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...your favorite Balsamic Vinegars & Olive Oils...

Hi everyone, here's another fun update for you, and also starting at the bottom of this newsletter, a bunch of Caroline's tips and ideas for our Balsamics and Oils, today we start with the Dark Balsamic Vinegars! 
All of our fun weekend festivals and street fairs are canceled into July and some even beyond that,  so we have no idea when our business will be up and running again.

*** As may have heard, FARMERS MARKETS are allowed to open as they are considered an essential business like grocery stores.  We are hoping to participate in 4 of them again this year but haven't made any final decisions based on the new rules on how they will run and if it will be worthwhile for us. For now, it's best if you just call us to see if we'll be at one that you've found us at before.
Burien - Thursdays, starts May 7
Crossroads Bellevue - Tuesdays, starts June 2
Enumclaw Plateau - Thursdays, starts June 4
Bothell - Fridays, starts June 12

In the meantime, our online sales are still available (many thanks to those who have ordered, every little bit helps to ease the losses from our events), so feel free to treat yourself to your favorite Balsamic Vinegars & Olive Oils to provide yourself with some yummy and healthy tastes for all your food. You can also call us at home directly if you wish, we'd love to chat!
For whatever its worth, and we know many people are in worse situations than ours, you will be supporting a fun and friendly husband and wife small business running out of their home who love and appreciate their customers.  Stay healthy, we hope to see you again soon.

Here's some of Caroline's favorite ideas for our Dark Balsamic Vinegars:

Traditional – Perfect for dipping breads. Use as a steak marinade mixed with our Rosemary EVOO. Pour into your spaghetti sauce about ¼ cup for extra flavor. Drizzle on stuffed peppers, chicken salad, or over Caprese Salad. Use to glaze your grilled onions for all your sauce starts or as an onion spread. Mix with your favorite EVOO and add to chicken and roast in the oven.

Black Cherry - Use it over salads on its own or mix it with Blood Orange, Tuscan or Garlic EVOO’s as an excellent dressing. Grill vegetables first with your favorite EVOO and then drizzle with the Black Cherry balsamic after. Drizzle over chocolate cake or ice cream. Mix into meatloaf. Brown chicken or Pork chops with your favorite EVOO, mine is Tuscan, and then drizzle with the Black Cherry, put in the oven to finish.

Vanilla Fig – Pour over any vegetable and then grill. Drizzle over stuffed dates, ice cream or brie. Use as a marinade for pork or rib roast. Mix with Lime EVOO for my favorite salad dressing. Grill meat with Herbes de Provence EVOO and then drizzle with the Vanilla Fig. Yummy on hard boiled eggs. 

Raspberry – Pour over brownies with some whipped cream. A great dressing for spinach salad straight up or mixed with your favorite EVOO. Grill chicken with some chili peppers and Garlic EVOO, then drizzle with the Raspberry for fajitas. Wonderful on grilled salmon. Mix with soda water for a refreshing drink.

Pomegranate – Pour over grilled salmon basted with Blood Orange EVOO. As a dressing for a kale salad, straight up or with your favorite EVOO. I love Herbes de Provence mixed with Pomegranate. Change up your Caprese salad by using Pomegranate. Pour over ice cream or in a milkshake. Great as a glaze on Caprese kabobs. 

Black Currant – Mixed with our Meyer Lemon, Garlic or Herbes de Provence EVOO as a great salad dressing. Wonderful with lamb or salmon. Drizzle on roasted vegetables, particularly broccoli or Brussels sprouts. Drizzle on brownies, cheesecake or chocolate cake. Drizzle over cottage cheese for breakfast.

Dark Chocolate – Drizzle over fresh berries, ice cream, cheesecake or sorbet. Mix with Blood Orange EVOO as a dressing over strawberry spinach salad. Excellent as a marinade for steak; mix with Garlic EVOO or cracked pepper for more fun flavor. Great on oatmeal or Greek yogurt with fresh fruit. As a finish for stuffed dates. Makes a perfect martini.

You can order from us online at www.gustoblende.com, then click on STORE, we'll ship it out as fast as we can.
You can also call us at home to do it over the phone if you prefer.
Call us at home anytime (425)-433-6047, Josh's cell is (425)-433-8344  


Caroline & Josh

Maple Valley, WA