Category Archives: Giveaway

Recipe: Black Truffle Infused Finishing Salt

A couple months ago my friend Dr. Arp, perked my interest when he tweeted about “the best steak ever”. You see Dr. Arp is a meat scientist, so when he talks about good beef, I tend to listen. What made this steak so special was the finishing salt Dr. Arp used to season it with. Truffle finishing salt.

The finished product. Black truffle finishing salt.

Now I’ve watched my fair share of The Food Network. I know truffles are a delicacy and supposed to be super good, but in my head it’s still a fungus and the same people that think fungus is a delicacy think calf nuts are too, something I never cared for. Since Dr. Arp had such rave reviews for this product, I figured I’d put my big girl panties on and try it.

Black truffles.

Of course this stuff is super expensive on the internet, so I decided to make it. I found the black truffles in Sacramento at one of those fancy grocery stores, where people’s cars in the parking lot cost more than my house. I used kosher salt, and my food processor and before I knew it I had truffle salt.

This little thing is intimidating!

As I mentioned before I am not a fan of mushrooms/truffles/fungus, but I’m trying to expand my food horizons. I was hesitant to try this stuff or touch the truffles (I’m being honest here), but as I ground the truffles up with the salt, the aroma was amazing. Imagine savory roast beef in a puddle of au jus, that is kinda what it smelled like, or in other words, heaven. I’m going to give this stuff a few days to infuse and fully develop its flavor and then I’m going to grill some of my special 30th birthday cow filets and use the salt to season them with. If I deem my finishing salt a success, I smell a giveaway!!!! Stay tuned!

It smelled so good!!!!!


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Giveaway: Table Mountain Ranch Soap

I’m having a good morning. First it started when I woke up with no fuzzy white cat ass in my face, a rare treat! For some reason, Jack decided to sleep in his own cat bed, something he rarely does. Without my hot, furry, bed stealing cat, I got enough sleep and was actually early enough to work to make a coffee and pastry run, and the coffee shop had homemade pistachio s’mores! It was like Christmas!


While I was waiting for my coffee I checked my e-mail and guess what? My day got even better!!!! I won something! A really cool book from someone cool! I’ve been enjoying blog for a while now, her blog is very well done and entertaining. Plus her pictures are badass. And there are horses. Go there, enjoy her story.

So Jessica inspired me to pay it forward. It’s been a long time since I’ve done a giveaway, it’s time. My Mom is sponsoring this giveaway, thanks Mom! We make old fashioned lye based soap on the Ranch, just like our great grandparents used. Its lovely soap, I’ve used it since I was a teenager and attribute the fact that I still get carded every time I attempt to buy booze or get into a bar, to that soap. Well that and lots of water and sunscreen.

The Giveaway!

Oops, sorry, I lost focus there for a moment. Back to the soap. My Mom has been making this soap for a long time. She always had a passion for soapmaking ever since she was a child. Being the youngest of 5 kids, my Mom developed a colorful vocabulary and became very well acquainted with the taste of soap at a young age. We are working on new pin up girl labels (by we, I mean me), but my limited skill with Photoshop is proving to be a hindrance (hint, crafty photo people want to come over and help?).

This giveaway is for two of bars of Table Mountain Ranch Goats milk Soap, in Lavender Breeze and Yuzu. All you have to do in comment on this blog. Next Tuesday, May 15, 2012, I will use to select a winner. Good luck!



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Giveaway: Butte County Locals Only

This is a blog about our cattle ranch, so it’s time to do another beef giveaway. Unfortunately I can’t ship my beef so this giveaway is for locals only, sorry! This is for one pound of our grass finished, fall slaughtered, dry aged, 5 step animal welfare certified, no added hormones, no antibiotics, black-angus, processed by Chico Locker and Sausage and Co, ground beef. Perfect for meatloaf, hamburgers or casseroles! Yum!


All you have to do is leave a comment below and I will deliver! I will select a winner using, next Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Good luck!


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Giveaway: Beef Made Easy

Everytime I sell a beef animal, $1 of that sale goes to a program called The Beef Checkoff. My State Checkoff gets fifty cents and the National Program gets fifty cents. This program is funded by Ranchers just like me all around the country. The point is to use this money to promote and research the beef industry therefore increasing demand for my product. Always a good thing. By law, checkoff funds cannot be used to promote particular breeds nor can they be used to influence government policy or action, including lobbying.

For the most part, I really like this program. Granted, I’ve had my differences with them on my local level, but hopefully everyone learned their lesson and in the future, they will know how to contact me. I now look at that difference as a wonderful learning and growing experience. The Beef Store does offer some really great and fun educational materials. Including:


This week’s giveaway! I’ve wanted one of these posters for about as long as I can remember. Turns out I’m not the only one! I ordered 3 of them and I didn’t even get to keep one for myself! Oh, well, now I have an excuse to place another order and do some more beef related giveaways!

You know the drill. Leave me a comment and next Friday, February 10, I’ll use to pick my winner. Good luck!!!


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Giveaway: Tools of the Trade

Its giveaway time again! This time I figured I would make it more beef themed since this is a blog about a cattle ranch!

I am a strong advocate for food safety. I think little things make a huge difference, like using a thermometer to ensure your food is cooked properly and using different cutting boards for meat and vegetables. Little things like that make me feel a lot better about the safety of my food and it’s really easy to do.


This giveaway is for a handy dandy food thermometer and a cute beef half apron. You’ll be all set for all you beef cooking needs!


You know the drill, just leave a comment below and next Thursday, January 12, 2012, I will use to select my winner. Good luck and thanks for playing!


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Giveaway: Pecans

I’ve been so busy, I haven’t done a giveaway in a long time. It’s time to fix that.


This giveaway is for 2 pounds of in-shell pecans! These pecans are grown here on the Ranch. They are, dare I say it ……  organically grown. That is, they aren’t certified, but we don’t use any sprays on them. My Mom uses chicken poo (free range!) to fertilizer them and that is it. Interesting fact about pecans is that they are an alternate bearing crop, which means they have a “heavy” crop every other year. That heavy crop tends to deplete the next year’s crop, which is why you have that pattern.


Once de-shelled these nuts are perfect for pies, candy, cookies, or just plain snacking. If you need any tips or pointers on how to de-shell, dry or need recipes, let me know! I will pick my winner using next Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011. Just leave a comment below to enter. Good luck!


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Giveaway: Brown Ranch Beef


You’ve been reading about it. You’ve been listening to me go on and on and on about it. Now here is your chance to try it. This giveaway is for a package of my jerky. The jerky only contains salt, pepper and garlic powder. The beef contains no added hormones, or antibiotics, was bred, born and grass fed and finished on our Ranch. This is my special private reserve jerky, so if you win, you’ll be among the very special few who gets to try it. Again I will pick a winner next Wednesday, November 16, 2011, using Good luck!!!



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Giveway: Meg Made Scarf

I love fall. Hoodies, scarves and boots are wardrobe staples in my world. In fact, I had my Grandma teach me how to crochet in high school because I loved scarves so much, but was too cheap/poor to buy them. It’s actually been one of those skills that have come in pretty handy. I found crocheting is a very soothing hobby, and since half the time I’m wound tighter than a two dollar watch, I became a very prolific scarf maker.


In college, I would start crocheting around the beginning of finals. By the time finals were over I’d usually have about 20 scarves made. I would then sell them at holiday craft shows, where my Mom sold her soap. It was a quick way to make some beer money for vacation!

My jobs have been pretty stressful lately, so I picked up the crocheting hook again. Since it is fall, I think a Meg made scarf would be the perfect giveaway!


You know the drill. Leave me a comment and next Friday I will use to pick a winner!

Good luck!



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Giveaway: Body Bar


My Mom and I have made our own beauty products for as long as I can remember. In High School I had my own line of lip balm I’d sell to all my friends. One of my favorite things we make are solid body bars. Basically it is just a solid form of lotion. I love them in the summer because I store mine in the refrigerator and it feels so nice to moisturize my skin with a lovely chilled bar. But these are great year around, especially in the winter when the cold makes our skin so dry.

This week’s giveaway is for one of these bars. This particular batch is very natural. It has a slight earthy scent. I added a few drops of lavender and eucalyptus essential oils. The scent natural beeswax and cocoa butter are also noticeable.


I make each batch in my kitchen, in small batches. Each bar contains: beeswax, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, lanolin, coconut oil,  lavender and eucalyptus essential oil and vitamin E.


You know the drill, all you have to do is comment on my blog. I’ll pick a winner from I’ll pick a winner next Thursday, September 29, 2011. Good luck!


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Giveaway: Air Plant

There is the cutest store in downtown Chico. It’s called Home Ec, it has adorable etsy type things, and the owner is super nice.


Anyway she carries all kinds of air plants.


I just love air plants! It’s the one plant I manage not to kill in my office.


I know it’s not a ranch product but I am totally enamored with them right now, so this week’s giveaway is this air plant.


All you have to do to enter is comment on my blog, any post from now to next Tuesday. I’ll use to pick my winner. Good luck!!!


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