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Monthly Archives: September 2012

  • Apple Harvest Spirit

    September 23, 2012

    When we think of fall we think of deep red and orange leaves, cider, pies, and APPLES. Enjoy the fall harvest in a new way with this refreshing spirit.

    Apple Harvest Spirit

    Apple Harvest Spirit

    Ingredients:

    2oz. Vodka

    3oz. Lucero Apple Balsamic Vinegar

    3oz. Cranberry Juice

    Splash of Cinnamon Liqueur

    Slice of Apple

    Couple of cranberries

    Directions:

    Add the first 3 ingredients to a shaker. Shake vigorously and pour over ice. Add a splash of Cinnamon Liqueur. Garnish with an apple slice and a few cranberries.

    -photo courtesy of midwestliving.com


  • Chocolate Pumpkin Mini Muffins

    September 23, 2012

    We think both adults and kids will agree these mini muffins are the perfect treat. We're positive they won't last long. Enjoy!

    Chocolate Pumpkin Mini Muffins

    Ingredients:

    Muffins:

    1 3/4c. All-purpose Flour

    2 tsp. Baking Powder

    Chocolate Pumpkin Mini Muffins

    1/2 tsp. Salt

    1 tsp. Cinnamon

    1/2 tsp. Allspice

    1/8 tsp. Cloves (ground)

    1/3 c. Lucero Chocolate Olive Oil

    1/2 c. Light Brown Sugar

    1/2 c. Mini Chocolate Chips

    1 large egg

    1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

    3/4 c. Plain, canned Pumpkin

    1/2 c. milk

    Glaze:

    4 Tbsp. Lucero Chocolate Olive Oil

    2/3 c. Granulated Sugar

    2 Tbsp. Cinnamon

    Directions:

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 24-cup mini muffin pan; set aside.

    In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, all spice,  cloves, and chocolate chips.

    In a separate bowl whisk together olive oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin, and milk, until smooth.

    Add dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.

    Equally divide batter among muffin cups, and bake about 10-12 minutes.

    While muffins bake place oil in a shallow bowl. In a separate bowl mix sugar and cinnamon together.

    Remove muffins from the oven and allow to cool about 2 minutes. Then dip muffins in oil, allow excess to drip off and then roll in cinnamon sugar.

    Serve warm or place in the fridge to harden the glaze and serve cold.



  • Winter Crush Event - December 8th, 10am-4pm

    September 20, 2012

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Lucero Olive Oil Celebrates the Second Annual Winter Crush

    Family Event to Feature Live Olive Oil Citrus Crush, Local Microbreweries and Cooking Demonstrations

     

    Corning, Calif. (November 1, 2012) – Families, foodies and anyone looking to enjoy a unique experience is invited to join the Lucero Team as they host the Second Annual Winter Crush, on Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lucero Olive Oil Mill in Corning, California. Event-goers will enjoy the unique experience of witnessing the annual citrus olive oil crush by touring the mill and tasting the fresh olive oil being made right before their eyes.

    The event will also feature live music performances and a vendor market place highlighting local artisan producers, eateries and more than 10 local microbreweries. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to watch live cooking demonstrations hosted by four local chefs. There will also be a kid’s zone that will include the following art stations: jewelry making, bag decorating, olive branch crowns and coloring.

    “Winter Crush is a great community event that gives our customers the chance to not only witness the production of our citrus olive oil, but they can also sample the product and take some home with them that day,” said Dewey Lucero, co-owner, Lucero Olive Oil, California’s most highly awarded olive oil producer. “With a kid’s zone, local restaurants and microbreweries, music and cooking demonstrations, Winter Crush is a fun experience for the whole family.”

    Lucero Olive Oil had a tremendous turn out for their First Annual Winter Crush in 2011 and anticipate attendance to double for this year’s event. The Second Annual Winter Crush is free to attend.

    For more information about the Second Annual Winter Crush, visit http://lucerooliveoil.com/blog/recipes/winter-crush-event-december-8th-10am-4pm/. You can also like Lucero Olive Oil on Facebook for event updates.

     

     

    Day's Timeline:

    10am  - Event Starts

    10am-4pm – Vendors and Breweries Open

    10:00am – Cooking Demo #1 (back stage area)

    10:30am – Tour #1

    10:45am – Welcome

    11:30am – Cooking Demo #2 (back stage area)

    11:30am – Tour #2

    12:30am – Tour #3

    12:30-3:30pm – Band (Front Stage area)

    1pm – Cooking Demo #3 (back stage area)

    1:30pm – Tour #4

    2:30pm – Tour #5

    3pm – Cooking Demo #3 (back stage area)

    3:30pm – Tour #6

    4pm – Event Concludes

    ACCOMMODATIONS: Reserve a room at one of the Lucero recommended hotels:

    Holiday Inn Express
    3350 Sunrise Way
    Corning, CA 96021
    (530) 824-6400
    Distance from mill: 0.72 miles

    Special Rate: $85.00 per night
    Promo Code: Lucero Olive Oil – Winter Crush

     

    Best Western Plus - Corning Inn
    910 Highway 99W
    Corning, CA 96021
    (530) 824-5200
    Distance from mill: 1.06 miles

    Special Rate: $89.00 per night
    Promo Code: Lucero Olive Oil – Winter Crush

    Winter Crush - 2012


  • Olive Oil Granola

    September 18, 2012

    Fall is just around the corner and that means apples and pumpkins are in season. We were inspired to make our own homemade granola that incorporated these essential flavors of fall. The scent of roasting oats and cinnamon made the kitchen smell amazing and when it came out of the oven it didn't last long.

    Homemade Olive Oil Granola

    Olive Oil Granola

    Ingredients:

    3 cups Rolled Oats

    1 cup Pumpkin Seeds

    1 cup Almonds, chopped

    1/2 cup Brown Sugar

    1 tsp Salt

    3/4 tsp Cinnamon

    3/4 cup Lucero Arbequina Olive Oil (or try it with our Mandarin Crush Olive Oil for a hint of citrus)

    1/4 cup Sugar

    1 cup dried apples, chopped

    1 cup dried cranberries

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

    In a large bowl, mix together the first 8 ingredients.

    On a rimmed jelly-roll pan spread out the mixture in an even layer.

    Bake for about 35 minutes, stir every 10 minutes or until golden brown and toasted.

    Remove granola and allow to cool 2 minutes.

    Place into a large bowl and add apples and cranberries, stir to combine.

    Enjoy as is or with milk to create your own granola cereal.

    -Recipe inspired by and photo courtesy of acozykitchen.com


  • Lucero's Lean Meatballs

    September 11, 2012

    Lucero's Lean Meatballs

    Makes 6-8 Servings

    Ingredients:

    Meatballs

    Lean Turkey Meatballs

    1 1/2 lbs. Ground Turkey

    3/4 c. Quick Oats

    1 c. Low Fat Milk

    3 Tbsp. Minced Onion

    1 1/2 tsp. Salt

    Ground Pepper

    1/2 c. Flour

    4 Tbsp  your favorite Lucero Olive Oil

    Sauce

    1 c. Ketchup

    1/2c. Crushed Pineapple (drained)

    4-6 Tbsp. Minced Onion

    3 Tbsp. Lucero Pineapple Balsamic Vinegar

    2 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce

    Dash of Tabasco

    Dash red pepper flakes

     

    Directions:

    Combine ground turkey and oats in a bowl. Add milk, minced onion, salt, and pepper. Stir until combined. Roll the mixture into tablespoon size balls. Refrigerate until firm, about 30-40minutes. Preheat oven to 350° F. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Roll meatballs in flour and then place several at a time  in oil to brown. As they brown place the meatballs in a glass baking dish. Set aside. Mix sauce and drizzle over meatballs. Place them uncovered in the oven for about 45minutes.

    -Recipe inspired by the Pioneer Woman.


  • September 8th - 2nd Saturday at the Mill & Case Sale

    September 6, 2012

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    2nd Saturday at the Mill & Case Sale - Lucero Olive Oil

    August 31st, 2012- Lucero Olive Oil and Shasta Cascade Slow Food conclude their summer event series, 2nd Saturday at the Mill, on Saturday, September 8th from 6:00-9:30pm 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 appetizers will feature products from local producers: McKenzie Ranch, Brannen Gourmet, Rumiano Cheese, and Lucero Olive Oil. Wine & Beer tasting will also be available featuring two local companies: Dakaro Cellars and Western Pacific Brewery. Along with an appetizer ticket purchase, guests receive a complementary glass of wine or ice cold beer. Local vendors will also be sampling and selling their products for you to take home and rediscover for yourselves.

    During the festivities Lucero Olive Oil will be hosting their First Annual Case Sale (6pm-9pm), where guests can purchase the last of Lucero Olive Oil’s 2010 harvest for as much as 75% off its original retail price. The discounted product is in limited supply, so be sure to show up early for the best selection.

    2nd Saturday at the Mill & Case Sale

    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 events are open to all guests 21 and over. Vendor sampling is FREE. Appetizer tasting tickets are limited so reserve them today 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.

     


  • Chocolate Lovers Delight

    September 4, 2012

    If you're a fan of chocolate then you'll love this recipe. I don't anyone could fit more chocolate into a recipe!

    Chocolate Lovers Delight

    (Makes 4 mini loaves)

    Chocolate Lovers Delight

    Ingredients:

    1-1/2 cups miniature semisweet chocolate chips, divided

    1/4 cup + 2TBSP Lucero Chocolate Olive Oil

    2/3 cup packed brown sugar

    2 eggs

    1-1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce

    2 tsp vanilla extract

    2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

    1 tsp baking powder

    1 tsp baking soda

    1 tsp salt

    Chocolate, Chocolate Glaze:

    1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

    2 1/4 tsp Lucero Chocolate Olive Oil

    2 to 3 tsp half-and-half cream

    1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

    1/4 tsp vanilla extract

    Pinch salt

    Directions:

    BREAD: In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 1 cup chocolate chips; set aside to cool. In a large mixing bowl, mix olive oil and brown sugar until light, fluffy, and grainy. Add eggs and cooled chocolate; mix well. Next, add applesauce and vanilla; mix and set aside. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to chocolate mixture and mix well. Stir in the remaining chocolate chips.

    Evenly pour the batter into 4 greased mini-loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan and placing on a wire racks.

    GLAZE: Melt chocolate chips and olive oil in a small  saucepan; slowly stir in cream. Remove from  heat and mix in in confectioners' sugar, vanilla and salt. Drizzle over warm breads. Cool completely (or not) and enjoy!

    -Inspired by and photo courtesy of hungryhuntleys.blogspot.com.


  • Pineapple Balsamic Punch

    September 4, 2012

    Enjoy this adult beverage at your next backyard get together. It's like a tropical vacation in a glass. What a better way to end your summer, than indulging in our Pineapple Punch? We can't think of one!

    Pineapple Balsamic Punch

    Pineapple Balsamic Punch

    Ingredients:

    1.25 oz Vodka

    .25 oz Coconut Rum

    .50 oz Lucero Pineapple Balsamic Vinegar

    .25 oz Orange Juice

    Wedge of Pineapple

    Directions:

    Add Vodka, Rum, Pineapple BV, and orange juice to a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a glass. Garnish with a wedge of fresh pineapple and enjoy!


  • Fresh Grilled Fruit

    September 4, 2012

    We're firing up the grill to make one of our favorite summer treats; fresh grilled fruit over ice cream.  Our favorites are fresh peaches and nectarines drizzled with Lucero Peach Balsamic. What's your favorite combination!

    Fresh Grilled Fruit with Balsamic

    Fresh Grilled Fruit

    Ingredients:
    2 pounds fruit (we used peaches, and nectarines (halved and pitted)
    Lucero Ascolano Olive Oil
    Lucero Peach Balsamic
    Vanilla Ice Cream

    Directions:
    Heat grill to medium-high. Drizzle peaches and nectarines with olive oil and grill, cut sides down. Pull them of once they are juicy and charred, about 2 to 4 minutes. Remove with a spatula. Serve over vanilla ice cream and drizzle with your favorite Lucero Balsamic Vinegar (we like to use our Peach BV).


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