Support VOSRP-Virginia Oyster Shell Restoration Project

Classic Mignonette:
*Champagne wine vinegar & Red Onion
How about a *Granita using our Cranberry Pear balsamic or A little finish w/ Green Chili oil called *Baklouti. However you choose to eat your oysters, we’ve got a little more than hot sauce. What’s your favorite way to eat oysters?

Rockefeller secret: saute onion & spinach with our garlic EVOO. Get to topping w/ #Bacon & Pecorino (don’t lose the liquor). Grill until bubbly & melted.

November is Oyster month. Support VOSRP:…/oyster-shell-recycling/

Is it Chicken Pilaf or Chicken Bog? What? A Little South Carolina History

Is it Chicken Pilaf or Chicken Bog?  What?  A Little South Carolina History:  

Courtesy of: Gwen Fowler, Author and Recipe Adaptation by @Susie Wilson Miller


Garnish Each Bowl with a drizzle of any of our Olive Oils for a bold Flavor Burst (e.g. Tuscan, Garlic, Lemon, Mushroom & Sage, Picual or if you enjoy spicy, try our Baklouti Green Chili Oil). You can also Add some of your favorite Hot sauce, Grated Sharp Cheddar cheese & Chives.  Truly Enjoy!!!!



Start to finish: 80-90 minutes


1 (3-4 pound) whole chicken or chicken legs (they have

the most flavor)

2 onions

4 whole carrots(omitted here)

4 celery stalks

4 cloves of garlic

1 tablespoon of fresh cut basil or parsley

2 tablespoons of fresh oregano

1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary

1 tablespoon of fresh thyme

2 tablespoons of salt

1 tablespoon of ground black pepper


6-8 cups of water or half and half Chicken or Vegetable Stock

2 cups of long-grain white rice

1 pound of smoked sausage of choice

2 tablespoons of dry Italian-style seasoning

Pulled or chopped chicken pieces from the whole cooked chicken



Remove gizzards and rinse the whole chicken inside and out.

Peel and slice two onions. When slicing the onions, cut a grid into the onion from the top but stop short of the bottom so the onion remains whole. Slice carrots and celery on an angle into large pieces. Peel and crush garlic cloves. Chop fresh herbs. Prepare 2 tablespoons of salt and 1 tablespoon of pepper, season to taste.

Place all the ingredients, starting with the chicken, in a large pot (we used a 13 ¼ quart pot, a Dutch oven from Le Creuset). Pour in enough water to cover the entire chicken.

Bring to a boil; cook until chicken is tender, usually about one hour. Remove the chicken and set it aside to cool. Remove all large pieces of carrot, celery, onion and garlic. You can save these and use otherwise or discard.



Remove the skin and bones from the chicken. Chop or pull chicken into bite-size pieces.

Place chicken pieces, rice (we used Carolina Gold), sliced sausage and dried Italian-style seasoning in the pot full of chicken stock. Cook together and let come to a boil, reduce heat and cover. Cook for 20-30 minutes until the rice is tender. Stir often while cooking, just not too often. Remember if you’re looking you’re not cooking.

If you prefer less bog in your chicken bog, cook uncovered on medium-low heat until it reaches the desired consistency.

Chicken Piccata w/ Creamy Rigatoni Pasta Sauce

Serves 4
2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (1 1/2 pound total)
½ cup Italian Progresso bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch ground black pepper
3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil Hojiblanca
1/2 cup chicken stock or dry white wine (such as a Sauvignon Blanc)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup brined capers
2 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley


Place chicken between 2 large sheets of plastic wrap. Using a meat pounder or side of a heavy pottery plate, lightly pound chicken to 1/4-inch thickness. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Drizzle Hojiblanca olive oil onto both sides; place the breasts into a gallon bag with Progresso bread crumbs & shake until well coated. Pull each out & shake off excess.
Heat 1 tablespoon Hojiblanca olive oil in an electric skillet. Cook two filets until golden brown and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to platter.
Bring wine, lemon juice, capers and broth to boil in same skillet over medium-high heat to reduce. Pour sauce over Chicken. Creamy Rigatoni Pasta Sauce recipe coming soon….

2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves pickled garlic, minced
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 can tomato sauce or marinara sauce
1oz. Espresso balsamic vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds Rigatoni
1 cup heavy cream
Grated Parmesan or Romano, as needed
Chopped fresh basil, for serving

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and onions and saute for a minute or so. Pour in the tomato sauce, add balsamic, salt and pepper to taste and stir. Cook over low heat for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.

Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the cream. Add cheese to taste, then check the seasoning. Stir in the pasta and thin with a little pasta water if needed. Add the chopped basil and serve immediately.

New Spin on Chicken Wing Alabama White Sauce

1 cup whole plain yogurt or if mayo (Dukes:)
¼ cup of our organic red wine vinegar or Neapolitan herb infused balsamic
1 tablespoon hot chili paste
½ teaspoon baklouti green chili olive oil
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon celery seeds
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Whisk yogurt, vinegar/Balsamic, hot chili paste, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, celery seeds, pepper flakes and paprika in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper.

Original recipe credited to the magical Chef @seanbrock

Chimichurri Sauce


2 cups packed fresh Italian parsley leaves
4 medium garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1/4 cup packed fresh oregano leaves (or 4 teaspoons dried oregano)
1/4 cup of our Serrano Chili Pepper Infused Honey vinegar
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup of Our Smoked Chipotle extra virgin olive oil

Place the ingredients in to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the ingredients are chopped and the sauce is combined. Can be made ahead and stored under refrigeration for up to one week in a tightly sealed container. The sauce Freezes well for future use.

Use over grilled or braised lamb, pork, beef, poultry, in potato salad, over grilled or roasted vegetables, as a marinade for meats, over seafood, as a bread dip, and over hummus.

Makes about 1 ½  cups of condiment. Compliments of Rachael Bradley-Gomez

Balancing Hormones Naturally

Class: Balancing Hormones NaturallySATURDAY FEBRUARY 24TH 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 p.m.

If you are interested in reserving your space, Please give us a call 804.897.6464 or stop by the store to purchase your tickets:  $10 per person and a “Free 200ml bottle of choice of extra virgin olive oil or balsamic vinegar of choice.   COME JOIN US!!!

Certified Nutritional Counselor in Holistic Health and Master Herbalist Susan Gleeson of The Sown Life, is presenting a class on Balancing Hormones Naturally Feb 24th at The Olive Oil Taproom-Midlothian, LLC. We’re big fans of hers and definitely recommend this class! Come Join us Saturday, February 24th for a Class for Men and Women learning how to Balance Our Hormones Naturally through the foods & Super Foods (Herbs, Spices, locally sourced Farm Produce, Extra Virgin Olive Oils & Balsamic Vinegar) we should all “choose” to eat.

$10.00 per attendee which includes instruction, education, smoothie samples and a “Free 200 ML bottle of Choice (either Balsamic or Olive Oil—value $15.00): BALANCING HORMONES NATURALLY–Anyone who would like to attend, can stop by the store and pay the $10.00 in advance of the class to reserve a spot or call us at 804-897-6464.





 4-5 large cloves garlic, peeled

 1 (3-pound) Venison Tenderloin roast or Hind Quarter

 4 tablespoons Coratina extra virgin olive oil

 1 med. onion, peeled and diced

 ¼ cup robust 25 yr. Sherry Vinegar

 1 small can of tomato paste blended with the water, beer & beef broth

 ¼ of water

 ½ cup of Dark Ages Imperial Maple Brown Ale

 ½ cup of beef broth or homemade beef bone broth

 2 teaspoons dried basil & thyme

 1 teaspoon to sprinkle dried herbs, garlic, sea salt & pepper to top the roast

 3-4 med. size potatoes

 Sweet & Hot Peppers and diced tomatoes for Garnish



  1. Cut the garlic & onion into slivers and dices
  2. Heat 3 tablespoons of the Coratina extra virgin olive oil in a heavy 3- to 4-quart casserole dish or a pressure cooker. Lightly coat the venison roast with the last tablespoon of olive oil, flour the roast on both sides; add the venison and brown it well over medium heat for 15 min.
    3. Stir in the beef broth, Sherry, Dark Ages Imperial Ale and tomato sauce, which will de-glaze the pressure cooker or casserole dish. Add the potatoes, thyme, basil, salt and pepper.
    4. Cover tightly and cook for 40 min. in your pressure cooker or for at least three-four hours in a covered casserole dish on 280 deg., until the meat is very tender.
    5. Remove the meat from the pressure cooker or casserole dish. Surround the meat with the potatoes and Au Jus. Sprinkle the top of the meat with your herb, sea salt & pepper mixture. Garnish with Sweet & Hot Peppers and diced tomatoes. Serve immediately with crusty bread, biscuits or rolls.                                                                                                                                                                                                 HAPPY THANKSGIVING: FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS.

Truffled Butternut Squash Trotolle & Cheese

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2 cups butternut squash peeled, cubed in 1″ pieces
1 pound dry Trottole or Macaroni pasta
2 cups shredded guyere
2 cups shredded white cheddar
1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese
3 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup AP flour
 1+ 4 tablespoons Garlic Infused Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Truffle Infused Olive Oil
1 large shallot finely minced
2 teaspoons salt
fresh ground pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 375 F.
Grease a 13″ x 9″ baking dish with garlic olive oil.
Place the cut up butternut squash in a large sauce pot of hot water and bring to a simmer.  Simmer for approximately 15 or until the squash is fork tender.  Drain and reserve.
Bring a large stock pot of salted water to a full boil.  Add the pasta and cook based on the package instructions to al dente.
In a large stock pot, heat the garlic olive oil over medium heat.  Add the shallot and saute for about 2 minutes until the shallot just begins to turn golden.  Add the flour into the olive oil and whisk to blend thoroughly for about one minute, stirring constantly.
Slowly pour the milk into the flour roux, whisking constantly.  Add the cream and continue whisking until thickened.
Take 1 cup of the bechamel from the pot and add it to a blender or food processor with the butternut squash. Process until smooth.  Add the butternut squash mixture back into the pot with the rest of the bechamel. And whisk to combine.  Add all of the cheese to the bechamel, reserving 1 cup of guyere cheese.  Stir to melt and combine.  Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper if desired.
Add the truffle oil, and the pasta.  Mix well and pour into the prepared baking dish.  Top with the reserved cheese, and bake for 25 minutes until the top is golden brown and the pasta bubbly.
Serves 6-8