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Salad with Smoky Chipotle Olive Oil and Pineapple Balsamic

Posted May 25 2012 12:14pm

Last night, I stopped by my friend Carol’s house…it was a last minute get together—I had things scheduled all day, and it just turned out that the timing was right for me to run over there and catch up with two of my favorite people.

This is a pic from Wine Friday last fall, but we didn't get one last night---same idea though---Carol cooks, we eat, talk, drink wine...

I've known Allie Cat since she was 1....time flies, and she's still my buddy at 9!

Carol always makes the most amazing food—and I just sit there and drink wine and watch her do it. Last night was mahi mahi and salad. She used a smoky chipotle olive oil and pineapple balsamic vinegar for the dressing, and it was so good, I decided to go to the store it came from (F. Oliver’s) today. I’ve had some of their oils before, but never did a tasting and never had any of the more interesting combinations of oil/vinegar together.

Grilled Mahi Mahi with salad (dressing: smoky chipotle olive oil with pineapple balsamic). There's not really a recipe---just do the normal oil to vinegar ratio you use for your salad dressings, and keep it simple! You won't need other ingredients!

I’ve wanted to visit F. Oliver’s for a while—it’s approximately 0.25 miles from my house, but I wasn’t sure about the whole olive oil tasting thing. Would that be weird or gag-inducing? It was really not weird at all, and I’m glad I did it. Now I have fun new flavors to experiment with! Yes, it probably would have been more fun to not go alone, but there was no one around who would go with me, and I was really in need of going right at that moment because I was procrastinating.

Oil and Vinegar tasting, anyone?

Sexy bottles, sexy flavors....

The flavors I bought: fresh bright basil (oil), lemon bouquet (balsamic), herbes de provence (oil), california apricot (balsamic)

Crab cakes tonight. And wine. Did I mention that one of the perks of teaching yoga at a winery is going home with wine? How great is that?!

I have no plans this weekend—just lots of friend time. I better visit my grandparents too one of these days. I wish my grandma would take off her turtlenecks and open the windows for some fresh air, but sometimes when you’re 87, you just do weird things. It’s ok, Grandma, you’ve earned the right to make weird choices and talk about socks and how dangerous the world is these days. I’m trying hard not to neglect them.

What are you doing this weekend?

Do you like flavored oils?

Out of the flavors I got, which combination of oil/vinegar would you want to try?

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