Fall Flavors

Ah, October. The leaves are changing color, the air is turning cool, apples and pumpkins abound, and nothing is better that the aromas and tastes of Fall Flavors.

We particularly like this recipe for ginger apple crisp from Whole Foods:

Apple Filling

  • 6 green apples, sliced but not peeled
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh, peeled ginger root, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/3 cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed to liquid

Topping

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For apple filling, toss apples with lemon juice. Stir in flour, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, salt and apple juice concentrate. Spread in an oiled 9×13-inch baking dish. Set aside. For topping, stir together flour, butter, syrup, nutmeg and almonds. Crumble topping over apple mixture, pressing it down gently. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until apples are bubbling and tender.

If you want to indulge in fall flavors without all the work in the kitchen, pick up a pumpkin spice latte and check our favorite Fall Flavors To Go picks:

Maple Pecans – Made with all natural mammoth pecans and real maple syrup http://www.tornranch.com/maple-glazed-pecans.html .

Cinnamon Spiced Pecans – A touch of sugar, butter and cinnamon make these all natural treats highly addictive http://www.tornranch.com/mashuga-nuts-large-tin.html .

And, extra yummy with your hot cup of coffee or tea, turn it up a notch with Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels http://www.tornranch.com/dark-chocolate-caramels-with-sea-salt.html.

Enjoy the feeling of Fall and the unbelievably amazing taste of Fall flavors!

Torn Ranch

 FALL

Host a Wine Tasting

California’s wine harvest is well underway. In fact, it came early this year due to very warm weather. Communities and individuals alike celebrate the abundance of another bountiful harvest with the anticipation of the next vintage release. One way to partake in the celebration of harvest is to host a wine tasting party. Impress your guests with your wine knowledge, and inclination for entertaining at the same time.

Ask each guest to bring a bottle of wine in a paper bag. As guests arrive with their brown bag wine ,mark each bag with a number. Down the center of the table display live aromas. Live aromas are items that highlight components found in wine. For example, chardonnay aromas would include green apples, citrus fruit and vanilla beans, and for red wine aromas include cherries, chocolate and pepper. Fill a glass or small bowl with each aroma. (Tip – Cut up fresh fruits to amplify the aroma.) Guests will be able to smell each live aroma to help identify aromas and flavors in the wine.

Invite guests to taste the individual brown bag wines and rank them.

After each guest has had the opportunity to taste each wine and evaluate, reveal the wines and ask your guests to share some of their observations.

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Leave a comment here telling us how your party went. We can’t wait to hear about it!

Labor Day Grilling Tips

Summer is quickly coming to an end. If you haven’t perfected your grilling techniques, we have some tips and recipes that will WOW your Labor Day BBQ friends.

Grilling Tips

Grilling is all about heat and there are two methods of grilling: direct and indirect heat.

Direct Grilling is best suited for foods that are tender, small or thin, and cook quickly.  Food is placed directly above the heat source. The high heat produces foods with a smoky flavor. Direct grilling can be done with the cover up or down.  A closed cover mimics an oven, allowing larger foods to cook slower and imparts a smoky flavor.

Indirect Grilling means placing the food adjacent to the fire. This can be achieved by igniting only some of the burners on a gas grill. The grill cover must be down. Indirect grilling allows you to roast large or fatty cuts of meat without burning them. This is also the preferred grilling method for whole birds, ribs, whole fish or whole vegetables.

Tip – When indirect grilling, resist lifting the cover to peek inside; uncovering allows the heat to escape. It is best to use a thermometer to test whether meat and poultry are properly cooked.

Rub for any meat

2 tablespoons white sugar

2 tablespoons salt

1 tablespoon paprika

2 tablespoons mustard powder

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 pinch dried oregano

1 pinch dried thyme

You will need 1.5 – 2 tablespoons of dry rub for each pound of meat you will be seasoning. Mix together the ingredients for the rub and apply. The easiest way to do this is with your bare hands. Make sure to get the rub into all of the crevices. We like to pierce the meat all over and press some rub into the holes that we created. It makes for an extra burst of flavor after it is cooked. After you’ve applied the rub, wrap the meat tightly in plastic wrap and leave it in in the fridge for at least an hour before you place the meat on the grill.

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With these easy mouthwatering tips, you can deem yourself the Grill Master this Labor Day weekend!!

Happy Grilling!

Torn Ranch

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Throughout the years your dad has probably been a carpenter (building your tree fort), fearless (chasing away the boogie man), confident (telling him all your secrets), disciplinarian (just wait until your father comes home), and your biggest cheerleader (telling you “you can do anything you put your mind to”), backyard chef (creating your favorite meals on the BBQ), sports authority (providing you the ins and outs of golf, football and baseball).

Show DAD how much you love and appreciate him by creating the perfect Father’s Day gift! A collage of pictures that shows DAD in all his glory!

  • Pick out pictures that best shows what DAD means to you
  • Create an electronic or a handmade collage
    • A frame collage with you as the center picture (you of course are the apple of Dad’s eye)
    • A poster board collage
    • A printed collage in a beautiful frame – include some of DAD’s favorite sayings

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Combine your perfect Father’s Day Collage with some of Dad’s favorite snacks; try our Torn Ranch Caddy Snacks which includes generous portions of Berry Healthy Mix, Berry Blossom Trail Mix, and our Barbeque Mix.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day Breakfast

When you begin to prepare for Mother’s Day the key is to think like mom. Mother’s attention to detail is only matched by her bionic vision. Like the moment when you are doing something wrong and she catches you from the other room. Or the time she told you to “knock it off” as her back is turned. In addition to her super human powers, Moms are compassionate. Moms are in-home nurses, party planners, soccer coaches and counselors. There is nothing that Moms can’t or won’t do for you. So this Mother’s Day take the time to acknowledge the amazingness that is MOM. Give the special Mom in your life a memorable Mother’s Day Breakfast. The following steps might help:

  • Remember that Mom is always up before you getting breakfast started, so make sure to set your alarm early to ensure you are up first.
  • Start a nice big pot of coffee, allowing the smell of her favorite caffeinated beverage to waft down the hall and tickle her nose as a gentle wake up call.
  • There is an art form to setting the table and Mom has mastered it. Linens! Super important – place a beautiful table cloth on the table with the matching linen napkins. Maybe your mom has some antique china or other dishes that she likes to use on special occasions. Finally, Mom loves flowers! Whether you’ve cut them from the flower garden in the backyard or bought them at the store, arrange a beautiful bouquet in the middle of the table. And don’t forget to mark mom’s seat with Mother’s day cards.
  • The Menu:
    1. Lavender Mist Sparklers – http://goo.gl/Bk0cks
    2. Maple Pecan French Toast
      1. Take this Classic French Toast recipe http://goo.gl/F53038
      2. Finely chop Torn Ranch Maple Glazed Pecans
  • Soak bread in batter and dredge in pecans before placing in the skillet.
  1. Asparagus Quiche – This is a great dish that can be made a day ahead of time and reheated for an easy, enjoyable morning with Mom and without a lot of clean up http://goo.gl/Aj0l6D
  2. Strawberries and Cream – http://goo.gl/zPMhON
  • Enjoy!!!

This will be a Mother’s Day she will cherish forever. Happy Mother’s Day!

Spring fever is upon us!

Are you in the midst of Spring Fever?  The sun is shining between the spring showers that are certain to bring us beautiful May flowers!

Time to get out and spend time in the sun…hiking, finding new trails and experiencing the most amazing season of renewal!

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Power your hikes with our Berry Blossom Trail Mix or our Jumbo Mixed Nuts, both are bursting with power ingredients to fuel your greatest adventures! Both products come in a convenient Grab and Go bag!

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Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”  ~Robin Williams

Kahlua Maple Glazed Pecan Brown Sugar Baked Brie

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We came across this great recipe for the holidays, take a look:

Ingredients

  • 1 whole wheel of Brie (19 ounces)
  • 1 cup Kahlua
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped Torn Ranch maple glazed pecans
  • Serve with water crackers
  • Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Start by carefully slicing the rind off the top of the Brie wheel, but do not remove completely. Bake for 15 minutes. When the Brie is done baking, the top can be easily removed to expose the creamy cheese.
  • While the Brie is baking, in a medium saucepan, bring Kahlua and brown sugar to a boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until a syrupy consistency is made. Toss the Torn Ranch maple glazed pecans in for 2 minutes at the end to warm them through and completely cover with the sauce. Let cool for 5 – 10 minutes until sauce has thickened.
  • Remove the Brie from the oven (removing top rind) and pour Kahlua sauce over the Brie.
  • Serve warm with crackers.

Back to School!

With school back in full swing, it is often hard to find a quick, healthy and satisfying snack that your children that they will eat!

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We found some fun ideas such as these fun Fruit and Cheese Kabobs:

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For grab and go convenient ideas, Torn Ranch also has a cost effective and simple solution to the lunch box blues.

Pack our Gourmet to Go pouches with Berry Blossom Trail Mix, which includes:

Almonds, peanuts, Pepitas and sunflower seeds for protein and energy.

Golden Raisins, dried cranberries and dried cherries that provide energy, vitamins, minerals and fiber.

These Gourmet to Go bags are the perfect size for little fingers and has the perfect amount of food for little tummies!

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Delicious Curry Chicken with Cashews

Need a little spice in your day? Nothing spices up a day like curry! This curry chicken recipe from Epicurious will add the spice you are looking for and more.

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Ingredients

1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter

2 medium onions, finely chopped (2 cups)

2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled fresh ginger

3 tablespoons curry powder

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

1 (3 1/2- to 4-pound) chicken, cut into 10 serving pieces

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

3/4 cup cashews (1/4 pound) of Torn Ranch Jumbo Cashews

3/4 cup plain whole-milk yogurt

Accompaniment: cooked basmati or jasmine rice

Garnish: chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation

Heat butter in a 5- to 6-quart wide heavy pot over moderately low heat until foam subsides, then cook onions, garlic, and ginger, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add curry powder, salt, cumin, and cayenne and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add chicken and cook, stirring to coat, 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, including juice, and cilantro and bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through, about 40 minutes. (If making ahead, see cooks’ note, below.)

Just before serving:

Pulse cashews in a food processor or electric coffee/spice grinder until very finely ground, then add to curry along with yogurt and simmer gently, uncovered, stirring, until sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes. 

I Spy Giveaway

It’s Wednesday and time for another round of I Spy! Read the clue carefully below and check out our website to see if you can “spy” the item for a special prize.

They call me green, but I’m really brown.

I’m so good you will gobble me down.

Others like me have been called unhealthy,

But in antioxidants I am wealthy.

Can You Spy Me?!

The first person to correctly guess the answer will receive a complimentary tin of Mashuga Nuts in the flavor of your choice. Both the original Cinnamon Spiced Pecans and the new Double Chocolate Walnuts make a delicious and special snack. Named after the Yiddish word meshuga, meaning “crazy,” our Mashuga Nuts are so good you’ll go Mashuga for more!

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Disclaimer: Only one (1) prize per household within a six (6) month period.