Friday, September 28, 2012

Garden Dominated by Squash? Make it Work for You with Delicious Squash Recipe

With all of the great Fall squash that is locally grown, here is a favorite recipe of ours for you to try.

Spaghetti Squash with Fresh Tomato & Zucchini Garni


1 medium Spaghetti Squash
¼ cup Delizia Butter Olive Oil
2 teaspoons Oh Olive Garlic Gourmet Blend Spice
1 tablespoon brown sugar or brown sugar substitute
1 small zucchini sliced
2 fresh tomatoes sliced
1 jar Rossi all-natural Sundried Tomato Sauce
Salt & Pepper to taste

Slice the squash lengthwise, and clean out seeds. Place the squash skin side down in 9x12 baking pan. Sprinkle Butter Olive Oil, Garlic Blend, and brown sugar in center of squash and tops of the squash. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Remove foil and bake 15 minutes more to brown. Allow to cool for ten minutes. With a fork, start at one end of the squash and pull the strands down to the other end and into a medium sized bowl. When all of the squash has been removed from the skin, toss lightly to combine the flavors of the oil and spices. Place on plates.

Slice tomatoes and zucchini into small pieces, and plate next to the squash. Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the Sundried Tomato Sauce over the cooked squash and serve with the fresh tomatoes and sliced zucchini. Salt and pepper to taste. Delicious!

Note: If you prefer slightly cooked veggies to the raw zucchini, you may sauté lightly before adding to the tomatoes on the plate. You have your salad and main dish on the same plate!

Cocktails and Tiesta Tea? Really?

How about a "Tangier Toddy"?  Check it out!

Free Cocktail Tasting Event!

~Saturday, October 20 -11AM to 4PM~At Oh, Olive!’s 904 W Armitage Lincoln Park Location 

Master Mixologist Dante LoPresti* Tea-ses with Tasting of His Original Moroccan-Inspired Cocktail Made with Tiesta Tea…
…The Tangier Toddy

• Free Sampling of Original “Tangier Toddy” (Served: Hot & Iced) cocktail made with Tiesta Tea – FROM OH, OLIVE! PURCHASE 3 OF OUR TEAS, GET ONE FREE, A SAVINGS OF 7.95!
• Saturday, October 20 from 11AM to 4PM
• Oh, Olive! Lincoln Park 904 W Armitage, Chicago
CTA Access:
• #73 Bus (Armitage & Fremont Stop) Armitage Brownline Stop


Participants Must Be 21 Years of Age

*About Bar Consultant & Master Mixologist Dante LoPresti
Winner: National Restaurant Association's International Spirits Wine & Beer Event - “Star of the Bar” Competition

Dante learned his mixology craft at the Academy of Spirits under the mentorship of Master Mixologist Bridget Albert. His first significant Chicago bar assignment was working at Mercadito and Double A under the tutelage of New York City's Tippling Brothers, Paul Tanguay and Tad Carducci. After competing in various competitions, continuing education at the Advanced Culinary Mixology Academy and designing specialty cocktails for various Chicago restaurant bar menus, in May 2011, Dante won the National Restaurant Association's International Spirits Wine and Beer Event, Star of the Bar Competition. This past year, he provided cocktail consultation to acclaimed Barrelhouse Flat (with over 60+ classics as well as a rotating list of original cocktail creations). This past April, Dante was featured on The Sundance Channel's “Iconoclast: Beyond the Bar”. Currently, Dante is “behind the stick” at the popular West Randolph St restaurant Nellcôte. He also providing bar consulting services under the company name, Drinks by Dante.

Oh Olive's Rev-OIL-utionary Recipe Challenge! Are you Up for It?

     Oh Olive's Rev-OIL-utionary Recipe Challenge

October 20 - November 20

(Chicago) For Immediate News Release...Chicago Chef/Owners Matt Eversman, Randy Zweiban, “Extra Virginity” Author Tom Mueller, and James Beard Nominated Chicago Food Journalist Janet Fuller to Judge Contest for Creative Savory & Sweet Original Recipes Using Oh Olive’s Delizia Olive Oil!

As a thank-you for participating, each registrant will receive a 60 ml. bottle of olive oil "Free" after the recipe is submitted to the Glenview, Libertyville, Lincoln Park, or Chicago French Market Locations or by email to Registration forms are available in stores or by email by request.

Oh, Olive! owners invite you to submit an original recipe that you create - using Delizia olive oil as a key ingredient - If your recipe is selected as the winner, it will be featured in the next Oh Olive Favorites cookbook; be recognized by well-known Chicago and National food professionals; have your winning recipe served at a notable Chicago restaurant and take home a $150.00 gift basket chocked full of delicious Oh, Olive! products.

Contest registrants are invited to create their own savory or sweet recipes using our Delizia olive oil and two other products from participating Oh, Olive! stores: Glenview (1971 Tower Road), Libertyville (606 N Milwaukee Ave), Lincoln Park (904 W Armitage), and the Chicago French Market (131 North Clinton)

Judging for a winner and a runner-up will be food notables Chef/Owners Matt Eversman OON Chicago ( 802 W Randolph), Randy Zweiban, Province ( 161 N Jefferson St) Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil Author Tom Mueller and James Beard Nominated Chicago Food Journalist and Former Food Editor of the Chicago Sun-Times Janet Fuller.

Recipe Contest Dates: Entries received Saturday, October 20, through Tuesday, November 20
Recipe Categories: Original sweet and/or savory recipes to serve 4-6
How To Sign Up: Stop by participating Oh, Olive! stores; pick up your free olive oil with your recipe submission!
How to Send In: Email recipes to or bring recipe card to any Oh, Olive! location