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April 2019

Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake


When a Customer/dear friend  shares a cake recipe and then  brings you the cake..well that is just sweet!  No bundt about it- it is a delicious recipe that you will want to make over and over. For brunch, tea or  dessert.   Traci gives the credit to this recipe to Athena Calderone, from her book Cook [...]

Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake2019-04-03T16:15:35-05:00

March 2019

Old favorite with a New twist


St. Patricks Day 2021, still cooking at home!  Spring is right around the corner, at least we hope it is here in Chicago.   I  couldn't resist making again an old favorite of corned beef and cabbage this year  but with a healthier twist.  Boiled vegetables are never my favorite part of any dish but I [...]

Old favorite with a New twist2021-03-17T11:40:11-05:00

August 2018

Farmers Market Basket


This is the perfect time of year to compose this dish with all the fresh vegetables available at the farmers market. Colorful, bright and filling.  Think Meatless Mondays! 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved.  Use mixed if you can find them. Large handful fresh Basil finely chopped Sprinkle of Maldon Sea Salt Healthy pour of Vinagro [...]

Farmers Market Basket2018-11-10T12:50:11-05:00

July 2018

Chilled Asparagus Salad


Another Fine dish!  If you have visited City Olive hopefully you have had the opportunity to talk shop with Stephanie. An amazing cook serving up some of the freshest and tastiest dishes using of course,  only the Finest ingredients!  Here Stephanie  shares her Asparagus Salad, a lovely side dish that pairs beautifully with fish. Chilled [...]

Chilled Asparagus Salad2018-11-10T13:42:20-05:00

June 2018

Garden Pesto


The Season of Pesto!  Go wild and use whatever herb or herbs available, or in this photo, one of our treasured  customers shared her garden radish top pesto, using DeCarlo Classico extra virgin olive oil.  The result - creamy and delicious!  She served it as a dip for her home grown radishes and also tossed [...]

Garden Pesto2018-11-10T13:45:10-05:00

May 2018

Salmon Tartare with mustard and Lemon olive oil


The warm temperatures make me rethink appetizers, searching for lighter and fresh. This recipe from Ina Garten hit the mark.  Of course I love  it when she says "use good olive oil"! I like to use one of our delicious Lemon Olive Oils and Amora Dijon mustard 1 pound skinless fresh salmon fillet 1/2 pound smoked [...]

Salmon Tartare with mustard and Lemon olive oil2018-11-10T13:52:51-05:00

Harissa Chicken


Our family loves spice and for some of us, hotter and spicier is better.  We devoured this recipe from Melissa Clark's book, Dinner:  Changing the Game.   Added bonus,  it is made on one Sheet Pan! Serves 3 1/2pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and drumsticks 1 1/4pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 by [...]

Harissa Chicken2018-11-11T21:55:01-05:00

March 2018



A “peasant dish” of delicious proportions, this is the Cilento’s answer to “bruschetta”. Instead of toasted bread, it uses old crusty bread and turns it into a triumph and highlights the flavors of each element - rich fruity olive oil, sun-kissed tomatoes, and the durum wheat grain of the bread. In  Cilento they sell “biscuits” [...]