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  • Labneh with Lucero Za'atar

    September 15, 2017

    Labneh, a soft cream cheese made from strained yogurt in the Middle East, is easily made from scratch at home. Stir ¼ teaspoon of lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt into 12 ounces of full-fat Greek yogurt. Spoon into a cheesecloth-lined sieve and strain overnight in the refrigerator until thickened.

     

    We recommend you keep it simple and serve labneh topped with Lucero Za’atar Herb Blend and a healthy pour of our Barnea Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Enjoy with pita bread or fresh vegetables for dipping.


  • Quick & Easy Flatbread with Lucero Za’atar

    September 13, 2017

    Transform store-bought pizza dough into a memorable flatbread with Lucero Za’atar Herb Blend and creamy burrata cheese.

     

    Stretch room temperature dough into a rough oval.  Generously brush with Barnea Olive Oil and a heavy sprinkling of za’atar herb blend before baking in a 500 degree oven.  Remove from oven when the flatbread is crisp golden brown. Top immediately with pieces of burrata, more za’atar and a drizzle of Barnea Extra Virgin Olive Oil.


  • Peach Caprese Salad

    August 7, 2017

     

    Ingredients:

    Directions:

    In a bowl mix balsamic vinegar, olive oil, pepper, and salt; set aside. Take peaches with skin still on and slice 1/2 inch thick. Place on grill and cook for 2 minutes per side or until you start to see grill marks. Crumble mozzarella while the peaches cool and place the cheese on the peaches along with a fresh basil leaf. Drizzle the mixture over the peaches and enjoy!


  • Garlic Roasted Tomatoes

    July 27, 2017

    tomatoe garlic oregano

    Ingredients
    4 red tomatoes, halved
    Salt and pepper
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
    2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
    4 Sliced Garlic Cloves
    Lucero Garlic Olive Oil
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


    Directions
    1. Sprinkle tomatoes with salt and place, cut side down, on a paper towel–lined plate. Let stand 30 minutes to drain.
    2. Preheat oven to 425ºF. Mist a baking dish with Garlic Olive Oil, then arrange tomato halves, cut side up, in a single layer in dish.
    3. In a small bowl, combine herbs. Add pepper, to taste. Spread herb mixture evenly over tomatoes. Top with Garlic Slices and drizzle with Garlic Olive Oil.
    4. Bake in oven until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Remove dish from oven, top with fresh basil and serve.

    Recipe Adapted from My Recipes.com


  • Bagna Cauda

    July 20, 2017

    This simple Italian garlic, anchovy and olive oil sauce is perfect for dipping crisp raw vegetables.  Served warm, the literal translation for Bagna Cauda is hot bath.   Serves 6-8

     

    1/3 cup Lucero Garlic Olive Oil

    1/3 cup Lucero Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    8 Tablespoons butter

    4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

    2 cans anchovies, drained of oil and chopped

    1 pinch celery seed

    Raw vegetables such as: bell peppers, cauliflower, fennel, carrots, radishes, and celery

     

    Prepare vegetables; cutting into slices, pieces and sticks suitable for dipping.

    Over very low heat, melt olive oils and butter in a frying pan.  Add garlic and cook slowly until garlic becomes translucent. Add anchovies and celery seed. Continue to saute, mashing the anchovies with the back of a wooden spoon until they have disintegrated.  To serve; pour bagna cauda into a small fondue pot to keep warm.  Arrange raw vegetable on a platter and serve alongside for dipping.


  • Garlic Penne with Broccolini

    July 17, 2017

    Topped off with pine nuts and Parmesan cheese, this hearty pasta is a quick-to-prepare weeknight meal.

    Serves 4

     

    1 bunch broccolini, about 6 or 7 stalks

    ¾ pound penne pasta,

    2 tablespoons Lucero Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    1 tablespoon Lucero Garlic  Olive Oil

    2 cloves garlic, chopped

    1 Fresno chili, seeded and chopped

    1 pinch chili flakes

    2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped

    ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted

    salt and pepper

    Garlic Olive Oil, for drizzling

    Parmesan cheese, freshly grated for serving

     

    Prepare the broccolini by cutting the florets and stalks into 2-inch segments. Cook the broccolini in salted boiling water for 2-3 minutes and drain.

     

    Heat the olive oils in in a large fry pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and Fresno chili and cook until garlic is translucent.  Add the broccolini and chili flakes. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until broccolini is tender.

     

    Meanwhile, cook the penne in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente.  Scoop out 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water and set aside.  Drain pasta and toss into the fry pan.  Add half of the pasta water and stir everything to combine, adding more water if needed. Add oregano and season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss in pine nuts and transfer pasta into a large warm serving bowl.  Drizzle with additional garlic olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.


  • Garlic Bread

    July 14, 2017

     

    Liberally brush Lucero Garlic Olive Oil onto bread and grill it using a stove top grill pan at Medium-High heat until golden and you achieve the black grill marks you’re looking for.

     

    Remove from heat and rub a cut raw garlic clove across the top and bottom of the grilled bread as they do in Italy.  Salt with flake salt, if desired.

     

    Enjoy!


  • Roasted Elephant Garlic

    July 10, 2017

    We used Elephant Garlic Cloves, most commonly used in sauces, vinaigrette's, stir-fries, and tastes delicious when simply roasted. Elephant Garlic is recognized for it's large size and versatility in the kitchen.

    Directions: Using a baking pan, place each whole garlic bulb on aluminum foil and mold the foil over the garlic bulb. Drizzle 1/4 Cup of Garlic Olive Oil on each bulb and then seal the foil at the top. Finally, roast at 375°F until the garlic is soft.


  • Garlic Fries with Garlic Olive Oil

    July 2, 2017

    Ingredients
    3 cloves (about 1 tablespoon) garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
    1/3 cup white sugar
    2 cups warm water
    2 large russet potatoes - peeled, and sliced into 1/4 inch strips
    6 cups Garlic Olive Oil for frying
    salt to taste

     

    Directions
    1.In a medium bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water. Soak potatoes in water mixture for 15 minutes, the sugar water makes the fries crispier. Remove from water, and dry thoroughly on paper towels.

    2.Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Add potatoes, and cook until golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Season with salt to taste.

    3. Transfer the potatoes to a large platter or serving bowl. Sprinkle the garlic fries with the parsley, garlic, and salt to taste. Serve immediately.

    Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com

     

     


  • Dad's Wing Sauce

    June 12, 2017

    Directions:
    Just Combine & Coat
    (Makes 10-12 Chicken Wings)
    1/2 Cup - Mandarin Agrumato Olive Oil 
    2 Tbsp - Bianco Balsamic Vinegar
    1 Tbsp - Beer & Blaze Mustard (or more for desired heat)


  • Refreshing Honey & Ginger Sparkler

    April 20, 2017

    Ingredients
    8 oz Club Soda
    3 tbsp Lucero Honey & Ginger Balsamic Vinegar
    handful of summer berries
    Crushed Ice
    1 oz vodka (optional)

     

    Directions

    Muddle berries in your favorite drink glass, then add a bit of crushed ice to your taste, the club soda and the Honey & Ginger Balsamic Vinegar.  If you’re allowed (and interested) add the vodka and enjoy.  By the way, we use Q Drinks for Club Soda and other cocktail mixers for our bar.  They’re a small American company making a quality handcrafted product same as Lucero.  Cheers!

    Photography by Angie Norwood Browne 


  • Quick & Easy Taggiasca Teriyaki

    April 18, 2017

     

    About Teriyaki
    If you grew up in Hawaii or on the West Coast of the US, chicken, fish, or beef teriyaki is a familiar food to you. Teriyaki refers more to a method of cooking than to a recipe. “Teri” describes the shiny glaze and “yaki” the grill.  Meat is thinly sliced, then marinated and grilled. Although Japanese in origin, Americanized variations of teriyaki abound.

     

    In addition to shoyu (soy sauce) classic recipes for a teriyaki marinade include something sweet and mildly acidic in the form of mirin, which is a sweet rice wine, and some oil — typically a flavorless refined seed oil.  Aromatics and some form of sugar complete the ingredient list.

     

    These days it’s easy to find variations substituting red wine, apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar for the mirin, and as an olive oil producer it was mighty tempting for us to try this recipe with extra virgin olive oil instead of plain cooking oil.

     


    Marinade for Skewered Beef

     

    Ingredients:

    1.5 lbs flank steak
    1/2 cup Lucero Honey & Ginger Balsamic Vinegar
    1/2 cup Kikkoman Shoyu (soy sauce)
    1/4 cup Lucero Taggiasca Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    1/4 cup brown sugar (or to taste)
    1/4 cup grated fresh ginger root
    2 cloves of crushed garlic
    1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

     

    Directions:

    1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients except for the flank steak.  This is the marinade.
    2. Slice the steak against the grain, place in the bowl with the marinade and refrigerate covered for 6 to 8 hours, or overnight, if you wish.
    3. When ready, thread the marinated steak strips onto bamboo skewers and discard the marinade.
    4. Grill for 5 to 7 minutes or until your desired level of doneness is achieved, turning once.

     

     

    We’re using our Honey & Ginger Balsamic Vinegar in place of mirin, and one of our early harvest “green label” EVOO in place of cooking oil because the early harvest olive oils are a bit more assertive work well with red meat.

     

    We’ve been using Taggiasca EVOO with our Honey & Ginger Balsamic Vinegar in a variety of recipes this week because it is so fruity and floral, and we think you’ll agree that "Taggiasca Teriyaki" offers a refreshing change to winter flavors!  Please enjoy, and if you do make this let us know how it turned out!

    Photography by Angie Norwood Browne. Follow her blog here: StrayCatsAndBlackberries

     


  • Stove Top vs. DIY Microwave Popcorn

    February 23, 2017

    Whether you're having the entire neighborhood over for a black tie affair or you’ve decided to hold a party for one in your flannel PJs, Oscar Night demands popcorn, don’t you think?

     

     

    You can make DIY quick and easy microwave popcorn that is far healthier than the prepackaged type from the grocery store.

     

    Microwave Popcorn

    1/2 cup popcorn kernels

    1 Tbs. Lucero Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Salt to taste

     

    1. In a small bowl, mix together the unpopped popcorn and oil.

     

    1. Pour the oil-coated corn into a brown paper lunch sack. Tightly fold the top of the bag over three or more times and press to seal the bag well.  Trust us, it will stay tightly enough furled until the popcorn starts popping!

     

    1. Cook in the microwave at full power for about 2.5 minutes, or until you hear pauses of about 2 seconds between pops. Carefully open the bag to avoid steam, and pour into a serving bowl.

     


    Stove Top Popcorn

    3 Tbs. Lucero Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    1/2 cup popcorn kernels

    Salt to taste

     

    1.  Heat the oil in a 2 to 3 quart saucepan or pot with a lid set over medium-high heat. Pour in popcorn kernels and stir to coat the kernels with the oil. Place lid on pot.

     

    1.  As soon as the kernels start to pop, shake the pan back and forth across the burner constantly until the popping slows down.

     

    1.  Add salt or other additions to taste, then carefully pour popped kernels into a large bowl.

     

    Six Variations

    The Classic:  Add a pat of butter to the olive oil in the stovetop version for movie theater version and top with too much salt.  Sometimes you just have to do this.

     

    The Healthy:  Spritz finished popcorn with Bragg’s seasoning and sprinkle liberally with brewer’s yeast.  It will be just like college.

     

    The Sophisticate:  Use Lucero Ascolano EVOO and top with Maldon sea salt.

     

    The Tuscan:  Use Lucero Coratina or Taggiasca EVOO and top with Tuscan herb blends and freshly grated parmigiano reggiano.

     

    The Provençal:  Use Lucero Miller’s Blend EVOO and top with a sel gris and some Herbes de Provence.

     

    The East Asian:  Use any of Lucero’s delicate purple label collection, such as the Five Star Blend EVOO, and top with Sriracha salt

    Photography by Angie Norwood Browne of Stray Cats and Blackberries


  • Pork Tenderloin with Blackberry Compote

    February 10, 2017


    The sweet-tart flavor delivered by the blackberry balsamic compote complements the mild pork. Easy to prepare as a weeknight meal, this dish is pretty enough for a dinner party, too.

    Serves 4 to 6

    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 teaspoon granulated garlic
    ½ teaspoon kosher salt
    ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    2 pork tenderloins (1 to 1 ¼ pounds each), trimmed
    2 teaspoons olive oil
    Blackberry Balsamic Compote 

    For Direction to the recipe visit Ciao, Donata and follow her blog!


  • Tasty Mac & Cheese

    January 1, 2017

    1 cup elbow macaroni
    ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil + Drizzle
    ¼ cup all purpose flour
    2 cups milk
    2¼ cups grated cheddar cheese
    ½ teaspoon English Flake Sea Salt
    Black pepper to taste

    In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Once water is boiling, add elbow macaroni and stir occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, roughly 8 minutes . Once macaroni is cooked, drain the water and set aside.

    In a saucepan over medium heat warm up the Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Once the Extra Virgin Olive Oil is warmed, gradually stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth. (about five minutes). Slowly pour milk into the Extra Virgin Olive Oil and flour mixture while continuously stirring until the mixture stays smooth and bubbling. Add the cheddar cheese to the mixture and stir until the cheese has melted, about two to four minutes.

    Fold cooked macaroni into cheese sauce until evenly coated. Sprinkle with reserved shredded cheese and broil on high for 4 to 5 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

    Serve in bowls and drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

    Recipe from the Lucero Kitchen.


  • Christmas Ham

    December 19, 2016

    1-Boneless or Bone-In Ham

    Add Pepper and English Flake Salt as needed

    5 tbsp. -Winter Spice Balsamic Vinegar

    3 tbsp. -Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    3/4 cups -Dark Brown Sugar

    3 tbsp. -Little Thief Country Dijon Mustard

    Whole Cloves

    • Remove ham from the refrigerator an hour before cooking.  Pat with salt and pepper for an extra savory ham.
    • Score the ham (fat side up) about 1/2 inch deep.
    • In a small bowl, combine:
      • Winter Spice Balsamic Vinegar
      • Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil
      • Dark Brown Sugar
      • Little Thief Country Dijon Mustard
    • Preheat oven to 325*F
    • Stud ham with whole cloves as you like.
    • Place ham, fat side up, on a roasting rack in a roasting pan.
    • Cook uncovered for 15 minutes per pound or until a 140*F internal temperature is reached with a meat thermometer.
    • Start glazing toward the end of the roasting process, about 30 minutes before you estimate the ham to be done, by basting with some of the glaze.  Continue to roast to achieve a deep brown color and glazed finish by brushing glaze mixture every 10 minutes.
    • Transfer ham from roasting pan and allow the meat to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.

  • Little Thief Deviled Eggs

    December 18, 2016

    Healthy Deviled Eggs as an Appetizer

    Ingredient:

    One dozen large hard boiled eggs (see note below)
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    2 Tablespoons Little Thief Mustard (we recommend Tequila Jalapeno Kiss or Beer and Blaze)
    3 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
    salt and pepper
    Paprika for garnish

    Directions:

    Slice each egg in half lengthwise.  Carefully remove yolk from each half and place into a small mixing bowl.  Set egg whites aside.  Using a fork mash yolks until crumbly and no longer lumpy.  Add mayonnaise, Little Thief Mustard, and relish and stir well to incorporate.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Taste mixture and adjust any ingredients as desired.  Spoon yolk mixture into a resealable plastic bag and squeeze out any excess air.  Snip off a small corner of the bag with scissors.  Squeeze mixture into each egg white.  Lightly sprinkle with paprika.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • Delightful Olive Oil Gingerbread

    November 23, 2016

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    Inspired by Gramercy Tavern Gingerbread & Featured in Lucero’s Holiday 2016 Catalog

    Yield:  8
    Prep:  20 minutes
    Total: 1 hour, 45 minutes
    Best made a day ahead; keeps for up to three days.

     

    Ingredients
    ¾ cups Guinness® or Sierra Nevada® Stout
    1 cup dark molasses
    3 tablespoons Lucero Winter Spice Balsamic Vinegar
    ½ teaspoon baking soda
    2 cups all purpose flour
    1.5 teaspoons baking powder
    2 tablespoons ground ginger
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
    ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    3 large eggs
    1 cup packed dark brown sugar
    1 cup granulated sugar
    ¾ cup Lucero Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil

     

    Optional Ingredients
    Confectioner’s sugar for dusting
    Whipped Cream for topping

     

    Preparation

    • Adjust oven rack to the middle and preheat oven to 350°F.
    • Butter and dust a 10-12 cup bundt pan.
    • Bring stout, molasses, and Winter Spice Balsamic Vinegar to a boil in a large saucepan, and
    • remove from heat. Whisk in baking soda and cool to room temperature.
    • Sift together flour, baking powder, spices and salt in a large bowl.
    • Whisk together eggs and sugars.
    • Whisk in Ascolano EVOO, then the molasses mixture from above.
    • Gently stir the flour mixture in until just combined.
    • Pour batter into the bundt pan and rap the pan sharply on the counter to eliminate air bubbles.
    • Bake in the middle of the oven until a tester comes out with a few moist crumbs adhering, about 50 minutes.
    • Cool the cake in the pan on a cooling rack for 5 minutes.
    • Turn out on the rack and cool completely.
    • Serve as you’d like with confectioner’s sugar and whipped cream, or top with your favorite sugar glaze recipe.

    Copyright Lucero Olive Oil, LLC 2016


  • Balsamic Vinegar Cocktail

    November 10, 2016

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    Ingredients:
    1 1/2  Ounce Rye Whiskey (Your choice)
    3/4 Ounce fresh lime juice
    1/2 Ounce Syrup (Ingredients for Syrup listed below)
    - 1 cup water
    - 1 cup sugar
    - 1/2 Cup Balsamic Vinegar (Or any Red Balsamic Vinegar)

    Directions:
    1. Create the syrup - In a small saucepan combine water and sugar and stir over medium heat, until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool to room temperature.
    2. Heat Balsamic Vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat, stir and let cool to room temperature.
    3. To make the cocktail - Combine Whiskey, lime juice, syrup and 1 Teaspoon of Balsamic Vinegar into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until chilled.
    4. Strain cocktail into a glass and enjoy!

    Yields: About 3 glasses

    Recipe inspired by Serious Eats


  • Chocolate Espresso Pumpkin Cake

    October 18, 2016

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    Ingredients

    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
    • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons pure pumpkin puree
    • 1/2 cup Hojiblanca Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 2/3 cup room-temperature water
    • 6 ounces good quality dark chocolate, chopped (60 to 72%)

    Instructions

    Position rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Generously oil and flour a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.

    In a medium bowl, whisk together both flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

    In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree and olive oil until well combined. Add in the espresso powder and both sugars and whisk until combined. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, until combined, and then the vanilla. Add in the water and mix until combined. Stir in the chopped chocolate.

    Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, just until combined. Be careful not to over mix. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the top. Bake until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean, about 65 to 85 minutes. (mine took 80 minutes)

    Transfer the loaf pan to a wire rack, and allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 15 minutes. Turn out the loaf onto the wire rack and cool completely.

    The bread can be stored tightly wrapped at room temperature for up to 2 days, or frozen for 1 month.

     

    Recipe adapted from Portuguese Girl Cooks.com


  • Simple Apple Galette

    October 2, 2016

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    Crust
    2½ cups all purpose flour plus some for dusting
    ¼ cup light brown sugar
    ½ teaspoon salt
    1 cup cold butter, cubed
    2 egg yolks
    2‐4 tablespoons heavy cream

    Fruit Filling
    6 granny smith apples
    Juice and zest of 1 organic lemon
    1 tablespoon cornstarch
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 teaspoon ginger
    ½ teaspoon allspice
    3 tablespoons Oak Dew Honey
    ½ teaspoon fine sea salt

    Almond Layer
    ¾ cups toasted almonds
    ½ cup sugar
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ¼ cup butter
    1 egg
    3 tablespoons Lucero Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Directions
    For the crust, pulse flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor until combined. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles course meal. Add egg yolks and 2 tablespoons of the cream. Pulse until the dough comes together, about 20 seconds. Add more cream if needed. Divide the dough in half and pat into disks. Cover in plastic and refrigerate for an hour or freeze for later use.

    Preheat oven to 375° F.

    For the almond layer run cool toasted almonds, sugar and salt in a food processor until smooth. Add chilled butter and egg and mix until everything is integrated and the consistency is smooth. Refrigerate until needed in a sealed container. (Almond Layer Optional)

    Remove one disc of dough from the refrigerator and let sit 5 or 10 minutes until pliable. Dust with flour and roll dough into a round or oblong shape about 1/4 inch thick. Roll dough onto a rolling pin and unroll onto a Silpat nonstick baking liner or parchment paper and place onto an insulated cookie sheet. Spread almond filling in the middle of this dough leaving 2.5" around the edges. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes or until you've completed the apple filling.

    Peel, core, and slice the apples and add those and all other apple filling ingredients to a bowl and gently toss until everything is integrated.

    Place apples slightly overlapping in a spiral or any other organized pattern on top of the frozen almond filling(Optional), drizzling with remaining juice from the bottom of the bowl.

    Fold the edges of the crust inward, over the edges of the apples, overlapping when necessary.

    Bake until everything is golden and any almond filling that has risen through the apples has started to become crusty and brown. this should take 30-40 minutes. Turn once after 20 minutes.

    Serve warm and drizzled with Lucero Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil.


  • Persian Lime Bars

    September 29, 2016

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    Ingredients

    1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

    ¼ cup granulated sugar

    3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, plus more for sprinkling

    1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest

    ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt

    10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

    For the Curd

    3/4 cup of lime juice (about 6 limes)

    1 ½ cups sugar

    2 large eggs plus 3 yolks

    1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch

    Pinch of fine sea salt

    4 tablespoons butter

    ¼ cup Persian Lime Agrumato Olive Oil

    Confectioners’ sugar

    Directions

    Heat oven to 325 degrees and line a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with enough parchment to hang over two of the sides (to be used as handles later to lift the bars out of the pan).

    To make the shortbread base, pulse together the flour, granulated sugar, confectioners’ sugar, lime zest and salt in a food processor, or whisk together in a large bowl. Add butter and pulse (or use two knives or your fingers) to cut the butter into the flour until a crumbly dough forms. Press dough into prepared pan and bake until shortbread is pale golden all over, 30 to 35 minutes.

    Make the Curd Grate 1/2 tablespoon zest from limes and set aside. Squeeze limes to yield 3/4 cup juice.

    In a small, stainless steel saucepan, whisk together lime juice, sugar, eggs and yolks, cornstarch and fine sea salt over medium heat until boiling and thickened, 2 to 5 minutes. Make sure mixture comes to a boil or the cornstarch won’t activate. But once it boils do not cook for longer than 1 minute or you risk the curd thinning out again. Remove from heat and strain into a bowl. Whisk in butter, olive oil and lime zest.

    When the shortbread is ready, take it out of the oven and carefully pour the lemon curd onto the shortbread base; return the pan to the oven. Bake until topping is just set, 10 to 15 minutes more. Allow to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until cold before cutting into bars. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and flaky sea salt right before serving.

    Recipe adapted from the Lucero Kitchen.


  • Seasonal Butternut Squash Soup

    September 22, 2016

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    Ingredients:
    1 large whole organic butternut squash
    2 Tbs organic butter (preferably Kerrygold Irish butter)
    1 Organic apple (preferably fuji or gala)
    1 Organic yellow onion (or maui)
    2 Bay leaves
    1/4 tsp Fresh thyme
    1/4 tsp Fresh terragon
    1/4 tsp Turmeric
    1/4 tsp Cinnamon
    1 Dash of cayenne (or two or three to taste)
    2 C bone broth (preferably homemade) chicken (or veggie)
    1 C filtered water
    1 tsp sea salt
    2 dashes white pepper (or three)
    Fresh ground black pepper to taste
    Squeeze of lemon
    1/2 C organic milk (or almond, hemp, rice, goat, cream, etc)
    Butternut squash seeds for garnish
    whole plain organic yogurt (goat or greek, or sour cream)
    dash of paprika
    Lucero Olive Oil’s EVOO Favolosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil (preferably)

    Directions:
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

    1. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and hollow out the middle separating the seeds and setting them aside (do not throw out). Cover the inside surface of the exposed squash meat with olive oil then place insides up on a baking sheet covered in parchment. Add the cleaned squash seeds to the lined baking pan, and place all in the oven to roast.
    2. Be sure to check on the seeds after about 15-20 minutes and take them out or they will burn! When cooler, toss seeds in Lucero’s Favolosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) & sea salt. Set aside.
    3. Meanwhile, return the squash to the oven. Roast for approx 1 hour (total) until your house smells amazing, it is slightly browned on top, & it is soft all the way through when tested with a fork. Remove from oven and let cool.
    4. While the squash is cooking, dice both your onion (skinned) and apple (skin on) and sautee them in a saucepan with 2 Tbs butter (preferably Kerrygold Irish butter) and the bay leaves until apple and onions are clear and soft. Then add spices.
    5. When the squash has cooled considerably, using a spoon, scrape the meat from the skin, discard skin.
    6. Back in the pan, add the broth, water, roasted squash meat, salt & both peppers. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, stirring occassionally for approximately 15 minutes to blend the flavors. Remove from heat and stir in your “milk” of choice. Squeeze in the fresh lemon.
    7. Using a blender (I prefer an immersion blender as it doesn’t require moving the soup from the sauce pan), puree the soup until it is the desired consistency (I prefer it rather lumpy).
    8. Serve garnished with a dollop of yogurt & the reserved roasted butternut squash seeds.  If you want it extra pretty, I’d also add a dash of paprika, and drizzle of the delicious Lucero Favolosa EVOO
    9. Enjoy!

    Recipe by mrsdrdahl on Instagram and Santa Monica Healing Arts


  • Wild Cherry Balsamic Vinegar Scones

    September 1, 2016

    Ingredients
    1 cup frozen tart cherries, thawed and halved
    ¼ cup Wild Cherry Balsamic Vinegar
    1¼ cups whole wheat white flour
    ¾ cup oat flour
    ½ cup rolled oats
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    ½ teaspoon baking soda
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ¼ cup coconut sugar (or, organic cane/turbinado sugar)
    4 tablespoons cold butter, diced
    ½ cup buttermilk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    ¼ cup dried tart cherries, roughly chopped
    ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
    cane sugar for topping

    Get the directions by clicking here!

    Recipe from Gina at Running To The Kitchen 


  • Fish Tacos with Mango Lime Salsa

    August 30, 2016

     

    Ingredients
    1 pound tilapia fillets
    1 ripened Mango, peeled and diced
    ½ cup cilantro, diced
    ¼ cup red onion, diced
    ¼ cup Habanero Lime Olive Oil
    1 tbsp. Lucero Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    1 large jalapeno, seeds removed and minced
    12 corn tortillas
    Queso for topping

    Directions
    Pre-heat broiler on high. Line a broiler pan with foil and spray with Habanero Lime Olive Oil. Arrange Tilapia fish filets in a single layer and broil until fish is golden brown the flakes easily with a fork. (about 6-8 minutes).

    While the fish is broiling, prepare mango salsa by tossing together the mango, cilantro, red onion,  and jalapeno in a bowl.

    Remove the fish from the broiler pan to a plate and flake into bite-sized pieces with a fork.

    To prepare the corn tortillas, heat Lucero Extra Virgin Olive Oil over medium-high heat in a large non-stick pan. Using tongs quickly toss the tortillas in the warm oil about 30-60 seconds per side and move to a plate lined with a towel. Cover the tortillas to keep warm and continue until you heat all 12 tortillas.

    Divide the fish between the tortillas and top with mango salsa and queso. Serve and enjoy!

    Recipe from the Lucero Kitchen


  • Raspberry Punch

    August 15, 2016

     

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    Ingredients

    24 ounces of ginger ale
    12 ounces of lemon-lime seltzer
    ½ cup Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar
    1 cup lime juice
    ice
    garnish with rosemary and raspberries

    Directions

    Pour together ginger ale, lemon-lime seltzer, lime juice and Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar into a large pitcher. Stir and place in the refrigerator to chill for a few hours. Pour over ice and serve with mint leaves, blueberries, sliced peaches or nectarines and enjoy!

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    Lucero Kitchen
    k. cook


  • Quinoa with Zucchini and Tomatoes

    August 11, 2016

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    Ingredients
    • 2 cups cooked quinoa, I used my rice cooker
    • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 1 medium zucchini, quartered and diced
    • 1 cup feta cheese
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
    • ¼ cup dill, chopped
    • 3 tbsp Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • 1 lemon, juiced
    • salt and pepper to taste
    Method
    1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp oil and garlic. Saute for a minute.
    2. Add diced zucchini and cook for about 3-5 minutes until you get a bit of browning. Set aside
    3. In a medium bowl add cooked quinoa, chopped tomatoes, zucchini, feta, and herbs.
    4. Toss gently.
    5. Add juice and zest of one lemon, 2 tbsp of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
    6. Toss well. Add more oil and lemon as necessary for more flavor.

    Photo & Recipe Courtesy of Karen at Seasonal Cravings


  • Tomato Basil Pizza

    August 7, 2016

    Pizza

    Ingredients
    12 ounces refrigerated fresh pizza dough
    1 cup fresh basil leaves
    6 garlic cloves
    3 tablespoons Basil Infused Olive Oil, divided
    4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
    2 (6-ounce) heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

    Instructions

    Place a pizza stone or heavy baking sheet in oven. Preheat oven to 500° (keep pizza stone or baking sheet in oven as it preheats).
    Let dough stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
    Place basil, garlic, and 2 tablespoons Basil Infused Olive Oil in a mini food processor; pulse 3 times to form a paste. Add remaining 1 tablespoon Basil Infused Olive Oil; pulse until smooth.
    Roll dough into a 14-inch circle on a flour sprinkled surface; pierce entire surface liberally with a fork.
    Arrange dough on parchment paper on a pizza peel, or just on the pizza peel if you are talented! Spread about 2 1/2 tablespoons basil mixture over dough. Top evenly with cheese, tomatoes, and pepper. Slide pizza onto baking stone. Bake at 500° for 12 minutes or until crust is browned and crisp. Top with remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons basil mixture; sprinkle evenly with salt.
    Cut into 8 to 12 slices and serve.

     

    Recipe adapted from Yummly


  • Tomato Almond Summer Gazpacho

    July 21, 2016

     

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    Ingredients

    2 1-in. slices   Italian bread, crusts removed
    6   medium tomatoes, chopped
    1/4 cup   Garlic olive oil, divided
    1 tbsp.   lemon juice
    1/4 tsp.   salt
    3 tbsp.   finely chopped fresh parsley
    2 tbsp.   whole roasted almonds, finely chopped
    1/2 tsp.   lemon zest

    Directions

    1. Slice bread into 1-in. cubes. Whirl in a blender with tomatoes, 2 tbsp oil, lemon juice and salt until very smooth.

    2. Press mixture with the bottom of a ladle through a fine-mesh sieve set over a large bowl. Discard pulp. Cover soup with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, 1 hour.
    3. Stir parsley with almonds and zest in a small bowl until combined.
    4. Divide gazpacho among 4 bowls. Drizzle with remaining 2 tbsp oil. Sprinkle with parsley mixture.

    Recipe adapted from Chatelaine

     


  • Roasted Garlic

    July 21, 2016

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    Preheat the oven to 400° and cut a piece of foil big enough to wrap around a whole head of garlic and set aside. Chop off the top quarter of the head of garlic (the pointy side) and set it into the foil. Now pour some olive oil over the fresh cut side, enough to cover. Wrap the foil around the garlic and put into a oven safe dish, so the oil doesn't leak in the oven. Bake for 20-30 mins. You will know when its done by inserting a knife into the clove and it's soft inside. When it's all cooked, let it cool to the touch, then just squeeze out the garlic. Hope you enjoy!

    Recipe adapted from House of Brinson
    Photo credit: William Brinson

     


  • Grilled Steak, Potato, & Mushroom Kabobs

    July 21, 2016

    Grilled Steak and Potato Kabobs

    Ingredients

    1 pound steak
    8 ounces mushrooms
    1 pound small potatoes
    1/4 cup Garlic Olive Oil
    1/4 cup Tradizionale Balsamic Vinegar
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
    1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

    To get the full recipe, click here!

    Recipe and photo from Danelle at Let's Dish Recipes


  • Garlic Pesto

    July 12, 2016

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    Ingredients
    2 cups fresh basil leaves (or two huge handfuls)
    1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
    2 cloves of garlic
    1/2 cup Garlic Olive Oil
    1/2 cup parmesan cheese
    juice from half a lemon salt & pepper

    Instructions
    1. To a food processor, add the basil, garlic, and pine nuts. Pulse several times until coarsely chopped.
    2. With the processor running, pour in the lemon juice and slowly add the olive oil.
    3. Once fully combined (but still with some texture), scrape all of the pesto into a separate bowl. 4. Mix in the parmesan cheese, and season to taste with salt & pepper.

    Recipe adapted from Serving Seconds


  • Garlic Bread

    July 9, 2016

    Garlic Bread

    Ingredients

    1 baguette

    2 tablespoons butter at room temperature

    2 tablespoons Garlic Olive Oil

    2-3 large cloves of garlic, grated (about 2 teaspoons)

    1/8 teaspoon salt

    1 tablespoon minced parsley

    Directions

    Add the butter, olive oil, garlic, and salt to a small bowl and use a fork to mash all the ingredients together.

    Once the mixture resembles mayonnaise, stir in the minced parsley.

    Cut the baguette in half lengthwise, then split piece down the middle as if you’re going to make a sandwich.

    Spread the garlic mixture onto the bread and toast in a toaster oven, or in a regular oven set to broil.

     

    Recipe adapted from Pbs.org


  • Berry Balsamic Sorbet

    July 7, 2016

    Ingredients:
    1 cup fresh blackberries
    1 cup fresh raspberries or strawberries
    1 cup fresh blueberries
    ½ cup honey
    ¼ cup sugar
    2 cups water
    3 Tbsp. Lucero Raspberry Balsamic vinegar

    Directions:
    Place berries, sugar, honey and water in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a quick boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Puree until smooth in a blender or food processor and then strain through a fine mesh strainer. Stir in the balsamic vinegar. Process in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s directions.

    Makes 4 servings


  • Independence Day Mocktails

    July 1, 2016

    Mocktails

    Berry Burst of July
    ½ Cup of Lemonade
    ¼ Cup of Raspberry-Blackberry Sparkling Water
    1 tsp. Lucero Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar
    Garnish with Strawberries, Blueberries and Blackberries
    *Pairs nicely with Vodka

    Coconut Mango Vida
    ¾ Cup Pineapple Mango Sparkling Water
    ¼ cup Lemonade
    2 T. of Lucero Coconut Mango Balsamic Vinegar
    Garnish with Kiwi and Strawberry slices
    *Pairs nicely with Tequila

    Pineapple Cooler
    ½ Cup of Lemonade
    ½ Cup of Key Lime Sparkling Water
    2 tsp. Lucero Pineapple Balsamic Vinegar
    Garnish with Lime and Lemon wedges
    *Pairs nicely with Rum


  • Goat Cheese Steak with Balsamic Glaze

    May 6, 2016

    Goat cheese steak balsamic glaze

     

    Ingredients:

    1 and 1/2 cups Flavored Balsamic Vinegar 
    4 (5-7 ounce) steaks, such as filet mignon, rib eye, etc.
    salt and pepper
    4 ounces goat cheese
    1 pound cherry tomatoes
    chopped parsley, to garnish (optional)

    For the full recipe visit www.rachelcooks.com


  • Strawberry Margaritas

    May 5, 2016

    Ingredients
    2 cups frozen strawberries
    2 tbsp. Strawberry Red Balsamic Vinegar
    ¼ cup water
    4 oz. tequila
    3 oz. triple sec
    2 limes, juiced
    ice
    salt
    fresh strawberries

    Directions
    To make the Strawberry Syrup, combine the frozen strawberries, Strawberry Red Balsamic Vinegar and water in a small pot over low/medium heat. Bring to a simmer and continue to cook on low for about 30 minutes until strawberries have broken down and mixture is thick. Remove from the stove, pour into a seal-able container or glass jar and refrigerate until chilled.

    To make the margaritas, add about a third cup of the strawberry syrup to a cocktail shaker (you be the judge according to how sweet you like your margaritas). Follow with the tequila, triple sec, lime juice and ice.

    Shake margaritas well then pour into two glasses, rimmed with salt if you like.

    Garnish cocktails with fresh strawberries and serve.


  • Grilled Artichokes

    May 2, 2016

    Ingredients
    6 large artichokes
    cup of Garlic Infused Olive Oil 
    Juice from 1 large lemon
    2 cups cold water

    Directions
    Cut the stem off artichoke, leaving about one inch. Cut the top ⅓of the artichoke off. Then, cut the artichoke in half. Pour two cups of cold water into a large bowl. Place the artichoke halves in the bowl of cold water.

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drain the artichokes from the bowl of cold water and add to pot. Boil until crisp-tender, about 15 minutes.

    Heat the barbecue to medium-high heat. Whisk Garlic Infused Olive Oil and juice from one large lemon into a small bowl. Brush the artichokes with the lemon garlic mixture and grill until tender and lightly charred in spots. Turning occasionally. Remove from heat and drizzle the remaining Lemon Garlic mixture over the top and enjoy!


  • Peach Balsamic Sparkler

    April 14, 2016


    Ingredients
    8 oz. club soda
    3 Tbsps. Flavored Balsamic Vinegar. (We like it with Peach White Balsamic Vinegar
    5-8 raspberries
    Crushed ice
    1 oz. Vodka (optional)

    Directions
    in a drinking glass, muddle the raspberries then add crushed ice, club soda and Balsamic Vinegar. Add vodka, stir and enjoy!

    Recipe from the Lucero Kitchen


  • Artichoke Soup

    April 12, 2016

    Ingredients
    6 large artichokes
    1 large brown onion
    ½ cup coconut milk
    ½ cup artichoke water
    3 cloves garlic
    2 lemons cut in half
    1 cup chopped broccoli
    1 cup mushrooms
    handful thyme
    ¼ cup Lucero Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Directions
    Clean the artichoke by peeling off the leaves and furry bit, till you’re left with just the hearts.Place in a pot with the lemons and then pour in enough water to cover. Bring to the boil then simmer for 30 minutes.
    Sauté the garlic, onions, mushrooms, broccoli juicing leftovers and thyme in a little Lucero Extra Virgin Olive Oil till soft. Blend with the coconut milk, half a cup of the artichoke water and the veggies. Garnish with chives and drizzle Lucero Extra Virgin Olive Oil over the top. Ingredients

    Recipe by Yasmina Ykelenstam at The Low Histamine Chef.com


  • Spring Salad with Lemon Olive Oil

    April 7, 2016

     

    Ingredients
    1 fennel bulb (white and light green parts only)
    ¼ pound radish
    5 tbsp. Lucero Meyer & Eureka Lemon Olive Oil 
    Salt to taste
    Ground pepper to taste

    Directions
    Using a mandolin, thinly slice the radish and fennel. Soak the vegetables in a bowl of ice-cold water with ice cubes added. This will transform the vegetables to have a crisp texture. Remove the vegetables from the ice water bath, and place into a bowl. Drizzle Lucero Meyer & Eureka Lemon Olive Oil  over the salad and toss until the salad is well covered with the olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste.

    Recipe from Sam at Drizzle and Drip.com


  • Dark Chocolate Olive Oil Granola

    April 7, 2016

    Ingredients

    1-2 ripe bananas
    2 tablespoons Lucero Frantoio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    ½ teaspoon almond extract
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    ⅓ cup maple syrup
    ¼ cup brown sugar
    3 cups rolled oats
    ¾ cup sliced almonds
    ¾ cup shredded coconut
    ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    ¼ teaspoons grated nutmeg
    ¼ cup ground flaxseed
    ⅓ cup chopped dark chocolate

    To get the full recipe, click here!

    Recipe from Abby at Heart of a Baker.com 


  • Roasted Beet Hummus

    April 1, 2016

    Ingredients
    2 medium Beets
    1 cup cooked Chickpeas
    2 tbsp. Tahini
    Juice of ½ lemon
    3 Garlic Cloves
    2 tbsp. Lucero Bianco White Balsamic Vinegar
    2 tbsp. Lucero Favolosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
    2 sprigs fresh Thyme
    2 sprigs of fresh Fennel
    1 Bay leaf
    French Grey Sea Salt
    Freshly ground black pepper hour
    Directions
    Preheat oven to 350º and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
    Peel the beets and cut them into quarters or eighths, depending on the size.
    Put them in the tray and drizzle with Lucero Favolosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil  and Lucero Bianco White Balsamic Vinegar.
    Add the peeled and lightly crushed garlic, fennel, thyme and bay leaf and season with a pinch of salt and black pepper.
    Cover the tray with metallic paper and bake for 30 to 45 minutes.
    Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before removing the metallic paper.
    Remove the bay leaf and thyme and add everything to a food processor including the roasting juices.
    Add the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and a drizzle of Lucero Favolosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil  olive oil and grind until a thick puree.
    Serve on a plate with a drizzle of olive oil, a handful of coarsely chopped pistachios, fennel and micro vegetables and sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper.

    Recipe by Joana at La Passe Vite.com


  • Greek Frittata

    March 31, 2016

    Ingredients
    2 tablespoons Lucero Hojiblanca Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
    ½ cup (about 6 stalks) asparagus, chopped into 1-inch pieces
    ¼ cup bacon (cooked and roughly chopped)
    ¼ cup feta cheese
    ¼ cup black olives (whole)
    8 eggs

    Directions
    Preheat your oven's broiler.
    Heat Lucero Hojiblanca Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the skillet(s) at medium heat. Cook asparagus for 5-7 minutes or until tender.
    Add in the bacon and olives, stir.
    Whisk the eggs and pour them slowly into the skillet(s). Do not stir! Sprinkle with cheese and cook for 2-3 minutes or until sides begin to set.
    Transfer to the oven and broil for 2-3 minutes or until just set and slightly golden.

     

    Recipe from Jenna at A Savory Feast.com


  • Chimichurri Lamb Chops

    March 24, 2016

    Lamb Chops Ingredients
    2 Lamb chops
    3 tbsp. Lucero Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    1 tbsp. Herbs De Provence 
    1 Garlic clove, minced

    Chimichurri Ingredients
    1 cup fresh parsley leaves
    1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
    ½ cup Lucero Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    Juice from ½ lime
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Lamb Chops Directions
    Place the two lamb chops in a medium sized bowl with Lucero Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive OilHerbs De Provence seasoning and minced garlic.
    Cover the bowl and let the lamb marinade for 15-30 minutes.
    Heat a skillet to medium heat, once the skillet is heated, add the marinated lamb chops with the marinade to the pan. Sear lamb chops for 3 minutes per side for medium-rare (Cook longer if you desire a more well done lamb chop).
    Remove from heat, and top with Chimichurri.

    Chimichurri Directions
    Combine parsley, cilantro, Lucero Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil and juice from half a lime in a food processor and pulse until a fine chunky mixture develops. Serve over warm lamb chops.

    Photo from Elise at Simply Recipes. com 


  • Lemon Olive Oil Muffins

    March 22, 2016

    Ingredients
    ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
    juice for one large Meyer lemon (about ¼ cup)
    1 tbsp. Meyer lemon zest
    ¼ cup Lucero Meyer and Eureka Lemon Agrumato Olive Oil
    ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
    ¼ cup Oak Dew Honey (or other natural honey, for vegan, swap for agave syrup)
    ⅓ cup granulated sugar
    ½ tsp. French Grey Sea Salt
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1 tbsp. chia seeds or flax seeds
    ½ cup rolled oats
    ½ cup almond meal
    1 ½ cup flour

    Bianco Glaze
    1 cup powdered sugar
    2 tbsp. Lucero Bianco White Balsamic Vinegar
    Directions
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
    In a large bowl, combine applesauce, lemon juice, lemon zest, Lucero Meyer and Eureka Agrumato Olive OilOak Dew Honey, sugar, baking soda, French Grey Sea Salt and whisk until all ingredients are well combined and the batter is fluffy.
    In a separate bowl, combine rolled oats, almond meal, and flour. Mix until well combined.
    Combine half of the flour mixture in with the lemon mixture and whisk. Combine the rest and whisk until the mixture is well combined. The dough will be thick. Stir in the chia seeds and whisk once more
    Line a standard muffin pan with 12 paper lines (or) lightly grease.
    Divide the batter evenly between the muffin tins.
    Bake for 20 minutes. Let the muffins cool for a few minutes in the pan, then remove them from the pan and drizzle the Bianco Glaze over the top.

    Bianco Glaze
    Combine the powdered sugar and Lucero White Balsamic Vinegar in a bowl and whisk together until you get a thin, pour able glaze.

    Photo from Dana at minimalistbaker.com


  • Crispy Potato Fish Cakes

    March 17, 2016

    Ingredients
    2 tbsp. + 5 tbsp. Lucero Picual Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    1 lb. boneless freshwater Cod fillet  
    salt and pepper to taste
    2 cups mashed potato 
    1 large egg
    1 green onion, minced
    ¼ cup all-purpose flour

    To get the full recipe, click here

    Recipe from Jennifer Pallian at Foodess.com


  • Roasted Cabbage Steaks

    March 16, 2016

    Ingredients
    1 head cabbage
    2 Tbsp Lucero Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
    2 tsp fennel seeds
    1 tsp kosher salt, to taste
    ½ tsp black ground pepper, to taste
    Parsley for garnish

    Directions
    Preheat oven to 400˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    Slice the cabbage head into 1" slices and arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Brush with half of the Lucero Extra Virgin Olive Oil, fennel, salt, and pepper. Carefully flip and apply the remaining oil, and spices.
    Roast for 20 minutes, and flip back over. Roast for another 20 minutes, or until crispy around the edges.

    Serve warm, and garnished with coarsely chopped parsley

    Recipe and photo from Susan at the wimpy vegetarian.com


  • Bianco Berry Pie

    March 11, 2016

    Ingredients
    Olive Oil Crust
    1 ½ cups flour (can use up to ¾ cup whole-wheat flour)
    3 ½  Tbs. Lucero Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    Unrefined sea salt

    Strawberry Balsamic Filling
    7-8 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and cut into quarters
    1 small red apple
    4 tbsp. granulated (caster) sugar
    6 tbsp. Lucero Bianco White Balsamic Vinegar
    1 tsp. angostura bitters
    ¾ cup light brown sugar
    ¼ tsp. sea salt
    A grind of pepper
    Egg wash (1 large egg whisked with 1 tsp. water)
    sugar, for sprinkling

    Crust directions
    Sift flour and salt into a large bowl. Add Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and using your hands, rub flour and oil together until mixture turns crumbly. Make a well in the middle, and add 1/4 cup water. Continue mixing with your hands or a fork until dough beings to clump. Add water as needed, until dough forms a tight ball. Refrigerate dough for 1 up to 2 hours.
    When dough has chilled, use the heel of your hand to lightly knead and flatten the ball, then use a rolling pin to roll out into a 9-inch circle. Add extra flour as needed to keep it from sticking to work surface.

    Strawberry Balsamic Filling directions
    Combine the strawberries in a large bowl.
    Peel the apple, shred on the large holes of a box grater, and add to the strawberries, along with the granulated (caster) sugar, Bianco White Balsamic Vinegar and bitters.Mix thoroughly then gently stir in the light brown sugar followed by the sea salt and a small grind of pepper.
    Place ½ of the crust to line the pie dish, add the Strawberry Balsamic Filling and place the other ½ over the top.
    Press and roll the two crusts together then pinch all the way around to create a seam. Crimp the edges as desired. Chill the pie in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set the pastry.
    Meanwhile, place a baking sheet on the bottom rack of the oven, and pre-heat to 425 F / 220 C.
    Remove the pie from the refrigerator and brush the pastry with the egg wash. Sprinkle with the desired amount of sugar.
    Place the pie on the baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the pastry is beginning to brown. Lower the oven temperature to 375 F / 190 C, move the pie to the center oven rack, and continue to bake until the pastry is a deep golden brown and the strawberry juices are bubbling, roughly 30 to 35 minutes longer.

    Remove from the oven and allow cooling on a wire rack, 2 to 3 hours. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature. The pie will keep refrigerated for 3 days or at room temperature for 2 days

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  • Lexie's Fried Catfish

    March 10, 2016

    Ingredients
    3 cups all-purpose flour
    4 tbsp. lemon pepper
    3 tbsp. Cajun seasoning
    2 eggs
    ½ cup Five Star Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
    1 lemon
    5 Catfish fillets

    Directions
    In a large bowl, combine flour, lemon pepper, and Cajun seasoning.
    In a separate medium bowl, whisk the eggs until fluffy.
    Coat both sides of the fillet in the egg then into the flour mixture making sure to coat both sides evenly.
    Over medium- high heat, heat the Five Star Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Once the olive oil is heated, place the fillet in the pan and fry until golden brown. (Approximately 5 minutes on each side depending on the thickness of fillet).
    Once fully cooked, remove the fillet from a pan onto a plate that’s lined with paper towels to soak up any excess oil.
    Squeeze fresh lemon on fillets and serve warm with your favorite tartar sauce.

    Recipe from L. Duby, from the Lucero Kitchen


  • Fava Bean Soup with Lemon Crème Fraîche & Olive Oil

    March 7, 2016

    Fava Bean Soup ingredients
    ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons of Lucero Picual Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    ½ cup chopped shallot from 1 large or 2 small shallots
    2¼ cups shelled and peeled fava beans from 3.5 lbs fava beans in pods (Or 2¼ cups frozen peeled fava beans)
    ½ cup shelled English peas from ⅓ lb English peas in pods
    ½ lb new potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces (any small firm potatoes will do!)
    3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
    4 sprigs fresh thyme
    ½ cup milk
    ¼ cup cream
    2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
    1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
    ¼-½ teaspoon salt, to taste

    Lemon Crème Fraîche ingredients
    ¼ cup crème fraîche
    4 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

    To get the full recipe, click here

    Recipe and photo from Sarah at Snixy Kitchen.com


  • Baked Whole Trout

    March 2, 2016

    Ingredients
    5 lb. cleaned trout
    4 garlic cloves, minced
    2 sprigs fresh rosemary
    sea salt
    ground pepper
    4 tbsp. Lucero Hojiblanca Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    2 tbsp. Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar
    1 lemon sliced into rounds

    Directions
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
    Line  baking pan with parchment paper, be sure to not cut the paper short so you can fully cover the fish.
    Open the fish and scatter the garlic and rosemary evenly throughout the cavity.
    Evenly place the lemon slices inside the cavity.
    Drizzle the cavity with 2 tbsp. of Lucero Hojiblanca Extra Virgin Olive Oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
    Place the fish in the center of the parchment paper and pour Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar over and around the fish.
    Drizzle the remaining Lucero Hojiblanca Extra Virgin Olive Oil over the top of the fish.
    Cover the fish with the remaining parchment paper and bake for 30 minutes.
    Open the fish and let rest for 15 minutes before serving.


  • Crispy Salmon Fish Tacos

    February 25, 2016

    Ingredients

    4 cups Five Star Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    1 avocado peeled and halved
    ½ cup sour cream
    1 pinch ground cumin
    Pinch of Salt and black pepper
    1 cup all purpose flour
    1 cup good quality dark beer, such as Porter or Stout
    ½ -3/4 pound fresh skinless salmon
    1 bag chopped romaine lettuce leaves
    ¾ cup fresh chopped cilantro
    6 white corn tortillas (small size)

    To get the full recipe, click here!

    Recipe and photo from Gerry at Food Gracious. com


  • Baked Parmesan Garlic Potato Wedges

    February 18, 2016

    Ingredients
    5 large potatoes unpeeled and sliced into wedges
    5 tbsp. Garlic Olive Oil
    2 tsp. salt
    2 tsp. Italian seasoning
    1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

    Directions
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
    Place the potato wedges in a bowl and drizzle with Garlic Olive Oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle salt, Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese tossing to coat.
    Place the potato wedges skin down onto a baking sheet, making sure not to overlap. Bake for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender and golden.

    Photo courtesy of Tiffany Edwards from Creme De La Crumb 


  • Baked Garlic Chicken

    February 17, 2016

    Ingredients
    4 Chicken breasts
    1/4 cup Garlic Olive Oil
    1 teaspoon Sriracha salt
    ½ teaspoon black pepper
    2 cloves of garlic minced
    Fresh parsley for garnish

    Directions
    Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

    In a large bowl, combine Garlic Olive Oil, Sriracha salt, Black pepper, and minced garlic and whisk until well combined. Add in the Chicken breasts and coat with the mixture.

    Place the chicken and the marinade in a 13” x 9” baking dish. Place the chicken side by side and be sure not to overlap the chicken breasts.

    Place the pan in a preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees.

    Remove the chicken from the oven and cover the baking dish with tin foil and let sit for 5-10 minutes while the juices settle.

    Garnish the chicken breast with fresh parsley and serve hot.


  • Skordalia

    February 12, 2016

    Ingredients
    1 lb white or yellow waxy potatoes -cut into 1 inch pieces, thin skins ok to leave on.
    3 Tbsp. Garlic Olive Oil plus one for garnish
    3-4 cloves garlic-minced
    ¾ teaspoon salt
    ½ teaspoon pepper
    1 teaspoon lemon zest ( reserving a pinch for garnish)
    6-7 Tablespoons water ( hot potato water)
    1 T fresh lemon juice
    1 tsp fresh chopped Italian parsley

    Directions
    Blanch potatoes in boiling water, until fork tender, about 15 minutes. Strain, reserving ½ cup of the warm potato water.
    Mash or put through a potato ricer. ( Do NOT puree in food processor)
    Place in a bowl and using a fork stir in Garlic Olive Oil, one tablespoon at a time. Add  minced garlic, salt, pepper, lemon zest, lemon juice and hot water, one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency.
    Serve warm or chilled with toasty pita, veggies or naan bread.
    To serve, create a circular ring or well with the back of a spoon, and drizzle Garlic Olive Oil in the well, sprinkle with parsley and more zest.

    Recipe adapted from Sylvia Fountaine at Feasting at Home


  • ChocoChili Truffles

    February 11, 2016

    Ingredients

    1 cup Heavy Whipping cream
    8 oz. Finely Chopped bittersweet chocolate
    4 tablespoons ChocoChili Olive Oil
    ½ teaspoon Chili powder
    Cocoa Powder or crushed nuts for rolling

    Directions
    Heat the heavy cream in a pan over medium heat and be sure to not let the cream boil.
    Stir in the finely chopped chocolate and mix until melted. Whisk in the ChocoChili Olive Oil and whisk until the chocolate mixture is smooth.
    Pour the chocolate into a bowl and cover to and place in the fridge to let cool for a minimum of 3 hours.
    Using a melon scoop, or a small spoon, scoop the chilled chocolate mixture and roll into small balls (make sure to do this quickly because the chocolate starts to melt). Roll the chocolate balls into cocoa powder, or crushed nuts. Keep chilled until ready to serve.

     

    Recipe by K. Holmes, from the Lucero Kitchen.


  • Sriracha Hummus

    February 5, 2016

    Sriracha Hummus

    Ingredients:
    - 17 oz garbanzo beans, canned, drained and rinsed
    - 1/3 cup tahini
    - 1/3 cup lemon juice
    - 2 TBSP Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    - 2 TBSP water
    - 2 garlic cloves
    - 1/4 tsp salt
    - 1 tsp cilantro, dried
    - 1 TBSP sriracha sauce
    - 1 tsp Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Click for Instructions to Sriracha Hummus!

    **Serving Suggestions: Serve with tortilla chips, bread or vegetables. Adjust the heat level to your own personal taste.

    Recipe from Laura Bashar at FamilySpice.com


  • ChocoChili Hot Wings

    February 4, 2016

    Ingredients
    12 Chicken wings
    1/2 cup Lucero ChocoChili Olive Oil
    6 oz. tomato paste
    1 tbsp. Oak Dew Honey
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tbsp. chili powder
    1 tbsp. cocoa powder
    1 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

    Directions
    Combine dry ingredients, chili powder, cocoa powder, salt, and cayenne in a small bowl.
    In separate larger bowl, combine wet ingredients, Lucero ChocoChili Olive Oil, tomato paste, Oak Dew Honey, and garlic. and stir until well combined.
    Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in the large bowl. Add the chicken wings and mix until covered in marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator for one hour. Remove the wings from the marinade and reserve the remaining marinade.

    Pre-heat oven to 425. Place marinated chicken wings onto a cookie sheet large enough to allow the wings not to be crowded and have a little room between them. Place wings in the pre-heated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until well browned.

    Heat the reserved marinate in a large pan until bubbling. Add the cooked wings and stir to cook. Serve and enjoy!

    Recipe by K. Holmes, from the Lucero Kitchen


  • Dark ChocoChili Cookies

    February 1, 2016

    Ingredients

    1 ½ cups all purpose flour
    1 ½ cups dark chocolate cocoa powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    ¾ tsp Cayenne pepper
    1 tsp salt
    2 tsp French Grey Sea Salt
    1 cup plus 2 tablespoons ChocoChili Olive Oil  
    2 large eggs
    2 cups sugar
    2 tsp vanilla
    1 cup dark chocolate chips

    Directions
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease two cookie sheets and set aside.
    Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and Cayenne pepper.
    Beat together ChocoChili Olive Oil and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and eggs one at a time.
    Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until all combined. Stir in dark chocolate chips.
    With large ice cream scoop, drop cookie dough on baking sheets about two inches apart.Bake for about 12-14 minutes.
    Once the cookies are out of the oven, lightly sprinkle French Grey Sea Salt over the top and enjoy.

    Recipe by K. Holmes, from the Lucero Kitchen


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