New balsamics arriving for the summer

Posted by Al Pryzbylski on June 09, 2018 1 Comment

Just in time for summer, stop in and try our new white balsamic additions. We are now stocking over 30 vinegars to satisfy every palate!!

Arriving this week are 4 new balsamics. A fresh Key Lime, a full flavored Cascadian Wild Raspberry, a smooth Commice Pear and a heavenly Passion Fruit.

Make your summer meal special!!

Open again on Sundays beginning January 28th

Posted by Al Pryzbylski on January 27, 2018 0 Comments

Winter Hours beginning Sunday January 28th will be:

Tues through Saturday from 11-5

Sundays 12-4

Closed Monday

FREE SHIPPING FOR ORDERS $75.00 AND UP.

Posted by Al Pryzbylski on January 11, 2018 0 Comments

Take advantage of FREE SHIPPING for all orders $75.00 and up.

Great time to re-stock!!

Limited time only.

January Store Hours

Posted by Al Pryzbylski on January 05, 2018 0 Comments

January Store Hours

Tuesday through Saturday from 11-5

We will be closed Sunday's and Monday's
 in January

Now you can have your butter and eat it too!

Posted by Al Pryzbylski on August 31, 2017 0 Comments

We recently had a customer ask a  question about our butter flavored olive oil that so many of you already enjoy. Thought we'd pass along this information from our supplier. 

Now you can have your butter and eat it too!

 Our butter flavored extra virgin olive oil only contains 100% natural flavor and that is all. As a matter of fact, there are no chemicals, artificial, synthetic ingredients, dairy, or wheat used in any of our flavored products.  All of our oil infusions are natural and come from plant based essential oils. The ingredient statement for our butter flavored olive oil reads:  certified extra virgin olive oil, organic compatible natural flavor.  The nutritional information for this oil is identical to a standard extra virgin olive oil nutritional statement.  There are no allergens associated with our product as its dairy free.  We do offer allergen statements for all of our products and encourage you to keep a copy on hand to address questions regarding allergens.  

 

Our butter olive oil brings together the best of both worlds with all the health benefits and phenols of extra virgin olive oil and the rich 100% natural flavor of butter.  We suggest using our natural butter extra virgin olive oil on pancakes, in baking to replace butter in recipes, drizzled over mashed potatoes, popcorn, and pasta or simply to dip bread in.

 

We hope you enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

Balsamic vinegar is not just for adults anymore.

Posted by Al Pryzbylski on August 26, 2017 0 Comments

Want to get your little ones to eat healthy? Try adding a great balsamic to their veggies or salad. This little foodie came in with her grandma and grandpa for a private tasting and left with a great assortment of balsamics. Yummy!



New arrivals !!!

Posted by Al Pryzbylski on April 01, 2017 0 Comments

Our first batch of Northern Hemisphere Olive Oils from the last crush have arrived!!

 

We are introducing today an organic Arbequina from California, a smooth and creamy Cobrancosa from Portugal and a very robust Hojiblanca from Spain.

 

Please stop in and give these new single varietal oils a taste while they are available. All of these are ultra fresh and also will have limited quantities. Don't miss out on these!!

Try these amazing healthy salads from The Green Robe.com

Posted by Al Pryzbylski on March 21, 2017 0 Comments


The Best Clean Eating Salad Recipes

When most people think of what celebrations take place in March they typically think of St. Patrick's Day and the consumption of a delicious plate of corned beef and cabbage with a tall glass of beer.  But did you know that March is also National Nutrition Month?!

So to be honest, when I make corned beef and cabbage, it is in the slow cooker and I think it is good, but nothing to write home about.

What I do think I make pretty darn well are some yummy salads! So in celebration of National Nutrition Month I am sharing with you my 4 favorite salad recipes.

I would also like to mention that for the most part I do try to eat clean. Don't get me wrong, I do indulge, but in moderation.  

As far as salads go, I think many times people think that if they are eating a salad it is a healthier option. However, the size of the salads that we often eat, as well as all of the toppings and sugary, calorie dense, dressings pretty much ends up defeating the purpose of trying to select a lighter meal. 

My approach to making healthier salads is to always do the following:

  • MAKE YOUR OWN DRESSING!!! Store bought bottled dressing has a ton of calories and sugar in it. I ONLY use vinegars, fresh squeezed citrus juice, dijon mustard, and olive oils to dress my salads. I purchase all of my balsamic vinegars and specialty olive oils from Bella Gusta Select Oils and Vinegars. They have a shop in West Hartford, CT, but you can also purchase their products online, HERE.  You will seriously never use store bought dressing again! 
  • Include a lean protein (i.e. grilled chicken breast, shrimp, scallops, salmon,  pork tenderloin, turkey, etc) and load up on the veggies. 
  • Use green leafy veggies as your base versus iceberg, which has a lot of water and is not as nutrient rich. (I mostly use either arugula, baby spinach, romaine, cabbage or mesclun greens.)
  • If you need a crunch, instead of croutons use unsalted dry roasted nuts like almonds.
  • Don't go heavy on the cheese. I don't use cheeses like cheddar because I think the flavor gets lost in the salad and you end up adding too much. I use more pungent flavor packed cheeses like crumbled feta, goat cheese, or blue cheese. You can add less and the flavor goes a long way. 

So here are my top favorite salads that I make on a regular basis (all recipes are for a single serving salad):

Arugula Salad with Seared Sea Scallops

Ingredients:

  • Arugula (2 cups)
  • Large Sea Scallops 3-4 per salad/serving (I sear them in a frying pan, med-high heat, a little cooking spray in the frying pan, cook them a couple of minutes each side or until opaque)
  • Grated or shaved parmesan cheese (1 tablespoon)

Dressing:

  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 1/4 of the lemon)
  • Bella Gusta Olive Oil (1-2 tablespoons)
  • Sea Salt/Fresh ground pepper

Directions:

  1.  Sear sea scallops. 
  2.  Fill your salad bowl with the arugula. 
  3.  I squeeze 1/4-1/2 a lemon into a small bowl. I whisk in about 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. (You can alter this depending on how much dressing you would like and how much lemon to oil ratio you prefer.)
  4.  Add dressing to arugula and gently toss to coat. 
  5.  Shave or sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top.
  6.  Top with seared scallops. 

 

Healthy Cobb Salad

Ingredients:

  • Romaine Lettuce (2 cups)
  • Red Onion (thin slices, as much as you'd like)
  • Cherry Tomatoes 
  • Avocado, use 1/4 per serving sliced or cubed
  • 1 Hard Boiled Egg, sliced
  • 2 Slices cooked turkey bacon
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles (1 tablespoon)

Dressing:

Directions:

  1.  Wash, pat dry, and rough chop romaine lettuce (about 2 cups).
  2. To prepare the dressing add about 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar into a small bowl. Add 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard. Whisk together. Add salt an pepper to taste.
  3.  Place romaine lettuce into your salad bowl. Top with thinly sliced red onion, cherry tomatoes, avocado chunks, sliced egg, blue cheese crumbles and turkey bacon.
  4.  Add  the Bella Gusta aged balsamic and dijon dressing and combine.  

Warm Asian Shrimp and Cabbage Salad

Ingredients:

  • 3-4  Grilled Jumbo Shrimp (I grill shrimp on my grill pan over the stovetop. I add just a few dashes of low sodium soy sauce while the shrimp are grilling, a couple minutes per side or until pink and opaque). *You could also substitute salmon instead of shrimp
  • Soy Sauce
  • 2 cups of Purple Cabbage and Green Cabbage mixed or you can buy the pre-packed cabbage mix
  • 1-2 scallions thinly sliced 
  • 1-2 tablespoons of dry unsalted slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • Canned water chestnuts, drained (about 6 slices is what I add to my salad)

Dressing:

Directions

  1.  Thinly slice cabbage so it looks like a slaw (you can also buy it packages already shredded).
  2.  On medium to medium-high heat, add a little bit of oil to the bottom of the pan. Add cabbage and a little bit of salt, sauté until the cabbage gets a little tender. If it seems a little dry add a little bit of water, a couple of tablespoons, to help move along the cooking process. 
  3.  Remove cabbage from heat and place in a salad bowl.
  4. Add the rest of the vegetables to the warm cabbage and toss to combine.
  5.  Add the Bella Gusta Honey Ginger Balsamic and drizzle with a little bit of sesame oil. Toss to thoroughly coat.
  6. Top with the grilled shrimp and slivered almonds.

Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken and Berries

Ingredients:

  • Baby Spinach (2 cups)
  • Grilled Chicken, sliced (you could also use rotisserie chicken breast as well)
  • Sliced fresh strawberries (2-3)
  • Fresh Blueberries (1/4 cup or less)
  • Red Onion, thinly sliced (as much as you prefer)
  • Slivered Almonds (a tablespoon)
  • Crumbled Goat Cheese (or Feta) 1 tablespoon

Dressing:

Directions:

  1. Grill chicken breast or chop rotisserie chicken breast into chunks.
  2. Fill your salad bowl with spinach.
  3. Top with chicken, red onion, berries, slivered almonds, and goat cheese.
  4. Drizzle olive oil and Bella Gusta Blueberry Balsamic over the top.  

 

So those are my all time favorite go-to healthy salads. Give them a try and definitely start using some good oils and vinegars. I promise you won't miss those goopy, sugar filled, store bought vinaigrettes!!  

Happy National Nutrition Month! 

 

xo,

Nicole 

 

Valentine Special

Posted by Al Pryzbylski on February 10, 2017 0 Comments
 
*Get your foodie Valentine something unique this Valentines Day.
Dark Chocolate or Black Cherry Balsamic Regularly $13.95 on Sale $10.95. February 10th-February 15th, 2017
And as always FREE GIFT BAGGING!
 
*Limited time, no substitutes, does not apply towards loyalty card.

FREE PARKING

Posted by Al Pryzbylski on November 25, 2016 0 Comments
Mention this ad beginning Small Business Saturday, November 26th through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2016, spend a minimum of $20.00 in store and we will reimburse you 1 hour of parking.
*1 hour maximum reimbursement.
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