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Mother’s Day Gifts for the Cooks in Your Life

Ahh, mom.  After all she’s done for you what can you possibly get her for Mothers Day?  You can’t give back the countless hours, sweat and tears that she put into creating you, but you can make her understand that you would if you could.

Mother’s Day is about showing the women in your life how much you appreciate everything that they do and how much you care.   This year take five minutes to give her something that shows true thought instead of picking up flowers that will wilt in a day or chocolates which (at least around our house) tend to disappear even faster than flowers.

Personalized Olive Oil not only shows thought but she will actually use it and enjoy it for the next several months. Trust me, she will be touched!  Olive Oil is perfect for the women in your life that enjoying cooking and those that just enjoy eating.  It is healthy, sophisticated and fun.

Mediterranean Drizzles has many different gift sets to choose from.  Plus, every olive oil bottle’s label is 100% customizable, meaning the gift set you buy will be different and unique, and perfectly match the recipient’s personality.

mother's day gift, gifts for mom, gifts for cooks, gifts for mother's dayThe Marsa gift basket will satisfy her chef aspirations and will put her in prime position to create the flavorful and elegant cuisine of her dreams.  It comes with:

  • Your Choice of Three Different Infused Olive Oils
  • Breadsticks made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Wild Mushroom Linguine pasta
  • Tomato, Spinach and Garlic Linguine pasta
  • Artisan baked Crackers made with Olive
  • Artichoke Tomato Bruschetta Jar

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The Tunis gift box is a must have for any woman who wants to get started seriously cooking. With four bottles of infused olive oil, customizable labels, and a reusable wooden case, this allows you to experiment with different infused Olive Oils in your dishes.

 

Now that you have some high-quality olive oil, here’s a recipe to get started.  And if mom doesn’t feel like baking, maybe you can bake it for her?  She’s bound to enjoy that!  Below is a recipe for Olive Oil Cake with a Blueberry Mascarpone Frosting. If that’s not the perfect start or end to Mother’s Day, we don’t know what is.

Ingredients

10760_olive_oil_cakeFor the cake:

  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 5 large eggs separated, plus 2 additional whites
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 Meyer lemon, zested
  • 1/2 cup sweet sherry (recommended: Vin Santo)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt

For the topping:

  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 Meyer lemon, zested
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 pint mascarpone

Directions

LR0301-1_Olive-Oil-Cake_s4x3.jpg.rend.sni12col.landscapeFor the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Line the bottom of a springform pan with parchment paper, and brush the sides with oil
  3. Combine the egg yolks, sugar and lemon zest
  4. Beat the eggs and sugar until they become very pale and thick and have doubled in size
  5. Slowly beat in the 3/4 cup of olive oil and sherry
  6. Gently stir in the flour using a wooden spoon
  7. Mix just until the flour is combined
  8. In a different bowl, beat all the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they form stiff peaks
  9. Using 1/3 of the egg white mixture at a time, fold into the egg yolk mixture
  10. Once all of the egg whites are combined, transfer the mixture to the prepared springform pan
  11. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean and let cool

For the topping:

  1. Combine the blueberries, lemon zest, sugar, cinnamon and water in a saucepan
  2. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until the berries have burst and the liquid has reduced to a jam consistency
  3. Remove cinnamon stick and discard. Cool completely before serving

Serve a slice of the cake with the blueberries and a dollop of mascarpone.

And don’t forget, that every single bottle of 100% extra virgin olive oil from Mediterranean Drizzles can become a gift with a customized label. Show your love this Mother’s day with a personalized gift that she can really put to use.

 

 

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Spicy Cilantro Almond Pesto

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Pesto is a Mediterranean staple, and for good reason. If you’ve never marinated a piece of salmon or chicken or lamb with pesto before cooking, you’re truly missing out. Pesto is a great substitute for pasta sauce, a delicious salad dressing, a scrumptious addition to a sandwich, and perfect for dipping vegetables or bread as an appetizer.  Pesto is the perfect thing to always have available because it can make any good dish great.

download (1)Another great thing about pesto is that it’s completely customizable. Traditionally, pesto is made with pine nuts and unflavored olive oil. But the recipe below uses almonds instead of pine nuts and basil infused olive oil to give it a unique flavor. If you want, you can add parmesan or manchego cheese to the recipe, use cilantro instead of basil, or use red pepper infused olive oil instead of basil infused oil. There is no wrong way to make pesto. The key is to experiment and find the combination of flavors that you love.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 small stemmed and seeded jalapeño chili
  • 1/4 cup toasted almonds
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lightly packed finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup of Mediterranean Drizzles basil infused extra-virgin olive oil

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Directions:

  • Using a food processor combine the first six ingredients. Use pulse a few times to make a coarse puree.
  • With the motor running, slowly pour the basil infused olive oil through the feed tube. Stop processing when the  oil is completely blended in. If you want a finer, smoother consistency, continue processing until the pesto looks good to you.
  • Cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to use it.

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Storage

This sauce is best if served within the hour, but it can be refrigerated in an airtight container with plastic wrap pressed directly onto its surface for up to 3 days. Or, freeze in one or more ziplock freezer bags for up to 3 months.

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12 Amazing DIY Beauty Uses For Olive Oil

Olive oil is for more than just cooking. There are hundreds of uses for olive oil outside of the kitchen. Real, pure, extra-virgin olive oil is rich in squalene, a natural emollient that is great for your nails, lips, hair, and skin. EVOO is also packed with Vitamins A & E, and polyphenols, which you might recognize from your favorite, expensive beauty products.

Not only does olive oil work, it’s also cheaper than what the big brands are selling you and it’s also free of potentially harmful chemicals. Why would you want to use a product with ingredients you can’t pronounce when you have a natural alternative that works just as well?

  1. Pre-shampoo Hair TreatmentOlive oil is full of the vitamins and minerals that your hair needs to be shiny and smooth. For the full effect, warm up the oil ahead of time to where it’s warm to the touch, but not hot. Then, apply it generously to your hair and scalp, leaving it in for 10-20 minutes. If you want to increase the effect, cover your head in a plastic bag and a towel to keep the moisture in while you wait. After that, shampoo it out and you’ll be left with shinier hair and fewer split ends.

  2. Remove Paint From Hair: If you’ve ever painted a room in your house, you know that the paint is just as likely to get in your hair as on the walls. But, instead of cutting out the paint or washing your hair for hours, just use olive oil. Take a cotton ball, dip it in olive oil, and gently rub it into your hair. Slowly, the paint will come off naturally, no scrubbing or scissors required.

  3. Makeup Remover: Olive oil can remove your makeup and moisturize your skin at the same time. Take a regular cotton pad and dab it in some olive oil. Then, just wipe the makeup off your face like you’d normally do. If you are wearing heavy amounts of makeup, olive oil is there for you too. Just massage the oil into your face, then wipe it off with a washcloth saturated with warm water. Repeat a couple of times if necessary and remember to be gentle, never treat your skin harshly. You can also use olive oil as a gentle eye makeup remover; it will easily remove even the waterproof makeup.

  4. Makeup Brush Cleaner: Women should clean their makeup brushes monthly. This helps get rid of leftover, dried product and is also sanitary. Mix together two parts antibacterial soap with one part olive oil, then use the mixture like regular soap. The added olive oil will keep your brushes from drying out, extending their life and saving you money.

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    Acne Medication: Keep an open mind with this one. Normally, to clear up acne you’re trying to wash oil from your face, not put oil on your face. But, trust us, this works. Make a paste by mixing four tablespoons salt with three tablespoons olive oil. Pour the mixture onto your hands and fingers and scrub it on your face. Leave it on for a minute or two, then rinse it off with warm, soapy water. Do this daily for one week, then cut back to two or three times weekly. You should see a noticeable improvement in your acne.

  6. Lip Scrub: This one is perfect for those who suffer from dry and cracked lips. Mix together coarse sugar with a teaspoon of olive oil and apply it to your lips. You can also add a splash of lemon juice for added flavor and acidic exfoliating properties. The sugar will do the scrubbing while the olive oil will add vitamin A & D and moisturize.

  7. Nail Strengthener: Vitamins A & D are good for your nails. Soak your fingers or toes in a  warm olive oil bath for just five or 10 minutes to make your nails stronger. Do this treatment once or twice a week and enjoy strong, shiny and healthy nails!

  8. Shaving CreamThis happens more often than you might think. If you, or your husband/wife, runs out of shaving cream, no need to run to Walgreens with wet hair, just take a walk to the kitchen. Slather legs with olive oil before applying the blade and you’ll ward off razor burn and bumps with the help of this natural lubricant.

  9. Ear Wax Remedy: No need to stab yourself with cue tips every morning. If you have ear wax keeping you from hearing or just annoying you, the answer is actually really simple and easy. Putting a few drops in your ears before you go to bed for three or four consecutive nights will loosen up the wax, helping it come out on its own.

  10. Dry Skin Repair: Olive oil has everything you need to fix that dry, cracked, painful skin. For cracked heels, apply the olive oil after you exfoliate with a pumice stone. Remember to put on a pair of socks afterward to lock in the hydration. Olive oil won’t just fix your feet, it can also help heal eczema. Just apply the olive oil regularly to slowly stop your dry skin in its tracks.

  11. Diaper Rash: Your little one is going to live this. Because olive oil is completely natural, with no additives or chemicals, it’s perfectly safe to use on babies. Just apply it to the sensitive skin on a baby’s bottom and as a moisturizing remedy for cradle cap too.

  12. Antibacterial Balm: Before Neosporin and other antibiotics, there was olive oil. This all-natural remedy is as simple as mixing antibacterial olive oil along with lavender, calendula, and tea tree oil to ward off germs and scarring.

There are dozens more possible uses for olive oil in your daily beauty routine. How do you use olive oil outside of the kitchen? Let us know via our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages.