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red white and blue trifle
Ingredients:
-1 Angel Food Cake, Cubed
-1 box vanilla pudding mix, made according to box directions
-1/4 cup milk (in addition to milk used in pudding)
-1 1/2 cups raspberries
-1 1/2 cups blueberries
-1 1/2 cups strawberries
-1/3 cup SOOC Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar
-1/3 cup SOOC Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar (or Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar)
-2 cups heavy whipping cream
-2 Tablespoons honey
Directions:
1. Make the vanilla pudding mix, adding the extra 1/4 cup milk; the pudding will be runny. Whip with mixer, two cups of heavy cream with the two tablespoons of honey until stiff peaks form.
2. In a large decorative glass bowl, add half of the cubed Angel Food Cake to the bottom. Add a layer of mixed berries (using about 1/2 of the berries). Pour half of the pudding mixture over the berries. Then drizzle half of the Balsamic Vinegar over the pudding. Next add a layer of 1/2 the whipping cream over the top.
3. Repeat the layers with Angel Food Cake, berries, pudding, balsamic vinegar, finishing with a layer of the whipping cream.
4. Garnish with fresh berries. Keep chilled before serving.
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cauliflowerSauce:

  • 1/3 cup blanched almonds
  • 4-5 tsp. anchovy paste (optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 Tablespoon SOOC Butter Olive Oil
  • ½ cup SOOC Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I used Garlic Olive Oil)
  • 2 tsp. SOOC white balsamic vinegar (I used Sicilian Lemon)
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped cilantro (or more to taste)
  • 1-2 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions for sauce:

In a small frying pan, toast nuts over low heat, shaking often, just until golden and fragrant. Set aside to cool.

In a food processor, combine almonds, anchovy paste if using, garlic and butter olive oil, pulse until smooth. Mix in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and then white balsamic vinegar. Mix in cilantro and red pepper flakes (if using).

Spoon sauce around each wedge of Whole Roasted Cauliflower.

 

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cauliflowerIngredients:

1 Large cauliflower

SOOC Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Garlic or Tuscan Herb are great)

Sea Salt

Directions for Roasted Cauliflower:

Heat the oven while you prepare the cauliflower: Place heavy oven-proof skillet (a cast iron skillet works well) or a baking sheet in the oven and turn the heat to 375 degrees.

Place a small pan of hot water on the lower rack of the oven to create steam.

Break off and discard the outer leaves from the cauliflower. Cut off the bottom of the stem, then use the tip of a small, sharp knife to cut off the leaves close to the stem. Carefully cut out the hard core of the cauliflower, near the bottom. Leave the main stem intact and make sure not to cut through any of the florets.

Rinse the cauliflower (leave the water clinging to the outside: and place on a work surface, core side up. Drizzle with olive oil and rub over the cauliflower until evenly coated. Sprinkle with sea salt.

Place the cauliflower on the hot skillet in the oven, core side down, and cook until very tender all the way through when pierced with a knife, at least 1 hour or up to 2 hours. During the cooking, baste 2 or 3 times with more olive oil. It should brown nicely. If you have a convection feature or broiler, use it toward the end of baking to brown the crust.

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Aioli
Chipotle-Lime Aioli
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup SOOC Chipotle Olive Oil
  • 2 large egg yolks at room temperature**
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Directions:
  1. In the bowl of a food processor or blender jar, add the egg yolks, salt, garlic and lime juice.  Process until well combined.
  2. VERY SLOWLY, drop by drop, begin to drizzle in the Chipotle Olive Oil while the machine is running. Extreme patience must be taken with this slow process, as too much olive oil poured in at once will cause the sauce to break.
  3. Once the olive oil is completely poured in and emulsified, remove the aioli to a sealed container and refrigerate.

**This recipe contains raw egg yolks.  If you have a compromised immune system, you can use pasteurized eggs for this recipe.

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Spicy Jalapeno-Chipotle Lime Coleslaw
Ingredients:
  • 1 medium head of cabbage shredded
  • 1 recipe for Chipotle-Lime Aioli
  • 1 large jalapeno, seeded, de-ribbed and finely minced
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded, de-ribbed and finely minced
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded red onion
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Directions:
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour.

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Hummus and chips
Ingredients:
  • 1-2 Jalapeno pepper, roasted & seeds removed
  • 1 1/2 Cups chickpeas (if using canned, drain & rinse)
  • 1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 Cup SOOC olive oil (suggest either the Harissa or Chipotle Olive Oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons ice water
Directions:
To roast peppers: remove core and seeds from peppers and slice. Lay on a baking sheet and preheat the broiler in your oven. Place under the broiler skin-side up until skins are completely charred and black- this took about 10 minutes. Just check every 2 minutes or so. Immediately remove peppers from oven and using kitchen tongs, quickly place them in a Ziploc bag then seal it. Set aside for 20-30 minutes. Remove peppers from the bag and peel the skin off to discard. It is okay if a little bit of char remains as it adds to the flavor.
Add the chickpeas to the bowl of your food processor and blend until they are pureed. Add the tahini, honey and jalapeno, and blend until combined, scraping down the sides if needed. Stream in the olive oil with the processor running and continue to blend until the hummus is smooth. Add the salt and pepper, blend a bit more. With the processor running, stream in the ice water and blend until smooth. Serve with tortilla chips.

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loafIngredients:

  • 4 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup potato flour
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon light amber honey or granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons + 3 tablespoons SOOC Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

Directions:

If using a bread machine, add all of the liquid, honey/sugar, salt, and 3 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan.  Then add both flours, followed by the yeast last.  Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your bread machine if you intend to bake it in the machine.

If using a stand mixer or mixing kneading by hand, mix and then knead the dough for about 6 minutes.  The dough should be very soft, but not sticky.  Add more flour, in small amounts as needed to keep the dough from sticking.  Allow to rise in a warm spot for about an hour.  Lightly punch the dough down, transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment and gently reshape in to a rustic loaf.  Cover the dough with plastic wrap lightly greased with olive oil.  Allow the dough to rise for 45 additional minutes

Preheat the oven to 375 and adjust the rack to the center of the oven.

Drizzle the loaf with two tablespoons of olive oil, and bake for about 40 minutes, until golden brown. Remove the loaf and immediately drizzle with remaining tablespoon of olive oil.  Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.  Best served warm!

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soup with Tuscan Herb Olive Oil

Ingredients :
2 – 28 oz. cans tomato puree
1/2 cup white wine
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 large red bell peppers, roasted, seeded, peeled and chopped, or one jar of roasted red peppers, drained & chopped
3 tablespoons SOOC Tuscan Herb Olive Oil (or SOOC Garlic Olive Oil)
1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
4 large cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch fresh basil leaves washed, dried, & torn, reserving 6 small sprigs for garnish
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup grated Romano Cheese
1 cup heavy cream
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

 

Directions:
In a medium heavy stock pot, heat one tablespoon of Tuscan Herb Olive Oil over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and saute until translucent, for about 3 minutes.  Add the garlic and saute for another minute.  Add the white wine and reduce by half.

Add the chicken stock, roasted peppers, tomato puree, basil leaves and oregano to the pot.  Lower the heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes.  Remove the pot from heat.  Using an immersion blender, puree the hot soup until smooth and creamy in consistency.  Add the heavy cream and Romano Cheese and stir to combine.  Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve individual bowls of soup drizzled with approximately one teaspoon of Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and a sprig of basil.  Serve immediately.

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