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Sponsoring some of Canada’s ultimate athletic talent

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What do high-performance athletes need to keep functioning at their very best? I don’t know! But I DO know that these four athletes are eating good quality, nutritious food, care of Rancho Vignola and for them it seems to be working!

Here at Rancho Vignola, we know that food should be fun, nutritious and shared. But these very good friends, with their physically demanding lives, also need food for FUEL.
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Sesame Snack Bars

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Fall is fast approaching, the weather is starting to change and summer farmer’s markets will be closed before we know it. Not to mention the new school year is just around the corner.

As many people are now getting busier, including us at Rancho Vignola, it gets more tempting to buy quick snacks from the grocery or health food store that might not be so great for us.

These very tasty bars are quick and easy to make, you can throw them in the freezer and take them out as needed. Kids love them (as do adults) and they’re a great way to get seeds and nuts into your family’s diet.

I hope you enjoy these bars as much as I, and many others, have!
Read more on “Sesame Snack Bars” »

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Honey Roasted Walnuts: a sweet treat or salad addition

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DSC_0025--sqWith the current popularity of candied pecans, I have found walnuts to be often overlooked as a wonderful alternative. Walnuts have the highest amount of omega-3 fatty acids in comparison to other nuts and are very high in antioxidants, protein, fibre, magnesium, phosphorous and many other important nutrients.

As a walnut lover (fresh-crop only!), I find myself often looking for ways to incorporate these tasty and nutritious nuts into more of my meals. Living in the Okanagan in the heat of summer, I find myself eating lots of salads and love a bit of crunch on them, thus bringing me to start experimenting in the kitchen with walnuts. This recipe is the result of my experiments.
Read more on “Honey Roasted Walnuts: a sweet treat or salad addition” »

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Rancho’s Coco Maple Granola ~ tried, tested and true!

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This recipe for Rancho’s Coco Maple Granola is totally flexible. Feel free to play around with your own combinations of dried fruit, nuts and seeds.

Besides breakfast and/or snacks, take this granola hiking, camping or backpacking. It’s lightweight, high in calories and easy to store, similar to trail mix and muesli.

Try it in combination with yogurt, honey, strawberries, bananas, dairy milk, almond or soya milk, blueberries and/or other forms of cereal. It can also serve as a topping for various types of pastries and/or desserts. Granola is great for improving digestion!
Read more on “Rancho’s Coco Maple Granola ~ tried, tested and true!” »

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Macadamia… the flavourful “crunch” with Antje Schirwinsky

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Antje-sqHaving guest chefs in the Rancho Kitchen is only getting more exciting for our team at Rancho Vignola… the refreshing energy and enthusiasm that our guests bring is so inspiring!

The feature guest in our latest video is Antje Schirwinsky of Crush Bistro in Vernon, BC. With their elegant and original menu, wonderfully paired with wines of the Okanagan and abroad, Crush Bistro really adds some class and sophistication to the Vernon dining experience. Sustainable, organic choices are made by the chefs whenever possible and the menu is light and playful, with something for everyone.
Read more on “Macadamia… the flavourful “crunch” with Antje Schirwinsky” »

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Snacking: The good, the bad and the HEALTHY!

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We are programmed throughout our lives to think that three meals a day is the norm and we don’t need any more or less than that. But realistically, many of us like to snack between meals, or sometimes snack INSTEAD of meals. We shouldn’t shame ourselves for such actions, we are actually doing our body good by providing it with a consistent supply of food, fuelling our metabolism to keep us cruising through our busy lives. It is more about the type of fuel we decide to snack on that makes all the difference.
Read more on “Snacking: The good, the bad and the HEALTHY!” »

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Citrus Berry Iced Green Tea

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Physalis.

With the hot Okanagan summer looming before us, a recipe for a light, refreshing beverage is good to have on hand. This recipe is simple, very refreshing and lovely to sip on a hot afternoon. Golden Incan berries.

Golden Inca berries have many other names. They are sometimes called ground cherries, bladder berries, winter berries, cape gooseberries ~ phew, these little guys get around! I have often seen the ripe Inca berries used as a garnish in restaurants. They taste quite sweet when they are fresh and slightly more citrus-flavoured when dried. They blend very nicely with honey-sweetened green iced tea, and these precious little jewels contain vitamin B12 and protein! This is rare for the fruit/veggie world, which is one reason why I think they are so special.
Read more on “Citrus Berry Iced Green Tea” »

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Pecan Garlic Paté

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To add to our ever-growing video series, here is yet another great video from our Rancho Kitchen.

Pecan Garlic Paté is a great potluck dish or an awesome dinner party starter.

Serves well with raw veggies or crackers AND makes a mean sandwich spread! Don’t have pecans? Walnuts work great too!

This recipe has lots of garlic, so go ahead and tone it down if you need to.
Read more on “Pecan Garlic Paté” »

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Richard and me talkin’ the talk

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Richard Vignola.Today, Richard Vignola and I headed to Kelowna to chat with some kids about eating great food! We were graciously invited by Central Programs & Services school to spend a bit of time sharing our passion for food and how it has enhanced our lives. Both Richard and I had our little stories to tell and we really enjoyed how the kids received us.

One of the things that I felt really resonated with these kids is when Richard talked about how food really is the true connection to community. When sharing food, we really are connected to one another and that inspires us to be better people. It was great to see the class enjoy the snacks we brought and boisterously interact with us.
Read more on “Richard and me talkin’ the talk” »

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Ricardo’s Candied Pecans

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Ricardo, Sue and Sue.VIN-YO-LA is not only the surname of Richard and Sue Vignola, it is also a city in the province of Modena, Italy. So inviting an Italian chef up to La Cucina Rancho (the Rancho Kitchen) seemed like a great way to celebrate some Italian heritage. We invited Ricardo and Sue of Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen to spend the afternoon enjoying the finer things in life: food and wine!

In 2001, Ricardo and Sue opened Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen in beautiful Lake Country, BC. Building on Ricardo’s Italian heritage, many of the dishes are inspired by Ricardo’s own mother’s recipes. In 2006, Ricardo’s parents Giuseppe and Concetta moved to the Okanagan and have been involved with the restaurant’s daily operations ever since. Ricardo’s father grows much of the fresh produce and his mother helps perfect the traditional Italian flavours for many of the dishes. With Sue as the talented and enthusiastic “hostess with the mostess,” and three of their children also working in the restaurant, Ricardo’s is a true family establishment. Always a Rancho favourite for some real food and a good time!
Read more on “Ricardo’s Candied Pecans” »

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Sponsoring some of Canada’s ultimate athletic talent

Posted by & filed under article.

What do high-performance athletes need to keep functioning at their very best? I don’t know! But I DO know that these four athletes are eating good quality, nutritious food, care of Rancho Vignola and for them it seems to be working!

Here at Rancho Vignola, we know that food should be fun, nutritious and shared. But these very good friends, with their physically demanding lives, also need food for FUEL.
Read more on “Sponsoring some of Canada’s ultimate athletic talent” »

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


Sesame Snack Bars

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

DSC_0450

Fall is fast approaching, the weather is starting to change and summer farmer’s markets will be closed before we know it. Not to mention the new school year is just around the corner.

As many people are now getting busier, including us at Rancho Vignola, it gets more tempting to buy quick snacks from the grocery or health food store that might not be so great for us.

These very tasty bars are quick and easy to make, you can throw them in the freezer and take them out as needed. Kids love them (as do adults) and they’re a great way to get seeds and nuts into your family’s diet.

I hope you enjoy these bars as much as I, and many others, have!
Read more on “Sesame Snack Bars” »

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Honey Roasted Walnuts: a sweet treat or salad addition

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DSC_0025--sqWith the current popularity of candied pecans, I have found walnuts to be often overlooked as a wonderful alternative. Walnuts have the highest amount of omega-3 fatty acids in comparison to other nuts and are very high in antioxidants, protein, fibre, magnesium, phosphorous and many other important nutrients.

As a walnut lover (fresh-crop only!), I find myself often looking for ways to incorporate these tasty and nutritious nuts into more of my meals. Living in the Okanagan in the heat of summer, I find myself eating lots of salads and love a bit of crunch on them, thus bringing me to start experimenting in the kitchen with walnuts. This recipe is the result of my experiments.
Read more on “Honey Roasted Walnuts: a sweet treat or salad addition” »

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Rancho’s Coco Maple Granola ~ tried, tested and true!

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

DSC_0056-sq

This recipe for Rancho’s Coco Maple Granola is totally flexible. Feel free to play around with your own combinations of dried fruit, nuts and seeds.

Besides breakfast and/or snacks, take this granola hiking, camping or backpacking. It’s lightweight, high in calories and easy to store, similar to trail mix and muesli.

Try it in combination with yogurt, honey, strawberries, bananas, dairy milk, almond or soya milk, blueberries and/or other forms of cereal. It can also serve as a topping for various types of pastries and/or desserts. Granola is great for improving digestion!
Read more on “Rancho’s Coco Maple Granola ~ tried, tested and true!” »

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Macadamia… the flavourful “crunch” with Antje Schirwinsky

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

Antje-sqHaving guest chefs in the Rancho Kitchen is only getting more exciting for our team at Rancho Vignola… the refreshing energy and enthusiasm that our guests bring is so inspiring!

The feature guest in our latest video is Antje Schirwinsky of Crush Bistro in Vernon, BC. With their elegant and original menu, wonderfully paired with wines of the Okanagan and abroad, Crush Bistro really adds some class and sophistication to the Vernon dining experience. Sustainable, organic choices are made by the chefs whenever possible and the menu is light and playful, with something for everyone.
Read more on “Macadamia… the flavourful “crunch” with Antje Schirwinsky” »

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Snacking: The good, the bad and the HEALTHY!

Posted by & filed under article.

We are programmed throughout our lives to think that three meals a day is the norm and we don’t need any more or less than that. But realistically, many of us like to snack between meals, or sometimes snack INSTEAD of meals. We shouldn’t shame ourselves for such actions, we are actually doing our body good by providing it with a consistent supply of food, fuelling our metabolism to keep us cruising through our busy lives. It is more about the type of fuel we decide to snack on that makes all the difference.
Read more on “Snacking: The good, the bad and the HEALTHY!” »

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


Citrus Berry Iced Green Tea

Posted by & filed under recipe.

Physalis.

With the hot Okanagan summer looming before us, a recipe for a light, refreshing beverage is good to have on hand. This recipe is simple, very refreshing and lovely to sip on a hot afternoon. Golden Incan berries.

Golden Inca berries have many other names. They are sometimes called ground cherries, bladder berries, winter berries, cape gooseberries ~ phew, these little guys get around! I have often seen the ripe Inca berries used as a garnish in restaurants. They taste quite sweet when they are fresh and slightly more citrus-flavoured when dried. They blend very nicely with honey-sweetened green iced tea, and these precious little jewels contain vitamin B12 and protein! This is rare for the fruit/veggie world, which is one reason why I think they are so special.
Read more on “Citrus Berry Iced Green Tea” »

Tags: , , , , , , ,


Pecan Garlic Paté

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

Screen-Shot-2013-04-08-at-11.13.26-AM-sq

To add to our ever-growing video series, here is yet another great video from our Rancho Kitchen.

Pecan Garlic Paté is a great potluck dish or an awesome dinner party starter.

Serves well with raw veggies or crackers AND makes a mean sandwich spread! Don’t have pecans? Walnuts work great too!

This recipe has lots of garlic, so go ahead and tone it down if you need to.
Read more on “Pecan Garlic Paté” »

Tags: , , , , , , , ,


Richard and me talkin’ the talk

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Richard Vignola.Today, Richard Vignola and I headed to Kelowna to chat with some kids about eating great food! We were graciously invited by Central Programs & Services school to spend a bit of time sharing our passion for food and how it has enhanced our lives. Both Richard and I had our little stories to tell and we really enjoyed how the kids received us.

One of the things that I felt really resonated with these kids is when Richard talked about how food really is the true connection to community. When sharing food, we really are connected to one another and that inspires us to be better people. It was great to see the class enjoy the snacks we brought and boisterously interact with us.
Read more on “Richard and me talkin’ the talk” »

Tags: , , , ,


Ricardo’s Candied Pecans

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

Ricardo, Sue and Sue.VIN-YO-LA is not only the surname of Richard and Sue Vignola, it is also a city in the province of Modena, Italy. So inviting an Italian chef up to La Cucina Rancho (the Rancho Kitchen) seemed like a great way to celebrate some Italian heritage. We invited Ricardo and Sue of Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen to spend the afternoon enjoying the finer things in life: food and wine!

In 2001, Ricardo and Sue opened Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen in beautiful Lake Country, BC. Building on Ricardo’s Italian heritage, many of the dishes are inspired by Ricardo’s own mother’s recipes. In 2006, Ricardo’s parents Giuseppe and Concetta moved to the Okanagan and have been involved with the restaurant’s daily operations ever since. Ricardo’s father grows much of the fresh produce and his mother helps perfect the traditional Italian flavours for many of the dishes. With Sue as the talented and enthusiastic “hostess with the mostess,” and three of their children also working in the restaurant, Ricardo’s is a true family establishment. Always a Rancho favourite for some real food and a good time!
Read more on “Ricardo’s Candied Pecans” »

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