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Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri is typically served with steak, but it's also great on grilled fish and chicken.

Ingredients:

  1. 1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley
  2. 3 tablespoons Twisted Olive White Balsamic Vinegar
  3. 4 large garlic cloves, minced (2 1/2 tablespoons)
  4. 2 tablespoons oregano leaves
  5. 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  6. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  7. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil -- Twisted Garlic EVOO, Basil EVOO, Jalepeno EVOO, Fior Fiore EVOO                         

DIRECTIONS:  In a food processor, combine the parsley, vinegar, garlic, oregano and crushed red pepper. Process until smooth; season with salt and pepper. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and pour the olive oil over the mixture. Let stand for at least 20 minutes. Can be made ahead. Make Ahead; Chimichurri can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving. 

 

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Avocado, Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Avocado, Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Ingredients:

1 lb Roma tomatoes
1 English cucumber diced
3 green onions, sliced on the diagonal
2 Hass avocados, diced
2 Tbls Signature White or Honey Balsamic 
1 tsp sea salt 
1/2 tsp black pepper

  1. Place chopped tomatoes, sliced cucumber, scallion, and diced avacado  into a large salad bowl.
  2.  Drizzle 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar. Toss gently to combine. Just before serving, toss with 1 tsp sea salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper.
  3. Can drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil also
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Balsamic BBQ Sauce

Balsamic BBQ Sauce

Ingredients:

1 cup Twisted Olive Balsamic Vinegar (see linked suggestions below*)
3/4 cup ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the BBQ sauce:

Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and stir until all the ingredients are blended  and the mixture is smooth. Simmer over medium heat until reduced by 1/3, about 15 to 20 minutes.

*Cherry Balsamic or Garlic Cilantro or Twisted Peach - White Peach Balsamic 

or  Signature White or  Honey Balsamic

 

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10 New Uses for Olive Oil

Olive oil is a good lubricant because its molecules easily slide past one another, thereby helping solid objects to overcome friction,” says Wolke. “Its film also fills up microscopic rough spots in surfaces, making them look polished and shiny.”

Use Olive Oil to:

  1. Shave. Olive oil can provide a closer shave when used in place of shaving cream.
  2. Shine stainless steel. Many cleaning standbys, such as ammonia, can dull and even corrode chrome and stainless steel. Olive oil, however, is a safe and effective shining agent.
  3. Remove eye makeup. Dab a little under the eyes and rinse off with a washcloth.
  4. Prevent wax from sticking to a candle holder. Rub a thin coat on the base of the holder before inserting a candle. Dripped wax should peel away easily.
  5. Care for your pet. Add 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon to your cat’s food to help prevent hair balls.
  6. Moisturize cuticles. Apply a small amount of olive oil to the nail beds.
  7. Treat dry skin. Rub a thin layer over the skin after a shower or a waxing.
  8. Unstick a zipper. Using a Q-tip, apply a drop to lubricate the teeth. (Avoid touching the fabric.) The zipper should move up and down freely.
  9. Dust wooden furniture. Apply a bit of oil to a cloth and wipe.
  10. Silence squeaky doors. Lubricate hinges by applying a small dab to a cloth, then wiping the top of the hinges so that the oil runs down the sides.

Courtesy of Real Simple Magazine

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Olive Oil Diet Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

A recent Spanish study published in the scientific journal Diabetes Care showed that a Mediterranean style diet rich in olive oil reduces the risk of type II diabetes by almost 50 percent compared to a low fat diet. Type II diabetes is the most common and preventable form of diabetes. Individuals who are obese or overweight and have metabolic syndrome are at highest risk for developing this form of diabetes. The study is part of PREDIMED, a long-term nutritional intervention study aimed to assess the efficacy of the Mediterranean diet in the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases, and is composed of a multidisciplinary team of 16 groups distributed in 7 autonomous communities in Spain.

The study included 418 participants who did not have diabetes. Each participant was randomly assigned to either a low fat diet, a Mediterranean diet with olive oil (up to 1 liter a week) or a Mediterranean diet with nuts (30 grams a day). After 4 years 17.9 percent of the individuals following the low fat diet developed diabetes, while only 10 percent of the participants following the Mediterranean with olive oil diet developed the disease.

 

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® 2015 Twisted Olive Imports All right reserved
232 S. Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540 (630) 778-9550