Friday, May 25, 2012

Some gave all...

And I'm proud to be an American
where at least I know I'm free,
And I won't forget the ones who died
who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you
and defend her still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.
Lee Greenwood

This weekend is the official start of summer for most of America.  We will celebrate on the lake, at the pool, floating the river or at home with friends and family.  We will enjoy hotdogs, hamburgers, barbecue, potato salad, cole slaw, beer, soda and a host of other foods and drinks.  We will laugh, brag, cry, argue and play.  We will sleep until noon, eat often, and go to bed way too late.  Hopefully it will be a great holiday weekend, celebrating a little piece of who we are and why we love our country.  The freedom to be ourselves, eat what we want, go where we wish, and enjoy life how we desire. 

However, these freedoms did not come without sacrifice.  Some of you are sacrificing right now.  Some of you are men and women of our Armed Forces on active duty and reserve.  You are stationed around the world, or you are lucky to be at home, but always one phone call away from harm’s way.  Some of you are wives and husbands of these brave men and women, and you hold down the fort while they are gone.  Some of you are parents and children, and you pray every day for their safe return.  Some of you have served your country in the past, some of you retired from the military, and some of you were wounded.  To all of you, we say thank you.  Thank you for your service, thank you for your sacrifice, thank you for being willing to go when called.

"All gave some and some gave all
And some stood through for the red, white and blue
And some had to fall
And if you ever think of me
Think of all your liberties and recall
Some gave all"
Billy Ray Cyrus

Many have made the ultimate sacrifice.  Many have given their life so that we can be free.  To those men and women, we wish we could say thank you.  We wish we could let them know how grateful we are and how humbled we are at their sacrifice, but we cannot.  However, we can say thank you to their families.  To the wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters and parents of those who have given their life, thank you.  Your father, mother, husband, wife, brother, sister, son or daughter were willing to go when called and made the ultimate sacrifice and they will not be forgotten. 

So, on this Memorial Day 2012, celebrate the best way you know how.  Enjoy the weekend and have fun.  Just take a minute to remember those who have sacrificed and those who continue to sacrifice.  And if you meet one of our brave men and women or their families, be sure to tell them thank you.  They deserve it.

Happy Memorial Day!  Stay safe!!  

What's New!

It's a great day for cordell's today.  We have two new vinegars and one new olive oil.  

Our new Alfoos Mango White Balsamic is sweet and delicate, but brings the mango.  If you like mango and heat, try our new Alfoos Mango White Balsamic with our Harissa Olive Oil.  The Serrano Honey Vinegar is made with 100% honey and adds a great kick to all your dishes.  Try it in cole slaw or salsa to make them a little more special.  Our new Milanese Gremolata Olive Oil is begging to be used on pizza, roasted vegetables or drizzled over slow roasted or braised meats.  The herbs and citrus zest blend beautifully with this oil.  

Just in time for summer, these new vinegars and oil will help you take your barbecues, picnics, cookouts or family dinner to the next level. Come in and check them out.

Alfoos Mango White Balsamic
Our Alfoos Mango White Balsamic Condimento pairs exquisitely with our Persian Lime Olive oil.

Also fantastic with shrimp, scallops,
salad and in salsas for a tropical,
sweet-tart twist! 

The Alfoos mango cultivar is considered
by many to be one of the best in terms
of sweetness, richness and flavor.

Handcrafted Artisanal Serrano Honey Vinegar

Our 2008 SofiSilver award-winning, artisan Serrano Honey Vinegar is sweet, tart, spicy and made from 100% honey.

Amazingly complex, makes a great addition
to salsa, Ceviche, Bloody Marys & shrimp. Delicious drizzled over sliced tomatoes and
fresh mozzarella cheese.

Add to dressings for leafy green,
potato, pasta and rice salads. Toss with sliced strawberries and a grinding of black pepper
for a delicious dessert.

Can be used in place of traditional
grape-based vinegar. Sulfite-free!

Country Of Origin: USA

Milanese Gremolata Olive Oil

Gremolata is a traditional Italian herb
condiment consisting of fresh lemon zest, minced garlic, Italian flat leaf parsley & a hint of mint.
The herbs and citrus zest are typically crushed together in a mortar to release their pungent essential oils.

Try finishing your fish with this exciting flavor combination. 
It is also traditionally served with, osso buco, veal & other slow braised dishes to add a zip of flavor. We also recommend our Gremolata for marinating poultry, in dressings, and paired beautifully with our Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic Condimento, Jalapeno White Balsamic Condimento,  or Traditional
Style Condimento.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Garden Time...follow-up.

As promised, here are some photos of our garden (two weeks ago).  It is slowly taking shape this Spring and we are very excited and hopeful of what is to come.  Last year's drought, high temperatures and Easter Sunday hail storm did a number on our garden.  It needs a fresh coat of paint and some more weeding, but it is coming along.  

We have really enjoyed your questions and feedback about our garden and we welcome more.  Do not hesitate to ask any questions or provide any tips.  Have fun!

Looking south in the garden.

Looking north.
Winter vegetables.
We have two apple trees, a nectarine and a plum.  

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Let's Celebrate!

Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday for our Anniversary Celebration.  We officially turned one on May 2nd, but waited until Saturday to celebrate.  Jason Adams of Vagabond Pizza was on hand to sample a cold pasta dish, and Debbie of Your Daily Bread sampled her new focaccia breads.  

We debuted our new spice room, spice tins, oil and vinegar misters and our new pairing chart.  It was a ton of fun.  We are already planning next year's anniversary celebration.

Thank you to Jason and Jessica Adams for the photos below.

Jason helping new customers.

A few of our many, many samples on Saturday.
Jason and Debbie sampling their items.
The fresh bread and pasta salad were very popular.
Customers sampling our Extra Virgin Olive Oils.
Our new pairing chart.  We are still updating it.
We welcome your suggestions/pairings.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Fresh Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella...Yum!

On Saturday we celebrated our One Year Anniversary at cordell's.  (A future post will contain more information about the celebration.)  In honor of our first year, Chef Joel Trueblood, owner/chef at Bonterra Blu, brought us a lovely and very sweet present.  He brought us a basket that contained fresh mozzarella, fresh heirloom tomatoes, basil, squash blossoms, a garlic bloom and roses.  As you can see below, it is extremely nice.

The basket presentation is beautiful.

We used the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil to make a wonderful Caprese salad.  We managed to find some high quality olive oil and balsamic :-) and got busy.  We used our Cobrancosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Portugal and our Traditional Balsamic from Modena, Italy.  We threw in some fresh cracked pepper and sea salt and were in business.  

Tomato and mozzarella slices.

Adding the fresh basil.

Adding pepper and salt.

Adding Traditional Balsamic and Cobrancosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

The finished product!

Thanks Joel, it was wonderful!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Upcoming Anniversary Celebration

It has been a busy couple of weeks and we are not done yet.  We are working very hard to get ready for our one year anniversary celebration on Saturday, May 19th (10:00am - 2:00pm).  We are debuting some new products, our new spice room and our new pairing chart.  With that comes a lot of work.  However, it will all be worth it.

We are really excited about our new spice room.  It will allow you to smell all of the spices and spice blends that we offer, except for anything with Ghost Peppers. :-)  

So, I apologize for the lack of postings the last two weeks, but we should be back to normal soon.  Until then, hope to see you on the 19th.