Christopher Ranch’s California Garlic Blog

It’s no mystery that fresh garlic is one of the most popular, versatile ingredients ever. What remains relatively unknown, however, are the distinct flavor, quality and health differences associated with varying garlic varieties. Christopher Ranch, a family farm in Gilroy, Calif., grows a California heirloom garlic that is a leader in each category. All Garlic Is Not Created Equal. We’ll show you why.

Super Bowl Sunday; Ragin’, Cajun Garlic Style

I always welcome a good reason to drink beer, eat indulgent food, stare at spandex-laden men and listen to Bon Jovi belt out “Livin’ On A Prayer.” 

Therefore, I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIV. While, I’m typically more enthralled with the seven-layer dip and humorous commercials – remember that hilarious E-Trade baby and the clown ?! – this year’s Colts vs. Saints matchup should prove to be a true gridiron battle. 

I’ve got my $40 on the Saints…gotta root for the underdog and show Nick Leckey, K-State’s finest, some love. 

Still, a potentially rousing game doesn’t diminish the importance of Super Bowl party food. Now, this comment might get me in hot water with Drew Brees, but – to me – the food is equally important as the game. 

My rationale? If the game is a bust, you need something to fall back on; enter food and drinks. 

So, I decided to inject my newfound Saints patronage into my party planning, resulting in a Ragin’ Cajun-themed soiree – who doesn’t love Cajun food? Fitting, as well, because those Cajuns are big fans of California heirloom garlic. 

After some deliberate research – we take our food seriously ’round these parts – I uncovered several Cajun recipes, which are sure to fit the bill. Just a warning; with these spicy delights, there will be some serious perspiring, both on and off, the field. Make sure those Hurricanes are chilled. 

Scallop Gumbo 

Catfish Po’ Boy  

Pulled Pork Sandwiches 

Jambalaya 

Red Beans & Rice  

Louisiana Shrimp Remoulade With Fall Lettuces 

Chili Cheese Grits 

Crawfish Etouffee 

Spicy Chicken Chili 

Jalapeno Pimento Cheeseburger 

Cajun Wings 

The Ultimate Crab Cakes 

Creole Red Jambalaya With Chicken & Sausage 

Oysters Bayou Teche 

Once Drew Brees sees my lineup, he’ll agree that food crushing ranks up there with field crushing. If they win, that is… 

The good news is – win or lose, we still eat; Cajun style.  

 

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