The Olive Branch

Aug 27, 2022 | Healthy Ingredients, Olive Oil, Recipe of the Month, Side Dishes


Hello friends and welcome to our August newsletter!  The month of August is typically a harvest month for many families.  We’ve included a recipe for those of you who have an over abundance of squash and zucchini this month.  Pickles are also on our minds and there is a recipe for those as well.

Zucchini noodles baked in olive oil


  • 2 – 3 medium zucchini
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (such as Hojiblanco)
  • 1/4 tsp each – salt and pepper


  1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Thinly peel squash or spiralize them before you lay them out on a sheet pan.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil.  Mix well, coating all of squash.  Spread evenly on sheet pan.
  3. Bake for about 10 minutes, checking after 5 minutes.  Use immediately after removing from oven.

These are great as a side dish with fried chicken, or pork chops.  For extra crunch, sprinkle with chopped almonds or flavor with a little sweet balsamic vinegar such as Black Fig or Blueberry!

Icebox bread and butter pickles

What you need:

  • 4 quart-sized canning jars with lids and bands
  • 3 thinly sliced vidalia onions
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 36 pickling cucumbers
  • 4 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup pickling salt
  • 2 tbsp pickling spices


  1.  Sterilize jars, lids, and bands for 10 minutes in simmering water or dishwasher.
  2. Pack cucumbers and onion slices tightly in jars to neck of jars.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients in a large saucepan and cook until sugar dissolves.
  4. Pour just enough vinegar mixture in jars to cover the cucumbers.
  5. Seal the jars with lids and bands and place in refrigerator.
  6. Pickles are ready to use after 24 hours and will keep up to six months.

Don’t worry – these will be gone long before 6 months!

Now that youngsters have started back to school, it’s also cold season.  We have a fresh supply of Elderberry Syrup and Elderberry Zinc gummies for a little extra protection for your immune system.  We also have DIY Elderberry syrup kits.

Karla’s latest addition to the Preppy Pantry (Nana’s Chicken Rub) has made its appearance in our line-up of locally produced food items.  So far, we’ve had rave reviews about it.  It’s available in shaker bottles for $5.99 or by the ounce.

The Labor Day holiday will be coming up quickly.  Use this time to remember the contributions that the workforce has made to our country.  Most of the time, it’s considered the official end of the summer season for boating and swimming, etc.  That just means that now you will not have to mow as often, have more time to hike and ride bikes, or just slow down and notice how beautiful western Kentucky can be at this time of year.  Sept. 10th would be a great time to enjoy the Harvest moon and sit around a campfire with good friends and roasting hotdogs and making s’mores and memories!  We look forward to seeing you in the shop!


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