Recipes from The Grove
Recipes come from the heart and soul of our very existence. Family recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation should be treasured. These recipes tell a story of our heritage, allowing us to get a “taste” of our family history. These recipes nourish our souls and are true comfort foods that remind us of days past. Embrace them. Love them. Share them!
Great recipes come from creative minds and inspiration. In order to prepare a wonderful meal, you need to have the right ingredients readily available for your recipes. Be sure to stock your pantry with the highest quality extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and seasonings. Buy fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables from your local farmers market. Not only will you be getting the freshest produce currently in season, but you will also be supporting your local farmers.
Stocking your bookshelves with cookbooks with wonderful recipes can also be great inspiration. Don’t be intimidated to try something new. Making small changes to recipes by adding ingredients you like or eliminating those you don’t like will make the recipe your own. Try recipes from different cultures around the world and expand your culinary experience. Most of all, have fun with it!
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Whatever you choose to stock your pantry should be based on your personal taste. Be sure you choose several different olive oils to use in a variety of recipes. We recommend starting off with two, one that you will use for almost all your cooking and baking needs and one that is used as a finishing oil. Choose a finishing oil based on the pungency and fruitiness of the oil. The flavor should be one that you truly enjoy. The aroma and taste actually matters as it will be used to toss your salad, dip your bread, top off your soup, and drizzle over meat, cheese, pasta, and even ice cream!
Flavored or infused olive oils should also be part of your basic stock. The variety you have to choose from today will be your inspiration to create unique and flavorful dishes. We like Basil Olive Oil used in salad dressings and pasta dishes; Lemon Olive Oil for chicken, fish, salad dressings, and marinades; and Garlic Olive Oil for almost everything!
Balsamic Vinegar – Of course, you will want to have a traditional balsamic vinegar in your pantry as well. The sweetness of this aged balsamic vinegar will complement a variety of foods and can be used in many of your favorite recipes that call for vinegar. Flavored and infused balsamic vinegars are also great to have on hand to create unique flavors for your recipes. With so many varieties on the market today, your choices are endless.
Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil Recipes
Together, they are a perfect blend of sweet and tart with silky smoothness. Try pairing the different flavored oils and vinegars together to create a fabulous vinaigrette or marinade.
The typical ratios for a vinaigrette or marinade are below, but feel free to make adjustments to the recipe according to your taste and liking.
Vinaigrette – 2/3 parts Olive Oil to 1 part Vinegar
Marinade – 1 part Olive Oil to 1 part Vinegar
Olive Oil + Vinegar = Delicious Recipes!
Basil EVOO + Lemon White Balsamic = a light and fresh vinaigrette for a summer salad or antipasto with garden tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
Chipotle EVOO + Mango Balsamic = add a little kick to your chicken or fish and turn your dish into a fiesta!
Garlic EVOO + Smoked Balsamic = your beef filet will love to marinate in this blend. All you need next is a little sea salt, fresh ground pepper, and a grill.
Lemon EVOO + Strawberry Balsamic = a refreshing twist to lightly toss into a salad mixed with sweet strawberries, soft chèvre cheese, and crunchy almond pieces.
Sun-dried Tomato & Parmesan Garlic EVOO + Traditional Balsamic = a scrumptious marinade for a homemade bruschetta or grilled vegetables.
Converting Your Recipes
Using olive oil for cooking and frying has become increasingly popular due to the many health benefits olive oil has to offer. We recommend switching from butter or margarine and your old vegetable oil standby and start reaping the benefits immediately! We have included a conversion chart below for you to make the switch today. You’ll be glad you did!
Butter/Margarine = Olive Oil
1 tsp. = 3/4 tsp.
1 tbsp. = 2 1/4 tsp.
2 tbsp. = 1 1/2 tbsp.
1/4 cup = 3 tbsp.
1/3 cup = 1/4 cup
1/2 cup = 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp.
2/3 cup = 1/2 cup
3/4 cup = 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp.
1 cup = 3/4 cup