What is March known for? If it comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb, and vice versa. March 2 is National Reading Day. March 8 is National Women’s Day. March 14 is Save a Spider Day (seriously?). St. Patrick’s Day is March 17. Daffodil Day is March 28. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (get those colonoscopies!).
For me, the day I most look forward to in March is the Vernal Equinox, also known as Spring! Some fresh vegetables and fruits I love to look for in March are broccoli, lettuces of all kinds, artichokes, some early asparagus, and tropical fruits such as mangos, papayas, and pineapples.
Some Marisolio products you might enjoy this month are our Alfoos Mango Balsamic or our Pineapple Balsamic. These would be lovely additions to your spring green salads. As for our Extra Virgin Olive Oils, try adding some of our Eureka Lemon Olive Oil to your mayonnaise dipping sauce when you serve those spring artichokes. A drizzle of our Tarragon Extra Virgin Olive oil is a great addition to your steamed vegetables such as broccoli and asparagus. Whatever fruits and veggies you look forward to in the month of March, consider using some of Marisolio’s balsamics and olive oils to enhance the flavors.
If you are not familiar with these great products, we invite you to stop by the shop to do a fun tasting experience. Our staff can suggest lots of uses and pairings for these items so you get the very most out of your purchase. Marisolio Tasting Bar, 488 Main Street, Murphys, CA (209) 728-8853.
March 11, 2014, Classic Italian Cooking Class, 10:00 AM or 6:00 PM. Italian cooking combines the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet with a wide choice of seasonal ingredients and regional flavors. Relying on fresh ingredients cooked on the spot and the addition of Marisolio’s wonderful Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars, this class will provide plenty of ideas and flavor. Join our resident chef Nicole Sass and learn the techniques to make Peach Bellinis, Caprese Salad, Sardinian “Music Paper Bread”, Honey Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops, Peas with Prosciutto, and Panna Cotta. Call 728-8853 for more information and to make a reservation. $30. Marisolio, 488 Main St. Murphys.
This month Marisolio is pleased to offer some of our most popular products on sale during March for 10% off the regular price. This month’s discounted items are one of our best sale offerings to date. Do check out our website (www.marisolio.com) for recipes which feature these products. Stop by the shop at 488 Main Street, Murphys, to stock up, or if you prefer, order online (www.marisolio.com) or by phone 209-728-8853.
Lemongrass Mint Balsamic–great with fish and chicken or in your Asian inspired cooking.
Jalapeno Balsamic–incredible in salsa or guacamole. A splash of this adds zip to many recipes.
Garlic Infused Olive Oil–our perennial best seller. Perfect for sauteing or bread dipping. Wonderful in marinades or drizzled over pasta.
Butter Olive Oil–If you haven’t tried this, you are missing out on an amazing flavor. All natural, dairy free, this olive oil is fantastic used for all purpose sauteing, on popcorn, or in any other dishes as an alternative to butter.
Milanese Gremolata–a classic Italian condiment or relish made of lemon zest, minced garlic, flat leaf parsley and a hint of mint. This oil will add the most delicious flavor to fish, or any slow braised dishes such as osso buco.
Ultra Premium Hojiblanca Extra Virgin Olive Oil–This super early harvest Hojiblanca is unbelievably aromatic and complex, with notes of green banana, apple and stone fruit mingled with green floral and grassy flavors. One of our most popular varietal oils. This terrific oil won the coveted “Best of Class” award at the New York Olive Oil Competition.
Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday” is traditionally the last day to kick up our heels and eat lavish, decadent foods prior to the start of Lent on the following day, Ash Wednesday.
I am happy to kick up my heels at any time, and celebrating Mardi Gras with a delicious dish of Jambalaya suits me fine. Hope you will enjoy trying this recipe. Suggested varietal oils to use in it are Marisolio’s Hojiblanca or Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Both these oils are on the milder side, giving just the right amount of olive oil flavor, but not too much. I love using either one in this recipe, but both are delicious served as an appetizer bread dipping oil as well. Come by the shop at 488 Main Street, Murphys, CA, to taste and pick up some for your pantry! Call (209) 728-8853, to order by phone.
1 T. Marisolio Hojiblanca or Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 lb. smoked sausage, sliced
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
salt to taste
1/2 tsp Cajun Seasoning (such as Louisianne) or more to taste
1 cup uncooked white rice
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes and juice
1 T. minced garlic
2 cups chicken broth
3 Bay leaves
1/4 tsp thyme
1 lb. peeled, deveined shrimp
- Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium heat. Stir in the sausage, and cook for 2 minutes. Add the onion, bell pepper, and celery; season with salt and Cajun seasoning. Cook and stir until the vegetables are soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the rice until evenly coated in the vegetable mixture, then pour in the tomatoes with juice, garlic, chicken broth, bay leaves, and thyme leaves. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, stir in the shrimp, and cook 10 minutes uncovered until the shrimp turn pink and are no longer translucent in the center. Remove the pot from the heat, and let stand 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaves before serving. Serves 8.
I am a bit late with my Chinese New Year post, as the Chinese Lunar year began on Jan. 31, 2014. The San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade (one of the top ten parades ever) was held on February 15. To my way of thinking, this is a celebration that should go on this whole month!
To get myself in the right frame of mind, I plan on making this Chinese Chicken Stir Fry. The recipe calls for our Garlic Infused Olive Oil, one of our best sellers. The Honey Ginger Balsamic is also called for, and is on sale for 10% off all this month. If you don’t have some on hand, come by the shop at 488 Main Street, Murphys, CA, or give us a call at (209) 728-8853.
2 T. Marisolio Garlic Infused Olive Oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated (or more to taste)
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 tsp. salt
1 lb. boneless chicken breast, cut into strips
1 onion, sliced
1 cup Napa cabbage, sliced thin
1 red pepper, chopped fine
1 cup snow peas
1 cup chicken broth
2 T. soy sauce
1 T. Marisolio Honey Ginger Balsamic
1 T. sugar (or less to taste)
2 T. cornstarch
- Heat Garlic Infused Oil in a wok or large skillet. When oil gets hot, quickly stir in 2 cloves minced garlic, grated ginger root, green onions and salt. Stir fry until onion becomes translucent, about 2 minutes. Add chicken and stir until opaque, about 3 minutes. Add sweet onions, cabbage, bell pepper, peas and 1/2 cup of the broth/water and cover.
- In a small bowl, mix the remaining 1/2 cup broth/water, soy sauce, Honey Ginger Balsamic, sugar and cornstarch. Add sauce mixture to wok/skillet and stir until chicken and vegetables are coated with the thickened sauce. Serve immediately, over hot rice if desired.
We have some terrific products on sale during the month of February. Don’t miss out! The following items are 10% off through the end of the month. Order online, over the phone or stop by the shop at 488 Main Street, Murphys, CA
Ultra Picual Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Milanese Gremolata Olive Oil
Blood Orange Olive Oil
Honey Ginger Balsamic
Lemongrass Mint Balsamic
We can provide you with descriptive notes on how to best use these products, and our knowledgeable staff can suggest numerous recipes in which these items can be used to great advantage. We also offer a brilliant cookbook, “Olive Our Best Recipes”, written by our owner, Mary Lou Schuster. This book is full of wonderful recipes which utilize our oils and balsamics. Do come by and have a look.
Bites of Britain, an English tea and luncheon.
Our very own cooking instructor, Nicole Sass, has just returned home from holiday in Great Britain. Please join us for a lovely interactive class that spans different regions of the UK over the course of an English tea! We will be sipping Britain’s finest Earl Grey while making a “Coronation” chicken salad and other tea sandwiches, lovely scones served with clotted cream and jam, and a luncheon of beef with stout ale sauce over “Colcannon” potatoes mash. An affair to remember. Just wait to see what Nicole does with our amazing Olive Oil and Balsamic Condimentos in these recipes. Do join us.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
10:00 AM OR 6:00 PM
Class fee $30
Please call us at (209) 728-8853 to reserve a place in the class.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
If you need an idea for a fabulous Valentine’s dessert, stop by the shop for some of our Dark Chocolate Linguine or our frozen Chocolate Hazelnut Dessert Ravioli. We have recipes we can give you as well as serving suggestions. Treat your sweetheart to a sweet treat they won’t soon forget!
Marisolio Tasting Bar
488 Main Street
209 728-8853209 728-8853
Chocolate is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. These benefits are from flavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries). Flavonoids also help relax blood pressure through the production of nitric oxide, and balance certain hormones in the body.
Dark chocolate is good for your heart. A small bar of it everyday can help keep your heart and cardiovascular system running well. Two heart benefits of dark chocolate are:
Lower blood pressure: Studies have shown that consuming a small bar of dark chocolate every day can reduce blood pressure in individuals with high blood pressure.
Lower cholesterol: Dark chocolate has also been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) by up to 10 percent.
Other Benefits of Dark Chocolate:
Chocolate also holds benefits apart from protecting your heart:
- it tastes good
- it stimulates endorphin production, which gives a feeling of pleasure
- it contains serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant
All of us at Marisolio Tasting Bar are proud to offer some new chocolate products for your enjoyment. We have recently received a shipment of Pappardelle frozen Chocolate Hazelnut Desert Ravioli, and Dark Chocolate Linguine (a dry pasta). These dessert pastas are such a unique treat, serving to your guests will bring you loads of praise for your creativity. Please stop by the shop at 488 Main Street, Murphys, CA. (209) 728-8853(209) 728-8853.
The town of Murphys goes all out on President’s Weekend. This is one of our biggest tourist attractions of the year, with local wine tasting rooms opening their doors to the public in celebration of the great wines of our region. The event is sponsored by the Calaveras Wine Grape Association February 15th and 16th, 2014. This is the 18th Annual President’s Wine Weekend in Murphys, with 22 CWA wineries participating from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days.
This is a great opportunity to sample the fine wines of Calaveras, celebrate with friends old and new, and take advantage of special discounts. With the purchase of a $20 commemorative wine glass, you are entitled to a free ‘limited-tasting’ flight at all participating member wineries, Saturday through Sunday. Full tastings will be available in each tasting room for an additional fee. Wine glasses will be available on Main Street in Murphys, on Saturday only, in front of the Native Sons Hall. Or get a glass all weekend long at locations in Calaveras County: The Calaveras Visitor’s Bureau in Angels Camp, Chatom Vineyards on Highway 4 in Douglas Flat , Frog’s Tooth Vineyards in Murphys, Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, and Val du Vino Winery on the corner of Main Street and French Gulch Road. Wine Glass sales are cash only, no credit cards will be accepted. No reservations are required. For more information, call 209-728-9467209-728-9467 or visit calaveraswines.org.
While you are in Murphys for the wine tasting event, you will want to be sure to stop by Marisolio and sample our divine olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Our products are simply wonderful and the tasting experience we provide will be a nice break from all the wine flowing so freely in town! We have a number of new products for your enjoyment (chocolate linquine, Baklouti Green Chile Olive Oil, and of course our amazing cook book “Olive Our Best Recipes”). 488 Main Street, Murphys, CA (209) 728-8853(209) 728-8853.