Friday, October 29, 2010

Goat Cheese Tomato Pasta

6 Tbs. STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
3 Tbs. STAR Golden Balsamic Vinegar
2 baskets cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup sliced STAR Spanish olives

2 Tbs. chopped fresh oregano leaves

12oz. hot cooked spaghetti or penne
Salt and Pepper to taste
Goat cheese

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.  Stir in garlic and cook until barely golden about 1 minute.  Add vinegar and bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and stir in tomatoes, olives and oregano.

Place pasta in a large bowl and add tomato mixture.  Toss to combine.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Serve immediately or cool to room temperature.  Tossing before serving.  Sprinkle with goat cheese.

Serves 4-6
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Choice That Drops Diabetes Risk 83 Percent!!

You could be a whopping 83 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes with this menu choice: Mediterranean fare.

What's Mediterranean fare, you ask? Why, any dish that emphasizes fish, olive oil, legumes, whole grains, fruit, nuts, or vegetables and minimizes full-fat dairy and red meat. Simple, right?

Check out the rest of the article here
Monday, October 25, 2010

Pumpkin Pecan Muffins

It is that time of year where everywhere you look there are pumpkins!  Pumpkins are not only good for jack-o-lanterns, but are great additions to everyday recipes.  This recipe for Pumpkin Pecan Muffins makes a great breakfast item and can also be served a la mode for dessert.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup STAR Extra Light Olive Oil plus more for oiling muffin pan
1 egg
3/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 375ºF.
In large bowl, whisk flour with baking soda, pie spice and salt.
In another bowl, combine sugars, pumpkin, buttermilk, oil and egg. Whisk until well blended. Stir in dry ingredients just until completely incorporated. Fold in pecans.
Spoon batter equally into 12 oiled muffin cups and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until muffins spring back when lightly touched in centers. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 12 muffins
Thursday, October 21, 2010

Los Angeles Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon

Star is a proud sponsor of the 2010 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. This weekends event is in exciting Los Angeles.   We will be at the Health Expo handing out samples, coupons and recipe books.

Expo Information:
LA Convention Center in Kentia Hall, below South Hall
1201 S. Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Dates & Hours:
  • Friday, October 22: 12 pm – 7 pm
  • Saturday, October 23: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Admission FREE & open to the public
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pumpkin Hummus - add a little Extra Light Olive Oil

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Top 10 Benefits Of Olive Oil

We found this great article online at by Noah Houde.  Here are the reasons he listed:

1.    Olive oil is natural – if you choose to purchase organic olive oil, you can be doubly sure that you are getting the best of everything. Olive is made from natural olives, due to which its benefits are numerous. You will not only be able to lead a very healthy life, but you can cook your foods in some great tasty oil also.
2.    If you are not fond of butter or wish to replace butter, you can start using gourmet olive oil. This is very smooth and buttery and adds an excellent flavor to any recipe. You will love the taste of olive oil when it is used in making different dishes.
3.    When we think about the top benefits of olive oil, we cannot miss out that olive oil is full of nutrients which includes vitamins E, A and K. These are essential vitamins which offer us healthy living and a much better lifestyle.
4.    Organic olive oil has oleic acid which is omega 9. Omega 9 is excellent for your skin – if this is added to your daily foods, it shall help you in getting a very glowing and clear skin. Omega 9 is also known to prevent cancer – hence, it is one of those dishes which can help to improve your skin conditions.
5.    Olive oil is very good for cholesterol and heart. If you suffer from high levels of cholesterol and not able to have butter, you can easily have olive oil, as it is going to be healthy for your body and skin.
6.    If you are thinking about losing weight – just purchase gourmet olive oil. It contains fewer amounts of fats which is present in other fatty acids. So, you can have olive oil without having to worry about your weight.
7.    Olive oil is also good to lower all your chances of having gall stones. If you had a surgery of gall stones and worried about their recurrence, you should switch on to organic olive oil as it shall help to prevent your chances of getting gallstones.
8.    Blood pressure is also lowered when you use organic olive oil. It is not hydrogenated oil which is very unhealthy for our body – so this is another benefit of olive oil.
9.    Chances of getting colon cancer are also reduced when you use olive oil in your cooking. You should cook all your vegetables in organic olive oil – it shall not only offer you a great taste but shall also keep you healthy.
10.    Olive oil is beneficial as it adds a unique taste to foods which are cooked in this oil. The unique feature of this oil is that its nutrients are retained.
Friday, October 15, 2010

Denver Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and 1/2 Marathon

We are giving away 4 VIP passes for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon & ½ Marathon. Passes include hospitality room access, during the race, for Sunday from 5:30am-2pm. To win the passes, go to our booth at the Health Expo, today, noon to 7pm at the Denver Convention Center, booth #614 and tell them you saw this on facebook! Health Expo is open to the public.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Orange-olive oil cake is a perfect Fall treat!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes and Herbs

1/2 cup STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. dried red pepper flakes, or more to taste
1 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. each chopped fresh basil, oregano, chives, parsley and marjoram
1 1/2 lb. ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
12 oz. spaghetti
Shaved or grated Parmesan cheese


Heat 2 Tbs. of olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and pepper flakes. Sauté while stirring, for 30 seconds. Stir in herbs and cook and stir 30 seconds longer. Add tomatoes and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Drizzle in 2 Tbs. of remaining olive oil and season to taste with salt. Toss to combine.
Drizzle remaining olive oil over sauce and stir in. Taste
sauce and season with salt to taste.

Divide pasta among 6 serving plates or bowls. Pour some sauce over each serving of spaghetti and sprinkle with cheese.
Serve hot, passing additional cheese at the table to add as desired.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Thank you for coming by!

What a great event the Health Expo in San Jose was!  Over 13,000 runners plus friends and Family members walked the Expo.  It was a wonderful opportunity to talk to our customers and introduce Mediterranean Diet to others.  Looking forward to the next Rock 'n' Marathon in Denver.
Friday, October 1, 2010

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Sponser

Star is a proud sponsor of the 2010 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. This weekends event is in beautiful San Jose, CA. We will be at the Health Expo in San Jose October 1-2, 2010, San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 15 W. San Carlos St.San Jose, CA 95113 Come down for free samples and coupons. We would love to see you there. Free Admission – Open to the public!
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