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Grilled summer corn with feta cheese & dukkah

Originally Posted by Efrain Barragan on Monday, June 30, 2014

Recipe by Chef John McConnell

The 4th of July holiday always feels like the true start to summer and with that, summer eating! Ripe juicy tomatoes, herb-packed potato salads and fresh, sweet corn always fill our 4th of July picnic table. Here is a delicious way to prepare summer corn from Chef John McConnell using our hand blended Classic Hazelnut Dukkah. Chef John’s secret tip – always pick corn that is as freshly harvested as possible. Corn starts to convert its sugar to starch the minute it is harvested – so the fresher the corn, the sweeter the corn!.

• 4 ears of fresh corn
• 4oz butter, unsalted (room temperature)
• 2 TBSP Gary & Kit's Napa Valley Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 1 clove of garlic
• 1 lemon
• 4oz (or larger) package of feta cheese
• Fresh mint
• Gary & Kit’s Napa Valley - Classic Hazelnut Dukkah

Clean and shuck ears of corn and set aside. Preheat your grill or light your fire to begin your 4th of July grilling extraganza. For compound butter, take a stick of butter (4oz) and cut into smaller pieces. Clean one clove of garlic and set aside. Zest the skin of one lemon that you thoroughly washed and dried. Add zest of lemon, garlic clove and butter to a food processor and a pinch of salt. Process until mixture is smooth and garlic is chopped (you may have to scrape sides down with a spatula several times to get desired consistency). While motor is still running, emulsify olive oil into butter mixture until it is incorporated. Scoop butter mixture into a bowl using a spatula and set aside in fridge. Crumble cheese into smaller pieces and set aside.

Grill corn lightly. Brush liberally with compound butter. While holding husk end of corn, sprinkle feta cheese over corn while spinning. Season liberally with Dukkah and top corn with hand-torn mint leaves. Enjoy with friends and family and serve alongside your favorite 4th of July fare!


Originally Posted by Efrain Barragan on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Recipe and Photo by Kay Wilson

4 Tablespoons Gary & Kits Napa Valley Dill Dijon Mustard
½ cup salted butter, softened
1 baguette, cut into ¼ inch slices
1 pound smoked salmon, thinly sliced
Fresh dill

In a bowl, blend softened butter with mustard. Lightly toast baguette slices and allow to cool. Spread the toasts with mustard butter, top with smoked salmon and arrange on platter. Sprinkle with fresh dill and serve.


Originally Posted by Efrain Barragan on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Recipe and Photo by Kay Wilson

3 tbsp butter
1 small loaf brioche bread (½ lb)
1 small loaf French bread (½ lb)
½ cup Gary & Kit’s Napa Valley Meyer Lemon Marmalade
2 eggs and 2 additional egg yolks
½ cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
3 cups half-and-half
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter ramekins and set aside. Remove crust from loaves of bread. Cut bread into 1-inch cubes and spread onto a baking sheet. Toast until a light golden brown for about 20 minutes. Allow to cool, then place crumbs into a large mixing bowl. Heat marmalade and butter in a small sauce-pan until melted, add to bread cubes, gently toss and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, egg yolks, sugar, pinch of salt and vanilla extract. Heat the half-and-half in a medium saucepan until it begins to simmer, remove from heat and gradually add the half-and-half, whisking constantly.

Pour the custard over the bread cubes, lightly tossing to combine. Allow to sit for 30 minutes, occasionally pushing the bread cubes down into the custard with a spatula.

Heat water in a teakettle. Divide the bread-custard mixture into the buttered ramekins. Set the ramekins into a larger baking pan and place in oven, pour hot water from a teakettle carefully into pan so that the water comes up half way to the top of the ramekins. Bake for about 25 minutes (8 oz. ramekins~35 minutes) until the top of the puddings start to turn golden. Remove from oven and spoon a small amount of marmalade over top of each pudding and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Asparagus Mimosa with Classic Hazelnut Dukkah

Originally Posted by Efrain Barragan on Monday, March 10, 2014

Recipe and Photo by Kay Wilson

2 eggs, room temperature
1 lb asparagus, medium-size with tough ends trimmed
2 TBSP Gary and Kit’s Napa Valley Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea Salt and White Pepper, to taste
1 TBSP Gary and Kit’s Napa Valley Classic Hazelnut Dukkah

Let eggs sit at room temperature while bringing a pot of water to a boil. Turn the water down to a simmer and gently lower eggs into water with a slotted spoon. Simmer eggs for 9 minutes. Lift the eggs out of the water and plunge directly into ice water. After a few minutes, take the eggs out of the water and leave to cool down completely.

Peel eggs and grate them using the coarse side of a cheese grater. Cook asparagus in boiling water until it just turns bright green, about 2-3 minutes. Drain and, while still warm but not hot, toss asparagus in olive oil adding salt and white pepper to taste.

Plate the asparagus, piling the center of the stalks with grated egg and dukkah so that the tips and ends remain visible.

Dark Chocolate Almonds & Olive Oil Biscotti

Originally Posted by Efrain Barragan on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

If you joined us for our December wine club pickup party, you may have had the chance to try these delicious biscotti made with our Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds and olive oil. Perfect for holiday entertaining, we wanted to share this recipe with you from Kay Wilson. She does such a fabulous job bringing our products to life in new and interesting ways!


1 cup sugar
Zest from one small orange
2 eggs
3 tablespoons Gary & Kit’s Napa Valley Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup Gary & Kit’s Napa Valley Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds

Preheat oven to 375 F. Add sugar to the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Peel the zest of the orange onto the sugar being careful not to go to deep into the bitter white pith. Process the sugar until the zest is finely ground. Add the eggs, olive oil and extract to the orange sugar; process until combined and smooth. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and add to the top of the wet ingredients. Pulse until the mixture just comes together as a dough. Remove dough onto a floured surface and work the chocolate covered almonds into the dough by lightly folding and kneading. Divide the dough into two equal logs and place onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake 20-25 minutes until lightly golden brown and firm to touch. Remove to cooling rack. Once cool move the logs to a cutting board and make diagonal ½ inch slices using serrated knife. Place slices on cookie sheet and bake a second time about 5-10 minutes until crisp. Cool completely and store in an airtight container to maintain crispness.

Makes about 4 dozen small biscotti.

Celebrating the Holidays with Clif Family Winery

Originally Posted by Efrain Barragan on Monday, December 9, 2013

Here at Clif Family Winery we are always happy to share a few recipe ideas to add some cheer to your holidays. Over the next couple of weeks we will be sharing some of our favorites using ingredients from the farm and our Gary & Kit’s Napa Valley line of specialty foods. Happy Holidays!

A fantastic crop of figs harvested this year now has amazing flavor in our jars of Gary & Kit’s Napa Valley Fig Preserves. Inspired by its figgy goodness we created a simple Fig Balsamic Glaze that gives incredible flavor and beauty to a store bought ham.

Fig Balsamic Glaze
1 jar Gary & Kit’s Napa Valley Fig Preserves
2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
Fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Separate fig solids from the preserves using a fine mesh strainer. With a spoon press as much liquid from the solids as possible. Return clear preserves to jar (should have a little more than half a jar) and add balsamic vinegar and pepper to taste. (Reserve the fig solids for the chutney recipe below.)

Directions to glaze ham:
Purchase a ham that is fully cooked (the ham pictured is a bone-in Niman Ranch smoked ham)

Score a diamond pattern over the surface of the ham with a sharp knife. Poke whole cloves into the center of each diamond (more so for traditional good looks than flavor). Follow the heating directions on the label. In this case; placing the ham on a roasting rack, adding water to the bottom of the pan and tenting with foil and baking at 325F 10-12 minutes per pound. Once the ham has about 45 minutes of heating time remaining remove the foil and brush the surface with the fig glaze, and return it to oven and cook for 15 minutes. Repeat the glaze-and-cook 15 minute process three times until the ham is fully heated and the glaze gorgeous and glossy.

Cranberry, Fig and Ginger Chutney

Fresh cranberries, 1 bag (12oz)
Remaining fig solids from glaze
1” knob fresh ginger, peeled and
1 medium size shallot, minced
½ cup raisins
¼ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
½ cup Clif Family Winery Grenach Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Add all the ingredients to a heavy bottomed pan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to bring the mix to a simmer, and cook for 20-25 minutes until thickens some. Remove from heat and allow to cool before serving.

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