The Olive Branch – June 2022

Jun 1, 2022 | Appetizers, Balsamic, Healthy Ingredients, Recipe, Side Dishes

What a beautiful spring Paducah is having this year! Doesn’t it put you in the mood for grilling? We have some excellent ideas to help you create new dishes on the grill.

First, for the steak enthusiast, we have some wonderful finishing salts for you. Give your steaks a steakhouse taste with Applewood Smoked Salt made with sea salt. Our Alder wood Smoked Salt is also created with sea salt. Both are smoked over wood fires to give it that smoky flavor that adds so much to a meal.

We also feature some great balsamic vinegars that enhance the taste of other grilled foods. For your next salmon plank, try just a touch of Espresso Balsamic for a bite of extra flavor or Black Fig Balsamic for a little sweetness. For red meats, the flavor of our Maple infused Balsamic is a favorite of many of our customers. Also, try the Neapolitan Balsamic or A Premium vinegar (A Premium Red Balsamic Vinegar or A Premium White Balsamic Vinegar) in your marinades and BBQ rubs.

Every specially prepared meal needs the perfect drink. To compliment your meal, try an herbal tea such as Forever Fruit Tea. It is tasty served either hot or cold. All our teas are organically sourced without being sprayed. Some of the benefits of this tea are it has both anti-aging and anti-depressant properties. It promotes kidney health and has lots of vitamin C.

Some thoughts about organic corn starch

Health Benefits of using cornstarch

  • Better thickener than flour
  • It works as an anti-caking agent
  • Relieves skin irritation
  • Prevents athlete’s foot
  • Eliminate stains
  • Treat greasy hair

Organic cornstarch is available at the Paducah Olive Oil Co. It’s important that it’s organic because corn is heavily sprayed with pesticides and fertilizers which are not healthy.

Today, many kitchens are home to an air fryer. Although, that’s its name, an air fryer does not fry food. It uses swirling heat to surround the food and crisp it without using oil. An important feature of air fryers is the temperature settings allow for more accurate food temperatures than deep frying. We have an easy air-fryer recipe for beginners who need a quick idea for supper to compliment grilled meats.

Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

12 oz. (or 1 frozen package) of brussels sprouts – trimmed and halved lengthwise

4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled. (also can be done in the air fryer)

½ teaspoon each of salt and black pepper

1 teaspoon avocado oil (available in store at Paducah Olive Oil Co.)

2 teaspoons raspberry balsamic vinegar (available at Paducah Olive Oil Co.)

Mix oil, salt, pepper, and sprouts in a bowl to coat. Transfer to air fryer. Cook for 5 minutes at 175 degrees. Turn or shake sprouts and continue cooking for another 5 – 8 minutes.

Pour out on a serving dish and sprinkle with crumbled bacon. Drizzle the balsamic over the sprouts and bacon and serve.

Sit back and enjoy the compliments!


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