These Basics never tasted this good before!

5-6 Yellow squash, cut in half and gently cored, using a melon baller

1 bunch of mint

1 lb of ground turkey or ground pork ( lean meat is preferred)

6 garlic cloves

3/4 cup of white long rice ( uncooked)

1 can of tomato paste

1 can of crushed tomatoes

1 tsp of cumin, cinnamon

2 tsp of salt

2 tbsp of Ella's Olive Garlic Chili EVOO

1. In a food processor, combine mint, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, salt, and process to create a paste

2. Add the paste (reserving 1 tbsp for sauce) and rice to the meat and mix well

3 Stuff squash loosely, using up all filling.

4. In a pressure cooker, add reserved herbed paste with Ella's Olive Garlic Chili EVOO, sauté for approx. 2 min

5. Add tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, and 2 cups of water. Mix to create tomato sauce and bring to simmer.

6. Add stuffed squash carefully. Make sure it is at least 1/2 submerged into the sauce.

7. Close the pressure cooker and cook for about 45 min. ( if you don't have a pressure cooker use an ovenproof heavy pot, and cook for about 1 1/2 hrs)

8. Turn off the pressure cooker. Release steam from the steam valve, and wait for about 10 min to open the lid.

9. Serve with plain yogurt and toasted pita bread.


1 -2 lbs of shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 chorizo sausages ( casings removed), can substitute 4-6 strips of bacon

1 cup of chopped yellow onion

4-6 garlic cloves

1 green pepper chopped

1 container of grape tomatoes

1 can of chopped tomatoes

2 TBSP of tomato paste

1 cup of white wine

1 small bottle of clam juice

2-4 TBSP of Garlic Chili EVOO

1 cup of Grits (stone ground preferred)

1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup of chopped green onion or parsley


Break up chorizo sausage and brown in 2 TBSP of garlic chilli EVOO or cook bacon strips, drain excess drippings.

Add onion, garlic and green pepper to the pan and cook until softened

Add grape tomatoes and cook until softened, crush with the back of the spoon to release juices

Add tomato paste and cook for 2-5 minutes, add 1 can of chopped tomatoes, 1 cup of wine and reduce for 5minutes, add clam juice, bring to a slow simmer, add shrimp and cook until done.

Cook grits according to instructions, ( 4:1 water to grits) add 2 TBSP of garlic chili oil and cheese

Serve grits in a bowl with a generous hipping of shrimp and sauce and garnished with green onions.

This is a very simple dessert that can be prepared in minutes and is sure to impress your special someone on this Valentine Day.


1 lb of store-bought pound cake, sliced in 2" pieces, grilled on high heat to warm up and create grill marks

1 quart of strawberries, stems removed and halved

1 cup of heavy whipping cream

1 TBPS of sugar

1 TBSP of the zest of 1 lemon

1/4 cup of Ella's Olive Dark Chocolate balsamic

( if you are doing raspberries or a mix of berries, our raspberry chocolate or bittersweet chocolate w/ orange balsamics will work just as well)


Place strawberries in a bowl and add one of our Chocolate balsamics, toss to coat strawberries, let sit for about 15 min

Whip 1 cup of heavy whipping cream w/ sugar until stiff peaks are formed

Place a slice of grilled Pound cake on the plate, add Strawberries, 1 dollop of whipping cream and garnish w/lemon zest. Drizzle with some of the remaining balsamic.

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