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Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

A grape cruet, unique gift idea

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006 12:43am

 

grape cruetOil and vinegar cruet designs vary from drizzle cruets to cut crystal cruets. They can be made from many different materials. Because of the acidity in vinegar, and the delicate flavor of olive oil, glass vessels make one of the best type of cruet dispensers. One style of cruet is the glass within glass cruet. select itemThe popular oil and vinegar grape cruet is an example of such cruets. Its grape design features a grape cluster on the inside of the main vessel. Each grape cruet is beautifully hand blown by European glass craftsmen.

Hand blown glass cruets make a very elegant statement on your dining table and will also be an interesting conversation piece over dinner. Our unique oil and vinegar cruets are extremely durable and functional. Each hand blown glass container has two separate glass compartments within it. The outer vessel holds the olive oil and separates it from the inner vessel, which holds the balsamic vinegar.

The simple, yet elegant design makes it easy for pouring, serving and storing.The grape cruet is made of SIMAX glass, this is a technical grade glass similar in characteristics to that of PYREX. A grape cruet is an ideal housewarming gift or wedding shower present. This item is popular for unique gift ideas ranging from birthday gifts to housewarming presents.

Cruets.com offers the Grape Cruet with gourmet Spanish olive oil and Italian balsamic vinegar as a gift set. The grape cruet, oil and vinegar set, is popular for housewarming or hostess presents.

The Stylish Olive Oil Bread Dipping Dish

Monday, January 21st, 2008 3:39pm

bread dippingBread dipping is the new, healthy alternative to crackers and cheese which have been a staple, but often overused, appetizer. A tasty trend, fresh baked bread dipped in flavored olive oil, with herbs and spices, you will love it.

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Tired of serving carrot and celery sticks to guests, why not try something different?

Be the first of your friends to use a new bread dipping dish and you’re sure to start a new trend. Add an olive oil dipping dish and some herb dips to the mix, and you’ve got yourself a culinary winner.

Combine Mediterranean-inspired oils with a variety of breads in a classy bread dipping dish, and you’ve created an appetizer that can be used no matter what the occasion.

There’s no need to run around searching for a gourmet grocer either. Simply visit your local supermarket and look for the olive oil section. Be prepared to spend that little bit extra for a bottle of extra virgin olive oil. Being the highest quality oil, it has a wonderful flavor, and is the best option for bread dipping. It’s likely you might already have some pure olive oil at home, but this is best left for cooking, as the flavor pales in comparison to extra virgin olive oil. 

Despite the name, extra light olive oil does not contain any less calories than other olive oils. The lighter color and flavor is what is referred to in this instance. It makes a great substitute to canola or vegetable oil when baking.

With a bread dipping dish, you can serve several oils and sauces at once. Place flavored oils such as fresh basil, lemon juice or roasted garlic in one of the olive oil dipping dishes to accompany the bread.

If you’re keen to create your own unique oil for bread dipping, consider adding some prepared basil pesto, Kalamata olive tapenade or sun dried tomato pesto to the oil. Mix well and to ensure that the flavors develop, leave the blended ingredients to stand for a minimum of 15 minutes.

If you want things spiced up a little, add a teaspoon of Italian seasoning and a dash of crushed red pepper flakes to a quarter cup of olive oil. For another flavor, fill one of the olive oil dipping dishes with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. First, dip a piece of bread into the oil, and then into the dish containing the cheese. Your guests will be stunned at the taste sensation.

And don’t think you need to stick to the standard french bread stick. Breads that a great for bread dipping include ciabatta, focaccia and sourdough, all of which can be found at your local deli or bakery. On a cold winter’s night, serve a loaf of warm French bread dough. 

The bread dipping dish is versatile and functional. Try filling with steamed vegetables instead of bread, and dip the vegetables into the flavored olive oil. For the perfect Italian appetizer, place your favorite oil in the olive oil dipping dish and then dip bread or vegetables into the oil. Olive oil bread dipping dish can be found in white stoneware with color graduations in the dish when filled with olive oil. It makes a wonderful wedding present, especially for a visual presentation on the newlyweds dining table. Once the oil is placed in the olive oil dipping dish, lovely green tones will filter through, providing both a work of art and a feast.

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Bread Dipping Gift Set

Monday, March 31st, 2008 10:17pm

bread dipping gift setThe bread dipping gift set is a unique kitchen gift that accentuates style at the table for any meal or party.

Bread dipping and Olive Oil Dipping Dish Set: Set of Four.
Comes with Italian Bread dipping Herbs and Spices.
Italian produced Masserie Extra Virgin Olive Oil included. 

Bring family and friends together to enjoy fresh baked bread dipped in Italian Olive Oil and Herbs and Spices. Enjoy a special gourmet starter before the main course, with a set of white stoneware dipping dishes and bread dipping accoutrements. Four custom designed stoneware dipping dishes provide a table setting of dip dishes that feature a spiral accent as they display gradual color variation of the olive oil. When filled with premium olive oil, the spiral designed dishes render an exquisite floral rosette which appears inside the dish. The gourmet dipping dishes also work well with steamed veggies and other oil or sauce dipping uses. An ideal accompaniment to be used with the glass Drizzle Cruets, available separately at Cruets.com.

Dipping Dish set is American made with 5-year warranty.
Sizes: 4.5 inch, round spiral design dipping dishes

Cruets Gourmet Bread Dipping Herbs and Spices is delightful as a bread dipping snack, appetizer or starter to any meal. The beautifully made Bread Dipping Set is perfect for housewarming, hostess, and holiday gifts. At your next get-together, you and your friends will enjoy a quality gourmet gift of exceptional taste. Gourmet Gift set comes with Italian Bread Dipping Herbs and Spices, which is a blend of flavors reminiscent of old Tuscany. Spice blend consist of quality Ingredients. All natural, basil, oregano, sun dried tomatoes, garlic, and parsley. No MSG, No Trans Fats. 

Enjoy with your favorite fresh baked bread or use it in your recipes to enhance the flavors of your favorite recipes. For extra flavor, soak 1 tablespoon of spices in 2 tablespoons of water for about 10 minutes, drain and add extra virgin olive oil.

Prepare an Italian table with quality stoneware bread dipping dishes and fine imported Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Dishes are made of bisque white porcelain for decorative serving and old world Tuscan charm. Each durable stoneware piece features artistic spiral lines for a versatile tabletop aesthetic that can be dressed up for entertaining or everyday use. The high quality bread dipping dishes make terrific gifts for those just starting out or for others who need everyday pieces that will coordinate with existing tableware. Made of fine American stoneware which has been highly fired with a shiny gloss for pleasing table appearance. Microwave and dishwasher safe.

• Durable Kitchen Stoneware
• Chip resistant Dishwasher and Microwave safe
• Made in USA
• A Cruets.com Exclusive gift

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Oil And Vinegar Gift Set

Monday, April 30th, 2007 5:25pm

gourmet gift setOil and Vinegar Gourmet Gift Set.

Choose to send this gift item by USPS  Priority Mail. This oil and vinegar gourmet set makes a perfect gift selection for any occasion. It is popular for Mother’s Day, housewarming and birthday gifts.

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Gourmet Gift set comes with Italian coldpressed olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar from Modena Italy. Cold pressed gourmet olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar add a healthy flourish to salads, pastas, and Italian cuisine.

Perfect pantry additions for every cook.

Includes with the gift set:

  • Italian Masserrie di Sant’Eramo Virgin Olive Oil 8.5 fl oz.
  • Italian Masserrie di Sant’Eramo Balsamic Vinegar 8.5 fl oz.
  • An exquisite crystal European hand blown Grape design Cruet Give a holiday gift of a gourmet oil and vinegar. Imported Italian gourmet Extra Virgin Olive Oil and aged Balsamic Vinegar from Modena.
  • (The glass oil and vinegar cruet decanter is included).

Price $56.95

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Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe

Thursday, June 15th, 2006 10:34pm


Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons clover honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Crushed dried red pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 

In a medium bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, honey, garlic, and red pepper. Add olive oil in a thin stream, whisking until emulsified. You can also use a food processor tp mix all the ingedients if you like.
Be sure to gradually whisk or blend the oil into the vinegar, you create an emulsion (an emulsion is a mixture of two liquids that usually don’t combine so readily or smoothly.)

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Villa Bellentani Balsamic Vinegar

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 11:22pm

Villa Bellentani, Balsamic Vinegar of Modena Villa Bellentani of Modena Italy, produces balsamic vinegars that are classed in a gourmet category of their own. These balsamic vinegars are unlike other aged vinegars made simply from wine. Villa Bellentani balsamic vinegar make exquisite gourmet gifts.select item

Villa Bellentani balsamic vinegar represents the essence of commerce which made Modena a capital city. The traditional balsamic producers, or Acetifici Italiani, have understood after 400 years, a need to preserve Italy’s family traditions and heritage of genuine balsamico production. They wish to preserve Modena balsamic vinegar, which has already been adulterated and corrupted by vinegar producers who do not follow authentic tradition. For centuries, the world of authentic Italian aged balsamic vinegar is one of respect for the history and traditions of the trade.

Modern food production and technology processes are in compliance with the most recent European and international regulations (HACCP-ISO-CE). These measures assure the production of a kind of balsamico vinegar which comes from the Modena locale, in cooperation with generations of handed down family aged traditions.

A philosophy of life helped inspire the building of the beautiful villa in Carpi (now an Italian national historic monument) of the Eighteenth century Bellentani family. The Villa in Carpi structure, with its architectural design and frescos have made Villa Bellentani integral with balsamic heritage. The villa is an inspiration for perfection in the production of balsamico vinegars. Villa Bellentani balsamico is a true taste of Italy. They produce authentic balsamic vinegar from centuries of experience, which shows in the pride they have for the balsamic vinegar made at their facility.

Villa Bellentani balsamic vinegar has a very dark, rich color. This is the result of the long, natural aging process which is carefully regulated by the balsamico vinegar master. The balsamico ages for years in small wooden casks, and will become darker over time. The consistency of the balsamic vinegar becomes thicker and eventually the viscosity is like that of syrup.

Villa Bellentani flavor and balsamic production cannot be imitated by amateur producers whose only concern is keeping the price low. Villa Bellentani balsamic vinegar is a superior balsamic quality that exceeds the final customers highest expectations. Villa Bellentani balsamic vinegar mellows, enriches and blends the taste of numerous foods, while stimulating the palate with a complex flavors and aroma. Gourmet chefs will use it in small amounts, as quality balsamic vinegar will enhance but not overwhelm the flavors in delicate gourmet dishes.

 

Bread dipping dish for herbed olive oil

Wednesday, January 09th, 2008 9:24pm

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A new Bread Dipping Dish. As people become more health conscious, many are turning to the Mediterranean Diet in order to eat a healthy diet without feeling like they’re depriving themselves. A great appetizer originating from Italy, and fitting perfectly with the Mediterranean Diet is bread dipping. select item

Creating a bread dipping appetizer is simple. All that is required is a bread dipping dish, bread and some olive oil and vinegar. Slice or cube your chosen bread (sourdough and foccacia are great for this), and place some extra virgin olive oil or balsamic vinegar in the bread dipping dish. Now all that’s required is to choose a piece a piece of bread and dip it into your desired condiment. Nothing could be more simple.

Our new bread dipping dish provides the perfect dish to use for bread dipping. A simple swirl on the bottom of the dipping dish becomes an artistic focal point when extra virgin olive oil is added. The swirl will appear to get darker as the dipping dish gets deeper.Made from restaurant grade white porcelain, our dipping dish is perfect for any occasion. Elegant and functional, the dipping dish is 4.5 inches wide, and is dishwasher safe, making cleaning a breeze. Should you create your own flavored oils to use in the dipping dish, it is also microwave safe, so oil can be warmed in the microwave to disperse the flavor.

To obtain the best quality flavor, extra virgin olive oil should be used in the olive oil dipping dish. While you may already have olive oil in your kitchen cupboard, extra virgin olive oil contains the most flavor, and lends itself perfectly to bread dipping, so it’s worth buying some extra virgin olive oil to use for this purpose. To make your own flavored oils for the dipping dish, simply add some fresh herbs and spices to the oil. Basil, lemon juice, sun dried tomato’s and black pepper all work well. Simply allow the flavors to blend for at least 15 minutes before serving. If you do need to use the oil immediately, place the dipping dish in the microwave and heat for 10 seconds. This will help the flavors to disperse so that you can serve straight away.

If you haven’t already tried it, consider making bread dipping appetizer for your next function. You’re sure to start a trend, and the bread dipping dish makes a wonderful table centerpiece, sure to gain many comments. You can be assured that this is one appetizer that will be devoured by all. Bread dipping is a healthy alternative to many other snacks, and does not have to be saved for special occasions. If the kids are hungry after school, bring out the bread dipping dish along with their favorite bread, and they’ll be satisfied in no time. If unexpected guests drop in, it’s no trouble to quickly throw together a quick platter. Slice up some bread, fill the dipping dish with extra virgin olive oil, and it’s ready to serve.

Next time you need to buy a gift, remember that the beautiful American Porcelain Bread Dipping Dish makes a wonderful present. Classy and useful, it’s suitable to give as an anniversary, birthday, engagement or wedding gift. Team it with a quality extra virgin olive oil and vinegar, or a flavored oil you’ve created yourself, and you’ve got a sure winner.

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Chef’s Three Oil Drizzlers Set

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007 11:07pm

Drizzler Set of ThreeChef’s Drizzler Set of 3. Unique kitchen gift for the serious cook or chef. Hand Blown glass, Elegant Euro style and design, the perfect drizzlers for gourmet olive oils, flavored vinegars, truffle oils, infused oils, cooking oils, and soy sauce. select itemThree Drizzlers are culinary tools that drizzle oils and other condiments with a consistent flow and without dripping. Hygienic borosilicate Simax glass. Matching oil and vinegar glass drizzlers.

Chef Drizzler set is made up of three matching drizzler cruets: each are two piece cruets: one glass pour spout and corresponding vessel body. Simax glass is a specially designed lightweight glass, made for durable restaurant grade kitchenware. Simax glass material is similar to Pyrex and can withstand extreme heat and high acid levels. Genuine hand blown glass composition. No metallic corrosion after extended exposure to vinegar. Flared neck receptacle accepts ground glass spout and catches any drip. Has built-in funnel for easy filling of your olive oil cruet. Integral vent in glass spouts allow pressure equalization when pouring any liquid.

Care: Wash before first use with dish soap. Occasionally, empty the cruets and wash thoroughly with hot water and dish soap, avoid using abrasive pads. Glass cruets are dishwasher safe.

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Cruet Drizzler Set

Monday, April 30th, 2007 5:33pm

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Glass Oil and Vinegar Drizzler Set.

Hand blown glass oil and vinegar cruets from Europe. Drip free cruets are made for easy and consistent oil and vinegar drizzling over any dish.

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Ideal for serving oil and vinegar for bread dipping. Drizzle gourmet olive oil and flavored vinegar over green salads, tossed pasta, grilled vegetables, fresh greens, and roasted meats. Drizzle cooking oil or vinegar while cooking and serving. Drizzle red raspberry wine vinegar or cold pressed gourmet olive oil, these drizzle cruets dispense with fine condiments with perfection.

A cruet set is a great selection, the unique gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries, and Christmas gifts.

Each drizzle cruet holds 6 oz. Glass cruets are dishwasher safe.

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Simple Masserie Balsamic Vinaigrette

Friday, April 21st, 2006 5:46pm

Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

  • 1/2 cup Modena balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup delicate extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled an crushed in a garlic press
  • pinch of dried red pepper finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon Tamari soy sauce

In a food processor or blender (at a low speed), mix together Masserie balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, honey, garlic, and grated red pepper. Add olive oil in a thin stream, while blender is running. This way you will mix the oil and vinegar which are two liquids that normally would not combine easily.

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