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An Evening at La Cocina Que Canta

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Have you ever experienced an evening at La Cocina Que Canta?  Last week I had the opportunity to attend our new cooking class, Salsa y Salsa.  It was a gorgeous evening on the farm.  The weather was warm with a slight breeze.  As soon as we arrived, we were handed refreshing drinks adorned with herbs from the garden.

Chef Denise Roa did a wonderful demonstration of how to make three different types of salsa.  Then we were escorted on a tour of the gardens, nibbling on fresh veggies as we wandered the grounds before arriving at the beautifully decorated dinner table on the patio.  We ate outside as the sun was setting, devouring Arugula and Blackberry Salad, Roasted Asparagus, and Coconut Almond Cookies to die for.  We were completely entertained by Manuel Velasquez’s verbal history lesson of salsa…and of course, then there was the dancing!

If you have never experienced a cooking class while at The Ranch, I highly recommend it.  You will see a different side of what The Ranch has to offer.  Chef Denise is so passionate about farm-to-table cooking and the food is so delicious that by the end of the night, you won’t want to leave.
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national veggie month

Are You Eating Your Veggies?

This is a guest post by our Nutritional Director, Yvonne Nienstadt. Did you know that June is National Fruit and Vegetable Month? Fruits and veggies prevent disease. They can help you ward off heart disease and stroke, control blood pressure, … Continue reading



Wise Words #20

Perspective is everything.  I’ve learned to look at the negative things in my life in a new way.  One door closes and another opens.  A lesson is learned.  I’m now paying attention where I wasn’t before. I have learned how … Continue reading


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Origins of the Ranch, Part XVII

Brave New Ranch—Aldous Huxley’s affection for the Ranch, and its influence on his last novel “Island.” [To read more history, see Origins of the Ranch: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, Part VIII, Part IX, Part X, Part XI, Part XII, Part XIII, Part … Continue reading


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La Puerta Pico de Gallo Recipe

Pico de Gallo, pictured here used as a dressing atop shrimp tostadas, is a classic Mexican table salsa, rich with tomatoes, onions, cilantro, the nippiness of chiles and fresh lime juice. You may adjust the proportions of tomatoes and other ingredients to … Continue reading


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