Monthly Archives: December 2011

  • Cooking Channel USA Highlights Lucero Olive Oil

    December 22, 2011

    December 12, 2011- Dewey Lucero and Lucero Olive Oil will be featured on the Cooking Channel’s Pitchin’In airing December 29, 2011.

    The Cooking Channel’s series, Pitchin’In, is hosted by Chef Lynn Crawford. Lynn Crawford is a top Canadian chef who travels the world to experience firsthand how fresh food is grown and processed.  She came to Tehama County to work an olive harvest and see how olive oil is harvested and processed.  Dewey Lucero, his father Bobby, and Grandfather Tony were thrilled to share their experience in producing olive oil with Lynn.  Chef Lynn was an enthusiastic worker who conquered her fear of heights while using an orchard ladder to help pick enough lives to make fresh olive oil.  Chef Lynn then produced a gourmet meal for the Lucero’s and other local enthusiasts, using the oil she helped produce.

    Chef Lynn also found time to venture over to New Clairvaux to experience how the Monastery makes its premier wines. It’s going to be an exciting show to savor!

    About the Series: Canada’s Top Female Chef, Lynn Crawford is known for creating delicious meals in the kitchen. Chef Lynn’s passion to find the most delicious and freshest ingredients has led her to local farmers markets and directly to farmers. To view her upcoming series visit

  • Lucero Olive Oil Gelato

    December 14, 2011


    3 cups milk

    1 cup heavy cream

    6 egg yolks

    1 cup sugar

    2/3 cup Fresh Pressed Lucero Olive Oil



    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


    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



    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



    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



    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



    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



    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

  • Tom Mueller NPR Interview - Adulterated & Subpar EVOO

    December 14, 2011

    Hi Olive Oil LOVERS!

    There have been comments all over the internet about the Tom Mueller NPR Interview (link).  Adulterated & Subpar Extra Virgin Olive Oil being sold as Extra Virgin is a very BIG issue world-wide, and it has been going on for years!  UC Davis produced a report (read here) last year, which showed that nearly 70% of Extra Virgin Olive Oils on grocery store shelves in California were in fact not Extra Virgin, they were adulterated or did not meet EVOO standards.  Lucero was one that was tested, and showed to be superior quality in this report, and proved to be 100% EVOO.

    Lucero Olive Oil LLC, and many other California Olive Oil producers are certified by the COOC, California Olive Oil Council (link), which insures that the olive oil produced, and going into bottles, is in fact 100% Extra Virgin.  Each year of production, the COOC tests all of our oils, using a chemical analysis and a taste test panel of experts to certify that it is the “real deal".  You have to look for the COOC seal on bottle labels (like ours)!


  • Hand Made Whole Wheat Tortillas

    December 13, 2011


    8 cups of wheat flour

    1 Tbsp. of salt

    1 cup Lucero Olive Oil

    Water for binding


    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


    5-6 Tbsp. of Lucero Olive Oil

    3 zucchini

    3 yellow squash

    3 ears of corn


    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



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