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Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Archive for the Category 'Gourmet Gifts'

Bread Dipping Dishes Gift Set

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Bread dipping dishes gift set are the small dishes perfect for dipping sauces such as olive oil, herbs and spices, balsamic vinegar, with Parmesan cheese or any other cheeses that you can dip your bread into while you’re waiting for your main course or your salad at a restaurant. Now you can have this at home with this lovely gift set you can find online the at . They are reasonably priced see you can order more than one set for everyone on your list.These lovely Italian bread dipping dishes have a built-in swirl so when you pour the oil or Balsamic vinegar onto the dish it follows the swirl and makes a lovely pattern. Bread dripping dishes gift set make the perfect holiday hostess gift when going to a party or they make a great gift for someone at your office or a neighbor or your child’s teacher or a friend or family member. Anyone who enjoys entertaining would love to receive these lovely bread dishes to be used again and again before meals at dinner parties they hold that their house.

Bread dripping dishes gift set allows each person to have their own bread dish for dipping instead of sharing which can cause all kinds of problems the least of which is elbow room. All that is required is the addition of a fresh baked loaf of Italian or French bread … sliced in 3/4 inch thick slices; Add the flavorful Extra Virgin Italian Olive Oil, sprinkle in the Bread Dipping Herbs and Spices… and enjoy!

Bread dripping dishes gift set are white stoneware and are the perfect accent to any décor because they absorb the colors around them and make the perfect accent to whatever dining style you’ve set your table to. Comes in sets of four single serving dishes, each stoneware dish is made in the USA, microwave and dishwasher safe. This gift set makes an ideal Christmas gift for any kitchen.

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Gift Idea from the Italian Kitchen

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Gift Idea from Italy

Is there a better gift idea than Gourmet food? Holidays, Birthdays and Anniversaries come every year and often we find ourselves unable to find the perfect gift idea. As we all know, most people like good food. So why not send a unique Gourmet food gift?

A Gourmet food gift is the ideal gift idea for that special person who you may have searched the mall over for something special, and are never able to find. The taste and flavor of Gourmet food gifts are known to be new, exciting, extraordinary, and perhaps something the recipient would never purchase their selves. Such may be the case with imported Italian olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar. Cold pressed olive oil matched with aged Italian balsamic vinegar makes a splendid gift idea. These accoutrements will not only add merit to any oil and vinegar recipe, but are also good for your health!

Our authentic Modena Balsamic Vinegar has become a popular Housewarming gift idea, and has been gaining popularity among friends who love to cook. A good bottle of Aceto Gran Reserva 25 Balsamico di Modena may never make it to the post office to be sent. Instead, it gets opened at home. Now, isn’t that the kind of gift idea worth considering?

Come and see for yourself. Visit sometime, and browse through our wonderful unique display of Gourmet gifts. 

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Oil and Vinegar unique Gifts

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Holiday Season gourmet gifts

With the approaching holidays comes food, dispensing of condiments, and then even more food. The Grape cluster oil and vinegar glass Cruet provides an elegant unique gourmet gift idea that fits well on any table. Unlike most holiday items, this is one that can be used again and again, after the holidays are over. Each Grape Cruet is hand-blown by glass artisans in Europe.

We offer an exquisite line of Gourmet oil and vinegar Cruets throughout the year to suit Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, or Corporate gifts.

This year we added some outstanding items to our product line: Balsamic Vinegars direct from Italy. Also an elegantly custom designed set of matched Drizzle Cruets that has already started to receive rave reviews from users. Our newest addition to is a beautifully designed Bread Dipping Dish which can be purchased separately or in a Bread Dipping Gift Set. Bread dipping is known to be very healthy and flavorsome, especially when used with our new Bread Dipping Herbs and Spices. Why not provide your dinner guests with a unique taste experience?

Having a stylish bread dipping dish can make all the difference to the table presentation. Our Bread Dipping Dishes are designed so that when olive oil is added to the dish, different hues of color can be seen, providing an artistically appetizing focal point to the table setting. As Gourmet gifts, each of our new unique products make excellent and affordable gift selections that will fit well in any kitchen.

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Online Gift Shopping

Thursday, October 09th, 2008

Online Gift Shopping for every occasion

The Holidays are fast approaching, and with it comes the foreboding feeling of Christmas gift shopping. High gas prices, fighting for a parking space at crowded shopping malls, and the anxiety of not knowing what to get, all lend to the growing apprehension that comes with the holiday season. But there is a way to circumvent all of the above. Christmas gifts don’t need to be a hassle. Shopping online at your leisure may be just the answer. In fact, the chances of the gift being received in the same spirit it is given is better, because you can sit down in the quietness of your own monitor, at your convenience, and browse with your perfect beverage. So the question: what to give for a Holiday Gift that will be liked? Most people like to eat good food, and they also like innovation. offers an excellent selection of ideal Christmas gifts, which are quite appealing to most folks.

There are several Christmas gift ideas that can be purchased online, with no hassle, and even sent directly to whom the gift is intended. Of course, taking advantage of shopping early for Holiday gifts while inventory still lasts is always a benefit. The following selections we found made exceptional gifts:


Why not give a gift of Gourmet Olive oil and Vinegar? Gourmet olive oil and Balsamic vinegar are classic staples that should be in every pantry. This gift set includes a hand blown glass grape cruet which holds both oil and vinegar in the same bottle for table serving. The inner portion of the glass is an intriguing shape of a cluster of grapes designed to hold the vinegar, while the portion of glass around the grapes holds the olive oil. The set includes Imported Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil and aged Balsamic Vinegar from Modena. Quality condiments are exquisite flavors that will enhance salads, pastas, and numerous other dishes such as bread dipping sauces.

Gourmet Gift Set Includes:
– 1 bottle Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil 8.5 fl oz. made by Masserrie di Sant’Eramo
– 1 bottle Italian Balsamic Vinegar 8.5 fl oz. produced by Masserrie di Sant’Eramo
– 1 Elegant European hand blown glass Grape Cruet


Beautifully hand blown by artisans in Europe, the Grape oil and vinegar glass Cruet is an exclusive gift idea. It’s very elegant with any table setting. Made of SIMAX glass, a European equivalent of PYREX, which is durable and practical for every day use. Includes cork closures. Two from the European factory plus two extras. Truly an unusual gift for the table and kitchen. 

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Glass Oil and Vinegar Cruet

Monday, October 06th, 2008

Glass Oil and Vinegar Cruet

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The glass Oil and Vinegar Cruet have been adapted for the 21st century. The U.S. has been behind the curve with olive oil and vinegar but is making huge strides to get in step with the international diet trend that is thousands of years old. Cooking with olive oil to produce healthy unsaturated fat dishes for the U.S. tables in restaurants and homes has taken the nation by storm. Cooking with olive oil in the Mediterranean has caused a global spread of the use of olive oil to nations that do not even grow olives. The heart healthy olive oil is recommended for salads, pasta, meat rubs and marinades in addition to replacing other vegetable or animal oils for cooking. The oil and vinegar vessels need to be functional, such as a glass Oil and Vinegar Cruet.

Balsamic vinegar is the natural companion to olive oil that compliments the cooked or uncooked dish. Balsamic vinegar is a “wine like” product, produced with grapes, aged in oak casks, with no alcohol, and valued by the oldest age. Balsamic vinegar becomes thicker as it gets older and takes less to flavor your dish. The quality balsamic vinegar starts in an oak barrel and is stored for a minimum of 4 years, and then is distributed in glass bottles. The balsamic vinegar vessel for dispensing should always be glass to prevent a taste robbing acidic reaction with a metal container. Balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing for salads is the most popular use for this vinegar. Bread dipping with balsamic vinegar and olive oil is quickly over taking the popularity of dressing, but both uses are growing exponentially worldwide! Balsamic vinegar and olive oil for bread dipping are no longer “just Italian” cuisine. Fine restaurants and family tables serve this delicacy as an accoutrement to the main dish regardless of the dish’s national origin.

Vinaigrette has become very popular. The combining of oil and vinegar to make an emulsion for salads and desserts have recipe authors rushing to the printer to be published. The combining of oil and vinegar gives a different texture and taste than when used separately. Every imaginable type of oil and vinegar has been used to make vinaigrettes. The vinaigrette serving vessel or mixing bottle has perplexed servers for years; do you use two separate bottles for each function, a combo bottle or a bowl and a bottle?

Dipping dish vessels specifically for oil and vinegar are new to the U.S. But dipping dishes at the restaurant and home are becoming a must. Choosing a dipping dish that distributes both the oil and vinegar precisely as the consumer desires it can be a challenge. Some imported dipping dishes can only be used for decorative purposes due to lead paint. Bread dipping has become such a popular event at all tables that this appetizer crosses all national cuisines.

Glass Oil and Vinegar Cruet Set

There are very few dispensers for storing gourmet olive oil and vinegar that are functional, convenient and pleasing in the table presentation. Until recently, the same type of vessels that have been used for hundreds of years, held the oil and or vinegar at the stove or on the table. Incorporating eye appeal and functionality, introduces the Glass Oil and Vinegar Cruet that has astounded restaurants and homes worldwide. It becomes increasingly more popular when it comes as a pair, a glass oil and vinegar cruet set.

A new oil and vinegar Grape Cruet combines both liquids in one vessel with European design and elegant see through glass. The Vinaigrette Dressing Bottle has been designed to mix the oil and vinegar emulsion and then serve the vinaigrette from the same bottle with a drizzle spout. Dipping dishes abound, some with lead paint from outside the U.S., some with quaint reservoirs and easily chipped. has a designed a revolutionary, restaurant grade bread Dipping Dish that has eye appeal as well as being highly functional. This dipping dish has the ability to keep oil separate or blend with the vinegar. The floral image produced while filling, gives the viewer a uniquely different design with each use. These are extremely unique one of a kind quality Glass Oil and Vinegar Cruet ideal for any gift occasion.

The Exquisite Gift of Balsamic

Friday, October 03rd, 2008

Gift of Balsamic Vinegar

In the year 1046, Marquess Bonifacio, Sir of the Canossa castle, presented Emperor Enrico III of Franconia with a bottle of balsamic vinegar. This gift was the first documented reference to the precious elixir so valued by cooks today.

During the Middle Ages, balsamic vinegar served medicinal purposes and was reputed to be a magical cure for problems ranging from sore throats to labor pains.  Balsamic vinegar also found use as an effective disinfectant.  Today, it is still a thoughtful and well-received offering, and is often given as a housewarming gift.

We have centuries of family tradition and expertise to thank for the balsamic vinegar we find today in the aisles of gourmet food shops.  The finest of this vinegar is said to have originated in Modena, Italy, and even today the most renowned balsamic vinegar is produced only in Modeana and Reggio, Italy. Some believe the first batch was the result of a small amount of cooked grapes, or “must,” spilled and forgotten.  Over time, a natural acetification, or conversion to acetic acid or vinegar, occurred and the aged vinegar captured food-lovers with its distinctive sweet and sour taste.

Over the years, research and scientific improvement have perfected the complex production process of balsamic vinegar. The Trebbiano variety of grape is preferred for red, and the Spergola for white sauvignon.  The unfermented juice, or “must” of the grapes is cooked slowly in copper pots over open direct flame until the liquid is reduced by half and one is left with the thick and fruity syrup.  A slimy substance forms over the vinegar surface, named “Mother” of vinegar, it is a combination of yeast and bacteria. Sometimes older aged balsamic vinegar is added to assist in the acetification process.

To earn the label “balsamic vinegar” in Italy, a minimum period of 12 years of aging is required.  Barrels used for the aging process may be crafted only of certain woods including oak, cherry, mulberry, ash, acacia and juniper.  Each type of wood adds its own nuance to the taste as the vinegar is changed into increasingly smaller barrels during the process.  It is important to know the quality of the vinegar if you are giving it as a gourmet gift. Balsamic vinegars off the shelf with no such label have usually spent between six months and one year in stainless steel tanks.   They may also have aged in wooden casks from two to 12 years.   If not labeled “traditionale”, you might be buying a mixture of vinegar, syrup and other additives.  These are the bottles you might find in prepackaged gift baskets. At 12 years, the vinegar is labeled “traditional”.  Over 25 years of aging produces vinegar able to be called “Extra Vecchio.”   A consortium governing body (similar to those that label French and Italian wines) decides what quality the vinegar can be labeled.

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Bread Dipping Kit, a Gourmet Gift

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

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The bread dipping kit is a popular Italian gift for all occasions. A bread dipping appetizer brings the estate Tuscan cuisine to any table. This gourmet food gift includes imported Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Italy, fine quality stoneware dipping dishes and a premium blend of bread dipping seasoning. All that is required with the bread dipping kit, is a fresh baked loaf of bread which you can pick up at a local supermarket or bake shop. A French baguette or Italian bread loaf works well when sliced and served with extra virgin dipping oil drizzled over the Italian blend of bread dipping herbs and spices.

Each bread dipping kit comes with a bread dipping oil recipe. The Cruets Gourmet dipping herbs and spices is a blend of oregano, onion, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, parsley, and fragrant basil. In just a few minutes you can hydrate the dipping herbs with water, drain, then drizzle oil over until covered. Stir mixture and add additional olive oil and serve with fresh bread.

Cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil is the best quality olive oil you can buy. Italian Masserie Olive Oil, which was selected for this bread dipping gift set, has a wonderful light flavor that is excellent for making dipping sauces and dipping oils where you do not want the olive oil taste to dominate the herbs and spices flavors.

A bread dipping appetizer using quality extra virgin olive oil, is a tasteful and healthy addition to any meal. The health benefits ascribed to the Mediterranean Diet is a plus to the gourmet cuisine that is so popular.

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A gift for Mother’s Day

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

The second Sunday in May is Mother’s Day. The true essence of thankfulness will bring us to the front door of mom’s house with gifts in hand, from hearts that have a sincere desire to express gratitude.

Mother’s Day gifts come in a variety of selections and styles. Most often these gifts are simple flower arrangements, chocolates and cards. Moms will never respond unkindly, but perhaps it is time to consider a gift that is a thoughtful indicator of the love and appreciation you have for your mother. A gift of considerate choosing that takes your gratitude to a level that will surprise and delight the very one who gave you life.

Our mothers spend a great deal of time in the kitchen and a unique kitchen gift or a gourmet gift of elegance and style will be remembered long after flowers fade, wither, and are finally discarded.

Imagine some time in the future; mom sits down for a cup of tea and traces her finger across the top of a Euro Glass Teapot, or a hand-blown set of oil and vinegar cruets, she received as a gift from you. She remembers special long ago moments she was certain she had forgotten. A thoughtful, daily used gift can provide a personal ongoing connection between you and your mother. Best of all – her thoughts will be toward you, not the gift.

This in no way diminishes the effectiveness of the gift; it actually enhances the overall gift giving experience. You see, a well thought out Mother’s Day gift is as much for you as it is for her; useful and appreciated – with memories attached.

When the second Sunday in May rolls around, consider a kitchen gift or a gourmet gift that conveys to your mom that you believe Mother’s Day is more than a special occasion – the day is a moment of insistence that she be held in the highest esteem. It may even be a moment when strained relationships can be mended and old offenses forgotten.

Long after the second Monday in May, our mom will settle back in her daily routine. Why not give her another reason to think of you each day. And you know, she will indeed.

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Mother’s Day Gourmet Gifts

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

Mothers Day gourmet giftMother’s Day gourmet gift ideas for the gourmet kitchen. Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May, so if you are shopping for a Mother’s Day gift, you may want to make a note on the calendar a week or so ahead of time. Give yourself a little extra time to shop for a unique Mother’s Day gift that will be more than just an arrangement of flowers and a card. Mother’s Day gourmet gifts are a great selection for your mother, grandmother, or mother-in-law. A gourmet Mother’s Day gift can be a unique kitchen item, a helpful culinary tool, or delicious imported gourmet condiments that she can use over and over while cooking.

One unique Mother’s Day gift for the kitchen is an oil and vinegar cruet set. Non-drip drizzler sets for olive oil and balsamic vinegar are a welcome addition to any kitchen or dining table. Olive oil is known for the bothersome drip down the side of the bottle and on fine table linens. The matching pair of drizzle cruets dispense both oil and vinegar easily and without a mess. The handblown glass design offers European style with practical filling and easy drizzling of fine oils and flavored vinegars. A cruet set can be purchased along with bottles of award winning olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar.

Oil and vinegar gift sets can be sent by Priority Mail in time for Mother’s Day. Cold pressed Spanish olive oil is a delightful condiment as well as a healthy alternative to nominal cooking oils, margarine, and nonstick cooking sprays. Aged Italian balsamic vinegar is a delicious taste and flavor to drizzle over meats, poultry, and fish. Gourmet balsamic vinegar is the perfect gourmet gift for Mother’s Day. It is becoming more popular to give a bottle of balsamic vinegar, rather than a bottle of red or white wine; a bottle of balsamic vinegar will last a lot longer too.

Gourmet oil and vinegar is an excellent Mother’s Day gift selection, as they are imported accoutrements that mom might not necessarily purchase on her own. Preparing dishes with balsamic vinegar will add new flavor to old recipes. With a simple wire whisk or a kitchen blender, an oil and vinegar vinaigrette can be made numerous ways, providing spice and panache to salad dressings and marinades.

If your mother loves to cook Italian cuisine, she will enjoy imported olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar to make pastas, dressings, and the homemade bread dipping sauces.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with kindness and consideration. A gourmet gift shows your appreciation and gratitude in a tasteful way. Regardless of which gift you decide to get your mother or grandmother on Mother’s Day, be sure to take time out for her on Sunday. You may consider calling her or even visiting her in person. One of the best Mother’s Day gifts of all, is hearing from family that tells her how much she is loved and thought of.

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Gourmet Gift Ideas For The Gourmet Kitchen

Wednesday, April 04th, 2007

gourmet giftA gourmet gift is given as a tasteful gift selection that will be thoroughly enjoyed by friends or family. Fine gourmet food gifts and culinary gourmet kitchen items are perfect gift ideas for Holiday and gift occasions. Gourmet gift ideas need not be overly expensive. Unique gifts can be found at prices that will fit a budget. Imported gourmet food gifts can be a special first time treat, or a taste that may be remembered from years gone by, and perhaps thousands of miles away. A gourmet kitchen gift can be a useful culinary tool or item to have for food preparation or serving. It also should be unique and unlikely that the nominal kitchen may already have it.

A Gourmet gift of an oil and vinegar cruet set
Gourmet glass cruet sets. A gourmet gift of a cruet set for oil and vinegar is the perfect unique gift idea for anniversaries, housewarming, or hostess gift. Hand blown elegant European style and design. Glass cruets are made for easy oil and vinegar drizzle application for food preparation and serving. Matching oil and vinegar glass drizzler cruet set are ideal table decanters for fine olive oil and imported balsamico. Gourmet cruet set will add style to using quality condiments and also displays nicely on any dining table. Whether drizzling gourmet olive oil, or a delicate red raspberry wine vinegar, these drizzler cruets dispense without drips down the side of the bottles or on the table. A cruet set will make an extraordinary Mother’s Day gourmet gift idea.

Gourmet gift of olive wood utensils
Culinary gourmet gifts of olive wood utensils. Gourmet olive wood tools that are hand made in France. Gourmet gifts for chefs and cooks may include olive wood salad fingers or server set, made from tooled olive wood which is beautifully grained. Olive wood is known for its hygienic properties and offers long lasting quality to a gourmet kitchen collection. Gourmet kitchen gifts also include an olive wood herb and spice grinder. The olive wood herb mill is used by cooks throughout France. This herb mill is durable enough for daily use, and comes pre-filled with 4 oz. of dried spices: a taste of France, Herbes de Provence. French spice blend is excellent in soups, stews, tomato dishes, and poultry, such as roasted chicken. For a gourmet gift idea, an olive wood herb mill is an exquisite selection.

Gourmet Food gift of Olive Oil
Gourmet condiments of balsamic vinegar and cold pressed olive oil. Send a taste of Mediterranean cuisine as a gourmet gift. Spanish olive oil and Italian balsamico are known as premium selections of the two classic oil and vinegar accoutrements. Spain leads the world in gourmet, estate produced, premium quality olive oil. Cold pressed Spanish extra virgin olive oil exudes deep rich flavor, with intense fruity bouquet and taste. These qualities are direct results of the olive varietals which flourish in the Mediterranean soil conditions and microclimate of the Southern province of Andalusia, Spain. Spanish cold processed olive oil is a delicious healthy gourmet food gift.

Gourmet Food gift of Balsamic Vinegar
Gourmet Italian aged Balsamic vinegar is the authentic balsamico. The gourmet gift of Balsamico di Modena, or Aceto Balsamico di Modena features the rich mature flavor of a vinegar that has been aged for a minimum of 12 years in small casks and carefully watched over by Italian family vinegar masters. The slow aging creates a dense, pleasantly syrupy sweet with only a hint of vinegar tartness. Balsamic vinegar’s unique delicate flavor is a wonderful taste to be included in oil and vinegar dressings. Its full bodied flavor also accentuates fresh fruits such as fresh sliced pears or strawberries. Gourmet chefs use it as a dessert topping, drizzled over fresh berries, vanilla ice cream or cakes. Aged balsamic vinegar is an excellent gourmet food gift idea.

A Gourmet Food gift of Smoked Alaskan Salmon
Gourmet Smoked Alaskan Sockeye Salmon works very well as a mailed or shipped gourmet gift. Delicately smoked and cured to perfection, brings out the rich full flavor of Copper River Sockeye Salmon. Perfect Smoked Alaskan Sockeye fillets for firm flaky texture when making party hors d’oeuvres or gourmet pate. Smoked Sockeye Salmon Gift Boxes are a classic gourmet gift favorite. All smoked sockeye salmon fillets are carefully selected, seasoned and smoked in the traditional native Alaskan methods. Alaska sockeye salmon is wild caught from Alaska’s pristine cold waters and carefully managed fishery.
Gourmet gift smoked salmon comes in gold foil retort packaging and is shelf stable. No refrigeration is required until opening. Take a smoked salmon spread or pate to a party as a popular gourmet food gift.

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