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Recipes

  • Lucero Tapenade Pin-Wheels

    January 29, 2013

    Ingredients:

    Artichoke Lemon Pin-Wheel

    • 2 puff pastry sheets
    • 1 jar of Lucero Artichoke Lemon Tapenade
    • 3 oz. of prosciutto
    • 1 cups of baby spinach
    • ¼ cup parmesan

    Roasted Tomato Pin-Wheel

    • 2 puff pastry sheets
    • 1 jar of Lucero Roasted Tomato Tapenade
    • 8 slices of deli style mozzarella
    • 4 oz. sliced dry salami

    Green Olive Pin-Wheel

    • 2 puff pastry sheets
    • 1 jar of Lucero Green Olive Tapenade
    • 2 oz. cream cheese

    Instructions:

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Gently roll out defrosted puff
    pastry sheets with a rolling pin.  Spread
    ingredients evenly across both pastry sheets. Roll the roll over and gently
    pinch the edges together. With a sharp knife cut ¼ inch thick rounds and place
    onto a baking sheet with 1 inch in between each round.  Place baking sheets in the oven for 15 minutes
    and remove once your rounds begin to turn golden brown, let them cool for 5
    minutes before transferring, and enjoy warm!


  • Photos from the Winter Fancy Food Show 2013

    January 24, 2013

    Lucero was in attendance at the annual Winter Fancy Food Show this last weekend in San Francisco along with over 1,300 other exhibitors and 19,000 attendees from all over the world! It's always a pleasure to share our product with purchasers from all over the world and visit with our wholesale customers that help bring Lucero all of our fans neck of the woods.

    Booth Set-Up

    The Final Product all ready to go

    Our neighbors Penny's Salsa had an amazing ice bar which had to be taken down and put back up each day.

    On our way to Ghiradelli Square via cable car

    The view from Lombard Street is absolutely amazing at night.

    Ghiradelli Square

    Our Mono Varietals

    Our Fustis for sampling


  • Soy and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar Glazed Wings

    January 22, 2013

    Yield: Makes 4 (main course)

    or 6 to 8 (snack) servings
    Active Time: 10 min
    Total Time: 55 min

    Ingredients:

    4 pounds chicken winglettes

    2 tablespoons Arbequina olive oil
    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    3/4 cup Lucero Traditional Balsamic Vinegar

    1/4 cup soy sauce
    2 teaspoons sugar
    1 tablespoon unsalted butter

    Preparation:

    Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven. Line 2 large shallow
    baking pans with foil. Put pans in oven and preheat oven to 500°F.

    Pat wings dry, then toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl
    and divide between preheated pans, spreading wings in 1 layer. Roast, without
    turning, until golden and tender, about 35 minutes. Roasting the wings before
    tossing them with this tangy glaze is our secret to getting crisp skin.

    While the wings roast, simmer your traditional balsamic vinegar, soy sauce,
    and sugar in a 1- to 1 1/2-quart heavy saucepan, stirring occasionally, until
    reduced to about 1/3 cup, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter
    until melted.

    Remove roasted wings from oven and let stand in pans 1 minute (to make wings
    easier to remove from foil), then transfer with tongs to a clean large bowl.

    Pour balsamic mixture over wings and toss to coat well. Let stand 5 minutes,
    then toss again.


  • Winter Salad with Freshly Baked Croutons

    January 15, 2013

    Freshly Baked Croutons -

    • 1 loaf of bread of choice
    • ¼ cup of Lucero Arbequina Olive Oil
    • Salt and Pepper to taste

    Salad Dressing-

    • ¼ cup Lucero Crushed Mandarin Olive Oil
    • ¼ cup Lucero Fig Balsamic Vinegar
    • ½ teaspoon onion powder

    Salad (makes 1 serving)-

    • 4 cups of baby arugula
    • 2/3 cup grilled chicken
    • ½ Red Delicious apple
    • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds

     

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut your loaf of bread into approximately
    ¾ inch cubes, toss in a large mixing bowl with Arbequina Olive Oil, and salt
    and pepper to taste. Spread the pieces onto a baking sheet and cook for 10
    minutes or until golden brown. Mix Mandarin Olive Oil, Fig Balsamic Vinegar and
    onion powder into a dressing dispenser (pictured OXO Emulstir available at our
    Tasting Rooms or over the phone).

    Add salad ingredients onto a serving plate, topped with your
    croutons straight from the oven, and finish off with your Mandarin Fig salad
    dressing, and you’re on your way to obtaining your New Year’s Resolution!


  • Sweet Garlic Mustard Roast Chicken

    November 19, 2012

    Let the mustard do the work! The mouth-watering combination of sweet and savory makes this recipe novel enough for a holiday meal, but it's easy enough to prepare for a week-night.

    Ingredients:

    1/2 cup Little Thief Sweet Roasted Garlic Mustard
    3-pound whole chicken
    2 Tbs. Lucero Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

    Directions:

    Heat the mustard and olive oil together in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally so that it does not scorch. Meanwhile, let the chicken come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. Heat oven to 450F.

    Brush chicken with oil and mustard mixture and season with salt and pepper. Tie legs and transfer to a large ovenproof skillet. Cover tightly with lid or tin-foil. At this point, the prepared chicken can be allowed to marinate in the fridge overnight, or can be cooked immediately.

    Roast chicken, turning once, until golden and cooked through- about 50 minutes. Uncover and turn on the oven's "convection" setting for the last ten minutes for crisper skin.

    We chose to serve our chicken on a bed of rosemary and pomegranate- for an extra infusion of flavors- but the mustard marinade makes this dish extremely versatile. It pairs easily with almost any favorite side-dish, like the Squash and Corn Layered Dish or Meyer Lemon Broccoli. Enjoy!


  • Chocolate Olive Oil & Hazelnut Brownies

    November 19, 2012

    A grown-up, sophisticated take on everyone's favorite chocolatey dessert. Olive oil gives these brownies a melt-in-your-mouth texture, and they're easier to digest. You'll never miss the butter.

    Ingredients:

    4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (at least 70% cocoa), chopped
    1/3 cup Lucero Chocolate Infused Olive Oil
    1/2 cup all-purpose/plain flour
    1/4 tsp. sea salt
    2 large eggs at room temperature
    3/4 cup superfine/caster sugar
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    2/3 cup lightly toasted hazelnuts, chopped (optional)

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with a lightly floured piece of parchment paper.

    Melt chocolate on the stove-top or in the microwave and whisk in the oil. Let cool.

    Mix the flour and salt together in a small bowl. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until pale, thickened and billowy- about five minutes. Fold in the vanilla and the cooled chocolate mixture, then fold in the flour and nuts, stirring just until everything is combined. Pour into the prepared pan.

    Bake for 22-26 minutes. Cool completely, then cut into squares.

    Adapted from Adventures of an Italian Food Lover by Faith Heller Willinger.


  • Balsamic Caramel Corn

    November 19, 2012

    A special twist on a favorite midnight snack- this caramel corn makes the perfect homemade holiday gift for neighbors and friends, or a sweet accompaniment to salty cheeses at a wine and cheese party. The subtle balsamic flavor adds sophistication and balances the sweet and salty elements.

    Ingredients:

    2 bags plain, unbuttered microwave popcorn
    8 oz. unsalted butter
    2 cups packed light brown sugar
    1 tsp. kosher salt
    1/4 cup Lucero Traditional Balsamic Vinegar
    1/4 cup light maple syrup
    1 tsp. baking soda

    Directions:

    Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Following the product instructions, pop the popcorn. When cool enough to handle, remove and discard any un-popped kernels.

    In a large saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, salt, vinegar and syrup. Bring to a boil and stir until all ingredients are combined. Remove from the heat and stir in the baking soda (the mixture will foam up.)

    Pour the mixture over the popcorn and toss to coat. Spread the popcorn mixture evenly onto a baking pan and cook for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread onto wax paper to dry.

    Adapted from Sauce Magazine.


  • White Lemon Balsamic Flat Apple Pie

    November 19, 2012

    Ingredients

    • 5 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
    • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon of Lucero White Lemon Balsamic Vinegar
    • Juice of 1/2 lemon
    • 4 tablespoons butter
    • 1 box of rolled refrigerated pie crust

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

    In large bowl, stir together the apples, brown sugar, granulated sugar, flour, salt, lemon juice and Lucero White Lemon Balsamic Vinegar. On parchment paper over a baking sheet spread both pie crusts. Place half the apple mixture on one crust and the other half on the other crust. Fold over the edges of each crust so that it covers 2 to 3 inches of the apple mixture. No need to be artistic - the more rustic the better. Dot the tops of the pies with chunks of the butter.

    Bake until the filling is golden and bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes. If the crust appears to brown too quickly, cover the edges with aluminum foil for the remaining baking time.

    Allow to cool slightly, then slice into wedges with a pizza cutter. Enjoy!

    White Lemon Balsamic Flat Apple Pie


  • Black Olive Feta Spread

    November 19, 2012

    Ingredients:

    • 1 pound of feta cheese
    • 1 jar of Lucero Black Olive Tapenade
    • 1 baguette
    • Lucero Koroneiki Olive Oil
    • Garlic salt to taste
    • Rosemary and kalamata olives for garnish

    Directions:

    Cut baguette in to ¼ inch slices, brush with Koroneiki Olive Oil, sprinkle with garlic salt and toast until golden brown. Bring feta cheese to room temperature. Mix in Black Olive Tapenade and Koroneiki Olive Oil. Serve on a platter, garnish with rosemary and kalamata olives.

    Black Olive Tap Spread


  • Accommodations - Winter Crush Event

    October 3, 2012

    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 Event December 8th

     


  • 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.



  • 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.


  • 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).


  • Summer Fresh Orzo Salad

    August 14, 2012

    Enjoy some of summer's freshest veggies in this light and refreshing orzo salad.

    Summer Fresh Orzo Salad

    Ingredients:

    Summer Fresh Orzo Salad

    1 1/2 c. Dried Orzo Pasta

    1lb. Fresh Green Beans

    3 Ears of Corn

    2 c. Cherry Tomatoes rinsed, stemmed, and sliced in half

    1/2c. Red Wine Vinegar

    1/2 c. Lucero Basil Olive Oil

    1/2 c. Minced Shallots

    2 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard

    2 tsp. Dried Basil

    Salt & Pepper

    Directions:

    1. Bring about 2 qts. of water to boil in a 4-5qt. pot. While water is boiling, rinse green beans, trim the ends and cut in half.  Add beans to boiling water until almost tender, remove, immerse in cold water, and drain.

    2. Fill the same pot with 2.5-3 qts. of water and bring to a boil. Add orzo and cook until tender, about 8-10 minuets. Drain and rinse with cold water, and drain again.

    3. While the beans and pasta cool, husk the corn. Remove silk and rinse. Slice kernels off into a bowl.

    4. Make dressing: Whisk together, vinegar, olive oil, shallots, mustard, basil, salt, and pepper.

    5. In a large bowl combine cooked orzo with a 1/2 c. of dressing. Mix well, add more salt and pepper to taste and then level the pasta.

    6. Layer corn, green beans, and then tomatoes. Cover and refrigerate, until ready to serve. Chill remaining dressing separately.

    7. Right before you serve the salad, add remaining dressing and any additional salt and pepper. Mix well and serve immediately.



  • Lucero Strawberry Balsamic Lemonade

    August 13, 2012

    You asked for more drink ideas, so we created it! Our newest in-house specialty, Strawberry Balsamic Lemonade! It was a huge it at our last Second Saturday at the Mill Event. Try it out and let us know what you think!

    Strawberry Balsamic Lemonade

    Strawberry Balsamic Lemonade

    Ingredients:

    16oz. Lemonade

    6 Tbsp. Lucero Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar

    2 Tbsp. Chopped Fresh Mint

    Splash of Sparkling Water

    Splash of Strawberry Puree

    Top with a slice of fresh strawberry

    Directions:

    Mix lemonade with Lucero Strawberry Balsamic and mint. Add sparkling water and stir gently. Top with a little strawberry puree and a fresh slice of strawberry. Enjoy!



  • More International Gold for Lucero Olive Oil at Israeli 2012 Terra Olivo Competition

    August 10, 2012

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    More International Gold for Lucero Olive Oil at Israeli 2012 Terra Olivo Competition

    Terra Olivo-Israel

     

    CORNING, CA (August, 6, 2012) – California grower and miller Lucero Olive Oil continues to impress international judges in competition with their outstanding extra virgin olive oil production.  This summer Lucero was awarded a gold medal for their popular Miller’s Blend as well as three Prestige Gold awards for Lucero Arbequina, Lucero Ascolano, and Lucero First Fresh Blend extra virgin olive oils.

    When asked what these accolades mean to the company, Dewey Lucero responded, "It's an honor to be recognized on an international level for our extra virgin olive oils.  Winning multiple Prestige Gold medals in Israel not only supports our passion for making a quality product, but it proves that our attention to detail is consistent.  With awards like this it is evident now that California produces some of the best olive oils in the world, and we at Lucero take pride in helping to pioneer the industry in California. We are committed to bringing world recognition to the superior olive oils that Lucero and other California olive oil companies produce."

    There’s no doubt, Lucero Olive Oil is helping put California Extra Virgin Olive Oils on the map; with 172 awards to date, Lucero is the most awarded olive oil producer in North America.

    About Terra Olivo International Olive Oil Competition

    Terra Olivo was established in 2010 by professional tasters to assess and formally recognize high quality olive oil from around the world and is acclaimed for its discerning appreciation of regional differences in olive oilvia the appointment of the most truly diverse panel of professional olive oil judges in the world.  The 2012 edition of Terra Olivo had judges flown in from 10 countries and a record breaking 408 olive oils entered from 18 countries

     


  • Lucero Olympic Fruit Salad

    August 7, 2012

    Inspired by the diving events we created this mouth-"water"ing fruit salad. It's sure to make a splash with friends

    and family. Enjoy this dish tonight!

    Lucero Olympic Fruit Salad

    Lucero Olympic Fruit Salad

    Ingredients:

    1 whole seedless watermelon

    Blue fruit: Blueberries

    Black fruit: Blackberries

    Red fruit: Strawberries

    Yellow fruit: Mango or Pineapple

    Green fruit: Kiwi or Green Grapes

    1. Scoop out the watermelon and dice the inside fruit.

    2. Slice all the fruit and place it back inside the hulled watermelon.

    3. Drizzle Lucero Strawberry infused Balsamic Vinegar* on top, mix to incorporate.

    4. Chill or serve immediately.

    You can use whatever fruit you'd like, we just were inspired by the Olympic rings.

    * Lucero Strawberry infused Balsamic Vinegar is available in the Lucero retail store in Corning, Ca, or by phone order.


  • Olympic Zucchini Canoes

    July 31, 2012

    To kick off the start of the Canoe/Kayak events we have made Olympic Zucchini Canoes. Enjoy these delicious appetizers while watching the races this evening.

    Olympic Zucchini Canoes

    Olympic Zucchini Canoes

    Ingredients:

    3 Zucchini

    Grape Tomatoes

    Fontina or Mozzarella Cheese

    Fresh Basil (1 bunch)

    1/4 c. Grated Parmesan

    1 c. Bread Crumbs

    2 Cloves of Garlic

    Lucero Basil Olive Oil

    Salt & Pepper

    1. Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise and trim a little off the bottom so they fit in a glass baking dish.

    2. Scoop out the center where the seeds are with a spoon.

    3. Combine crushed garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper in a dish, then brush surface of the zucchini with mixture.

    4. Halve grape tomatoes and arrange inside hulled zucchini, sprinkle with bread crumbs and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes.

    5. Remove and place diced fontina or mozzarella in between the tomatoes.

    6. Place them back in the oven, but now under the broiler until golden and bubbling.

    7. Remove and drizzle with Lucero Basil Olive Oil, add fresh basil, and add a sprinkle of grated Parmesan.


  • Aly's Chili Garlic Edamame

    July 24, 2012

    With the Gilroy Garlic Festival just two days away what could be more appropriate than a recipe that incorporates lots and lots of garlic. We were inspired to post this recipe when one of our team members brought this to a pot luck. Not only does it use fresh garlic and garlic salt, but it also incorporates our Lucero Garlic infused Olive Oil, mmmm... delicious. You're going to have a hard time sharing these little guys!

    Aly’s Chili Garlic Edamame

    Chili Garlic Edamame

    Ingredients:

    1 lb Edamame (fresh or frozen)

    1 Tbsp Lucero Garlic infused Olive Oil

    1 clove of garlic

    1 tsp Lucero Garlic infused Olive Oil

    ½ Tbsp Chili Powder

    ½ Tbsp Garlic Salt

    1. To prepare: Bring a large pot of water to boil.

    2. Add a pinch of salt and 1 Tbsp Lucero Garlic Olive Oil.

    3. Add edamame and boil until tender (about 6minutes).

    4. Drain edamame and move to a large bowl.

    5. Add the remaining Lucero Garlic Olive Oil, minced fresh garlic, chili powder, and garlic salt to bowl.

    6. Mix to coat.
    7. Serve warm or cold. Will keep in the fridge up to 5days.


  • Quinoa Pistachio and Herb Salad with Feta and Olive Oil

    July 17, 2012

    Last week our olive oil and fig balsamic were featured on an episode of Chef Tess Bakeresse. Watch the video for a guided tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T61CqQtL6n0&feature=plcp

    Quinoa Pistachio and Herb Salad with Feta and Olive Oil

    Chef Tess Bakeresse

    Ingredients:
    4 cups cooked quinoa (about 1 cup uncooked)
    1T fresh chopped Rosemary
    1/3 cup fresh chopped basil
    1 clove fresh pressed garlic
    1/3 cup of Lucero Olive Oil of your choice
    2T Lucero Fig Balsamic or balsamic vinegar of your choice
    1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted pistachio
    1/2 cup feta cheese (or Gorgonzola cheese works)
    ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
    Zest of one lemon
    1 tsp Chef Tess Romantic Italian Seasoning

    To prepare: In a medium bowl combine the olive oil, vinegar, herbs, lemon zest and garlic with a whisk. Add the cooked quinoa and bell pepper and toss to coat. Chill. Add the feta and pistachios.


  • Lucero Summer Corn

    July 10, 2012

    In keeping with the Patriotic feel of July, we bring you our mouthwatering summer corn! What's more American than corn on the cob? Nothing comes to mind here at Lucero. Enjoy this corn on the BBQ or roasted in the oven. Enjoy!

    Lucero Summer Corn

    Lucero Summer Corn

    Prep time: 5mins Total time: 15mins

    Makes 4 servings

    4 medium ears of corn

    1/4 tsp. salt

    2 tsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro

    1 Tbsp. Lucero Olive Oil (choose your favorite, we like Anthony's Blend)

    1/4 tsp. ground cumin

    1/8 tsp. garlic powder

    1/8 tsp. chili powder

    1/8 tsp. ground red pepper (red pepper flakes work too)

    1. Heat grill. Carefully brush grill rack with canola oil. Brush corn with olive oil sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Place corn directly on grill over medium-high heat. Cover grill; cook 8 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until lightly browned on all sides.

    2. While corn is cooking, in a small bowl, mix together salt and cilantro. Put this aside for later.

    3. In an small, nonstick skillet, saute olive oil and cumin, over medium heat until fragrant; about 30 seconds. Stir frequently. Add in garlic powder, chili powder, and red pepper. Remove from heat.

    4. Remove corn from grill and brush with  the hot oil mixture. Then sprinkle with salt and cilantro mixture.  It's ready to serve.


  • Patriotic Pasta Salad

    July 9, 2012

    This All-American dish was created by one of our fans. She used not 1, not 2, but 3 Lucero products. Right on Fran Crosby!

    Lucero Pasta Salad

    Ingredients:

    Bowtie Pasta

    1 C. Lucero Heritage Blend Olives halved

    1 C. Celery

    1/2 C. Onions (green are pretty)

    1 C. Bell peppers (can use green, red, yellow or orange)

    1/4 C. shredded Carrots

    2 C. cherry, grape or pear tomatoes cut in 1/2

    1/2 C. Zucchini - sliced

    (If you like spicy: add crushed red pepper or jalapeños.)

    Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside to cool. Cut up all vegetables, place in a large bowl and add the noodles.

     

    DRESSING:

    3 Tablespoons Lucero White Lemon Balsamic Vinegar

    5 Tablespoons Lucero Basil Olive Oil

    3 Tablespoons water

    2 cloves crushed garlic

    1 Tablespoon brown Sugar

    1/2 teaspoon Cumin

    salt & pepper

    MIX well. Pour over pasta a veggies and let set (over night if possible), turning over or mixing a couple times. Serve cold. -Recipe courtesy of Fran Crosby


  • Lucero's Fourth of July Salad

    July 8, 2012

    A Fourth of July Salad created just for Lucero by one of our loyal customers. Thank you Jocye Siemens, the photo is mouthwatering!

    Red, White and Balsamic Salad

    Ingredients:

    Mozzarella Cheese... cut with a cookie cutter into stars
    Blueberries
    Strawberries
    Baby spinach

    Crushed Mandarin Salad Dressing

    ¼ cup Lucero Crushed Mandarin Orange Oil
    3 Tablespoons Lucero Satsuma Mandarin Balsamic Vinegar
    ¼ Teaspoon salt
    ½ Tablespoon Little Thief Mustard or use plain mustard
    2 Tablespoon honey or you could use sugar
    2 Tablespoon grated onion (optional)

    Put in a jar and shake well. I plated the salad on a salad plate and then poured the dressing on before adding the cheese stars. Enjoy!


  • Lucero Mandarin Firework Cookies

    July 3, 2012

    It's a 2-for-Tuesday. This is our second 4th of July creation. We were inspired by the firework cookies on Martha Stewart Living, so we found a phenomenal sugar cookie recipe and gave it some Lucero pizazz. The Mandarin Olive Oil gives these typically winter cookies a refreshing, summery twist. Kids will love to eat these firework cookies while enjoying the sparkling ones in the sky.

    Lucero Crushed Mandarin Olive Oil Sugar Cookies

    Mandarin Firework Cookies

    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    1/2 tsp Salt

    12 Tbs Lucero Crushed Mandarin Orange Olive Oil (also try with Lucero Crushed Meyer Lemon)

    2 cups sugar

    2 large eggs

    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

    1. Stir flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.

    2. Beat olive oil and sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until incorporated, slightly yellow, and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture, then vanilla. Refrigerate dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, for at least 1 hour.

    3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll out dough to about 1/4-inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut out cookies using a round cookie cutter, rerolling scraps once. Transfer to a baking sheet.

    4. Bake until edges just start to brown, 17 to 19 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack, and let cool completely.

    5. Frost cookies with white icing to cover.

    6. Immediately using piping gel pipe a red or blue dot in the center of cookie. Then pipe concentric rings of colors around the center dot (using the same color as the dot, or alternating colors).

    7. Then drag a toothpick through the colors to create bursts, starting from the center dot and working toward the edge. Alternate dragging inward and outward as you work around the cookie. (Or drag around the cookie in 1 direction or curve the lines for a pinwheel effect.) Let dry. Repeat with remaining cookies and icings.



  • 4th of July Ice Cream Lucero Style

    July 3, 2012

    We've been busy in the kitchen this week cooking up some sweet treats for the 4th. No BBQ would be complete with out ice cream and this is how we are doin' it up here at Lucero.

    Lucero's 4th of July Ice Cream

    4th of July Ice Cream

    Vanilla Bean Ice Cream With Wild Cherry Balsamic Topping

    1/2 c. Lucero Wild Cherry Balsamic Vinegar

    1/2 c. apple juice

    1/4 c. water

    1/2 c. sugar

    Grated zest of 1 lemon

    1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

    1 c. dried cherry infused cranberries

    1 pint gourmet vanilla bean ice cream

    1. Combine all topping ingredients in small sauce pan.

    2. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved.

    3. Add the cranberries and reduce heat to low.

    4. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes.

    5. Let topping cool before drizzling over the ice cream.

     

    *Lucero Wild Cherry Balsamic Vinegar can be purchased in the Lucero retail store in Corning, CA or online at 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.




  • 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.


  • Chocolate Olive Oil Banana Bread

    May 9, 2012

    Ingredients

    • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp Lucero Infused Chocolate Olive Oil
    • 1 ⅔ cups all purpose flour, plus more for pan
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • ½ teaspoon fine salt
    • 1 ¼ cups sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 ½ cups mashed overripe bananas
    • 2 tablespoons sour cream
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
    • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 5x9 inch loaf pan with Lucero Infused Chocolate Olive Oil and sprinkle with flour.
    2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon
    3. In a large bowl, stir together Lucero Chocolate Olive Oil and sugar until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition; make sure to scrape down bowl as needed. Beat in bananas, sour cream, and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture and chocolate chips on medium.
    4. Pour batter into pan. Bake 50 to 60 minutes. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove bread from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.

    **When recipes call for butter or "other oils," remember that olive oil can replace both!  It's healthier and tastier!


  • Japanese Eggplant

    April 25, 2012

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup olive oil plus more for pan
    • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced lengthwise
    • 1 1/2 pounds red barley miso
    • 2 Japanese eggplants (12 inches each), trimmed
    • 4 limes
    • 2 shiso leaves, chopped

    Directions

    1. Place olive oil and garlic in a medium saucepan. Place over medium-high heat and cook, swirling pan occasionally, until garlic is evenly browned. Remove from heat and transfer garlic to a large bowl. Add red barley miso and whisk until combined; set aside.
    2. Cube eggplants;
    3. Heat oil over medium-high heat and add eggplant. Sauté Eggplant until outside is crispy and center is soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
    4. Squeeze limes over eggplant and transfer to a large bowl. Add 3 tablespoons miso mixture and shiso leaves, toss to combine. Serve immediately.

     


  • Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

    April 2, 2012

    Ingredients:

    • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
    • 3 tablespoons  Lucero Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • 1 large head cauliflower, separated into florets
    • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

     

    Directions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Grease a large Casserole Dish.
    2. Place the Lucero Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil and garlic in a large plastic resealable bag. Add cauliflower, and shake to mix. Pour into the prepared casserole dish, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
    3. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through. Top with Parmesan cheese and parsley, and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown.

     

    *Recipe from allrecipes.com

     


  • Alison’s on-The-Lighter-Side Macaroni and Cheese

    March 2, 2012

    Ingredients

      • 2 tablespoons Lucero Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil
      • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
      • 5 slices white sandwich bread, with crust
      • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
      • 1 pound Mostaccioli pasta
      • 2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
      • 5 tablespoons all purpose flour
      • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
      • Pinch of onion powder
      • Pinch of garlic powder
      • 2 cups low-fat (1 percent) milk
      • 8 ounces (about 2 1/4 cups) extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
      • 1 ounce (about ½ cup) Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
      • 1 ounce (about ½ cup) Gruyere cheese, freshly grated

    Directions

    1. Process bread in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Melt 1 tablespoon butter with olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs, and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.
    2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon salt and the pasta. Cook pasta until almost al dente, about 6 minutes. Drain, and run under cold water to stop cooking. Transfer to a large bowl; set aside.
    3. Whisk 1/2 cup chicken stock into the flour in a medium bowl; set aside. Melt remaining tablespoon butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in nutmeg, onion, garlic and 1 teaspoon salt. Add milk and remaining 1 1/2 cups stock. Whisk in flour mixture. Bring to a boil, whisking frequently. Reduce to a simmer. Cook 8 minutes, whisking frequently. Add cheeses; cook, stirring, until melted. Pour over macaroni, stirring to combine.
    4. Place Macaroni in a 9 x 9 inch baking pan, sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Bake until bubbling and golden brown, about 30-45 minutes. Serve immediately.

    *Courtesy of Lucero Olive Oil employee Alison Rodegerdts

    Alison’s on-The-Lighter-Side Macaroni and Cheese


  • Lucero Style Muffuletta Panini

    February 21, 2012

    In honor of Mardi Gras!

    Ingredients

    • Lucero Green Olive Tapenade
    • 2 (7 1/2-by-3-inch) pieces of focaccia bread, halved lengthwise
    • 4 ounces sliced mortadella
    • 2 1/2 ounces sliced hot soppressata
    • 2 ounces sliced Genoa salami
    • 2 ounces sliced Italian Ham
    • 2 ounces sliced provolone cheese
    • 2 ounces sliced mozzarella  cheese
    • 1/4 pound arugula
    • 1 tablespoon Lucero Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • 1 tablespoon Lucero Traditional Balsamic Vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • Coarse salt

    Directions

    1. Preheat a Panini press to high heat. Spread Lucero Green Olive Tapenade over cut sides of bread.
    2. On one half of each piece of focaccia, layer 2 ounces mortadella, 1 1/4 ounces soppressata, 1 ounce salami, 1 ounce ham, 1 ounce provolone cheese and 1 ounce mozzarella cheese. Place second half of bread over meats and cheeses and transfer to panini press. Press until heated through, 4 to 5 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, place arugula in a medium bowl. Drizzle with the Lucero Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lucero Traditional Balsamic Vinegar and lemon juice; season with salt and toss to combine.
    4. Remove sandwiches from press and cut each in half. Serve immediately with arugula.

     


  • Lucero Meyer Lemon Trout

    February 16, 2012

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 tablespoons Lucero Meyer Lemon Crushed  Olive Oil
    • 2 skin-on trout fillets (4 ounces)
    • Coarse salt and ground pepper to taste
    • 5 cups escarole, torn into pieces
    • 1/3 teaspoon grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 4 tablespoons of Lucero Green Olive Tapenade

    Directions

    1. In a large skillet, heat Meyer Lemon Flavored Olive Oil over medium-high heat.
    2. Pat fish dry and season both sides with salt and pepper. Add fillets to skillet, flesh side down, and cook until fish is golden brown and releases easily from skillet, about 5 minutes. Gently flip and cook until opaque throughout, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
    3. Add escarole, lemon zest, and Green Olive Tapenade to skillet .Cook, stirring constantly, until escarole wilts, about 2 minutes. Add lemon juice and toss to coat. Serve alongside trout.

     


  • Blackberry Wine & Chocolate Olive Oil Cupcakes

    February 7, 2012

    This yummy recipe was featured on The Domestic Rebel, a fun baking blog, which has great pictures and other tasty recipes:

    Cupcakes

    2 eggs
    1 cup buttermilk
    1 cup red wine
    1/2 cup Lucero chocolate olive oil
    2 tsp vanilla extract
    1/2 cup pureed fresh blackberries (or 1/2 cup seedless blackberry jam)
    2 cups sugar
    1 & 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    3/4 cup cocoa powder
    2 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp salt
    Blackberry Buttercream Frosting (recipe & ingredients follow)

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with 24 paper liners. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and soda and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the eggs, buttermilk, wine, olive oil, vanilla extract and pureed blackberries or jam. Begin gradually adding the dry ingredients into the wet, mixing well after each addition until a very thin batter has formed.
    3. Portion batter evenly among muffin tins, filling about 2/3 full. Bake for approximately 14-16 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely, & prepare the frosting.

    Cupcake with Chocolate Olive Oil

    Blackberry Buttercream Frosting

    1/3 cup pureed fresh blackberries or jam
    2/3 cup butter, softened
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    About 6 cups powdered sugar
    Splash of Lucero chocolate olive oil

    1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the pureed berries, butter and vanilla until blended. Gradually add powdered sugar, about one cup at a time, until light and fluffy. Blend in the splash of oil for an extra richness, because everyone wants to be extra-rich.
    2. Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes. Garnish with edible pearls or a fresh blackberry, if desired. Store airtight in the fridge.

    **Check out more recipes by Hayley at: http://thedomesticrebel.com


  • Lucero Style Pork Chops

    January 28, 2012

    Ingredients:

    • ½ pound fennel bulbs, trimmed and cut into ½-inch wedges
    • ½ pound carrots (about 5 medium) trimmed and halved lengthwise
    • ½ pound red potatoes, rinsed and quartered
    • ½ pound parsnips, trimmed and halved lengthwise
    • 1 medium red onion, cut into 1-inch wedges, root end left intact
    • 12 garlic cloves, peeled
    • 5 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano leaves
    • 5 tablespoons Lucero Manzanillo olive oil
    • Coarse salt and ground pepper
    • 6 bone-in pork loin chops
    • ½ fresh lemon (or 2 tablespoons lemon juice)

     

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 450°. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss fennel, carrots, potatoes, parsnips, onion and garlic with 3 tablespoons oregano, 3 tablespoons Lucdero olive oil (more if needed!); squeeze lemon juice over the top; season with salt and pepper. Roast until vegetables are tender and browned in spots, about 35-40 minutes.
    2. In the meantime take a large skillet and heat 2 tablespoons Lucero olive oil over medium-high. Season pork chops with salt and pepper and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons oregano. In batches, cook until cooked through about 4 minutes per side.

     


  • Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Mozzarella

    January 21, 2012

    Ingredients

    • Coarse salt
    • 3/4 pound rigatoni, or other short tubular pasta
    • 2 pounds plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon Lucero Fig balsamic vinegar
    • 3 tablespoons Lucero Manzanillo Extra Virgin olive oil
    • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
    • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
    • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
    • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, diced

    Directions

    1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente, according to package instructions; drain.
    2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine tomatoes, Lucero Fig balsamic vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; set aside.
    3. In a small skillet, heat Lucero Manzanillo Extra Virgin Olive oil over low heat. Add garlic; cook, stirring often, until tender and just beginning to take on color, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in red-pepper flakes.
    4. Stir garlic mixture into reserved tomato mixture. Add parsley, oregano, mozzarella, and pasta; toss.
    5. Add more Lucero Manzanillo Extra Virgin Olive Oil to taste J

     


  • Lucero Olive Oil Gelato

    December 14, 2011

    Ingredients:

    3 cups milk

    1 cup heavy cream

    6 egg yolks

    1 cup sugar

    2/3 cup Fresh Pressed Lucero Olive Oil

     

    Directions:

    In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the milk and cream. Bring to a simmer.

     

    Meanwhile, in the bowl of an electronic mixer fitted with the whisk attachment beat the egg yolks and sugar on medium-high speed until thick and tripled in volume, about 5 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium-low, slowly drizzle in the olive oil and beat until combined, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

     

    Slowly add 2 cups of the hot milk mixture, ¼ cup at a time, beating until just combined. Slowly pour the yolk mixture back into the saucepan, whisking with a handled whisk until combined. Place the pan over the medium-low heat and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon and a candy thermometer registers 175 degrees F, about 15 minutes.

     

    Strain the custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Place the bowl in a larger one partially filled with ice water and cool the custard to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.

     

    Transfer the custard to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacture’s instructions. Transfer the gelato to a chilled container, cover and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours or up to 3 days, before serving.

     

    Chef Ramon

    C.R. Gibbs

     


  • Mandarin Wild Rice Salad

    December 14, 2011

    Ingredients:

    1 cup cooked wild rice

    ½ cup toasted walnuts

    ½ cup craisins

    ½ cup feta cheese

    2 oz. Lucero mandarin Oil

    2 cup Baby Greens

    2 tsp Finely Chopped sage

     

    Directions:

    1. Toss wild rice, walnuts, craisins and sage together
    2. Divide greens equally into 4 parts
    3. Plate greens on 4 plates
    4. Top each plate greens with wild rice mixture
    5. Sprinkle feta on top of each plate
    6. Drizzle olive oil on each

     

    Chef Ramon

    C.R. Gibbs

     


  • Mediterranean Chicken Reloude

    December 14, 2011

     

    Ingredients:

    4 each Chicken Breast

    2 oz. Goat Cheese

    ½ cup Chopped Spinach

    2 oz. Sun Dried Tomatoes chopped

    2 oz. Artichokle Hearts chopped

    1 oz. Mixed Olives Chopped (black & green)

    2 oz. Lucero Crushed Meyer Lemon Olive Oil

    1 tsp. Fresh Chopped Oregano

    1 tsp. Fresh Chopped Basil

    1 cup seasoned all purpose flour

    3 beaten eggs

    2 cup Japanese Bread Crumb

    Fry Oil

     

    Directions:

    1. Butterfly chicken breast
    2. In a medium size bowl, combine goat cheese, spinach, tomates, art hearts, olives, oil, and fresh herbs
    3. Divide mixture into 4 equal parts and form into log shapes and place in center of chicken breast
    4. Fold ends of chicken and roll
    5. Place in freezer for 30 minutes
    6. Meanwhile, make standard breading station…
      1. Bowl for flour
      2. Bowl for beaten egg
      3. Bowl for Japanese bread crumb
    7. Once chicken is removed from freezer, take one chicken roll and dredge in flour. Shake excess off and place in egg mixture, coat well and remove with other hand and place into bread crumb bowl, roll around to ensure total coverage and remove with “flour hand: and place on piece of foil.
    8. Repeat for remaining chicken breast rolls
    9. Heat Fryer to 350 degree F

    10.  Cook Chicken Reloudes till Golden Brown and remove

    11.  Transfer  Reloudes to oven safe baking pan and cook until internal temperature reaches 185 degrees F

    12.  Remove from oven and slice on bias 4 to 5 cuts and serve.

     

     

    Chef Ramon

    C.R. Gibbs

     


  • Rubbed Brazilian Piranha Ribs

    December 14, 2011

    Pan- Roasted Pink Pepper & Cumin- Rubbed Brazilian Piranha Ribs with Hanson Orchard Red Walnut & Nuturfarm Arugula Gremolata with Mandarin Oranges & Lucero Mandarin Infused Olive Oil Vinaigrette

     

    Ingredients:

    4 racks of Piranha ribs (can subtitle any fatty white fish like halibut)

    1 Tbsp. Cumin seeds, roasted & ground

    1 Tbsp. Pink Peppercorns, crushed

    Kosher Salt- to taste (for Piranha rub)

    4 cups Arugula – washed & dried

    4 Mandarin oranges- zest first (reserve for garnish), then peeled and sectioned

    4 Tbsp. Reed Walnuts (available through Hanson Orchard)

    1 tsp. Dijon Mustard

    1 sliced Shallot

    ¼ cup Rice wine vinegar

    ¼ cup Lucero Mandarin Olive Oil

    Salt to taste (for vinaigrette)

    Chili flake- pinch (for vinaigrette)

    Lucero Olio Nuovo Olive Oil- for sauté

     

    Directions:

    1. Season piranha ribs with salt then rub with cumin & peppercorns. Set aside.
    2. Make vinaigrette: mix 1 tsp Dijon, pinch of chili flake, shallots, & rice wine vinegar. Then whisk in Lucero mandarin-infused oil, very slowly in a steady slow stream.
    3. In sauté pan, add walnuts & drizzle with a teaspoon of Olio Nuovo Olive Oil, and salt to taste. Lightly toast over low heat until crispy. Do NOT over toast.
    4. In a very hot large sauté pan, sear the piranha ribs in olive oil, then place in a pre-heated 350 degree oven until tender (approx. 10 minutes).
    5. While ribs are in oven, toss arugula & oranges in vinaigrette (be sure to include the shallots)
    6. Place finished ribs on platter and arrange arugula & oranges around them.
    7. Sprinkle the arugula with toasted red walnuts & drizzle extra vinaigrette. Garnish with parsley leaves, mandarin zest & sea salt.

     

    Chef Steve

    Farwood Bar & Grill

     


  • Hand Made Whole Wheat Tortillas

    December 13, 2011


    Ingredients:

    8 cups of wheat flour

    1 Tbsp. of salt

    1 cup Lucero Olive Oil

    Water for binding

    Directions:

    1. Use 8 cups of whole wheat flour in a large bowl
    2. 1 heaping tablespoon of baking powder
    3. 1 heaping tablespoon of salt
    4. One cup of Lucero Olive Oil
    5. Mix together well
    6. Add luke warm water to the mixture to bind mixture, knead until no longer sticky
    7. Tear off hand size chunks of dough making small balls, knead the ball of dough stacking them back into the bowl
    8. Once done creating balls, cover with cloth for 10 minutes
    9. Heat hot plate on high
    10. Start rolling balls of dough flat with rolling pin, in round circles, until about 1/8 inches thick or more
    11. Cook on both sides on hot plate for about 15 seconds
    12. Stack finished tortillas once cooked in cloth to keep warm

     

     

     


  • Lucero’s Squash & Corn Layered Dish

    December 13, 2011

    Ingredients:

    5-6 Tbsp. of Lucero Olive Oil

    3 zucchini

    3 yellow squash

    3 ears of corn

    Directions:

    1. Use a 12-inch frying pan and lid
    2. Sprinkle Lucero Olive Oil on bottom, about 2-3 tablespoons, or until bottom is covered with oil
    3. Quarter dice three zucchini, put in pan as the bottom layer
    4. Quarter dice three yellow squash, layer on top of zucchini
    5. Cut the corn off of three ears and layer on top of squash
    6. Sprinkle with more olive oil to your liking, 2-3 tablespoons
    7. Cover with lid on low heat for 20 minutes

     

     

     


  • Croutons

    November 10, 2011

    2 cups sliced bread

    2 tablespoons Anthony’s Blend Olive Oil

    2 tablespoons butter

    Garlic salt & pepper to taste

     

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Slice bread into bite size cubes.
    3. In a bowl combine olive oil, butter, and seasonings to taste.
    4. Arrange cubes on an ungreased cookie sheet.
    5. Bake for 20 minutes or until brown.
    6. Let cool and enjoy with soups or salads.

  • French Fries

    October 21, 2011

    Ingredients

    2 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled

    1 teaspoon garlic powder

    1 teaspoon onion powder

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon paprika

    Fill deep fryer with Lucero Olive Oil

     

    Directions

    • Mix garlic, onion, salt, and paprika in small bowl- set aside.
    • Slice potatoes into French fries, and place into cold water so they don't turn brown while you prepare the olive oil.
    • Heat olive oil in a large fryer (~325 degrees F).
    • Place potatoes in the hot olive oil to fry. Fry until golden brown and crispy.
    • Remove from oil and place on paper towels to drain.
    • Add season mix to warm fries.

    From the Lucero Kitchen

     


  • Caprese Salad

    October 12, 2011

    Ingredients

    3 vine-ripe tomatoes

    1 pound fresh mozzarella

    1 bunch fresh basil

    Lucero Olive Oil, for drizzling- Miller’s Blend

    Lucero Traditional Balsamic Vinegar for drizzling

    Coarse salt and pepper to taste

     

    Directions

    • Slice tomatoes and mozzarella into ½ inch thick slices.
    • On a large platter, arrange tomatoes and mozzarella slices.
    • Cut basil leaves into thin strips. Sprinkle basil over the top of tomatoes and mozzarella slices.
    • Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over salad.

     

    From the Lucero Kitchen

     


  • Lucero’s Traditional Sirloin Steak

    October 5, 2011

    Ingredients:

    • ¼ Cup Lucero Traditional Balsamic Vinegar
    • ½ Cup Lucero Anthony’s Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • 1 Garlic clove-mashed
    • Freshly Ground Pepper
    • Coarse Sea Salt
    • 4 Sirloin Steaks

     

    Directions:

    Rinse steaks under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Trim excess fat away from edges of meat. Pierce Steak with fork to enable marinated to penetrate meat during marinating. In resealable plastic bag pour in Lucero’s Traditional Balsamic Vinegar and Lucero’s Anthony’s Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil, set aside. Remove one garlic clove from bulb and peel, removing all outer skin from clove. Mince clove with knife or garlic press, add to balsamic vinegar and olive oil mixture. Add freshly ground black pepper and coarse sea salt to marinade mixture. Seal bag and mix all ingredients together by moving liquid around bag. Submerge sirloin steaks to completely coat in marinade mixture, place in refrigerator for 4-6 hours. Turn bag every two hours to evenly flavor meat.

    From the Lucero Kitchen


  • Lucero’s BBQ Country Ribs

    September 4, 2011

    Serves: 6
    Prep Time: 10 min.
    Cooking Time: 1hr.
    Total Time: 1hr. 10 min.

    Ingredients:

    • 3 ½ lbs. Pork Spareribs
    • 2 (18 ounce) bottles barbeque sauce
    • 1 onion, quartered
    • ½ cup Lucero Wild Cherry Balsamic Vinegar
    • ½ cup Little Thief Tequila Jalapeno Kiss Mustard
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

    Directions:

    • Place spareribs in a large stock pot with barbeque sauce, onions, Lucero’s Wild Cherry Balsamic Vinegar, Little Thief Tequila Jalapeno Kiss Mustard, salt and pepper. Pour in enough water to cover spareribs and stir mixture to incorporate ingredients. Bring to a low boil, and cook for approximately 40 minutes.
    • Preheat grill for high heat.
    • Lightly oil grate with Lucero’s Anthony’s Blend Olive Oil. Remove spareribs from the stock pot, and place on a preheated grill. Use the barbeque sauce in saucepan to baste ribs while cooking. Grill ribs, basting and turning frequently to avoid burning, for 20 minutes, or until nicely browned.
    • Enjoy with your favorite BBQ side dishes.


  • Garlic Tenderloin

    July 18, 2011

     

     

     

    Ingredients:

    1 pound Pork Tenderloin
    2 tsp Garlic powder
    1 tbsp Lucero Garlic Olive Oil
    2 tbsp Little Thief Sweet Garlic Mustard
    1 tsp Salt
    1 tbsp Fresh parsley

    Directions:
    Preheat the oven to 350 F. Sprinkle the salt and garlic powder over the tenderloin. Drizzle
    Lucero Garlic Olive oil over the top. Sprinkle the parsley down the middle. Spread the Little thief Garlic Mustard over the top. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350F for 25 minutes. Turn the heat down to 300F and keep baking until it’s done (about 20 minutes).


  • Meyer Lemon Cupcakes

    July 8, 2011

    Super easy! Just a white box cake mix, Meyer Lemon Olive Oil in place of the oil, Lemon zest added to cake mixture, lemon juice to replace some of the water, homemade lemon butter cream frosting….TA-DA deliciousness!!

    Use Lucero Meyer Lemon Crushed Olive Oil or Mandarin Crushed Olive Oil

    Meyer Lemon Cupcakes

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  • Chocolate Mousse (vegetarian)

    May 12, 2011

    Wow!....Does life get any better than this?

    Ingredients:
    1 - 12oz Silken Tofu, soft
    1 - Cup Guittard semisweet chocolate chips (found in baking section)
    3 - T Lucero Apple Balsamic Vinegar
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    1. In a blender, puree tofu until smooth
    2. Melt chocolate in double boiler or in the microwave, remove from heat and mix in balsamic vinegar a little at a time
    3. Add chocolate to tofu, blend thoroughly, pour into individual bowls, chill

    Options
    * You can use vegan chocolate
    * You can top with:
    -fresh berries and mint
    -chocolate shavings
    -dairy-free whipped topping
    -cookie crumbles

    Brought to you by our “Foodie Specialist”:

    Elizabeth Caban
    North Bay Made
    414 1st St E #D
    Sonoma, CA 95476


  • Fresh Summer Salad

    May 12, 2011

    Fresh Summer Salad by Lucero
    Perfect during your local farmers market - fresh fruit and veggie season

    Ingredients:
    2 Large handfuls of green leaf lettuce or spinach
    1 Large fresh peach or nectarine
    1 Cup ripe raspberries
    ½ Cup goat cheese
    ½ Cup walnuts or pecans
    Lucero Olive Oil and/or Balsamic Vinegar
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    Directions:
    Split all ingredients into two bowls, and drizzle with your favorite Lucero Olive Oil, our favorite is the Ascolano with Traditional Balsamic Vinegar. Also very tasty is the Meyer Lemon and Red Apple Balsamic.

    Yield: 2 servings


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