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  • Ingredients:
    * 2 tablespoons salt
    * 1/4 cup Giangrandi Delicate or Medium Blend extra-virgin olive oil
    * 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
    * 2 pints Sun Gold cherry tomatoes or other cherry tomatoes, whole
    * 1/2 bunch chives, cut into 1-inch lengths
    * 12 fresh lemon-basil leaves, thinly sliced
    * 1 pound pasta (bavette, linguine, spaghetti, just about any kind)

    Procedures:
    1. Bring a large pot of salty water to boil. Cook the pasta until al dente, reserving some pasta water.
    2. In the meantime, heat a large skillet or sauté pan with the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until it softens and just begins to brown.
    3. Add the tomatoes, chives, and basil (reserve some for sprinkling at the end) and cook until the tomatoes just begin to burst.
    4. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and cook over high heat, stirring, for an additional minute to marry the flavors. Moisten with Giangrandi Delicate or Medium EVOO as desired; serve immediately.

    Giangrandi Pesto

    Giangrandi Medium-Intense Organic Blend Pesto
    Yields: 1 Cup

    Fresh Basil

    Fresh Basil for Giangrandi Pesto

    Ingredients:
    2 cups, fresh basil leaves
    3 Tsp, 12g pine nuts
    2 small, 6g garlic cloves
    1/4 Tsp, coarse sea salt
    2 Tbsp, 6g pecorino parmesian cheese
    1/2 cup, Giangrandi Organic Medium-Intense Blend

    Preparation:
    Submerge basil leaves in cold water, wash and pat dry. Toast pine nuts in oven for 3 minutes until golden brown. In a mortar, crush garlic and coarse sea salt together. Add pine nuts, crush together. Add basil leaves and continue to crush ingredients together. Add olive oil and parmesian cheese. Mix until a smooth paste.

    Enjoy over a bowl of cooked gnocchi or vine ripe tomatoes.

    Giangrandi Rosemary Olive Oil Cookies

    Rosemary Olive Oil Cookies, Delicate Blend
    Yield: 6 Cookies
    Rosemary Cookies

    Ingredients:
    2.5 cups of flour
    1 cup of sugar
    2 eggs
    1/8 teaspoon of black pepper
    1 teaspoon ground rosemary
    1/2 cup Chardonnay Wine
    1/2 cup of Giangrandi Delicate Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Preparation:
    Preheat oven to 350o F. Mix all dry ingredients. Add eggs, wine, and olive oil. Mix until it’s an even cookie dough. Place cookie mix into a pastry bag (piping bag). Next, grease the surface of the baking tray, this prevents the cookies from sticking to the surface of the tray. Squeeze cookie mix through the pastry bag and form two inch round cookies. Leave 1/2 inch space between each cookie on the tray. Bake for 12 minutes at 350o F. Let cool and enjoy!

    Giangrandi Olive Tapenade

    Olive Oil Tapenade with the Intense Blend
    Yield: 2 cups
    Kalamata Olive

    Ingredients:
    1 kilo black kalamata olives
    400 grams of
    20 grams mustard
    10 grams of fresh squeezed lemon juice
    5 grams of balsamic vinegar 5 grams Merken* (can be substituted with Tabasco)
    15 grams thyme
    40 grams Italian parsley
    20 grams of garlic cloves
    6 grams anchovy filet
    250 mL Giangrandi Premium Intense Olive Oil

    Preparation:
    Mix all ingredients in a food processor and blend together until a semi smooth texture is achieved. Eat and enjoy!

    Coffee, wine, chocolate, cheese…now, here come the olive oil tastings.  You may have noticed these popping up, and I don’t mean someone handing out swigs from a pill cup at a food festival.  These are sit down events, where one takes notes, and compares the fruitiness, nuttiness, or “grassiness” of different oils.  Those of you who regularly attend Fancy Food Shows may yawn, but I daresay I notice a growing trend in tastings.

    If you’re curious, today’s free event at Whole Foods Pinecrest (11701 S. Dixie Highway) is low-budget way to experiment.

    Cecilia Richter, a friend who recently attended a Miami tasting of Giangrandi Chilean olive oil, was surprised at the range of tastes: “I’ve never tasted olive oil like that. It’s almost like drinking it, but you take a really small taste. You can really sense the differences. The milder ones were fruitier.  It was like a wine tasting, except you don’t really spit it out.”

    You can even find “tasting kits” online for at-home parties, although I’m wary of some of these.  Unfortunately, marketers know that many of us crave “rustic elegance,” (that’s a term I saw on Olio & Olive) even if we’re not quite sure what we’re getting.  So, just as with many of the “fine” wine tasting kits you may see online, I’d say buyer be careful.

    Today at Whole Foods in Pinecrest, you’ll get a chance at their own tasting.   Renée Frigo and Daniel Graeff, the founders of Lucini Italia, will guide a comparative olive oil tasting from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  The event is free, but you should reserve a spot by emailing lori.roberts@wholefoods.com, with the subject line: RSVP: LUCINI for SFM.  The organizers advise tasters not to wear perfume/cologne, drink coffee, or smoke cigarettes for at least two hours before the event.

    It’s part of a Slow Food Miami 5% Day at Whole Foods Pinecrest.  Five percent of all purchases will be donated toward the group’s Edible Film Series.

    Giangrandi Bruschetta

    Bruschetta is made up of very simple flavors, and is best if made with the highest quality and freshest ingredients available along with Giangrandi Gourmet Medium Fruited Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
    Yield: 1 serving 5 portions

    Fresh Tomatoes, Fresh Bruschetta

    Ingredients:
    1/3 cup, 8g basil leaves
    3.5 oz., 100g of cubed tomatoes
    1/2 tsp, 1g crushed red pepper
    1/3 cup, 65g Giangrandi Premium Medium Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    Salt to taste
    1, baguette bread sliced into 1” rounds
    1 Tbsp, 3g parmesan cheese, grated

    Preparation:
    Cut tomatoes into quarters & remove seeds and core. Cut tomato into ½ squares. Peel and mince garlic. Mix garlic, tomatoes, red pepper,salt, basil and olive oil.
    Refrigerate for15 minutes.
    Cut baguette into 2 inch rounds. Brush lightly with olive oil, salt and pepper. Toast bread at 350° F for 5 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven, spoon tomato mix over bread slices. Garnish with parmesian cheese.

    Lemon & Olive Oil Salad Dressing

    Fresh squeezed lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil make the perfect marriage. They make a wonderfully simple and light addition to any salad type.


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    June 28, 2010 (WLS) — Chef Julius Russell of A Tale of Two Chefs takes center stage at the Dominick’s Cooking Corner on July 4. The popular Chicago chef will be closing out the weeklong span of presentations by some of America’s top chefs. Chef Julius will share new recipes along with coveted tricks of the trade. During the action packed demo, Chef will take you on a journey, exploring the flavors of Caribbean, Asian and New American cuisines. The first 150 guests will receive “Chef Goodie Bags” filled with some of Chef Julius’ hand picked culinary favorites.

    Chef Julius serves as owner of A Tale of Two Chefs, TV Host on Big Ten Network Executive Chef for KeHe Distributors. Inspired by his training at the Le Cordon Bleu Academie d’Art Culinaire de Paris and New Orleans School of Cooking, he specializing in “World Fusion” cuisine that he describes as carefully blending his French and Creole training with flavors and techniques from around the globe. For more information visit his newly launched, interactive website www.taleof2chefs.comor check out Chef’s new blog post about the upcoming demo “Wait Til This Year” | Taste of Chicago Blog Post. See below for a list of other chefs appearing at the Dominick’s Cooking Corner.
    http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/events/mose/taste_of_chicago_-.html

    You can meet Chef Julius at 3 pm on Sunday, July 4 at Dominick’s Cooking Corner, just east of Buckingham Fountain at the Taste of Chicago. Or you can try out some of his favorite recipes:

    Red Monkey Hickory Smoked Balsamic Steak

    3 Rib eye steaks (1in thick)
    4T Red Monkey Hickory Smoked Balsamic Seasoning
    3T Giangrandi Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    1T Smokin Joe’s Garlic Sauce
    1T coarse ground black pepper

    Directions:

    – In a re-closeable plastic bag, place the steaks, 3T Red Monkey Seasoning, 2T olive oil, garlic sauce & black pepper.
    – Massage the ingredients into the steaks. Marinate in the refrigerator for 15-30 min. Remove 5min before cooking.
    – Place a nonstick or seasoned cast iron grill pan on the stovetop for 2-3min.
    – Place steaks onto the hot pan & let cook for AT LEAST 3-4min without touching them
    – Turn steaks over and allow them to cook to desired doneness, 4-5 min for medium rare.
    – Remove steaks & allow them to rest on warm serving plates or cutting board for 3min.
    – While steak is resting, sprinkle the remaining Red Monkey Hickory Smoked Balsamic Seasoning & drizzle the rest of the Giangrandi Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
    – Thinly slice to be a part of bruschetta or serve each steak individually

    Sweet & Spicy Broccoli

    1lb of chopped broccoli (frozen)
    2T Giangrandi Extra Virgin Olive Oil Intense Blend
    3T Nature Isle Tropical Gourmet Mango Pepper Sauce
    2T Ojai Cook ‘Bite Back’ Teriyaki Sauce
    1pk Savory Choice Chicken or Vegetable Broth Concentrate, plus 1/2 cup water

    Directions:

    – Place a 10-12in sauté pan on med-high heat for 2min
    – Add Giangrandi extra virgin olive oil, heat for 2min more, add the frozen broccoli
    – Sauté the broccoli 4-5 min. Add mango pepper & “bite back” teriyaki sauces to the broccoli
    – Add the contents of Savory Choice packet & ½ cup water. Stir in, cover and cook on med for 5-7min, until broccoli is heated through.
    – Remove pan from heat & serve vegetables hot as a great side dish.

    Roasted Red Pepper & Mango Aioli

    1 cup Ojai Cook Lemonaise
    2T roasted red peppers (pureed)
    2T Nature Isle Tropical Gourmet Mango Chutney (pureed)
    1T Red Monkey Tres Chili Seasoning
    1tsp cayenne pepper
    1T Giangrandi Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (optional)

    Directions:

    – In a metal bowl, add all of the wet ingredients (except olive oil) and mix together with a spoon, until the color is even and the texture is smooth.
    – Next add the dry seasonings, mix them evenly into the blend.
    – If mixture is too thick, add the olive oil. This will help thin it out and extend the finish when you taste it.
    – This is a very wine friendly dipping sauce for roasted potatoes or spread it on a bun to jazz up a turkey burger.

    Tree of Life

    The olive tree is as deeply embedded in the history and mythology of olive-growing lands as it is in the Mediterranean landscape itself.

    By Nancy Harmon Jenkins Source: Saveur

    You plant grapevines for your children, my Tuscan neighbors say, and olive trees for your grandchildren. It can take as long as 40 years for Olea europaea, the olive tree, to grow to full maturity (though many begin bearing fruit after just five to seven years). Once planted, however, barring frost, fire, or flood, the tree can live for centuries, its taproot stretching deep—up to 20 feet—into the soil, seeking moisture. All over the Mediterranean—from Andalusia in Spain (where this photo was taken) to Puglia in Italy to Kalamata in Greece—you’ll find ancient, gnarled trees still faithfully producing delicious fruit every fall.
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    A Cook’s Guide to Olive Oils

    Fine extra-virgin olive oils exhibit a seemingly infinite range of aromas, flavors, textures, and hues. Here is a highly selective list of oils from around the world—drawn from a tasting of more than a hundred bottles—that we think represents this range beautifully.

    By The Editors Source: Saveur


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