My name is Natalia Fritz and I am the very loving and happy wife to winery owner Clay Fritz, a busy mother to three awesome kids: Cannon, Bianca, and Leo. I am a farmer’s daughter, born and raised in California. I have had a love of cooking since I can remember. Natalia’s Kitchen came about because of my passion for food and wine.
I developed Natalia’s Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce about 5 years ago by accident. My youngest of three kids was beginning to eat solid foods. I would always start with pureed sweet potato as I am pleased with the outstanding nutritional value in sweet potatoes. It was a hectic evening in the house, especially the kitchen. I was multi-tasking, trying to prepare dinner for the other kids as they were becoming fussy and hungry as well. The baby was crying in the bouncy seat on the table, the phone was ringing, my husband was trying to talk to me about something - and it was all happening at once. So distracted, I accidentally poured the Cuisinart bowl filled with sweet potato puree into the marinara sauce intended for the other kids pasta. I remember being instantly frustrated for the mishap; but then I shrugged my shoulders and thought, "Well, this is dinner!" Being that the sauce was so unique I decided to share this recipe with the world! www.nataliaskitchen.net
About 10 years ago Clay and I were surveying the property and knowing we had an area of open land on our 112 acre estate with no current plans to plant additional vines at the time, we researched putting in olive trees thinking this would be a nice addition to the winery portfolio. What we discovered was the area surrounding our spring-fed pond was perfect for olive trees, thus Olio D' Natalia was born!
In the New Year, I have started a tradition for our employees at the winery to cook lunch every last Thursday of the month. I use this as an opportunity to try new recipes, especially ones that will pair with our estate wines. It’s a chance for Clay and I to have all our staff together and enjoy each other’s company. I will be sharing these recipes monthly for you to enjoy with your family just the same!
May 31, 2016
I recently came across this light and flavorful tart on Instagram - it is effortless and beautiful. A crowd pleaser for sure! Pair with Fritz 2015 Estate Sauvignon Blanc for a fast and elegant and light lunch.
April 7, 2016
Honestly, this is one of Clay's favorite winter meals. It is rich, decadent and over-the-top delicious! Go for it! You'll love it too. As part of the recipe, I use an ENTIRE bottle of our 2013 Estate Reserve Zinfandel.
September 15, 2016
Truly a hearty delicious meal that pairs quite nicely with our 2014 Estate Malbec. It is rich, flavorful and satisfies. Clay, myself and our three kids enjoyed it over creamy polenta.
July 15, 2016
As part of the meal for our monthly Team Fritz lunch in June, I made this fresh and easy pasta salad. I was delighted to use basil from our garden. Another healthy and satisfying dish everyone loves.
January 18, 2017
This is a pretty and fresh salad. I think it goes very nicely next to fish or roasted chicken. Celery, green olives and toasted pine nuts are the stars in this show! The jalapeno makes a great guest appearance.
November 27, 2016
This is a very fast, healthy and flavorful soup. It has a spicy kick to it that will keep you on your toes. Perfect for a cold day with a crisp glass of our 2014 Blanc de Noirs. It is a perfect pairing!!
December 29, 2016
This is such an easy crowd pleaser! I am so happy each time I take this dish out of the oven... and happier when I place each bite in my mouth. It pairs so very nicely with our Lost Canyon Morelli Lane Pinot Noir. I encourage you to invite some friends over and savor this together.
April 13, 2016
I just love creamy polenta! It is simple yet comforting. We enjoyed this side dish with our award winning 2013 Russian River Pinot Noir!
May 31, 2016
These spicy deviled eggs are excellent with our 2014 Estate Rose. On the weekends this summer, I make a fresh batch for our winery guests.
July 20, 2016
LOVE, COMFORT & WARMTH!!! In the middle of winter, nothing satisfies us Fritz's like a piping hot bowl of French Onion soup. This has been my favorite recipe for this soup for years. Basically, it is from Julia Child's cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1. But I tweaked it a little for fun.
December 2, 2016
Zesty, colorful and delicious. Easy. You can make this in advance then simply reheat. It makes green beans happy. It makes me happy.
January 20, 2017
I happened to have a bag of fortune cookie wafers from our recent visit to the fortune cookie factory in San Francisco. I had been wanting to try them as a pie shell for a few weeks. I am pleasantly surprised - it is a nice accompaniment to the dark chocolate filling because they are light and clean in flavor so the crust does not compete. If you can't find fortune cookies, any traditional crust will work just as well.
January 31, 2017
Packed with flavor and protein, this dish is incredibly satisfying. Assuming you have all the ingredients in your pantry, this will be easy. Please allow for a few hours to marinate.
December 17, 2016
Lemony, Lucious, Bright, Creamy... easy to make. Very good with scones, shortbread cookies, crepes...
October 16, 2016
We all need a snappy dinner to pull together that will satisfy the entire table. I think this is it! Especially as the weather gets cooler, this sauce is amusing and comforting. It has really big and fun flavors, from the red pepper flakes and chopped kalamata olives simmered with the ground sirloin... it is glorious!
December 6, 2016
Over 75% vegetables per serving, and zero added sugar, my Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce is undeniably healthy and flavorful. Try it in this baked penne dish, it is soul satisfying.
July 21, 2016
This is such a tasty and easy dish. Really!! Whoever invented puff pastry deserves a big hug. Make this for breakfast and enjoy with coffee or for an afternoon snack with a glass of Fritz Reserve Chardonnay.
November 30, 2016
Creamy, simple, elegant - this classic soup is easy to pull together and serve any day! The most basic ingredients that require little effort during preparation will keep anyone engaged and happy in the kitchen. This also means little clean up! My entire family loves this soup. So will you!
June 28, 2016
Slightly off the path from our traditional chocolate chip cookie - these cookies are bright and sweet AND creamy. I bake these often for our team at the winery, and they've decided they go nicely with our Estate Rose!
January 17, 2017
Rustic & elegant - these are quick, tasty and excellent with our Sauvignon Blanc.
April 13, 2016
Loaded with roasted vegetables, this is lasagna is super flavorful and robust! I made this for our employees in January when it was cold and grey outside. It pairs wonderfully with our 2013 Estate Reserve Zinfandel.
April 5, 2016
This hearty salad pairs very nicely with our award winning 2013 Russian River Chardonnay.
January 4, 2017
All I can say is: THIS IS WORTH THE WAIT! Plan ahead and season the beef overnight. This step makes all the difference. Special equipment to have on hand: potato rice, 9x13 baking dish or several individual gratin dishes. And, a few different size sauce pans...
September 20, 2016
To sum it up, I wanted to try something slightly different in my simple risotto for tonight's dinner. Rather than simmering the arborio in the first steps with white wine, I experimented with our Blanc de Noirs. The end result was fabulous!! Lucious, bright and creamy.
July 15, 2016
This salad is perfect on a warm day with a glass of Fritz Sauvignon Blanc or Fritz Russian River Chardonnay!
I made this for our monthly Team Fritz Lunch in June. It is a quick dish that makes mouths happy.
February 3, 2017
This soup is souper! Sweet and a little bit spicy. It is a cinch to make and very nutritious. A cool crisp glass of Fritz Rose or Sauvignon Blanc make it more complete. Give it a whirl!
January 31, 2017
These muffins have become a weekly addition to our mornings. I usually prep the dry ingredients the night before. I am convinced 2 steps make these muffins terrific: 1) that the high baking temp of 425 is what contributes to the crisp outer crust while the inside is pillowy, soft and sweet. 2) heating half the blueberries with a sprinkling of sugar in a sauce pan for a few minutes before adding them to the batter really open up their flavor.
April 6, 2016
Barrel Tasting Weekend this past March was cold and rainy! Our staff worked lots of hours to help make Barrel Tasting a smashing success and great experience for our guests. To say "THANKS!" I made them this lovely Vanilla Bundt Cake, which you should enjoy with our 2013 Late Harvest Zinfandel! This wine has just the right level of sweetness to savor with this dessert.
October 29, 2016
This might sound like an odd combination - and for a pancake, it kind of is... but I promise you it is delicious and powerfully satisfying.
October 25, 2016
This is a throwback from my childhood, somewhere during the early 80's. But I still love it. Especially when it is cold and rainy.