From the Kitchen

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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Jordan chef’s table menu revealed for Relish Culinary foodie event

by on January 30, 2014 in Featured, From the Kitchen, News

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Jordan Executive Chef Todd Knoll is one of six local chefs selected to host a Chef’s Table this winter at Relish Culinary in Healdsburg, wine country’s premier culinary center for cooking demonstrations and edible adventures. He revealed his menu earlier this week, and if the descriptors don’t make you hungry, we think these sketches will. When [...]

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Citrus Spiced Chicken Wings Recipe for Super Bowl Parties

by on January 16, 2014 in Featured, From the Heart, From the Kitchen

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Friends of Jordan Winery know that owner John Jordan is a die-hard Denver Broncos fan. After founding The John Jordan Foundation two years ago, he started a tradition of hosting a Super Bowl party for community leaders involved in the foundation’s charitable programs, as well as recipients of grants and other donations. Chef Todd Knoll [...]

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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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How to make dry rub base; recipe for 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. These rubs can also bring an unexpected, exotic taste to your [...]

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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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