Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

Jennifer .

"I’ll admit, for weeks I did not know what this R post would contain. I had no idea what to make, but with a delightful foodie gift from a friend yesterday, it all became clear. I was given scapes, curly tendrils of green that come up from hard necked garlic plants, and presto, my pesto thoughts ran wild. This is a really nice dip that is fast and easy to make. It’s a great alternative to guacamole or a sour cream based dip. I roasted red peppers on the grill (but you can keep it easy and get a jar of roasted reds if you prefer, just drain first), peeled and seeded them. Then I put the peppers, GO-On Tap Basil EVOO, chopped scapes, freshly grated parm cheese, roasted walnuts, a pinch salt and ground black pepper into my food processor. Done. Easy. Delicious. The scapes bring a lovely soft garlic flavor profile to the pesto versus a sharper, more pungent raw garlic clove hit. If you’d prefer, add fresh basil to the mix. You can add chili flake for a kickier dip as well. Garlic Mushroom, Spanish Signature or even the Blood Orange EVOOs from Grapes & Olives On Tap would be nice options instead of the Basil EVOO that I used. If you’re watching carbs, this would be great spooned over roasted cauliflower. Or, spoon over softened, cream cheese and dip crackers into. As always, honor your appetite. Play with your food."

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

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Mozzarella Salad

Jennifer .

"This could not be easier or more flexible of a twist on salad. While we know and love mozzarella with tomato and GO-On Tap basil oo, there are endless options with cheese and GO products. What’s in your fridge? What GO-On Tap olive oils and balsamics do you have and love? What combos do you like to use? Well, here’s a new take for your favorites. I cubed fresh mozzerella cheese, sliced some seedless cucumbers, smashed some Castelvetrano olives and mixed with GO-On Tap meyer lemon oo, lemon white balsamic and zest of a lemon. I cracked some pink peppercorn over top and this is done! Seriously easy. Seriously fresh. My avocados aren’t quite ripe now, so I’ll add that the next time I make this. You can swap in feta, kalamata olives, Go-On Tap Spanish Limited Edition oo, chopped tomatoes and red onion. Or, add all that to cubed (or the balls) of fresh mozzarella. Toss in fresh herbs, segment an orange, cut in radishes. Mix and match. Honor your appetite. Play with your food.”

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Lemon Risotto with Peas and Parm Cheese

Jennifer .

"Hello GO Friends. Here we are, on letter L. Almost ½ way through the alphabet. This one is a keeper! Lemon is always a winner and carbs/comfort make a triple threat to a meal. And let’s be honest, sometimes, comfort food has to be ‘it’. Enjoy it. Savor it. This recipe, I’ll tell you came from one I’ve seen on a certain food tv channel by a certain Italian female chef. You can search the recipe. I made modifications because I love more parm cheese. I omit bay leaf and chives. I added peas and of course, plenty and then some more, GO-On Tap meyer lemon oo. You could make this interesting and mix a blend of GO meyer lemon oo and rosemary oo or meyer lemon and blood orange oo. For a double bubble of goodness and some tang to the creamy risotto and parm, add some GO-On Tap white lemon balsamic with the GO meyer lemon oo. Mix up your veggie addition if you wish. Peas, asparagus, crisped Brussels sprout leaves, or diced and roasted sweet potato would make wonderful healthy and delicious additions. Tarragon, basil, thyme....your herbs are your options. While we’re home and working on eating healthy, with GO-On Tap olive oils, It's always healthy. Making a luscious, creamy, lemony carb and veg dish is even better with GO. Top with protein of your choice. Or, go all carb out and eat with your veggie mixed in and a side of warm bread or croissant. Stay safe. Stay well. Honor your appetite. Play with your food."

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H is for Hash Brown Waffles

Jennifer .

"Well, as it happens, some attempts at food work better than others. This was not the most successful, in form, but it was really good in taste. I’m always up for the ‘breakfast for dinner’ concept. Tonight I tried a new idea. While we’re all hunkering close to home or in our homes, I ask you to stretch your culinary ideas. Try what you like. Make something you might not normally have time for during the week. Experiment. Enjoy. I took shredded hash brown potatoes, mixed in cheese, salt, pepper, granulated garlic and placed in my round waffle maker that I brushed with GO-On Tap garlic mushroom oo. When the potato waffle was done, I topped with soft eggs and salsa. Crispy potato, creamy eggs, kicky salsa. What more could one want? I made a second potato waffle with GO-On Tap rosemary oo, scrambled eggs and warm, pure maple syrup. Delicious. I will admit, getting the hash browns out of the waffle maker was a little challenging. I wonder what a mashed potato waffle would be like? Nonetheless, make this your own. Honor your appetite. Play with your food.”

Hash Brown Waffles

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GO Letter C: Chocolate Cake (VEGAN)

Jennifer .

"Well, GO fans, there is a first time for many, many things in life, and this is the FIRST vegan cake I have ever made. Diane Lopez, of GO-On Tap ownership, asked me to make this and why not! I followed the recipe she gave me, except used GO brand oo's and balsamic. This could not be easier, faster or tastier (considering there's no butter or eggs in it). Like applesauce in a recipe, olive oil is a great moisturizer and 'good fats' addition. This rich chocolate cake proves that eggs and butter do not own the baking world. That said, I did have some issues that I need to figure out how to make better next time. While the chocolate tastes great with the GO blood orange oo , the balsamic is lost (I think the balsamic is there to add acidity to the baking soda for rising with flour). When I cut the loaf, it was more crumbly than I'd hoped. Maybe next time I add more than the 1/3 C. olive oil. The rise of the cake loaf was nice, I just don't quite love the texture/slight dryness yet. GOOD FIRST GO (pun intended) at this. Here's the recipe. 1 1/2 C. all purpose flour, 3/4 C. brown sugar, 1/4 C. cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 Tbsp GO balsamic (I used vanilla-fig), 1/3 C GO oo (I used blood orange) and 1 C. water. Mix and pour into a parchment lined 5x9 loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and then remove from pan. ** I baked for the 30 minutes. Next time I make this, I'm adding cinnamon and cayenne pepper to the mix with GO roasted chili oo. Make this the year of doing new things. Honor your appetite. Play with your food.”

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B is for Baked Beans

Jennifer .

"Remember a few years back when seasoning and baking garbanzo's was a 'thing'? Well, I've updated my bean, decided to use one I prefer, and it is not only tasty and healthy, but can be used for more than just snacking. I saw this idea on a food site. While I did modify the recipe quite a bit and used a balsamic, which was not in the recipe, I think that addition added to some issues. Let me explain. I rinsed well, 2 cans of cannellini beans. I poured them onto a clean towel and 'dried' them. They have to be very dry, even if you let them air dry a few hours. Then I poured GO-On Tap rosemary oo and GO-On Tap lemon balsamic into a bowl and seasoned (liberally) with granulated garlic, freshly cracked black pepper, Himalayan salt and a dash of red pepper flakes. Then gently stirred in the rinsed and dried beans. I had to make this recipe twice because I think the balsamic browned/kind of burned the beans too quickly and the oven temp was too high. So, after 1 not great batch, I started over. Lighter pour of balsamic and I set my oven at 350, not 425. Yes, it took longer to get the crunchy, crispy finish I wanted, but it was well worth the low and slow concept. Once out of the oven, I added sunflower seeds and munched away. These are herby, kicky, crunchy outside with a little creamy inside bites. Eat as is or add to a salad, top a vegetable or garnish your soup. Yum. Honor your appetite. Play with your food".

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OLIVE (I love) This Scrub

Jennifer .

"Season's Greetings GO fans! Here's one, almost, final post of the year. I have no story for this, no great words to dispense, just happy, smiling, soft lips to wish you all well with. As it seems this time of year, eating, drinking, socializing and cooler temperatures ask our mouths to pull extra duty. This can wreak dryness to our skin and I do not care for dry lips. Ever. Thankfully, I've made the perfect helper to avoid them, especially on this chilly December day. Chapped, sore, dry, tired lips - no more! I simply took a few tablespoons of brown sugar (you can use a coarser turbinado if you wish, or salt, but sugar is better) and mixed in GO-On Tap Blood Orange oo and a drop of good vanilla flavoring. The sugar/oo blend is wet and sandlike. I rubbed a bit of this onto my lips and let sit a few minutes, then gently rinsed with warm water and voila. Happy, soft, tasty lips. No odd chemicals here, no harsh abrasives, nothing you wouldn't put in your body. I put this in a small, clean cosmetic container and put in the fridge until I use it again tomorrow. Honor your appetite (and body). Play with your food.”

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Southwestern Sweet Potato Hash

Jennifer .

"Hello Sweeeeet Potato! Growing up I did not like sweet potatoes. Actually, I bet the issue was more that I did not like the way my mom made sweet potatoes. She just didn't play with food. Poor sweet potato got a bad rap because my mom couldn't cook. Now, I love sweet potatoes and all the ways they can be prepared and enjoyed. While this dish has many parts and might seem laborious, it isn't. Take it in steps and this will become a favorite. I caramelized onions in GO-On Tap Spanish Limited oo and when cooked to my liking, I added a splash of GO pomegranate balsamic. I chopped and roasted sweet potatoes in GO roasted chili oo and GO blood orange oo and pinch Himalayan salt. I mixed pico de gallo into cooked black beans, garlic and a drizzle of GO roasted chili oo. Each of those 'units' has other uses which I'll deconstruct next time. For now, build this. Sweet potato hash, top with seasoned black beans and pico, a dollop of caramelized onion and the crowning glory, a fried egg. Add cheese, cilantro, avocado, andouille sausage or other protein. Your choice. Now, honor your appetite. Play with your food. Make this your own. Pour. Savor. Enjoy."

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The Next "Avocado" Toast

Jennifer .

"I like toast. Hearty bread, golden-hued, soft crunchy toast. If I wake up hungry in the middle of the night, toast is my go-to. That said, this wonderful, easy, delicious toast is going to be the next 'hit' and send avocado toast back to where ever it came from. This morning I made toasty English muffins. I drizzled GO-On Tap Spanish oo over the crisped rounds and topped with soft, melty fresh mozzarella cheese. I then drizzled GO-On Tap raspberry balsamic over that and hit it at the end with sprinkles of black lava salt. Perfect. I also like to make this with soft triangle shaped spreadable cheese, drizzle with any GO oo and top with hard- boiled egg slices and Himalayan or Maldon salt. Not only is this a healthy bite to eat, it is easy and can feel indulgent. The level of 'fancy' or comforting components that put a smile on your face and force you to sit and enjoy your food, is worth the little prep time this takes. Mix and match your breads, cheeses, add thin slices of cucumber or radish, shredded carrots or berries. English muffin, spreadable cheese, some berries and your choice of GO oo and balsamic would be sweet. You could spread goat or ricotta cheese, drizzle GO oo, a tomato slice, sprinkle fresh basil over and top with GO balsamic. Caprese in your hand. Bread is never just bread. Food is never just food. As always, make this your own. Pour. Savor. Enjoy.”

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Bacon Ribbons

Jennifer .

"I stopped eating pork when I was 7 years old. No bologna, no sausage, no chops, no bacon. Done. While I've never missed eating it, I do like the smell of bacon. Now I make turkey bacon-like strips on occasion, like today. Here's the fun twist. I brushed GO-On Tap rosemary oo and GO-On Tap pomegranate balsamic, a hint of Himalayan salt and pure maple syrup over slices of turkey bacon. I then threaded each slice onto a wooden skewer, like a ribbon. Bake these in the oven and voila! Perfect for a fun plate of appetizers, brunch, pull off skewer and add to a burger or sandwich or snack. Crumble and top your bowl of ice cream. Sweet, tangy bacon ribbons that taste as good as they look. You could mix peanut butter and GO chili oil. Once baked, top with finely chopped scallion tops (or a drizzle of GO scallion oo). Black pepper, brown sugar and GO raspberry balsamic would be fine too. Or, try GO roasted chili oo and a combo of GO strawberry and chocolate balsamic. Sweet heat. As always, make this your own. Pour. Savor. Enjoy.”

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