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Cloé’s Dark Chocolate Incan Berry Florentines

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Cloé Bailey Vignola.

Cloé Bailey Vignola.

Meet Cloé Bailey Vignola.

Cloé has such a flair for food. She takes such care and enjoyment in preparing beautiful creations to then share with friends and family.

Having grown up in Montreal, and having lived in Paris for more than 10 years, Cloé is particularly drawn to making lovely, simple French cuisine.

This recipe has many steps, but Cloé explains very well how to prepare florentines at home without too much fuss or worry.
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From the archives: Mysteries of the cashew

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We call them cashews nuts, but they are actually seeds! They are the seed of the cashew fruit, and it’s a big deal to make them edible.

Yup, you read that right: cashews are not edible right off the tree. The fruit is, but the “seeds” must be processed first.

You wouldn’t die if you ate a cashew straight from the tree ∼ in fact, we have a co-worker who has eaten quite a few like this, but he doesn’t recommend it. He suffered from quite the tummy ache for a few WEEKS afterwards.
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Roasted Beet Salad

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DSC_0613R-527x351-sqI love beets, they’re a tasty root vegetable I enjoy throughout the year thanks to how well they keep over the winter. This is a great dinner salad that I often make extra of to keep aside for lunch the next day. If you do put some aside, remember to keep the nuts separate so they don’t become soggy.

I’ve enjoyed sharing this dish at dinners with family and friends. It’s always well-received!
Read more on “Roasted Beet Salad” »

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Mardelle’s Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

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Mardelle HansonMardelle Hanson is a long-time customer of ours, and a good friend of Sue and Richard Vignola.

You’ll love her biscotti recipe. Try it today!

FYI: Biscotti is the plural form of the mediaeval Latin word biscotto, meaning “twice-baked/cooked.” They were a valuable staple to the Roman legions because their shelf life was very long.
Read more on “Mardelle’s Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti” »

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Cashew Cream of Leek Soup

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Even though it’s now spring and the days and nights are getting warmer, there’s still time for a few more soups before it’s too hot out! This easy and tasty soup is great to try if you’re new (and even if you’re not) to using cashew cream instead of dairy for those creamy bases. Give this recipe a try and you won’t be disappointed!
Read more on “Cashew Cream of Leek Soup” »

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Our town, Armstrong, BC

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On May 3rd, Indra and I of  the “Rancho Team” attended the Armstrong/Spallumcheen Chamber Awards night. We were nominated for two awards: Manufacturer of the Year and the Green Community award, and were up against some serious competition!

We didn’t win, but we sure had a great time!

Here are a few shots of our evening and of the business community in Armstrong, BC that we are so proud to be a part of. Read more on “Our town, Armstrong, BC” »

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From the archives: Brazil nuts

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Richard enjoying a fresh Brazil nut.

Richard enjoying a fresh Brazil nut.

In 2012, Richard Vignola made an epic trip into the depths of the Amazon jungle to see what the Brazil nut harvest looked like. What an adventure he had. A journey never to be forgotten.

Brazil nuts are fascinating! Not only because they are such a large nut, but they also only grow in the Amazon rainforest and cannot be farmed. There is no such thing as a Brazil nut grove or orchard. The symbiosis between the Brazil nut trees and the Amazon is unbreakable, because of one little creature called an agouti. Check out this short video about why the agouti and the Brazil nut tree need each other to survive.
Read more on “From the archives: Brazil nuts” »

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Richard and the low-down on Breakfast Mix

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Even though breakfast is the most important meal of the day, for many of us, we just don’t make adequate time in the morning to nourish ourselves properly.

In this video, Richard explains a simple way to make a quick and nutritious breakfast for yourself or a whole family. Rancho Vignola proudly produces our own line of trail mixes that are unique, colourful and delicious. Our Breakfast Mix is the product of Richard’s experimenting with which nuts, seeds and dried fruit he loves on his morning oats. Containing all certified organic raisins, dried cranberries, baby native pecans, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds, this balanced mix meets a body’s requirements to start a good day.
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Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins: YUM!

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You can have muffins for breakfast, dessert, snacks or whenever you like to eat them; they’re delicious and everyone has a favourite.

These are one of my mine and I’ve made them often for myself, friends, family and co-workers. They’re always received with enthusiasm.

Careful when you start sharing them though, you’ll be asked to make more!
Read more on “Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins: YUM!” »

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Shanda’s Power Bars

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Shanda HillShanda Hill is not only an inspiring athlete, she also is an excellent vegetarian cook. Over the many years that Shanda has worked with Rancho Vignola, she has provided countless soups, casseroles, cakes, pastries and almost every Rancho product dipped in chocolate. Around this girl, no one will ever go hungry!

Thanks, Shanda, for your many talents and all that great food!
Read more on “Shanda’s Power Bars” »

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Cloé’s Dark Chocolate Incan Berry Florentines

Posted by & filed under recipe, video.

Cloé Bailey Vignola.

Cloé Bailey Vignola.

Meet Cloé Bailey Vignola.

Cloé has such a flair for food. She takes such care and enjoyment in preparing beautiful creations to then share with friends and family.

Having grown up in Montreal, and having lived in Paris for more than 10 years, Cloé is particularly drawn to making lovely, simple French cuisine.

This recipe has many steps, but Cloé explains very well how to prepare florentines at home without too much fuss or worry.
Read more on “Cloé’s Dark Chocolate Incan Berry Florentines” »

Tags: , , , ,


From the archives: Mysteries of the cashew

Posted by & filed under article.

We call them cashews nuts, but they are actually seeds! They are the seed of the cashew fruit, and it’s a big deal to make them edible.

Yup, you read that right: cashews are not edible right off the tree. The fruit is, but the “seeds” must be processed first.

You wouldn’t die if you ate a cashew straight from the tree ∼ in fact, we have a co-worker who has eaten quite a few like this, but he doesn’t recommend it. He suffered from quite the tummy ache for a few WEEKS afterwards.
Read more on “From the archives: Mysteries of the cashew” »

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Roasted Beet Salad

Posted by & filed under recipe.

DSC_0613R-527x351-sqI love beets, they’re a tasty root vegetable I enjoy throughout the year thanks to how well they keep over the winter. This is a great dinner salad that I often make extra of to keep aside for lunch the next day. If you do put some aside, remember to keep the nuts separate so they don’t become soggy.

I’ve enjoyed sharing this dish at dinners with family and friends. It’s always well-received!
Read more on “Roasted Beet Salad” »

Tags: , , , , , , , ,


Mardelle’s Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Posted by & filed under recipe, video.

Mardelle HansonMardelle Hanson is a long-time customer of ours, and a good friend of Sue and Richard Vignola.

You’ll love her biscotti recipe. Try it today!

FYI: Biscotti is the plural form of the mediaeval Latin word biscotto, meaning “twice-baked/cooked.” They were a valuable staple to the Roman legions because their shelf life was very long.
Read more on “Mardelle’s Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti” »

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Cashew Cream of Leek Soup

Posted by & filed under recipe.

Even though it’s now spring and the days and nights are getting warmer, there’s still time for a few more soups before it’s too hot out! This easy and tasty soup is great to try if you’re new (and even if you’re not) to using cashew cream instead of dairy for those creamy bases. Give this recipe a try and you won’t be disappointed!
Read more on “Cashew Cream of Leek Soup” »

Tags: , , , , , , ,


Our town, Armstrong, BC

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On May 3rd, Indra and I of  the “Rancho Team” attended the Armstrong/Spallumcheen Chamber Awards night. We were nominated for two awards: Manufacturer of the Year and the Green Community award, and were up against some serious competition!

We didn’t win, but we sure had a great time!

Here are a few shots of our evening and of the business community in Armstrong, BC that we are so proud to be a part of. Read more on “Our town, Armstrong, BC” »

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From the archives: Brazil nuts

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Richard enjoying a fresh Brazil nut.

Richard enjoying a fresh Brazil nut.

In 2012, Richard Vignola made an epic trip into the depths of the Amazon jungle to see what the Brazil nut harvest looked like. What an adventure he had. A journey never to be forgotten.

Brazil nuts are fascinating! Not only because they are such a large nut, but they also only grow in the Amazon rainforest and cannot be farmed. There is no such thing as a Brazil nut grove or orchard. The symbiosis between the Brazil nut trees and the Amazon is unbreakable, because of one little creature called an agouti. Check out this short video about why the agouti and the Brazil nut tree need each other to survive.
Read more on “From the archives: Brazil nuts” »

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,


Richard and the low-down on Breakfast Mix

Posted by & filed under article, recipe, video.

Even though breakfast is the most important meal of the day, for many of us, we just don’t make adequate time in the morning to nourish ourselves properly.

In this video, Richard explains a simple way to make a quick and nutritious breakfast for yourself or a whole family. Rancho Vignola proudly produces our own line of trail mixes that are unique, colourful and delicious. Our Breakfast Mix is the product of Richard’s experimenting with which nuts, seeds and dried fruit he loves on his morning oats. Containing all certified organic raisins, dried cranberries, baby native pecans, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds, this balanced mix meets a body’s requirements to start a good day.
Read more on “Richard and the low-down on Breakfast Mix” »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins: YUM!

Posted by & filed under recipe.

You can have muffins for breakfast, dessert, snacks or whenever you like to eat them; they’re delicious and everyone has a favourite.

These are one of my mine and I’ve made them often for myself, friends, family and co-workers. They’re always received with enthusiasm.

Careful when you start sharing them though, you’ll be asked to make more!
Read more on “Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins: YUM!” »

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,


Shanda’s Power Bars

Posted by & filed under recipe, video.

Shanda HillShanda Hill is not only an inspiring athlete, she also is an excellent vegetarian cook. Over the many years that Shanda has worked with Rancho Vignola, she has provided countless soups, casseroles, cakes, pastries and almost every Rancho product dipped in chocolate. Around this girl, no one will ever go hungry!

Thanks, Shanda, for your many talents and all that great food!
Read more on “Shanda’s Power Bars” »

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