Sautéed Zucchini Ribbons with Shrimp
1 tablespoon Tuscan Herb Olive Oil
4 medium size Italian zucchinis
sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1-2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped (optional)
1/4 up Tuscan Herb Olive Oil
1/4 cup Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic
Using a vegetable peeler, shave the zucchini on all sides, until you reach the seeds.
Discard the seeded center of the zucchini.
Place the shaved zucchini in a thin kitchen towel and lightly press to remove some of the moisture.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add the zucchini and toss lightly with tongs to coat with the oil.
Sauté until just barely tender.
Add shrimp to the marinade and add to pan to cook.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper and taste, and parsley, if using.
1 tablespoon of Herbs de Provence Olive Oil
1 large onion, diced small pieces
4 celery branches, diced small pieces
2 carrots, diced small pieces
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 can of chickpeas
1 can of diced tomatoes or 4 fresh diced roma tomatoes
¼ cup of fresh basil, thinly sliced
1 ½ cup of chicken or vegetable broth
¼ cup of parmesan cheese
2 bay leaves
1 cup of spinach
Heat 1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence Olive Oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add diced onion, celery, carrots and chopped garlic cloves; season with coarse salt and ground pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion begins to soften, 5 to 7 minutes. Add 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed, and 1 can diced tomatoes with juice (or diced tomatoes), broth, basil and parmesan cheese. Add Salt and pepper as needed. Simmer 6 to 8 minutes then add bay leaves and spinach. Once spinach cooks down soup is ready to serve. Optional – drizzle fresh Herbs de Provence Olive Oil on soup when served.
2 very fresh eggs
2 tablespoons of Neapolitan Herb Balsamic Vinegar
2 pieces sprouted or whole grain bread
handful of greens spinach/chard/arugula etc
salt and pepper
Crack the eggs into individual small dishes and set aside while the water is heating.
In a small sauce pan warm balsamic vinegar until it becomes a reduction – thick sauce.
Bring a pot of water to boil, turn off the heat and carefully tip the eggs into the water. Cover the pot and poach for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on your preference.
While the eggs are cooking, toast the bread and mash up the avocado, add the lemon juice and salt/pepper (you can also add lemon infused olive oil instead of lemon juice). Plate the toast and spread the mashed avocado equally on each slice.
When the eggs are cooked, lift them out of the water with a slotted spoon. Top toast with avocado, a handful of greens, poached egg, a pinch of salt, pepper and drizzle a balsamic reduction - Add pepper flakes for a kick .
1 whole grain baguette, sliced into rounds
2 pears, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
2 tablespoons Cinnamon Pear Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 cup mascarpone (or substitute with cream cheese)
1 teaspoon honey
Preheat oven to 400. Lay baguette rounds on a baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown and toasted. Set aside. Heat a skillet over medium-low heat and add butter. Add pears, then sprinkle with salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Allow to caramelize slowly - for about 10-15 minutes. In a bowl, combine mascarpone and honey. Spread on baguette slices. Once pears are caramelized, add balsamic vinegar and cook for 1-2 more minutes. Add spoonfuls of pear mixture on top of mascarpone on baguette. These can be served warm or cold.
6 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup cashews or (almonds, pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts)
1 cup unsweetened large flake coconut
1 cup dried fruit (I used cherries) but you can use blueberries, dates, raisins, cranberries... etc.
1/2 cup Sweet Valencia Blood Orange Infused Olive Oil (or Persian Lime Infused Olive Oil, Fused Mandarin Olive Oil)
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 325 F.
Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix the first four dried ingredients and spread out on to an even layer over the lined baking sheet.
In a medium pot set over low heat, or in your microwave gently warm the honey so that it becomes more fluid. Whisk the olive oil in with the warm honey and vanilla. It won't emulsify, but that's alright.
Even drizzle the honey-olive oil mixture over the oats on the baking sheet. Toss everything gently to coat as much of the oats with honey and olive oil as possible. Redistribute an even layer and place into the oven on the middle rack.
Every 10 minutes for about 1/2-hour, check and stir the granola, the honey and olive oil with continue to coat the remainder of the granola as you do this. When the granola is fragrant and golden brown, remove it from the oven and stir it one last time to ensure even distribution of olive oil and honey.
Allow it to cool and store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
16oz of penne pasta or pasta of your choice
1 cup dried mushrooms such as shitake, porcini, and more
1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons Picual Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 cup dry Marsala wine
1/2 cup reserved mushroom stock (soaking liquid)
2 tablespoons Traditional Style Balsamic
1 large shallot, sliced thin
1 medium red onion, sliced thin
1 - 2" sprig of fresh thyme, leaves only
kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Grated Pecorino Romano cheese
Place mushrooms in a small bowl and pour one cup of boiling water over the mushrooms and set aside. Place a large sauté pan, over medium heat. Add the EVOO, onion and shallot and a small sprinkle of kosher salt. Sauté slowly until the onions are caramelized, being careful not to burn them. This should take approximately 5 minutes until they are golden brown.Drain the mushrooms well reserving the soaking liquid. Chop lightly if the pieces are large. Add the mushrooms and thyme leaves to the sauté pan. Sauté for another minute and then add the Marsala wine, scraping up any browned bits.Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.Reduce the wine by half and add the mushroom stock. Continue cooking over medium heat until liquid is again reduced by half. Add in the balsamic, and then the heavy cream stirring well to combine. Allow to simmer for an additional minute or two, to allow the sauce to thicken. Season well with kosher salt and a generous amount of fresh ground pepper.Boil your pasta in the salted water, cook until al dente.Add the cooked, drained pasta to the sauté pan. Toss it with the sauce and allow it to simmer in the sauce for an additional minute.Serve with grated fresh Pecorino Romano cheese.