Monday, July 21, 2014

Customer Recipe: Zesty Lemon Balsamic Meatloaf

A big Thank You to Jill P. For this meatloaf redux!

So shake up your usual meatloaf with a couple additions. Balsamic inside and out!

I mix the balsamic in with my eggs and fresh herbs (photo) before I add to the meat and vegetables.

The recipe calls for two tablespoons of traditional balsamic but I felt that the zesty lemon works better.  The glaze is one half of a cup of ketchup to one quarter of a cup of balsamic.  Again the lemon is really good here too.

As for the glaze I mix the two and spoon/spread on the shaped loaves then bake.  The glaze darkens to a rich red color and the taste is the best.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Meyer Lemon Peach Cake

I served this today in the store. Hope you like it!

Meyer Lemon Peach Cake

This is an alteration of a basic box mix.
You need:

1 box white cake mix
1/4 cup Peach Jam for every egg called for
Meyer Lemon Olive Oil for the vegetable oil called for
2 Peaches, diced
White Peach Balsamic, for topping

My box mix called for 3 eggs, so I used at total of 3/4 cups Peach Jam. I used the water it wanted me to use and then the vegetable oil was subbed out with Meyer Lemon Olive Oil.

I tossed in the peaches at the end, stirred it a bit and turned the batter out into a baking pan.

The jam makes this more moist and sticky than is intended, so mine required about 10 more minutes baking. When a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, it is done.

While it is cooling brush it with the White Peach Balsamic.

Balsamic Fruits

2 pints raspberries
2 peaches, diced
1/2 cup White Peach Balsamic

If your peaches aren't perfectly ripe, start this the night before you want to serve it. Dice the peaches and stir with 1/2 cup White Peach Balsamic. Let sit in the fridge overnight. Add the raspberries, stir and serve.

Can be served along with the cake, or by itself. Or used as the base of a cocktail. Just add club soda or prosecco and you're done!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Happy Birthday to Us!

Happy Birthday to the store!

This Thursday, we are 3! Thank you for making these past 3 years so wonderful. As thanks, Coupon!

There will be a Lemon Peach Cake up tomorrow or so.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Sorry everyone! I've had a cold. The only thing I've been eating is soup.

I am feeling much better, but will get to the cooking again probably on Monday.

Thank you!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Customer Recipe: Balsamic with Peaches

Hope that everyone had a great 4th!

There was a joint effort to get this one to me, so credit to Bruce for making it, and to Andrew for sending it on. Thanks guys!!

The balsamic used was a limited time product, but substituting it with the Black Walnut or the plain Chocolate Balsamics would be just as good!

"New Jersey local peaches and sour cream with honey, curly mint with a chocolate walnut balsamic drizzle! (That's where Olive-n-Grape comes in!)"

Friday, June 27, 2014

Citrus Chicken Salad

I had some leftover grilled chicken from dinner a few nights ago. You know how I love to use up leftovers, so here is the chicken salad I threw together for lunch yesterday!

Citrus Chicken Salad

3 cups cooked chicken, cubes
3 tbsp Persian Lime Olive Oil
Pepper Citrus Sea Salt
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 white onion, diced
2-4 stalks celery, diced

Whip the mayonnaise and Olive Oil together until smooth. Toss the chicken, onions and celery together with the dressing and add the pepper and citrus sea salt to taste.

Yesterday I had this on a sandwich. Tonight for dinner, I'm topping it with melted cheese on a tortilla. I love leftovers!!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Strawberry Basil Cookies

I know that this may not be the most natural combination in the world for most people, but I can't recommend this enough. Little do my friends know I'll be bringing these cookies to pretty much every event for the forseeable future.

A note on strawberries. If you are serving these right away, fresh strawberries are fine. If you are storing them, even for a little while, dried will be better. The fresh strawberries are so moist if you put them in a closed container, the cookies get soft and soggy. I am also experimenting with freeze dried strawberries. I'll let you know how that works.

Strawberry Basil Cookies

1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup diced strawberries
1 bunch basil, chopped
3/4 cup Basil Olive Oil

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Cream together the olive oil and sugars. Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing until smooth.

In a separate bowl, whisk the baking soda, salt and flour together. Add to wet ingredients in batches, making sure that everything is well combined before adding more. Add the strawberries and the basil.

Drop by tablespoonful on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes. The edges should brown, but not all of it.