Family owned and operated, Bellwether Farms is located in Sonoma County, California, about an hour north of San Francisco, and a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. Their cheeses are used by chefs in many of the finest restaurants across the country, and are regularly featured in The New York Times, Martha Stewart, Sunset Magazine, and gourmet food publications everywhere. The Callahan family founded the farm in 1986 with dreams to turn it in to a sheep farm. To learn more about the Callahan family and their cheeses, visit bellwetherfarms.
Relish Culinary Adventures
Based in Healdsburg, California, in the heart of the Sonoma County wine country, Relish Culinary Adventures offers cooking classes on a wide range of topics from wine country cuisine to ethnic specialties, DIY canning to children's cooking workshops, cheese making to wild mushroom foraging. Relish hosts activities that bring people together in the kitchen, such as private cooking parties and corporate team-building events. To learn more about Relish, visit relishculinary.com.
New Year, New Gear
Alan Campbell reviews the Sony Super 35 Camera System
Overall I thought things looked good. I will be happier with my performance with the camera as time goes on. Outside of some rotating, slight exposure and color correction needed, I like the stuff. The camera is dynamite.
It was great to go back and spend the day just putzing around trying different things with the camera. It gave me a much better insight to how I can use it in a variety of situations. It works very well with the Canon lenses we have. I will give you the pros and cons of jumping on to this camera with little time to work with it. For now here is what I have.
Pros. Easy to use physically. Not too heavy and once you get it balanced it is better. Battery life with the larger BP-U60 battery is great. 3 ND filters are fantastic! Not to mention you can preset 3 different Kelvin situations and EI or ISO levels depending on what you are shooting in. The ability to turn on and off LUTs is very nice. I could be shooting without one and you would be seeing one in the monitor or as we did you can bake one in so it all looks the way you want. Zebra and Peaking available in the viewfinder are nice as well.
Cons. As everyone has said the menu sucks. It is slow and clunky. I think the worst thing on the camera is the lack of a physical feel for the aperture control. It is horrible. You can quickly go beyond the desired mark. Also I had to move the location of the aperture adjustment wheel so I wouldn't hit is with my cheek. The viewfinder hood is clunky. Functional yes but not great. Definitely adjust your viewfinder monitor while you are on a full screen. It seems to be a bit under and some of the footage reflected that.
Overall. I am looking forward to putting it through a variety of situations in the coming month. Very nice tool and brings the production value way up with all the pro features. Will report back with info when we use it on jibs, sliders and movi coming up soon.
Pasta and ricotta were meant to be enjoyed together! Enjoy this quick and easy recipe and taste how the heat from the pasta, slightly melts the whole milk ricotta to perfection.
Seasonal Veggies with Ricotta
The Callahans love to make this dish at home. Diana calls it "Thanksgiving In A Bowl", and was inspired by a recipe from Food 52. Try this dish at home using Bellwether Farms Ricotta.
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
This is one of Liam and Diana's favorite recipes. Ricotta is a fantastic addition to breakfast foods. This lemon ricotta pancake recipe is light and fluffy and very trendy. Visit Bellwether farms for more recipes.
Blueberry Ricotta Cups
This blueberry ricotta cup recipe is similar to a cheescake without the crust. Dessert is Diana's favorite part of the meal and this recipe was inspired by www.southerninlaw.com's recipe. To add some richness, Liam likes to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to finish it off.
Not only does Bellwether Farms make incredible ricotta, but their aged cheeses are to die for as well! Aging cheese is all about controlled spoilage, fermenting those milk sugars to create variations in flavor. Those variations are affected by moisture, temperature, age time and more.
Liam Callahan's hand washing philosophy is serious business and is an essential part step in the process of working with cheese. It allows Liam to work with the cheeses without gloves so that he can feel the firmness of the curds while keeping the product totally sanitized.
Shoot Blue Productions is a Sonoma County video production company providing award winning video and television production services for the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2005, Shoot Blue Productions has grown to take on a wide array of video and television productions. Whether it is a television commercial, corporate video or a broadcast reality series, they provide production and post production services from start to finish to ensure the best quality product.
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