The Olive Branch

Apr 1, 2022 | Healthy Ingredients, Main Courses, Recipe, Soup, Uncategorized

“In like a lamb, out like a lion!”  How many times have we heard that saying about March?  Another favorite saying is “Beware, the Ides of March.”  For those of you who may not be up on your Roman history, the Ides of March refers to the 15th or middle of March and Julius Ceasar was warned by a soothsayer to beware of the day because it was the day that Roman Senators killed him.  William Shakespeare made the saying famous in one of his plays.

Here at the Paducah Olive Oil Company, we are trying to make a few things famous as well, such as balsamic vinegar and olive oil combinations.  Our number one combination and best seller is Tuscan Herb Olive Oil paired with Traditional Balsamic Vinegar.  This combination is excellent for bread dipping, as a drizzle over bruschetta, or on a salad.  The Tuscan Herb oil is infused with many Mediterranean herbs such as Garlic, Oregano, Marjoram, and basil.  It is a great addition to pizza crust, pasta, fish, and in marinades.

Traditional Balsamic Vinegar is a recommended pairing for many of our oils.  It is pressed in Modeno, Italy in wooden barrels without thickeners or added sugars.  It is aged slowly in these barrels for a full, rich flavor.  Sampling is always available at our store so come in and try this combination.

Did you know . .

Bay Leaf has a very strong effect on the gastrointestinal system because it reduces the toxins in the body, it is a diuretic and stimulates vomiting when it is eaten. Also, the organic compounds in the bay leaf are soothing to the stomach, relieving irritable bowel syndrome, and helping to reduce the symptoms of Celiac Disease.

Bay Leaf is our featured organic seasoning this month!  Some of its uses are as an added flavoring for soups, spaghetti sauce, and beef stew.  We have a fresh shipment of whole Bay Leaves available by the ounce or in bulk quantities.  We’ve included a recipe using Bay Leaf for you to try!



1 medium sized ham bone

1- 16 oz pkg. dried beans (Navy are my favorite)

2 cups chopped ham

1 small onion, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

½ cups each celery and carrots

7 cups water

2 bay leaves

After rinsing the beans, pour them into a large pot, add water and bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and let stand 1 hour.  Add ham and bone, onion, salt, pepper, and bay leaves.  Simmer for 1 hour before adding vegetables.  Then cook until tender.  Remove bay leaves before serving!  Enjoy!!


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