Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cucumber Mint Salad

Cucumber Mint Salad
Cucumber Mint Salad
Our gardens have been exploding with mint and we couldn't be more excited! Try this refreshing and light recipe.

  • 2 cucumbers, peeled, cut in half lengthwise , then sliced crosswise
  • 1 tsps salt
  • 1/4 cup STAR White Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint *
*To chop the mint, chiffonade it by stacking the leaves on top of each other, rolling them up like a cigar, and taking thin slices from one end to the other.


Combine all ingredients in a bowl, toss to coat. Serve immediately, or make ahead (up to a couple of hours) and chill.
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

At this time of year, zucchini is exploding out of everyone's gardens so why not use it as a dessert? Try this recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Bread that will satisfy your taste-buds.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Prep: 15 min.   Bake: 50 min. + cooling   Makes: 2 loaves

  • 1 cup Sugar 
  • 1 cup STAR Grapeseed Oil
  • 3 Eggs 
  • 3 teaspoons Vanilla Extract 
  • 2-1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour 
  • 1/2 cup Baking Cocoa 
  • 1 teaspoon Salt 
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda 
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 cups Shredded Peeled Zucchini  

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla until well-blended. 
  3. In a separate bowl combine the flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and baking powder; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended. Then stir in the zucchini. 
  4. Pour into two 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. 
  5. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Picnicking Tips From STAR

We love this time of year; great weather, lots of fresh produce and plenty of outdoor fun. Here is a list of tips to help you get ready for your next picnic:

Olive Pouches
Olive Pouches
  • Everyone likes to lounge on a picnic blanket but sometimes the ground is wet or the picnic table is dirty. Bring along a vinyl tablecloth. They are water resistant and reusable!
  • Make picnic foods interesting and easy to eat – think finger foods. STAR Olive Pouches travel easily and are resealable!
  • Put small bottles of water or juice in the freezer for a few hours before the picnic. These can then double-up as chiller-blocks to keep food cool and when you reach your picnic spot, the drinks will still be cold.
  • Stick a first aid kit in the car and leave it there all summer including sunscreen and bug spray in the kit. You never know when you might need it!
  • Don't forget a trash bag to keep your area clean and for easy disposal.
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Marinating For Extra Flavor

Cuisine Cooking Oils for Marinating
Cuisine Cooking Oils for Marinating
Marinating your poultry, meats and vegetables before cooking or grilling is a great way to bring out the food's flavor, while adding extra flavor from the marinade itself.

Different foods require different marinating times since each has a different density and ability to absorb the marinade. The marinade and food should be placed in a reclosable baggie, covered bowl or shallow pan with lid, and placed in the refrigerator.

Here is a quick guide for marinating times:

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Homemade Healthy Texas Toast

Do you love Texas Toast?  Try out this recipe of Healthy Homemade (yes we said healthy) Texas Toast.  By replacing the butter with our Butter Flavored Olive Oil it is better for you and you can choose your own cheese to make it a little original. Thanks to for this amazing recipe. 

Homemade Healthy Texas Toast
Homemade Healthy Texas Toast
  • Star Butter Flavored Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (or 2 tsp. or minced Garlic from a jar)
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Seasoning 
  • Any Four Cheese Blend 
  • 1 loaf of French Bread 
  1. In a small container simply mince 2 Garlic cloves and pour in Star Butter Flavored Olive Oil on top of that. 
  2. Then add the Garlic Seasoning and heat in microwave for about 30 seconds. This is to infuse the fresh garlic flavor into the STAR Butter Flavored Olive Oil. 
  3. Then put it in the fridge for 6 hours until hard. 
  4. Cut up the French bread to as thick of slices as you would like.  Pull out the hardened spread and stir because all of the ingredients will have sunk to the bottom.
  5. Then spread onto the French bread and top with the four cheese blend.
  6. Set the oven to 400 degrees and cook for about 10 minutes or until it is done as you desire and enjoy!
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Marinated Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Feta Salad

Marinated Grilled Chicken With Watermelon Feta Salad
Marinated Grilled Chicken With Watermelon Feta Salad
Looking for a fresh yet fulfilling meal? Try out this recipe for Watermelon Feta Salad and Grilled Chicken that will get your mouth watering just reading through the recipe.
Yield: Makes 4 servings
Prep time: 20 Minutes
Marinating Time: 30 Minutes
Grill:12 Minutes

Marinated Grilled Chicken
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • ground pepper as needed
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • no-stick spray
1. Whisk first 7 ingredients in a shallow dish; remove and reserve 2 tablespoons marinade for Watermelon Feta Salad. Add chicken to dish; cover and chill 30 minutes.  While it is chilling make the Watermelon Feta Salad.
2. Spray cold grill cooking grate with grilling spray; place on grill over medium heat (300° to 350°). Place chicken on grate.
3. Grill 6 minutes on each side or until done. Serve with Watermelon Feta Salad.

Watermelon Feta Salad                                                                                                                 
Ingredients :
1 1/2 cups diced seedless watermelon
3/4 cup diced cucumber
2 tbsp reserved marinade
1 tbsp STAR Golden Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

1. Place first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; gently toss. Sprinkle with feta cheese.

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