Downton Abbey Themed Cooking Class

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Marisolio’s cooking classes are becoming extremely popular, which is a great thing.  Some of our classes do sell out, so we want to be sure to alert you to a fantastic class coming up on May 10 that still has openings.  Marisolio is presenting a Downton Abbey themed cooking class with some fabulous recipes inspired by the popular PBS tv series.  Cathy Stroup will teach this fun class featuring the following:

Daisy’s Potato Crisps (Potato Chips)
Mrs. Patmore’s Tomato and Bacon Jam
Highclere Castle’s White Bean Artichoke Aioli
Lady Sybil’s Truffled Mac and Cheese
Lady Mary’s Cranberry Baked Brie Puff Pastry Bites

This menu is truly delicious.  The Tomato Bacon Jam alone is worth the price of admission!  And who doesn’t need to spice up their tried and true recipe for mac and cheese?  We promise. the addition of our truffle oil puts this in a new dimension.  The remaining dishes will do wonders to round out your go-to appetizer recipe collection.

Give Marisolio a call at (209) 728-8853 to reserve your spot in either the 10:00 AM session or the 6:00 PM evening session.  Class fee is $40.  You will leave the class with a full tummy and a booklet of new recipes to try out on your friends and family.

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Cinco de Mayo Salsa

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Arriba!  Abajo!  Al centro! Al dentro!  Are you planning a little Cinco de Mayo festival?  After you are sure you have the margaritas covered, you will want to be certain your recipe for Salsa is on point.  If you want to shake yours up a bit, consider adding a splash of Marisolio’s Baklouti Green Chile Olive Oil.

Celebration Salsa

16 oz. bag frozen corn
1 red pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup Marisolio Baklouti Green Chile Oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 T. Marisolio Champagne Vinegar
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
4 ripe avocados, diced

In a large bowl, mix corn, red pepper, onion and garlic. In another bowl, combine Baklouti Green Chile Olive Oil, lemon juice, Marisolio Champagne Vinegar, oregano and salt and pepper.  Mix into vegetable mixture.  Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.  Before serving, add diced avocado.  Serve with tortilla chips.

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Mother’s Day Gifts

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We know we have just the perfect gift for the Moms in your life.  Stop by Marisolio and pick up some of our outstanding Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars.  We have an excellent selection of gourmet products that will not sit unworn in a drawer or need to be returned for a different size.

We are offering some of our oils and balsamics at a reduced price all month long, so you can pick up something for Mom and still have some change to get something for yourself!

We are at 488 Main Street in Murphys.  If you don’t have time to stop by for a tasting, considering ordering online at www.marisolio.com or by phone at (209) 728-8853.  We ship Priority Mail, so there is still time for Mom’s gift to arrive before Mother’s Day.

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Upcoming May Cooking Classes at Marisolio

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Marisolio‘s line up of cooking classes for the month of May is truly outstanding.  Our classes continue to just get better and better!  Pictured above is Chef Jonathan Wheeler, the instructor for our March class Spring Fever with Jonathan.  His level of professionalism was awe inspiring.  It was like having a chef from the Food Network right here in the shop!  Our attendees left with recipe booklets full of tips to use in their own kitchens.

We are excited to announce the May classes, and want to advise you to sign up sooner rather than later, as these spaces are limited and will sell out.  Class fees are $40 for each class.  Each class will have two sessions to choose from, 10 AM or 6 PM.  Call (209) 728-8853 to reserve your space.  All classes are held at Marisolio at 488 Main Street in Murphys.

May 10 we will offer Downton Abbey Kitchen Delights, taught by Cathy Stroup, one of our original Marisolio staff members.  Cathy has come up with a lineup of very imaginative dishes named after our favorite Downton Abbey characters.  Her menu includes

Daisy’s Potato Chips
Mrs. Patmore’s Tomato Bacon Jam
Highclere Castle White Bean Artichoke Aioli
Lady Sybil’s Truffled Mac and Cheese

On May 24, popular instructor Aubrey Hanshaw returns to teach California Fusion:  Sliders 3 Ways.  She will offer some fantastic ideas for sliders, just in time for your summer get togethers.

Turkey Sliders with Pineapple Slaw
Beef Sliders with Spicy Pasilla Aioli
Salmon Sliders with Lemon Dill Caper Aioli

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Coming Soon, New 6 Bottle Sample Packs

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Marisolio loves to provide our customers with variety.  We are excited to announce the new 6 bottle sample packs for the Spring/Summer season.  This assortment of 6 60 ml sample bottles makes an ideal gift, or an easy way to sample a variety of our oils and balsamics without having to purchase the full size bottles.  The boxes retail for $30.  They would make a perfect Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift, as well as an imaginative wedding or shower present.

The new 6 bottle sample packs will contain the following pairings of an oil and a balsamic:

FS-17 Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Raspberry Dark Balsamic
Wild Fernleaf Dill Olive Oil and Lemongrass Mint White Balsamic
Baklouti Green Chile Olive Oil and Alfoos Mango White Balsamic

This collection will take your summer salads and barbeques to a higher level than you ever dreamed possible.  Do stop by the shop to taste these products.  We are located at 488 Main Street in Murphys, CA.  You can also order by telephone at (209) 728-8853 or online at www.marisolio.com.

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Byzantine Greek Easter Cooking Class

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Marisolio is pleased to offer a class taught by Chef Dimitri Postolu on Tuesday, April 26.  This class is called “Byzantine Easter Dinner”, and features some classic Greek dishes you may have been afraid to try at home.  Never fear, after this class you will be confident enough in your skills to fix Spanikopita, Baklava, Mellanzano (eggplant dip), Tzatziki (cucumber dip) and Pastichio (Greek lasagna).  If you ever wished you had some tips on handling Phyllo dough, this is your chance to learn!

We just have a few openings left, so do call the shop at (209) 728-8853 to reserve your spot.  Class fee is $40.  Class sessions are offered at 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM on April 26.  Class is to be held at Marisolio, 488 Main Street in Murphys.

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Butte Fire Fundraiser for Arbor Day

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Marisolio plans to donate 5% of our earnings for the entire month of April to aid reforestation efforts in the recently fire-ravaged areas of Calaveras County.

Last September’s terrible fires in our county had devastating consequences, to not only individuals’ property, but to the vegetation in the area.  Many of the damaged trees have been removed, and it is now time to think ahead to replanting the area affected by the fires.  Erosion of the soil is a great danger to future growth of vegetation, so it is imperative that the area is replanted with trees and other plants to hold the soil in place.

We invite you to visit the shop or our online website so you can participate in this very worthwhile effort to revitalize the Butte Fire Area.  Marisolio is located at 488 Main Street in Murphys, CA.  Our online website is www.marisolio.com.

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Taste of Calaveras

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The 10th annual Taste of Calaveras event is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, in a new venue.  This year the event will be held at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys.  The purpose of the event is to showcase the fabulous wines, foods, art and restaurants to be enjoyed in our wonderful county.

Marisolio will be at the event, and will offer tastings of some of our amazing Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars.  Ironstone is beautiful this time of the year, and is a great location to showcase the diverse bounty of Calaveras County.

Join us at Taste of Calaveras on April 16, 2016 at Ironstone Vineyards from 12 – 4pm.  The event is sponsored by the Angels Camp Business Association.   Tickets are $40 advance, $50 at the gate. All ticket holders will receive a commemorative Wine Glass, wine and food tasting and a great day enjoying a Taste of Calaveras.

Marisolio will be open for business that day as well, and is located at 488 Main Street in Murphys.

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How To Use April’s Sale Products

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If you are wondering how to use this month’s sale products from Marisolio, look no further.  We have plenty of suggestions to make using these remarkable products an even more delicious experience for you.

Lavender Dark  Balsamic will make you imagine the open fields of a Provence landscape.  This balsamic is wonderful brushed over just about any grilled meat or vegetable.  You can also reduce it slightly and use the reduction as a topping for garlic mashed potatoes.

Lemongrass Mint White Balsamic is a natural choice for all your Thai stir fries.  It also is a wonderful flavoring over grilled fish, and as a dipping sauce for Spring Rolls.  I love it with a bit of Roasted Sesame Oil as a dressing over Chinese Chicken Salad.

Strawberry Dark Balsamic is what I reach for when I am dressing most of my summer salads.  I love to add some sliced strawberries and slivered almonds to my green salads, and a dressing made with 2 T. Marisolio Eureka Lemon Olive Oil and 1 T. Marisolio Strawbery Balsamic is the easiest thing to use to top it off beautifully.

Athinoelia Extra Virgin Olive Oil is hard to pronounce, but easy to use when you want the perfect oil to enhance your recipes.  This olive variety is rather rare, and is only grown in the Peloponnese area of Greece.  It is low in bitterness, and high in fruit.  A lovely medium bodied all purpose extra virgin olive oil.

FS-17 Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the choice to make when you want a “Big” olive oil.  This is a very robust oil, with the highest Poly-phenol count in the shop.  Extremely high in anti-oxidant properties.  For bread dipping, or any occasion when you desire your olive oil to stand up and be noticed, this is what you want.

Herbs de Provence Olive Oil is a new oil we recently started carrying.  If you love our best selling Tuscan Herb Olive Oil, think of this as the French version.  Redolent of lavender, rosemary and bay, this oil is sensational over grilled lamb.  I recently used it over little red roasting potatoes and my family is still raving about those crispy, creamy “Frenchified” roasted potatoes.  My house smelled like a French Bistro while those were roasting!

We would love to have you stop by the shop at 488 Main Street in Murphys to taste these fabulous sale products.  If that is not feasible, you can also order by telephone at (209) 728-8853 or on our website www.marisolio.com.

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Easy Entertaining Cooking Class-Spots Open

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We still have a few openings left in the morning session of our Easy Entertaining Cooking Class.  Class will be held at Marisolio on Tuesday April 12 at 10:00 AM, and will be taught by local professional chef and caterer Jennifer Wren-Stocheff.  Jennifer is currently the owner of the popular Murphys restaurant “Magnolia Cafe”.  She has been in business as a chef and caterer for some years now, and is known for her easy, imaginative and delicious recipes.  Not only will you get instruction, demonstration, and a recipe book with all the class recipes, but you will leave with a very happy tummy!

Don’t miss out on this informative and delightful class offering!  Give us a call at Marsolio to reserve your spot.  (209) 728-8853.  Class fee is $35.

The shop is located at 488 Main Street in Murphys, CA.

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