Savor the Season with Primo Oils and Vinegars

Savor the Season with Primo Oils and Vinegars!

Tis the season to celebrate friends and family with food. Here at Primo Oils we would love to help you enhance your holiday favorites with our gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Sometimes you just want to put a new twist on a holiday favorite, like our Roasted Chicken Provence. Or maybe you’re looking for a new appetizer or side dish to surprise the palate. Whatever your culinary wish we would love to help you fulfill it.

Holiday Recipes

Our recipe database has a lovely selection of recipes that show off our gourmet olive oils and vinegars. Updating your recipe with a flavored olive oil or balsamic vinegar can help add a new and exciting flavor to some of your favorite foods. Are you having a relaxed gift exchange? Why not serve our Pizza with Figs, Prosciutto, Caramelized Onions, Fig Balsamic and Arugula. This is an excellent time of year for Figs and Arugula and nobody will be expecting a gourmet pizza to be served at your gathering.

Small Plates and Appetizers

Or you could serve several heavy appetizers or small plates for people to nibble on as the party progresses. Small plates are wonderful for holiday parties because people can mingle and chat. There’s also the bonus of not overloading your guests with too much food. It seems that everywhere you go during the holiday season people want to feed you. It’s nice to take a break and focus on a few small, delicious bites. The following appetizers served with Prosecco or flavored soda water would make a wonderful meal.

If these don’t suit your taste visit our recipes page on Primo Oils or stop in the store. We would love to help you pair our gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars with your favorite foods.

Desserts

What holiday gathering isn’t complete without dessert?!? We know we’re not alone in wishing that dessert was served first instead of last!

Primo Olive Oils and Vinegars are wonderful additions to this delicious course and sometimes can even be the main event. Have you tried using our Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar, reduced and drizzled over vanilla-bean ice cream? Or maybe make a batch of Blood Orange Brownies by substituting the oil with our Fused Blood Orange Olive Oil. We always love a good Olive Oil Cake. This recipe from Bon Appetite gets better with age and is perfect to keep on hand for guests that pop in for coffee or tea. Bonus Baking Tip! You can use your favorite flavored olive oil to make this recipe your own.

A Little Recipe Help

We’d love to help you customize your holiday meals. Stop into Primo Oils and we can help you enhance your favorite recipes with our gourmet olive oils and vinegars. We will even suggest some new favorite recipes of our own. And if you’re looking for just that one more unique gift idea or stocking stuffer we can help with that too. Primo Oils and Vinegars make great gifts! See our holiday gift guide here.

However you celebrate the holidays we hope that yours are full of good food, laughter, friends, and fun.

To your health!

Give the Gift that Keeps on Giving

Olive Oils: One of Nature’s Greatest Gifts

This holiday season give the gift that keeps on giving. Primo Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars are the perfect gift for foodie friends and family alike. It’s hard to shop for people because what do you get for the person who has everything? Several years ago one of our family friends made a holiday-gift-giving mandate; gifts must be depletable. Meaning it should be something that in a year it’s gone. This is a great gift-giving rule for adults because most people have everything they need and want. Holiday gifts should be something that they can use and enhance their quality of life.

Foodie Gifts from Primo

At Primo Oils and Vinegars we specialize in depletable gifts. Our high end, delicious Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars are, of course, the number one and number two products that we recommend. They are the perfect culinary treat for the foodie in your life. You can purchase large 350ml bottles of our high end or flavored oils if there’s one you know they will love. Our Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and Garlic Olive Oil are very popular options. We can also put together a sampling of 60 ml bottles into a gift pack. That way they can try a variety of flavors. Some flavor options we recommend are

Gift Pack Options

Taste of Italy Gift Pack:

Tuscan Herb Olive Oil, Garlic Olive Oil, Milanese Gremolata Olive Oil and Neapolitan Balsamic Vinegar

Citrus Punch Gift Pack:

Fused Blood Orange Olive Oil, Fused Eureka Lemon Olive Oil, Fused Persian Lime Olive Oil and Grapefruit White Balsamic

Foodie Favorites Gift Pack:

Neapolitan Herb Balsamic Vinegar, 18 Year Old Balsamic Condimento, Herbs de Provence Olive Oil, and White Truffle Oil

Premier Olive Oils Gift Pack:

Arbonasa Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Early Harvest Cobrancosa EVOO, Frantoio Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Mission EVOO

Dessert Balsamics Gift Pack:

Aged Dark Chocolate Balsamic, Aged Natural Fig Balsamic, Aged Tahitian Vanilla Balsamic, and Lavender Balsamic

Or we can put together a flavor pairing of your choosing. Maybe you know someone who loves to grill. We can put together an olive oil and balsamic vinegar gift pack to assist them in making mouth-watering marinades. Or perhaps the foodie in your life is more of a salad aficionado. Our flavored olive oil and balsamic pairings can take their salads to the next level of flavor. Whatever the palate preferences of your foodie friends we have the perfect thing.

If you are looking to expand your depletable gift options we have a wide range or high-end culinary treats.

Bequet Caramels

Enjoy the full flavor of some of the purest ingredients available. No preservatives, no corn syrup, and no artificial colors or flavors. Certified gluten-free, kosher, and packaged in a nut-free facility.  The best carmels…ever!

Lifetime Candles

These are depletable but also re-usable! Beautiful red berries and ferns are sealed inside the glass decorative container with a separate wick inserted into the top. Lifetime fiberglass wick never needs replacing. The Lifetime Candles use smokeless, odorless, paraffin candle oil, easily found at local stores. If your loved one is more into non-traditional looks we have other non-holiday styles available to fit their home décor. And at a price point of $32-$85 there’s one for everyone on your list.

Stop into Primo Oils and Vinegars to see the wide range of culinary treats available. We have everything from local honey and tea to spice blends and rubs. Be the hero of the gift giving season with our unique and delicious olive oil and balsamic vinegar products.

Happy Holidays! And, as always, to your health!

Olive Oil Pairings – Spicy Edition

Spicy Olive Oil Pairings

It’s no mistake that we’re in the olive oil business. We love to include olive oil in its many forms in our recipes. Sometimes we’re looking to add a kick of spice and that’s when we go to one of these three flavor-infused olive oils. We’d love to know what you do with your favorite pairing.


Chipotle Olive Oil +

Apricot White Balsamic, Black Cherry Balsamic, Dark Chocolate Balsamic, Cinnamon Pear Balsamic, Espresso Balsamic, Fig Balsamic, Jalapeno White Balsamic, Lavender Balsamic, Lemongrass-Mint White Balsamic, Mango White Balsamic, Maple Balsamic, Peach White Balsamic, Pineapple White Balsamic, Pomegranate Balsamic, Raspberry Balsamic, Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic, Strawberry Balsamic, Tangerine Balsamic, Tahitian Vanilla Balsamic

Garlic Olive Oil +

Apricot White Balsamic, Blackberry-Ginger Balsamic, Blueberry Balsamic, Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic, Fig Balsamic, Honey-Ginger White Balsamic, Pomegranate Balsamic, Jalapeno White Balsamic, Pineapple White Balsamic, Oregano White Balsamic, Neapolitan Balsamic

Harissa Olive Oil +

Mango White Balsamic, Blackberry-Ginger Balsamic, Maple Balsamic, Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic, Peach White Balsamic, Raspberry Balsamic, Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic, Pineapple White Balsamic

Olive Oil Pairings

At Primo Oils & Vinegars people often ask what our favorite olive oil pairings are. We have so many it’s hard to choose!

We’ve put together a list of olive oil pairings that are the most popular in our shop. Some are savory, some are sweet and some are surprising! (Chipotle Olive Oil + Espresso Balsamic, need we say more?) Let us know if you have a pairing with one of our fab five that we haven’t thought of yet. We’d love to try it!

Olive Oil Pairings

Almond Oil +

Apricot White Balsamic, Cranberry-Pear White Balsamic, Espresso Balsamic, Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic, Raspberry Balsamic

Basil Olive Oil +

Apricot White Balsamic, Cranberry-Pear White Balsamic, Strawberry Balsamic, Tangerine Balsamic, Raspberry Balsamic, Blackberry-Ginger Balsamic, Lemongrass-Mint White Balsamic

Blood Orange Olive Oil +

Apricot White Balsamic, Blackberry-Ginger Balsamic, Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic, Cranberry-Pear White Balsamic, Dark Chocolate Balsamic, Espresso Balsamic, Fig Balsamic, Maple Balsamic, Raspberry Balsamic,Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic, Tahitian Vanilla Balsamic, Tangerine Balsamic, Grapefruit White Balsamic, Black Cherry Balsamic, Gravenstein Apple White Balsamic, Neapolitan Balsamic Pomegranate Balsamic

Butter Olive Oil +

Cinnamon Pear Balsamic, Dark Chocolate Balsamic, Maple Balsamic, Tahitian Vanilla Balsamic, Cara Cara Orange-Vanilla White Balsamic

Chipotle Olive Oil +

Apricot White Balsamic, Black Cherry Balsamic, Dark Chocolate Balsamic, Cinnamon Pear Balsamic, Espresso Balsamic, Fig Balsamic, Jalapeno White Balsamic, Lavender Balsamic, Lemongrass-Mint White Balsamic, Mango White Balsamic, Maple Balsamic, Peach White Balsamic, Pineapple White Balsamic, Pomegranate Balsamic, Raspberry Balsamic, Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic, Strawberry Balsamic, Tangerine Balsamic, Tahitian Vanilla Balsamic

 

We’re working on a new pairing sheet to share soon. Stay tuned!

How to Make Gourmet Popcorn with Primo Oils

Popcorn is one of our favorite late night treats and then one night we had a popcorn epiphany! We started using our flavored EVOO’s to substitute for butter in our popcorn making. Now our popcorn is a gourmet treat.

EVOO has multiple health benefits and the added flavor bonus gives popcorn a fun twist.

Here’s how to make popcorn the gourmet way with one of our flavored EVOO’s.

  1. Use an electric popcorn maker or a pot on your stove. Either way, you’ll start by measuring out your popcorn. (We use 1/3 cup for 2 people)
  2. Measure about 2 Tbs of the olive oil of your choice. Gently heat.
  3. Pop the popcorn!
  4. Toss popcorn with olive oil and salt. Alternating and tossing the popcorn so the olive oil and salt are evenly distributed.
  5. Enjoy!

Here are some of our favorite flavor combinations:

  • Butter EVOO and Black Truffle Sea Salt
  • Tuscan Herb EVOO and Thyme
  • Garlic EVOO and Black Pepper
  • Garlic EVOO and Parmesan Cheese (dried Kraft works best)
  • Basil EVOO and Sun-dried Tomatoes (chop the sun-dried tomatoes very fine before adding)
  • Chipotle EVOO and Lime EVOO
  • Fused Blood Orange EVOO and Cinnamon and Sugar
  • Rosemary EVOO and Black Pepper
  • White Truffle EVOO and Black Pepper
  • Wild Mushroom & Sage and Black Truffle Sea Salt

We’d love to hear what you come up with!

Happy Popping!

What to Do During Derby Week

Derby time is upon us! The bucket-list event of the year is here and that means house-guests for nearly every single one of us. Sure, they are coming for the Derby but what else do you do with your guests while they are here? We’ve put together a short list of some of our favorite activities to help you entertain during one of the busiest seasons of our year.

  • The Bourbon Trail
    • Kentucky is known for two things, horses and bourbon. Since they are here for the Derby you might as well give them a taste of our most popular beverage. The Bourbon Trail has a souvenir passport that guests can use to chart where they’ve been. If you end up going to every distillery on the tour you can turn in your passport and receive a complimentary souvenir glass. Most distilleries require reservations so it’s a good idea to set these up in advance.
    • Sign up for your passport here: https://kybourbontrail.com/passport/
  • Big Four Bridge
    • A great way to show off our city and get a little exercise in the process. The Big Four Bridge is a 2-mile round trip journey. Originally completed in 1895 the bridge got a new lease on life when turned from a railway bridge into a bicycle and walking bridge. The Louisville side of the walking bridge opened in 2013.
  • Louisville Slugger Museum
    • This is a classic Louisville stop, especially if you have little ones in town. Take a tour of the factory, visit the museum and leave with your very own miniature baseball bat. Purchase tickets in advance to avoid the lines.
    • Sign up for tickets here: https://tickets.sluggermuseum.com/Info.aspx?EventID=13
  • The Avenue
    • Shop, eat and drink on “The Avenue”. Known as a “historic” part of town this street has a great selection of locally owned shops and you can show off how we “keep Louisville weird”.
  • Dee’s
    • Take your guests to Derby hat Headquarters and they will be overwhelmed by the sea of feathers, flowers and tulle that they’ll find. Dee’s employees can help you create a hat but don’t wait too long! For the more creative guest, a glue gun and some feathers can go far!
  • Joe Ley Antiques
    • If it’s raining (knock on wood, knock on wood) or even if it isn’t your guests will love Joe Ley’s. Four stories of antiques and general clutter that’s a peek into a whole other world!!!
  • Primo Oils & Vinegars
    • We hope you bring your guest by for an olive oil tasting and a chat. We have a four pack of olive oils in the perfect size to take home on the plane with you!