Thursday, June 28, 2012


Who else here has caught the Pinterest bug? I have been purposely avoiding the site lately because I know if I go there I will be sucked into a vacuum of inspiration from which I may not escape for hours :) I love visiting and finding new recipes, home projects and as an artist.. art inspiration.

Recently, for fun, I searched for "Garlic" to see what would pop up and as per usual a treasure trove of inspiration popped up. I am sharing just a few of my favorites with you here ...

How beautiful is this tattoo? I love it!

These look SO GOOD!! Recipe here:
I just thought this was cute. Keep those vampires away!!

With it being harvest time for Garlic, this caught my eye. Soon we will have  fresh garlic and braids available for sale at Garlic Festival Foods. Can't wait! 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Friends, Food and Wine; Living in Paradise

Happy sipper
view from the deck

     Nestled in a tiny hidden valley near the Monterey Bay, just outside of the equally tiny village of Aromas, CA, sits the rustic, charming River Run Winery. River Run bears no resemblance to those huge corporate wineries that the Napa Valley is known for. Bounded by organic strawberry fields, apple orchards, still verdant hills and a river, it is aptly named.  River Run produces a selection of handcrafted, award winning varietals. At the top of my "favorites" list is the late harvest Zinfandel. Other offerings include the Coté de Aromas, Viognier, Negrette, and Carignane.  Today those in attendance got to enjoy the weather California is famous for; warm sun and a taste of an ocean breeze experienced in a beautiful casual setting.

      Happy sippers can enjoy the serene view, visiting with friends, strolls in the garden and generous samples of River Run's offerings while also enjoying the delicious appetizers created by hostess Kristine and chef and President of Garlic Festival Foods, Caryl Simpson. ( JP, host and wine maker is there to discuss his wines one on one with interested oenophiles. Those fortunate enough to live in the area or planning a visit can be apprised of future events by signing up for mailings at or visit them on Facebook at

flowers and food

A river runs through it

Garli Glaze from

JP and wine sippers 

the "lineup"

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Serves four.
4 boneless chicken breast halves with skin
1 cup Garlic Festival® Garlic Stuffed Olives, chopped coarsely
2 tbsp unsalted butter
Garli Garni (“the best seasoning in the world”)
1/4 cup whole almonds with skins
2 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Cut a 2” long slit in thickest part of each chicken breast. Stuff each with 1 ½-2 tsp olives, season with Garli Garni. Heat 1 tbsp butter in a nonstick skillet over moderate heat, then toast almonds, stirring often, until a few shades darker, 5 to 8 min. Transfer to a cutting board to cool (do not clean skillet). Increase heat to medium high, add chicken, skin side down to the skillet and sprinkle with remaining olives. Sauté chicken until skins are golden brown, 8-10 mins. Turn chicken over and cook, covered, over moderate heat until just cooked through, 5 to 7 min. more. While chicken is cooking, chop almonds. Add remaining butter and 3 tbsp water or white wine to skillet and heat, stirring, until butter is melted. Stir in almonds, parsley & pepper to taste. Spoon sauce over chicken.

Havasu Olive & Garlic Co.

Just received a batch of pictures from our pal and distributor Gregg Staples. He and his wife Tiana are getting ready to head up to WA State and some shows in the Pacific Northwest (check our calendar to see where they will be) to sell your favorite Garlic Festival Foods products.

In addition to traveling the roads peddling GFF, they also have this adorable shop in Lake Havasu! If you are vacationing in the area this summer, be sure to stop in and say "HI" and pick up some goodies to enjoy..

Lots of goodies at Havasu Olive & and Garlic Co.

I'd love to spend awhile here relaxing and enjoying stuffed olives :)

Plenty of Garli Goop dip/ rub mixes.

a beautiful and handmade decorative garlic braid...
Where to find them:

Havasu Olive & and Garlic Company
 2019 McCulloch Blvd.
Lake Havasu City, AZ  86403
PH: 928.453.0079