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Monday, July 28, 2014

Peaches, Wines and Festivals!

YES.. After their winter hibernation, the Valley is releasing one of its most precious bounties… Our peaches and grapes! (yes, we know that we grow a heck of a lot more things than just peaches and grapes, but tis the season!)

People nationwide know of our fabulous Palisade Peaches and our wines are growing in popularity every year and what better way to showcase these than with two of the valley’s premier festivals, The Palisade Peach Festival, August 14th – 17th, with the main festival at Riverbend Park in Palisade on Saturday, August 15th & 16th (and other events throughout the entire extended weekend) and the Colorado Mountain Winefest weekend, Sept 19th through the 21st, with the main festival on Saturday, Sept. 20th, again at Riverbend Park in Palisade.

There are many events for both festivals throughout Palisade and the Grand Valley and for more information, check out their websites.

Now, as many of you know, I spend a lot of time on the road, mostly in Virginia, expanding our cheesecake business and have the opportunity to work some other great events, but I always make my schedule to allow time to make sure than I am back in town for these two Festivals as I am very proud to live here and these truly are two of the Showcase events in Western Colorado.

So, Summers here and the time is right for Cooking in the Yard! (ok, it is supposed to be ‘Dancing in the Street.. took some literacy license with that one, ehh?)

The ‘Website of the Week’ is ( Great site, search for over 2,000,000 recipes.. Our ‘Recipe of the Week’, Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Peach Salsa and Wine Scented Rice (nice combination for a recipe with The Palisade Peach Festival and Colorado Mountain Winefest theme, ehh?), is also from that site.

Pork Tenderloin With Fresh Peach Salsa and Wine-Scented Rice

Total Time - 45 minutes (Active Time - 30 minutes)

Preheat oven, prepare rice and begin to cook - 10 minutes
Prepare pork and begin to bake - 10 minutes
Prepare salsa for pork; complete both and serve - 25 minutes

Pork Tenderloin With Fresh Peach Salsa

1 pork tenderloin (about 1 lb)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
1 jalapeño pepper
2 peaches (or nectarines)
2 medium tomatoes
3/4 cup fresh pre-diced onions
1 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar


Preheat oven to 400°F. Preheat large sauté pan on medium-high 2–3 minutes. Season pork with salt and pepper (wash hands). Place 1 tablespoon oil in pan, then add pork; cook and turn 4–5 minutes or until well browned. Transfer pork to shallow baking pan; bake 15–22 minutes or until pork is 145°F. (Let pork stand 5–10 minutes before slicing.)

Prepare salsa while pork bakes. Chop cilantro and place in medium bowl. Cut jalapeño pepper in half (remove seeds); chop pepper finely and add to cilantro. Cut peaches into small pieces; add to peppers. Cut tomatoes into small pieces; add to peaches. Add onions; gently stir in vinegar and remaining 2 tablespoons oil.
Slice pork; serve with salsa.
Wine-Scented Rice

3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups basmati or jasmine rice
3/4 cup fresh pre-diced onions
2 3/4 cups white wine/herb chicken broth

Chop cilantro; set aside.

Preheat medium saucepan on medium-high 2–3 minutes. Place oil in pan, then add rice and onions; cook and stir 1–2 minutes or until rice is toasted and onions begin to soften.

Stir in broth; bring to a boil. Cover and cook 1 minute, stirring often. Reduce heat to lowest setting; cook 22 minutes (do not stir or remove lid during cooking).
Fluff rice with fork; stir in cilantro and serve. (Makes 6 servings.)

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