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Monthly Archives: June 2012

  • 2nd Saturday at the Mill - July 14

    June 29, 2012

    Lucero Olive Oil

    Lucero Olive Oil and Shasta Cascade Slow Foods present their summer event series, "2nd Saturday at the Mill," on Saturday, July 14th from 6:30-9:30pm at Lucero Olive Oil’s Mill in Corning. Come and experience a mouth watering appetizer spread provided by local Orland restaurant, Farwood Bar and Grill from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  The buffet will feature products from local producers: Turri Family Farms, Bianchi Orchards, Wolf Ranch, and Lucero Olive Oil. Along with a ticket purchase guests receive a complementary glass of wine from Matson Vineyards or ice cold beer provided by Sierra Nevada. These local vendors will also be sampling and selling their products for you to take home and rediscover for yourselves.

    Lucero 2nd Saturday at the Mill

    The 2nd Saturday at the Mill event series was developed last year by Lucero Olive Oil to showcase and provide samples of local products while enjoying the company of friends and family.  Lucero’s event series shares Slow Food’s support for sustainable food from local producers.

    The festivities will continue through September, scheduled on the 2nd Saturday of each month. The event series is open to all guests 21 and over, and vendor sampling is FREE. Appetizer tasting tickets are available at Lucero Olive Oil’s retail store, at 2120 Loleta Ave, Corning, CA or over the phone at 530-824-2190. Tickets are $20 per person and include one glass of wine or beer.

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    Lucero Olive Oil Media Contact:

    Alison Rodegerdts, (530) 824-2190, alison@lucerooliveoil.com


  • Meyer Lemon Broccoli

    June 27, 2012

    It’s the last week in June, which means this is our last fresh fruits and veggie post of the month. We know how delicious broccoli can be, but if you have a picky eater on your hands it may be difficult to get them to even take a bite of the “dreaded broccoli”. We are sure with this recipe even the pickiest children will be asking for seconds. So put a new spin on this plain side dish at dinner this week.

    Meyer Lemon Broccoli

    Meyer Lemon Broccoli

    Makes 4 servings

    1 ½ lbs Broccoli Florets

    3 Tbsp. Lucero Meyer Lemon EVOO*

    ½ C. Seasoned Breadcrumbs

    2 Tbsp. Butter

    3 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan

    Salt & Pepper to taste

    1. Fill a large pot halfway with water & bring to a boil.

    2. Add broccoli and boil until tender (still a little crisp), approximately 5minuets.

    3. Drain broccoli and transfer to a large bowl.

    4. Toss with Lucero Meyer Lemon EVOO, to coat.

    5. Toast breadcrumbs & cheese in butter, approximately 3-5 minutes, until golden.

    6. Pour mixture over broccoli and mix well.

    7. Serve immediately.

    **Lucero Meyer Lemon Olive Oil is available online and in all Lucero Tasting Rooms in Corning, CA, Portland, OR and Napa, CA.


  • BBQ Pizza

    June 21, 2012

    Congratulations again to Joyce Siemens, winner of our recipe contest. The inspiration behind the recipe submitted was fresh ingredients and vegetables.  Joyce created a remarkable BBQ Pizza using Lucero Olive Oil.

    BBQ Pizza

    BBQ Pizza

    BBQ Pizza

    Lucero Olive Oil (your choice)
    Premade pizza dough
    Crushed tomatoes
    Fresh Basil
    Fresh Spinach
    Yellow Peppers
    Mozzarella Cheese
    Corn Meal

    1. Start by putting some Lucero Olive Oil (your choice) on the dough, and then add crushed tomatoes, basil, spinach, yellow peppers, and Mozzarella cheese.

    2. Place the pizza stone on the barbeque grill and sprinkle cornmeal on the stone.

    3. Slide the pizza on the stone and cook away.

    Thank you Joyce for this wonderful pizza, we love that it incorporates so many fresh veggies. Plus, the colors look amazing!

    The secret to grilling pizza

    “Jamie Purviance, author of Weber's Way to Grill, taught us this trick for getting pizza on the grill.

    • Pat out the dough on an oiled sheet of parchment paper.
    • Flip the dough onto the grill.
    • Pull off the parchment paper and let the crust cook.” –courtesy of Sunset Magazine


  • Peach BV Sparklers

    June 19, 2012

    In sticking with June being fresh fruits and veggies month, we have concocted a light and refreshing Peach Balsamic Sparkler. We’ve had readers request drink ideas in the past so here’s one the whole family can enjoy or add a little of your favorite Vodka for an enticing, poolside drink. Enjoy this delicious sparkler with some of summer’s

    freshest fruit.

    Peach BV Sparkler

    Peach Balsamic Vinegar Sparkler

    Peach BV Sparkler*

    Makes 1 serving

    6 oz. club soda

    3 Tbsp. Lucero Peach Balsamic Vinegar**

    Couple of fresh Raspberries (about 4-6 large berries)

    1. Muddle Raspberries with the Peach Balsamic.

    2. Strain into a glass.

    3. Add ice and pour club soda over.

    4. Stir gently and enjoy!

    *Want to spike it? Add 2 shots of your favorite Vodka when muddling raspberries & Peach BV.

    **Lucero Peach Balsamic is available online and in the Lucero retail store in Corning, CA.

    This is just one of the many ways this beverage can be enjoyed. Let us know if you create any other amazing sparklers or spirits with our balsamic vinegars.


  • Black Butte Triathlon Recap

    June 17, 2012

    On the windiest weekend yet, over 400 Black Butte Triathlon racers set out to conquer one of the most exhilarating and attractive courses that Northern California has to offer, at the 2nd Annual Black Butte Triathlon, with an outstanding weekendof competition.  Saturday consisted of the Mt. bike Sprint Race: 800m swim / 20km bike/ 5 km trail run, and the Mt. bike Olympic distance, 1.5 km swim / 40km bike/ 10km trail run. Whereas Sunday was the Sprint road triathlon which consisted of an 800m swim / 20km bike/ 5 km trail run, and the Olympic distance race: 1.5 km swim / 40km bike/ 10km trail run.

    And if you missed the event, we had many of the racers compete dressed in their favorite 80’s gear. That’s right, racers dug to the back of the closet for this one! These racers later participated in a dance off to win their weight in Lucero Olive Oil. As the title sponsor, Lucero announced two grand prize winners, Greg Feyereisn and Laura Dervoort, and two runner-ups who each won a case of Lucero Olive Oil. It was a phenomenal weekend out there and it was awesome to see participants of all ages.

    Check out some of the highlights below and on our YouTube channel.


  • 2nd Saturday at the Mill- June Recap

    June 14, 2012

    This past weekend Lucero Olive Oil, in partnership with Shasta Cascade Slow Foods, hosted the first of four 2nd Saturday at the Mill summer evening events at the Lucero Mill in Corning, CA. The event featured From the Hearth Bakery and Café, Hickman Family Vineyard’s, Maisie Jane’s, and Skylake Ranch Pomegranate, and with such a diverse selection of local producers it’s no wonder the event had a wonderful turnout.

    The intimate evening allowed visitors to sample the vendor’s wares, enjoy wine and beer tasting, as well as an array of appetizers, provided by Farwood Bar & Grill, which featured these local products. In addition, guests were encouraged to stay awhile, enjoy a tour of the mill, and partake in tastings in the retail store.

    If you were unable to attend there will be three more throughout the summer, July 14th, August 11th, and September 8th from 6:30-9:30pm at the Lucero Mill in Corning, CA.

                                              


  • Baked Mandarin Orange Sweet Potato Chips

    June 13, 2012

    Last week at Lucero was Health and Safety Awareness Week. Each department was required to come up with a challenge for the entire staff, ranging from walking on breaks to giving compliments. These simple tasks truly made everyone feel a bit better than usual. To end the week, we had a healthy potluck. Everyone made delicious dishes and many incorporated Lucero’s healthy Extra Virgin Olive Oils. The following was a huge hit at the potluck:

     

    Mandarin Orange Sweet Potato Chips

    Mandarin Orange Sweet Potato Chips

    Baked Mandarin Orange Sweet Potato Chips

    Makes about 6cups

    4 medium Sweet Potatoes or Yams

    8 Tbsp. Lucero’s Crushed Mandarin Orange Olive Oil

    3 tsp. Orange Zest

    4 tsp. Thyme (dried)

    Salt & Pepper to taste

    1. Preheat oven to 325 and place rack in the middle.

    2. Scrub sweet potatoes/yams and then slice them into very thin pieces using a mandolin.

    3. Mix together Crushed Mandarin Orange Olive Oil* and orange zest.

    4. Brush 2 baking sheets with the some of the oil mixture and arrange one layer of sweet potatoes.

    5. Brush the tops of the sweet potatoes with oil mixture; sprinkle with thyme, salt, and pepper to taste.

    6. Place in the oven and bake for about until golden brown and centers are dry to the touch, about 20minutes.

    7. Place baking sheet on a wire rack and allow to cool 3minutes. After cooling carefully transfer chips to a serving dish and enjoy!

    8. Repeat steps 4-7 until you run out of slices of sweet potato.

    *Lucero Crushed Mandarin Orange Olive Oil  is currently sold online and in the Lucero retail store in Corning, CA.

    These little chips are light and a great alternative to regular fried potato chips, but be warned they may be habit forming.  The staff was craving more as soon as we ran out. I guess I know what I will be bringing to the next company potluck.




  • 2nd Saturday at the Mill

    June 6, 2012

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    2nd Saturday at the Mill

    Lucero Olive Oil

    June 6, 2012- Lucero Olive Oil and Shasta Cascade Slow Foods are coming together to launch their summer event series, 2nd Saturday at the Mill, on Saturday, June 9th from 6:30-9:30pm at Lucero Olive Oil’s Mill in Corning. Come and experience a mouth watering appetizer buffet provided by local Orland restaurant Farwood Bar and Grill from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  The buffet will feature products from Maisie Jane’s, Skylake Ranch Pomegranate, From the Hearth Café, and Lucero Olive Oil. Along with a buffet ticket purchase you receive a complementary glass of wine from Hickman Family Vineyard’s. Throughout the event these local producers will also be sampling and selling their products for you to take home and rediscover for yourselves.

    The 2nd Saturday at the Mill event series was developed by Lucero Olive Oil to showcase and provide samples of local products while enjoying the company of friends and family. Lucero’s event series shares Slow Foods’ support for sustainable food from local producers.

    The 2nd Saturday at the Mill event series is in its second year and events are scheduled for the second Saturday in June, July, August and September.  Lucero Olive Oil and Slow Food look forward to hosting such companies as Turri Family Farms, Bianchi Orchards, Matson Winery, Pedrozo Dairy and Cheese, Sweetie’s Bakery and Catering, Western Pacific Brewery and many others in their 2012 2nd Saturday at the Mill Series.

    The event series is open to all guests, and vendor sampling is FREE. Appetizer tasting tickets are available at Lucero Olive Oil’s retail store, at 2120 Loleta Ave, Corning, CA or over the phone at 530-824-2190. Tickets are $20 per person and include one glass of wine.

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    Lucero Olive Oil Media Contact:

    Alison Rodegerdts, (530) 824-2190, alison@lucerooliveoil.com



  • Lucero Pineapple Balsamic Fruit Dip

    June 6, 2012

    June is national fruits and veggies month, which is no surprise with all the beautiful produce available this time of year. Here at Lucero we want to help you find new ways to enjoy nature’s most perfect gifts. This week we are featuring our NEW, delicious Pineapple Balsamic Vinaigrette in a wonderful fruit dip. Not only is it delicious, but it is also swimsuit season friendly.

    Pineapple Balsamic Fruit Dip

    Lucero Pineapple Balsamic Fruit Dip

    Pineapple Balsamic Fruit Dip

    12 oz. Plain Yogurt
    4 serving size package of instant low-cal vanilla pudding mix
    1/4 c. Toasted Coconut
    3 Tbsp. Light Coconut milk
    3 Tbsp. Lucero Pineapple Balsamic Vinegar*
    1½ c. frozen whipped lite topping, thawed

    1. In a medium bowl, blend yogurt and pudding mix; stir in balsamic and coconut milk.
    2. Fold in whipped topping and toasted coconut. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.
    3. Serve with fresh fruit (tart green apples are one of our favorites), cinnamon pita chips, or granola.

    Stop in and get your bottle this weekend, June 9th, at our 2nd Saturday at the Mill Event. It is a free event and there will be many vendors present to sample products. Tickets for a beer and wine tasting can also be purchased, check out the Lucero Olive Oil Facebook page for more information.

    In addition, if you enjoyed this post, please “Like” us on Facebook for daily updates about recipes, events, and happenings around the mill, as well as share your own ideas.

    Enjoy and we will see “Olive” you this weekend.


    *Lucero Pineapple Balsamic Vinegar is currently only sold in the Lucero retail store in Corning, CA.


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