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Fontina Dip (1)

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds Italian Fontina cheese, rind removed, cubed (1-2-inch cubes)
  • ½ cup SOOC Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Arbosana or Arbequina)
  • 8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ tablespoon thyme leaves, minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoon rosemary leaves, minced
  • 1-2 French baguettes, sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Place oven rack in upper portion of oven, 5 inches from the heat. Preheat broiler.
  2. Take a large, cast-iron skillet and spread an even layer of Fontina cubes along the pan. Drizzle olive oil on top.
  3. Sprinkle garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper over the top.
  4. Place in oven and bake for 5-6 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and starting to brown. Pay close attention because it is easy for cheese to burn.
  5. Remove from oven and serve immediately from skillet. Dipping slices directly into the cheese. Be careful because the skillet and cheese are really hot.

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We found this olive oil cake recipe from Nigella Lawson and thought this would be a great treat that is still kinda heart healthy!!                          

 Ingredients: 

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  • ⅔ cup SOOC Arbequina extra-virgin olive oil (plus more for greasing)
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa (sifted)
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups almond meal (or 125g plain flour / 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • SOOC Raspberry balsamic vinegar (optional, for topping)

Note: For a fun twist, substitute Arbequina olive oil with SOOC Blood Orange olive oil or any flavor you wish.

Directions: 

  • Preheat your oven to 325ºF. Grease a 9-inch springform tin with a little oil and line the base with baking parchment.
  • Measure and sift the unsweetened cocoa into a bowl and whisk in the boiling water until you have a smooth, still runny (but only just) paste. Whisk in the vanilla extract, then set aside to cool.
  • In another bowl, combine the almond meal (or flour) with the baking soda and pinch of
    salt.
  • Put the sugar, olive oil and eggs into the bowl of a freestanding mixer with the paddle attachment (or other bowl and whisk arrangement of your choice) and beat together vigorously for about 3 minutes until you have a pale-primrose, aerated and thickened cream.
  • Turn the speed down a little and pour in the cocoa mixture, beating as you go, and when all is scraped in you can slowly tip in the ground almond (or flour) mixture.
  • Pour liquid batter into the prepared tin. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the sides are set and the very center, on top, still looks slightly damp.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes, then ease the sides of the cake with a small spatula and spring it out of the tin. Serve with ice cream, fresh raspberries, and drizzle with SOOC Raspberry balsamic vinegar.

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The Cupcakes
2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
1 15 oz. can solid pack pumpkin (1 3/4 cups)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup sweet Extra Virgin Olive Oil such as Arbequina EVOO or Sweet Barnea EVOO
4 large eggs

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line three standard muffin tins or one giant muffin tin with cupcake papers.  Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  In a separate large bowl, combine the pumpkin, sugars and extra virgin olive oil.  Add the eggs one at a time beating after each addition.

Add the flour in three additions to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined and no flour can be seen.  Fill the muffin tins and bake the cupcakes for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in to the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

Makes 36 standard cupcakes or 12 giant cupcakes

Cinnamon-Vanilla Buttercream
1 cup granulated sugar
4 large egg whites
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
3 sticks unsalted butter cut in to 1/2 inch cubes and brought to (room temperature!)

Put the sugar, egg whites and salt in to a metal mixing bowl. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir constantly with a whisk until the mixture feels very warm to the touch (about 3-4 minutes)  Remove the bowl from the heat.  Working with the whisk attachment or with a hand mixer, beat the meringue on medium speed until it reaches room temperature (about 5 minutes).  Add the butter cubes one at a time to beating after each addition until smooth. Once all the butter in incorporated, add the cinnamon and vanilla beating until fully incorporated. Allow the cupcakes to cool before frosting.

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8-12 ounces fresh pappardelle pasta
3 tablespoons Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ bunch asparagus, cut into 1-inch lengths
½ large onion, halved and sliced
¼ pound wild or cultivated mushrooms, cleaned and cut into bite-sized pieces
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
¾ cup dry white wine
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Arbequina EVOO, to drizzle

Directions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta. Begin cooking the pasta about 5 minutes before the sauce is ready.
Pre-heat a large sauté pan. Add the 3 tablespoons olive oil and then the asparagus. Cook approximately 1 minute. Add the onion and mushrooms, and cook an additional minute. Season with salt and pepper. Deglaze with the wine and continue cooking until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the chopped tomatoes.

Drain the cooked pasta and add it to the sauce. Add the parsley and toss lightly. Check the seasonings and adjust as needed. Divide the pasta among 4 serving bowls, top with the Parmesan, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Serves 4.

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