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Marin Sun Farms: The True Pasture to Fork Experience with Chef Cooking Tip

1 May

Farm to Table has become a common restaurant tagline as the burgeoning movement touting the benefits of local, organic foods is increasingly influencing patron purchasing decisions. The notion of garden beds brimming with perfectly aligned rows of greens or cattle grazing rolling pastoral hillsides can’t help but incentivize diners to drop in for some deliciously fresh fare.

Farm

Not only will you get a meal made with ingredients at the peak of flavor but you’ll be supporting restaurant owners and chefs who buy from local farm suppliers.

MARIN SUN FARMS RESTAURANT

David Evans, a fourth generation cattle rancher in Point Reyes, is a pioneer in the local meat movement. His restaurant Marin Sun Farms is more than just a dining destination as it is located at the gateway of a national seashore with endless possibilities of exploration. Just off the main street in Point Reyes Station, it’s a perfect start or end to a day’s adventures with incredible food that comes from the land that surrounds it.

For a review of the restaurant, click below for my segment on Check Please Bay Area or go to the KQED website for a written version.

Check Please Bay Area

Check Please Bay Area Review of Marin Sun Farms

IS GRASS-FED BEEF WORTH A HIGHER PRICE?

The price of a burger at Marin Farms will run you $15. It’s juicy and deliciously prepared with MSF Bacon, Gruyère cheese and house made pickles. And because grass-fed beef is lower in calories and has more omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamins and minerals, it’s healthier than your typical burger.

Marin Sun Farms Burger

But taste and nutrition aside, is grass-fed beef worthy of a higher price tag? For many, the value lies in choosing to eat meat more responsibly with consideration to the welfare of animals and the environmental impact of industrial farming practices.

MORE on MARIN SUN FARMS 

Sustainable Food Model and Food Shed             

Marin Sun FarmsFor information on Marin Sun Farms mission to create a more sustainable food system and their Food Shed approach, click here.

And for a list of their co-producers, click here.

Impact of Drought           

Marin Sun Farms DroughtLack of rain in Northern California is reducing the amount of grazing land and impacting grass-fed meat production. For the first time, Marin Sun Farms is needing to supplement with grain. To be transparent, they have created three-tiered labeling system. For updated information, click here.

Tips for Making the Perfect Steak Indoors                  

from Marin Sun Farms Head Chef Paul Bondick 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Sprinkle kosher salt and pepper on both sides of the meat and rub with a little bit of olive oil. Let sit at room temperature for a 1/2 hour.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high flame until hot.
  • Sear meat for 3-4 minutes a side.
  • Place the skillet in the oven for 8 minutes for medium-rare. Use a temperature probe for accuracy.
  • Spritz with lemon juice. (Optional)

For meat perfectly done to your specifications, use the following for internal temperature:

Rare 125º

Medium rare 130º-135º

Medium 135º-140º

Medium well 140º-150º

Well done 155+º

 

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Judy Rodgers: Her Philosophy, Restaurant and Recipe for Salmon with White Beans, Bacon and Red Wine

6 Dec

Judy Rodgers, 1956-2013

Raw ingredients trump recipes every time; farmers and ranchers who coax the best from the earth can make any of us appear to be a great cook. JR

Twenty years ago, having recently arrived in San Francisco and feeling the financial sting of a first and last months’ rent and security deposit, the plan was made that as soon as the checkbook took a rest, we’d dine at Zuni Café because that was THE place to get a taste of the iconic California cuisine that in part fueled the pull westward. This was my kind of eating. Food that didn’t stretch too deep to the side of unusual but was far from typical and showcased the fresh ingredients that California is known for. Continue reading

Friday Food: Links to Recipes, Restaurant, Gadgets and News

18 Oct

Below is a weekly roundup of ideas for what to cook, where to eat, things to consider and actions to inspire. To link to recipes, click on the image. If you have something to add to a future Friday Food list, please share it in the comments section below. Enjoy the weekend! Continue reading

Rustic Bakery Opening and Meyer Lemon Chickpea Spread Recipe

30 Aug

LOCAL NEWS…

This Friday, August 30th!

Original Location Re-Opening Post-Remodel and Expansion

It’s the story behind the motivation to create a food experience that is uncomplicated but has an added touch and that showcases the best of seasonal ingredients that make restaurants like Rustic Bakery the real deal. Continue reading

Fluffy Homemade Pancakes

7 Aug

By no means are all pancake recipes created equal. Results can be more disappointing than not. Too rubbery or flat. Not fluffy or flavorful. It’s a challenge. But some recent attempts have hit the mark, so much so that I wasn’t sure which recipe to post. (UPDATE:  click here for the new contender.) Continue reading

NEW: Farm House Local Cafe and General Store

17 Mar

Farm House Local Cafe/General Store

I stopped by the newly opened Farm House Local Cafe last week. I’d missed the window for lunch but will check it out soon and report back on the food. The menu, as the name suggests, is based on local, seasonal ingredients. Continue reading