Holiday at Rancho Gordo

At the Movies: Video on Making the Luckiest Black Eyed Peas Ever.

December 19, 2016 // 4 Comments

This is the recipe that switched me from passive Black Eyed Pea consumer to a true advocate. It’s very simple, traditional and delicious. New Years Day will be a happy one with this going on in the kitchen. Our Black Eyed Peas were harvested this autumn and when we run out, that’s it until next year. You can order Rancho Gordo Super Lucky Black Eyed Peas (Click for more)

How Lucky Can You Get? Black Eyed Peas for the New Year

December 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

It seems that for a lot of people, 2016 wasn’t a great year. As 2017 approaches, it seems as if we need all the help we can get. Eat Black Eyed Peas on New Years Day for luck. Please. Just do it, just in case. We’re counting on you. It may mean nothing or it may be the key to success in the new year, but either way, eating Black Eyed Peas couldn’t hurt! I was searching the New (Click for more)

Holidays at RG: The Rancho Gordo-Xoxoc Project Sampler

December 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

Gabriel and his lovely daughter, getting a kick out of climbing a tree. When my friend Ruth Alegria told me I needed to meet Yunuen and Gabriel, I shrugged my shoulders and thought, why not? I didn’t understand the work they were doing to promote the sour prickly pears known as xoconostle and even if I had, at best, I would have thought it was interesting. I couldn’t have dreamed that (Click for more)

Holidays at RG: La Dolce Vita

November 30, 2016 // 1 Comment

As I think I’ve told you in the past, much of my youth was spent in Italy. I had good friends in Liguria, Tuscany and Rome. I ended up living in Milano for a spell and would spend the weekends visiting, eating, drinking and in general, living the Good Life. I would love to go back and tell my younger self to lay off the cigarettes but otherwise, my 20s were enchanted for the most part. (Click for more)

Holidays at RG: The Desert Island Sampler

November 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

Please don’t ask me to tell you the name of my favorite bean. It changes daily! I love all the heirlooms we grow for different reasons. But if I were to be sent to a desert island, these are the five varieties I couldn’t do without, even though I’d probably have a different list tomorrow. This is one of our most popular gift boxes and with good reason. I would be happy to be (Click for more)

Holidays at RG: Heirloom Corn Prepared Hominy

November 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

If there’s a better Christmas Eve dish, I don’t know what it is. Posole is the essential nixtamalized grain, from rare heirloom corn, for hominy stews and more. Dried hominy/posole is superior to the canned version in every way. In very limited quantities, we have gorgeous, colored heirloom corn dried hominy. These rare corns only need to be soaked and simmered to be enjoyed. (Click for more)

Holidays at RG: Hot Sauce Gift Box

November 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

It’s such a cliche to get hot sauces for That Special Guy In Your Life but after doing the farmers markets for years, and now hanging out in our stores, I think it’s safe to say there is a certain fellow who just loves hot sauces. He uses them and he collects them, obsessively. What’s even funnier is that I am that fellow. Our set of four sauces includes La Paloma, mild and (Click for more)

Holidays at RG: Cassoulet Gift Box

November 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

Normally this blog is personal and about what I’m cooking up or playing in the dirt. Please indulge me a little as I show off some of our newer and more interesting items for the holidays. I’m not giving up on the chatty entries, but I know a lot of you like knowing what we’re up to. I’ve talked about it already but the hot ticket this season appears to be the Cassoulet (Click for more)

Advice from a Reader: Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens

December 24, 2015 // 5 Comments

I’m such a lucky fellow to have such smart customers and readers. Paula was reading about my adventures with our new Black Eyed Peas and sent the following. You’ll want to take notes and make plans to head straight to the market and pick up some collard greens after you read this: Hey out there in bean land! I was thinking about your article on Black Eyed Peas and wanted to share a (Click for more)