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Cooking with Grain Recipes | Cooking with Chef Mead

Tehachapi Farms Sonora/Red Fife Blend
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


2 cups Sonora/Red Fife Blend Flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. kosher salt

1 cup (8 oz.) unsalted butter – softened

1 cup brown sugar (dark), firmly packed

2 large eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

3 cups oats (not instant)

¾ cup raisins

¾ cups mini chocolate chips (Chocolate chips are optional)

*1½cups raisins, substitute for chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Whisk together, Sonora/Red Fife Blend Flour, baking powder, baking soda and kosher salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream together with mixer on low, softened unsalted butter, sugar, Dark brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. Increase speed of mixer to high and cream mixture until fluffy and light in color.
  4. Beat in flour mixture
  5. Stir in oats, raisins, mini chocolate chips
  6. Drop cookies into 2 tbsp. dough balls onto sheet pan, 2 inches apart
  7. Bake 11-15 minutes on center rack
Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette

Yield: 1½ cups


1 small shallot, finely chopped

¾ cup olive oil

¼ cup champagne vinaigrette

3 tbs. fresh lemon juice

2 tbs. fresh orange juice

¼ tsp. freshly grated lemon zest

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tbs. fresh thyme leaves


  1. Combine all ingredients
  2. Season to taste
  3. Whisk to blend
Farro and Kale Salad


2 cups cooked farro

4 cups kale, cleaned and cut into 1 inch strips

½ cup dried cranberries

1 green apple, julienned

2 tbs. pine nuts

1 cup sugar snap peas, blanched, cut on a bias

1 cup feta cheese

1 cup lemon thyme vinaigrette

½ cup preserved lemon

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine farro, kale, cranberries, apple, pine nuts, snap peas and to
  2. Toss in lemon thyme vinaigrette.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste
  4. Garnish with preserved lemon and crumbled feta cheese.

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  1. Polly May 3, 2017 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    I Enjoy your recipes.
    Thank you.

  2. Cindi Finley May 3, 2017 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing these exquisitely unique recipes!

  3. SA Harper May 3, 2017 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Chef Mead is an awesome caterer, I’ve used him for previous corporate events and he does an amazing job. Congrats on the new restaurant I wish you continued success!

    SA Harper

  4. Laurel Best-Linton May 4, 2017 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Wonderful recipes, thanks so much for sharing them. Rich is the best chef, hands down!!!!!

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