The Olive Press

January 2016

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Pairing of the Month:

Zesty Bubbly


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Ring in the New Year!

Lemon-Basil Ricotta Crostini over Mixed Greens with Roasted Red Peppers

  • 6 cups mixed greens
  • 1 small baguette, sliced into 1/4"-thick slices
  • 1 10-oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained and sliced into thin strips found at Vita Sana Olive Oil Co.
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 small bunch basil, finely chopped
  • zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon Olive Oil from Vita Sana Olive Oil Co.
  • 2 tbsp. Champagne Balsamic Vinegar from Vita Sana Olive Oil Co. 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly drizzle Lemon Olive Oil over bread slices, making sure to coat both sides. Arrange on a baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes on each side, or until light brown and crisp.
  2. While baguette slices toast, combine ricotta, basil, lemon juice and zest and salt and pepper to taste until well-incorporated. Set aside.
  3. Toss greens with 2 tbsp each of Vita Sana Lemon Olive Oil and Vita Sana Champagne Balsamic Vinegar.
  4. To serve, heap a small pile of dressed greens on a salad plate. Smear about 1 tbsp of ricotta mixture on 2-3 baguette slices and top each slice with 1 or 2 pieces of red pepper and a grind of pepper. Top greens with crostini and serve.
Roasted Peppers
Sweet, fresh, perfectly ripe and deeply red sweet peppers, grown under the California sun by a family farm are flame roasted, cut into strips, and marinated with UP Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil, whole roasted California garlic, and a touch of sea salt. These peppers are a perfect stand-in for fresh peppers in recipes that call for them.

Great in salads, on sandwiches - puree into a spread, or dip. Use in soups, sauces, and appetizers. Puree with a bit of fresh goat cheese for a mind-blowing roasted red pepper and goat cheese spread.     
Healthy Life Spices

Vita Sana strives to provide the highest quality in spices and we have done that with our spice line Healthy Life.

  • Healthy Life spices are considered to be of the highest quality in the industry.
  • All Healthy Life Spice products are proudly manufactured in Baltimore MD, USA
  • The manufacturing facility is SQF Certified (Safe Quality Food; a worldwide certification that ensures food has been produced, processed and handled according to the highest standards in the industry).
  • 95% of Healthy Life Spice products are OU (Orthodox Union) certified. The OU maintains the highest quality standards of kosher certified and is recognized worldwide.
  • All Healthy Life Spices are Non-irradiated. Irradiation is very controversial, has been banned in Europe, and can compromise quality and flavor.
  • All of Healthy Life Spices contain ZERO fillers, colors or dyes of any kind.
  • All Healthy Life Spiced are bought in small quantities to ensure freshness and quick turns.

**Stop in our store and see all of the spices/infused salts we offer.**

Pecorino Romano
Pecorino is a term used to define Italian cheeses made from 100% sheep's milk. However, the American counterpart of the cheese is made from cow's milk. Of the four Pecorino cheeses that have received Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status under European Union law, Pecorino Romano is one of the most ancient types of cheese as well as the most famous outside of Italy. As per legislation, production of Pecorino Romano is allowed only on the islands of Sardinia, Lazio and in the Tuscan Province of Grosseto. All these varieties differ from each other, depending on how much they have aged.

Pecorino Romano is one of most widely used, sharper alternatives to Parmesan cheeses. Because of the hard texture and sharp & salty flavour, Pecorino Romano is an excellent grating cheese over pasta dishes, breads and baking casseroles. Although, the use of the cheese is limited because of its extreme saltiness. Pair it with a glass of big, bold Italian red wine or a light beer.
**Stop in our store to see all of the other cheeses we offer.**