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.


I was going to give all you moms a new recipe this blog, but what mom wants to cook on Mothers’ Day?  Not me, so let’s stick to some easy appetizers to munch on while we’re waiting for the landslide of gifts, cake and dinner plans to materialize.

My favorite snack  – and it only entails opening a jar – is Christopher Ranch Pickled Garlic! It’s tasty, tangy, crunchy and as bright and fresh as the California garlic it’s made from. Pair it with your favorite crackers or artisan bread, a spot of red wine and it’s a party in your mouth. If you really want to kick it up a notch, throw in some brie and fresh fruit for a spread so yummy your loved ones won’t be able to coax you out of the house! They’ll probably be happy to join you in this flavorful, no fuss, relaxing affair, but let’s hope they don’t come empty handed. Entrance fee to your Mom Fest: more wine, if you please. Easy, breezy…

The ultimate conclusion to your soiree would be a nap right in the middle of the day. If you can pull that off you have reached the pinnacle of Mother’s Day. Don’t feel guilty that you robbed your kids of the joy of buying you an expensive meal or that you should have dressed for the occasion with duds fit for a mom prom. Thumb your nose at convention, pop a pickled clove and wear your garlic breath with pride. Maverick Moms Rule! 

P.S. On a personal note: thank you, dear daughter, for making me a mom.

P.P.S.  I couldn’t resist adding a recipe.  Here’s an easy one just in case someone feels like cooking.  Happy Mother’s Day!


2 1/2     lbs. chicken breasts or 1 large fryer – cut up

1            8 oz. jar Christopher Ranch Pickled Garlic     

1/4        cup soy sauce

1            fresh lemon – squeezed

1            tbls. vegetable oil

Place chicken in roasting pan sprayed with nonstick oil.  Blend Pickled Garlic (with juice), soy sauce, oil and lemon juice; pour over chicken.  Bake at 425˚ for approximately 1 hour (or until done.) Turn chicken pieces over half way through cooking to brown on both sides. Serve the baked Pickled Garlic cloves with the chicken or spread on crusty French bread.

FYI: If you can’t find our Pickled Garlic in your local store, please ask your produce or deli manager to order it for you. Our Pickled Garlic is also available online at and


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