Showing posts from March, 2014

"Even when they have nothing, the Irish emit a kind of happiness, a joy" ~ Fiona Shaw

Today is the day to celebrate all things Irish, so in that spirit, I thought I'd add a modern spin on a recipe made in my family for probably over 100 years.  True, this Irish lass has reverted back to her farming roots, although we may be farming a different crop and drinking wine, not beer.  My ancestors would find the humor in the solid limestone rock in which our grapes and olive trees are planted.  However, we do honor our heritage daily and are extremely proud of the strides made by generation after generation.  So without further adieu, here is our take on an Irish favorite:

Irish SODA BREAD featuring oLIVE OIL Ingredients: ·1.5 cups flour ·1 cup buttermilk ·1.5 tsp of baking soda ·1 tsp salt ·1 sprinkle sea salt ·1 Tbsp of  Rancho AyO olive oil ·1 tsp of rosemary Directions ·Preheat oven to 425 degrees F; ·Mix dry ingredients together: flour, baking soda, 1 tsp. salt and rosemary; ·Add buttermilk and olive oil; fold into the flour mixture; ·Dust counter with flour and form ball of doug…

"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt." ~ Margaret Atwood

It was just two weeks ago that we could not walk from the house to the barn due to a severe storm that came through.  Even last evening, as we awaited sleep (one of us waited longer than the other), and the winds were so strong, it shook our interim residential quarters.  This author could not help but wonder, will anything grow this year?  And as morning broke and the sun rose, all of a sudden, it seemed as if the rancho was resplendent, courtesy of Spring.

Due to the current remodel construction at the ranch, the grounds manager and the product manager are both severely behind.  But didn't you get everything done during your niece's visit, when you powered through so much?  That was then, this is now.

So what's on tap, you ask?  Labeling the 2011 Cabernet, racking all of the 2013 and 2012 wines, bottling the 2013 olive oil, fine tuning and introducing some new and exciting rancho products -- which also need labeling and packaging, restocking all the products that were …