Warm Butternut Squash and Orzo Salad

Ingredients 1 small butternut squash (about 1 pound), peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice 1/2 pound small shiitake or Baby Bella mushrooms, stemmed and quartered 5 tablespoons O’Live A Little’s Roasted Butternut Squash Seed Oil, divided Kosher salt and black pepper 1 cup (8 ounces) uncooked Orzo 2 tablespoon O’Live A Little’s Sweet Cider Vinegar 2 TBSP O’Live A Little’s Blood Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions, white and light green parts 7 ounces grated aged Cheddar (about 1 3/4 cups) Method Of Prep Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss squash with 2 teaspoons oil;...

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Unique Gifts for the Holidays and Other Special Occasions at O’Live A Little

We have more than just Olive Oil – Amazing Gift Baskets made to impressIs it just us? Or do the holidays get busier and “crazier” every year!?It never hurts to have some creative ideas to turn to in the waning days before the big celebrations begin. If you have a loved one who happens to be a “foodie”, our stores in South Windsor and Canton have an eclectic selection of delicacies from around the world.Need something to impress that certain host or hostess who has “everything”? Perhaps you could use some “out-of-the-ordinary” gift baskets to thank business clients and “A-List”...

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Tzatziki Spread

Click here for the video recipe!Ingredients 4 tablespoons O’Live A Little’s Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 tablespoon O’Live A Little’s Red Wine Vinegar 2 cloves of garlic, minced finely ½ teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt ¼ teaspoon fresh cracked pepper 2 cups Greek full fat yogurt Cucumber – peeled and grated to equal approx. 1 cup. Once grated, be sure to squeeze the water out of the cucumber 1 tablespoon chopped dill or mint or a combination of both Method of Prep Combine olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper into a bowl. Mix till well combined. Using a...

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Turn on your Sweetheart for Valentine’s or anytime!

Aphrodisiac foods may or may not prove to turn up the Libido. But, hey, it can’t hurt to tryAhh, Valentine’s Day. The holiday of love. Romance – it conjures up so many creative opportunities to say and show how much that special someone means to you.History and literature are at no loss for the romantically inclined – reference to food, beliefs, and folklore teach us that the right tasty morsels will excite and arouse desire in our love interest.We can all think of references to the amorous effects of oysters, red wine, and chocolate in popular movies and literature. In...

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Traditional Lebanese Hummus with Za’atar Chips

This creamy chickpea dip has become so popular over the past 10 years. All one needs to do is observe how much space in your local grocery store is devoted to it… its original form and all the new varieties of flavors… many people are enjoying this most basic of Middle Eastern foods.The most delicious hummus comes from soaking and the cooking dried chickpeas. However, in our “not enough time” culture, using canned chickpeas is the fastest and best option. Making hummus at home is so incredibly fast and easy. It tastes better than store-bought and the cost to make...

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The Perfect Marinated Mushrooms

This marinade is a delicious combo of Southern Italian flavors: lemon, chile, olive oil, oregano. However, if you like, feel free to add and/or replace it with your favorite herbs and flavorings.  Meaty style mushrooms are best for this recipe. If you don’t have freshly foraged mushrooms, look for store-bought ones such as cremini, shiitake or king trumpets. The recipe is easy and straightforward but does require a little time to complete. But, the results are so worth it! Ingredients 3 to 4 pounds meaty mushrooms 4 Cups of O’Live A Little’s Sweet Cider Vinegar Kosher salt or pure sea...

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