Basil & Espresso Ice Cream Delight

We have drizzled espresso on our ice cream many times, but a foodie trend about pairing herbs with coffee convinced to try an herb combination for a different twist, especially since there seems to be no limit to what you can pair with ice cream.

We decided to try a favorite herb - basil.

We have also drizzled olive oil on ice cream before with happy results, so we added the herb to our ice cream by using an olive oil & balsamic whipped emulsion, heavy on the balsamic (espresso) and light on the olive oil (basil). We whisked together about 2/3 espresso balsamic with about 1/3 basil olive oil until combined and creamy.

Drizzle the emulsion on the real vanilla icecream and top with fresh diced basil for look and flavor.

This made a unique and refreshing desert that might be even better with fresh strawberries!

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Spicy Espresso Glazed BBQ Chicken Thighs

We have glazed our BBQ with espresso balsamic before, but a recent foodie trend suggesting adding spices to coffee convinced us to change it up using our WTF#!? Spicy Jalapeno Olive Oil. Whisking our balsamic with olive oil to make an emulstion is a great way to create a BBQ glaze. Just use 1/2 balsamic and 1/2 olive oil and whisk until bended and creamy.

We used chicken thighs with the skin and fat trimmed. They were slow cooked on medium heat on the gril until almost done. For the last 10 minutes, we just brushed on the glaze, wait a bit and flip, brush on the glaze, wait a bit and flip ... we do 2-3 times until our chicken looks well covered with a crispy sweet coating.

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You can make a little extra glaze to place on the table for extra dipping, especially for the center bites that the glaze does not reach.

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Chocolate Balsamic Berry Trifle

Light and satisfying ... trifle is beautiful, delicious and so easy to make.

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We layered ...

  • Angle Food Cake tossed in Blood Orange Olive Oil
  • Real Whipped Cream (used Alton Brown whipping recipe)
  • Berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries) soaked in Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar

Cool in the fridge during dinner so all flavors blend then whip it out for the perfect meal finale.

Roasted Plum Bruschetta

A twist on traditional bruschetta to wake up your tastebuds!

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  • Oven toast sliced baguette rounds pre-drenched with Blood Orange Olive Oil
  • Top with oven roasted plums, grated Romano and chunks of blue cheese
  • Melt cheese with a second run in the oven
  • Drizzle with Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar

Crunchy, cheesy, sweet and savory orange and chocolate - all in one bite.

Roasted Veggie Curried Thai Noodle Salad

Roasted veggies and ethic spices in Thai noodles! 

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We applied 2018 foodie trends of roasted veggies and ethnic spices to make this hearty noodle salad.

  • Brush broccolini with vindaloo curry dipping oil and place on baking sheet. 
  • Place cauliflower flourets and cremini mushroom quarters into a shallow baking dish and toss with enfuso vindaloo curry dipping oil.
  • Roast veggies at 375 degrees until crispy and fork tender (broccolini about 15-20 mins and other about 20-25 mins)
  • Prepare pad thai noodles per instructions (we used a brown rice version), rinse in cold water, drain.
  • Layer veggies on noodles in a bowl. 
  • Top generously with chopped cashews and more drizzled vindaloo curry dipping oil.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Optional add a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt.

Curried Avocado Toast with Roasted Tomato & Asparagus

Make avocado toast new again with roasted veggies.

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WSJ claims that avocado toast is soooo 2017. So why not make it current by featuring the 2018 food trends of roasted veggies?

Cuz I'm not ready to give up my avocado toast!

  • Brush heirloom tomato slices and asparagus with enfuso vindaloo curry dipping oil and roast in a 375 degree oven about 20 minutes.
  • Brush artisan bread (I used a whole grain cranberry nut bread) with vindaloo curry dipping oil and toast until golden brown.
  • Spread toast with mashed ripe creamy avocado.
  • Top with your favorite fresh greens (I used broccoli sprouts and arugula).
  • Layer on roasted tomato and asparagus.
  • Drizzle with more vindaloo curry dipping oil.
  • Optional - top with a dollop of chevre goat chees for extra richness.

Voila! What's old is now new.

Satisfying Breakfast Salad

Lean ground meat gives you protein to start the day.

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Adding lean meat to a salad will give it the body you crave for a filling breakfast. We used spiced lean ground organic turkey.

You can do the next step before hand (like the week-end or night before): 

  • Saute lean organic ground turkey meat in olive oil with taco seasoning until well cooked. Then drain and set aside.
  • Steam or roast golden beets. Then cool, peel and set aside.

Build your breakfast plate like this:

  • Start with a layer of spicy arugula and radicchio greens
  • Place a generous portion of ground turkey in the center
  • Layer avocado, orange and golden beet pieces around the outside
  • Massage and finally chop a few kale leaves and scatter on top

Blend 1/3 cup vanilla Greek style yogurt and 1/3 cup enFuso Orange Guava Balsamic Vinegar for your sweet/creamy dressing to drizzle on top. (For less sweet using plain yogurt.)

Finish with a grind of fresh ground pepper, toss and eat! 

This meal is so satisfying, you will want to save it for a morning when you have a few minutes to savor all of the flavors.

Guava Breakfast Smoothie

When you're in a rush!

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How about drinking a creamy satisfying smoothie full of healthy nutrients and energy?

This tropical delight with kick start your day! The whole fruits are full of vitamins and minerals, the yogurt adds protein, and both vinegar and yogurt have digestive and gut-health benefits.

Just place the following in your blender:

  • a peeled banana (or two apple bananas if you are somewhere tropical)
  • 2-3 seeded and peeled citrus (juicy Valencia orange, tangelo, tangerine etc.)
  • 1 medium sized  seeded and peeled ripe papaya
  • 1/3 cup Greek style vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup enfuso orange guava white balsamic vinegar
  • optional - a few red pepper flakes for kick!

Pulse to start mixing and then blend on medium to high until smooth. Add a few ice cubes while blending for extra chill!

Pour into your to-go tumbler and head out to start your day!

Quinoa Stuffed Portobello with Dill

A satisfying main dish with gluten free grains, greens, and protein.

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1. Quinoa. Cook 1/2 cup per directions but use 1/2 water and 1/2 low salt veggie broth.

2. Roast Portobello. Remove stems and scrape the inside. Roast in 400 degree oven until fork tender (about 20 minutes).

3. Make filling:

  • Caramelize some chopped onion in enfuso dill infused olive oil (chop the Portobello stems and add for extra flavor)
  • Add a can of rinsed canellini white beans
  • Add LOTS of chopped greens (spinach and/or arugula) and cook until wilted
  • Remove from heat, and stir in the quinoa.
  • Stir in finely grated Parmesan cheese (a little or a lot depending on your cheesy needs)

4. Stuff. Mound filling onto portobello and top with more Parmesan cheese

5. Bake. Return to 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes until cheese is brown and bubbly.

With a spring mix salad on the side, you have a complete meal .
We love the dill and mushroom together!

Dilly Shroomy Eggs

Use eggs as your mainstay protein for any meal.

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Why limit omelettes to breakfast, with rich hearty mushrooms, they will certainly fill your palate and tummy for any meal.

1. Slow cook mushrooms. We used cremini and shitake. The shitake are more chewy but add richness of flavor. The cremini will spill out lots of juice and help create sauce. Cook in EVOO over low heat until fork tender, brown and crispy. Use water to deglaze the pan as needed. When cooked, finish with a generous dousing of dill olive oil and a drizzle of traditional white balsamic and cook until coated.
2. A bit of cheese. Crumble some chevre goat cheese on the mushrooms while still warm in the pan. The cheese will get nice and soft.
3. Make a dill sauce. Combine Greek yoghurt, lemon juice, a bit of salt and dry dill.
4. Make your omelette. We recommend the freshest cage free eggs you can get. 
5. Assemble. Fill omelette with the mushrooms, top with sauce and dust with chopped parsley for color.

Rich umami flavors will satisfy your cravings.

Three Biotics Soup

Three healthy biotics in one soup ... celery, rosemary and yogurt! 

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Celery with its very high fiber is a good pre-biotic - even beneficial when souped! There is evidence that the oils of certain herbs (including rosemary) are also feeding that gut healthy bacteria. And yogurt with its active "good bacteria" adds to a healthy gut environment.

1. Wash all of a large stock of celery including the leaves and cut in large chunks. Reserve a few ends for garnish.
2. Place celery in a soup pot and just barely cover with 1/2 water and 1/2 vegetable broth.
2. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, and cook slowly until celery is fork tender. (Add water if liquid runs very low.)
3. Place 1/2 of the cooked celery and broth in a blender with 1/2 cup of Greek style yogurt and two tablespoons of enFuso rosemary olive oil. Blend until smooth.
4. Repeat step 3 with second 1/2 of cooked celery and broth. 
5. Serve warm with a dollop of yogurt, fresh cracked pepper, and leafy celery for garnish.
 

A satisfying lunch when served with hearty whole grain bread or a good starter for a healthy dinner.

Lavender Lamb Burger

Surprising twist on a classic food...

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This floral burger bomb rocked my world. I am now hooked on lavender!

Blend 1 lb of ground lamb with a generous helping of herbes de provence and a tablespoon of lavendar olive oil. Form into two 1/2 lb patties. Cook on a stove top grill pan.

While cooking ...
1. Halve two whole grain kaiser rolls, brush liberally with extra virgin olive oil and then lightly with lavender olive oil. Convection bake in 400 degree oven until top is crispy and golden.
2. Blend a teaspoon each of herbes de provence and lavender olive oil with 1/4 cup mayonnaise and 1/4 cup Greek style yogurt.
3. Cut a ripe avocado into slices and set aside some fresh greens (arugula for us).
When burgers are flipped and almost cooked place a slice your favorite white cheese (we used cave aged Manchego) to melt.

To plate, put burger on crispy bun spread with lavender sauce, layer on avocado, a dollop of your lavender sauce, and greens.
 

Wow ... just wow!

Floral Salad with Hibiscus Dressing

A country garden on your plate...

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The first question that may pop up is where to buy edible flowers. I purchased mine at the Sunday farmer's market where I work. Hopefully there is a market near you but if not,try Gourmet Sweet Botanicals which sells them online.

1. Mix your edible flowers with your favorite baby spring greens like red and green leaf, arugula, chard, kale, radicchio and frisee.
2. Using a whisk, blend equal parts lemon olive oil and enfuso hibiscus white balsamic vinegar until creamy and emulsified.
3. Plate your salad with brie cheese and toasted artisan whole grain bread.
4. Drizzle on dressing and add fresh cracked pepper to taste.

This salad is sure to please the palate and the eye. Finding edible flowers takes a bit of extra work, but if you want to make an impression, this is the way to go.

As an alternative, add color to your greens with fresh summer berries and then top it with your hibiscus dressing.

Thai-FUSION: Chili-Ginger Infused Pasta

Ginger Balsamic along with "what's in the fridge" were my inspirations for dinner one night that was even better than I imagined.

"What's in the fridge" means that I look at the odds and ends of veggies in my crisper and say, what can I make with that? For this recipe I had the following (but feel free to substitute whatever is in your crisper!)

  • Regular cabbage
  • Purple cabbage
  • Some tri-color carrots
  • Some diced splines from Kale (yes I save the splines and find a use for them later)

The remaining ingredients are:

  • Thin spaghetti pasta
  • enFuso Chili Cilantro Olive Oil
  • enFuso Ginger Balsamic
  • enFuso Estate Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Cashews (diced)
  • Fresh mint (diced) - I have in my herb garden (optional but better with this)
  • Kosher salt

I slow saute'd all of the veggies (also called "sweating") in enFuso Chili Cilantro olive oil. I used my favorite heavy weight every day pan by All Clad. I recommend heavy pans for this purpose. As the veggies started to slowly break down and caramelize the sweet aroma of cilantro filled my kitchen.

When I saw that I was really getting some caramel brown sweet clusters on the bottom of the pan, I brought out the enFuso Ginger Balsamic, the other primary inspiration. I generously doused the cooking veggies with it, de-glazed the bottom of the pan to get up all of the goodies, then covered the pan and allowed the balsamic to glaze the veggies and begin to make a sauce as they further broke down. I let it cook about another 10-15 minutes. Just before serving I added a pinch of Kosher salt to taste and stirred it in. When the veggies were ready to go, they were soft to the tooth with bits of brown caramelization and plenty of ginger glaze.

Meanwhile I cooked some thin spaghetti pasta. I like the Barilla protein plus pasta as this is a vegetarian dish and needs some protein augmentation. After cooking and draining. I lightly coated the pasta with some extra virgin olive oil.

 I plated the dish like this ...

I put the spaghetti on the plate and made a hole in the center. I filled the hole with the rich spicy gingered veggies. Then I topped it with chopped cashews, diced fresh mint, a final drizzle of enFuso Ginger Balsamic, and sprig of fresh mint.

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To eat it I ran my knife through the pasta to bring all of the flavors together. What a treat! I certainly consider this a fusion dish. I loved all of the flavors going on. The sweet yet tangy and spicy caramelized veggies were so good and the pasta was the perfect complement. The cashews added the needed richness while the mint gave a fresh finish.

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So many great flavors jumping in the mouth! This one was a winner.

Pumpkin Cookies with Balsamic Cream Filling

I found this cookie recipe online. The cookies are cake-like and perfect for frosting filling. I modified the frosting to my own style since I love to flavor frosting with different balsamic vinegars for a sweet and savory balance. The result is light and fluffy and flavorful without being too sweet or filling.

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Cookie Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temp.
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Frosting Ingredients

  • one 8 oz package of cream cheese
  •  ½ stick of butter
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup of harvest spice balsamic vinegar

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Cream butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth.
  3. Add pumpkin, vanilla and egg and beat until combined.
  4. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  5. Slowly add flour mixture to wet ingredients, beating on medium to low speed until fully mixed.
  6. Spoon heaping spoonfuls of mixture onto baking sheet with parchment.
  7. Dough will be sticky.
  8. Bake until puffed and golden, about 10 minutes.
  9. Allow to fully cool.
  10. Make frosting by beating all ingredients until creamy (see photo below)
  11. Cut cookies in ½ and fill with frosting. (see photos below)
  12. Drizzle with glaze made from powdered sugar liquefied until thick but runny with lemon juice. Drizzle with more balsamic (optional). Dust with more powdered sugar.
 Frosting should be spreadable and very creamy.

Frosting should be spreadable and very creamy.

 Cookies are cake-like. Use a serrated knife to cut.

Cookies are cake-like. Use a serrated knife to cut.

 Be generous with the frosting filling, more is better!

Be generous with the frosting filling, more is better!

Winter Squash with Caramelized Goodies

Apples, nuts and squash - it's like a winter wonderland! Any way you put these together it's gonna be good. There are so many different winter squashes, this one uses an acorn squash but butternut or other similar squash will do just as well. And there are different goodies you can caramelize, different nuts and different veggies. This recipe shares one version I made recently, but feel free to make your own substitions!

One suggestion: To make the squash easier to work with, microwave it for about 3- 5 minutes on medium heat and allow to cool. It is easier to cut or peel after that.

 Acorn squash, halved, cored and ready for baking.

Acorn squash, halved, cored and ready for baking.

The first step is to bake the squash. An easy way is to cut it in half, remove the seeds, place it in a baking dish face down with about 1/2 inch of water and cover it with foil. Bake in a 400 degree oven about 45 minutes or until soft when pierced with a  fork.

While my squash was baking, I made my heavenly caramelized saute using the following:

  • One large apple, diced (any kind will do!)
  • One small white onion, diced (a yellow onion would also work and you could add other veggies too like diced brussel sprouts or celery)
  • Raw walnuts diced to produce about 1/2 cup (pecans or even pine nuts would also work)
 Apples, Onion, and Walnuts ready to slow cook in a heavy pan.

Apples, Onion, and Walnuts ready to slow cook in a heavy pan.

To caramelize, you need a heavy baking pan. My absolute favorite is "All Clad" but any heavy pan will do. The trick is to cook slowly and allow the caramelization to happen. I usually use a technique called "sweating" the veggies which gets the juices out and softens them . 

I put the pan on low heat and liberally coated it with extra virgin olive oil and then added just a pat of butter for extra flavor. Once the butter melted, I added the veggies, a few pinches of kosher salt, turned on some music, and watched and occasionally stirred until everything started to get nice and soft.

Then I did an important step: once the veggies started to soften and get translucent, I added 1/2 cup of Apple Cinnamon Balsamic Vinegar and let it cook down with the veggies as I occasionally stirred. That really finished it off to create create sticky, sweet, yummy goodness full of flavor. When you are done it should look like this ...

 The finished product of the caramelized apples, onions and walnuts with Apple Cinnamon Balsamic Vinegar

The finished product of the caramelized apples, onions and walnuts with Apple Cinnamon Balsamic Vinegar

When your squash is baked, scoop it out of the rind (an ice cream scooper works great!) into a large bowl. I mashed my squash with a potato masher and ... surprise! some garlic olive oil. The garlic and sweet apple made a surprising contrast that just finished off the recipe perfectly.

 Cooked squash mashed with Garlic Olive Oil

Cooked squash mashed with Garlic Olive Oil

And last step, mix it all together .... and eat!

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Happy winter wonderland.

Anne's Famous Smoky Dressing

At the Farmers' Markets, many of you have asked me to relay my recipe for this dressing. After repeating it about 100 times, I  decided it would be much more efficient to just add it to this blog!

What you will need:

  • 1 part cup enFuso Smoked Olive Oil
  • 1 part enFuso Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 part enFuso Fig or Strawberry Balsamic
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • Fresh ground pepper and salt to taste

I use any bowl or dish good for whisking. You simply combine all of the ingredients and whisk together. Then done! It is a basic vinaigrette but the smoke makes it taste earthy and very rich. It's so easy – I just make enough each night for my salad so it is always fresh.

Smoky Apple Vinaigrette + Bacon Salad

Our friends Adam and Joanne of Inspired Taste came up with these great recipes.

According to Adam and Joanne, "We are big fans of homemade salad dressing. It’s quick, easy and so flexible. Our basic recipe is to combine vinegar + Dijon mustard + something sweet + olive oil. For this, we went with apple cider vinegar and maple syrup then instead of using regular olive oil, we used a smoked olive oil. It adds a great backbone to the dressing and works so well with the bacon."

 Photo credit: inspiredtaste.net

Photo credit: inspiredtaste.net

What you will need (for the dressing):

Whisk together!

What you will need (for the salad):

  • Butter lettuce
  • Baby romaine
  • Cooked bacon
  • Poached egg
  • Smoky vinaigrette dressing

Toss it all together and enjoy!

Smoky Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

This quick and easy recipe came from my daughter, Taryn. She is an amazing cook and into super healthy foods.

 Photo Credit: Elephantjournal.com

Photo Credit: Elephantjournal.com

What you will need:

Place everything in a food processor and mix. Enjoy with crackers, bread, pita chips, veggies, and more!

Smoked Turkey Meatloaf

This recipe comes from our caterer friend Rich, who owns a cafe in Costa Mesa and plans to be using enFuso Smoked Olive Oil to enhance many of his recipes. The first one he offered is his healthy turkey meatloaf. We tested this recipe at home, and it's delicious!

What you will need:

  • 1 package lean ground turkey (20-24 ounces)
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups of bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/8 cup mustard
  • 3 tablespoons enFuso smoked olive oil (Rich prefers our Buttery Late Harvest, but any will work)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2-3 shakes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-3 celery stalks, chopped (optional for extra crunch)
  •  A pinch of dried or freshly chopped herbs, such as thyme or rosemary

Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix together. Form into a loaf and then place on an open pan or on a grill over an open pan. This is important because it will allow any grease or fat  to render and drain versus having it cook in its own fat. Bake at 400 degrees for 50-60 minutes until center measures 155-160 degrees. Remove from oven and allow to rest for about 10 minutes. Slice and serve.

Optional notes: If you want a less crunchy meatloaf, you can saute the veggies first. You can also create a nice glaze using ketchup, a little Worcestershire, a little brown sugar and then brushing the top of the loaf before baking.