"Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate."
-- Alan D. Wolfelt
If you watch cooking channels on TV, you have heard phrases like "that's the chef on a plate" or "you can taste the love in this dish". It is a reality that cooking and food are expressions of love. When someone cares enough to cook something inspired for another, it is from the heart.
In this newsletter, we offer some simple recipes of love. Three easy expressions with a short list of ingredients and very little time in the kitchen. We also introduce you to our new love - our baby, if you will - a new olive oil we are quite proud of. So make yourself a cup of the hot chocolate with a splash of balsamic (recipe below), grab a biscotti, and take a comfy seat near the fire. Please enjoy our latest.
We take California finely minced sundried tomatoes, combine them with harissa paste, and dissolve the blend in our finest California extra virgin olive oil. Add a touch of our balsamic vinegar from Modena and shallots and behold, a vivid sweet and slightly spicy condiment!
If you are not familiar with harissa, it is a spicy and aromatic chili paste that's a widely-used staple in North African and Middle Eastern cooking. Harissa varies between countries and regions, but typically it is a blend of hot chili peppers (which are often smoked), garlic, olive oil and spices, like cumin, coriander and paprika. Oh, and by the way? Harissa and tomatoes are magical together!
Sundried Tomato with Harissa Oil
can be used as an enhancement for many foods. Use it as a marinade for meat and fish. Blend it into hummus, or any of your favorite dips. Use it to liven up your pizza. Try it on pasta, or in vegetable salads. Most of all? We love it alongside a crusty baguette... it's bread-dipping heaven!
We sell our new oil in 12.7 and 6 ounce bottles, like our other oils. Our tall bottle is $21, the small bottle is $13. You can find out how to purchase it
Valentine's KISS* Recipes
(*keep it simple, stupid!)
Three easy, super simple recipes with balsamic vinegar
you can create as a treat for your loved one!
Balsamic Hot Chocolate
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat, whisking occasionally until melted and combined. 1 or 2 servings in a small mug.
Muddle the lemon juice, mint and Lemongrass Balsamic in a small bowl. Strain and divide the mixture into two large wine glasses. Add four or five ounces of the sparkling wine, and garnish with the lemon. Serves 2
Balsamic Shrimp Cocktail
Mix first three ingredients in a small bowl, allow to chill for a couple of hours in the fridge (flavors will meld). Carefully spoon a small amount of sauce into the bottom of two martini glasses (you will have extra cocktail sauce). Arrange 6 shrimp evenly around each glass. Garnish with parsley, if desired. Serves 2 as an appetizer.
An expanded version of each of these recipes is available on our
This was our best effort to inspire, so now it's your turn... Go on, put love on a plate (cup or glass) for someone special in your life!
Take Care & Happy Cooking!
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March 17, 18, 19
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