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Meal Ideas 29 January 2019

A Wholesome, Hearty Dish to Take the Chill Off Winter Days

(Family Features) As winter chills settle in, one way to warm up from the inside-out is with family meals centered around a delicious bowl of comfort food like pasta, soups and stews.

By planning your weeknight menu to include wholesome, organic foods made with no artificial flavors, artificial colors or high-fructose corn syrup, you can create hearty and flavorful dishes in the New Year that will have everyone in the family eager to dig in.

With a high quality, organic sauce in your pantry like one of the Bertolli USDA-certified Organic Pasta Sauces, available in red- and white-sauce varieties, you can quickly whip up a warming and indulgent winter dish while still keeping your resolutions to cook with more quality ingredients. For example, this recipe for Campanelle with Prosciutto and Peas uses Creamy Alfredo Sauce, made with organic cream, aged parmesan cheese and spices, is sure to become a cold-weather family favorite!

Find more recipes to kick-start taste-tempting family mealtimes through every season at Bertolli.com.

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Campanelle with Prosciutto and Peas

Cook time: 10 minutes
Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 12 ounces uncooked campanelle pasta
  • 1 tablespoon Bertolli Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry whitewine
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 1 jar (15 ounces) Bertolli Organic Creamy Alfredo Sauce
  • 4 ounces Fontina cheese, shredded
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. In pot of salted water, cook pasta 2 minutes less than directed on package. Drain pasta.
  2. In large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil and shallots. Cook 3-4 minutes, or until softened. Add wine; cook 3-4 minutes, or until most liquid has evaporated. Stir in peas, prosciutto, Alfredo sauce and cheese. Add pasta; toss gently. Cook and stir 1-2 minutes to coat pasta with sauce.
  3. In saucepan, bring water to boil and add eggs. Cook 6 minutes. Transfer eggs to ice water and cool before peeling.
  4. Top each serving with soft-set egg and black pepper.

Note: Gouda or Gruyere can be substituted for Fontina. Unpeeled, cooked eggs can be stored in refrigerator up to one week.

Source: Bertolli

Meal Ideas 18 January 2019

Game Day Eats and Treats

Score major points with delicious dishes

(Family Features) If the crew is coming over to root for your favorite team, it may be time to spice up the menu. Whether you’re hosting the weekend get-together or watching the game after work, switch up your typical spread and serve something new to leave your guests cheering for more.

When it comes to choosing an ingredient that can lend a winning assist to nearly any dish and score you some major points, look no further than California Ripe Olives.

Variety is key when mapping out food for a crowd, regardless of the event. Plan on serving one main course and two sides, and consider no-fuss options like chips and dips. If there are kids in attendance, make sure there is something neutral for even the pickiest eaters to snack on. However, try your best to avoid anything that needs a knife and fork to eat – finger foods typically work best when the game is on and conversation is flowing.

The mild and unique taste of California Ripe Olives lends itself well to many different flavor pairings, such as these recipes for Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Peach-Olive Jam, Easy Olive Bread and Sun-Dried Tomato and Olive Tapenade. Whether your guests are fans of spicy, mild, sweet or savory, the only limit is your imagination when you pull a can of olives from the pantry.

Family farms across California grow 95 percent of the ripe olives consumed in the United States. Each can is a labor of love. Multi-generational family farms work with family-owned canneries in California to produce each can and ensure only the highest quality olives make it from the farm to your game-day table. For more creative ways to use olives, including family recipes from growers across California, visit CalOlive.org .

Simple Entertaining Tips to Take Your Table to the Next Level

  1. A colorful platter is an easy way to spice up a spread.
  2. Pair something salty with something sweet for a juxtaposition of flavors.
  3. If you’re serving food on neutral plates, add some colorful linens.
  4. Plan the menu around a central theme or ingredient.
  5. Guests love choices – making more options available can make for better spreads.
  6. Use versatile ingredients, like California Ripe Olives, to keep picky eaters happy.

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Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Peach-Olive Jam

  • 1          teaspoon olive oil
  • 3          pounds pork shoulder roast
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4          cloves garlic, quartered
  • 4          cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 8          ounces dried peaches
  • 1          tablespoon chili powder
  • 1          cup California Black Ripe Olives, wedged
  • 2          teaspoons country mustard
  • 1          ounce arugula
  • 8          onion rolls, split and toasted
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. In large, high-sided saute pan, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Season pork with salt and pepper, to taste, and cook in pan 3-4 minutes on each side until browned.
  4. Stir in garlic and continue cooking 3-5 minutes.
  5. Pour in chicken broth, peaches and chili powder; bring to boil.
  6. Cover loosely with foil and bake in oven 2 hours.
  7. With slotted spoon, carefully remove peaches and transfer to small mixing bowl. Mix olives and mustard with peaches; set aside.
  8. Continue to cook pork in oven 30-60 minutes until fork tender.
  9. Allow to cool slightly then shred by pulling apart with fork.
  10. Assemble sandwiches by spooning pork onto toasted rolls.
  11. Top with arugula and peach-olive mixture.

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Easy Olive Bread

Recipe courtesy of The Wicked Noodle

  • 8          ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4       cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2       cup mayonnaise
  • 1          clove garlic, minced
  • 2          cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 10        ounces California Green Ripe Olives, chopped
  • 2          green onions, chopped
  • 1          loaf French bread, sliced in half lengthwise
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. In bowl, mix cream cheese, butter and mayonnaise until thoroughly combined. Add garlic; stir well to distribute. Add cheddar cheese, green olives and green onions; stir to combine.
  3. Spread mixture on cut sides of bread. Bake 20-30 minutes, until cheese is hot, bubbly and starting to brown.

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Sun-Dried Tomato and Olive Tapenade

  • 1/2       cup shallots, chopped
  • 1/4       cup chopped smoked sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2          tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 2          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1          can (6 ounces) California Green Ripe Olives, drained
  • 1          can (6 ounces) California Black Ripe Olives, drained
  • 1/4       cup lightly packed fresh basil
  • sea salt, to taste
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • crackers or toasted baguette slices
  1. In food processor, pulse shallots, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar and garlic until finely chopped. Add olives, basil, salt and pepper; pulse again until chopped.
  2. Cover and chill 1 hour.
  3. Serve with crackers or toasted baguette slices.

Note: Recipe can be prepared one day in advance.

Photo courtesy of The Wicked Noodle (Easy Olive Bread)

Source:  California Olive Committee

Grilling-Tailgating 16 January 2019

Make Game Day a Win

(Family Features) It’s game day, which means your party needs food and needs it fast. Use recipes that can pump up the crowd this season and make every game a win.

These quick recipes for an Olive Bar Flatbread and a Mediterranean Nacho Bar can leave the fans in your home screaming for more.

Your fans will almost assuredly be dipping, diving and running for these simple snacks created with fresh ingredients like Sabra Hummus, which is available in more than a dozen flavors in the deli section of your grocery store. Spread it on fluffy flatbread with your favorite veggies to create a snack that fans can go crazy over, or set it out buffet-style for everyone to munch on at halftime.

Find more game day recipes at sabra.com.
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Mediterranean Nacho Bar

  • Sabra Hummus
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Chopped green onions
  • Chopped zucchini (1/4-inch chunks)
  • Chopped Greek olives
  • Chopped pepperoncinis
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Crumbled feta cheese
  • Grilled chicken
  • Pita chips
  1. Assemble hummus, tomatoes, green onions, zucchini, olives, pepperoncinis, lettuce, cheese and chicken in buffet format.
  2. Serve with pita chips.

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Olive Bar Flatbread

Prep time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 3          tablespoons Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
  • 1          flatbread
  • 1/2       cup desired vegetables, chopped (olives, roasted peppers, peppadew or artichokes)
  • 3          miniature mozzarella balls, sliced
  • 2          cups arugula
  • 2          tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • ½         teaspoon salt
  • 1          teaspoon pepper
  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. Place hummus on flatbread. Top with desired vegetables and mozzarella.
  3. Bake on lower rack 10-12 minutes, or until crispy and browned.
  4. Toss arugula with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on flatbread and serve.

Source: Sabra

Holiday 09 November 2018

Savor Simplicity

Holiday recipes worth sharing

(Family Features) Most great holiday gatherings start with great food and end with quality time spent with loved ones. This holiday season, rely on simple recipes that let you spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating special moments with family and friends.

As a holiday host, it may be tempting to explore complicated new recipes to lend a festive air to your seasonal celebrations. However, with the right ingredients, a simple recipe can be equally impressive. Delicious holiday dishes start with premium ingredients like Bertolli Olive Oils, which offer enough versatility to be a must-have kitchen accessory throughout the holiday season and onward. From soups to main dishes to desserts, the rich, quality flavor works for nearly every culinary occasion.

After a long day of checking items off your holiday shopping list, there’s almost nothing better than a warm bowl of quick and easy Rustic Minestrone. This vegetarian classic is the perfect mix of marinara blended with aged cheeses, kale, zucchini and beans. One of the best parts: It can be on the table in 10 minutes, meaning less time cooking and more time spent stringing up holiday lights with family.

If you’re looking for a simple way to put a new twist on your turkey, take it to the next level with a seasonal brine made with sweet Riesling, garlic cloves, thyme, fresh cranberries and olive oil. It’s a hands-off way to make a tried-and-true dish a little more special.

Finally, when it’s time to wind down the evening, delight guests by bringing back a classic dessert: chocolate chip banana bread. Served slightly warm with a side of fresh whipped cream or vanilla bean ice cream, it’s a sweet finish to any gathering that family and friends are sure to love.

Find more simple recipes to enjoy during the holidays at Bertolli.com.
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Rustic Minestrone

  • 3          tablespoons Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
  • 1          small zucchini, sliced in 1/2-inch half moons
  • 2          cups tightly packed, thinly sliced Tuscan kale leaves
  • 1          jar (23 ounces) Bertolli Rustic Cut Three Cheese with Aged Asiago, Romano and Parmesan Sauce
  • 1          carton (32 ounces) vegetable broth
  • 1          can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed
  • 1/3       cup shaved Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  1. In 6-quart pot over medium-high heat, heat 2 teaspoons oil. Add zucchini and kale; cook, stirring frequently, about 1-2 minutes, or until kale begins to wilt. Reduce heat to medium; add sauce, broth and beans. Simmer 5-7 minutes, or until heated. Top with shaved cheese before serving.

Tips: Substitute garbanzo beans, kidney beans, pinto beans or tri-bean blend for cannellini beans. For heartier soup, add 3 cups (9 ounces) refrigerated tortellini pasta with broth and beans. Simmer soup 8-10 minutes more, or until pasta is cooked through.

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Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

Recipe courtesy of Justin Schuble on behalf of Bertolli Olive Oil

  • 3/4       cup Bertolli Olive Oil, plus additional for coating pan
  • 3          ripe medium bananas, divided
  • 1/2       cup applesauce
  • 1          large egg
  • 1          large egg white
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2    cups all-purpose flour
  • 1          cup sugar
  • 1/2       teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2       cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks or chips
  • 1/4       cup nut spread
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Coat 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with olive oil.
  3. In mixing bowl, mash 2 bananas. Add applesauce, egg, egg white and vanilla to bananas and whisk.
  4. In separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix. Add olive oil slowly and mix until combined.
  5. Fold in chocolate chunks. Pour batter into loaf pan.
  6. Heat nut spread in microwave until it reaches pourable consistency. Swirl spread into top of batter. Thinly slice long, flat strips of banana. Add slices to top of batter for decoration.
  7. Place loaf pan in oven and bake 1 hour. Remove bread and cool before slicing.

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Cranberry Riesling Brined Turkey

  • 1          quart water
  • 6          bay leaves
  • 2          tablespoons whole black peppercorns
  • 1          tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 1 1/2    cups kosher salt
  • 1          bottle (750 milliliters) Riesling wine
  • 2          large shallots, thinly sliced, divided
  • 8          cloves garlic, crushed but left in skins
  • 1          bunch fresh thyme, divided
  • 2          cups fresh cranberries, slightly crushed, divided
  • 1          turkey (16 pounds), giblet package and neck removed
  • ice water, for covering turkey
  • 1/2       cup Bertolli Mild Olive Oil
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. In pot, bring water, bay leaves, peppercorns, mustard seeds and kosher salt to boil. Stir until salt is dissolved. Cool to room temperature.
  2. Pour brine into 5-gallon stock pot or container. Pour in wine then add one shallot, garlic, thyme (reserving some for stuffing turkey) and 1 cup cranberries. Slowly lower in turkey.
  3. Pour ice water into pot to cover turkey. Place lid on pot and refrigerate at least 24 hours.
  4. Heat oven to 500° F. Remove turkey from brine, pat dry and stuff with reserved shallot, thyme and cranberries.
  5. Place turkey in roasting pan. Generously massage olive oil into skin of turkey. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste. Use kitchen twine to tie legs together so turkey will keep its shape. Place in roasting pan and roast 20 minutes. Lightly brush skin again with olive oil, reduce heat to 350° F and roast until internal temperature reaches 155-160° F on meat thermometer.
  6. Allow turkey to rest, loosely covered with foil, 30 minutes before carving.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Cranberry Riesling Brined Turkey)

Source: Bertolli Olive Oil

Holiday 09 November 2018

A Host’s Guide to Holiday Gatherings

(Family Features) Gearing up for a big crowd at your holiday festivities can provide moments of excitement, stress, fun and plenty of other emotions as the big dinner draws near. This year, avoid any nagging feelings of doubt with this step-by-step guide to prepare for large gatherings.

Plan in advance. Even if you're typically the last-minute type, the hectic holiday season is no time to wait until a few days ahead of the celebration to throw meals and more together. Instead, be sure to put together a guest list and send invites at least a few weeks out. Take inventory of supplies like silverware, plates, serving dishes and any accessories you'd like to feature at the table. Make an outline of the food each guest is bringing, or, if you'll supply all the food, ensure there will be plenty for everyone - don't forget to take into account special diets or allergies.

Make a list. Planning only takes you so far if you don't write everything down. Once the menu is determined, list out what you'll need to make the magic happen. Don't forget to jot down easily overlooked items that can be picked up the day of, such as ice.

Remember to thaw. One surefire way to make the big day a big disaster is to forget to thaw your main course. If you're planning to roast a turkey - perhaps the most common centerpiece - remember it takes around a day to thaw for every two pounds of meat. So, for example, it could take close to a week for a 14-pound turkey to fully thaw prior to cooking.

Prep the day before. There are many tasks (big and small) that can be taken care of the day before guests arrive, making the holiday less stressful for hosts. From whipping up simple appetizers like dips to giving the house a thorough cleaning, there's plenty of pressure that can be taken off your shoulders 24 hours in advance. If you really want to make the big day a breeze, consider cooking your main dish, slicing the meat and placing it in reheating pans one day prior.

Create a schedule. No matter how far in advance you plan or how much prep you complete prior to the festivities, there will always be day-of work to be done. With guests coming in and out, it can be helpful to lay out what's known as a "fire list," which details times chronologically for when things need done, such as starting the oven to warm the turkey or simply remembering to lay out dessert following the meal.

Find more holiday hosting tips and meal solutions at omahasteaks.com.

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Butcher's Butter Filet Mignon Roast Garnish

  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1/4 cup duck fat
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 anchovy filet, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 prepared Omaha Steaks Filet Mignon Roast
  1. In small saucepan, combine butter, duck fat, rosemary, thyme, garlic, anchovy filet and black pepper. Heat on low 3-5 minutes until fragrant. Remove from heat and serve over Filet Mignon Roast.

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Roasted Grape Gastrique

Roasted Grapes:

  • 4 cups assorted grapes (picked, washed and dried)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • nonstick cooking spray

Gastrique:

  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 4 tablespoons water
  1. To make Roasted Grapes: Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. In bowl, combine grapes, olive oil, salt, pepper and cinnamon stick.
  3. Lightly spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Pour grape mixture onto baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven and pour into bowl.
  4. To make Gastrique: In small saucepan, combine water and sugar. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, 5-7 minutes, until sugar starts to brown.
  5. Remove from heat and slowly add vinegar. Return to heat and stir until combined. Add cornstarch and water mixture; bring to boil. Remove from heat.
  6. Pour Gastrique mixture over Roasted Grapes.

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Whole Basted Turkey

  • 1 Omaha Steaks Whole Basted Turkey (10 pounds)
  1. Thaw turkey completely in refrigerator 3-4 days or, keeping turkey in vacuum-sealed packaging, place in sink full of cold water 5-7 hours, changing water approximately every 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oven to 350° F. Remove turkey from vacuum-sealed bag. Place turkey in bag provided; secure bag with twist tie. Place bag in deep roasting pan. Using fork, puncture 6-8 holes in top of bag. For extra browning or crispness, slit top of bag for final 20-30 minutes of roasting.
  3. Roast turkey 2 hours, 45 minutes- 3 hours. Turkey is done when internal temperature measured with kitchen thermometer reaches 165° F.

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Source:  Omaha Steaks

Meal Ideas 26 October 2018

Try the Trendiest Flavors Tonight

New seasonings make it easy

(Family Features) Exotic flavors common in the Middle Eastern region of the world like harissa, za’atar and shawarma are having a moment, appearing on restaurant menus and in popular make-at-home recipes.
 
Now is the perfect time to give these flavors a try. Thanks to new global seasonings from McCormick Gourmet, the spice combinations are already blended for the ultimate taste and simplicity.

Made from high-quality herbs and spices, the seasonings are USDA-Organic certified and Non-GMO Project verified so you can feel good about the ingredients used in your cooking. The expertly blended spices help create distinctive global-inspired dishes that take your home dining experience to the next level so you can explore these flavors from around the world without leaving the comfort of home.

  • Za’atar: This traditional Middle Eastern blend of spices including thyme, oregano and sesame seeds is perfect for sprinkling on flatbreads, roasted vegetables, nuts
    or popcorn. It can also be mixed into hummus or oil
    for dipping.
  • Harissa: A spicy flavor found in North African cuisine, this seasoning is made from a combination of chilies, warm spices and mint. Add it to meat and veggies before roasting, stir it into cooked rice and grains, mix it into yogurt to make a dip or combine it with roasted bell peppers and oil to turn this spice into its namesake sauce.
  • Shawarma: Often associated with the slow roasting of meat, this Middle Eastern street food favorite is made with cinnamon, coriander, cardamom and more. Use this seasoning to flavor an easy marinade for chicken, pork or steak.

Look for these flavors as well as new Peruvian and Berbere seasonings in the spice section of retailers nationwide. Find more recipe ideas at McCormickGourmet.com.
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Grilled Chicken Shawarma

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 16 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1 1/4    cup plain Greek yogurt, divided
  • 5          teaspoons McCormick Gourmet Organic Shawarma Seasoning, divided
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1          teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Sicilian Sea Salt
  • 2          pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 4          pita pockets, halved
  • 1          medium seedless cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 8          lettuce leaves
  1. In small bowl, mix 1 cup yogurt and 1 teaspoon shawarma seasoning. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. In small bowl, mix oil, lemon juice, remaining yogurt, remaining shawarma seasoning and sea salt. Reserve 2 tablespoons of mixture; set aside.
  3. Place chicken in large re-sealable plastic bag or glass dish. Add marinade; turn to coat well. Refrigerate 1 hour, or longer for extra flavor.
  4. Heat grill or skillet to medium heat.
  5. Remove chicken from marinade. Discard remaining marinade. Grill or saute 6-8 minutes per side, or until cooked through and internal temperature reaches 165 F, brushing with reserved marinade.
  6. Slice chicken into thin strips. Serve in pitas with cucumber, lettuce and yogurt dressing.

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Shaved Carrot Salad with Pomegranate Harissa Dressing

Prep time: 20 minutes
Servings: 5

  • 1/4       cup chopped fresh mint
  • 3          tablespoons pomegranate juice
  • 1          tablespoon honey
  • 2          teaspoons McCormick Gourmet Organic Harissa Seasoning
  • 1/2       teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Sicilian Sea Salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Organic Black Pepper, coarse ground
  • 3          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2       pound multicolor carrots, washed and peeled
  • 1/2       cup shelled roasted pistachios
  • 1/2       cup dried cranberries
  • 3          cups baby arugula
  • 1/4       cup crumbled feta cheese
  1. In large bowl, mix mint, pomegranate juice, honey, harissa seasoning, sea salt and pepper. Gradually add oil while mixing with wire whisk until well mixed. Set aside.
  2. Trim carrot ends. Slice each carrot lengthwise into ribbons with vegetable peeler or mandoline. In medium bowl, toss carrots with 1/4 cup prepared dressing. Stir in pistachios and cranberries.
  3. Arrange arugula on serving platter. Drizzle with remaining dressing and top with carrot mixture. Sprinkle with feta before serving.


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Za’atar Labneh

Prep time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 (2 tablespoons each)

  • 1          cup labneh (yogurt cheese)
  • 2          teaspoons McCormick Gourmet Organic Za’atar Seasoning, divided
  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • pita bread, for serving (optional)
  • pita chips, for serving (optional)
  • sliced fresh vegetables, for serving (optional)
  1. In small bowl, mix labneh and 1 teaspoon seasoning until well blended.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with remaining seasoning.
  3. Serve with fresh pita bread, pita chips or sliced fresh vegetables, as desired.

Source:  McCormick

Meal Ideas 04 October 2018

Family Favorites from Tree to Table

(Family Features) Getting the whole family around the dinner table every evening can be hard. Feeding your family meals that incorporate high-quality ingredients and are also delicious can be even harder. Sometimes, though, that special ingredient you’re looking for can already be in your pantry.

Consider including bursts of flavor from an ingredient such as California Ripe Olives at your next family meal and take into account the versatility and taste made possible by the hard-working farm families who grow them.

Grown by his family for more than a decade, Rick Benson vividly remembers the day he convinced his father the next crop at Benson Farms should be California Ripe Olives, which are both heat- and salt-tolerant.

That was 12 years ago, and the Benson family has grown olives ever since. Though they are seasoned farmers, the Benson family members are new to olives, and they have brought an innovative way of harvesting to the decades old industry.

While California Ripe Olives remain a primarily hand-harvested crop, the Bensons’ young grove was planted with the intention of harvesting mechanically. As newer olive groves are planted, mechanical harvesting is slowly being implemented. 

“It’s a labor of love,” Benson said. “We view olives as our crop for the next generation.”

Whether you’re enjoying olives as a snack or using them in a new dish like this favorite recipe from a California Ripe Olive-growing family, consider the hundreds of farming families behind each can of olives.

Learn more about multi-generational farming families like the Bensons and find more recipes at calolive.org.
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Rustic Chicken with Ripe Olives

Recipe courtesy of Vincent Richutti, a third-generation California Ripe Olive grower
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30-35 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1/2       cup mixed, porcini or chanterelle dried mushrooms
  • 2          teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2    pounds baby yellow potatoes, halved
  • 3          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4          small boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2    cups California Black and Green Ripe Olives
  • 1/4       cup chicken broth
  • 1/4       cup white wine
  • 1          lemon, thinly sliced and seeds removed
  1. Heat oven to 425° F.
  2. In small food processor, pulse mushrooms, fennel seeds, basil, salt and red pepper flakes until mixture is finely chopped and almost powder-like.
  3. Place potatoes on large, shallow-rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil; toss to coat. Sprinkle with half the mushroom mixture and toss lightly.
  4. Brush chicken with remaining olive oil and sprinkle both sides with remaining mushroom mixture.
  5. Nestle chicken and olives into potatoes. Drizzle with broth and wine, and top with lemon slices.
  6. Roast 30-35 minutes, or until chicken and potatoes are cooked through.
  7. Remove lemon slices before serving.

Source: California Olive Committee

Meal Ideas 28 September 2018

Simple Yet Stunning: Set the menu for easy entertaining

(Family Features) One of the best-kept chef secrets to hosting the most memorable at-home parties is keeping the food simple and adding small details to make it special. After all, a host who isn’t hard at work in the kitchen is a host who can spend more time with guests.

One way to make every minute in the kitchen count and provide crowd-pleasing food is by using wholesome, quality core ingredients like olive oil, fresh bread, cheese and artisan chocolate to create flavorful dishes that are easy to prepare, and leave you with more time to enjoy what matters most: moments with the ones you love.

When it comes to cooking, focus on the essentials and the highlights of each dish. Building recipes around quality ingredients, such as Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil, makes it easy to create show-stopping dishes time and time again. Planning ahead is key to entertaining, but when it comes to cooking, make things quick and easy with a little help from powerhouse ingredients that lend themselves well to a variety of flavors and preparations.

In keeping things simple, use olive oil to add a little extra zest and create dishes that pop off the plate, like this recipe for Beet Hummus. Or if you’re looking for something comforting and wholesome, indulge in this creamy Tomato Soup with Olive Oil Croutons. For a larger event, try Mushroom Carpaccio and Creamed Spinach Au Gratin, which can leave a lasting impression on your guests. To top it all off, go for this Bitter Chocolate and Pistachio Cream Dessert for a perfect way to end a meal.

Make every moment count and find more simple recipes at Bertolli.com.
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Tomato Soup with Homemade Olive Oil Croutons

Prep time: 10 minutes

  • 4          tomatoes
  • 3          grilled red bell peppers in oil
  • 1          shallot
  • 1/2       cup Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus additional for brushing on bread
  • 3          tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1          clove garlic
  • 10        basil leaves
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 4          slices crusty bread
  1. Cut small cross in bottom of tomatoes and submerge in boiling water 30 seconds. Let tomatoes cool in ice water 30 seconds then remove skins.
  2. In blender, blend tomatoes, red bell peppers, shallot, extra-virgin olive oil, vinegar, garlic, basil, salt and pepper, to taste, until mixture is smooth. Add mixture to large pot and heat, stirring frequently.
  3. Cut bread slices, brush with olive oil and grill 2 minutes per side over medium-high heat until visible grill marks have formed.

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Healthy Beet Hummus

Prep time: 15 minutes

  • 3          beets
  • salt, to taste
  • Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2          cups canned chickpeas
  • 2          tablespoons sesame seed paste or tahini
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. Peel beets and boil until soft; season with salt and olive oil.
  3. Puree beets with chickpeas and sesame seed paste until a uniform paste forms. Transfer to oven-safe serving dish. Bake 10 minutes and serve.

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Mushroom Carpaccio and Creamed Spinach Au Gratin

Prep time: 15 minutes

Mushroom Carpaccio:

  • 2 1/4    cups cremini mushrooms
  • Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • salt, to taste

Creamed Spinach:

  • 2 1/4    cups spinach
  • 1/2       cup heavy cream
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Parmesan cheese
  1. To make Mushroom Carpaccio: Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. Clean mushrooms and cut into thin slivers.
  3. Season with olive oil and salt. Set aside.
  4. To make Creamed Spinach: Boil spinach 2 minutes, strain and place it into saucepan, over cream. Cook 5 minutes.
  5. In blender, puree mixture and pour over Mushroom Carpaccio.
  6. Grate Parmesan cheese over entire dish; bake 5 minutes.

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Bitter Chocolate and Pistachio Cream Dessert

Prep time: 15 minutes

  • 1/2       cup, plus 1 tablespoon, sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2       cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2    tablespoons Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus additional for pistachio cream
  • 4          ounces dark chocolate
  • 1 1/4    cups shelled pistachios
  1. In saucepan, combine condensed milk and sugar; cook over low heat, stirring until mixture takes on toasted color.
  2. Add olive oil and dark chocolate; continue to stir until fully combined.
  3. Line 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper and spread mixture into pan. Refrigerate until fully set.
  4. To make pistachio cream: Blend pistachios and olive oil until smooth paste forms.
  5. Remove dessert from pan and cut into slices. Serve with pistachio cream on top.

Source:  Bertolli

Meal Ideas 28 September 2018

Italian-Inspired Dishes

Delightful dining that honors heritage

(Family Features) Italy is one of the world’s great food nations, and many dishes have Italian roots. In honor of Italian heritage, light up the dinner table and impress your friends and family with sophisticated, traditional Italian recipes.

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Creating a true taste of Italy means including an abundance of smooth, high-quality extra-virgin olive oil, like Carapelli Olive Oil. Tracing its roots to the heart of Tuscany in 1893, the line of olive oils is designed to lift cooks out of the everyday cooking experience with high-quality olives nurtured by nature, selected at the optimal harvest time and handled delicately.

The ease and simplicity of shared dishes like Marinated Roasted Portobello Mushrooms with Olive Oil Agrodolce – a traditional Italian sweet and sour sauce – focuses on quality ingredients inspiring quality memories. The artistry behind the olive oil shines in Creamy Potato Leek Soup with Olive Oil Pistou and Sicilian Lamb Meatballs with Whipped Feta-Olive Oil Spread, each recipe celebrating the embodiment of Italian cuisine.

Celebrate the best of Italy in your own kitchen by incorporating Italian artisan-inspired dishes ideal for memorable moments with loved ones. Find more Italian flavors and recipes at carapelliusa.com.
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Sicilian Lamb Meatballs with Whipped Feta-Olive Oil Sauce

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Sicilian Lamb Meatballs:

  • 1          pound ground lamb
  • 1          tablespoon Carapelli Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/3       cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3          tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2          tablespoons golden raisins
  • 1          large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4       teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground black pepper

Feta-Olive Oil Sauce:

  • 1/2       pound feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2          tablespoons Carapelli Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2          tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  1. To make Lamb Meatballs: Heat oven to 375° F. Line large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In large bowl, mix lamb, olive oil, panko bread crumbs, pine nuts, raisins, egg, salt and pepper. Use hands to mix all ingredients together.
  3. Roll mixture into approximately 36 meatballs about 1 inch in diameter and place on baking sheet.
  4. Bake 15 minutes until sizzling and golden brown.
  5. To make Feta-Olive Oil Spread: In food processor, blend feta cheese, olive oil and yogurt 30-45 seconds until creamy.
  6. Serve Lamb Meatballs with Feta-Olive Oil Sauce for dipping or scooping.

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Marinated Roasted Portobello Mushrooms with Olive Oil Agrodolce

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Roasted Mushrooms:

  • 2          pounds Portobello mushrooms
  • 1/2       cup Carapelli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2          teaspoons fresh sage, minced
  • 2          teaspoons fresh rosemary, minced
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Agrodolce:

  • 1/2       cup red wine vinegar
  • 2          tablespoons honey
  • Carapelli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  1. To make Roasted Mushrooms: Clean and destem mushrooms, cutting large mushroom caps in half.
  2. In large bowl, toss mushrooms with olive oil, fresh sage and fresh rosemary. Let mushrooms marinate 1 hour, tossing occasionally to absorb oil.
  3. Heat oven to 400° F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Spread marinated mushrooms on baking sheets, making sure mushrooms are in single layer and not crowded. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
  5. Roast 30 minutes until mushrooms are crisped and golden brown at edges.
  6. To make Agrodulce: In small saucepan over medium-low heat, bring vinegar and honey to simmer, stirring occasionally until honey dissolves.
  7. Continue simmering 15-20 minutes until vinegar is reduced by half and is thick and syrupy.
  8. To serve, place roasted mushrooms on platter and drizzle generously with Agrodolce and olive oil. Serve with choice of side.

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Rustic Tuscan Potato Leek Soup with Olive Oil Pesto

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6

Potato Leek Soup:

  • 3          medium-large leeks
  • 2          tablespoons Carapelli Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1          large garlic clove, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2       teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste (optional)
  • 2          pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced into 2-inch cubes
  • 6          cups chicken or vegetable broth

Pesto:

  • 1          packed cup fresh basil
  • 1          packed cup flat-leaf parsley
  • 1          medium-large garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 3          tablespoons pine nuts or 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2       teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4       cup Carapelli Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  1. To make Potato Leek Soup: Trim bulb ends and tough, dark green stems off leeks. Slice tender white and light green stems in half lengthwise then soak in cold water 10-15 minutes to remove dirt. Drain leeks, rinse well and slice into thick half-moons.
  2. In large Dutch oven or stockpot over medium-low heat, heat olive oil. Add leeks, garlic and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until leeks are soft, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add potatoes and broth. Cover and increase heat to medium. Bring soup to simmer then uncover and continue cooking 30 minutes.
  4. Using immersion blender, puree soup until smooth, or carefully ladle into standing blender to puree in batches. Taste and add more salt, if desired.
  5. To make Pesto: In food processor, pulse basil, parsley, garlic, pine nuts, salt and olive oil to make chunky herb sauce.
  6. To serve, ladle soup into bowls and spoon Pesto on top of each serving.

Source:  Carapelli

Meal Ideas 14 September 2018

Bring Tuscany to the Table

Simple, flavorful recipes for fall entertaining

(Family Features) Take time this fall to slow down and experience the pure delight of great-tasting food with family and friends.

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Savoring the moment is at the heart of Tuscan-inspired entertaining, where everyone has a seat at the table to enjoy simple and delicious dishes that boast authentic flavor and incorporate quality ingredients.

With a passion for the simplicity of Italian food and homemade Tuscan cooking, Italian-American chef Laura Vitale, host of “Laura in the Kitchen,” traveled to the small town of Lucca, Italy, where she reconnected with a region rooted in heritage, experienced rich traditions and embraced “The Tuscan Way” in crafting her own unique takes on classic dishes.

“I’m incredibly inspired by the spirit of Tuscan cooking,” Vitale said. “It encourages you to get into the kitchen, embrace simple ingredients and cook something delicious for the ones you love.”

For your next fall entertaining occasion, consider bringing Tuscany to your table with an ingredient such as Bertolli Rustic Cut pasta sauce as the centerpiece. Try Vitale’s classic Eggs in Purgatory or other recipes like Prosciutto and Arugula Rustica Pizza and traditional Ricotta Bruschetta.

Keep these tips from Bertolli in mind as you bring your lively Tuscan-themed table to life:

  • Rustic tableware fits well with the tone of the season. Try achieving this look with quality table accents that appear slightly distressed, faded or weathered. Thrift stores can be a surprising place to scout out your latest Tuscan-inspired table finds.
  • Mix and match different textures of woods that complement the look and feel of the rustic tableware. Accompany them with softer linens for a variety of pleasing table textures.
  • Use bright, floral colors, if you wish, to give your table vibrant pops of color to stand out among the darker, more rustic tones.

Remember, homemade Tuscan cooking is about great company, a simple menu and making memories. Find more fall flavors and entertaining tips at Bertolli.com.
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Ricotta Bruschetta

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 20

  • 1          loaf Italian bread, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 2          tablespoons Bertolli Organic Mild Olive Oil
  • 1          clove garlic
  • 1⁄3       cup Bertolli Tomato & Basil Sauce
  • 1        container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  1. Heat oven to 425° F.
  2. Arrange bread on baking sheet. Evenly brush with oil. Bake 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  3. Rub toast evenly with garlic then top with sauce and cheese. Bake 5 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown. Serve hot.

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Prosciutto and Arugula Rustica Pizza

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1          cup Bertolli Rustic Cut Three Cheese with Aged Asiago, Romano & Parmesan Sauce
  • 1          prebaked pizza crust (12 inches)
  • 1/2       cup shredded fontina cheese
  • 1          ounce prosciutto, thinly sliced
  • 2          cups arugula
  • 1          tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1          tablespoon toasted pine nuts
  • 1          tablespoon Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1          tablespoon Bertolli Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
  1. Heat oven to 450° F.
  2. Evenly spread sauce on crust then top with fontina cheese. Bake 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted, and remove from oven.
  3. Top with prosciutto. Arrange arugula in center of pizza then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and pine nuts. Drizzle olive oil and vinegar over arugula and serve.

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Eggs in Purgatory

Recipe courtesy of Laura Vitale
Servings: 4

Eggs:

  • 1          jar (23 ounces) Bertolli Rustic Cut Roasted Garlic Marinara Sauce
  • 1/2       cup water
  • 4          eggs
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2          tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1          tablespoon chopped parsley

Bread:

  • 4          slices ciabatta, sliced about 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 1/2    tablespoons Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1          large clove garlic, peeled but not chopped
  1. To make eggs: In large skillet with high sides over medium-high heat, add marinara sauce. Pour water into empty jar, swish it around to lift any sauce left in jar and pour it over sauce in skillet. Bring to low boil.
  2. Using back of wooden spoon, make four small wells in sauce. Carefully crack eggs, one at a time, and drop each egg into a separate well in bubbling sauce. Sprinkle salt and pepper on each one, to taste; cover skillet with lid and cook 7-8 minutes, or until egg whites set.
  3. When eggs are cooked to desired doneness, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.
  4. To make bread: Char bread on bruschetta pan or indoor grill pan about 1 minute on each side until toasted. Once toasted, rub with clove of garlic on both sides then drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Serve eggs with hunks of charred garlic bread.

Note: If using skillet larger than 12 inches, you can add eight eggs instead of four for additional servings.

Source: Bertolli

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