BLACKBERRY BLUE CHEESE SALAD: HMM MM MM

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Fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables are abundant now. Try a nice blackberry salad with a rich blue cheese, grape tomatoes, red onion, chicken and pecans: delicious!!!

Drizzle our aged balsamic vinegar Blackberry Ginger and the Persian Lime Olive Oil.

Cancer Prevention Anthocyanins, which give blackberries their dark color, are an antioxidant shown to reduce inflammation. As an antioxidant, they destroy free radicals in the body that harm cells and lead to cancer. Research has also shown that the ellagic acid in blackberries may have anti-cancer properties. One cup of blackberries contains half of the daily recommendation of the antioxidant vitamin C, which protects the immune system and may lower the risk of developing certain types of cancer.

Researchers have found that blackberries may reduce esophageal cancer by relieving the oxidative stress caused by Barrett’s esophagus, a precancerous condition usually brought about by gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Perhaps the greatest benefit from eating blackberries is their high level of phenolic acids which, besides having many other potential health benefits, are antioxidant compounds known as powerful anti-carcinogenic agents. Because of these compounds, blackberries have been given an ORAC value (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) of about 5350 per 100 grams, placing them near the top of ORAC fruits.

ROASTED TOMATOES W/ PESTO AND PARMESAN or MASCARPONE

ROASTED-TOMATOESIngredients:

  • 6-8 large red tomatoes halved (will make enough for a small dinner party)
  • 3 tablespoons Ultra Premium Extra Virgin olive oil (high Poly=Green, spicy & Grassy) Or your favorite flavor infused
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup pesto, store-bought or homemade
  • 1/2 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese or Mascarpone

ROASTED-TOMATOES-DONEDirections:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Core the tomatoes and then slice them across (not through the stem) in 1/2 inch-thick slices. Arrange the slices in a single layer on a sheet pan. Drizzle the tomatoes with the ultra premium olive oil and sprinkle with the oregano, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and the pepper. Bake the tomatoes for 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven, spread each slice with pesto, and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Return the tomatoes to the oven, lower heat to 350 and continue baking for 7 to 10 minutes, until the Parmesan or Mascarpone is melted and begins to brown. Using a flat metal spatula put the tomatoes on a serving platter, sprinkle with extra salt, and serve hot, warm, or at room temperature. I just could not wait for the REAL garden tomatoes to be here. You can use green tomatoes too. Try coring some of the tomato halves out and adding into the mixture mascarpone with fresh dill, garlic, chopped mushrooms and chopped scallions. Fill back into the halves and melt away. ENJOY!!!! 25 MIN.