Monthly Archives: April 2014
April 14, 2014
The results are in - and we're happy to announce our winnings are the Napa Valley Olive Oil Competition. With top awards going to Anthony's Blend and Miller's Blend these awards bring Lucero Olive Oil's award count to a whopping 221!
Anthony's Blend Best in Show Gold Medal Miller's Blend Best in Class Gold Medal Ascolano Gold Medal Manzanillo Gold Medal
April 7, 2014
MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA – Lucero Olive Oil reinforces its leadership in the growing California Olive Oil industry, receiving top awards at one of the most prestigious olive oil competitions in the U.S. – the California Olive Oil Council (COOC) Competition. Bringing their total award count to a record breaking 215 medals.
Lucero’s Manzanillo Extra Virgin Olive Oil was presented with a Gold Medal and awarded Best in Show for a large producer. Professional tasters describe this oil as robust with an intense fruit and big pepper finish, making it the perfect pairing for red meats and summer grilling.
Lucero Olive Oil is also the producer of the most awarded extra virgin olive oil in the country, Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which again received a gold medal at the prestigious COOC competition. Ascolano Olive Oil is unique with amazing tropical notes of peaches and apricots, this flavor profile is what makes customers reach for more and why it continues to wow judges year after year.
Relatively new to the award scene is the company’s Anthony’s Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil. A traditional Tuscan formulation with California-gown varietals, it produces an oil with strong fruit aromas and an assertive peppery finish. Anthony’s Blend was awarded the gold award at the COOC competition. Also receiving Gold Medal awards were Lucero's Corning Blend, Tehama Blend and Sanders Blend. Receiving Silver medals were Lucero's Sevillano and Miller's Blend EVOO's.
In addition to the prestigious medals, lead miller, Larry Treat received the first annual Miller’s Recognition award for a large producer. “We are passionate and deeply committed to making the finest extra virgin olive oil in the U.S.,” says Lucero. “Our milling crew is one of the best in the country and our Mediterranean climate and close relationship with our growers helps us produce the best-tasting fruit Mother Nature allows.”
April 3, 2014
1 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (if you’re skipping the fruit, you can also skip the last tablespoon of flour)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
3 extra-large eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (approximately 2 lemons)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup Lucero Crushed Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen, thawed and rinsed (miniature wild blueberries are great for this, and pose the least risk of sinking)
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pan.
Sift together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, vanilla and Crushed Meyer Lemon Olive Oil. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix the blueberries with the remaining tablespoon of flour, and fold them very gently into the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 (+) minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.
When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before flipping out onto a cooling rack. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in (a pastry brush works great for this, as does using a toothpick to make tiny holes that draw the syrup in better). Cool.
April 3, 2014
1/2 cup Lucero Red Apple Balsamic Vinegar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/3 cup clover honey
3 heaping tablespoons Little Thief Mustard - we recommend NEW Sweet Bacon with Honey
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 racks St. Louis Style/Country Style pork ribs (12 ribs each)
4 tablespoons light extra virgin olive oil like Lucero Miller's Blend EVOO
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup soy sauce
4 cups water
2 to 3-inch piece ginger, skin-on and sliced
Combine the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar in a small saucepan over high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is completely dissolved and mixture reduces slightly, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the honey and mustard and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Let cool to room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
Brush the pork racks on both sides with extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the soy sauce, 4 cups of water and the ginger and bring to a boil. Pour the mixture into the bottom of a roasting pan, fitted with a rack, and arrange the ribs on the rack. Wrap the pan with foil and roast until the ribs are tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
Remove the ribs from the oven and transfer to baking sheets lined with foil or parchment paper. Turn on the broiler and let heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Brush the ribs heavily on the top side with some of the glaze, put under the broiler and broil until golden brown and a crust has formed. Remove from the oven to a cutting board and brush with more of the glaze. Let rest 10 minutes before slicing. Arrange the ribs on a serving platter and serve.
April 3, 2014
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Peel away the outer layers of the garlic bulb skin, leaving the skins of the individual cloves intact. Using a knife, cut off 1/4 to a 1/2 inch of the top of cloves, exposing the individual cloves of garlic.
- Place the garlic heads in a baking pan; muffin pans work well for this purpose. Drizzle a couple teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil over each head, using your fingers to make sure the garlic head is well coated. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake at 400°F for 30-35 minutes, or until the cloves feel soft when pressed.
- Allow the garlic to cool enough so you can touch it without burning yourself. Use a small small knife cut the skin slightly around each clove. Use a cocktail fork or your fingers to pull or squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of their skins.
- Eat as is (Yum!) or mash with a fork and use for cooking. Can be spread over warm French bread, mixed with sour cream for a topping for baked potatoes, or mixed in with Parmesan and pasta.
April 3, 2014
4 large red or yellow bell peppers, preferably Holland
2 tablespoons of robust olive oil - we recommend Anthony's Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
Place the whole peppers on a sheet pan and place in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until the skins are completely wrinkled and the peppers are charred, turning them twice during roasting. Remove the pan from the oven and immediately cover it tightly with aluminum foil. Set aside for 30 minutes, or until the peppers are cool enough to handle.
Remove the stem from each pepper and cut them in quarters. Remove the peels and seeds and place the peppers in a bowl along with any juices that have collected. Discard the stems, peels, and seeds. Pour the extra virgin olive oil over the peppers. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.