“From brand ambassador to farm hand to working mom of three, my life has become a wonderful whirlwind of food, fun & adventure. Come take a peak inside the Beretta farm and join me on my #GoodFoodJourney.”
Cynthia Beretta, Co-Founder of Beretta Farms and founder of Beretta Kitchen, is no stranger to food. A gifted entrepreneur, mother of three, organic cattle rancher and self-proclaimed ‘foodie’, Cynthia has over twenty-five years of experience in the food industry. Born on the original Earth Day in the 1970s, Cynthia jokes she was destined for sustainable and organic greatness. In 1993, fresh out of school with no farming experience to speak of Cynthia and her husband Michael embarked on an unconventional path and founded Beretta Farms. Since then the couple has expanded their network of like-minded farmers across the country, partnering with those that share the core value of raising animals humanely with love and respect As both businesses continue to grow and thrive, Cynthia never forgets to carve time out of her busy schedule to share a hearty home cooked meal with her family.
Springtime is my favourite season. Most likely because I was born in the spring and as it happens I was also born on the very first Earth Day. Basically, I’m an Earth child. The moment I start to see the first buds poking through the…
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Chicken pot pie with a flaky crust is a comfort food classic.
1 bunch cilantro
2 Beretta boneless chicken breast shredded
5 slices of Beretta Strip bacon, cooked and chopped into bite size
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I start my day next to my best friend, who
also happens to be my husband, Michael in our house with the 3 best kids in the
world sleeping soundly somewhere. I rise
most morning early and either swim or go to boot camp, both things, if…
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Howdy y’all! I am writing to you in the barn office with a
heater blasting on my fingers!
I won’t sugar coat Winter on the Ranch for all of you. Being
a rancher is one tough job and Beretta is so fortunate to have such fantastic
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For those of you that do not know who Ellie is, she is our pet pot belly pig. You can follow her on her Instagram account @Ellieberetta. I know that this sounds like a funny title but truly, where do we put her for the winter??
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Beretta”, I speak of her in the third person because sometimes that is just how
I feel about her. How does any one
person hold it all together? We are all
in this same boat, all of us wearing so many hats these…
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Cynthia Beretta Featured in Nichelle Laus new magazine called NL Women's Magazine.
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Sweet and salty candied bacon makes these chocolate chip cookies anything but ordinary.
● 3 cups All Purpose White Flour
● 1 tsp Baking Powder
● 1 tsp Baking Soda
● ½ tsp Salt
● 1 cup Unsalted Butter
This breakfast corn dog recipe dips breakfast sausage in a maple syrup-cornmeal batter, then serves it on a stick.
1 Cup Yellow Organic or Non GMO Cornmeal
1 Cup All purpose Flour
¼ Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/8 Teaspoon Black…
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Don't let the size of these sliders fool you, they are packed with the ultimate beefy flavour.
Makes 8 (2 oz) sliders
- ½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt
- ¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper
- ½ Teaspoon Dried Oregano
- ½ cup Vegetable Oil for…
At Beretta, we believe in zero waste farming when it comes to our ethically raised animals. Our nose to tail concept has helped us create a handcrafted beef tallow soap, which is paired with activated charcoal and rich essential oils, for a…
Split Pea Soup Ingredients:
3 cloves garlic
½ tsp pepper
2 Beretta homemade smoked pork hocks
1 Bay Leaf
2 Stalks Celery
16 oz split peas dried
1 tsp Thyme, dried
1 yellow onion
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Cynthia Beretta is here to steal a pizza your heart. It may sound cheesy, but this is a knead to dough recipe. Whether you’re looking for a fun start to your day, or are a fan of breakfast for dinner, Cynthia Beretta has cultivated her version…
My Secret to the perfect pizza? Beretta salami & a touch of love. I’ve paired this pizza with Beretta’s antibiotic and hormone free beef salami with some of my other favourite Italian flavours. This combination is near and dear to my…
1 Box Beretta Burgers (6 per box)
6 Fresh Brioche Buns
400 grams of Roquefort Cheese
1 large red onion sliced into large rounds
Bibb lettuce, several full leaves for burgers
3 leaves of Radicchio, thinly sliced
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Delicious barbecue beef Miami Short Ribs with a Cynthia Beretta marinade.
3 lbs Beretta Miami Short Ribs
1 Cup Soy Sauce
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Ketchup
½ Cup Lemon Juice
½ Cup Sesame Oil
¼ Cup Oyster Sauce
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Easter has always been one of my favourite holidays ever since I was a child. Most likely because it contains two lovely things: chocolate and spring time! Chocolate is my go to when I just need a quick sweet fix. Spring is my favourite…
March 1st is "pig day" and we want to celebrate this day with giving you ten fun facts about the Beretta family's pet pig Ellie.
1. When Ellie first got to the Beretta Farms, she would only sleep if she had someone holding her.
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Kale, Italian Style
1 large bunch fresh Kale, washed and cut into bite size pieces
½ Cup water
2 garlic cloves – crushed
5 sundried tomatoes, thinly sliced
5 Tablespoons Olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
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This is hands down my favourite time of the year at home and on the farm. All I want to do is to cook, bake, build a fire, stay warm and snuggle with Mike and the kids! Well, that is what I imagine happening. The kids have grown up so…
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We've turned a true classic into bite size grab and go appetizers that will leave your serving plate empty. You can use leftover stuffing that doesn't fit into your Beretta Turkey and prepare the night before to pop in the oven the day of s…
It’s funny how people always refer to expectant mothers as “Nesters” or that they start to nestle away food, clothes and any other item that might someday come in handy before the bundle of Craziness arrives. Well, I think I am in a…
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Halloween has always been one of my favourite festive days. This fondness for Halloween came from my Mom, who still goes all out with costumes to this day! She dressed me up when I was 4 as the Wicked Witch of the West and did my makeup…
As Thanksgiving is upon us, the Beretta household is always looking into creating new traditions. Try this variety of seasonal recipes to serve to your friends and family.
1 Whole Chicken
Beretta Autumn Spice Rub
July 19th is National Hot Dog Day and “Let’s be Frank”, there is no better way to celebrate than with some grilled organic hot dogs! Hot dogs are a staple for summer grilling and we wanted to make a product with quality ingredients that…
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As soon as summertime is in the air, you will not find me cooking anywhere else except for the grill. These three marinades are best when left overnight to marinate and not to mention a simple way to add flavour. These are my versions but don’t…
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Wanting a wholesome alternative for our family is why Mike and I started this business over 25 years ago. Traditional home cooking is something that was passed down to me from my own mother and I hope my children continue with these recipes.…
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We have a sizzling variation of burger recipes devoted to breakfast, dinner and even dessert for this Burger Month. Whether we add an egg or donut, we got all the meals covered using our Beretta burger!
Beretta Breakfast Burger:
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Nothing says “Mother’s Day” like a towering stack of fluffy buckwheat pancakes, doused in a wild blueberry, spiced orange compote and peameal bacon with a fresh lime mint fruit salad. Treat mom to this simple brunch recipe from The Beretta…
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At Beretta Farms, we take great pride in all of our staff members. On a day which celebrates women, we thought we would take an in-depth look at a couple of our executive herd members, and share what they have learned about leadership and mentoring…
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Fear not of the word “nutritious” for the Beretta Kitchen has some recipes to suit your style and your taste buds.
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg, beaten, with 1 egg white
1/2 cup panko bread…
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Beretta Farms began 25 years ago with two pigs that Mike bought and started raising on my family acreage. Mike and I weren’t even engaged yet and we took on this huge task of raising two Berkshire pigs with zero experience.
I not only was…
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Just another occasion I get to cook good food for my family and friends for Superbowl Sunday. I mean I’m a huge sports fan, although I’d take the Winter Classic over the Superbowl any day. I love the excitement of the glorious, delicious,…
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On Valentine’s Day morning a few years back, I was awoken by our three children and they rushed me to our daughter’s bedroom window that overlooked our pond. There, to my delightful surprise was “I LOVE YOU” spray painted in red on…
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Lighten up the traditional Chicken Cacciatore with a spaghetti squash twist. Enjoy this Italian dish without all the extra carbs.
1 whole spaghetti squash
4 tablespoons Olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
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Leftover chicken and tossed greens come together to make a zesty dish that will please even the biggest salad cynic in your life.
10 Moroccan spiced roast chicken breasts
4 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic glove chopped finely
1/2 cup Spiced…
Cranberry swirl and crystallized ginger blend together to make the perfect holiday treat. These sweet and zesty donuts are a great dessert to serve your guests.
2(1/4 ounce) packages of yeast
1 ⁄ 4 cup water
1 1 ⁄ 2 cups lukewarm…
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The holidays are all hustle and bustle in the Beretta household. Here are a few of my favourite sides for the big holiday meal.
2 cups water
1 ¾ to 2 cups sugar
4 cups cranberries (16 ounces)
¼ cup orange…
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Have your guests clamoring around the snack table at your party with these tasty starters.
Peruvian Beef Anticuchos
1 pound flatiron or blade steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
This chocolate soufflé will melt in your mouth with a rich molten center, and a light spongy exterior. This dessert is decadent and delightful in one mouthful leaving you wanting more.
8 heat proof glass or ceramic ramekins
Funny how it can take me days to actually sit down to write a piece about how I entertain! I have been very fortunate to be surrounded by family, friends and good food from a young age. My parents loved to throw parties and my mom is a fantastic…
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This bold curry recipe is a delicious way to use up those yummy turkey leftovers! You can vary the amount of curry used, depending on how spicy you like your dishes. This is one of my favourite leftover meals!
1 Cup Brown and wild rice…
The autumn harvest is in full swing. To celebrate the season, here’s an unexpected twist on classic hummus that the whole family will love.
Two 540 ml cans of chickpeas
1 Cup canned plain pumpkin puree
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Thanksgiving is an important time of year when the Beretta clan gets together to celebrate another harvest season. Thanksgiving is a big event full of family, friends, food and more food at the Beretta household. I have a few of my favourite…
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It’s not time yet to put your grill away. Fall brings on cooler weather which makes it easier to stand by the sweltering warm grill. The Beretta Kitchen gives the top 5 fall vegetables to try on your grill!
Butternut Squash: Grill over…
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The summer came and flew by. I was just getting used to having all the chicklets home and all of a sudden it was August. Now all kids are starting school and here we are. Instead of packing my kids lunches, it’s my lunch I have to now worry…
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So you have been tasked on planning this year’s big Family Reunion? Don’t sweat it, the Beretta Kitchen has some great tips and how to throw a great party for all ages.
Try to invite everyone. That random second…
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My eldest son Thomas has received a hockey scholarship to a University in the United States, which isn’t just a different city, but altogether a different country. He has worked so hard towards the athlete’s dream of going to school on scholarship,…
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There is no better way to celebrate earth month than getting your garden up, running and ready for the season. For me, gardening has always been a hobby held near and dear to my heart. As a child, I used to see my mother in…
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To all those mom’s out there…
Life brings adversities in different shapes and forms. For Mike and me, our road has not been an easy one but I can truly look back now and say it has formed who we are today. This blog post is dedicated…
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Whether I liked it or not, my future was foreordained for the sustainable farming industry. It is quite humorous how life plays out; is it one step that leads to a totally altered path, or maybe, like my mother says, it really…
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With a refreshing burst of cucumber and lime, this cocktail is a tasty twist on the original mojito. Serve guests for cocktail hour on any mid summers day!
The Beretta Kitchen was featured in HELLO! Lifestyle magazine for an entertaining…
Crispy, crunchy, tender chicken strips are the ultimate comfort food. Always a childhood favourite they're easy, delicious, and satisfy even the pickiest of eaters, an absolute favourite the whole family enjoys. And with March Break…