Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta with Basil and Ricotta

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Ingredients
1 loaf of good quality crusty Italian or French Bread
2 cups fresh, good quality ricotta cheese
1/2 cup UP EVOO - Picual, Hoji, or Koroneiki would go well here
1/4 cup Tuscan Herb or Garlic Olive Oil
3 cups super sweet cherry tomatoes
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
3 large garlic cloves
1 cup good quality sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained well
2 teaspoons sea salt
fresh cracked pepper to taste

Preheat a grill, BBQ or oven to 425 F.

In a medium bowl, whisk the ricotta with 1 teaspoon salt and set aside.

Toss the cherry tomatoes with 1/4 cup fresh UP EVOO, a teaspoon of salt, and pepper to taste. Roast the cherry tomatoes in a cast iron skillet for 15 minutes until blistered and fragrant. Set aside to cool.

Slice the bread into 1" thick slices, drizzle the slices with 1/4 cup UP EVOO, and grill over high heat, on the BBQ or an indoor cast iron grill until golden, about 5 minutes per side. Using two of the garlic cloves, rub each side of the still warm grilled bread. Set aside.

Sundried tomato and basil pesto
In the bowl of a food processor or blender, add the sundried tomatoes, 1/2 cup basil, 1 garlic clove, 1/4 cup Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and process to a paste consistency.

For assembly

Spread 1 tablespoon sundried tomato pesto over over one side of the each slice of grilled bread. Top by spreading 1 tablespoon of ricotta. Then place 2 or 3 cherry roasted cherry tomatoes over the ricotta layer, and then add a basil leaf between each tomato (if you're feeling fancy). Otherwise just sprinkle the bruschetta with torn basil leaves.

Finish each bruschetta with additional sea salt, fresh ground pepper, and a drizzle of UP EVOO or infused olive oil of your choice. Serve immediately!

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Mango & Lime Olive Oil Frozen Yogurt

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Ingredients
2 cups full fat, thick yogurt
1 1/2 cups thawed mango puree (or fruit puree of choice)
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons powdered milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup Lime Olive Oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions
In a large mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients together until sugar completely dissolves. Churn mixture according to manufacturer's instructions. Serve right away as soft serve or transfer to an airtight container and harden in freezer for 4 to 5 hours. (Freezing in several smaller containers will greatly reduce hardening time.)
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Simple Asparagus, Ham, and Grueyère Fritatta

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Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds organic Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled, washed, cut into 1" pieces
2 cups fresh asparagus spears, woody parts trimmed, cut into 1" pieces (spinach works too)
1 bunch green onions finely chopped - you could also opt for shallots or onion here instead
1 cup Canadian bacon or smoked ham cut into 1" pieces - or go meatless with sauteed mushrooms
1 cup grated Gruyère cheese or substitute for any cheese you like, or simply leave it out, it's all good
8 large eggs, whisked
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
fresh ground pepper
1/4 cup UP EVOO or any infused olive oil of your choice.

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Place the cut potatoes in a medium pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 5 minutes, drain, and reserve.

In a large, heavy, oven-proof skillet (a 12" cast iron is ideal here) heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the potatoes and cook until golden brown, turning once. Add the green onions, asparagus, and saute over medium heat for another 2 minutes.

Whisk together the eggs, salt, cheese, and pepper. Pour over the potatoes directly into the pan, shake the pan a couple times gently to distribute the egg, and pop the pan in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the egg is set and the top is golden brown.

Remove from the oven, and run a knife along the inside perimeter to loosen from the pan. Allow to cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes,before inverting onto a serving plate. Cut in slices and serve with a lovely salad of baby spinach or arugula dressed with Milanese Gremolata whisked with Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic for a light, healthy meal.

Serves 6-8
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Amazing Balsamic BBQ sauce

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Best Balsamic BBQ Sauce... EVER!
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 cup Dark Balsamic - your choice 
2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons dry mustard
2 tablespoons Baklouti Olive Oil, UP EVOO or any fused/infused olive oil of your choice
1 small white or yellow onion, minced
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons smoked paprika (mild or spicy)
2 teaspoons cayenne (optional for lover's of heat)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste


Heat the olive oil of your choice in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add ketchup, Worcestershire, molasses, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, mustard, granulated garlic, smoked paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes, stirring frequently.

Transfer sauce to the jar of a blender and blend until smooth. Let cool to room temperature, transfer to a jar and store in refrigerator for up to a month. This is great on everything - chicken, ribs, burgers, shoes. You can literally put it on anything, and I encourage you to do so.

Makes approximately 3 cups
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Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Cremini Mushrooms and Pomegranate Balsamic

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Whether you fall into the brussles sprouts hater's club or the brussles fan club, this recipe is for you. After much initial protesting, this recipe quickly turns brussles haters into converts and the fans just love them even more.

Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds small, fresh brussles sprouts, dried end trimmed, and cut in half
1/2 pound fresh Cremini mushrooms sliced in half
1/4 cup Mushroom-Sage olive oil (or olive oil of you choice such as lemon, garlic, UP EVOO, etc.)
1 medium shallot thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons pomegranate balsamic
1 teaspoon salt
fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions
Heat a heavy-duty 12" saute pan, add the olive oil. Add the shallot and saute over medium until translucent. Add the mushrooms and brussles sprouts and saute over medium-high heat until the mushrooms and brussles sprouts begin to caramelize (about 6 minutes).  Add the 2 tablespoons of pomegranate balsamic to the pan stirring and scraping to de-glaze it. (Make sure to scrape up the browned bits of mushroom and shallot at the bottom while evenly coating the brussles sprouts). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Serves 4-6

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