23 SEP

CPF honors outstanding industry members at annual conference

California Poultry Federation
Modesto, CA Press Release


Contact: Bill Mattos (209) 576-6355 califpoultry@cs.com


Sept. 23, 2008, Modesto, CA – – The California Poultry Federation honored outstanding members of the state’s poultry industry last week at its annual conference held at The Resort at Squaw Creek.

The CPF’s top honor went to Richard and Kathy Zacky, who received the Golden Rooster Award for their many years of service and advocacy. Richard served as chairman of the CPF in 2002 and 2003, and he will begin a new term as chairman in 2010. “During his long tenure on the CPF board of directors, Richard has raised the level of awareness of poultry and poultry products among legislators, consumers and business associates,” said CPF Chairman Bob Shipley. “Supporting him, and working right along side at various events, fund-raisers and activities has been his bright and energetic wife, Kathy. Together they have worked tirelessly to serve the many facets of the poultry industry, while giving back to their community, state and country.”

CPF President Bill Mattos praised the Zackys for hosting the CPF’s annual summer meeting at their Avila Beach home. “The Zackys are a primary reason for the growth and interest in this activity year after year,” said Mattos. “Together they have also spent countless hours in both Sacramento and Washington, DC promoting California’s diverse poultry industry and working to level the playing field for business here in California so that we remain competitive with the rest of the nation.”

The Allied Award was presented to Evans Keller, a sales and marketing specialist to the food industry for poultry. Keller has served California’s poultry and egg industry as an allied member since 2002 after spending almost 30 years working in the poultry industry throughout the United States. Today, as a consultant for an animal health company, Keller works as a sales and marketing specialist to the food industry for poultry, covering the nine western states along with researching and formulating start-up agendas for companies in the Organic, Antibiotic Free and Natural Foods arena.

CPF Chairman Shipley said, “Evans has assisted in raising the image and the stature of the poultry industry in both allied and industry circles, and he has also attended every lobby day event for members in Sacramento and Washington, DC effectively promoting the industry and working for a better future for poultry and eggs.” Keller served as Chairman of the CPF in 1993 and has been a member of the board of directors since 1991.

The Pioneer Award was presented to the Diestel Family, owners of Diestel Family Turkey Ranch in Sonora. Their turkey was recently named the best tasting range fed turkey by the San Francisco Chronicle. “This family has always been known for its locally grown, fresh and natural and range fed birds that sell throughout the west,” noted Mattos. In the early 1920s Ernest Bottini, great uncle of Tim Diestel (today’s owner) started what has become the family tradition of raising premium quality range grown turkeys on his 400 acre ranch in the Sierra foothills. Ernest took special care growing each turkey and built a successful trade with many of the famous landmark San Francisco restaurants, to whom he delivered old fashioned New York dressed turkeys on his own truck. “They believe that their family secrets of range growing with extra time, individual care, and a wholesome diet and environment consistently produce a better, tender and juicy turkey that has real old fashioned turkey flavor,” explained Shipley.

(Editor’s note: High resolution photos of award winners are available upon request. Please contact Mark Looker at marklooker@yahoo.com)

The CPF, headquartered in Modesto, is the trade association for California‘s meat bird industry, representing chicken, turkey, duck, squab and game bird producers and processors.






06 JUN

California Poultry Federation commends Sen. Feinstein on bill lowering tariff on imported ethanol


California Poultry Federation
Modesto, CA
Press Release


Contact: Bill Mattos (209) 576-6355 califpoultry@cs.com

California Poultry Federation commends Sen. Feinstein on bill lowering tariff on imported ethanol

June 6, 2008 Modesto, CA – – California Poultry Federation President Bill Mattos today commended California Sen. Dianne Feinstein for her introduction of legislation that would reduce the tariff on imported ethanol.

“The California poultry industry is being impacted by the rising cost of feed as over one-quarter of the U.S. corn crop is diverted from feed and food to the production of ethanol,” explained Mattos. “This diversion of corn from feed is raising the cost of production for California poultry producers and those cost increases will be felt by consumers. This legislation is an important first step in getting Congress to revisit food-to-fuel mandates and subsidies.”

The Imported Ethanol Parity Act would require the President to lower the 54-cent per gallon tariff on imported ethanol to a level at or below the per gallon subsidy for blending ethanol into gasoline. “The subsidy is 51-cents per gallon currently, but the recently-passed Farm Bill reduces the subsidy to 45-cents per gallon – a good first step,” said Mattos. “The legislation reduces the real trade barrier on clean and climate-friendly ethanol imports that currently gives gasoline imports a competitive advantage against ethanol imports.”

Mattos added, “It is important to keep in mind that these subsidies were primarily designed to boost the initial development in renewable fuels production. However, feedgrains-based ethanol production is now growing at an astounding pace. Passage of the Imported Ethanol Parity Act, which will reduce the ethanol import tariff by only 9 cents per gallon, certainly will not put the economic health of the ethanol industry in jeopardy. However, it is a welcome beginning toward a more open international market for ethanol.”

The CPF, headquartered in Modesto, is the trade association for California’s meat bird industry, representing chicken, turkey, duck, squab and game bird producers and processors.


29 APR

Chicken and Portobello Salad with Port Fig Vinaigrette

Chicken and Portobello Salad with Port Fig Vinaigrette(2)Vinaigrette

1 cup ruby Port
4 California Dried Mission Figs, stemmed and chopped
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1-1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced
3 portobello mushrooms, stemmed, gills scraped out, and sliced
1 pound Foster Farms Thin-Sliced Chicken Breast Fillets, cut into ¾-inch strips
1 5-ounce bag mixed salad greens
5 tablespoons crumbled, cooked bacon
1/2 cup crumbled Real California Feta Cheese®
California Dried or fresh Mission Figs, for garnish

For vinaigrette, boil Port, figs, onion and sugar in large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until liquid is reduced to ¼ cup, about 8 minutes. Transfer to blender. Add vinegar and ½ cup olive oil; cover and blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

In same skillet, heat ¼ cup of the vinaigrette over medium-high heat. Add garlic and Portobello slices; sauté until tender, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; remove from skillet. Add remaining tablespoon oil and chicken to skillet. Season with salt and pepper and sauté until cooked through, about 3 minutes.

Toss greens with vinaigrette, bacon, and ¼ cup feta. Top with mushrooms and chicken. Sprinkle remaining feta over top and garnish with figs.

Makes 4 servings.

Kristine Snyder, Kihei, HI
2004 Third Place
Chicken Traditions with Flair Category

29 APR

Grecian Chicken Slaw

Grecian Chicken Slaw(1)12 ounces Foster Farms Refrigerated Grilled Chicken Breast Strips
1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans, drained
1 jar (6 ounce) marinated artichoke hearts, drained reserving the liquid
2 fresh California Roma Tomatoes, chopped
1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
4 cups slaw mix
2 cups packed fresh baby spinach leaves
1/4 cup sliced Kalamata olives

Salad Dressing
1 6-ounce container plain yogurt
1 tablespoon capers
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 small green onion, minced
1/4 cup Real California Feta Cheese®, crumbled
salt and pepper, to taste
parsley sprigs, for garnish

In large mixing bowl, gently toss chicken and next 7 ingredients. In a small bowl, mix salad dressing ingredients with the reserved artichoke liquid. Stir in salt and pepper to taste. Toss the dressing with the chicken mixture. Garnish with parsley.

Makes 4 servings.

Roxanne Chan, Albany, CA
2004 Third Place
Chicken with an Ethnic Twist Category


29 APR

Ethiopian-Style Chicken with Figs

Ethiopian-Style Chicken with Figs(1)1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon tumeric
1-1/4 pound boneless, skinless California chicken thighs
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 small yams, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 hot pepper (such as jalapeno), seeded and chopped
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup honey
8-10 fresh California Figs, quartered
4 cups hot cooked cous cous or rice
1/4 cup sliced almonds

In bowl, mix salt, cumin, cinnamon and tumeric. Toss chicken with spice mixture. Heat olive oil and butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken; cook until browned on all sides.
Remove chicken; set aside. Add onion, yams, garlic, hot pepper and mustard seeds to skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Return chicken to skillet. Stir in broth, honey and figs. Cover; simmer until yams are tender and chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes. If desired, season with salt and pepper. Serve over cous cous or rice. Sprinkle with almonds.

Makes 4 servings.

Sharon Frick, Peoria, AZ
2004 Second Place
Chicken with an Ethnic Twist Category

29 APR

Chicken and Fig Cheese-Steak Sandwich

Chicken and Fig Cheese-Steak Sandwich(1)2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1-1/2 cups each sliced red and yellow bell pepper
1-1/2 cups sliced yellow onion
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
4-6 slices Foster Farms Thin-Sliced Chicken Breast Fillets
4 ounces sliced Real California Mozzarella Cheese®
4 Kaiser rolls, split
4 ounces soft herbed goat cheese
1 bunch arugula, rinsed
6 fresh California Figs, cut into thin rounds

In large skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add bell pepper, onion, ½ teaspoon of the salt and ¼ teaspoon of the pepper. Sauté until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Remove vegetables to bowl; toss with vinegar and set aside.

Sprinkle chicken slices with remaining salt and pepper. Add remaining oil to skillet or a grill pan. Sauté chicken 2 minutes; turn and top with mozzarella cheese slice. Cook until browned and cooked through, about 2 minutes longer. Toast rolls under broiler. Spread cut sides of rolls with goat cheese. Top with arugula leaves, chicken, fig slices and onion/pepper mixture. Add roll tops.

Makes 4 servings.


29 APR

Chipotle Cheddar Chicken Cakes with Honey Pear Salsa

Chipotle Cheddar Chicken Cakes(1)Honey Pear Salsa
1-1/2 cups diced fresh California Bartlett Pears
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup sliced green onion
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs, divided
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1-1/2 teaspoons minced chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups finely chopped cooked California chicken
2/3 cup shredded sharp Real California Cheddar Cheese®

2 tablespoons canola oil

In medium bowl, combine all salsa ingredients; mix well.

In large bowl, combine 1/3 cup of breadcrumbs, onion, cilantro, chipotle, mayonnaise, egg and salt; stir until well blended. Add chicken and cheese; mix until evenly coated. Form mixture into 8 patties, each 1/2-inch thick. Coat with remaining breadcrumbs.

In large nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat oil until hot. Add chicken patties, in batches if necessary. Cook until golden brown, turning once, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Serve with salsa.

Makes 4 servings.

Priscilla Yee, Concord, CA
2004 Grand Prize
Chicken with an Ethnic Twist


29 APR

Apricot and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Caramelized Onion Sauce

Apricot and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts(1)2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
2 pounds sweet onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper, divided
1 teaspoon dried thyme, divided
4 boneless, skinless California Chicken Breasts, pounded ¼-inch thick
1/2 cup Real California Ricotta Cheese®
3 tablespoons grated Real California Parmesan Cheese®
1/3 cup dried apricots (about 2 ounces), chopped
1/4 cup flour
1/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
In large skillet over medium heat add 1 tablespoon each oil and butter. Stir in onions. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and ½ teaspoon each salt, pepper and thyme; stir. Cover and cook 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Onions are done when browned and jam-like consistency. Remove skillet from heat; reserve.

Meanwhile, season both sides of chicken with 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper. In small bowl, mix ricotta, Parmesan cheese and remaining thyme. Spread about one quarter of cheese mixture on each breast. Equally divide apricots on one half of the long side of the chicken breast. Fold in sides and roll up jelly-roll style; secure with string or toothpicks.

On a plate, mix flour and remaining salt and pepper. Dust each chicken roll with flour, removing excess. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium high heat; add 1 tablespoon oil. Once oil is hot, brown chicken rolls on all sides, about 1 minute per side. Place skillet in oven, bake chicken about 20-25 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. When done, remove skillet from oven and place chicken on platter; tent with foil to keep warm. Stir broth into caramelized onion; cook over high heat until thickened. Stir in remaining butter. Pour caramelized onion sauce over chicken. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.

29 APR

Zingy Peachy Roast Chicken

Zingy Peachy Roast Chicken1 whole California chicken, (4 to 5 pounds)
2 fresh California peaches, peeled and pits removed, coarsely chopped
1 cup chopped sweet onion
1/4 cup lightly packed chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh minced jalapeno
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons peach jam
2 tablespoons tequila (can substitute brandy or peach schnapps)
1 tablespoon olive oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Rinse and dry chicken. Loosen skin on breast and thighs by slipping fingers under edge. Finely chop 1/2 cup of the peach chunks; slip under entire breast and thigh skin. Place chicken on a rack in a roasting pan. Mix remaining peaches, onion, cilantro and jalapeno; place inside chicken cavity. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Mix jam, tequila and olive oil and brush over chicken. Place roasting pan in oven and roast about 20 minutes per pound, or until done. (Thermometer should read 180 degrees F. at deepest part of thigh.) Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes.

6 servings.

Third Place, Chicken with an Ethnic Twist
Developed by: Mickey Strang, McKinleyville, California

29 APR

Little Havana El Jefe Pollo

El Jeffe Pollo

1 box (7 ounces) black bean and rice mixture
4 ounces Spanish chorizo, casing removed and crumbled
5 ounces grated Monterey Jack cheese, divided
4 boneless, skinless California chicken breasts
1 California Roma tomato, sliced into 8 pieces
1 ripe plantain, peeled and sliced to 1/4″ thickness
olive oil, as needed
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 California avocado, quartered and sliced

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Prepare rice and bean mixture according to package directions. While rice is cooking, fry crumbled chorizo in frying pan until crisp and pieces are small; drain on paper towel. Wipe fry pan clean. Place chorizo in small bowl and mix with 4 ounces Jack cheese. Set aside. Cut into the fattest side of each chicken breast making a “packet”, making sure to not cut all the way through. Stuff each breast with an equal amount of chorizo mix; press firmly to close or secure with toothpicks. Place breasts in 9×9-inch baking pan. Place two tomato slices on each breast and sprinkle remaining 1 ounce cheese over top of all. Bake for 25 minutes.

While chicken is cooking, heat enough olive oil in the bottom of the fry pan, about half-way up a plantain slice. Heat oil over high heat. Place plantain slices in hot oil and fry for two minutes per side, until slightly crispy and browned. Remove from oil, drain on paper towels; sprinkle with sugar.

When chicken is done, divide bean and rice mixture among four dinner plates and place a breast on each of the mounds. Garnish with fried plantains and avocado slices.
4 servings.

Second Place, Chicken with an Ethnic Twist Category
Developed by: Suzanne Finne, Saugus, California