Let’s Make Pickles!


Learn to make delicious pickles! These lacto-fermented pickled cucumbers and green beans make tasty snacks or finger food. My family loves them! They are a nutritious snack packed with probiotics for health and enzymes that enhance digestion. And they are easy to make! Lacto-fermented, or cultured, vegetables and condiments are a great way to get plenty of beneficial “good” bacteria into your digestive system.

Sunday, July 12, 1:00 to 4:00 PM in Jamul.

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Let’s Make Super Salads!

Opening Class, Nancy


We had a wonderful morning at the Ranch last Saturday, learning to make delicious salads.

Chef Nancy introduced us to a variety of tasty salads for various occasions. For example, a tabouli salad with feta cheese would be perfect for a summer luncheon entrée. A side salad of marinated black-eyed peas and sun-dried tomatoes would go with any entree. We also learned the secrets to creating family pleasing homemade salad dressings.

Nancy also shared this important information about purchasing produce and choosing oils.

Grating CarrotsPeeling TangerinesNancy Chopping Onions


Then came a tour of the beautiful garden at the Ranch.

Garden Tour


Last, we had a yummy lunch of salads, bread, and dessert.

Finished salads

 Salad recipes:

Arranged Salad      Home Fermented Giardineira       Black-eyed Pea Salad

Cabbage Salad with Jewels      Corn Relish      Raw Beet and Kale Salad    Tabouli







Making Soup at the Ranch

Curried Winter Squash SoupIf you had walked past the ranch kitchen on Saturday morning, you would have heard lots of chopping, talking, and laughing. The Hearty Soup Class was happening. Aromas were intense and inviting. This fun class was followed by a tour of the garden and a lovely lunch of four different soups, salad, corn bread and sourdough bread. Hope you can join us next time!

Soup Prep 1 soup class 2soup class 3

Here are the delicious recipes from this class:

Cream of Broccoli            Split Pea ala Crockpot            Winter Squash Soup

Fiesta Chicken Soup          Honey Baked Apples

Italian Balsamic Salad Dressing and Za’atar & Tahini Salad Dressing