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Our guests often ask for recipes from the Latigo Ranch kitchen.  We plan to post a new recipe here regularly. 

Lisa searches for recipe ideas and often finds new recipes to try, and if we like them, Randy experiments to figure out how to make them work when preparing them for 30+ guests.  Sometimes what we end up with is quite different from the original  and other times we make little change.  

Since most of you don't live at 9,000 ft. above sea level like we do, we have adjusted the recipes for baked goods for low altitude.  If you do need to correct for higher altitudes, please feel free to email us for suggestions.

Enjoy your cooking, eating, and friendship around the table.

Randy & Lisa George

Recipe of the Week

Salads & Salad Dressings

Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Dates, and Oranges

Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Dates, and Oranges

Monday, September 05, 2016

I cut this recipe out of a magazine and have had it in my stack of things to try when asparagus was in season. Sadly, though, I don’t remember the original source.  It’s an unexpected but wonderful combination of flavors. So healthy! Read More
Roasted Butternut Squash & Quinoa Salad

Roasted Butternut Squash & Quinoa Salad

Saturday, April 30, 2016

I found the template of this tasty, healthy salad tucked away in a file of recipes to try, but I adjusted things so much that it doesn’t really resemble the original version.  “This is a keeper!” was the sweet refrain of those at my table.  Love that.  Love this salad. Read More
Zucchini "Pasta" with Hazelnuts and Mint

Zucchini "Pasta" with Hazelnuts and Mint

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

This zucchini salad has been very popular with our summer guests this year.  I love any recipe that uses fresh mint because that truly is a "farm to table" ingredient for us.

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Snappy Pea and Herb Salad

Snappy Pea and Herb Salad

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I found this recipe in the July 2014 issue of Southern Living.  I picked the mint out of my garden the morning I made it, so it was delightfully fresh.  I’m not a huge fan of raw onions in salad, so I substituted some minced green onion tops for the sliced red onions, and I thought it was great.  The cucumber was added by me to give a bit more volume, but it can easily be left out or switched with zucchini. Read More
Strawberry Tomato Salad

Strawberry Tomato Salad

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I found the idea for this salad in the latest issue of Southern Living, and Spencer made it for a dinner cookout.  There wasn’t a drop left!  In his food pairing app, he says that tomatoes and strawberries are strongly matched, so it isn’t a surprise it was so well-received.

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Carrot Cilantro Avocado Salad

Carrot Cilantro Avocado Salad

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Not only is this salad beautiful on your plate, but it’s delicious in your mouth.  Light, fresh, healthy, and tasty.  Great combination!

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Strawberry Vinaigrette

Monday, December 30, 2013

Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad with Pear and Spinach

We created this gorgeous Christmas salad using some of our very favorite holiday traditions:  pears from Harry and David and cranberry sherbet.  We served it on a bed of fresh spinach drizzled with a strawberry vinaigrette dressing.  Both the sherbet and the dressing recipes follow.

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Lentil Veggie Salad

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I made this salad for our Friday night cookout, and it received very positive reviews.  This recipe is mostly just a guideline.  The dressing is a good proportion to the amount of lentils, but you can adjust the added veggies to suit your family’s taste buds.  It’s gluten free, dairy free, and full of great nutrition!

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Carrot Cilantro Avocado Salad

Friday, June 28, 2013

I found myself with quite a few extra carrots one Tuesday morning, and this is what came of it for the lunch cookout.  Very fresh and tasty!
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Toasted Quinoa, Snow Peas, Tomatoes, and Mozzarella Salad

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

This is a lovely, light, healthy salad.  To make it a vegan salad, just omit the mozzarella.  It’s still really good!
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Vegetable and Rice Summer Salad

Saturday, March 30, 2013

I tried this salad recipe, modified to accommodate a gluten free diet as well as a vegan visitor, and we were delighted with the results.  I just so happen to have basil growing in an indoor container, so that added to the fun and tastiness of the salad. Read More

Cucumber Salad with Lemon and Basil

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

This wonderful salad is a light and tasty way to showcase fresh basil.

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Grandma Ruth’s Grape Salad

Monday, July 09, 2012

One of our very favorite former staff members, fondly known as Grandma Ruth, sent me this recipe.  It was a huge hit with our current staff.  Many said they had had it before, so it’s not an original recipe, but it certainly is one worth repeating!

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Apple Coleslaw

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Yummy, healthy, low fat...

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Apple and Zucchini Salad

Saturday, August 20, 2011

I came across this recipe when I had an abundance of zucchini.  It’s a delightful way to blend vegetables and fruit for a new salad. Read More

Honey Mustard Dressing

Sunday, May 01, 2011

This is a new and tasty discovery to put on a dinner salad. Read More

Zucchini Relish

Sunday, August 29, 2010

We’ve discovered another great way to eat vegetables.  This salad requires a bit of pre-planning as it needs to be refrigerated for two days before you serve, but we think it’s worth the wait!  This recipe came from Taste of Home. Read More

Avocado Salad Dressing

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I’ve been searching for delicious, healthy, low fat salad dressings this winter, and this one is definitely a keeper.  Although it contains some fat from the avocado, there are enough good nutrients to off-set the 2 g of fat per serving.  Just 31 calories in 2 Tablespoons. Read More

Cashew Turkey Salad

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Not only is this a healthy and delicious lunch salad, with or without a bun, but it is also a great way to use up leftover chicken or turkey. Read More

New Year’s Spinach Salad

Sunday, January 03, 2010

We served this delicious salad to our delightful New Year’s guests a few days ago, and I promised to post it so that they could prepare it at home.  I used apples instead of pears, but they’re equally good. Read More

Southwestern Confetti Salad

Sunday, August 16, 2009

A zesty and rambunctious salad, it got rave reviews from all over! Read More

Berry Tossed Salad

Sunday, January 11, 2009

This recipe made an appearance on the salads at a large company dinner we hosted to kick off our 2009 winter season.  Many folks asked for the recipe.  It makes for a delicious and colorful salad plate. Read More

Tomato-Cucumber-Mozzarella Salad

Sunday, August 24, 2008

This salad is a wonderful showcase for fresh vegetables. Read More

BLT Turkey Salad

Sunday, August 17, 2008

A great salad to have with lunch, leaving you energized and refreshed! Read More

Asparagus Tomato Salad

Sunday, July 13, 2008

One of our summer favorites is asparagus.  This salad is light and delicious. Read More

Tomato and Fresh Corn Salad

Monday, June 23, 2008

This is a great way to use left over corn on the cob and fresh basil.  This recipe is adapted from one found in Taste of Home. Read More

Cashew Pear Salad

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Fresh pears and toasted cashews.  What a great combination.  Each Christmas we are thankful to receive gifts of fresh pears, and this is one of the ways we enjoy them. Read More