Recipes

7-D Ranch Granola

This delicious granola recipe is all yours thanks to a lovely woman who has worked at  7-D Ranch, located in the Sunlight basin outside of Cody, Wyoming. Thanks 7-D Ranch, we just love this recipe! 

Makes about 5 lbs. 

Ingredients
1 cup organic sunflower or canola oil
1 cup honey, maple syrup or agave
1 Tbs. vanilla extract 
9 cups rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour (or any other kind of flour)
1 cup wheat germ, oat bran
1 cup coconut
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 – 1 cup sesame or flax seeds
1 cup raw almonds, cashews, or nut of your choice

Method
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.
Heat the oil & sweetener to a rolling boil in a saucepan & stir to combine.
Turn off heat, wait a minute or two & add vanilla, be careful, it may foam up. 

Immediately pour over the dry ingredients & stir it all up.
Keep stirring until all the ingredients are moistened & evenly coated.

Spread the granola on 2 sheet-pans (not a cookie sheet, you need sides).
Bake at 250-275 degrees for about an hour.
Check & stir every 15-20 minutes & rotate pans once during the hour.
When everything is lightly browned & dry, take it out.
Cool the granola on the sheets then dump into a large bowl.
When it is totally cool add:
2 cups powdered milk (optional)
3 cups of raisins, chopped dates, dried cherries, chocolate chips or whatever you wish. 

Stored in airtight containers it will keep for a month.

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Maple Banana Pecan Trail Mix

Makes about 12-16 servings

Ingredients 
4 tablespoons organic unsalted butter
1 cup B grade maple syrup (dark, with sharp maple flavor) 
2 cups raw unsalted pecans
1 cup wheat germ
3 cups organic rolled oats
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup dried bananas or banana chips
2/3 cup dried cherries

Method
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Melt butter & maple syrup together in a pan.
Combine pecans, wheat germ, oats, and salt in a large bowl.
Toss butter mixture with nuts & oats to coat thoroughly.
Spread mixture on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake, stirring once and rotating sheet after 20 minutes, until just golden, 35 to 40 minutes total. Let cool.
Transfer to a large bowl, and stir in bananas & cherries.

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Pumpkin Patch Trail Mix

Makes about 12-16 servings

Ingredients 
1 cup organic raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup whole raw organic almonds
1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup large unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup crystalized ginger chunks (cut into 1/4-inch pieces)

Method
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine pumpkin seeds, almonds & olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet.
Sprinkle with kosher salt & cinnamon. Toss to combine.
Toast, stirring halfway through, until golden, about 8 minutes. Let cool.
Mix cooled nuts with coconut flakes, dried cranberries & candied ginger.

Storage
Trail mix can be stored in an airtight container, up to 1 week.

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Salsa Casareccia With Rigatoni by CARMELINA BRANDS

Servings 10-12  

Ingredients 
2 oz. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil 
1 Tbs. Garlic, Minced 
1 lb. Ground Mild Italian Pork Sausage
1 Tbs. Fresh Thyme, Chopped
8 oz. Ricotta Cheese
3 oz. Parmesan Cheese, Grated 
4 bottles of Carmelina San Marzano® Italian Passata (Tomato Puree) 
1/2 oz. Fresh Basil, Chiffonade 
White Wine
2 oz. Kosher Salt 
½ teaspoon
1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
1 lb. Rigatoni, Cooked 

Method
In a large saucepan, gently heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute over medium heat. Add the ground sausage and cook for 15 minutes, or until the bottom of the pan starts to dry out. Deglaze with white wine, stirring constantly, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Let the wine evaporate for 1 minute. Add the fresh thyme and the Carmelina ‘e…San Marzano® Italian Passata (Tomato Puree). Bring to a boil over high heat and then add the salt, pepper, and ricotta cheese, and continue to cook until an aroma is present. Reduce the heat to medium and cook the sauce for about 30 minutes to combine the flavors. Following this, add the parmesan and basil as a final touch. Stir the sauce thoroughly and serve HOT tossed with Rigatoni. 

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Classic Pasta Fagioli by CARMELINA BRANDS

Servings 10 to 12

Ingredients
2 oz. Extra virgin olive oil 

6 oz. Pancetta bacon, small dice 

8 oz. Brown onion, small dice

4 oz. Carrots, small dice

4 oz. Celery, small dice 

4 Garlic cloves, sliced 

1 Tbs. Sage, minced 

Salt and pepper To taste

2 qts. Vegetable broth

4 cans of Carmelina Brands® Borlotti Beans

6 oz. Carmelina San Marzano® (Puree) Passata 

6 oz. Ditali Pasta, Paone Brand (dry) 

2 oz. Grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 oz. Fresh basil, chiffonade

Method

In a large stockpot, heat oil over medium heat. Carefully add pancetta and let cook for a minute until lightly browned. Add onions, carrots, celery, garlic, sage, and salt and pepper to taste. Sauté the vegetables, stirring often until translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in broth and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add Carmelina Brand® Borlotti Beans and Carmelina…’e San Marzano® (Puree) Passata. Simmer the soup over low heat until slightly reduced, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Add the Ditali pasta into the soup 10 minutes before serving. Finish with Parmesan cheese and basil. Check flavors and serve. Enjoy!

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Blackberry Lime Jam

Makes 1 quart of jam

Ingredients 
2 1/2 tsp. Pomona’s Pectin Powder*
2 1/2 tsp. Pomona’s calcium water*
1 cup sugar
1, 18 oz. package fresh blackberries
Zest & juice of 1 lime
1 1/3 cups unsweetened berry juice
¼ cup Persian Lime olive oil (or 1 Tbs. butter) 

Preparing the Jars
Wash & rinse jars. Put in a large pot with water to cover. Bring to a boil & turn off heat. Process the lids & rings according to manufacturer’s directions. At the point you are ready to fill, remove jars from the water & briefly drain on a clean towel or dish rack.

Method
Combine pectin powder & ½ cup sugar. Set aside. Wash berries & coarsely mash in a heavy saucepan. Add berry juice, lime juice & zest, remaining sugar, calcium water & olive oil to crushed berries. Bring to a brisk boil over high heat, stirring often. Add sugar/pectin powder & stir quickly to combine. Bring back to a boil for 1-2 minutes stirring constantly.

Processing
Pour hot jam into clean jam jars leaving ¼” – ½” space at the top. Screw on two-piece lids. Put jam-filled jars in boiling water to cover by 1 inch. Boil for 5 minutes, adding an additional minute for every 1,000 feet above sea level. Remove from water & let jars cool. Check the seals as the jars cool. The lids must be sucked down when fully cool. Apply gentle pressure to the lid to ensure a good seal. Jam lasts approximately 3 weeks refrigerated once opened.

*The pectin powder & calcium powder are sold together in the box of Pomona’s Universal Pectin. Pectin labeled “for less or no sugar needed” can be used instead.

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Honey Cake with Rose Whipped Cream

Serves 8

Ingredients
Unsalted butter, softened, for pan
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. honey
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. freshly grated lemon zest
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 Tbs. sugar
1/2 tsp. rosewater

Method
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 10-inch spring form pan. Dust with flour; tap out excess. Whisk together the flour, baking powder & soda, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl; set aside. Mix eggs &sugars on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until pale and thick, about 3 min. Whisk together honey, milk, oil, & zest. With mixer on low, add honey mixture to egg mixture; mix until combined, about 1 minute. Add half the flour mixture; mix until smooth. Mix in remaining flour mixture. Pour batter into pan. Bake until dark golden brown & a bamboo skewer inserted in center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes. Run a thin knife around edge of cake; carefully remove sides of pan. Transfer cake to a platter. Just before serving whip cream with sugar & rosewater until thick, but soft. Dollop on cake.

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Couscous with Roasted Vegetables

Serves: 4

Ingredients
4 oz. couscous
boiling water
4 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. harissa paste
2 parsnips, peeled & cubed
1 carrot, peeled & cubed
1 bulb fennel, white part only, sliced
juice of ½ a lemon
fresh cilantro, small handful roughly chopped

Method
Put couscous in a bowl, then pour over just enough boiling water to cover it. Set aside for 3 minutes to allow the couscous to soak up the water.

For the vegetables,  just toss them in oil and season with salt & pepper. Roast at 400 degrees for 35 min. Toss with lemon juice & herbs. Then toss with couscous.

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Chicken, Spinach and 30 Cloves of Garlic

Serves: 4-6
Prep time: 30 min
Cook Time: 1 hr 15 min

Ingredients
2 whole heads garlic, about 30 cloves (use pre-peeled garlic to save time)
1 Whole Fryer Chicken, have one of our meat guys or gals cut it into 8 pieces for you
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbs. High Meadow Organic Butter
2 Tbs. Organic Tunisian EV Olive Oil (Bulk Department)
3 Tbs. cognac or brandy, divided
1 cup dry white wine*
2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves (rosemary & tarragon also work well)
1 Tbs. all-purpose flour (Bulk Department)
2 Tbs. heavy cream
1 lb Earthbound Organic Spinach

Method
If you are peeling your own garlic: blanch the (unpeeled) cloves in boiling water for 1 minute & then drain. Peel when cool enough to touch & set aside.

Pat the chicken pieces dry with paper towel & season both sides with salt & pepper.

Heat the butter and oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in two batches, sauté the chicken in the olive oil & butter, skin side down first, until nicely browned, about 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Lower the heat if the fat starts to burn. Transfer to a plate & sauté the second batch.

Remove the last chicken to the plate and add all of the garlic to the pot. Lower the heat and sauté for 5 to 10 minutes, turning often, until evenly browned. Add 2 tablespoons of the Cognac and the wine, return to a boil, and scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Return the chicken to the pot with the juices and sprinkle with the thyme leaves. Cover and simmer over the lowest heat for about 30 minutes, until all the chicken is done.

Choose a serving platter & spread the raw spinach over it.

Remove the chicken & arrange on top of the spinach. Cover with aluminum foil to keep warm. Remove about 1/2 of the sauce from the pan into bowl. Whisk the flour into the sauce in the bowl & then whisk it back into the sauce in the pot. Raise the heat, add the remaining tablespoon of Cognac and the cream, and boil for 3 minutes. Add salt and pepper, to taste; it should be very flavorful. Pour the sauce and the garlic over the chicken & spinach on the platter and serve hot.

Suggested accompaniments
A nice Breadworks Baguette (you will want to soak up the sauce) $1.99.

Or Cadia Organic Orzo cooked & tossed with butter or olive oil & Parmesan cheese.

Fresh green beans or an easy green salad (Earthbound Organic Mixed Greens & Field Day organic dressing $5.78).

*Domaine De Tariquet 2009 Classic Blanc for $7.99 would be perfect in the sauce & to drink with dinner.

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