Our Family Traditions

The holidays can be quite a whirlwind, and as we head into the New Year, it’s nice to reflect on what has always remained most important—family! Over the years, our family has developed a few unique traditions of our own, and we love being traditionally untraditional!

These are a few of our favorite things….

Behold the Fritz family holiday card. This year, we decided to showcase some of our favorite hobbies and interests. It’s so fun watching the kids grow and how they change over the years! A stand out for our whole family this year was staying Sonoma Strong. We are so fortunate to live here, and these shirts are a small way we can say thank you to those who helped keep us safe.

A night on the town

Our favorite family tradition is getting all gussied up and taking the kids out to a nice dinner on the town. We usually do this a few days before the holidays because it’s important to spend quality time together without all the chaos. Making traditions a part of our family year-round is what makes us who we are! This year, we enjoyed a lovely evening out in the beautiful Dry Creek Valley. This tradition of ours is not overly complex, but it makes us refocus on each other (and some delicious food).

Make it sweet and spicy

In this house, soup means comfort. On cold winter days, my family needs something to warm up with! One of my very favorite soups is sweet potato chipotle soup. It’s packed with flavor, uses fresh ingredients, is so easy to make, and best of all—it is so healthy. This soup is perfect for dinner parties or a simple night at home. The added spice from the chipotle peppers will warm you right up! Check out my Instagram for the recipe!

Happy New Year from my family to yours!

Xo, Natalia

 


A Slow, Busy Summer

Summer is wrapping up and “back to school” is knocking at my door!

It feels like just last week I was writing my “Taste of California Summer” blog for June. Every summer seems to go by too fast. It doesn’t seem to matter if the summer brings you carefree, childlike thrills or adult-like relax and chill-out celebrations, this season always comes to an end too darn quickly. This year was what I like to call a slow, busy summer around here.


Celebrating Lasagna Day with a Twist

Can you believe there is an actual “National Lasagna Day”? July 29—a whole day dedicated to eating this delicious dish!

There is nothing better than a hearty home-cooked meal, and lasagna is the ultimate comfort food. To participate in National Lasagna Day, I’m taking one of the most traditional Italian recipes and upgrading it with a healthy twist. I’m excited to introduce you to my family’s favorite lasagna recipes using my Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce.


My Favorite Summer Hikes in Sonoma County

WOW! Kids make life the best kind of busy, and so does being involved with the family business and managing my own brand. Keeping me on my toes, as a mom to three wonderful children, I often find myself pressed for time. Passionate about my profession and caring for others, I am a big believer in enjoying the small things in life. Hiking and enjoying the beauty of nature is just one tip from me to you I really want to share.


From Refined Wine to Extra Virgin Olive Oil- The Best of the Dry Creek Valley

From Blackberry Bushes to Olive Trees…

Olio D'Natalia

As a mom and the daughter of a farmer, Natalia Fritz has always appreciated the health benefits, locally sourced production, and top quality of the ingredients she uses in her cooking. So almost 10 years ago, when the idea came to her and her husband of replacing the overgrown blackberry bushes at Fritz Winery, it is not surprising that she and Clay came up with the idea of planting olive trees. The idea was not only to prevent potential vineyard diseases but also to be able to extract excellent extra virgin olive oil.


From Kid to Mom, Mom to Kid, Cooking Came Full Circle

For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed cooking. My intrigue began when I was around 4 or 5 years old. I remember my friend Sara received a Betty Crocker Easy Bake Oven for her 5th birthday, I was instantly fascinated and curious (and probably a tinge jealous). I think I told the Birthday Fairy and Santa for years and years that that is what I wanted. And because I never got one (I also asked for bikes and typewriters and clothes and other toys, so please don’t think my parents or Santa or the Birthday Fairy neglected me), my desire for cooking never faded. It just got stronger.

Natalia's Kitchen - Leo LOVES my Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce
Leo LOVES my sauce on cheese raviolis for a quick snack

Like many, many other parents out there, I value providing homemade meals for my family as often as possible. Healthy habits with whole foods have become a basic priority here. So often I find myself thinking about what I am going to cook over the next few days. I LOVE meal planning, and I love sorting through cookbooks and magazines as I imagine pulling together different dishes to complete our meals. So much inspiration out there!

These days my house is filled with three growing kids and a hungry husband. During our busiest days (which feels like every day) I love knowing I can quickly create a well balanced and tasty meal by using my sweet potato tomato sauce. From pasta to pizza, sloppy joes to lasagna roll-ups – I know we’re getting at least 75% vegetables per serving. Pretty cool! And, by combining great flavor with a whole score of health benefits, this sauce brings the sweet potato to play with every bite!


Mom and Wife Who Loves to Cook: Why Natalia Fritz Uses Real Ingredients

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that a farmer’s daughter gets excited by fresh from-the-earth produce. I love it! When your food actually does something good for you and your family, with no preservatives, no additives, no chemicals – that’s what I’m alllll… about. Now I know we’re all busy and we don’t have time between basketball & baseball practice, music lessons, and homework help to be a professional chef who cooks fresh food all day, every day. But there’s no excuse not to try. Why is it that we use our busy schedules as an excuse to skip real ingredients and compromise? Personally, I am over it!