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  1. Blog Takeover: Rainy Day Bites’ Pacific Northwest Pear, Hazelnut, and Blackberry Salad with Honey Pear Vinaigrette

    The holiday season is officially here! Everyone who knows me knows that I love the holidays. Every room in my house is decorated, the tree is up, and now it’s time to bring some red and green to the table, too! Holiday entertaining doesn’t need to be hard, and that’s why I love Taylor Farms products. They carefully select the ingredients for their salads, chop them up, and triple wash them so they are ready to go directly in the bowl!

    Taylor Farms Organic Baby Spring Mix is the perfect base for your holiday salad with its medley of vibrant red and green baby lettuces. This blend is fantastic because it has an assortment of vibrant baby lettuces, including romaine, green chard, spinach, arugula, frisée, kale, beet tops, red butter, and more! There is no need to buy several different heads of lettuce, wash them, or even chop them up; because Taylor Farms does all of that hard work for you, so you can focus on other things. Isn’t that exactly what we need during the hectic holiday season?!

    I live in the Pacific Northwest and thought it would be fun to create a holiday salad this year inspired by my beautiful surroundings. I brought the outdoors inside by decorating my holiday table with pine tree clippings, pine cones, and a few holiday ornaments. So simple and easy! You could do this anywhere you live too! Just bring a few natural elements indoors (shells, birch branches, cactus, etc.) and add some ornaments that match the natural colors, along with some white candles. It’s an easy and stress free way to make your holiday table look pretty without spending any money.

    Now that the table has captured the feel of the outdoors, it’s time to bring the flavors of the PNW to our plates as well. Three main flavors always stand out to me when thinking of this area: pears, blackberries, and hazelnuts. I used Taylor Farms Organic Baby Spring Mix and added warmed sweet caramelized pears, tart blackberries, toasted hazelnuts, tangy gorgonzola, and bright pops of tart pomegranate paired with sweet and tangy honey pear vinaigrette. So good and so easy to make, too! This salad had a nice contrast of textures and flavors. Toasting the nuts and caramelizing the pears brings a bit of warmth to this dish that makes it extra comforting on a winter day!

    It’s so easy to make a stunning presentation with this salad, too! Pomegranates are naturally beautiful with their shiny, ruby red, jewel-like seeds, so set a few quarters in your serving dish. I love serving this salad with the pears sliced and fanned out. You can also just slice them completely up before caramelizing them, or you can serve them raw. I usually serve my salads with the dressing on the side or very lightly dressed, as people tend to like their salads dressed differently. This recipe makes extra dressing in case you have guests who like more, and you can refrigerate the leftover dressing for another day!

    This salad is so delicious and easy, and because Taylor Farms is committed to bringing you only the highest quality ingredients, you can enjoy the holiday season knowing you are serving your family the best. So, let’s get started and make this recipe!

    Pacific Northwest Pear, Hazelnut, and Blackberry Salad with Honey Pear Vinaigrette

    (Serves 4)

    Ingredients:

    Salad
    Taylor Farms Organic Baby Spring Mix (5 ounce)
    2 Bosc Pears, halved, cored, sliced into a fan with top intact
    1 cup Blackberries (6 ounces)
    3/4 Cup Toasted hazelnuts, shelled, skinned, and halved
    1/2 Cup Gorgonzola
    1 Pomegranate, divided
    1 Teaspoon sugar
    Lemon Juice
    Olive oil (optional)

    Dressing
    Honey Pear Vinaigrette
    1/3 cup Pear Juice
    1/3 cup White Balsamic Vinegar
    1/3 cup Light Olive Oil
    2 Tablespoons Honey
    1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
    Salt
    Pepper

    Directions:

    1. Make the vinaigrette by combining the following in a resealable jar: pear juice, white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, lemon juice, salt, and a few grinds of fresh pepper. Seal the jar and give it a good shake until everything is well mixed. Set aside and shake again just before using.
    2. Place hazelnuts in a hot dry skillet over medium-high heat for about 2-3 minutes, and gently toast until fragrant and the nuts just start to take on a bit of color.
    3. Cut pomegranate into quarters. Reserve two quarters to decorate the platter (if desired) and remove and set aside arils from the remaining two quarters. You should have a yield of around 1/2 cup arils.
    4. Cut both pears into halves and core. Using a sharp knife, cut the bottom 3/4th of the pear into a series of slices, leaving the upper portion with the stem intact, so the slices can be spread can be fanned out, but still stay together. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice over. Sprinkle lightly with sugar. Place a non-stick skillet over medium heat, add just a touch of olive oil (optional but it helps the sugar from browning too quickly), and place all four pear halves, cut side down, fanning them out a bit, in the skillet. Gently cook the pears, being careful not to disturb them too much, until the edges begin to caramelize and turn golden brown. This should take about 3-5 minutes. Remove from the stove and set aside.
    5. Place Taylor Farms Organic Spring Mix in a large serving bowl or platter. Add nuts, blackberries, arrange pears fanning them out a bit, sprinkle over gorgonzola cheese, add reserved pomegranate quarters, top with remaining pomegranate arils, and drizzle over one to two tablespoons of the vinaigrette to taste and serve!

     

  2. Santa Catalina School Volleyball Coach Wins KSBW Golden Whistle Award

    Congratulations to the winner of this season’s KSBW Golden Whistle Award… Paul Elliott, Volleyball coach at Santa Catalina School in Monterey, CA.

    Coach Elliott has more than 20 years coaching, overall, with the past 9 years at Santa Catalina. His players and colleagues say he is patient and an excellent teacher. He has a lighthearted nature and puts an emphasis on good sportsmanship.

    One of his players writes, “Coach Elliott is an amazing coach because he focuses on how to make us better players by demonstrating enthusiasm, drive, and love for the game. He constantly inspires me to make him proud in not only volleyball but also in everyday life. Additionally, his devotion to the team provides us with a stable and fun learning environment that makes us eager to show up for each and every practice. Overall he is the greatest coach I’ve ever had because of his nonstop belief in the team and everyone’s abilities to perform on the court.”

    “Paul cares deeply about students and supports them off the field (and out of the gym) as much as he does on. His humility and dedication are remarkable,” said a colleague of Coach Elliott.

    Coach Elliott lives as he teaches, and leads by example with his team and the community, like when a rival team visited from South County. After the bus ride and volleyball matches, he arranged for the visiting team to stay and have dinner in Santa Catalina School’s dining room with his team, so no one would have to travel all the way back on an empty stomach.

    “It was great to be apart Coach Elliott’s Golden Whistle award, and see just how many athletes he has made an impact on,” said Adri Crawford of Taylor Farms.

    We’ll leave you with one last bit of praise from one of his players, “Coach Elliot is so dedicated and committed to our team and pushes us to achieve our fullest potential. He genuinely cares about all of us and sets us up to be successful in sports, as well as in life. His sense of humor brings light to our lives and his enthusiasm encourages us to learn from our failures.”

    Congratulations, Coach Elliott!

    Taylor Farms and the Transformational Coaches of Monterey County pair up each high school sports season to present KSBW’s Golden Whistle Award. The award is given each athletic season to a local coach who is recognized by the community as an exceptional coach and mentor who strives to positively transform young athlete’s lives. Any coach at a public, private, or parochial high school on the Central Coast is eligible to be nominated by a player, parent, principal, or teacher.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving! It’s #ThanksGiveaway Time

    It’s almost Thanksgiving! We’re sure you have your Turkey (or Tofurky) game plan ready, but we understand this time of year can be a bit stressful as well!  So we want to ease the cooking pains with a little GIVEAWAY!

    Join in on our Facebook and Instagram feeds for your chance to win our #ThanksGiveaway pop up! The prizes include a month’s supply of Taylor Farms Organic salads + Taylor Farms lifestyle bag + $25 Starbucks gift card! Here is all you need to do:

    1. Follow Taylor Farms on Instagram or “Like” us on Facebook
    2. Like our #ThanksGiveaway post
    3. Tag someone you are thankful for in the comments

    It’s. That. Simple.  Ready – Set – Go!

    Two winners from Facebook and two winners from Instagram will be selected. Giveaway closes at 12 PM PST on November 22, 2017, and winner will be announced the same day at 5 PM PST.

    In addition to the giveaway fun, we’re also here to help on a more serious note. In need of last minute inspiration for starters and sides? Here are a few delicious dishes we recommend adding to your table this year.

    Looking for a plant-based side dish? We’ve got it! This Vegan Green Bean Casserole is calling your name! It’s no longer the retro casserole with mushy canned beans and sodium-heavy condensed cream of mushroom soup, but it is as rich and indulgent as the classic.

    Blogger Whitney E. RD uses six simple ingredients, a few spices, and a couple of time-saving tricks — including buying pre-washed and trimmed organic green beans from Taylor Farms — to make this green bean casserole just as creamy and tasty as the original.

    “Whether you’re plant-based or not, this vegan green bean casserole is a delicious, nutritious addition to your Thanksgiving table!” says Whitney.

    Whitney also has a recipe for a fun, seasonal salad using Taylor Farms Organic Baby Arugula. This Pear, Pomegranate, and Pecan Salad is light and festive, and a nice addition to balance out the heavier Thanksgiving dishes.

    We’d love your Thanksgiving spread!! Post your meals on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #HealthyThanksgiving and don’t forget to join in on our #ThanksGiveaway!

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

  4. Hop on the Spiralizing Train

    Now more than ever diners are looking for carb-alternatives when they go out to eat. Taylor Farms has made it easy for its Foodservice customers to hop on the spiralizing train in their restaurants!

    With our new Zucchini Noodles, the cumbersome spiralizing is already done for you — all you have to do is incorporate it into a delicious dish on your menu, like the one in this video, and serve. Bon appetit!


    Have you seen what you can do with our new Squash Noodles, too?
    Check it out!

  5. How to Be Friendsgiving Ready

    It’s unofficially, the official weekend for Friendsgiving. So bust out those copper mugs and “clean up” your family’s signature casserole — does the latter sound stressful? Well, good thing we did the work for you… be Friendsgiving ready by bringing this Maple Pecan Butternut Squash Casserole!

    This casserole is a twist on the traditional sweet potato casserole. By using butternut squash instead, you don’t lose the decadence, and you add some extra nutrients because butternut squash is a nutritional powerhouse, chock-full of carotenoids, vitamins A & C, with plenty of fiber and potassium, as well. And this casserole is topped with simple, 3-ingredient maple candied pecans to please your friend with the sweet tooth.

    “You won’t even miss sweet potatoes in this yummy variation. I used Taylor Farms Butternut Squash, which is convenient because it’s washed, peeled, and ready to use—saving on prep work is a MUST!” says Joscelyn, blogger at Wife Mama Foodie and creator of this recipe. (Step by step video at end of this post.)

    In this same blog post, Joscelyn also offers a delicious recipe for Broccoli & Cauliflower Gratin using Taylor Farms Broccoli and Cauliflower Medley, in case cheese-covered vegetables are more your thing.

    No matter which dish you choose to bring, you’ll make everyone at your Friendsgiving happy and satisfied with one of these!

    Full recipes: