The holidays are a time to gather and enjoy. Below are some of our favorite ways to help you host for the holidays with delicious recipes using amazing California ingredients. We have an extravagant and oh-so simple to assemble cheese and charcuterie wreath and a truly sensational lemon cocktail.

Winter Cheese & Charcuterie Wreath

Recipe courtesy of California Grown

This extravagant and oh-so simple to assemble cheese and charcuterie wreath will have your guests going round and round as they explore all the delicate and elegant pairings within.

Prep time: 30 Minutes
Servings: 6 to 8


  • Mollie Stone’s Dried Apricots*
  • Mollie Stone’s Almonds*
  • Pomegranates*
  • Marin French Cheese Co. Petite Truffle Brie – Made with Real California Milk*
  • Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. Toma – Made with Real California Milk*
  • Zoe’s Meats Sliced Prosciutto
  • Fra’Mani Sliced Italian Dry Salame
  • Jacobs Farm Fresh Rosemary*
  • Rustic Bakery Olive Oil & Sel Gris Flatbread Bites
  • Castelvetrano Olives

*This comes from California.


  1. Clean and prepare your pomegranates into wedges and just the pomegranate arils.
  2. Slice both cheeses into single serving wedges.
  3. Arrange all ingredients on a large round platter leaving space in the center to form the wreath shape.
  4. Serve with the California 75 Cocktail and enjoy!

California 75 – A New Classic Lemon Cocktail

This sensational lemon cocktail is as bright and effervescent as the ocean views you’ll see driving down the sunny California coast.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 2 ounces (60 mL) Trincheri Dry Vermouth*
  • 1 ounce (30 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice*
  • 1 ounce (30 mL) simple syrup
  • 6 ounces (175 mL) Scharrffenberger Brut*
  • Garnish: lemon twist (or ribbon)*

*This comes from California.


  1. Add the Dry Vermouth, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into 2 flute glasses.
  2. Top each with Sparkling Wine. Garnish with a lemon twist/ribbon

Why Choose California Grown?

California Grown’s goal is to bridge the connection between Californians and the people who grow and produce their food. You may not think of farmers every time you’re at Mollie Stone’s Markets, but they think about you an awful lot. From employing food safety measures that keep your food reliable, to growing varieties they know you will appreciate, and developing creative packaging solutions that will help get dinner on the table faster – these details dominate the mind of the farmer.

Why Choose California Dairy?

Glad you asked. Every product stamped with the Real California Milk® Seal is made with wholesome dairy from the Golden State – where we believe in real food made by real families who are focused on a cleaner, more sustainable future.

Find everything you need for these recipes and many more California favorites at your local Mollie Stone’s Markets.