Herb Roasted Pork Belly Porchetta Recipe

by on December 15, 2014 in Featured, From the Kitchen

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Looking for an easy, delicious recipe for your family dinner party this holiday season? Herb roasted pork belly made in the Italian porchetta tradition (boneless pork roast with fresh herbs) is a savory dinner party entrée that is simple to prepare in advance, and its herbal notes complement the earthy nuances in Bordeaux blends like Jordan [...]

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Easy Duck Confit Recipe: Substituting Olive Oil for Duck Fat

by on November 25, 2014 in Featured, From the Kitchen

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In the Jordan Winery kitchen, there is always a batch of duck confit in some stage of preparation. One of the key ingredients in a traditional duck confit recipe is the duck fat, which isn’t easy for most home cooks to source pre-made. Rendering your own fat from the duck takes more time than most [...]

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California Olive Oil Sensory Boot Camp at UC-Davis

by on November 12, 2014 in News

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I’m proud to be one of forty “nerds” from around the world who gathered recently at University of California’s Davis campus for an extensive olive oil sensory boot camp. This course was designed to mimic a practicing sensory panel’s methodology, and Ranch Manager Brent Young and I attended for continuing education purposes, as we are [...]

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Dry Rub Pork or Turkey: Holiday Dinner Recipe Ideas

by on October 31, 2014 in News

Ethnic spice rub dry rub recipe

Homemade dry rubs bring an unexpected, exotic taste to your holiday dinner table. In this video, I demonstrate how to make the Jordan dry rub base recipe, which can be quickly and easily adapted into an Asian, Mediterranean or Indian spice rub. (Though we made this video during the summer, the flavors in these ethnic rubs [...]

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Experience the Jordan garden with harvest lunch this fall

by on September 10, 2014 in Events, From the Land

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September is my favorite time of the year in the Jordan Estate garden. From heirloom tomatoes, chili peppers and Japanese eggplants to Kadota figs, Zebra squash and Charentais melons, practically every plant is covered with something colorful and delicious. It’s the perfect time to celebrate the produce we grow through our annual Harvest Lunches. A [...]

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Recipe: cooking with wild fennel

by on August 12, 2014 in From the Kitchen

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Every year, leafy plants as tall as NBA players sprout up throughout Sonoma County wine country, spreading yellow flower “dust” from their crowns along fence lines and dirt roads. This is wild fennel, and despite its invasiveness and weed-like appearance, this native to the shores of the Mediterranean is fun to use in cooking—and it’s [...]

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Three unexpected grill foods for summer

by on August 7, 2014 in Featured, From the Kitchen

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Tired of firing up the grill and reaching for corn on the cob as your staple side dish? Here are three unexpected vegetables that are delicious when grilled and offer a flavorful surprise at your summer backyard barbecue. Grilled Chickpeas (aka Jordan Popcorn) With shell on, take fresh garbanzo beans, drizzle with Jordan Extra Virgin [...]

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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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