Black and Blue Salad

It’s product recipe time and this one couldn’t be easier, or tastier! The classic Black and Blue Salad using our Spaghetti and Steak Seasonings.


What is it about the bottom of a loaf of bread that is just so sad? In our kitchen the older the bread gets the less love it receives until it starts to look like a science project. That is until we decided to look at stale bread with new eyes and giving it a second life. One of our favorite ways to use older bread is to make homemade croutons. Croutons are extremely easy to make and with garden season just ahead perfect with salads giving them that wonderful crunch. We like to use rustic bread which gives the croutons an airiness, but you can use any bread you have on hand. Season the bread with our Spaghetti Seasoning to give it a kick of flavor. Blends especially well with a black and blue salad.


We know blue cheese dressing sounds like the obvious choice here, but we really love the taste of balsamic vinaigrette with steak. To tie the croutons and the salad together we mix up our own vinaigrette using an envelope of good seasons zesty Italian.  Here’s the recipe: Mix 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar, 3 tablespoons water, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese with a package of Italian seasoning.

Black and Blue Salad

Cedar Oak Farms
A simple, yet delicious, salad using the bold blend of our Steak Seasoning. Homemade croutons made with our rustic country bread and spaghettis seasoning.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American



  • 2 black angus boneless strip steaks
  • 2 tablespoons COFarms Steak Seasoning
  • 4 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese


  • 1/4 loaf rustic country bread
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons COFarms Spaghetti Seasoning


  • Sprinkle both sides of steak with Steak Seasoning and set aside bringing to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut bread into 1-inch cubes and place in large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and Sprinkle with seasoning. Toss to coat. Arrange the cubes in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 15 – 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  • Heat a grilling pan over medium-high heat, add the steaks and cook 3 -4 minutes per side or until desired doneness. Let steak stand 5 minutes before cutting across the grain into thin slices.
  • Divide the lettuce and parsley between to large salad bowls. Arrange onion, avocado, tomatoes, croutons and crumbled blue cheese on lettuce. Top with sliced steak. Serve with dressing of your choice.
Keyword Beef, Salad, Spaghetti Seasoning, Steak Seasoning

Texas BBQ Farm Dinner

The first time we saw a Texas BBQ it was on the TV show, “Dallas”. We thought, “that looks fun.” The first time we ate at a Texas BBQ we thought we died and went to heaven. Texans have a real respect for the meat and its natural flavors. You will not find any sauces or dry rubs, just a simple seasoning of salt and pepper. The magic is in the way the meat is cooked, slow and long over a oak wood fire until it is smoky and tender and dripping in flavor. Is your mouth watering yet? Check out our upcoming Texas Style BBQ Farm Dinner. We promise, no Dallas soap opera drama, just a great meal under the stars.

Normally our farm dinners are served family style with all guest at one of two long table for optimized socializing. However, we will still be using COVID procedures until we are told differently and pulling the tables into individual units keeping you a safe six feet apart. When moving about the farm please keep in mind that not all guest will have been vaccinated and use the proper precautions for your safety as well as the safety of those around you.

1. Please be gracious and kind.
2. Please try to arrive at the farm on time.
3. Check in at the market using the WEST entrance (front of the barn).
4. You must have your tickets with you to gain entry.
5. Tickets are non-refundable. You may transfer your tickets, but we are not able to refund ticket costs.
6. Should we have to cancel due to weather, we will reschedule the event for a more appropriate time.
7. Should Cedar Oak Farms choose to cancel and not reschedule for any reason, we would in that event refund your ticket price.
8. We require a minimum of 30 ticket sales with a maximum of 50. Should we not get a total of 30 we would cancel and not reschedule thereby refunding any tickets sold.
9. We reserve the right to ask guests to leave for any reason should we feel the need.


The Oxford dictionary defines artisans as a worker in a skilled trade, especially one that involves making things by hand. Sixty percent of our boutique is filled with handcrafted items from small, often women owned, business. Our patio plants come from a family-owned greenhouse just across the border in Indiana. One hundred percent of the farmer’s market is locally crafted, as in our neighbors and right here on the farm.  Being able to provide you with high quality produce, meat, jams, oils, salsa, gourmet spices, and fresh cut flowers is especially important to us. We not only know where our products come from, how they are raised, harvest, or made, but we have personal relationships with all of our artisans.

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Spring has Sprung and for us that means markets on the farm! We are so excited to be bringing back “The Markets on the Farms“! We have added two more markets this year. First market opens in May and ends in October and are scheduled for the 3rd Saturday of the month. Same hours as last year, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Below is a synopsis of each event.

Live Plant Market – May 15, 2021- 10:00AM – 2:00PM

May’s market embraces all things spring. We will have OutdoorPro Landscaping here to answer all your landscaping questions. Live patio plants: geraniums, ferns, petunias, begonias, pansies, succulents, combo planters! Patio pots and planters! Fresh cut spring bouquets from Nettie’s Petals. Local Beef and Pork from Cow Creek Organic Farm and Miller Farms. New syrups and hot sauces. The new bakery will be open and will be offering seasonal selections along with all the bakery’s favorite cookies and fresh-baked bread.

Picnic Market | June 19, 2021 | 10:00am – 2:00pm

Maybe our favorite market of the year! It’s picnic days on the farm. Baskets, blankets, and all things picnic will be highlighted in the boutique. The bakery will include new pantry items perfect for picnics. Bring a blanket, grab a picnic box from the bakery, and enjoy the farm. The kid pad will open for the season and live music will return under the live oaks! Check out the music page to see who is performing.

Sorry no outside food or drinks are allowed on the farm for health reasons.

BBQ Market | July 17, 2021 | 10:00am – 2:00pm

Celebrate barbeque days on the farm. Barbeque spices, sauces, and tools will be highlighted in the market. The bakery will be serving up some maple and smoked treats to help celebrate. Bring a partner and sign up for the Cornhole Tournament. Enjoy the kid’s play pad, water display, and live music under the live oaks! Check out the music page to see who is performing.

Sorry no outside food or drinks are allowed on the farm for health reasons.

Artist Market | August 21, 2021 | 10:00am – 2:00pm

The August market celebrates our local artists and artisans. We will have several booths offering local art and crafts to browse and purchase. We are looking for more artist to join us. If you are, or know, an artist and would like to display their artwork please contact us. The market will include our new gourmet spices being introduced this year. The bakery will offer an array of cupcakes too pretty to eat, but too good not to.

Sorry no outside food or drinks are allowed on the farm for health reasons.

Family Fun Market | September 19, 2021 | 10:00am – 2:00pm

The September market celebrates family fun and fall flavors. This one is truly for the kids. We will offer pumpkin bowling, face painting, scavenger hunt, pumpkin carving contest, scarecrow building, and live music! If the wind is out of the right direction we will be firing up the firepit and offering a s’mores bar.

Sorry no outside food or drinks are allowed on the farm for health reasons.

fried dish beside drink

Oktoberfest Market | October 16, 2021| 10:00am – 2:00pm

Our great grandfather, Dietrich Hinrich, brought his family to America in 1904 from Munich, Germany. Come help us celebrate our German heritage! It is Oktoberfest on the farm and that means brats and beer. Legally we cannot sell you any beer, but we can offer craft beer tasting. Join in the yodeling contest, giant checkers, chicken dance, beer stein race, and of course live music!

Sorry no outside food or drinks are allowed on the farm for health reasons.