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Alice and cowsA few years back we made the decision to “go organic” as much as we possibly could with the food we eat.  It has been a pretty easy thing to do with a Trader Joe’s around the corner and a fabulous garden in our yard.  The only challenge I was really facing was in buying meat.  Finding organic, free range chicken hasn’t been a problem, they even sell it at Costco now.  My dilemma was in finding organic, free range, 100% grass fed beef in the stores and at a price we could actually afford.  Our solution: find a ranch and purchase our organic, grass fed beef directBeef Run 2011!!!

Oh yes, we could have had our beef delivered, but where’s the fun in that???  Instead I grabbed my vegetarian sister, loaded the Tahoe with 7 Igloo coolers, dropped the kids at grandma’s house, headed up the California Coast and made a weekend out of it.  

  • Car snacks & good conversation – check
  • Olive oil tasting at Rancho Olivoscheck
  • Wine tasting at Brandercheck
  • Blackberry & strawberry picking at Summerland Organic Farm – check
  • Tanning by the pool at the Skyview Motelcheck
  • Dinner at Full of Life Flatbread in Los Alamos – check
  • Purchase 190 lbs of organic, grass fed beef from Nick Ranchcheck

Alice at Summerland FarmRancho OlivosWine at Flatbread

I spent hours on-line researching grass fed beef and learning as much as I could to make a good decision for our family.  I found a good internet resource called Eat Wild.  From that site I found several ranches in California that could provide us with the beef we needed.  After reading several websites and emailing a few ranches I decided on Nick Ranch.  Going directly to Nick Ranch and meeting Juanell and her husband Dave, the family who raised our beef, and seeing the beautiful landscape of the Pozo Mountains made our experience even better.  I’m already looking forward to Beef Run 2012…

Nick RanchDale & Juanellthe beef

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My first attempt at growing garlic was a success, now I’m just bummed that I didn’t plant more!!!  So, what do to with 2 1/4 pounds of garlic???  That’s easy, make a bowl of Alice’s garlic herb cheese dip.  Grab a box of crackers and a glass of wine and you’re all set.

Garlic Herb Cheese Dip

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup white wine (Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (or 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 – 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  1. Using a food processor, blend all ingredients until combined.
  2. Chill for several hours and serve.

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