Cooking With Mint Olive Oil

By Liz Strauss
on February 28, 2020

Cooking With Mint Olive Oil

After simultaneously crushing olives and mint leaves using traditional granite millstones in Italy, our Mint Olive Oil provides a deliciously fresh flavor.
That's why we suggest trying our Mint Olive Oil in some recipes
you may already be making!
Whether you’re planning your St. Patrick’s Day party, thinking ahead for Easter,
or just want to try something new, these three recipes provide the most unique take on your favorite dessert or dish.
Recipe inspiration from The Olive Oil and Vinegar Lover's Cookbook 
by Emily Lycopolus

Mint Dark Chocolate Brownies 

Looking to put a spin on your everyday-brownie? How about mint chocolate?
We thought so.

1/2 cup Mint olive oil
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp Dark Chocolate dark balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line an 8- x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. 
In a large mixing bowl, use a wooden spoon to combine the olive oil with the sugar. Add the eggs and balsamic and stir just until blended. Sift the cocoa, flour, and baking powder, and salt into the oil/sugar mixture. Be careful not to overmix and beat in too much air – otherwise, they’ll turn out too dense and be more like cake than brownies.
(Optional: Mix in your desired amount of chocolate chips)
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes, or until the brownie just starts to pull away from the sides of the pan.
Cool completely in the pan before cutting. 

Mint & Lavender Lamb Chops

The mixture of mint and lavender is perfect for this time of the year.
Why not give one of the simplest, yet most impressive dishes a try and show off to your family and friends. You'll thank us later!  

2 garlic cloves minced
2 Tbsp Mint olive oil
2 Tbsp Lavender dark balsamic vinegar
1 tsp grainy Dijon mustard
4 (1/2 – 3/4 lb each) frenched lamb chops
2 Tbsp finely chopped mint leaves, divided
In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, olive oil, balsamic, and Dijon.
Place the lamb in a shallow dish and drizzle with the marinade, turning to coat both sides. Place 1 Tbsp of the mint leaves on top. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 4 hours, or up to overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
Bake the chops, uncovered, for about 20 minutes,
turning halfway through cooking time. 
Sprinkle with the remaining mint before serving.


Mint Tzatziki

You probably didn't know you needed this, but try replacing the mayo on your sandwich with this tzatziki. Other ideas are to dip your roasted potatoes in it or pair with your lamb burger for Easter Lunch.


1 English cucumber
2 tsp sea salt
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill, plus a sprig of dill for garnish
1 Tbsp chopped mint leaves
2 Tbsp Mint Olive Oil
1 1/2 cups Greek Yogurt
2 Tbsp Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbsp lemon juice



Peel the cucumber, slice it lengthwise, and scrape out the seeds. Grate it into a fine-mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth and set over a bowl.

Add the sea salt, toss well, and let drain at room temperature for at least 1 hour, or overnight in the fridge. Squeeze the cucumber really well to get out as much water as possible. (You can pop a weight on top of the cucumber if you'd like.)

Mince the garlic, then use a mortar and pestle to mash it to a fine paste.
Mix the dill and mint with the garlic, gently mashing them together.

Scoop this mixture into a mixing bowl. Add the drained cucumber and olive oil and mix to combine. Stir in the yogurt, balsamic, and lemon juice.
Season to taste with salt. Garnish with a sprig of dill before serving.
Serve with pita chips, crackers, sliced cucumbers, or use as a condiment!

(Note for leftovers: This will keep for 2 days in the fridge in an airtight container!)



And there you have it!
 Mint Olive Oil works wonders in some of our everyday foods.
Enjoy your new favorite recipes and let us know how you like them in the comments below!



Pictures for illustration purposes only; actual recipe results may vary.

The Sweetest Gifts For Your Sweetheart

By Liz Strauss
on February 04, 2020

The Sweetest Gifts For Your Sweetheart

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we have some of the sweetest products that will do nothing but make your loved one smile.
If you’ve given us a visit before, you may be familiar with Seacoast Sweets and Farm+Sea, some of our top products for loved ones here at Port Plums,
and even more fitting for your Valentine's Day shopping.

Seacoast Sweets

“I just fell in love with the brand and the aesthetic of the brand. We are just die-hard New Englanders and it has that beautiful coastal packaging. It’s such a humble product…”
-Danielle Anderson, co-owner of Seacoast Sweets
What makes Seacoast Sweets so special is the thought and care that go into their patties, including their all-natural and scrumptious ingredients (and not to mention the New England-inspired packaging). The company was founded on the basis of family tradition and “…giving somebody something to put a smile on their face,” says Danielle. It’s exactly why Danielle and her husband, Kevin, bought it back in 2018 when the company was up for sale. Originating from Newburyport, MA, the heart of the company had carried on in Rhode Island, where every single patty is continuously hand-made, hand-trimmed, and hand-wrapped either individually,
in an assortment of 4, or an assortment of 12.
Looking for some insight on which to get your loved one?
As a “die-hard peanut butter and chocolate girl,” Danielle’s favorite is of course the peanut butter patty. Although, as Danielle says, choosing a favorite is like asking her which is her favorite child.
So, honestly? You can’t go wrong with any of them!


“From the concept, to the brand, to all of the details that go into the product,
to then see it being used in someone’s home…that, for me, is the
most rewarding part.”
-Mary Swenson, co-owner of Farm+Sea
What could be more perfect than igniting a cozy and warming ambiance with your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Enter, Farm+Sea. This company roots from a genuine passion for enhancing people’s lives through meaningful and humble scents. As Mary and her husband, Rob, have always had creative and entrepreneurial mindsets, the two set out to recreate people’s homes. Farm+Sea crafts products such as candles (large, medium, or small), perfumes, lotions, and reed diffusers in a production studio in our neighboring town, Amesbury, MA.
After showcasing one of her first batches of candles she’s ever made at a maker’s market five years ago, “…it ended up taking off in ways that [she] never expected it would…” explains Mary. “With Rob working alongside me, we’ve got our thing.”
The Scents
A part of Farm+Sea’s main goal is to provide New England-inspired scents,
by incorporating the farms and sea around us and using just exactly what defines our home for inspiration. While the scents change seasonally, we’ve got a few for you and your loved one that might just be perfect for this time of year.
From Pear + Amber to Cozy Harbor, there’s an assortment to choose from
when deciding which will mean more for your loved one.
Interested in getting one just for yourself? (We don’t blame you.) 
There’s going to be some new ones on the horizon this year including a Sandalwood + Eucalyptus, according to Mary.
You may need to stick around for that one!
Now that you’ve got a sense of where to take your Valentine’s Day shopping,
feel free to stop by and see for yourself just how much your loved one will appreciate these special and authentic gifts.

Photos by Maggie Griffin
Special Thanks to Danielle and Mary for taking the time to talk to us!

Italy's Finest Visits Port Plums

By Liz Strauss
on January 24, 2020

Italy's Finest Visits Port Plums

“There’s no such thing as bad pasta,
just bad people...”

...jokes Silvestro Silvestori, the owner, founder, and director of Italy’s incredibly special cookery school, The Awaiting Table in Lecce, Italy. Silvestro joined us in our Demo Kitchen earlier this month to introduce to us what he knows best, Pugliese cuisine. As he broadened the knowledge of our locals on Southern Italian food, he emphasized to us what exactly makes it different from other regional cooking in Italy.


via The Awaiting Table

via The Awaiting Table

via The Awaiting Table

Silvestro has spent the past 17 years teaching the food and wine of Puglia, the Southeastern region of Italy you may recognize as the heel of Italy’s famous “boot.” Earlier on, he spent his time working in the food industry and studying humanities, giving him the tools necessary to be the renowned teacher he is today. Not only is he an expert in food, Silvestro is also a nationally-certified sommelier in Italy, allowing him to share his wine expertise alongside his delectable dishes.

His 12 unique classes take place in either his 16th century palace-converted home in Lecce, a castle just south of Lecce or even on wheels, as you bike through a traditional Italian village. This specific class, “Bicycling, Cooking, and Wine,” demonstrates how the land and sea around you affects the food and wine you’ll consume later that evening in the school’s castle.

via The Awaiting Table

His school has caught the attention of many, only to leave them understanding more than just how to cook a traditional Pugliese dish. When Silvestro’s students step into his class, they’re taken on a journey. They learn the “why” rather than just the “how.” They uncover the story behind the ingredient they’re holding, and how it affects just about everything else sitting in front of them, reinventing the way his students view their food. “Putting Italy into a very pin-pointed regional map is another thing that we spend more time on,” Silvestro explained to us when describing the importance of regional cooking in Italy. “People think they already know it, so first you kind of have to knock that down and build it back up again.”

Our co-owner, Karen Shernan, learned just this when she attended one of Silvestro’s classes in Southern Italy months back. There, she and the class visited fish and produce markets to select just about every ingredient for what they were making that day.

Chef Silvestro Visits Port Plums

Months pass by Karen's visit and Silvestro is here in the States conducting two sold-out classes in our Demo Kitchen for locals itching to learn the same lessons he teaches at The Awaiting Table in Lecce.

Recipes throughout the class included the following:

la pasta salentina (Pugliese Pasta in 5 Shapes)
fave e cicoria (Fava Beans and Chicory)
la Sopratavola and il negroamaro (Wine with Raw Vegetables)

Those two nights, Silvestro focused on what exactly sets Southeastern Italian cuisine apart from other regional Italian cooking, such as essential cooking. While a dish might only require three ingredients, they are “pristine, absolutely fantastic,” as Silvestro said. “Find good things, don’t screw them up,” he advised us.

The students left with more than what they were expecting. With 4 new recipes and a deeper insight into Pugliese cuisine, the students grasped more than just how to make pasta. They gained a rare understanding of olive oil, including how to taste it correctly. A mild intensity olive oil and a robust intensity olive oil were even sampled, demonstrating the vast difference between the two. Silvestro also explained to us the unfamiliarity people have with olive oil. “Olive oil is like a computer to me…the second I have to take one apart, I wouldn’t know anything at all. So, I have a false sense of familiarity when it comes to computers and I think most people have a false sense of familiarity when it comes to olive oil.”

Hear it from the students themselves!

Silvestro Silvestori (left), Karen Shernan (middle), Pam Older (right)

"Silvestro imparted all sorts of unusual knowledge and the dishes, all native to his beloved Puglia, were all interesting and healthy."
Pam Older, local business owner and friend of Karen

"I liked learning so much about that region…different parts of Italy and Puglia…It was very educational, the food was delicious and the wine was wonderful. It felt like a very cultural experience…"
– Kerri, customer and Newburyport local

"Loved the class! Not only did Silvestro demonstrate and share some easy and delicious recipes but also interesting details about olive oils and wines from the region."
- Joanne Szahun, customer and Newburyport local

Silvestro’s cookery school, The Awaiting Table, can be found here, where you can browse his different classes, buy olive oil, or simply learn.

Interested in signing up for future classes at our Demo Kitchen? Take a look at our offerings here. We can’t wait for you to join us!

Photos by Maggie Griffin, unless otherwise noted

The Port Plums Gift Guide: From Stocking Stuffers to Yankee Swap Gifts

By Liz Strauss
on December 13, 2019

The Port Plums Gift Guide: From Stocking Stuffers to Yankee Swap Gifts

It’s our favorite time of the year again and we’ve got some amazing original gift ideas for you to try out! We can bet that everyone’s going to be wishing you were filling their stockings this year. Or, got a Yankee Swap coming up? You’ll want the whole party knowing which gift was yours. From rollerball perfume to butter dishes, to even bowl cozies, we have plenty for you to choose from.

Stocking Stuffers

Farm + Sea Roller Ball Perfume
Blended right in our neighboring town, these Farm + Sea Roller Ball Perfumes is an incredible way to support not only a local artisan but also your perfume-obsessed family member! These perfumes are made with cosmetic-grade, phthalate-free fragrance oils, and skin-friendly coconut oil.

Price: $14.95
McCrea's Caramels
A staff and customer favorite, McCrea’s Caramels are one of the yummier goodies we sell here at Port Plums. Allow your family to delve into their richness, packaged in either a sleeve or pillow box.
Price: $4.95 (Pillow), $15.95 (Sleeve)
Mini Oils and Vinegars
If your family is big on cooking, you may want to introduce them to a few of our favorite oils and/or vinegars. They’re a great way for newcomers to give their favorite recipes a little boost!
Price: $4.95
Bowl Cozies
Our Bowl Cozies are the perfect addition to your family’s kitchen,
especially if you entertain frequently. With the various designs and patterns available, there’s bound to be one that’s just for you.
Sold exclusively in stores
Price: $12.95
Here at Port Plums, we absolutely love to bake. Therefore, we have what seems to be an endless supply of cookie cutters (rightfully so). Now, your cookies can fit just about any theme you can possibly think of. If you want to kick it up a notch, pair a cookie cutter with one of jars of sprinkles. They come in many different colors and themes, and can add an extra "twinkle" to any cookie!
Price: $2.95 (Cookie Cutters), $17.95 (Twinkle Sprinkle Medley Sprinkles)

Yankee Swap Gifts

Popcorn Bowl
If you haven’t seen or heard of our popcorn bowl…where have you been?! There has never been a more delicious and easier way to make popcorn. Our favorite way is to top the kernels with some Garlic Olive Oil and sprinkle on some of our Black Truffle Sea Salt, just before popping it in the microwave.
To up your gift game even more, consider throwing in our Garlic Olive Oil,
PopZup seasonings (a new favorite in the store), and popcorn kernels, as well.

PopZup Popcorn Seasoning sold exclusively in-store
Price: $22.95 (Popcorn bowl), $7.95 (PopZup), $4.95 (Kernels)
Stasher Reusable Silicone Bags
We have a variety of sizes and colors for these 100% pure platinum silicone, non-toxic & BPA free reusable bags. With their Pinch-loc™ seals and dishwasher/microwave safe feature, they offer nothing but convenience. You can even throw in a marker to top off the gift, as you can write on them!
Or better yet, throw some baked goods or candy inside.
Oil & Vinegar Pairing in Gift Box
Attending a Yankee Swap filled with people who love to cook, or are looking to start? A common gift our customers get from us is an oil and vinegar duo, packaged in our signature gift box.
We generally suggest getting an oil and vinegar that pair nicely together,
such as the Fig Dark Balsamic Vinegar and Garlic Olive Oil, or
the Beach Plum White Balsamic Vinegar and the Lemon Olive Oil.
The pairing options are endless, so feel free to reach out to us for suggestions!
Sold Exclusively in Store

These are probably one of the more adorable products we sell and would complement just about anyone’s kitchen.
There couldn’t be a cuter way to store your butter.
Price: $19.95
Made by the same company as the Roller Ball Perfumes, these soy-based candles leave no carcinogens in your home. We also have a plethora of scent options available, scents you didn’t know you needed! Be sure to come in and smell the new seasonal scents, such as Fir Tree, Snowflakes, and Sugar Plum!
Price: Large - $23.95, Medium - $15.95

There's never been a more perfect time to
stop by our store and 
pick up a holiday treat for your loved ones!
The options are endless here, and we can't wait for you to see for yourself.



Photos by Maggie Griffin

Our Staff Picks Might Be Yours Too

By Liz Strauss
on November 25, 2019

Our Staff Picks Might Be Yours Too

 Here at Port Plums, we have over 65 different olive oils and vinegars. 

Could you imagine trying to pick a favorite?
Luckily, we are here to guide you!
All of our staff members have a favorite and want nothing more than for you to try them!


Katie Shernan, Co Owner
“I love the versatility of this balsamic! It's delicious on sweet and savory dishes but my favorite way to use it is in a simple dressing with olive oil,
Old World Gourmet mustard, salt, and pepper.”
Aged up to 18 years in chestnut, oak, mulberry, and ash barrels, this robust balsamic is a perfect pair to just about any of our oils. It even tastes great on its own with your favorite vegetables, meat, and fruit.


Karen Shernan, Co Owner

“I like the Lemon Fused Olive Oil because it makes a great light base for a salad dressing, is wonderful for cooking seafood and roasting spring vegetables. I also use it as my body oil in the winter when my skin is dry!”
As it’s harvested and produced using traditional granite millstones in Italy, the Lemon Fused Olive Oil is a premium fresh pick for our staff. Produced by crushing the olive and lemons simultaneously in the same press with no added essences, the essential oils from the lemons harmonize with the oil of the Coratina olives. We especially love that these olives are hand-harvested by the producer in Andria near the Adriatic Coast. This oil works well drizzled on top
of sautéed vegetables, a green salad, or can even be used to
make a homemade aioli!

Maggie Griffin, Store Manager & Social Media
“My favorite vinegar in the whole store is the pineapple balsamic. It's sweet but tangy and awesome mixed into a cocktail with coconut rum. Also great drizzled over grilled fruit, steak tips, or just as a salad dressing. I recently added it to some salsa that my mom made with mango, black beans, and avocado and it was amazing! I’m pretty sure my dad licked the bowl clean.”
This staff favorite makes a delicious addition to marinades and dressings, pairing perfectly with our Chipotle Olive Oil or Harissa Olive Oil for a smoky and spicy flavor. If you’re a fan of grilling, this might also be your new favorite! It also pairs nicely with our Dark Toasted Sesame Oil for an Asian flair.

Leighann Richards, Store Manager & Buyer
“I love to use this one for a bright simple vinaigrette with Dijon mustard, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sea salt and pepper!”
Our Champagne Vinegar sources from the Ardenne region of France, giving us the crisp, creamy, and acidic essence to our favorite recipes. You may try it with vinaigrettes, marinades, sauces, homemade mayo or aioli. It’s even great for pickling and preserving!

Liz Strauss, Content Writer & Sales Associate
“What I love most about this oil is that it allows me to add a superfood to just about any of my dishes. Whether I’m cooking with it or just using it as a dressing, it adds that extra nutritious and yummy boost some meals might be lacking!”
This 100% pure, all-natural, and handcrafted oil is made from premium avocados. Its buttery sensation can’t help but project its richness, yet it leaves no overwhelming flavors like you would expect. While you can use this oil with uncooked foods, we would also recommend cooking with it because of its high smoke point compared to olive oils.

Emily, Sales Associate
“I use all of the dark balsamics, but the raspberry is always my go-to. It has a wide variety of uses from something as a simple as a salad dressing, in a smoothie, or even drizzled over vanilla ice cream.”
Both delicate and fruity, this dark balsamic pairs nicely with any salad, yogurt, granola, meat, or even works as a glaze or in a marinade! Its sweet and tartness works well on its own, but is also commonly paired with our Persian Lime Oil.

Eleni, Sales Associate
“My favorite is the Cranberry Pear Vinegar because of its light and sweet flavor. I love to use it on oatmeal and as a dressing for salads.”
This happens to be our most popular white balsamic. Because of its crisp, tart flavor, it compliments any green salad, chevre, or vanilla yogurt perfectly. We also like to use it in mixed drinks!
(Be sure to check out our holiday cocktail recipe blog!)

Shannon, Sales Associate
Pesto Infused Olive Oil
“My favorite olive oil is the pesto infused oil. As a big fan of the basil, parmesan, and garlic combo, I love to drizzle it over pasta or use it for bread dipping.”
Looking for a new approach to pasta? With its fresh basil, parmesan cheese, and garlic flavors, our pesto infused olive oil tastes delicious drizzled over not only pasta, but also homemade focaccia, white pizza, Caprese salad, grilled eggplant, or even just for bread dipping!
Now that you have an idea of what we recommend, it's the perfect time to swing by and see for yourself.

Photos by Maggie Griffin

6 Holiday Cocktails We Are Dying For You To Try This Season

By Liz Strauss
on October 31, 2019

6 Holiday Cocktails We Are Dying For You To Try This Season

Have you ever tried using your favorite balsamic vinegar in a cocktail? This season we have some incredibly tasty cocktail recipes that are perfect for any holiday gathering, sitting by the fire, or simply just to go with your dinner.

Seasonings Greetings


1 fluid oz Beach Plum Balsamic Vinegar

1.5 fluid oz vodka

1/3 cup club soda

A small handful of frozen cranberries (to act as ice)

Rosemary sprig


  1. Combine Beach Plum Balsamic Vinegar, club soda, and vodka in a cocktail shaker. Cover, shake and strain into glass.
  2. Drop a small handful of frozen cranberries in the drink to act as ice and garnish with rosemary sprig.

Love You a Latte


1 fluid oz Espresso Balsamic Vinegar

1.5 fluid oz vanilla vodka

1.5 fluid oz Kahlua

1/3 cup milk

Dark chocolate shavings or espresso beans


  1. Combine vodka, Espresso Balsamic Vinegar, Kahlua, in a cocktail shaker. Cover, shake and pour into a martini glass.
  2. Steam milk and pour into a martini glass for a frothed top.
  3. Top with dark chocolate shavings or espresso beans.

Sappily Ever After


1 fluid oz Maple Balsamic Vinegar

1.5 fluid oz bourbon

1/3 cup ginger beer (or Ginger Ale)

1 cup ice


  1. Combine Maple Balsamic Vinegar, ginger beer, bourbon, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Cover, shake and strain into glass.

Apple of My Eye


1 fluid oz Gala Apple Balsamic Vinegar

1.5 fluid oz rum or honey whiskey

1/3 cup club soda

1 cup ice

Caramel Sauce

Cinnamon & sugar in the raw 


  1. Combine Gala Apple Balsamic Vinegar, club soda, rum, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Cover, shake and strain into glass.
  2. To rim the glass, cover a small plate with caramel sauce and mix cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Dip the rim of the glass in the caramel and into the cinnamon sugar. 

Feast Your Eyes


1 fluid oz Mulled Cider Vinegar

1.5 fluid oz bourbon

1/3 cup ginger beer (or Ginger Ale)

1 cup ice

Lemon slice (garnish)

Orange slice


  1. Combine Mulled Cider Vinegar, ginger beer, bourbon, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Cover, shake and strain into glass.
  2. Stick lemon slice on the rim, and/or add lemon and orange slices to drink

Sweater Weather

Cinnamon Pear Cocktail


1 fluid oz Cinnamon Pear Balsamic

1.5 fluid oz bourbon

1/3 cup club soda

1 cup ice

Cinnamon sugar rim and cinnamon stick


  1. Combine Cinnamon Pear Balsamic, club soda, bourbon, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Cover, shake and strain into glass.
  2. To rim the glass, cover a small plate with honey and mix cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Dip the rim of the glass in the honey and into the cinnamon sugar.
  3. Place a cinnamon stick in drink to garnish.

These are some of our favorite holiday cocktails at the moment and we can’t wait for you to give them a whirl. Let us know what you think next time you stop by.


P.S. Have an eye on the glasses featured in these pictures? Visit us in store and we’ll be happy to help you decide on the perfect glassware for your next cocktail party!



Photos by Maggie Griffin

Everything You Need To Know About Our Butternut Squash and Roasted Pumpkin Seed Oils

By Liz Strauss
on October 10, 2019

Everything You Need To Know About Our Butternut Squash and Roasted Pumpkin Seed Oils

Our Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Seed Oils are back and better than ever! Thanks to WholeHeartedFoods, we have all there is to know about your new favorite Fall oils. Whether you’re interested in their health benefits, looking for ways to cook with them, or simply want to learn about a new oil, we got you!

Butternut Squash Seed Oil

One of Fall’s favorite foods is Butternut Squash, and we know its one of your favorites too. Now, just imagine it in oil-form! This hearty and buttery oil has a variety of uses: drizzle on a salad, roasted vegetables, even popcorn. The options are seriously endless.

The oil is also packed with Vitamin E and antioxidant beta carotene, making it extremely nutritious and a great addition to so many of your favorite Fall dishes. You can even swap it out for butter or any of our Extra Virgin Olive Oils.

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Oil

If you’re a fan of hazelnut or walnut, it’s likely you’ll enjoy this rich and nutty oil. With its buttery texture, similar to that of the Butternut Squash Seed Oil, it pairs nicely with pasta, quinoa or potatoes. Do you happen to make your own apple cider vinaigrettes? WholeHeartedFoods also suggests replacing the olive oil in your recipe with this oil!

The Roasted Pumpkin Seed Oil is high in poly- and mono-unsaturated fats, as well as phytonutrients. With these benefits, it’s the perfectly nutritious substitute and addition to some of your most-cooked dishes.

One hint WholeHeartedFoods gives their customers is to use this as a finishing oil, rather than cooking with it, in order to preserve its quality and flavor. For those interested in foods with limited, or single ingredients, you just might love this stuff.

Interested in trying out probably the most autumnal oils you’ve ever heard of? We don’t blame you! Be sure to swing by soon to try these two oils that are essential to your cabinet this Fall.


Photos by Maggie Griffin

5 Back to School Items You Didn't Know You Needed

By Liz Strauss
on September 27, 2019

5 Back to School Items You Didn't Know You Needed

Are you or your kids heading back to school this year and looking for products to make this the best year yet? Is that a yes? If so, we have just what you need.

1. Stasher

These reusable, non-toxic, 100% pure platinum silicone bags make the perfect storage for your food. They’re easy to clean, as they are dishwasher safe, and are also completely microwavable safe. Stasher is a huge money-saver and plastic-reducer since you’ll never have to use a plastic bag ever again!

(Not to mention, they’re super cute and fit perfectly inside our next suggested item. Keep reading!)

2. PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag

You may find that one downside to packing a lunch is that your food doesn’t stay cold for very long. Lucky for you, we have just what you need: freezable lunch bags! Just freeze the lunch bag overnight (it folds flat), and pack your lunch the next morning. They’re not only easy to clean, but they’re also made from nontoxic poly canvas and food-safe lining. (Suggestion: some even have a buckle handle clip perfect for attaching to your bag or backpack.)

3. Reusable Straws

Reusable straws have recently spiked in popularity, in an effort to reduce plastic waste. Either of these silicone or stainless steel straws do just that, and they pair well with just about any beverage! (Psst…we also have a straw cleaning brush.)

4. Corkcicle

Hot or cold, these stainless steel, insulated canteens and tumblers are perfect for running out the door on your way to class. They’ll keep your drinks hot or cold for hours on end, keeping your drink just the way you like it all day! (Hint, hint. We even have some fun accessories to add to it)

5. Beeswax Wraps

Looking for more sustainable ways to store your food or your kids’ lunch? These reusable beeswax wraps come in a package of three, ready for your various needs. Whether it be wrapping a sandwich for lunch, or an apple for a snack, your food will stay extra fresh! (And guess what! They’re even made in Massachusetts.)

Now that you know exactly what you need for the new school year, you'll not only make your day easier, you'll also be saving the planet. Be sure to let us know which turns out to be your favorite!

Photos by Maggie Griffin

Our Visit with Milk Street

By Liz Strauss
on September 12, 2019

Our Visit with Milk Street

Last fall, we partnered with Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street. Culinary magazine, school, public television show, and podcast, Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street has altered the way individuals have tackled their culinary endeavors. Through their innovative expertise and approach to the culinary world, the Milk Street team is dedicated to bringing ease to intimidating recipes.

After visiting the Milk Street studio in Boston last month, we were exposed to that very ease Christopher Kimball uncovered a few years back.

The key is making cooking as simple as possible, as Rosemary Gill, Milk Street’s Director of Education, explained to us. This compliments our business’ mission completely. We provide you with quality olive oils and vinegars, and even the tools necessary in making the most delicious meals you’ve ever cooked up yourself, and in the simplest manner. In fact, we wanted to make it just that much easier for you by getting an inside scoop on how the pros do it.

Cook Like a Pro

Contrast is the cornerstone of Milk Street’s culinary art. Gill stressed to us nothing but contrast, and for good reason. By this term, she means throwing together different flavors and different textures.

via Maggie Griffin

“You get a lot of meals that are sort of one note, you know, they are overwhelmingly soft or chewy,” she explains. For example, she suggests that for mashed potatoes you could throw in some chopped chives. “You get more dimension…” she reveals. “We’re using contrast in order to elevate and draw more attention to the main ingredient.”

One of the most important lessons Gill teaches her students is knowing how to analyze what’s missing, and knowing when you’ve put too much of something in a dish.


Let’s Get Started!

We all know that cooking can seem dreadful after a long day at work, or if you simply just don’t know where to start. This is precisely what Milk Street hopes to help individuals with through the “Milk Street: Tuesday Nights” cookbook. The cookbook is there for you to create outstanding meals in a reasonable amount of time, just perfect for the middle of the week. Starting off with meals such as those listed in the cookbook are a great starting point. Then, just keep cooking!

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“You’ve got to make it a habit,” Gill advises to those who want to get into cooking. She also suggests that if you are interested in global cuisines, to choose one at a time and cook just from that region for a month or two. “You’re going to start seeing some similarities and you’re going to start understanding how flavors are put together… you’re just going to be building your library,” she says.

Using One of Our Favorite Ingredients: Olive Oil

One recipe that Gill loves herself is the Cantonese Steamed Fish from “Milk Street: Tuesday Nights,” because of the technique it requires. Sometimes, she’ll make it with a Mediterranean flavor profile, which is when she’ll utilize olive oil.

Gill also tells us her favorite ingredients to add to olive oil:

  1. Za’ atar
  2. Lightly crushed fennel & coriander seeds
  3. Cracked fennel seeds & thyme or oregano

 (Hint, hint: We sell some of these!)

We hope that our customers can utilize a variety of these tips to create new skills in the kitchen. Whether you cook up a new “Tuesday Night” dinner, or try one of our olive oils for the first time, leave your thoughts in the comments below.
We’d love to hear what you think!










Photos by Maggie Griffin

What is Rosé Balsamic Vinegar and How Do I Use It?

By Katie Shernan
on July 26, 2019

What is Rosé Balsamic Vinegar and How Do I Use It?


Rosé Balsamic Vinegar is a delicious treat that highlights everything we enjoy about rosé wine: bright acidity and soft, subtle aromas of crabapple, watermelon, raspberries, strawberries, and wet stone. Unlike traditional balsamic vinegar which is typically made from a combination of Trebbiano, Lambrusco, and/or Sangiovese grades, Rosé Balsamic is made from the Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) grape variety. This grape produces earthy, but elegant wines that translate beautifully into a well-balanced, clean, cool, crisp and dry vinegar. For a delicious vinaigrette, combine it with your favorite olive oil and Dijon mustard. The velvety consistency will lovingly caress everything from salad greens to grill-bound asparagus and seafood.

Excellent Complements
Nicoise Salad
Light Vinaigrettes
Goat Cheese
White Asparagus
Mixed Drinks & Spritzers
Ideas for Use
Combine Rosé Balsamic with any suggested olive oil pairings for a great salad dressing.
Combine Rosé Balsamic with Chipotle, Harissa, or Mushroom & Sage olive oil for a pork or poultry marinade.
Serve Rosé Balsamic over ice with vodka or sparkling water.
Use Rosé Balsamic as a glaze on seafood.
Use Rosé Balsamic in a vinaigrette to dress warm fingerling potatoes or sautéed haricot verts and sprinkle with chopped chives.
Drizzle Rosé Balsamic over sautéed herbed zucchini.

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