletto Showcases Culinary Expertise & Christopher Ranch Love At James Beard Foundation

Give a warm welcome to guest blogger, Amber; my fellow cohort at the Ranch. I'm playing hooky from the blog today. Trying to find a way to get myself to Vancouver or New Orleans this weekend... ...more

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

Julie & Julia Round 3: Healthiest Garlic Pizza Ever

I absolutely love pizza. I mean, I luh-uhve pizza. Unfortunately, I largely attribute my 40-lb. weight gain in college to my incessant pizza crushing, so I'm always a little weary when I'm confronted with a big, greasy, cheesy, scrumptious slice. When it comes to pizza chowing, I'm akin to Old School's Frank the Tank - once I start, I can't stop. ...more

Happy Heart Month...Keep It Happy With California Heirloom Garlic

Valentines aren’t the only hearts receiving recognition throughout February. February, dubbed "American Heart Month" since 1963, is a month dedicated to raising awareness of heart health and mitigating cardiovascular disease; the number one killer in the U.S. ...more

Julie & Julia Round 2: Spicy California Gumbo

From time to time, I'm likeThe Beatles - I get by with a little help from my friends. ...more

Embarking On My Own Julie & Julia Quest; Cooking Through The Garlic Bible

Call me a copycat.  It's true; I deserve it. Though, in my defense, they say copying is the most sincere form of flattery. ...more

Chinese Garlic Prices Continue Spiking; Welcome News For California Growers

It’s been a Happy New Year for domestic garlic growers, thus far.  Entering 2010, Chinese garlic supplies have remained uncharacteristically low and prices abnormally high; fueling a domestic demand that hasn’t been this fervent for a while, thanks to cheap Chinese garlic swallowing the majority of the U.S. market in recent years. ...more

A Little Culinary Insight From Chef Heinz Lauer - Local, Artisan, Small Plates, Garlic, Las Vegas & More

If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone utter the word, “trend,” in the weeks leading up to 2010, well, you could dub me the new Warren Buffet.  ...more

Culinary New Year's Resolutions - More 2010 Trends & Christopher Ranch Still On Track

As 2009 nears its close, bracing to pass the baton to 2010, chefs and culinary experts alike are reflecting on 2009’s culinary influences and speculating about the impending year. California heirloom garlic, interestingly enough, is on par with the majority of emerging trends....more

Pizza Beer? Garlic, Oregano, Basil & Tomato Beer...A Suprising Hit.

Now, I love beer, and I love garlic, but, for reasons unknown, I have never considered combining the two. Turns out, somebody else came up with the brilliant idea. Chef Tom Seefurth is the brains behind Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer - - a light, 4.5%-alcohol beer, brewed using Christopher Ranch's California heirloom garlic, fresh basil, oregano and tomatoes. ...more