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Butternut Squash and Pear Soup with Spiced Chickpeas

2018-10-11T02:13:10+00:00

With summer winding down and the kids back in school, we only have one thing on our minds: Fall produce and spices! Our butternut squash and pear soup is elevated by crisp oven-baked Moroccan spiced chickpeas. These are added at the last minute and can be omitted for kids or anyone avoiding spicy foods. The hot soup and exotic spices offer warmth and comfort. A perfect dish to get into the Fall spirit. Recipe Development and Photography by: Willams-Raines YIELD: 6 servings INGREDIENTS Roasted Moroccan Spiced Chickpeas 1 (15.5 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons [...]

Butternut Squash and Pear Soup with Spiced Chickpeas2018-10-11T02:13:10+00:00

Women in Agriculture – Reyna Flores

2018-09-28T05:17:44+00:00

Many of the orchards in Chelan valley are a family affair, with women playing a critical role in running smooth operations and growing the business. In our blog series “Women in Agriculture” we sit down with them to discuss their roles and thoughts on the industry. This month we checked in with Reyna Flores, at Chelan Fruit in Chelan. Chelan Fresh (CF): Hello Reyna and thank you for taking time out of your busy day to speak with us.  Can you please tell us a bit about your role at Chelan Fruit? Reyna Flores (RF): Of course! I am a supervisor at Chelan Fruit, where [...]

Women in Agriculture – Reyna Flores2018-09-28T05:17:44+00:00

In Season: What to make with Bartlett pears

2018-09-28T05:11:02+00:00

Bartlett pears are at their peak in late summer when they are plentiful and easy to find. Raw or cooked, Bartlett pears are a healthy addition to any meal as they are loaded with fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants. You’ll know your Bartlett pears are ripe when they turn from green to yellow.  This tasty, grainy, and juicy pear variety has a true “pear flavor” is very versatile in the kitchen. Here are some of our favorite ways to eat Bartlett pears:  Cucumber and pear gazpacho  This original cucumber pear gazpacho is spiked with honeydew melon to create a refreshing and delicious [...]

In Season: What to make with Bartlett pears2018-09-28T05:11:02+00:00

Poached Ice Tea Pears

2018-10-11T02:13:21+00:00

This poached ice tea pears recipe makes a wonderfully cool dessert for those hot summer days. After all, what’s more refreshing than ice tea? Our elegant dessert is sure to turn some heads at the dinner table. Poaching pears is easy so don’t worry if you’ve never done it before. Recipe Development & Photos by: Williams-Raines Yield: 2-4 servings Ingredients 4 1/2 cups water 4 tea bags (English Breakfast or other black tea) 1/4 cup sugar 2 firm pears (i.e. Bartlett pears) 1 tablespoon lemon juice Garnishes (i.e. mint, lemon slices, berries, etc.) Cream or vanilla ice cream Instructions 1. Put [...]

Poached Ice Tea Pears2018-10-11T02:13:21+00:00

Pear Cucumber Gazpacho

2018-10-11T02:14:15+00:00

Bartlett pears and cucumber come together in our cooling summertime soup. Cucumber and pear gazpacho can be served as an original starter or sipped on its own as a main. Use our kitchen hack to keep your pear slices from browning before you use them for garnish.   Recipe Development & Photos by: Williams-Raines Yield: 6-8 appetizer servings Ingredients 1 medium honeydew melon, diced small 2 large cucumbers, peeled, seeded and diced small 1 large Bartlett pear, peeled and diced small 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice 2 tablespoons shallots, minced 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1-2 tablespoons jalapeno [...]

Pear Cucumber Gazpacho2018-10-11T02:14:15+00:00

Women in Agriculture – Nita Pace

2018-09-28T05:02:37+00:00

Many of the orchards in Chelan valley are a family affair, with women playing a critical role in running smooth operations and growing the business. In our “Women in Agriculture” blog series we sit down with them to discuss their roles and thoughts on the industry. This month we checked in with Nita Pace who works at Chelan Fruit.  Chelan Fresh (CF): Hi Nita and thanks for taking the time to speak with us. Can you please tell us about your role at Chelan Fruit? Nita Pace: Of course! I am a Supervisor for the pear line at Chelan Fruit in Chelan, WA.  CF: How [...]

Women in Agriculture – Nita Pace2018-09-28T05:02:37+00:00

Cool summer recipes with pears, apples, and cherries

2018-09-28T04:47:53+00:00

We’ve been making full use of the gorgeous seasonal produce to create original recipes that are cool and tasty. With only a few weeks of summer left, why not try one of the following recipes?  If you have a hard time getting your hands on fresh cherries, just use frozen! (Check out our tips for storing and freezing cherries)  Cucumber and pear gazpacho We’re in love this cucumber pear gazpacho spiked with honeydew melon. It’s refreshing and absolutely delicious! A real showstopper.  Source: Chelan Fresh  Apple pear fennel salad This crisp and hydrating salad includes two of our favorite fruits: pears and apples! Enjoy as a [...]

Cool summer recipes with pears, apples, and cherries2018-09-28T04:47:53+00:00

Women in Agriculture – Gwynne Godwin

2018-09-28T04:32:31+00:00

Many of the orchards in Chelan valley are a family affair, with women playing a critical role in running smooth operations and growing the business. In our blog series “Women in Agriculture” we sit down with them to discuss their roles and thoughts on the industry. This month we spoke with Gwynne Godwin of Box Canyon Fruit in the Okanogan Valley. Chelan Fresh (CF):  Hello Gwynne and thanks for speaking with us today. Could you please start by telling us a bit about your orchard? Gwynne Godwin (GG): Sure thing. We have orchards in Tonasket, with a total of 250 acres over numerous plots [...]

Women in Agriculture – Gwynne Godwin2018-09-28T04:32:31+00:00

Orondo Ruby® Cherry Gin and Tonic

2018-10-11T02:14:23+00:00

When the sun gets hot, nothing beats a cherry gin and tonic at cocktail o’clock! This gorgeous drink looks fancy but is actually very simple to make. Make use of seasonal produce by garnishing your gin and tonic with fresh cherries, berries and basil. The syrup can be made with any type of cherry, but Orondo Ruby cherries give this gin and tonic a beautiful pale pink color. Make the syrup ahead of time to give it time to cool. YIELD: 1 cocktail Recipe Development and Photography By: Williams-Raines INGREDIENTS Cherry gin and tonic 2 fl. oz gin 1 fl. oz [...]

Orondo Ruby® Cherry Gin and Tonic2018-10-11T02:14:23+00:00

5 Ways to Pit Cherries

2018-09-28T04:33:06+00:00

Nothing beats using fresh cherries while they’re in-season and plentiful but pitting them can be a challenge. To help you learn how to pit cherries like a pro, we’ve put together five different methods to pit cherries without a pitter. 1. The chopstick method Remove the stem from a cherry and hold the fruit between two fingers. Grab a hold of a chopstick and position the smaller end into the stem hole. Gently but firmly press the chopstick down into the pit and push it out of the cherry. If you’re having a hard time steadying the cherry, place it on [...]

5 Ways to Pit Cherries2018-09-28T04:33:06+00:00