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Strawberry Cookie Bars

Have fresh or frozen strawberries and need a sweet treat? This is wonderful for afternoon tea or as a pick me up breakfast bar. Ingredients 1 lb fresh or frozen strawberries - stems removed, defrosted 1 cup Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil  1 1/2  cups Demerara sugar 2 eggs 1 Tablespoon vanilla 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 1/4 cups flour 1 cup chopped nuts (almonds recommended) 1 (12 ounce) package white chocolate chips Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using a food processor with the blade attachment - puree the strawberries and then add the olive oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla, baking soda and salt. In a mixing bowl add the flour and then fold in with a wooden spoon the...

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Thai-ish Noodle Salad

This is admittedly Americanized Thai Salad, but it's an easy one, and if you like a little heat - you'll love the simplicity.  Don't worry about sourcing lemongrass - use our Lemon Balsamic Vinegar.  Can't stand chopping peppers or garlic?  It's already chopped in our oil - Jalapeño peppers and garlic are added at the time we mill the olives, so you are getting real jalapeño and garlic in the olive oil - nothing artificial here.   Check it out - 8 oz capellini aka angel hair pasta 1 plus 4 Tablespoons (5) Jalapeño Garlic olive oil 3 Tablespoons sesame oil 3 Tablespoons Lemon White Balsamic 3 Tablespoons soy sauce 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (more or less to taste) 1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts (more if you like extra...

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Kale, Quinoa, Pineapple and Black Bean Salad

It's a mouthful alright - and we didn't even list all of the ingredients!   Here’s a perfect quick side dish everyone will love, and it's a healthy alternative to heavy beans or pasta salads.  Our Golden Masala Balsamic and Smoked Olive Oil make it unique. No need for lots of spices, because our balsamic combines various chili, ginger, oregano, cinnamon, cumin and other spices.  It is warm but not spicy hot.  Ingredients 1 bunch chopped black or red kale, about 4 cups   1 cup quinoa (cooked per the package instructions) 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple (or mango) 1 (15 oz.) can organic black beans 1 1/2 cups chopped grape tomatoes 1/2  cup Golden Masala Balsamic  1/3 cup lime juice 2 tbsp Smoked Olive Oil ...

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Corn Slaw

BBQ'ed corn gives cabbage coleslaw a hint of smoke along with sweet crunchiness that you will love as a summer side dish.  Ingredients 3 Corn cobs left in husk and rinsed.2 Red chili peppers, washed, seeded and cut in half   Olive oil for brushing peppers 2 cups cabbage, shredded3 carrots, julienned1 small red onion, thinly sliced 1 T chopped cilantro leaves1 T chopped mint leavesSalt and black pepper Dressing 2T lime juice 3T Peach white balsamic vinegar 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup Arbosana extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup cilantro leaves   Preparation  Can be done a day ahead on coals: Brush both sides of red pepper with olive oil. Char with skin side down. Remove from heat and dice. (Can be done simultaneously with #1 above). Place...

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Not-Cool Coleslaw

We think it’s cool – but it’s got a little heat from horseradish that elevates it beyond the cabbage-in-mayonnaise we grew up on.  This is a great accompaniment to grilled meats, fish or veggie burgers. 8 servings  Ingredients -  4 tablespoons Picual extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons Cherry Balsamic Vinegar 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish (more or less to taste) 1 cup (packed) coarsely grated peeled raw fresh beets (2 medium) 1 cup paper-thin slices red onion 8 cups very thinly sliced red cabbage (about 1 1/4 pounds) salt and pepper to taste (Too sweet for you?  Add a tablespoon of white or apple cider vinegar) Preparation Whisk 4 tablespoons oil, vinegar, and horseradish in large bowl to blend. Add...

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