Author Archive | Susan Pappas


Greek Walnut Spice Cake

Makes: 12 servings Active Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 2 hours INGREDIENTS CAKE 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (Arbosana, Arbequina) 1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped walnuts, divided 1 1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour (see Note) 1/2 cup barley flour (see Note) 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 …

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Citrus Ginger Cake with Spiced Orange Compote

THIS RECIPE CALLS FOR: 1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup mild-flavored extra-virgin olive oil (I suggest Arbosana, Arbequina,or  Nocellara) 2 large eggs, at room temperature, separated (see Tip) 2 tablespoons freshly grated orange or Meyer lemon zest 1/3 cup fresh orange or Meyer lemon juice 5 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger, divided 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour …

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Olive Leaf Tea

Our olive leaf tea has a rich amber color, several health benefits and unique flavor. It is nutty with a slight bitter edge when served hot. Cool and refreshing when served chilled (ideal with lemon). Olive leaf tea has a rich history. The naturally occurring compounds (free radical scavenging antioxidants, oleuropein, hydroxytyrosol, polyphenols and flavonoids) …

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Stuffed Zucchini with Chicken Sausage

Ingredients: 4 medium sized zucchinis, ends trimmed 3 tablespoons True Olive Connection Tuscan Herb Olive Oil 2 links Italian-style chicken sausage, casings removed 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes (optional) salt and ground black pepper to taste 1/2 sweet onion (such as Vidalia or Maui), chopped 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 (14.5 ounce) can whole …

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Strawberry Balsamic Lemonade

Ingredients: 16oz. Lemonade 6 Tbsp. True Olive Conneciton White Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar 2 Tbsp. Chopped Fresh Mint Splash of Sparkling Water Splash of Strawberry Puree Top with a slice of fresh strawberry Directions: Mix lemonade with True Olive Connection Strawberry Balsamic and mint. Add sparkling water and stir gently. Top with a little strawberry puree and a fresh …

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Chicken with Artichokes and Sundried Tomatoes

Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil (True Olive Connection Garlic, Basil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil, your choice) 1/2 onion, sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch pieces 1/2 cup chicken broth 1 (15 ounce) can quartered artichoke hearts, undrained 1 (6 ounce) jar sun-dried tomatoes, drained and …

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True Olive Supports Local Backpack Project

The Backpack Project: Packing Life into Giving Each summer Lynda and Kidz collects new or gently used backpacks plus $25 donations to fill each backpack full of school supplies. She then provides fully stuffed backpacks to homeless/low income children through the Rebele Family Shelter,  Walnut Avenue Women’s Shelter and Elm Street Mission. Last year, through …

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Summer Fun AAA Via Article Features True Olive Connection

Article By Eric Smillie Northern California’s classic beach destination pairs a carefree oceanside scene with a bustling downtown brimming with tasteful restaurants and shops. …Some taste spicy, some buttery; others come infused with porcini or herbes de Provence. At the True Olive Connection, shoppers can sample some two dozen olive oils on tap and balsamic …

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Vinegar gets popular in cocktails

Progressive bartenders, lime shortage drive use of the sour ingredient Apr 17, 2014 David Flaherty David Flaherty is the Beer & Spirits Director at Hearth Restaurant and the Terroir wine bars in New York. A freelance beverage writer, David is also a Cicerone Certified Beer Server, a wine geek, a seeker of fine spirits, a …

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This season, the Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council (CVC) is encouraging visitors to “find their flow” in California’s favorite beach side destination. Want to try harissa olive oil paired with tangerine-infused vinegar? A private artisan tasting awaits!Have you always admired wave riders? Take a surfing lesson with an experienced pro. Love watching hoops? …

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