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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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Easy Peasy Cashew Gravy

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Well, now most folks will have their beautiful cashews at their fingertips! Maybe you want to impress some vegetarian friends? Or you are a vegetarian who didn’t know these precious little nuts are so versatile!

Cashew sorting.A good gravy can come in many forms, but the beauty of cashew gravy is that it is a flavour that really works with so many dishes. This gravy can be drizzled over a homemade curry, served with steamed vegetables, served with rice or potato dishes! The options are endless!

Take a moment and check this great video out that shows you how to make a simple, great-tasting Cashew Gravy!

~ Enjoy
Read more on “Easy Peasy Cashew Gravy” »

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Pickin’ apart the pantry

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The Vignola kitchen pantry with nifty pull-out drawers. *Smart*I am always a little jealous of people who have a great pantry. For me, it is such a selling point in a house. No pantry? No way! I have mostly been forced to make do with pantries in the houses I have lived in and have yet to have the  opportunity to design my dream pantry. Most pantries you see on TV (e.g. the Food Network) look like spotless dream havens of food storage, with pretty little jars neatly labelled. My reality is nothing like that! Mine’s more like elastic-band-clad plastic bags, mismatched jars with masking tape scribbled on once, then crossed out and scribbled on again, and strange concoctions of dehydrated goodies that only myself, the maker, can identify. That being said, about twice a year, I simply MUST go through my precious pantry and relabel, reuse and revamp every last item in it. This helps to keep my stock fresh and updates that running pantry list in my head so that I’m ready for any culinary adventure I take on.
Read more on “Pickin’ apart the pantry” »

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Some January inspiration found in the Rebar cookbook

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Golden beets and leeks.The snow is deep outside and my passion for cooking is totally inspired. My trip to the Winter Market in Vernon yesterday lit up my imagination for rich, thick root vegetables, stewed, roasted, simmered and warming to my winter mind. Last night I made what I call a “quick borscht” with sweet, golden beets and toasted caraway seeds. I call this quick borscht only because I grate the raw root veggies to speed up cooking time. Take your favourite borscht recipe and try grating the potatoes and beets. Of course the longer you simmer your flavours, the better the end product, but if you are in a hurry for a nutritious meal, use a good broth and grate your veggies. You will have just enough time for it to simmer as you assemble and bake some molasses cornbread with toasted walnuts to accompany it.
Read more on “Some January inspiration found in the Rebar cookbook” »

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**Cheers** to the new year

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Cyrus and Mattias.

As the new year rushes upon us, it is nice to reflect on the year past and set goals for the upcoming year. I visited new towns in BC and Alberta this year that I have never seen or been to before, met customers and new friends everywhere I went and I was once again blessed to spend my year working with the “Best of the New Crop.”

On December 15th this year, we had our Annual Donation Day. Which means we bagged and boxed literally tons of food to give away to various charities across BC and Alberta. We have done this now for years and it is always a day I look forward to.
Read more on “**Cheers** to the new year” »


Gluten-FREE Granola… just like Mom makes

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Last week my mom invited me over for a walk. I arrived at her house to the pleasant aroma of freshly-baked, homemade granola! Oh, what a smell! Ginger, cinnamon and maple syrup wafted warmly from the kitchen like nothing I have ever smelled before. The recipe had its humble beginnings in Alive magazine. But the photocopied, folded-up version my mom had in her possession had taken on many revisions AND she, like me, can never leave a recipe alone! We must always change something in it to make it our own. Now that she has perfected this recipe, I don’t feel I need to change a thing! This would make a beautiful homemade gift or just feed your family and friends over the holidays.
Read more on “Gluten-FREE Granola… just like Mom makes” »

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House warmings in warm houses with home-made date truffles

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It is the beginning of December… another season of sharing food. I had a house warming potluck to attend and  I needed to be inspired... I just love being welcomed into other folks’ homes to share food and company. Currently in Vernon, it is warm and quite sunny! A rare treat on a December day, usually the valley can be quite socked in this time of year, with thick heavy clouds. I didn’t feel like making something heavy and rich, I wanted to be refreshed with a dish that would be remembered.
Read more on “House warmings in warm houses with home-made date truffles” »

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The talented Chef Heidi Fink and her “nutty” giveaway!

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We have some incredible customers. The stories they tell of splitting up their wholesale orders every year are so delightful. One of our great customers is chef Heidi Fink of Victoria. Chef Heidi has an infectious personality and truly makes you love food and want to make it with passion and love.

Right now on chef Heidi’s blog, she is giving away one heck of a “nutty” deal. The Great Rancho Vignola Giveaway is a chance for one of YOU to receive a Gourmet Gift Basket from Rancho Vignola RIGHT before Christmas! To qualify for delivery, you must have a Canadian shipping address. Enter the draw in one of three ways:
Read more on “The talented Chef Heidi Fink and her “nutty” giveaway!” »



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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

Posted by & filed under article.

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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Easy Peasy Cashew Gravy

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

Well, now most folks will have their beautiful cashews at their fingertips! Maybe you want to impress some vegetarian friends? Or you are a vegetarian who didn’t know these precious little nuts are so versatile!

Cashew sorting.A good gravy can come in many forms, but the beauty of cashew gravy is that it is a flavour that really works with so many dishes. This gravy can be drizzled over a homemade curry, served with steamed vegetables, served with rice or potato dishes! The options are endless!

Take a moment and check this great video out that shows you how to make a simple, great-tasting Cashew Gravy!

~ Enjoy
Read more on “Easy Peasy Cashew Gravy” »

Tags: , , , , , ,


Pickin’ apart the pantry

Posted by & filed under article.

The Vignola kitchen pantry with nifty pull-out drawers. *Smart*I am always a little jealous of people who have a great pantry. For me, it is such a selling point in a house. No pantry? No way! I have mostly been forced to make do with pantries in the houses I have lived in and have yet to have the  opportunity to design my dream pantry. Most pantries you see on TV (e.g. the Food Network) look like spotless dream havens of food storage, with pretty little jars neatly labelled. My reality is nothing like that! Mine’s more like elastic-band-clad plastic bags, mismatched jars with masking tape scribbled on once, then crossed out and scribbled on again, and strange concoctions of dehydrated goodies that only myself, the maker, can identify. That being said, about twice a year, I simply MUST go through my precious pantry and relabel, reuse and revamp every last item in it. This helps to keep my stock fresh and updates that running pantry list in my head so that I’m ready for any culinary adventure I take on.
Read more on “Pickin’ apart the pantry” »

Tags: , , , , , , , ,


Some January inspiration found in the Rebar cookbook

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

Golden beets and leeks.The snow is deep outside and my passion for cooking is totally inspired. My trip to the Winter Market in Vernon yesterday lit up my imagination for rich, thick root vegetables, stewed, roasted, simmered and warming to my winter mind. Last night I made what I call a “quick borscht” with sweet, golden beets and toasted caraway seeds. I call this quick borscht only because I grate the raw root veggies to speed up cooking time. Take your favourite borscht recipe and try grating the potatoes and beets. Of course the longer you simmer your flavours, the better the end product, but if you are in a hurry for a nutritious meal, use a good broth and grate your veggies. You will have just enough time for it to simmer as you assemble and bake some molasses cornbread with toasted walnuts to accompany it.
Read more on “Some January inspiration found in the Rebar cookbook” »

Tags: , , , , , ,


**Cheers** to the new year

Posted by & filed under article.

Cyrus and Mattias.

As the new year rushes upon us, it is nice to reflect on the year past and set goals for the upcoming year. I visited new towns in BC and Alberta this year that I have never seen or been to before, met customers and new friends everywhere I went and I was once again blessed to spend my year working with the “Best of the New Crop.”

On December 15th this year, we had our Annual Donation Day. Which means we bagged and boxed literally tons of food to give away to various charities across BC and Alberta. We have done this now for years and it is always a day I look forward to.
Read more on “**Cheers** to the new year” »


Gluten-FREE Granola… just like Mom makes

Posted by & filed under recipe.

Last week my mom invited me over for a walk. I arrived at her house to the pleasant aroma of freshly-baked, homemade granola! Oh, what a smell! Ginger, cinnamon and maple syrup wafted warmly from the kitchen like nothing I have ever smelled before. The recipe had its humble beginnings in Alive magazine. But the photocopied, folded-up version my mom had in her possession had taken on many revisions AND she, like me, can never leave a recipe alone! We must always change something in it to make it our own. Now that she has perfected this recipe, I don’t feel I need to change a thing! This would make a beautiful homemade gift or just feed your family and friends over the holidays.
Read more on “Gluten-FREE Granola… just like Mom makes” »

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,


House warmings in warm houses with home-made date truffles

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

It is the beginning of December… another season of sharing food. I had a house warming potluck to attend and  I needed to be inspired... I just love being welcomed into other folks’ homes to share food and company. Currently in Vernon, it is warm and quite sunny! A rare treat on a December day, usually the valley can be quite socked in this time of year, with thick heavy clouds. I didn’t feel like making something heavy and rich, I wanted to be refreshed with a dish that would be remembered.
Read more on “House warmings in warm houses with home-made date truffles” »

Tags: , , , , , , , ,


The talented Chef Heidi Fink and her “nutty” giveaway!

Posted by & filed under article.

We have some incredible customers. The stories they tell of splitting up their wholesale orders every year are so delightful. One of our great customers is chef Heidi Fink of Victoria. Chef Heidi has an infectious personality and truly makes you love food and want to make it with passion and love.

Right now on chef Heidi’s blog, she is giving away one heck of a “nutty” deal. The Great Rancho Vignola Giveaway is a chance for one of YOU to receive a Gourmet Gift Basket from Rancho Vignola RIGHT before Christmas! To qualify for delivery, you must have a Canadian shipping address. Enter the draw in one of three ways:
Read more on “The talented Chef Heidi Fink and her “nutty” giveaway!” »