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
Food is the love language at nocrumbsleft, and Teri Turner’s approach to getting people into the kitchen, rolling up their sleeves, and cooking is contagious. “Don’t be afraid to fail: it’s just food,” is one of the nocrumbsleft mantras. A passion for food is evident on every page of the No Crumbs Left: Recipes for Everyday Food Made Marvelous cookbook, where readers are led through a discovery of new flavors and spice combinations. Nocrumbsleft’s recipes, many of which are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, Whole30 compatible riffs on old school classics, are what make the cookbook, blog, and even Teri’s media presence so unique. Teri has carried her roll up your sleeves attitude into every aspect of nocrumbsleft. She turned the idea for a bowl into a unique handmade pottery line inspired by her recipes and loved ones, and she evolved a conversation with her kid into a podcast with over 80 episodes and counting. Nocrumbsleft embraces risks, new adventures, and exciting and delicious discoveries in life and in the kitchen, where her readers always have a seat at the table.
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, Homemade Whole30 Mayonnaise 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.
PS: her Tomato Water how-to is easy to follow – and it’s the tomato recipe you probably didn’t know you needed.
Irvin Lin, Eat the Love
Irvin Lin is a critically acclaimed cookbook author, IACP-Award winning photographer, award winning baker, award winning former graphic designer, storyteller, recipe developer, writer, and ceramicist. He shares his inspired recipes and gorgeous photographs on his IACP nominated blog, Eat the Love.
Irvin is passionate about helping people understand the rules of baking first, then how those rules can be bent and altered to create something truly unique, magical, and utterly delicious. His creative ways with California grown ingredients include his Carrot Muffins with California Prunes, Pecans and Sunflower Seeds; Fig, Rosemary Focaccia with Honey Lemon Glaze; and Savory Sweet Potato Waffles. He currently resides in San Francisco, where his neighbors regularly request his Tomato Hand Pies.
Kyra Bussanich, Kyra’s Bake Shop
The only 4-time winner of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network, Kyra Bussanich learned to bake gluten-free in a desire to reclaim her health. Her award-winning bakery, Kyra’s Bake Shop, in Portland, Oregon features baked goods that are even more delicious than their traditional flour-based counterparts and have gained notice from Huffington Post, USA Today, The Today Show, Food and Wine Magazine, and more. She shares baking tips, tricks and recipes in her cookbook, Sweet Cravings.
Kyra’s talents in the kitchen aren’t limited to baked goods, and she is a huge fan of California produce, both in her bake shop and at home. We think you’ll love her recipes for Greek Inspired Quinoa Salad, Tropical Chicken Tostada Salad, Raspberry Mascarpone Tart with Pistachio Crust, and Red, White and Blueberry Cake Roll.
Kate Ramos, ¡Hola! Jalapeño
Kate Ramos always dreamed of being a chef, so she moved to Napa Valley and did just that! While working in restaurant kitchens, Kate fell in love with Mexican cuisine, it’s ingredients, and the beauty, depth and vibrance of Mexican food. Her blog, ¡Hola! Jalapeño is a true expression of her love for this way of cooking. Kate’s work has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Parade, Better Homes and Gardens, Shape Magazine and others, and her new cookbook, Plant Powered Mexican is now available for preorder.
Kate’s love for all things California grown shines through in her recipes – we are especially fond of her Jugo Verde (Mexican Green Juice), Grape Roasted Beet Salad with Serrano Pepper Dressing, Fresh Kiwi Caipirinhas, and her Charred Poblano Guacamole.
Aida Mollenkamp, Salt & Wind Travel
Aida is a food and travel expert, author, chef, Food Network personality, founder of the travel services company, Salt & Wind Travel, and has made her career in food travel media and hospitality and has crisscrossed the globe to search out the best food destinations. Her cookbook, Keys To The Kitchen, is a go-to for home cooks who want to become more adventurous cooks and the Travel Guides For Food Lovers series she co-authored are beloved among food travelers.
Influenced by her many adventures, and inspired by the abundance of California grown produce, Aida’s recipes are fun, fresh and flavorful. Be sure to try her Honey and Oregano Broiled Feta Caprese, Crunchy Fried Avocado Tacos, Smashed Green Olive and Pistachio Burrata Bruschetta, and One-Pot Lemon Garlic Basil Artichoke Chicken.
Alison Needham, A Girl Defloured
The heart of Alison’s home is definitely the kitchen; It’s where her three kids hang and chat, it’s where the dance party happens each Friday night, and it’s where she gets to do her favorite thing in the world – feed people. She has been a recipe developer for nearly two decades and been featured by Disney, Family Fun, People Magazine, GFF Magazine and others. She pivoted to developing gluten-free recipes that she shares on her blog, A Girl Defloured after she was diagnosed with celiac disease ten years ago. Alison also has a small gluten-free bakery operation based in Southern California.
Alison grew up in the Central Valley of California and has been eating locally grown food since before it was cool. Her recipes are often inspired by her frequent trips to the farmers market. We think you’ll love her Fresh Watermelon Cake with Summer Berries, Easy Fresh Blueberry Ice Cream, Heirloom Tomato and Stone Fruit Salad, and Zesty Artichoke Pasta with Goat Cheese.