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Park Ridge, IL 60068
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(847) 232-2828

Inspired by the History, Style & Romance of Italy.
Creating certified organic wine, balsamic vinegar & olive oil.

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Day: Pesto Genovese

Morgan Shepard

September 29th is Extra Virgin Olive Oil Day & we’re celebrating with a perennial favorite, Pesto Genovese! Autumn is officially here yet there are still vestiges of summer with abundant pots of fresh basil & parsley on the patio. We modified the esteemed Marcella Hazan’s recipe using Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil for an easy & delicious pasta sauce. Pesto originates from the northwestern port city of Genoa in the Liguria region & the Italian verb “pestare” is to pound or crush. Ancient Romans prepared the sauce with a marble mortar & wooden pestle using fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, parsley, pine nuts & sheep’s milk cheese. Pounding & crushing in a circular motion the thick paste topped bread, meat, vegetables & of course pasta. Serves 6. 

Easy Ingredients: 

  1. 1/3 cup Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus more to taste
  2. 1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
  3. ½ cup of fresh parsley leaves
  4. 2 tablespoons fresh pine nuts, toasted
  5. 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated or Pecorino Romano
  6. 1-2 cloves fresh garlic
  7. 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  8. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  9. 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Simple Directions:

  1. Combine basil leaves, parsley, pine nuts & garlic in a blender or food processor
  2. Pulse a few times to roughly chop ingredients
  3. Add cheese, lemon juice, sea salt & red pepper flakes
  4. Blend for a 2-minutes or until ingredients are thoroughly mixed
  5. Run the blender or food processor while slowly pouring in olive oil
  6. Mix the ingredients
  7. Add more oil if desired
  8. Serve & enjoy warm or at room temperature over dry or fresh pasta
  9. Store in a covered container up to 1 week in the refrigerator
  10. Freeze by adding a layer of olive oil on the surface before sealing the container

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!

Grazie da Team VILLA GABRIELLA

clientservice@villagabriellallc.com

Source: Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking Marcella Hazan - Ballantine Books

Lemon & Olive Oil Salmon

Morgan Shepard

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Salmon season is almost coming to an end, and we are soaking up every piece we can get our hands on! We decided to make a simple grilled salmon recipe with only four ingredients. Our Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil paired nicely with some lemon juice and garlic. How do you like to prepare your salmon? 

Ingredients 

  • 1/4 cup of Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • 1 full lemon 
  • 1 garlic glove 
  • Fresh salmon 

Directions

  • In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, half of the lemon juice and minced garlic 
  • Preheat grill
  • Cook salmon 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Cooking time will vary depending on size and thickness of salmon. 
  • Squeeze remaining lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste 
  • Enjoy! 

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!

Grazie da Team VILLA GABRIELLA

clientservice@villagabriellallc.com

Easy Oatmeal Cups

Morgan Shepard

Back to school, back to those crazy mornings trying to get out of the door. Many times breakfast is missed, even though it shouldn't be! Insert these delicious oatmeal cups. Make ahead and grab them on your way out the door. Store them in the refrigerator and you have breakfast for the week! 

BONUS: we used our Villa Gabriella organic extra virgin olive oil instead of butter so they are healthy too! 

Ingredients:
-2 eggs
-1/4 cup Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
-1 cup brown sugar
-1/2 cup applesauce
-1 1/2 cup milk
-2 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 tbsp cinnamon
-3 cups oats
-2 tsp baking powder
-Toppings (chocolate chips, dried fruit, white chocolate, etc.) 

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees & line muffin pan with liners
-Whisk ingredients together starting with egg, sugar, and olive oil
-Add applesauce, milk, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon, then oats and baking powder & toppings
-Bake for 30 minutes 

Enjoy!

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!

Grazie da Team VILLA GABRIELLA

clientservice@villagabriellallc.com