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December 25, 2015

Harvest Fashion

Season’s greetings Ranchers! This is Brandon, The bartender from Ben’s Pantry. I was asked to feature one of my favorite drinks for the season and it’s the Harvest Fashion, which is currently featured on our winter season cocktail menu. The Harvest Fashion joins my love of apple cider with my favorite bourbon cocktail, the Old Fashioned. The Old Fashioned highlights the oaky, caramel and vanilla notes of bourbon through the use of aromatic bitters and orange oil.

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December 18, 2015

Chef Woods Country Ham

My favorite gift every year is a prized country ham sent by my mother from Harper’s Country Hams in her home town in Western Kentucky. This is no ordinary ham. It is a true Country Ham!

What’s the difference? A southern favorite, these hams are dry-cured like prosciutto, rubbed with salt and seasonings, smoked, then aged anywhere from 4 months to 3 years. Salty and chewy, it’s uncooked, and mostly bone-in. This is a centuries old method of preservation that doesn’t even need to be refrigerated.

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November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving always comes with great leftovers. Here’s a recipe that can use almost all of them. It’s great on a cool evening and super easy, because you’ve already worked hard this week in the kitchen.

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November 20, 2015

Top 10 Tips for Golfers

Want to know our pro's top 10 tips for golfers?  Take a peek and then put it all in practice anytime here at The Ranch.

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November 19, 2015

Top Turkey Tips

1. Buy a Great Bird
Quality ingredients are the cornerstone to all cooking and especially turkey. Fresh is always better than frozen. When meat freezes it ruptures the cell walls in all of the meat. This is what causes all the moisture to run out when it thaws. Think about leaving a soda can in the freezer. What happens? It swells, breaks the can and it goes everywhere. The same happens when you freeze meat or poultry, except instead of soda, all the good juices go out and you’re left with a dry bird.

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November 4, 2015

Spiced Apple Cider

Finally, we are feeling a break from the heat and it has seemingly switched to autumn overnight.   Laguna is known for our fabulous weather, but as a resident its nice to have bit of a season change every once in awhile.  Though I dread the shopping and holiday prepping, I do fancy the food and drinks this time of year.  In fact its one of my favorite culinary seasons!   When we get those handful of chilly days a year here in Laguna, there's nothing like warm, holiday-inspired spiced apple cider. Add a little rum and it’s great for a chilly night too.

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October 22, 2015


Port-Poached-Pears. Try saying that three times fast. OK, it’s not that hard to say, but it’s even easier to make. The pear season is upon us and this is a really versatile recipe that can be used as part of a salad with toasted walnuts, as a side for a roasted pork dish, or even served slightly warm with ice cream as a dessert. Feel free to change up the port for any other wine you prefer, but if you use a very dry wine, make sure you bump up the sugar a bit.


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October 16, 2015

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Fall is without a doubt our favorite time of year. There is really nothing better than the crisp air, a beer in hand and the rich nostalgic Fall foods from our childhoods.

A Fall staple for kids (of all ages) is Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup. This simple yet ultimately comforting invention doubles as a snack or meal that is also a perfect Fall comfort food for those nights or weekends you choose to hibernate. As always, the ingredients are really key.

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October 2, 2015

Apple Brown Sugar Muffins

Our Pastry Chef MC is a culinary, creative genius. If you haven’t tried her Parmesan Chorizo Rolls or Peanut Butter and Jelly Squares you are missing out! But really… One of our favorite fall time treats is her Apple Brown Sugar Muffin. What could be better than butter and brown sugar? I mean, we’d eat that by itself if it were acceptable!

This bold breakfast or dessert will make your day just a little more exciting, find her full recipe below.

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October 1, 2015

Random Acts of Kindness

Our canyon is an unusually spectacular place. From the moment you turn off PCH, wind your way to the property and step out onto the Patio, it’s evident that this place is special.  It’s unlike anywhere you’ve been before but at the same time feels like home.

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