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Valentine's Day Menus

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We've put together perfect Valentine's Day menus featuring balsamics & oils everyone will love!

For the Meat Lover....

Start with crostinis topped with tomatoes and whipped feta. 

Move on to Grilled Rib-eye glazed in pomegranate balsamic and topped with homemade chimichurri sauce. Pair with a simple arugula salad and truffled mashed potatoes

For dessert, indulge in a simple sundae topped with strawberries marinated in chocolate balsamic vinegar. 

For the Veggie Lover....

Start with a light grapefruit & spinach salad dressed with green limonato oil.

For your main course enjoy spinach-stuffed portobello mushrooms paired with a bulgur salad packed with mediterranean veggies. 

Finish the evening with a refreshing strawberry granita or decadent balsamic truffles.

For Maximum Romance...

Start off with a light arugula saladbacon wrapped dates

For the main course, enjoy decadent polenta topped with caramelized mushrooms along with lemon garlic scallops

Top off the meal with wine poached pears and cinnamon mascarpone. 

Decadent Blood Orange Chocolate Cake

We absolutely LOVE to use Blood Orange Olive Oil for baking, but this cake is also amazing with our Tea Rose Olive Oil :)Ingredients: 3 cups flour1 cup brown sugar1 cup white sugar1/3 cup baking cocoa½ teaspoon salt2 cups water¾ cup blood orange olive oil2 teaspoons vanilla2 teaspoons white vinegarDirections: In a large bowl, combine sifted flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Create a [...]

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Chocolate Balsamic Chicken Mole!

SERVES 6PREP TIME: 15 MINSCOOK TIME: 1 HR 30 MINSTOTAL TIME: 1 HR 45 MINS550 CALORIESIngredients4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil5 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs4 cups low-salt chicken broth1 cup chocolate balsamic1 1/4 pounds onions, sliced1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds6 large garlic cloves, sliced4 teaspoons cumin seeds4 teaspoons coriander seeds4 ounces dried pasilla chiles,* [...]

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Mandarin Dark Chocolate Madeleines

Mandarin Orange Oil is back! And we are IN LOVE with this yummy recipe that showcases one of our favorite seasonal oils. MAKES 2 DOZENPREP TIME: 15 minsCOOK TIME: 10 - 12 minsTOTAL TIME: 25 mins95 CaloriesIngredients:1 cup flour + 1/4 cup for pan1/3 cup cocoa1/2 teaspoon baking powderpinch of salt1/2 cup granulated sugar2 large eggs1/3 [...]

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Simple, Sweet, Strawberry Sundae with Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar

If you haven't tried balsamic on ice cream, you're missing out!Serves: 4 - 6Calories: 300Prep Time: 10 minsIngredients:  4 pints (8 cups) fresh strawberries, sliced thick5 tablespoons Chocolate balsamic vinegar2 tablespoon sugar1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper2 pints vanilla ice cream, for servingFreshly grated lemon zest, for serving Thirty minutes to an hour before serving, combine the strawberries, balsamic vinegar, [...]

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For that Chocolate Craving: Arbosana Brownies with Dark Chocolate Tangerine Balsamic Ganache

Ok, so we couldn't resist putting up another dessert recipe. But we love chocolate, and it's the holidays!YIELDS 1215 min Prep Time20 min Bake Time45 minTotal Time300 CaloriesBrownie Ingredients1/2 cup Arbosana Extra Virgin Olive Oil1 cup white sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 eggs1/2 cup all-purpose flour1/3 cup unsweetened high quality cocoa powder1/4 teaspoon baking powder1/4 teaspoon [...]

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Dark Chocolate Fondue with Blood Orange Olive Oil

Ingredients:1 pound dark chocolate chips or whole bars chopped coarsely1 cup heavy cream1/2 cup milk2 Tbs. Blood Orange  Olive Oil1 Tbs. Fresh Orange Zest1 teaspoon vanilla extractPinch kosher salt2 tablespoons Tangerine Dark Balsamic or Traditional, Vanilla, Black Cherry or similarCookies, Fruit, marshmallows or pound cake, for servingDirections:Special equipment: 6-quart slow cookerHeat a 6-quart slow [...]

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Chocolate Raspberry Balsamic Glazed Olive Oil Budnt Cake

Ingredients for the Cake3 cups all-purpose flour +1 tablespoon1 tablespoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon salt4 large eggs2 cups granulated sugar1 cup sour cream3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil +1 tablespoon1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extractDirectionsPreheat the oven to 350°F. Generously grease the inside of a 10-inch bundt pan with UP Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add a tablespoon [...]

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Balsamic Truffles

Balsamic Ganache TrufflesIngredients:1/2 cup steaming hot heavy cream1 pinch of sea salt 8 ounces best quality dark chocolate in chip form, or chopped3 tablespoons dark or white balsamic**My favorite options for this are: Coconut white balsamic vinegar, Raspberry dark balsamic vinegar, Blenheim Apricot white balsamic vinegar, Tangerine dark balsamic vinegar, Strawberry dark balsamic vinegar, Maple dark balsamic vinegar, Espresso dark balsamic vinegar, Lavender dark [...]

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Chicken Mole with Baklouti Green Chili Olive Oil and Dark Chocolate Balsamic

Ingredients4 tablespoons Baklouti Green Chili Pepper fused olive oil5 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs or breast tenders4 cups chicken stock or broth1/2 cup Dark Chocolate dark balsamic vinegar2 large yellow onions, sliced1/2 cup blanched slivered almonds1/2 cup hulled pumpkin seeds6 large garlic cloves3 teaspoons cumin seeds3 teaspoons coriander seeds1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1 bay leaf3 ounces dried Pasilla [...]

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