Happy Appetizers

Jennifer Mac

" Take it easy, but take it."
- Woody Guthrie


"As I've said before, this time of year is hectic. We can all use an easy button, or six. I've got a great, tasty, guilt-free, easy answer for your parties, book club get-togethers, ladies lunches, sports watching parties, work treats, Saturday lunch with kids...or every other reason you have to eat a tasty bites. This seriously comes together so quickly you can wing it at the last minute and still look like the perfect hostess or party-goer. Here's what I made, but as I try to always offer you, the options are endless. I'll add a few ideas for variety. Take the fun party picks with the tassel-like ends and add half of a cut grape, a cube of cheese ( I used a creamy Havarti) and a red raspberry to each. Put on a pretty plate/platter in mass and drizzle with GO-On Tap raspberry balsamic. I have made this several ways, but like the look of the green grape, cream of the cheese and bright, beautiful pink of a raspberry. You can try apples with sharp cheddar with GO pecan balsamic. Make pear with cheddar or havarti, red 1/2 grapes with GO pecan or pomegranate balsamic. Medjool dates (halved) with havarti and GO Cran-Orange balsamic would be delicious as well. Use your imagination, use your time well and easily and with your favorite GO-On Tap balsamic, your mouth, food and sanity will thank you. Pour. Savor. Enjoy."

Happy Appetizer

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Surprise Me!

Jennifer Mac

"Show me something beautiful. Say something meaningful. Be compassionate. Be thoughtful. Be kind. Be elegant in a world forgetting how. Go on....surprise me.
I love good surprises. This idea probably won't be any type of surprise....but I'm offering it to you anyway. Here are the simple basics - potato chips, cheese, freshly ground black pepper and GO-On Tap oo. So, no real surprise that this will be delish right? Well, here goes..make this and just enjoy, because you deserve to. Get your favorite type of plain kettle cooked potato chips. Preheat your oven to 425. Spread chips in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet, spray or drizzle your favorite GO-On Tap oo over ( I made 2 batches and used garlic mushroom on one and rosemary oo on the other) and sprinkle freshly grated pecorino cheese over. Bake for 3-4 minutes - seriously watch these, as they will turn brown and could burn more quickly than you think (trust me, I know) and pull from oven. Just out of the oven, sprinkle on more pecorino cheese and freshly ground black pepper. If you can stand to let these cool, put them in a bowl and enjoy. I love these warm, just out of the oven. This is an easy twist on game day chips, a fun pre-dinner party idea....a movie night twist to popcorn (or heck, use this on popcorn instead of chips). Use your imagination - purchase sweet potato chips, drizzle GO-On Tap blood orange oo, cinnamon and grated gouda cheese, GO-On Tap rosemary oo, lemon zest and parm cheese on sweet potato chips....you get the idea. With GO-On Tap, cheese, potatoes...any treat can say "Surprise"!!
Pour. Savor. Enjoy."
 

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Stuff-Shrooms

Jennifer Mac

"Why did the mushroom get invited to all the great parties?
- Because it was a fungi (fun guy).

You are going to want to take these fungi to all your parties, sports game get-togethers or for your own party for one. No worries, there's always space at the table for these because they don't take up 'mushroom ' (much room). These are fun, easy little appetizers or accompaniment to any meal. I used Bella mushrooms. Remove the stem and hollow out the inside a bit. Lightly rinse and let dry upside down. While drying, I mixed ricotta cheese, freshly grated parm, toasted and very finely chopped pecans, finely diced celery and a good pour of GO-On Tap Meyer Lemon oo. I let that sit about 2 hours in the fridge to chill and let the flavors blend. I love the fresh celery and that the meyer lemon oo really picks up the earthiness of the mushroom in this dish. When ready to bake, I stuffed the mushrooms, topped with shredded mozzarella cheese. I baked at 350 for 15 minutes, just until the cheese melted and the center was warm. There are numerous ways to make 'stuff-shrooms'. If you want super fast and easy, take a box of the stuffing mix from the grocery store, make on the stove top with your favorite GO-On Tap oo and use that in the shroom. Any GO-On Tap oo would be perfect for this fall treat. As always, make it your own. Pour. Savor. Enjoy.'

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Spicy Deception

Jennifer Mac

"You've heard it all....'don't judge a book by its cover', 'If you don't like the heat, get out of the kitchen', 'Variety is the spice of life'. Well, this rings true for this simple, special, unexpected GO-On Tap olive oil infused drink.
I love a good gin martini. I've taken my heat out of the kitchen and onto my deck, lit my candles and peacefully am taking time to reflect on my last few months. Make your favorite martini (or drink with tonic), drop a few golden/red drops of warm GO-On Tap roasted chile olive oil islands into your drink, add your favorite garnish, like a big olive freshly stuffed with blue cheese, take a comfortable seat and say 'cheers'! This delightful warm/spicy addition to your adult beverage is a wonderful surprise. It puts warmth and good heat to a drink that screams vacation and transitions it to Fall. Cheers to the new season of the year. Cheers to perhaps a new season in your life. Cheers to making it through challenges and cheers to ease of life, if that is your good fortune. Cheers to growing children, new environments, to bravery and fortitude. Cheers to women, men, daughters, sons, friends and all the people that make our lives happy and livable. Cheers to Mother Nature and all the bounty she brings; grapes and olives in particular. Cheers for the situations we survive, grow and thrive through. Cheers to what begins and what ends. Cheers to all that has been and all that is yet to be. Cheers to life. Continue to pour, savor, enjoy."

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Iced Herb Cubes

Jennifer Mac

"Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now". - Alan Lakein

"This idea came to me in an odd way. Right now, my basil, rosemary and thyme are growing and multiplying like crazy. I don't like wasting fresh herbs and until now, haven't found a great way to keep them fresh beyond immediate use. I've made pesto and frozen it into cubes for use in the future and that's perhaps what jogged my mind to the current situation.
Are you ready for this? I froze the herbs into olive oil cubes! I tore and chopped my fresh herbs, placed them into an ice cube tray and poured GO-On Tap olive oil (I made some with basil oo, meyer lemon oo and tuscan herb oo) over them. It is up to you if you want a deep or shallow 'cube'. Genius right? Once frozen, pop out of the mold and place in zipper-neck type bags and return to the freezer.
See? Planning for the future, bringing it into the present and voila.....easy meal help with fresh ingredients later. Pasta, eggs, soups, stews, sauces and marinades that you make in the fall (or even tomorrow night) will thank you for your planning and prep now.
As always, use GO-On Tap for your tasty, healthy, present and future meals. Pour. Savor. Enjoy. "

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Galette Up and GO

Jennifer Mac

" Summertime and the living is easy."
- George Gershwin


"Ah, Summertime. Sweet, easy Summertime. I hope you are all staying cool, making great easy meals with GO-On Tap naturally flavored olive oils and balsamics, laughing with friends and taking some down time to relax.
As the local blueberries have hit my farmer's market, I had to make a gorgeous blueberry galette. This is so easy, pretty and fresh tasting. If you don't want to bother with the pastry part, just spoon this over ice cream, grilled pound cake or pancakes. This is also sweet when lightly mixed into ricotta cheese, spread over crostini and topped with lemon zest.
On the stove, mix sugar, 2 C. blueberries, GO-On Tap raspberry (or pecan, strawberry, pomegranate or fig) balsamic, cornstarch and bring just to a simmer. Let simmer a few minutes and cool (to thicken).
While cooling, brush a flat pie crust with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Pour the blueberry mix over the pie crust, leaving a 2 inch border. Fold the border over into a blueberry barrier. Then brush that edge with water, milk or egg wash and sprinkle more cinnamon and sugar over the top.

Galette
Bake 15-20 minutes at 425. Serve warm or cool...with ice cream. Hello Summertime! Pour. Savor. Enjoy"

 

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Simply...Vinaigrette

Jennifer Mac

" Good food. Good fun. Family and sun. Life's simple pleasures."
- Unknown

"Hello Summer. Hello to picnics, beaches, outdoor dining, get-togethers and easy, tasty food. When Summer rolls in, remember all your GO-On Tap naturally infused olive oils and balsamics are still your perfect food companions.
This week, remember all the possibilities (possibili-bites) with a vinaigrette. Use all your favorite GO-On Tap products on your pasta, potato salads, grilled or chilled proteins, slaws and salads.
Remember to use (1) part acid to (2) parts oil and an emulsifier for the perfect base. Mix and match your GO-On Tap oils and balsamics for the acid/oil base. Add fresh herbs and spices and your meals are destined for deliciousness.
Food does not need to be complicated or time consuming to make. With your Summer favorites, family, friends and GO-On Tap products, you can enjoy all the best that the season brings."

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Caprese Galette

Jennifer Mac

"I never met a color I didn't like " - Dale Chihuly (renowned glass artist)

"I bet Mr. Chihuly approves of the colors in this tasty treat. If you follow my posts, then you know I like making galettes. They are easy, quick to make and very versatile. With my tomato plants in the ground, I know I will make this appetizer/light meal item over and over again this Summer. I took a rectangular pizza crust, spread with a mixture of mascarpone cheese, a beaten egg, roasted red pepper flakes, 3 pressed garlic cloves, a little rosemary, thyme, oregano and grated jarlsberg cheese. I then placed sliced cherry red and yellow tomatoes on top of that, rolled the sides of crust in a bit, brushed the crust with GO-On Tap basil oo and sprinkled sea salt onto it. Once baked and out of the oven, I sprinkled basil strips on top, a handful of shredded parm cheese and drizzled more GO-On Tap basil oo over this. Colors are beautiful and bright. The taste is creamy, bright, intensely tomato-y and basil-y perfect. The crust is done just right....crunchy on the bottom, chewy on the edges. Get ready people, your tomatoes want to be eaten this way! As always, make it your own and continue to Pour. Savor. Enjoy."

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Onion Jam

Jennifer Mac

"It is hard to imagine a civilization without onions". - Julia Child  

"Julia is right. The world needs onions. I've caramelized plenty but never made a sweeter, easy, 'jammy' type onion and now, I adore this new twist. I sliced red onion and set aside. Heat GO-On Tap Signature limited edition Spanish evoo and unsalted butter to melt. Add the sliced onions and cook down/soften 5-8 minutes on med-high heat. Then add brown sugar, a pinch of salt, turn the heat down and simmer onions another 10 minutes or so (until really soft). Then I add GO-on Tap pomegranate balsamic (or fig, peach, raspberry, aged 25 year or cran-orange), scraping the bottom of the pan to get any bits up, if there are any. Simmer another minute or two until the mixture thickens and season to taste with cracked black pepper. Let this cool. I put this sweet, tangy onion jam on a sourdough, topped with gruyere cheese and made a delicious grilled cheese sandwich. This jam can be used to top bruschetta, spread with ricotta and fresh parm shavings. I also like this jam alongside my over easy or scrambled eggs. With onions and GO-On Tap olive oils and balsamics, you can't go wrong. Pour. Savor. Enjoy."

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"Hump" Day Dinner Solution

Jennifer Mac

"It's Wednesday....and again you ask yourself, "What's for dinner"? Well, I ask myself that too and tonight, it's Grapes and Olives On-Tap with every meal item. This is a GO meal. Easy, quick, very tasty and all working together food components use several GO-On Tap olive oils and balsamics, thus, making a good dinner, great.
Ready - let's go, this is quick and easy.
I pan-roasted chicken sausage (minus the casing) in GO-On Tap meyer lemon oo and fig balsamic. I added a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg. Just cooked and swirled in the oo and balsamic until cooked. Done.
I made French style green beans roasted with shallots and the GO-On Tap signature Spanish evoo. Yum. Done.
I made couscous, lentils and quinoa with GO-On Tap rosemary oo, pepper, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries. Done.
Easy and ready to eat in 35 minutes. Ordinary, extraordinary...GO-On Tap.
Need I say more?
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