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Chef Lea Raves: California Balsamic Vinegars
by O Olive Oil

Comments Off 10 May 2010


O Olive Oil reached out to me and asked me to try three of their California Balsamic vinegars–O California Balsamic, O California White Balsamic, and O California Port Balsamic–that won the Gold last summer at the Fancy Food Show in NYC. I am familiar with the company, and have used several of their olive oils & vinegars, so I was ready and willing to give them a taste test. They are absolutely wonderful! Each has it’s own distinctive flavor so I am enjoying using all of them as a base for my salad dressings and marinades. It’s so exciting to find a new flavor experience…and this was three!” Chef Lea

Even more important, we found out that there is an increasing concern over lead found in some European vinegars. If you are in California, every company must give notice on a label if a vinegar contains lead…not sure about other parts of the country, so be safe and use a California Balsamic from O Olive Oil.  They are oak-aged over time and under rigorous supervision.  They hand-craft them one batch at a time in order to certify quality. Each of their vinegars tests out at levels more than 30 times lower than the safety levels established by California codes (wow, good for them!).

Give these award-winners your own taste test, and be confident that they’ve already exceeded all their safety tests!  Click on each photo for details, pairings and recipes.

O California Balsamic Vinegar

O California Balsamic Vinegar

O California White Balsamic Vinegar

O California White Balsamic Vinegar

O California Port Balsamic Vinegar

O California Port Balsamic Vinegar

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Kitchen Newbies

Chef Lea’s Kitchen Faves For Fall

Comments Off 28 December 2009

Chef Lea Raves about her faves for Fall 09

[tweetmeme]Chef Lea Raves About Her Kitchen Newbie Faves in the Fall ’09 Issue >>

Tourangelle White Truffle Oil – “This is one of my secret ingredients for so many recipes. La Tourangelle’s White Truffle Oil is infused with grapeseed oil, so you just taste the white truffle—they have mastered the art of producing the aroma. I find that truffle oils infused with olive oil tend to lose the delicate truffle taste.”

$19.99 Available at
Savory Choice™ Liquid Broth Concentrate -“Savory Choice makes exceptional liquid broth concentrate from natural ingredients. The company is committed to clean label products that contain no chemical additives.” Available in Chicken and Turkey (shown here) and also Vegetable and Beef.

Can be purchased at Whole Foods or online at
Kitchen Gadget Gotta Have: The Potato Ricer – “Everyone needs a ricer for the perfect mashed potatoes and to make my special yam dish for the holidays. I like the Deluxe Angled Potato Ricer.”

$32 Available exclusively at
How-To Video Available Here
Scotch Kisses by See’s Candie’s® – “You can’t make my Scotch-Marshmallow-Caramel- Kissed Yams without the real deal. Buy extra for a little taste testing while cooking.”

$15.60 per pound Available at
Makes the Cut: Pineapple Easy Slicer – “This stainless steel slicer is the only way I’ll tackle a prickly pineapple. You just insert the cutting shaft, apply light pressure and turn for the perfect stack of juicy rings.”

$32 Available at
How-To Video Available Here
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