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Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Archive for April, 2007

Salad dressing recipe, home made

Monday, April 02nd, 2007

salad dressing recipeA salad dressing from a home made recipe is an art with no trans-fats. The health benefits of a fresh made salad dressing recipe, outweigh all of the convenience of the store-bought salad dressings.
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It is also devoid of the dreaded detriment of hydrogenated oils and trans-fats that lurk within commercial processed salad dressings.

An oil and vinegar salad dressing recipe is a staple every kitchen should have. The classic vinaigrette salad dressing can be made from a basic recipe or from numerous delicious variations.

An oil and vinegar vinaigrette is a simple mixture of olive oil, vinegar and mustard. Dress a salad with small drizzle of vinaigrette salad dressing and adjust the amount to your personal preference and taste.

Basic home made vinaigrette salad dressing recipe


1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
1-1/2 Tablespoons raw blackberry honey
dash of sea salt and pinch of fresh ground pepper


Place all ingredients except olive oil in a medium mixing bowl, whisk until honey and sea salt have dissolved. Add extra virgin olive oil and whisk together until emulsified.
Drizzle over fresh spring greens. You can garnish with chopped walnuts and raisins.

Vinaigrette salad dressing recipe 101.

An oil and vinegar vinaigrette is a home made emulsion. (To make an emulsion, you would mix two liquids that ordinarily do not mix well, such as oil and water or oil and vinegar.) Vinaigrette mixtures of oil and vinegar will eventually separate, the oil going to the top, and the vinegar settling to the bottom.

A basic vinaigrette salad dressing recipe is very simple to make. It can be made in a blender or simply whisked together in a mixing bowl. After preparing a home made vinaigrette salad dressing, allow it to stand for several hours before using, the flavors of all ingredients will blend together for additional taste and body. You can keep a vinaigrette salad dressing several days in the fridge after making. When you are ready to use, don’t be perplexed by the vinaigrette mixture separating, simply shake or whisk together again before serving.

The classic ratio of a home made vinaigrette salad dressing recipe is one part vinegar to four parts oil. The proportions will vary by recipe and personal taste.

In some salad dressing recipes the vinegar may be substituted with a citrus juice-vinegar blend. Dijon mustard is commonly added with the vinegar. Dijon mustard added to any vinaigrette recipe will help stabilize the emulsion a little longer than if made without.

Select fresh or dried herbs to add to your vinaigrette recipe. Diced onions, minced shallots, and pressed or grated garlic and ginger are also welcome additions. Be sure to add the dried herbs and other ingredients to the vinegar along with sea salt and mix well before adding the olive oil. It is best to mix the fresh herbs just before mixing the emulsion.

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Olive wood herb mill and grinder

Sunday, April 01st, 2007

olive wood herb millOlive wood herb mill and spice grinder. Each herb mill is hand made in France from select olive wood. The Olive wood and acrylic grinder-mill is used throughout France in the kitchen. Herb mill is sturdy enough for daily use and comes already filled with four oz. of Herbes de Provence spices. Olive wood is the most prized natural wood which gourmet utensils and cooking tools can be made from.

French made Provençal olive wood herb mill turns dried herbs into fresh and flavorful cooking spices. It grinds dried herbs to a fresh fragrant powder. By grinding to a soft powder the herb and spice’s fragrance and flavor is increased greatly. Fresh seasonings such as ground herbs and spices are preferred by chefs because of the inherent flavor they bring to every dish where they are used.

Each hand made olive wood herb mill measures about 5 inches tall and has a diameter of about 2 inches. The olive wood herb mill and the select grade dried herbs are imported from France.

Often recipes will call for Herbs de Provence to be combined with fresh sliced tomatoes, the dried herb flavors are used to create delicious, classic Provençal recipes as bouillabaisse, ratatouille, French salade niçoise, and the garlic flavored mayonnaise called “aioli.”

As a gourmet gift, the olive wood herb and spice grinder is a welcome addition to gourmet kitchens. You can easily dispense dried herbs whole by pushing on the top button, or fresh ground by a twist the top to grind.

Herbes de Provence spices, ground through a herb mill, are known for extraordinary flavor and fragrance. French gourmet recipes call for it as a common ingredient. Quality herb ingredients such as basil, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, and savory are selected for this exceptional herb and spice mixture. Add flavor to marinade meats, poultry, fish, or vegetables. Add to stews and soups.

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Oil and vinegar set, a gourmet drizzler set

Sunday, April 01st, 2007

oil and vinegar setOil and vinegar set. A drizzler set is the chef’s choice of the perfect gourmet gift. An oil and vinegar set that does not drip makes a perfect gourmet gift item

The glass drizzler set will display on the table well and dispense olive oil and vinegar perfectly. This olive oil cruet set is custom made and hand blown in Europe. Elegant Euro design accentuates the drizzler set’s practicality for table use and also as a chef’s cooking tool. Balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil are recommended to be dispensed with a frugal ‘drizzle,’ which this oil and vinegar set accomplishes easily, and with no drip down the bottle sides, or residual table mess.

The drizzler set was made to easily fit in your hand and set upright on the table with little chance for tipping over. Cold pressed olive oil and balsamic vinegar are best dispensed in glass containers. A glass vessel is hygienic and preserves the delicate flavors and composition of your prized condiments better than other cruets made from other materials. Our matching oil and vinegar set has two vessels which are made up of two piece cruets. Each handblown cruet has a glass pour spout and corresponding vessel body.

Formed from restaurant grade glass, the cruet set is very durable for extended use. Glass pour spouts seat firmly into vessel with ground glass friction fit. Flared glass neck receptacle accepts ground glass spout and catches any drip, and also serves a a built-in funnel for filling. The drizzler set incorporates glass spouts which have an integral vent for pressure equalization when pouring liquids. The cruet set was designed for easy olive oil and vinegar drizzle application, and restricts inadvertent or excessive pouring and drips. Our drizzler set offers perfect decanting of condiments such as soy sauce, truffle oil, cooking oil, olive oil, and other flavored vinegars while cooking or serving.

An oil and vinegar cruet set is the perfect gourmet gift idea for any cook or kitchen. Each matched cruet set is Dishwasher safe. Hand made in Europe. Each oil and vinegar set includes two separate vessels which hold 6 fl oz. each. Oil and vinegar is not included with drizzler set.

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