Enjoy April in the Motherlode

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Spring has arrived in the Motherlode!  If you haven’t paid our area a visit in awhile, you might want to consider doing so during this lovely time of year.

The hills are still green, the flowers are blooming, and the butterflies are out in full force.  Our days are comfortably cool, and the evenings mild.  Schools are still in session, so the crowds are lighter than they will be next month at this time.  The town of Murphys is full of over 24 wonderful wine tasting rooms, unique shops , plus there are some really exciting restaurants to tempt our visitors.

In particular, we would like to encourage you to pay a visit to Marisolio.  We are an olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting room, and have an outstanding array of products for you to enjoy.  Our knowledgeable staff would be delighted to show you around the shop, and offer specific products to compliment your tastes and style of cooking.  It is easy to drop in intending to stay just a minute, and find that some time has passed by while you enjoyed sampling all our great oils and balsamics and visiting with our staff!

We are a great destination, and hope you will stop by for “the Marisolio experience”.

We are located at 488 Main Street, Murphys, CA  (209) 728-8853.  www.marisolio.com

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Rob’s Place Cooking Class

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Chef Rob from local Murphys restaurant “Rob’s Place” is going to teach a cooking class for us here at Marisolio! The class date is Tuesday April 28.  We are so excited to have Rob in house. Rob has years of experience, most recently (before opening his own restaurant) he was Chef at Ironstone Winery and taught their cooking classes as well. He is well known for his appetizers, soups, sandwiches and all around fabulous cooking. Murphys has been abuzz with praise for his new restaurant “Rob’s Place”. Rob will share some recipes for two appetizers, several salad dressings, a soup and a quick dessert. Do join us for this outstanding class offering from Marisolio Tasting Bar!

Rob’s class is scheduled for April 28 at both 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM.  Class fee is $30.  The evening session is filling up, but we have openings for the morning class.  This is a rare opportunity to get some instruction from a popular and well known local chef.  We do hope you will experience it with us.


Marisolio is located at 488 Main Street in Murphys.  Give us a call at (209) 728-8853 to register for the class.


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Garlic, You Gotta Love It


We all know how delicious garlic is.  We use it in just about everything, but who knew that garlic has some fairly amazing health benefits as well?

The claims are pretty impressive, from curing diseases as minor as the common cold to ailments as deadly as the plague!  Many of the health benefit claims are unproven, but studies are showing that garlic does seem to assist some patients with managing their blood cholesterol levels.  Modern science has also shown that garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic.

Just about the only side effect of too much garlic seems to be “garlic breath”.

Marisolio can help you with that particular issue.  We offer a wonderful California Garlic Olive Oil that adds just the right amount of garlic flavor to your recipes–and not so much to your breath.  In many cases you can use our California Garlic Olive Oil in place of a garlic clove in your dishes.  It also pairs exceptionally well with our Traditional Aged 18 Years Balsamic as a bread dipping combination.

If you haven’t experienced this special treat, do stop by the shop at 488 Main Street for a taste.  Marisolio’s California Garlic Oil and our Traditional 18 Year Aged Balsamic are two of our best selling products and are both on sale the entire month of April.  We can take your orders online at www.marisolio.com or by phone at (209) 728-8853.

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Bacon Jam

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Until just recently, I had not heard of Bacon Jam.  Our owner, Mary Lou, mentioned it to me, and I had to look it up on the internet.  Most recipes I found were similar, but Martha Stewart’s stood out, both because of the addition of bourbon to the mix, but also because I figured we could use Marisolio’s Sherry Reserva Vinegar in the recipe.  Try a spread of this on your next egg salad sandwich.  It will elevate things to a whole new level!

Martha Stewart’s Bacon Jam

  • 1 1/2 pounds sliced bacon, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups finely chopped shallots (from 3 large or 8 small shallots)
  • 4 small cloves garlic, chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup Marisolio Sherry Reserva Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar

Spread half of bacon in a single layer in a large skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until browned, 20 to 23 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Remove fat; clean pan. Repeat with remaining bacon, reserving browned bits and 1 tablespoon fat in pan.

Add shallots and garlic to pan and cook over medium heat, stirring, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add chili powder, ginger, and mustard and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Increase heat to high; add bourbon and maple syrup. Bring to a boil, scraping up browned bits. Add Marisolio Sherry Reserva Vinegar and brown sugar and return to a boil. Add reserved bacon; reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until liquid reduces to a thick glaze, about 10 minutes.

Transfer mixture to a food processor and pulse until it has the consistency of a chunky jam. Refrigerate in an airtight container at least 1 hour and up to 4 weeks.


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A Few Openings in Spring Brunch Class


Marisolio has a few openings left in the morning session of our April 14 cooking class Spring Has Sprung Brunch.  The 6:00 PM class is full, but we would be pleased to have you join us for the 10:00 AM session.  Our resident chef Shauna Hawkins will be sharing some outstanding recipes.  Don’t miss out!  Our cooking classes have really taken off and this one is a must.  Just wait until you hear about our line up of future classes.  You will love it.

We are located at 488 Main Street, Murphys, CA.  (209) 728-8853.

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Peruvian Ceviche


At our recent Peruvian Platter Cooking Class, our instructor, shop owner Mary Lou Schuster, made the most delicious Ceviche de Camaron o Pescado.  You have the option of making this version of Ceviche with either shrimp or a firm white fish such as Halibut, Snapper, Cod, or Ahi.

Mary Lou chose to use Snapper in her dish, as well as tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, lots of lime juice, cucumber and our Ultra Premium Coratina olive oil.  The results were pretty spectacular, as you can see from the close up photo above.  And I can tell you, the taste was even better than the photo!

If you have not had the pleasure of attending one of our cooking classes, we would like to suggest that you do so.  We have a fantastic line up of guest chefs coming up on the calendar.   In April, we have two classes scheduled:  Spring Has Sprung Brunch on April 14, and Rob from Rob’s Place (a new local restaurant) will cook for us on April 28.  We still have a few openings, so if you are available, give us a call at (209) 728-8853 to register by phone.

Our cooking classes are a real treat!  Don’t miss out.

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On Sale In April

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Marisolio is thrilled to announce that some of our most popular products are on sale during the month of April.

California Garlic Oil
Leccino Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Milanese Gremolata Olive Oil
Lavender Dark Balsamic Condimento
Traditional Aged 18 Years Balsamic
Alfoos Mango White Balsamic Condiemento

We would love to have you stop by the shop for a full tasting of these and other products.  We are located at 488 Main Street in Murphys, CA.  If you are not able to stop by, we have a great online site at www.marisolio.com.  We would be happy to have you give us a call to order by phone if you prefer.  (209) 728-8853.

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Roast Chicken for Easter Dinner

roast chicken

With Easter coming up this weekend, I have been thinking I would like to take a lighter approach to my menu.  Typically I go all out with a baked ham and lots of calorie laden side dishes.  This year we are going to a brunch in the morning, so I decided to take the easy and healthy way out when it comes to dinner.

I love a roasted chicken and have found that this is one of the easiest meals to put together.  I don’t even really have a recipe, just a method and a secret ingredient.

I cut up lots of vegetables, usually carrots and red or white potatoes.  Fennel is a nice addition in the spring as well.  I place the cut up vegetables in the bottom of my roasting pan and season well with salt and pepper and a drizzle of Marisolio’s Milanese Gremolata Olive Oil.  I then turn my attention to the whole roasting chicken, which I massage liberally with the same Milanese Gremolata Oil.  Season well with salt and pepper and place on top of the cut up vegetables.  Squeeze the juice of one lemon over all.

As the chicken cooks, it is raised up from the bottom of the pan, as the vegetables form a sort of rack for the bird.  The drippings from the chicken also baste the vegetables as it cooks.  The chicken should be done in an hour and fifteen minutes.  Check temperature and be sure it is at 180 degrees.  Serve and enjoy.

If you need some of our delicious Milanese Gremolata Olive Oil, it just happens to be on sale all month long!  Do stop by the shop at 488 Main Street, or give us a call at (209) 728-8853.  You can also order online at www.marisolio.com

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Marisolio Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary

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The staff at Marisolio experienced a rare day all together at The Fruit Yard restaurant on Sunday, March 29.  The reason for our gathering was the celebration of the shop’s 5 year anniversary.  Pictured above are our incomparable owner, Mary Lou Schuster, her delightful sister Jackie, and brother in law Michael.

All of us here at Marisolio feel especially fortunate to work for Mary Lou, and are so proud of her accomplishments in creating such an excellent environment for us to sell our outstanding olive oils and balsamic condimentos.  We all wish her another five years of success and achievement.

We would love to have you come by the shop to see what is new for Spring, and do some tasting with us.  We are at 488 Main Street in Murphys, and can also be reached online at www.marisolio.com or by phone at (209) 728-8853.  We all are so excited about our products and are always pretty enthusiastic about making recommendations to our customers!

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Store Closed on Sunday, March 29


It’s a rare event, but Sunday, March 29, Marisolio will be closed.  Our hard working staff is going to be off celebrating our first five years in business.  Since we want everyone to enjoy the party, we must close our doors on that one day so all staff can attend.

To make it up to you, we hope you will be able to visit us on the previous day, Saturday March 28 for a fun filled celebration for you, our loyal customers.  Join us then for special discounts, food and live entertainment.  We are located at 488 Main Street, Murphys.

If you need our products, we will be open our usual hours (10-5) the week of March 22-28, with lots of in store specials to reward your patronage over the years.  You can also order online at our website:  www.marisolio.com.

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