Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Recipe Request: Marianne


     Marianne July 19, 2016 at 7:09 PM
     Hi, I need recipes for walnut cranberry balsamic vinegar 

     and also for honey ginger balsamic vinegar


Marianne,
I'm listing some of the recipes I already have up on the site using those balsamics, or, which will be good with those balsamics. If you need something more specific, please email me at trudy@olivengrape.com ! Hope this helps!



Walnut Balsamic

Black Walnut Green Beans

Beverly's Beet Salad

Black Walnut Pot Roast

Red Apple Waldorf Salad - I originally used the Red Apple Balsamic, but with walnuts in it, Walnut Balsamic should be a perfect compliment!



Cranberry Balsamic

Cranberry Chickpea Salad

Apple Cranberry Crumble

Cherry Mint Pork Chops (should be very nice with Cranberry instead!)

Cranberry Mayo

Asparagus with Cranberries and Lemongrass


Honey Ginger Balsamic
Honey Ginger Chicken

Honey Ginger Sweet Potatoes

Warm Shrimp Salad - I used the Zesty Lemon Balsamic originally, but using the Honey Ginger would be more Summery.

My best recipe for this balsamic isn't one I've put up! I call it Drunken Melons. Lots of fresh Honeydew Melon, lime zest, Honey Ginger Balsamic and rum combined to taste. Let it soak and chill for best results.


Any Balsamic

Balsamic Chicken Fake-Out - My favourite easy recipe, good for any balsamic.

Penne with Balsamic Butter Sauce - This should work nicely with almost anything. Just change up the add-ins to fit whatever balsamic you use!

Friday, July 15, 2016

New Hope's 5th Birthday!

This weekend our New Hope store is celebrating our 5th birthday! YAY for us! What does this mean for you? 


First, THERE WILL BE CAKE! Meyer Lemon Lavender to be precise. The recipe is below, and I've made it gluten-free, vegan, and nut-free so that everyone should be able to have some!

Second, There are going to be IN-STORE specials! There will be special deals and sales going on all weekend, so please stop by!

Sorry internet users, you have to be here for the sales. The next internet coupon should come out in a couple weeks. 





To make the allergen-free version I made for the store, use Gluten-Free flour in place of the all-purpose flour. I like a garbanzo/fava bean flour. And substitute a vegan tofu or soy based yogurt or sour cream. I like this better with the sour cream. It feels fluffier.

A version of the cake made for a friend's anniversary.
 For this, I made a simple confectioner's sugar frosting. 2 cups confectioners sugar whisked with about 3 tbsp of liquid. Milk and water are traditional, but I used lemonade to keep the theme.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Happy 4th!

Happy Independence Day! We're celebrating at home with a BBQ and here with a coupon!



There are also FIREWORKS on Friday! 
Starts at 9:30pm.

So our family BBQs are always fun and filled with the usual suspects. Burgers, chicken and hot dogs and loads and loads of fresh veggies. My grandfather loves corn, but his teeth don't care for it as much as he does. So, in the interest of good dental health, here is a corn recipe that is easy and flavorful while retaining all that is so so good about summer corn. (but gently!)

This works for any spice blend, but definitely recommend the Jerk Blend! It's fiery but not overwhelming. It would be great with the Prime Rub or Anglers too. (I love lime on corn)

Fire Roasted Jerk Corn

1/2 tbsp Jerk Seasoning Blend
2 tbsp Coratina or Casa Ligaro Olive Oil
4 ears Corn

Working one ear at a time, stand up your corn and use a very sharp knife to cut the kernels off the cob. They have fancy tools are extremely cool and work even better, but a knife will work just fine if that's what you have. Gather all the kernels into a bowl and sprinkle with the seasoning blend. Toss to coat. Drizzle with the olive oil and toss again.

Heat your grill to medium high. If you still have them, I like to use the corn husks to grill these. I just grab a silk-free section of the softer husk and use it like a little boat. If you don't have them, I make little boats out of foil. Don't crowd the kernels - I cook these in single serving packets, about one ear of corn worth each. 

Place the corn boats on the edges of the grill and let them cook for 10-15 minutes. If you don't have a grill handy, heat your oven to 400° and bake for about 12-14 minutes. Stir and serve. 


Have a great weekend! And for our friends to the North, Happy Canada Day! (July 1st)


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Our Smithville Store is One!

Our Smithville store is one year old! Come celebrate with us and get the summer season started off with a bang!

There will be Specials in store all week, bring in this coupon to get
15% off your entire purchase!
(Does not apply to already discounted items)


This is a Smithville ONLY coupon. Watch this space in the next few days for our 
Independence Day Coupon!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Father's Day

Wanted to wish all the dads a Happy Father's Day!

And a coupon, because it's only right.


Friday, June 10, 2016

Sesame Prosecco Salad

I've been wondering what I should do with our new wine vinegars. Their zesty flavors are perfect for salads, but pictures of my plain green salads and vinegar don't make blog posts(even if I do eat them often).

A sale on shrimp moved this salad to the fore! All the measurements are for 2 side salads so scale up however you need. The dressing makes a little over 1/2 cup, so it should last you a bit longer!

Sesame Prosecco Salad

8-12 medium shrimp, cooked
4 cups favorite greens
1 large carrot, cut into matchsticks
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 lime, sliced into wedges *optional*
1 tbsp Sesame Oil with Garlic and Ginger
1 tsp light soy sauce
sesame seeds for garnish

In a saute pan, warm the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. After 1-2 minutes, they should be almost warmed through. Raise the temperature to high and sprinkle with the soy sauce. Let caramelize for 30 seconds to 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and toss with sesame seeds.

Assemble the salad with a good toss and drizzle with dressing.


Prosecco Lime Dressing

1/4 cup Prosecco Vinegar
1/4 cup Persian Lime Olive Oil
3 tbsp Honey

Place all ingredients in a sealed jar and shake.


Friday, May 27, 2016

Happy Memorial Day!




I'd love to give you a more interesting recipe to go along with this , but the next thing I have queued up is soup and I don't think it goes as well!



This super easy recipe can be made with whatever bread you have on hand, and can be either grilled or baked. Have fun with it!


Basic Garlic Bread

1 loaf bread, split lengthwise
1/4 cup Garlic Olive Oil
2 tbsp Italian Blend Spices

Pour the olive oil into a shallow dish and use the cut side of the bread to mop it up. Coat evenly.

Sprinkle the spices over the bread and sandwich together. Wrap with foil and toast in the oven or grill until just browning. 
(5-10 mins)