There’s a New Face in the Store!

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Catherine Bolton. I am the new in-house blogger for Marisolio Tasting Bar. I am a life-long resident of Calaveras county. I am a wife, a foodie (baking is my specialty). I like a good joke, love great music, and adore my children. I look forward to connecting with you and hope to see you soon at the Marisolio Tasting Bar in Murphys, CA.

NEW FOR JULY

The All-Natural Harissa Infused Olive Oil is Back! Most popular in North Africa and the Middle East, Harissa is made with chili peppers (often smoked), garlic, caraway, coriander and cumin, which are pounded into a paste and left overnight to develop its flavor. We’ve added more peppers by popular demand-making it our hottest infused EVOO.

During the month of July, Marisolio is offering 10% off of our fabulous products below. Stop by today!

Galega Extra Virgin Olive Oil – The dominant Variety in Portugal, this early harvest example is delicate, creamy and viscous with notes of apple peel, strawberry and almond.

Red Cayenne Chili Oil – Extra Hot!! Made exclusively at our organic mill in Tunisia by crushing 12 pounds of fresh whole ripe cayenne chilies for each gallon(7.6 pounds) of 100% organic EVOO.

Herbs de Provence Oil – The classic Provençal herb combination includes notes of lavender, rosemary, savory thyme and bay leaf. Made with certified Ultra Premium EVOO.

Tangerine Balsamic Condimento – This 12 year Italian Balsamic has pure and natural Tangerine added to make a great complex flavor.

Cranberry Pear White Balsamic – Clean, crisp, tart, and has a lovely deep rose blush.

Wild Blueberry – Blueberry lovers will really appreciate this one! Drizzle this balsamic over fruit, green salads, Feta and Goat cheese!

OUR NEXT COOKING CLASS IS JULY 26

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Jenny Baxter is back and taking us to the Middle East with her menu of Stuffed Grape Leaves, Tabooli, Hummus, Cucumber Yogurt Salad and  Kibbe, which is a ground lamb meatloaf. Class starts at 6p.m. and is $40.00.   Call Marisolio at 209-728-8853 to reserve your place. Don’t forget to bring a friend!

 

 

 

 

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Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

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If you have been nurturing a patch of parsley and mint in your herb garden, this recipe for Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad will help you use a good amount of it!  I love to serve this filling and delicious salad on warm days.  The fact that it can be made ahead and chilled makes dinner prep a snap.

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

2 cups water
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
3/4 cup of fresh parsley, minced and stems removed
1/3 cup fresh mint leaves, minced
1/4 cup minced red onion (can use scallions if desired)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 cup English cucumber, diced
Dressing:
2 T. fresh lemon juice
2 T. Marisolio Milanese Gremolata Olive Oil
1 T. Marisolio Lemongrass Mint White Balsamic
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil.  Ad the quinoa.  Reduce the heat; simmer, covered, 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork.  Transfer to a large serving bowl and cool completely.

Add finely minced parsley, mint, onion and garlic to quinoa in bowl.  Add diced tomatoes and cucumber to quinoa and herbs.

In a small bowl, whisk lemon juice, Milanese Gremolata Olive Oil, Lemongrass Mint Balsamic, salt and pepper until blended.  Drizzle dressing over quinoa, herbs and vegetables and mix well.  Serve at room temperature or chill until serving.

We would love to have you come by the shop at 488 Main Street in Murphys to taste these delicious products.  If you can’t do that, you can order by phone at (209) 728-8853 or on Marisolio’s website:  www.marisolio.com

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July Cooking Classes

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Marisolio has a great line up of cooking classes for the month of July.  Classes are held the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.  We offer two sessions to choose from, a 10 AM to 12 PM session and a 6 PM to 8 PM session.  Class fee is $40 and all classes are held in our shop at 488 Main Street in Murphys.  (209) 728-8853.

On Tuesday, July 12, Murphys own Cheese Lady (Judy Creighton) will teach “The Cheese Lady Cooks Mac & Cheese”.  Judy has a big following in Murphys as a cheese educator and consultant.  She is a lecturer and judge for the American Cheese Society and is a board member of the California Artisan Cheese Guild.  To say she knows her cheese is an understatement!  Judy’s menu for this class is delectable:

Drunken Cow with Edamame, Fennel and Rotini
Petit Basque with Roasted Garlic, Shallots and Gemelli
Honey Bzzz with Scallions, Artichoke Hearts and Shell pasta
La Tur with Conchiglie, Nectarines and Apricot Jam

On Tuesday, July 26, local chef Jenny Baxter will teach a class called “Culinary Journey with Jenny: Middle Eastern Cooking”.  Jenny is a published cookbook author, former food editor and contributor for two local newspapers, and has had her own public access TV show called “Jenny’s  Kitchen”.  Jenny will demonstrate how to make stuffed grape leaves, as well as instruct us on how to prepare several other Middle Eastern dishes:

Stuffed Grape Leaves (Yebra)
Parsley Salad (Tabooli)
Cucumber Yogurt Salad (Khyar Bil Laban)
Garbanzo Bean Dip (Hummus)
Ground Lamb Meatloaf (Kibbe)

Call us at (209) 728-8853 to make your reservations in advance.  These classes are sure to be a sell out!

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Hawaiian Pupus Cooking Class

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Have we got a fun class scheduled for your enjoyment this month!  Marisolio welcomes Mona Klein to our kitchen to instruct us on how to make a number of delicious “Small Bites” Hawaiian style.  Just what you need next time you plan a luau out by the pool.  Whether you have a pool or not, these recipes are sure to please your family and friends.  Grab your flower lei and puka shell necklace and head on over to the shop on June 28 for this great class.

Call (209) 728-8853 to make your reservation ahead.  Class fee is $40, and we offer two sessions for your convenience:  10 AM to 12 PM, and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  All classes are held at Marisolio, 488 Main St. in Murphys.

Menu
Kahlua Marinated Pork Sliders
Sam Choi’s Fried Poke with Tuna
Lettuce Wrapped Lumpia
Trader Vic’s Rumaki
Kona Inn Banana Bread
Mai Tai Punch

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Pineapple Baked Beans

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We have a great recipe for a summery side dish to share with you.  Tangy Pineapple Balsamic dresses up slow cooked baked beans in this recipe you can use as a  hearty side dish or even as the main course.  If you have company coming and the temperature is 100+, it’s always nice to have dinner made and a low clean up factor.

Pineapple Baked Beans

1 lb ground beef
1 28 oz can baked beans
3/4 cup pineapple tidbits, drained
1 large onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1 1/2  T. soy sauce
1 T. Marisolio Golden Pineapple White Balsamic
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.  Transfer to a 5 quart slow cooker.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until bubbly.

Marisolio’s Pineapple Balsamic is delightful on your summer salads.  It adds a summery tropical flavor to ordinary salad greens, and is sure to please.  You can stop by the shop at 488 Main Street in Murphys, or order by phone at (209) 728-8853.  Our website www.marisolio.com makes ordering easy and fast at any time of the day.

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Innovative Father’s Day Gifts Here

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Do something a little different for Dad this Father’s Day!  Get out of your Neck Tie Rut and try presenting him with one of our amazing olive oils or balsamic vinegars.  Believe us, you will be glad you did.

If you think he could use a bit of spice in his life, we have three chili based oils that will do the trick very nicely.  We have Red Cayenne Olive Oil, smokey Chipotle Olive Oil, and customer favorite- Baklouti Green Chili Olive oil.  Any of these will add a kick to his stir fries, pop corn, scrambled eggs, salsa or guacamole.

We also have a wonderful line of grill seasoning rubs:  Road Kill Grill brings us rubs for poultry, pork, beef, and seafood, and we have four Hot and Spicy Chili rubs in the flavors Sriracha, Chili Lime, Habanero and Chipotle.

Don’t give him another tie that will hang in the closet!  Try one of our delicious products that he is sure to use  and enjoy.

Stop by the shop at 488 Main Street in Murphys, or order online at www.marisolio.com, or by phone at (209) 728-8853.

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How To Use This Month’s Sale Products

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Each month, Marisolio is pleased to offer three olive oils and three balsamics at a reduced price.  Our selections are popular, seasonal and extremely flavorful products that will add loads of taste and distinction to your cooking.  Picking up our monthly sale items is a wonderful way to expand the selection of products in your pantry, as well as to try out new things you may not have considered.  To help you come up with ways to use our flavorful oils and balsamics we like to offer cooking suggestions each month.

Athinoelia Extra Virgin Olive Oil:  This medium intensity olive oil is very balanced with a peppery finish.  Great for your bread dipping oil or any other time you want the taste of a fruity, low bitterness factor oil to shine.

Wild Mushroom and Sage Olive Oil:  We love to saute garlic and herbs in this oil and drizzle it over fresh cooked pasta for a simple, but divinely flavorful side dish when barbecuing.  Pasta made this way takes no time to prepare and is full of flavor.

Butter Olive Oil:  If you or someone you know is trying to avoid consuming dairy products, you must give this plant based flavored olive oil a try.  All the flavor of butter for your popcorn, saute needs or even baking.  We have customers who can’t be without this oil for their cooking!

 Espresso Balsamic:  With raspberries plentiful at the grocery store and local farmer’s market, you simply must try them drizzled with our Espresso Balsamic.  This is a flavor combination made in heaven for sure.  If you like, spooning it over chocolate or coffee flavored ice cream hits the spot as well.

Sherry Reserva:  Here’s the thing.  Whenever I go to the cupboard for my bottle of Sherry to make my special Sherry Bundt cake, the bottle of Sherry is no where to be found.  My husband claims to have no knowledge of its disappearance, but I suspect otherwise.  Imagine how thrilled I was to learn that whenever a recipe calls for Sherry, you can substitute our Sherry Reserva Vinegar.  Since I switched over to that, my problem disappeared.  Add to your favorite baking recipes or wherever else Sherry is called for.

Aged Ripe Peach White Balsamic:  A perennial summer favorite with our customers, you must stock up on this while we have it on sale.  It is the perfect balsamic to use in your summer salads, and is terrific paired with our Basil Olive Oil.  It is also a surprise ingredient in vodka cocktails!  Add a splash to a mixture of vodka and ginger ale for a delicious summer drink.

Stop by the shop at 488 Main Street in Murphys for a tasting–always fun and always free.  Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to show you around and recommend products based on how you like to cook.  You can order by phone at (209) 728-8853 or online at www.marisolio.com.

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All Things Summer: Memories of My Texas Roots Cooking Class

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Have we got a fun cooking class planned for you!  There are still a few spaces left in Jennifer Wren Stoicheff’s June 14 class “All Things Summer:  Memories of My Texas Roots”  cooking class.  Popular local chef and caterer, Jennifer returns to Marisolio with this timely class just in time for Barbeque Season.  Her menu is full of down home, easy recipes for your summer entertaining.

Menu
Marinated Summer Veggies
Poppy Seed Dressing
Spoon Bread
Mom’s Potato Salad
BBQ Ribs, Texas Style
Peach Cobbler

Give us a call at (209) 728-8853 to reserve a space.  Class fee is $40, and we offer two sessions for your convenience:  10 AM to 12 PM, or 6 PM to 8 PM.  Class will be held at the shop at 488 Main Street in Murphys.

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On Sale This Month

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Each month Marisolio is pleased to offer some of our most popular products at a reduced price all month long.  For the month of June, we think you will be delighted to see what we have for you at a 10% discount.

Athinoelia Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Wild Mushroom and Sage Olive Oil
Butter Olive Oil

Dark Espresso Balsamic Condimento
Sherry Reserva Vinegar
Aged Ripe Peach White Balsamic Condimento

Stop by the shop at 488 Main Street in Murphys for a sampling.  If you can’t visit, do check out our comprehensive website at www.marisolio.com.  You can read recipes, explore our product offerings and order online or by phone at (209) 728-8853.

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New Olives Have Arrived!

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Marisolio is pleased to announce the arrival of a new line of olives to the shop.  After many years of intensive searching, our distributor has found a line of olives that are the high quality they demand.

These olives are from a third generation, family owned and operated Spanish table olive producer that shares our vision for the strictest quality criteria.  Most of the olives in our new line are the rare Gordal olive.  These extra large olives have a low oil content, and have a firm and meaty texture.  The savory flavor is out of this world.  This product is hand picked and stuffed in Spain and always represents the most current crop.

Priced well at $7.50-$8.50 for a 20 oz jar, we think you will love trying these new olives.  You can even use the decorative jar for a vase or other purpose once the olives are consumed!

Stop by the shop at 488 Main Street in Murphys for a sampling.

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