Absolutely mind blowing. Here’s a perfect example of using olive oil not simply because it’s amazingly good for the human body, but also because if used in the proper context, it can elevate even the most humble of culinary applications.dark300

The bright, citrus notes of the Mandarin Agrumato (fused) Olive Oil play beautifully with the deep, earthy, rich dark chocolate. The exterior edges are just ever so barely caramelized, while the middles are ethereal and moist.

Ingredients 1 cup flour + 1/4 cup for pan 1/3 cup cocoa 1/2 teaspoon baking powder pinch of salt 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1/3 cup Mandarin Agrumato (fused) Olive Oil + 1 tablespoon for greasing pan

Directions Preheat the oven to 375.

Grease a 12 portion madeleine pan with with mandarin olive oil and then dust with flour.

Combine the eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat for 2 minutes until light and thick.  Add the olive oil and beat for another minute.  Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa in another bowl and fold in to the wet ingredients making sure to not leave any dry spots.

Spoon in the to the prepared madeleine mold(s) and bake in the upper portion of the oven for 10-12 minutes, or just until the tops spring back when lightly touched and the edges begin to darken slightly.

Immediately un-mold the cookies on to a rack to cool.  If you only have one madeleine pan, clean it and repeat the process above a second time as this recipe makes 2 dozen cookies.

Allow to cool and enjoy.  These are best fresh, the day they’re made.

Makes 2 dozen

 
This tastes as good as it looks.

This tastes as good as it looks.

 

This creamy béchamel sauce eschews the saturated fat of butter for vastly healthier UP Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

However, that’s not the end of the story.  Here I used the inimitable Hojiblanca from Melgarejo Estate in Spain, which brings a spectacular flavor to the otherwise bland canvas that is béchamel sauce.

Pictured are Italian style crepes also known as manicotti, which are rolled around fresh sautéed spinach, caramelized wild mushrooms, shallots, and a trinity of cheeses.  Every aspect of this dish is positively affected by the use of high quality extra virgin olive oil.  It’s a perfect example of how a good dish can be made spectacular by being mindful of the characteristics of the olive oil.

I’ve broken the recipe in to several parts. Feel free to use any or all of them for your own concept of this versatile dish known as manicotti.

Creamy Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Tomato béchamel Sauce 3 tablespoons fruity, complex, green, fresh, UP extra virgin olive oil 2 medium shallots minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 tablespoons flour, 2 cups whole milk 1/2 cup tomato sauce a dash of freshly grated nutmeg (optional) 1/2 cup grated Pecorino cheese Sea salt to taste Fresh cracked pepper

Heat the oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.  Add the shallots and sauté until translucent and tender.  Add the garlic and sauté another minute.  Add the flour and stir to incorporate so that there are no lumps or dry spots left.  Slowly drizzle in the milk, whisking constantly.  Stir and bring to a bare simmer until thickened.  Add the cheese, and stir.  Add the tomato sauce and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.  Stir until thickened to buttermilk consistency.  Use this versatile sauce for pasta, lasagna, crepes, veggies, etc.

Savory or Sweet Extra Virgin Olive Oil Crepes 1 cup all purpose flour 2 large eggs 2 tablespoons UP Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or Lemon, Orange, or Tangerine Agrumato for sweet crepes) 1 pinch of salt 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup water

Add the liquid ingredients, olive oil, eggs, and salt to the jar of a blender, the bowl of a food processor, or alternately whisk together by hand.  Add the flour and process until completely blended with no lumps or dry spots of flour.

Allow to stand for 1/2 hour at room temperature.

Heat a 12″ wide non-stick skillet over medium-low heat, and rub with olive oil.  Pour about 1/4 cup of the crepe batter in and rotate the pan to spread the batter in to a circle.  After about a minute, flip the crepe and cook for an additional minute on the other side.  Remove to a plate and continue until all the batter has been used.  Fill with sweet or savory fillings.

Makes 6 large crepes

Spinach, Cheese, and Wild Mushroom Filling

2 cups sliced wild mushrooms or Cremini mushrooms 3 cups baby spinach 2 shallots minced 1 clove garlic minced 2 tablespoons UP Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 cup Fontina cheese grated 1/4 cup Pecorino cheese, grated 1/2 cup cherve (optional) salt and pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the mushrooms and sauté until they begin to caramelize slightly.  Add the shallots and sauté for a couple of minutes.  Add the garlic and sauté for another minute.  Add the spinach and sauté until wilted.  Stir in the Fontina, and other cheeses. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.  Makes a great filling for crepes or omelets.

Filling for 6 large crepes

Spinach & Wild Mushroom Manicotti in Tomato-Olive Oil béchamel To make the dish pictured above, preheat the oven to 375.  Grease a 13″x9″ baking dish with olive oil.  Fill the crepes with the spinach filling.  Ladle 1 cup of tomato béchamel in to the bottom of the dish.  Arrange the stuffed crepes in a single layer over the sauce, and spread the rest of the sauce on top of the crepes.  Add a sprinkle of cheese to the top, if desired.

Bake the crepes for 25 minutes until the sauce is bubbling and slightly golden in spots.  Serve warm.

 

 

 

How rad is this? Veronica Foods olive oil and balsamic was hand selected to be served at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Currently our products are being served in all venues and starting today will also be on the buffets in USA House and NBC’s VIP Hospitality Pavilion. The product is a HUGE hit & guests are already asking how they can buy when they return to the states…   Please feel free to share.

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Valentine’s Day brings with it questions about what is the perfect gift for my sweetheart. Everyone loves food. Everyone enjoys great flavors.

Both men and women enjoy preparing meals. With cooking shows and a variety of recipes available to all of us, we have elevated our cooking to a whole new level that incorporates new and interesting seasoning and methods of food preparation.

One of the things I really enjoy is when I can purchase small sizes of items so I can try them and determine which flavor I enjoy most.  This Valentine’s Day Devo Olive Oil Stores is offering a SIX PACK that includes 3 delicious flavors of Balsamic Vinegars and 3 delicious flavors of Olive Oils for $19.95.  http://www.devooliveoil.com/valentines-day-6-bottle-sampler/

Or – if your budget can handle a little more (or a lot more) they have larger sizes of each of these flavors that would also make a perfect Valentine’s Day Gift.

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My brother in law made the best salad dressing I have ever had. It is a Dijon Vinaigrette

Use Devo Olive Oil 25 Year Sherry Reserva and you will be amazed at the flavor in this dressing. You want to lick your plate when you are finished with your salad.

3/4 Cup Olive Oil
1/3 Cup Devo Olive Oil 25 Year Sherry Reserva
2  Cloves Garlic
1 T Dijon Mustard
1/4 t salt
1 t minced parsley
2 t Basil (fresh or dried)
1 T honey

Mix it all together and let it sit for a while.   I forgot to take a picture until it was almost gone.  It really is a delicious salad dressing.

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Deliciously warm apple crisp.  We think this will be especially yummy for all of our readers who are snowed in this week.  Enjoy!

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Recipe and photo provided by Heidi at Spend More Save Less.

 

Pasta of any kind is a favorite of ours!  Try the dish below or kick up your everyday recipes by adding some of our Wild Mushroom and Sage Olive Oil.

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December flavors of the month on SALE!!!!! $37.90

$31.95 for the Pair! (375 mL)

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Luckily for us Tunisian Blood Oranges ripen at the exact time as their olives (Chetoui and Chemlali variety). We have them pressed together to obtain this beautiful citrus Blood Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil. 

Sultry, fragrant Tahitian vanilla beans are married with our 18 year traditional balsamic vinegar. The resulting collaboration which makes our Vanilla Balsamic is as intoxicating as it is exotic.

Don’t miss this amazing deal for the month of December.  Treat yourself or someone you love to this amazing pair!

 

Did you miss our Black Friday special?  Don’t worry – we are here to make sure you get all of your shopping done with a deal so great you can’t say no!  Whether you’re shopping for yourself or your loved ones, make sure you take advantage of this one day only Cyber Monday sale!

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Use the coupon code cybermonday13 for 20% off your entire online purchase. Shop now!

 

We are trusting you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and families!  Now that you’re full of turky and pumpkin pie – it’s time to get down to business with your holiday shopping by taking advantage of all the amazing black Friday deals.

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In stores, we’re offering a deal you can’t pass up!  Buy any three olive oils and get one FREE!  This deal is just in time for the new year and will make for the perfect gift for the chef in your life.

Don’t live close to one of our locations?  Check back in a few days for our Cyber Monday deals!

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