How chefs use Made With Paper iPad app to sketch recipes

by on February 5, 2014 in Featured, From the Kitchen

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The great Michel Bras says his cooking is inspired by nature, and he draws pictures of each dish. Legendary Chef Ferran Adrià of elBulli fame has an exhibit of his food sketches at the Drawing Center in New York this month–a pictorial look inside his creative process. I create menus much like them—each inspired by the nature of [...]

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2012 Jordan Extra Virgin Olive Oil: a tasting note video

by on November 25, 2013 in Featured, From the Land

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As I mentioned in a recent blog post, our 2012 Jordan Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($29) just released. With the busy harvest season, we finally found some time to create a video tasting note for our latest vintage. We hope you enjoy it. Jordan’s EVOO is available exclusively at jordanwinery.com.

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Gifts for Cooks: chef’s best kitchen gadgets and affordable tools

by on November 19, 2013 in Featured, From the Kitchen

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Looking for gifts for cooks this time of year? As a chef, I love gifting friends and family cooking tools. It’s an opportunity to share the latest kitchen gadgets that I’ve tested out–and even get ideas for cool equipment I want to add to the Jordan Winery pantry. Seven of the best, affordable kitchen gadgets [...]

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Fall Dessert Recipe: Dried Fuyu Persimmons with Dulcey Blond Chocolate and Sea Salt

by on November 12, 2013 in Featured, From the Kitchen

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This year’s bumper crop from our garden’s persimmon tree inspired this simple, delicious dessert made with dried persimmons and blond chocolate. The presentation alone makes these little delicacies perfect for dinner parties this holiday season (or even an unexpected surprise in your cookie exchange). What’s a blond chocolate, you might ask? French chocolatier Valrhona released its Dulcey New [...]

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Jordan Estate vegetable escabeche recipe and cooking tips

by on October 29, 2013 in Featured, From the Kitchen

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Last summer, I began brainstorming recipe ideas for the Jordan Estate Tour & Tasting. Because this new tour offers visitors an inside look at the 1,200-acre Jordan Estate and features farm-fresh foods grown on property, I wanted the menu to be a colorful snapshot of whatever is harvested from the garden that morning. Enter the [...]

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Dry rub recipes: how to make a dry rub base and three ethnic spice rubs

by on June 5, 2013 in Featured, From the Kitchen

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We are fortunate in Sonoma wine country to be able to fire up the terrace grill almost year-round, but summer is still the season when we grill the most–and stock up on my favorite, ethnic dry rub blends to get us through the season. In this video, I demonstrate how to make the Jordan house [...]

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Infused olive oil recipe video: how to infuse oils for a garnish or gift

by on April 25, 2013 in Featured, From the Kitchen

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Homemade infused olive oil is one of my favorite gifts for dinner parties, Mother’s Day or “just because.” Learn how to infuse your own oils at home with this video. Using these tips and techniques, you’ll learn how to make infused olive oil with Asian flavors and grapeseed oil with citrus. Both are perfect for vinaigrette dressing [...]

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Tour & Tasting preview: our chef’s new cheese and wine pairings

by on January 23, 2013 in Featured, From the Kitchen, News

January 2013 Jordan new wine cheese pairing

Each winter, we spend an afternoon tasting through an array of artisanal cheeses from California and beyond, with the goal of selecting new cheeses to serve to our guests. (A tough part of the job, I know.) We open various vintages of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and see how different types of cheeses—triple cremes, hard cow’s [...]

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How to make dry rub pork shoulder for your summer parties

by on June 27, 2012 in Featured, From the Kitchen

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One of my favorite meals to cook for backyard parties during summer is a slow-roasted pork shoulder crusted in homemade dry rub. While you’re outside enjoying the weather with friends and family, your meal can be slowly cooking in the oven all day long–and ready to be served when you get home. In this video, I [...]

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Simple appetizer recipe: olive oil and citrus marinated goat cheese

by on June 18, 2012 in Featured, From the Kitchen

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When entertaining at home, one of my favorite appetizers to serve at dinner parties is aged goat cheese marinated with Jordan Extra Virgin Olive Oil, seasonal citrus, spices and fresh herbs. This recipe is easy to make and has a very elegant presentation; it can be made a day in advance to save time, and [...]

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