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.


Waves of cobwebs are still hanging around my house. I could argue that Dia de los Muertos comes right after Halloween so there was no rush to take them down, but I’m fresh out of excuses for leaving them up the rest of this week. I guess I have cobwebs in my brain, too, or maybe it’s just a Halloween hangover!  Sounds like I need a Gartini (hair of the werewolf, so to speak) to clear my mind.

Just hanging around...

I’ll need a clear mind when we start judging Christopher Ranch’s Halloween Display Contest. The last of the entries are coming in today and I’ll be posting some of our favorites after the winners are announced. Always glad to keep my favorite holiday going well after the goblins are gone!

Now for that Gartini! This recipe is by Celebrity Chef and Food Consultant, Wendy Brodie.  Thanks, Wendy, it’s garlicious!

2 1/2   oz. vodka

1 1/2   tsp. dry vermouth

1          garlic stuffed olive

1          clove Christopher Ranch Pickled Garlic

½         tsp. fresh lime juice

Combine vodka and vermouth in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Add lime juice and stir very well. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with the olive and garlic clove. Serve while ice cold.


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