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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!” »


Announcing Rancho Vignola’s Online Harvest Event in December!

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It’s December already and that means it’s time for Rancho Vignola’s final Harvest Event of the season! On now until the 15th of December, don’t miss this final opportunity of the year to purchase Rancho Vignola’s fresh nuts, new crop dried fruit and fine confection. This annual event has no ordering minimum!

LAST DAY TO ORDER: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15
We have a great variety of items available, including Rancho’s own certified organic mixes and some delicious treats from our hand-made Gourmet Gifts selection. In keeping with the holiday season, we’re offering special discounts on Gourmet Gifts as follows:
Read more on “Announcing Rancho Vignola’s Online Harvest Event in December!” »


Sue’s Savoury Nuts

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Have you ever had a potluck to go to and you just can’t find something simple to make? Or maybe you are having folks over for dinner and you want to have some snacks out for people to enjoy before the meal. Either of these issues can be solved with this one, simple little recipe!

Sue Vignola is a master of this recipe! She has proven dozens of times that these nuts are tried and true! You can use any kind of nut you would like, but almonds are a great way to get the flavours just right.

Click this link to see the YouTube video of how to make Sue’s Savoury Nuts.


Job fair day!

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We have a bustling warehouse on our hands right now. Hair-netted workers are busily packaging and boxing products to be shipped across Canada and sold at our retail events. On Tuesday, October 16th we held a job fair to help acquire all the new staff we need to get this big job done. We have about six weeks to coordinate thousands of wholesale orders and seven Harvest Events. It is fun, but intense!

Every fall, we take all of your wholesale orders in September just before harvest, place our orders with our growers and processors, then have all the products shipped to us in Armstrong, BC. So before October our warehouse is empty… REALLY empty! Since many of the crops are harvested in the fall, we often have to wait a little while before they come off the trees and are dried or shelled, and ready to go. Read more on “Job fair day!” »



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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!” »


Announcing Rancho Vignola’s Online Harvest Event in December!

Posted by & filed under article.

It’s December already and that means it’s time for Rancho Vignola’s final Harvest Event of the season! On now until the 15th of December, don’t miss this final opportunity of the year to purchase Rancho Vignola’s fresh nuts, new crop dried fruit and fine confection. This annual event has no ordering minimum!

LAST DAY TO ORDER: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15
We have a great variety of items available, including Rancho’s own certified organic mixes and some delicious treats from our hand-made Gourmet Gifts selection. In keeping with the holiday season, we’re offering special discounts on Gourmet Gifts as follows:
Read more on “Announcing Rancho Vignola’s Online Harvest Event in December!” »


Sue’s Savoury Nuts

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

Have you ever had a potluck to go to and you just can’t find something simple to make? Or maybe you are having folks over for dinner and you want to have some snacks out for people to enjoy before the meal. Either of these issues can be solved with this one, simple little recipe!

Sue Vignola is a master of this recipe! She has proven dozens of times that these nuts are tried and true! You can use any kind of nut you would like, but almonds are a great way to get the flavours just right.

Click this link to see the YouTube video of how to make Sue’s Savoury Nuts.


Job fair day!

Posted by & filed under article.

We have a bustling warehouse on our hands right now. Hair-netted workers are busily packaging and boxing products to be shipped across Canada and sold at our retail events. On Tuesday, October 16th we held a job fair to help acquire all the new staff we need to get this big job done. We have about six weeks to coordinate thousands of wholesale orders and seven Harvest Events. It is fun, but intense!

Every fall, we take all of your wholesale orders in September just before harvest, place our orders with our growers and processors, then have all the products shipped to us in Armstrong, BC. So before October our warehouse is empty… REALLY empty! Since many of the crops are harvested in the fall, we often have to wait a little while before they come off the trees and are dried or shelled, and ready to go. Read more on “Job fair day!” »