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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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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Visit from A Lady in London

London-based travel writer and consultant,  “Lady in London” just visited Santa Cruz.  Here’s a link to her blog with details of her visit to True Olive Connection.  She’s  visited 95 countries and is passionate about travel, food, language, art, architecture, wildlife, and culture. Link to view her blog post.

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Pan-Seared Salmon with Chipotle Bourbon Glaze

This recipe comes from Chef Jeremy Ryan, formerly of Kentucky, who has returned to his native Mississippi and works at the MGM Mirage at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi. He suggests using bourbon in a glaze for pan-seared salmon. INGREDIENTS: Salt and pepper 4 salmon fillets 3 tablespoons The True olive Connection …

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