Spotlight on a New Addition: Zoë Olive Oils

As many of you know, we went to the Toronto buying show in late January. It was our most successful buying trip yet. And, now all of our purchases are starting to show up at Above & Beyond. We bought from our regular suppliers, but we were also on the hunt for new products to bring to you. And we certainly found some great ones! One of our favourite new additions is delicious and healthy – Zoë olive oils and balsamic vinegars.

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Zoë is a Canadian and Greek company, and the products are from Greece and Modena. It’s owned by two cousins, one from Greece and the other from Montréal. Their olive oil is made from 100% Koroneiki olives which produces olive oil with one of the highest monounsaturated fats and Polyphenols (antioxidants) in the world. Monounsaturated fats are known as good fats, which have been proven to reduce bad cholesterol and help to prevent heart disease.

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Zoë olives are grown on their estates in the hills of Morena in Filiatra as well as in Gargalianoi by the Mediterranean Sea. The combination of these two very distinct growing areas gives us our distinct taste and superior quality olive oil. The sea, hills and valleys of Messinia provide the perfect climate for olive trees to flourish. The fruit that emerges creates an olive oil that is sweet, nutty and smooth as butter. The olive oil is extracted using the first cold press method; which means the fruit of the olive was crushed exactly one time at a very low temperature – which is then bottled as fast as possible to keep all the flavours and nutrients, then and delivered to you.

Take it from us, these olive oils are incredible. We brought in many oils that are infused. We can’t decide which one we like best, but we are definitely fans of the lemon infused olive oil. And the basil. And the truffle. And maybe just all of them. Zoë also has a beautiful line of balsamic vinegar. The cranberry has definitely been a customer favourite. We love to mix the oils and vinegars for a healthy and delicious salad dressing.

If you’re in the mood for something a little more decadent than a salad, try drizzling some of your favourite olive oil (we like the truffle) over some fresh pasta (we suggest ravioli), add in some sautéed spinach and mushrooms and top it off with a little Parmesan – perfection!

Got a sweet tooth? Try an olive oil cake and brush some of the orange olive oil on top. Trust us, it’s delicious!

We have been sampling these oils and vinegars daily at Above & Beyond, so be sure to stop by and see why we love them so much!

Here’s a recipe for a delicious looking BLT from Zoë:

Ingredients:

  • Zoë olive oil
  • Zoë apple balsamic vinegar
  • Tomatoes
  • Bacon
  • Lettuce
  • Bread
  • Mayo
  • Oregano

Directions:

  1. Cook your bacon and get your bread ready
  2. Get 1/3 cup mayo (homemade or store bought), add 1/2 tsp of oregano, 1 tsp of Zoë Apple Balsamic Vinegar, a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Slice your tomatoes and drizzle with Zoë Extra Virgin Olive Oil and sprinkle another tsp of oregano on top of the tomatoes.
  4. Now toast your bread, spread a generous amount of the Zoë mayo on both slices of toast and start layering your with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes.

Enjoy!

Holiday Gift Guides – Men’s Gifts

Today we’re bringing you the latest installment of our Gift Guide! We know it can be hard to shop for the men in your life, so we have compiled a list of gifts to inspire you.

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All of these items are available now at Above & Beyond. Click HERE for the full version of our Gift Guide for men’s gifts that go beyond new dress shirts and tools.

GOURMET du VILLAGE – A delicious new addition to our store!

Happy Monday! We are very excited to announce that we now carry Gourmet du Village at Above & Beyond. It’s a delicious new addition to our store and it makes entertaining simple.

Their award winning dips are so easy to make. Just add a cup of sour cream, a cup of mayo and combine the dip mix for a flavourful homemade dip. It’s delicious with chips or veggies. Alternatively, you can add it to a sandwich or mix it into mashed potatoes.

Already thinking about ladies’ night for this weekend? One of Gourmet du Village’s newest creations is their assortment of Brie Toppings. They pair beautifully with baked Brie and Camembert – which all pairs perfectly with wine.

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Looking for something to make these tasty treats in? We carry Gourmet du Village brie bakers and dip dishes. Gourmet du Village makes beautiful specialty cookware that we are excited to have in stock. bakery_cake_in_a_56bcf58f8b5c4_150x15041taumruarl

Gourmet du Village makes a great gift. Dips and seasonings make a great hostess gift. We think these cakes in a mug would make an awesome birthday gift!

Have you tried beer can chicken? Gourmet du Village has an excellent seasoning mix for making the perfect beer can chicken. We also carry the roaster for the BBQ to make a delicious dinner for the family.

If you’re wondering what to have for dessert, how about some delicious Hot Chocolate Custard Pudding? You can make this recipe with any of Gourmet du Village’s hot chocolate mixes:

Hot Chocolate Custard Pudding

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The amount of corn starch can be increased/decreased to produce a more/less solid custard according to your preference. This recipe produces a medium one, perfect for serving as a dessert pudding.

For a sauce-type version, increase the milk to 3 cups (750 ml).  Delicious served over fresh fruit, vanilla cake, etc.

  • 3 Tbsp (45 ml) Corn Starch
  • 4 tbsp (60 ml) sugar
  • Contents of one pouch Gourmet Village Hot Chocolate Mix (any flavour)
  • 2 cups (500 ml) homogenized milk
  • ½ to 1 tsp (2.5 – 5 ml) vanilla

Combine the corn starch, sugar & Hot Chocolate Mix in a medium saucepan.

Gradually add the milk, stirring well with a spoon or a wire whisk until well-mixed.

Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring continuously to ensure that lumps do not form. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Turn heat down, so you do not overboil.

Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. The pudding will thicken as it cools.

Cool a little and serve warm by itself, over fruit or cake.

If you wish to serve it cold, pour into the serving dish, cover, and chill.

Microwave Oven Method:

Making the pudding/custard in the microwave oven makes it very quick and painless. I use a 2 quart Pyrex glass bowl and whisk the custard vigorously after every 2 minutes.

Cook on high (full) power at first for two minutes; whisk well.

Cook again for 2 minutes. Whisk again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Pie – A Thanksgiving Classic

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, we know that dinner plans are well under way. We thought we would share one of our favourite pie recipes with you. Here’s a delicious recipe for a Thanksgiving classic – Pumpkin Pie. Enjoy!

Makes 8 servings

INGREDIENTS

 

  • 1 (14 ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth. Pour into crust. Bake 15 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from crust comes out clean. Cool. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

 

 

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Stonewall Kitchen – A Delicious Part of Our Store

This week we want to talk about an Award-winning specialty foods company that we adore – Stonewall Kitchen. We’ve had it in our store since the very beginning and it’s truly delicious.

101326Stonewall Kitchen is now in its 25th year. Jonathan King and Jim Stott began their business at a Farmer’s Market in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Their headquarters are now in York, Maine where they have a beautiful space to shop, eat and learn. We first discovered the product on a family road trip in 2004, when we stopped at their headquarters and tasted some of their delicious foods. When we opened Above & Beyond, we were very excited to be able to bring Stonewall Kitchen products to our customers. SJ_alt

We love this brand for many reasons. Most of all, because it’s delicious! We carry a variety of their jams and jellies, salad dressings, salsas and mixes. One of our favourites is their Wild Maine Blueberry Jam. Their strawberry jam is also the perfect addition to your morning toast.

Are you gluten-intolerant? Well, Stonewall Kitchen’s gluten-free baking mixes are delicious. We particularly like their gluten-free cupcake and pancake mixes. They produce fluffy, delicious treats that absolutely delicious whether you are gluten intolerant or not.

Stonewall Kitchen foods also make a great gift. Did you know we make gift baskets? A basket filled with these fine foods is always a great gift idea. A jar of their Sour Cherry Jam and a nice tea towel also makes for a great host/hostess gift. Stonewall Kitchen products are perfect for entertaining. They make incredible salsas, dips and jellies which make the menu a lot easier to plan.

Does your family have a sweet tooth? Stonewall Kitchen also has a line of tasty dessert sauces. Some of the most popular ones have been their Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Sauce and their Dulce de Leche Sauce. They’re great on ice cream, cheesecakes,  brownies, and so many other baked goods!

They make more than just food, too. Stonewall Kitchen also has a line of beautifully scented hand soaps, lotions and dish soaps.

We would love to hear about your favourite foods from Stonewall Kitchen! Haven’t tried them before? Come visit us – we are often sampling their delicious products, and we have plenty of favourites that we can recommend for any occasion.

Here’s a recipe for Thumbprint Jam Cookies that can be used with any of Stonewall Kitchen’s jams:

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