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Cleopatra's Caesar Salad Dressing*

We've taken a "Caesar" and enlivened it with feta for a creamy rich dressing that showcases our great olive oils and our favorite sheep's milk feta. Ingredients 1/2 cup Arroyo Seco Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 fresh egg at room temperature 1 t salt 2 garlic cloves 1/2 t dry mustard 1/2 t hot sauce Ground Black Pepper to taste 3/4 cup Sheep's Milk feta (we like French or Israeli feta)- crumbled Put all ingredients except the feta in a blender and blend until smooth.  Hand mix in the feta to maintain texture.  If you prefer it smooth, then pulse the feta into the dressing. We enjoy this with our smokey croutons and Romaine lettuce.  Equally...

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Tuna Salad Made with Homemade Mayonnaise

When there is no mayonnaise in the refrigerator and your simple sandwich seems so out of reach - in just 5 extra minutes - your simple sandwich remains simple to make, and tastier than before! For the Mayonnaise: Ingredients 1 large egg yolk (or 2 small) 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 cup mild extra virgin olive oil - like our Ascolano  Salt and ground pepper to taste Combine all ingredients except oil in a food processor and mix until smooth.  While the processor is running, add the oil in at a very slow stream, blending constantly until the mixture begins to thicken.  Continue until emulsified and thick.      For the Tuna Salad:   1 can solid white albacore ...

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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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