Meet Our California Grown Creators
Looking for recipes and serving suggestions for your favorite California-grown goodness? These are the folks we go to for the ideas we share with you! We’re proud to introduce some of our California Grown Creators here.
Meg van der Kruik, This Mess Is Ours + CA GROWN
You can find more of Meg’s work on her blog This Mess Is Ours, where she shares pro-tips to make everything from kale salad and crepe cakes to homemade dog food. She specializes in creating meals that will work for households with multiple dietary needs or preferences. Her goal is to help ease the frustration of answering that age-old question “What’s for dinner?” and to get you back to cooking one meal at dinner that makes everyone happy!
Meg’s work has also been featured in The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, the Kitchn, Buzzfeed, and Better Homes & Gardens where she is also a “BH&G Stylemaker”.
Teri Turner, No Crumbs Left
Teri Turner is the “Kitchen Goddess” behind nocrumbsleft, a popular food blog known for (mostly) healthy, everyday recipes and legions of followers (aka Crumbles). Teri loves cooking for family and friends, and filling her life with food-related adventures, including cooking, writing, researching, appreciating, photographing and talking about food. Teri’s cookbook: No Crumbs Left: Recipes for Everyday Food Made Marvelous is a best-seller, and her nocrumbsleft pottery collection is a favorite of home cooks and food stylists.
Teri’s most well known recipes are her “Magic Elixirs” – sauces, garnishes and condiments that make everything taste better! We love her Tomato Confit, Olive + Garlic Dressing and these incredible Sweet + Savory Caramelized Onions.
Sarah Gim, The Delicious Life + Tastespotting
Meet Sarah, the fairy godmother of food porn. Sarah started her blog, The Delicious Life, as a cathartic outlet – and her fabulous food photos and snarky snippets made her a social media sensation. Her viral “fry boards” sparked one of the most important internet debates in recent history, asking: does a tater tot count as a fry?
In 2007, Sarah formed Tastespotting, a highly visual potluck of recipes, references, experiences, stories, articles, products, and anything else that inspires exquisite taste. The site curates and features only the most drool-worthy food images available on the interwebs.
When you’re ready to get your gorgeous food game together, check out Sarah’s Pinot Prune Jam + Cheeseboard Guide, this Salmon with Green Olive Salsa Verde or these Triple-Whipped Sweet Potatoes. Sarah loves ALL California crops (and the wine!) but our avocados have her heart.
Britney Brown-Chamberlain, Britney Breaks Bread
Britney Brown is a recipe developer, photographer, and social media maven. Her blog, Britney Breaks Bread, was born out of a passion for food and travel. After taking a cooking class in Bali, Britney began developing recipes inspired by her adventures.
Britney’s creations have been featured on media outlets such as Food 52, the feedfeed, The Kitchn, The Bake Feed, and she has worked with companies like Sur La Table, World Market, Bake From Scratch and, of course, CA GROWN! To get a taste of Britney’s amazing recipes for baked goods, try her Buttery Prune Starbread and Mixed Berry Shortcakes with Mascarpone Cream. If you’re ready for savory dishes, try her White Wine Herb Chicken and Fig + Burrata Salad.
Susan Phillips, the CA GROWN Mom
Susan Phillips grew up in a small farming town in California’s Central Valley. She toddled through her dad’s cotton and tomato fields as soon as she could walk and made colossal mud pies with cousins. Her farming heritage goes all the way back to her maternal great-great-grandfather being one of the first settlers to farm in Ventura County. Dominic McGrath was an innovative grower and created a farming dynasty that is still alive today.
Susan inherited those innovative genes from both sides of her family and channels that resourcefulness in her own way – previously developing tutorials her blog Living with Punks, and freelance writing for Momtastic – a website focused on equipping today’s mom with all the tools needed for raising a fun, healthy family. Our favorite of Susan’s creations is this DIY Floral Ice Bucket for wine!
K.C. Cornwell, G-Free Foodie + CA GROWN
K.C. is part of the digital team for CA GROWN, managing influencer relationships, social media + digital content. Her team also works with several other California-based food producers, which makes sense, since she’s a 5th generation California farmer too.
K.C. is also the gluten-free expert behind G-Free Foodie. Armed with insights from her agricultural upbringing, K.C. made it her mission to help people better understand their food —what’s in it, where it came from, and how to easily prepare it. Her work has been featured in a number of publications, and she has appeared nationally on Food Network and PBS. Whether you try her Edible Flower Cookies, Sweet Baked Ricotta, Raspberry Frosé Wine Slushies or Roasted Lemon + Garlic Shrimp, you’ll find tons of California goodness in K.C.’s recipes.