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trufflesIngredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Steaming hot heavy cream
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  • 8 ounces best quality dark chocolate in chip form, or chopped
  • 3 tablespoons SOOC dark or white balsamic – my favorite options for this are: coconut, raspberry, tangerine, strawberry, espresso, or traditional 18 year.
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder for rolling the truffles or use 6 oz. tempered (melted chocolate) for coating the truffles.

Directions:

  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a medium size heat proof bowl.
  2. Heat the cream and salt in a heavy bottom sauce pan over low heat until it just begins to steam.  Do not allow it to simmer or boil.
  3. Pour the cream over the chopped chocolate and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes without stirring.  Stir the mixture gently until all the chocolate is melted.  Add the balsamic and stir well.  Cool to room temperature and then place the bowl in the refrigerator, covered until the ganache has become cold and can be scooped and formed into balls.
  4. Have a baking sheet covered with parchment paper ready that will fit into your fridge or freezer.
  5. Take 1 teaspoon of cold balsamic ganache and quickly roll between your hands to form a ball.  If you spend too much time trying to get the shape just right, you’ll begin to melt the ganache and it will be a mess.
  6. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet and then place in the fridge or freezer to firm up the truffles.
  7. Once truffles are firm, you can roll into cocoa powder or in tempered (melted) chocolate.  Best stored in single layers, separated by parchment or wax paper in a sealed container in the refrigerator.  Truffles can be served at room temperature.

Makes approximately 30-40 truffles

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Ingredients:

– 2 pounds chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubesapricot-chicken-with-couscous
– 20 dried apricots, halved
– 1 cup chicken stock
– 1 cup apricot preserves
– 2 tbs SOOC Blood Orange olive oil
– 1/4 cup SOOC Fig balsamic vinegar
– 1 large onion, chopped
– 2-3 cloves chopped garlic
– 1 tbs fresh chopped thyme

Directions:

– Heat Blood Orange EVOO in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for about 5 minutes, until edges are slightly crispy, but still pink in the center. Stir in the onion and garlic, and cook for 3 more minutes. Reduce to a medium heat, and pour in the Fig balsamic vinegar and allow to reduce for a couple minutes.

– Halve 10 apricots, leaving the other 10 whole. Place apricots and chicken stock to the skillet and bring to a simmer. Stir in the apricot preserves and thyme. Reduce to medium-low heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until apricots have softened. Salt and pepper to taste.

– Serve over your favorite steamed vegetables or quinoa! You can also substitute the Fig balsamic vinegar with Espresso balsamic for an even richer flavor. Enjoy and eat in good health!

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Ingredients:

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1 pound fresh whole or halved mushrooms
1 small onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings

For Marinade:

1 cup SOOC Garlic EVOO
1/4 cup SOOC Sicilian Lemon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fennel seed
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

Combine mushrooms and onion in medium mixing bowl. Set aside.

For marinade, blend all marinade ingredients in small mixing bowl. Combine mushrooms and onions into the mixture. Toss and cover. Refrigerate 1-2 days, stirring occasionally. Remove mushrooms and onions from marinade. Serve over a fresh grilled steak or chicken breast! Substitute Sicilian Lemon balsamic with Fig balsamic for a more savory option.

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4 servings

Ingredients:

¼ cup balsamic vinegar, such as Fig Dark Balsamic Vinegar
3 ea. ripe pears (Bosc is preferred but any nice ripe pear will work)
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, such as SOOC Organic Arbosana EVOO
To taste Kosher salt
To taste freshly ground black pepper
1-2 tsp. lemon juice
3 cups arugula or tender salad greens
3 oz. blue cheese (we prefer Maytag brand from Iowa)

Directions

In a small saucepan, reduce the balsamic vinegar over high heat until it thickens and will coat the back of a spoon (you will have a little over 1 Tbsp. left); remove from the stove and allow to cool to room temperature.

Halve the pears lengthwise and remove the core with a small scoop. Cut the pears into wedges and combine in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle pears with about 1/2 tsp. of the olive oil, a few grains of kosher salt and some black pepper.

In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and the remaining olive oil, season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss the greens with a pinch of salt and just enough of the lemon vinaigrette to coat each leaf. Arrange a bouquet of the greens in the center of the plate and spread the pears around the outside.

Drizzle the pears with the balsamic glaze, sprinkle the salad with the blue cheese and serve.

Found at http://www.azfamily.com/on-tv/your-life/Pears-with-Maytag-Blue-Cheese-and-Balsamic-Glaze-104976559.html

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1 1/2 cups Fig Balsamic Jam

1 cup warm chicken stock

1/4 cup honey

1 tablespoon Sicilian Lemon Balsamic

1 (10 to 12 pound) fresh turkey

2 cups chicken stock

4 Tbls Mushroom and Sage Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 pound Italian sausage, removed from casing and crumbled

2 large onions, finely chopped

1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary leaves

2 sticks unsalted butter, (1 softened) or 1 ½ cups Butter Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, combine the Fig Balsamic jam, honey, Sicilian Lemon Balsamic and mix in with 1 cup warm chicken stock. Meanwhile, heat 3 Tbls of the Mushroom & Sage EVOO over medium heat and gently sauté the onions with rosemary. Add the sweet Italian sausage and continue to sauté until browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 °F.

Rinse the bird thoroughly inside and out with cold water, and pat dry with paper towels. Using your fingers, gently lift the skin from the turkey breast and using 1 stick of butter, massage it onto the breast meat. If using the Butter Extra Virgin Olive Oil, inject underneath the skin. Rub the outside of turkey with the remaining 1 Tbls Mushroom & Sage EVOO. Sprinkle the cavity and skin liberally with salt and pepper; add the sautéed onions to the cavity of the turkey. Truss the turkey (or just cross the legs over one another and tie with a piece of kitchen twine). Put the turkey on a rack in a large roasting pan; add 2 cups of chicken stock to the bottom of the pan and place in the oven. In a small saucepan, set the fig stock over medium heat and bring to a simmer to reduce, 10 to 12 minutes. Cut up the remaining stick of butter or use the ¾ cup Butter EVOO and whisk it into the glaze mixture.

Once the turkey has turned a nice golden brown start basting the turkey with the fig glaze, about every half hour. Continue cooking until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the meaty part of the thigh registers 170 degrees F. The thigh juices will run clear when pricked with a knife, about 3 hours total (15 minutes per pound). Transfer turkey to a cutting board, loosely covered with foil to rest for up to 30 minutes before carving.

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Grilling peaches with balsamic vinegar helps caramelize the sugar in the fruit. A perfect pair with succulent pork for the ultimate summer supper.

1/3 cup (75 ml) balsamic vinegar, such as the Fig Balsamic

3 Tbsp. (45 ml) each lemon juice and olive oil, such as the Athenolia Olive Oil

1 Tbsp. (15 ml) chopped fresh thyme

1/2 tsp. (2 ml) each salt and pepper

8 fast-fry boneless centre-cut pork loin chops

4 peaches, ripe but firm (peeled, halved and pitted)

6 cups (1.5 L) spinach or arugula

Set aside 2 Tbsp. (30ml) of balsamic vinegar.

Directions:

Combine remaining vinegar, lemon juice, oil, thyme, salt and pepper to make dressing.

Use 1/4 cup (50 ml) of dressing to marinate pork for one hour in refrigerator, turning occasionally.

Place peaches, cut side up, on plate. Drizzle with reserved 2 Tbsp. (30ml) balsamic vinegar.

Remove pork from marinade, discarding marinade. Place on greased grill over medium-high heat; close cover and grill for three minutes on each side or until juices run clear when pork is pierced and just a hint of pink remains inside. Grill peaches, cut side down, for four minutes; turn and cook for two minutes or until softened and lightly browned. Cut each peach half into four slices. Slice pork into 1-inch (2.5 cm) strips.

Arrange pork and peaches over spinach; drizzle with remaining dressing.

Serves 4.

From Foodland Ontario via http://www.wetaskiwintimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2697830

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