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Climate Change is Here

Following our growers meeting a few Saturdays ago, I had a discussion with friends about climate change and how it is affects our olive trees. As I am writing this blog, we are facing a fantastic olive bloom, and very heavy rain. As I cannot hold an umbrella over all of our 3000 trees, I […]

FOOD IS LOVE ESPECIALLY ON MOTHER’S DAY

A Professor of Food Marketing in Philadelphia, John Stanton PhD, says Food is Love Not Medicine. Why do packages promote cures and not deliciousness and emotion? We are all about deliciousness at IL Fiorello. “Taste is another leading reason to buy food. Another reason is that it makes me feel good about eating and serving […]

FOCACCIA

Warm, delicious, versatile, easy to make, plays well with most foods.  Comfort food on a rainy afternoon, or for breakfast, as you see fit.  Stop buying prepackaged bread, try this yourself.  It is fun, and happy, and delicious.  I love the aroma of the yeast rising.  When I was making this focaccia, my entire staff […]

REAL GOOD FISH

REAL GOOD FISH three cooks three ways to serve fish. Real Good Fish’s motto is Here Fishy, Fishy. Today we were lucky to get Sand Dabs, Pacific Sand Dabs are a variety of flatfish. Small in size and are a sustainable fish in our Northern California waters.  How to prepare this fish? We present three […]

MARCH 2019

In like a lion and out like a lamb, or this year in like a lamb and out like a lion. Either way, Lake Berryessa is full and we will have water for irrigation beginning in April. That is impressive given the last few years of drought.  Each year is different, and a lesson in […]

ATHENA – THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NAME

Athena: The Greek goddess of oil, peace & war, also the daughter of Zeus. Athens, the capitol of Greece is named after the Goddess Athena; she is the goddess of Wisdom and War. She is known for her strategic skill in warfare, is often portrayed as a companion of heroes, and is the patron goddess of heroic endeavor.  […]

HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH AND YOUR HEART

Olive Oil is good for you. Olive Oil is delicious. Olive Oil plays well with other food. Choose your food. Choose the oil you love with that good food. Eat lots of vegetables and whole grains. Eat a balanced diet. Do not follow food fads. Walk during the day. No surprises, this is better health […]

TO PRUNE OR NOT TO PRUNE

That is the question. The answer is:  PRUNE Olive trees are sturdy and resilient. A beautiful Italian saying “Prune your olive trees so that a swallow can fly through without touching its wings” This beautiful saying gives the olive grower a visual target for pruning. Pruning and Training Systems for Modern Olive Growing, Riccardo Gucci […]

Valentine’s Day

  A special day you care for people that you love. A Valentine’s Dinner Recipe Serves 2 from the heart 1 cup cooked pasta, whole grain organic elbow pasta from BAIA 1 cup cooked little white beans (any beans will do but cannellini is best) 1 cup organic crushed tomatoes 1 teaspoon dried oregano ½ […]

Everything Citrus

Our citrus trees are in full production and we use all the citrus in Kitchen in the Grove. Endless uses for our fruit; marmalade, candied fruit, soups and flavorings, and plenty of eating. There is a lot of citrus on our tasting plates in the Visitor Center these days. Citrus represents a major component of […]

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