Traditional Easter Pairings

Flavor Pairings for a Delicious Easter Meal

This month traditional Easter flavor pairings are top of mind. Spring brings with it fresh green grass, the start of farmers markets and of course Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies!

Here at Primo Oils we’ve put together several spring pairings of our favorite Olive Oils and Vinegars to help you put a unique twist on your Easter dinner. It’s hard to beat traditional Easter dishes like scalloped potatoes, balsamic glazed carrots, baked ham and spring peas. So we’re not going to even try to beat them. We’re going to join them by showing you ways to up your traditional dinner game with new flavor pairings.

Scalloped Potatoes

A standard dish for Easter and one that can be easily overlooked on your table. Let’s kick these potatoes up a notch by substituting Herbs de Provence olive oil for butter in your recipe. This gives an extra savory note to your potatoes.

If you’re looking for a good recipe we like Gimme Some Oven’s Scalloped Potatoes. This is a super traditional scalloped potatoes recipe. It’s great for Easter because you can prepare this dish ahead of time and heat it up in the oven when you’re ready.

Balsamic Glazed Carrots

We love using rainbow carrots that you pick up at the farmers market (or Whole Foods) to give your Easter dinner a colorful addition. Traditional balsamic carrots call for both olive oil and balsamic vinegar and we have just the pairing to jazz up this dish. We love using our Rosemary Olive Oil and Lavender Balsamic Vinegar. The sharp Rosemary flavor with the savory, herbal lavender will give your balsamic carrots a truly memorable twist.

Delish has a great glazed carrots recipe. In fact, they call this recipe the Best Balsamic Glazed Carrots recipe.

Baked Ham

Baked ham is such a deliciously easy main dish for Easter. We love this recipe from The Pioneer Woman. We swap out her use of a can of Dr. Pepper with our incredibly delicious Fig Balsamic Vinegar. Our fig balsamic gives a similar sweet tang as the soda but we think it’s a more distinguished twist to the recipe. And definitely follow her recommendation to glaze the ham several times while cooking. It really makes a difference.

Spring Peas

Spring Peas are light and fresh and the mint in this recipe from Epicurious gives a nice counter to some of the sweetness in the carrots and ham. Another standard Easter dish that makes this meal one of the easiest early prep meals ever. We suggest using our Eureka Lemon Oil for this Easter side.

So those are our recommendations for Spring pairings! These work wonderfully to share as hostess gifts, grown-up Easter Basket ideas or even to give out as wedding favors.

To your health!

New Olive Oils at Primo Oils and Vinegars

New Olive Oils in stock at Primo Oils and Vinegars

Our new olive oils are in stock. All four of the new varietals have a crush date of November 2018. Ensuring the freshest bottled olive oil for you.

Melgarejo Picual

Country of Origin: Spain

Intensity: Medium

Crush Date: November 2018

This visually stunning Picual is highly aromatic and floral. It displays prominent vegetal and savory tasting notes, with leafy greens. Very well balanced, a superb Picual.

Melgarejo Hojiblanco

Country of Origin: Spain

Intensity: Robust

Crush Date: November 2018

From one of the most decorated producers in the world. This fragrant Hojiblanca displays stunning notes of green apple, rose petal and cut herbs. With throat catching desireable pepper notes and marked astringency it’s beautifully herbaceous and complex. A truly unique extra virgin olive oil!

Nocellara

Country of Origin: Italy

Intensity: Medium

Crush Date: November 2018

A coveted variety native to Sicily, this Italian Nocellara showcases prominent savory and vegetal notes. Creamy with a complex center, artichoke notes, and a peppery finish.

 

Biancolilla

Country of Origin: Italy

Intensity: Mild

Crush Date: November 2018

This Biancolilla displays wonderful berry and confectionary notes. It is creamy, viscous and pleasantly malty with no bitterness and has a delicate, peppery finish. An EVOO crowd pleaser!

 

 

 

Primo Olive Oils and Vinegars continues to search for the freshest, most flavorful olive oils to add to our collection. And you can pick up to add to your kitchen.

 

To your health!

Top 3 Diets of 2019 with Primo Oils and Vinegars

Flavor Your Diet with Primo Oils and Vinegars

Happy New Year! If you’re anything like 62 million* other Americans starting a healthier diet is high on your list of 2019 new years resolutions. If you’re anything like us, and considering you’re reading a blog on a foodie website you are, there’s no diet in the world that you’ll stick to if you’re not allowed healthy, savory, sweet and delicious food options as a part of that diet.

Primo Oils is Here to Help You Stick to Your Diet

Our flavored Olive Oils and Vinegars are the best way to add flavor and variety to a restrictive diet. We’re going to look at the top 3 diet choices of 2019, according to Health.com, and share some recipes and Olive Oil and Vinegar flavors that will help you stick to that diet and add a burst of flavor without a burst of calories.

Diet #1: The Meditteranean Diet

The Skinny

The Meditteranean Diet is the number one diet in the nation. It’s popular because of the wide variety of foods available to eat and incredible health benefits. Olives and Olive Oils are some of the healthy fats available in this diet. The Meditteranean Diet recommends four to six servings of healthy fats every day.

Primo Oils to the Rescue

There are so many ways Primo Oilive Oils and Vinegars can add flavor to your Meditteranean Diet! Our Olive Oils satisfy your healthy fat requirement in this diet and a teaspoon of any as a salad dressing counts as one serving of a healthy fat. Our favorite olive oils to use in a dressing are the Mushroom Sage Olive Oil, Herbs de Provence Olive Oil and Garlic Olive Oil.

We have several recipes that work well on this diet and more available all the time. We all love to cook here at Primo and are happy to help you discover new-to-you recipes that will work for your diet. Some of our favorites that fit within the Meditteranean Diet are our Shaved Fennel Salad,

A great way to “food-prep” for the week is to make our Italian Chicken on a Sunday and then use this flavorful chicken in salads, sandwiches and brown rice or quinoa bowls for lunch. We also love our Wild Smoked Salmon and can use pita bread or homemade pita chips instead of the crostini’s.

Diet #2 The DASH Diet

(which stands for Dietary Approach to Stopping Hypertension)

The Skinny

The DASH Diet started as a way for people to reduce their blood pressure but became a success because of the positive side effects of the diet; weight loss and prevention for an array of chronic diseases like osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The downside of the diet is its severe restriction on sodium intake. Most American’s consume an average of 3500 mg of sodium a day. The DASH Diet’s goal is to cut this in half with the more restricted version topping you off at 1500 mg of sodium a day.

Primo Oils to the Rescue

There’s only about 4 mg of sodium in a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and ZERO in olive oil. This makes our flavored Olive Oils and Balsmic Vinegars the best way to add flavor to your DASH Diet without upping your sodium intake. Our Summer Linguine with Shrimp recipe is a perfect meal for the DASH Diet. Just substitute zoodles or spaghetti squash for the linguine and you’ll have a delicious low-sodium, heart-healthy meal.

Pre-mixed store-bought salad dressings and marinades can be another culprit of high sodium intake. We recommend switching your regular store-bought dressings and marinades for Primo options. Here’s a list of some of our favorite Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar combinations.

 

Diet #3: The Flexitarian Diet

The Skinny

The Flexitarian Diet is a way to cut your meat consumption in half. The goal of the Flexitarian Diet is to have 5 meatless dinners each week and to switch out some of your breakfast and lunch go-to’s with meatless options. The Flexitarian Diet encourages eating legumes, extra veggies and tofu.

Primo Oils to the Rescue

Our Olive Oils and Vinegars are the perfect way to dress up a plate of veggies. And don’t worry that you’ll be stuck eating salads all day. We love using the Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic Roasted Sweet Potatoes or Vegetables de Provence over some quinoa or brown rice. These make great make-ahead and take lunch options.

For dinner try our Balsamic Vinegar Grilled Eggplant. Eggplant is a very substantive vegetable and the balsamic gives it a fun tang. You could try switching up the balsamic on the recipe too. We suggest trying our Neapolitan Herb or Pomegranate Balsamic on this dish.

To Your Health!

Whatever your new year’s resolutions are we hope that they include spending some time in the kitchen. Home cooked meals are the best way to keep yourself and your family healthy.

 

* Link to 2017 New Year’s Resolutions: The Most Popular and How To Stick to Them

 

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!

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!