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It’s our busiest time of year and the We Olive elves are working around the clock to create beautiful and delicious gifts for you and yours. Our stores are stocked with California’s finest extra virgin olive oils along with some of the tastiest vinegars and gourmet foods around. With all these fantastic gift options, it can be tough to decide who is getting what. We are taking the guesswork out of gift giving with our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide. Read on for our selections of this year’s best products from customer favorites to brand new finds that are available just for the holidays.*

Best Under $25

Ojai Pepper Jellies – This small batch condiment maker produces two fantastic spicy jellies – Jalapeno for those who like a mild kick and Habanero for the heat lover. They’e both flavorful with balanced sweet and spice and make a tasty glaze for seafood, meat or poultry. Get some as a hostess gift or try it on an appetizer of baked brie in puff pastry for your next holiday party! $10.95.

Olive Wood Salad Hands – this fun pair of olive wood salad hands are great for mixing and serving salad or pasta. Made from stunning olive wood, these salad servers are patterned with the natural grain of the wood, making each pair (and each hand) completely unique and truly one-of-a-kind. $20.99.

Olio Nuovo This once-a-year treat is at the top of our list and a must for any food lover. Olio Nuovo is literally THE freshest extra virgin olive oil available because at harvest time it comes straight from the trees to the press to We Olive. It’s robust and packed with fresh olive fruit flavor and is best consumed within a few months and preferably with crusty bread, fresh mozzarella and coarse sea salt. From $23.

Best Under $50

Olive Oil & Vinegar Experience Sampler – our most popular gift item! A sampler pack of our bestsellers: Arbequina EVOO, Aged Balsamic, Peach White Balsamic, Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and Fresh Garlic Olive Oil. From $29.95.

Salt Sampler – These award-winning Casina Rossa gourmet salts are a home cooks dream. The set of six includes: Truffle & Salt, Fennel & Salt, Saffron & Salt, Fiori & Salt, Porcini & Salt, and Herb & Salt.  $29.95

Growers Choice Gift Box – this gift box is perfect pairing of our bestselling Aged Balsamic Vinegar and our Picual Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Packaged in our stylish We Olive gift box, your gift recipient will be thrilled. $49.95.

Best Under $100

Chef’s Collection Gift Box – Our Chef’s collection is an amazing trifecta of deliciousness!  Three of our 375 mL We Olive bottles come packaged in our distinctive We Olive gift box. This gift is guaranteed to bring culinary joy to your favorite chef.  Choose from our customer favorite combinations! $69.95

Olive Oil Club Subscriptions – There’s a perfect club subscription for everyone! Choose from 3 different plans, choose the bottle size that is right for you and then choose the frequency of your shipments. From $65.

The Baker’s Box –  This is the perfect box for a baking enthusiast! A combination of olive oil and vinegar baking essentials all packaged in a stylish gift box. Includes Organic Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, Blood Orange Olive Oil, Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Triple Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar and Blood Orange Balsamic Vinegar. $81.95

Best Under $200

Taste of We Olive Gift Box –  The Taste Of We Olive Gift Box is for the real culinary enthusiast! All of these delicious items are sure to impress when they arrive packaged in a beautiful wooden gift box with a bow! Includes: Parmesan Asiago Dip, Black Olive Tapenade, Organic Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, Aged Balsamic Vinegar, Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Blood Orange Balsamic Vinegar. $129.95

Gourmet Pantry Gift Box – This extravagant gift box is the perfect gift for any serious foodie, even if that means you!  A delectable assortment of essential We Olive products to explore your every culinary whim.  This gift comes complete with olive wood serving pieces and “The Passionate Olive” by Carol Firenze, where you’ll learn 101 things you can do with olive oil! $199.95

*Check your local We Olive store for product availability.

We’ve put together a list of our best Thanksgiving recipes featuring our bestselling products including our Aged Balsamic Vinegar and freshly milled Olio Nuovo Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Enjoy!

Starters & Sippers

Pumpkin Hummus

Cranberry Orange Crostini

Peppadew Cheese Dip

Spiced Pomegranate Sparkler

Sparkling Apple Pomegranate Punch

The Perfect Thanksgiving Cocktail

The Main Event

Olio Nuovo Roast Turkey

Tasty Sides

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Acorn Squash with Fried Sage & Pecorino

Fresh Kale Salad with Lemon & Parmesan

Roasted Green Beans & Mushrooms with Garlic Bread Crumbs

Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

10-minute Cranberry Sauce

Sweets

Roasted Pears Glazed with Balsamic Vinegar

Caramel Apple Bread Pudding

For the Leftovers

Turkey & White Bean Soup with Olio Nuovo

Pumpkin Pancakes

Celebrate the Harvest Weekend

Join us as we celebrate the harvest tradition of Olio Nuovo! We’ll offer complimentary food samples and recipes that feature this season’s new oil—the freshest olive oil you’ll ever taste.

Come to experience the difference!

What: Complimentary Olio Nuovo tasting

Date: November 17th & 18th 

Location: A We Olive store near you

Admission: Free!

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Olio Nuovo: The Season’s Freshest EVOO

Olio Nuovo‘s robust, green notes make it a beautiful addition to many different dishes. Its assertive profile works best with rich or boldly flavored dishes.

How to pair Olio Nuovo with food

Olio Nuovo‘s robust, green notes make it a beautiful addition to many different dishes. Its assertive profile works best with rich or boldly flavored dishes. Following are our favorite foods to pair with this super fresh olive oil.

Creamy Cheeses + Olio Nuovo

Creamy cheeses (think mozzarella, burrata and ricotta) are a perfect vehicle to let the complex flavors of Olio Nuovo shine.
Why it works: The richness of the cheese provides balance to the robust boldness of the oil.
Extra Credit: Put a dipping dish of Olio Nuovo on a holiday cheese board and taste the oil with your favorite cheeses. We love it with a top quality Parmigiano-Reggiano or a nutty Manchego and some toasted baguette.

Sweet Veggies & Fall Fruits + Olio Nuovo

Roasted vegetables like carrot, butternut squash and sweet potato along with sliced, raw fall fruits like apples, pears and persimmons work beautifully drizzled with Olio Nuovo.
Why it works: The subtle sweetness is the perfect foil for the grassy, bitter notes in the oil.
Extra Credit: Drizzle a baked apple or poached pear with Olio Nuovo, honey and sea salt for an almost caramel-like treat.

Roasted Red Meats + Olio Nuovo

Holiday roasts are delicious with Olio Nuovo.
Why it works: Heartier meats with rich flavors are complemented by the peppery complexities of the oil.
Extra Credit: Get the best quality beef or lamb for a roast that you can find. Season simply with Olio Nuovo, salt and pepper before roasting. Serve sliced with more oil, salt and pepper. Savor the simplicity and the flavor!

Note: Olio Nuovo is the first olive oil available after harvest. It is typically available in stores and in our online shop in late fall through early winter.

Or try one of of the delicious, seasonal recipes below.

Ricotta with Fresh Herbs & Olio Nuovo

Pumpkin Hummus

Roasted Delicata Squash with Fried Sage & Burrata

Creamy White Beans with Olio Nuovo & Rosemary

Cacio e Pepe con Olio Nuovo

Olio Nuovo Roast Turkey

Turkey White Bean Soup with Olio Nuovo

 

We love to tout the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil from it’s abundance of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to the studies that show it’s positive impact on heart disease and stroke. But did you know that there are links between olive oil and a reduced risk of breast cancer?

Olive Oil & Breast Cancer

Study after study has shown that a Mediterranean Diet with extra virgin olive oil can not only reduce the risk of breast cancer but may also prevent a relapse of cancer. We’ve compiled a list of the most compelling data on the links between olive oil and a reduced risk of breast cancer for you here.

High Olive Oil Consumption = Lower Breast Cancer Risk

This Harvard Study shows that women who had a high consumption of olive oil had a lower risk of breast cancer.

Mediterranean Diet Reduces Risk of Deadliest Breast Cancer by 40 Percent

study in the Netherlands has shown that women who eat a Mediterranean diet rich in fruit, vegetables, fish and olive oil are 40 percent less likely to get one of the most malignant types of breast cancer.

Researchers Isolate Component of EVOO That Attacks Breast Cancer Stem Cells

Researchers in Spain have found a molecule in EVOO that can specifically inhibit breast cancer stem cells in cell and tumor cultures. The discovery opens up promising new possibilities for directly targeting cancer stem cells (CSC), an aggressive type of cancer cell often responsible for relapse in cancer patients. Read more.

Med Diet with Extra Virgin Olive Oil Reduces Incidence of Invasive Breast Cancer

A randomized trial shows that consuming a MedDiet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil reduces invasive breast cancer by 68 percent. Learn more.

Mediterranean Diet with Olive Oil May Prevent Breast Cancer Relapse

A new study suggests that Mediterranean diet including generous amounts of olive oil may reduce the risk of breast cancer relapse compared to a normal diet. Learn more.

Pumpkin & Squash Recipes for Fall

Need a little inspiration for how to use all that winter squash you see at the market? Check out our favorite recipes for using pumpkin and winter squash here!


Pumpkin Pancakes

These pumpkin pancakes from The Brown Eyed Baker make the perfect breakfast on a chilly fall morning. We’ve swapped out the vegetable oil in the original recipe for a fruity extra virgin olive oil, but we also love these with Blood Orange Olive Oil! Get the recipe here.

 

Kale Salad with Butternut Squash and Almonds

This Kale Salad with Butternut Squash and Almonds from Bon Appetit is simple and simply delicious. The sweet roasted squash plays on the saltiness of the Parmesan and the nutty crunch of almonds. We love this with a roast chicken or with the addition of some barley or farro to give it a little more main dish heft! Get the recipe here.

Butternut Squash Tacos

These genius butternut squash tacos are a delicious alternative to your typical taco filling. Try this with Jalapeno Olive Oil and our favorite hot sauce, Formosa, which comes in Jalapeno, Habanero and Chipotle. Get the recipe here.

September is a fantastic month for so many different reasons. For some, it’s that their kids are FINALLY back in school! For others, it’s football season. For some, it’s beautiful weather that’s no longer unbearably hot and humid and not yet cold. And for a whole lot of people, it’s the food. We’re right in that sweet spot of enjoying the bounty of summer produce while daydreaming about cozy stews and pumpkin anything. This is our happy place. To savor this brief moment in time, we’ve put together our favorite recipes to cook in September. Right now. While you can.

Summer-y

The following recipes really wring the best and brightest out of summer. Their days are numbered but they’ll bring you warm memories when the only thing in your CSA box is kale and cabbage.

Fresh Corn Succotash

This is the perfect summer side. Minimal cooking time. Bright, fresh flavors. And it’s versatile. We made a big batch of this and served it with fried chicken. The next day we tossed with pasta and sautéed shrimp. And on the third day we used to garnish a chilled tomato soup…with a big drizzle of EVOO. You can finish the succotash with regular EVOO or with our Fresh Basil Olive Oil for a burst of extra basil flavor.

Summer Tomato Bloody Mary

This is not your every day Bloody Mary. This is what you make when you have an abundance of summer tomatoes and want to treat yourself. It’s bright and fresh and tastes of the garden with a bright burst of Jalapeno Olive Oil.

Peach Mostarda

This sweet and tart Italian condiment is made with fresh peaches and our popular Peach White Balsamic Vinegar and is the perfect accompaniment to an artisan cheese and charcuterie plate or grilled or roasted meats.

Autumn-ish

Fig, Prosciutto & Barley Salad

Try this delicious fall salad recipe featuring our Mission Fig Balsamic Vinegar. It’s loaded with fresh figs, goat cheese, grains and greens so it will fill you up, but it’s not too heavy for a warm September evening.

Spinach & Apple Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

This fall salad makes a delicious lunch, but also pairs beautifully with a roast chicken for a simple Autumn dinner.

Somewhere In Between

Sweet Corn Polenta with Eggplant Sauce

This recipe comes from Chef Yotam Ottolenghi who is masterful in his handling of vegetables. This recipe, which we adapted slightly, is the perfect dish to transition from summer to fall.

Cheese Plates

Try it on a cheese board. It makes a delicious accompaniment to cured meats and cheeses of all sorts, but our personal favorite is a creamy blue cheese with a dollop of Balsamic Fig Almond Spread.

Panini & Sandwiches

Add it to a grilled cheese sandwich or panini. Our favorite combinations are a grilled cheese with brie and a panini with goat cheese, arugula and fig spread!

Spreads & Dips

Check out this video from our test kitchen that transforms our Balsamic Fig Almond Spread into a Ricotta Fig Almond Spread that is a perfect party appetizer.

Blend it with one of our Olive Tapenades and a bit of Blood Orange Olive Oil for a sweet and savory Fig & Olive Tapenade that makes a delicious dip or spread in its own right.

Flatbreads & Pizzas

Top a homemade flatbread or pizza with strips of prosciutto and dot with Balsamic Fig Almond Spread. When it comes out of the oven, top with fresh arugula tossed in your favorite EVOO and fresh cut figs.

If you’ve visited a We Olive & Wine Bar, you may know that we offer a carefully curated menu of plates, both large and small, that are designed to pair perfectly with wine and be shared among your table. Each item on our menu features some of our favorite We Olive olive oils, balsamic vinegars, dips and spreads. We’ve put together a list of our bestsellers and new favorites for you to recreate our wine bar recipes at home.

Peppadew Cheese Dip

Our peppadew cheese dip is a riff on classic pimiento cheese dip and uses peppadew peppers in place of pimientos. It’s creamy and cheesy with a hint of smoke and jalapeno from two of our bestselling olive oils. It comes together in minutes and will be a hit at your next party.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Dates

This wine bar menu favorite is the perfect party appetizer. Stuffed with goat cheese and walnuts and drizzled with Blood Orange Balsamic Vinegar and Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, these sweet and salty dates pair beautifully with wine!

Spicy Olive Hummus

While we do love a good hummus made from carefully cooked chickpeas blended to the perfect consistency, we don’t always have time to make hummus from scratch. Try this recipe to transform plain old store-bought hummus into a flavorful and delicious dip.

BBQ Chicken Flatbread

This BBQ chicken flatbread is loaded with bold flavors and gets a delicious kick from the pickled onions. This makes an easy entree for dinner at home or an excellent appetizer.

Balsamic Cocktails for Summer

The family of sour cocktails is some of our favorites and they follow a very simple formula. Margaritas, Whiskey Sours, Daiquiris and Sidecars all have something in common. They are made of a ratio of 1 part sweet: 1 part sour: 2 parts spirit. The sweet and sour parts of the ratio can slide up and down depending on taste and the ingredients you are using, but this general formula is a home bartender’s best friend!

We Olive Balsamic Vinegars, both white and dark, are balanced in sweetness and acidity making them the perfect addition to a classic sour cocktail. Simply use our adapted ratio of 1.5 – 2 parts balsamic vinegar: 2 parts spirits and a modern twist on a classic sour is born.

Simply add the desired ratio of balsamic vinegar and the spirit of your choice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain into a glass and serve neat or over ice. Check out our favorite combinations along with some fun upgrades and garnishes for modern twists on summer cocktails!

Peach White Balsamic Vinegar + Vodka

Try adding – a squeeze of lime juice to the shaker and garnish with fresh mint and a splash of sparkling wine

Peach White Balsamic Vinegar + Bourbon

Try this – Mix with Iced Tea and garnish with fresh basil

Pineapple White Balsamic Vinegar + Tequila

Try this – add a splash of orange liqueur and a squeeze of lime juice to the shaker and garnish with a lime wedge

Strawberry White Balsamic + Gin

Try this – Top with tonic and garnish with a lime wedge

Aged Balsamic Vinegar + Whiskey

Try this – top with ginger beer and garnish fresh mint

Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar + Gin

Try this – top with club soda and garnish with a lime wedge

Fig Balsamic Vinegar + Bourbon

Try this – add a splash of fresh orange juice to the shaker and garnish with an orange twist

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