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This week's featured item

radici_organic_olive_tapenade.jpg Radici Organic Olive Tapenade

In the beautiful Tuscan hamlet of Loro Ciuffenna, Sandra Masi, Viviano Venturi, and their small, skilled crew produce an amazing variety of organic products. Their focus is on regional, traditionally-inspired dishes created from local recipes and containing heirloom cultivars. Their 100% organic product line is internationally acclaimed. All Radici products are known for pure, focused flavors that elevate any home-cooked meal to restaurant quality.

This is the classic black olive spread made from the highest quality ingredients (we expect nothing less from Radici!). This is an amazing spread, and adds wonderful Mediterranean flavors to your cooking.

A must for bruschette, crostini, and pasta sauces!

Shelf stable. Refrigerate after opening.

Ingredients: black olives, extra virgin olive oil, anchovies, capers, lemon juice, brandy.

3 ounce (85 gram) jar

Price: $8.95
On Sale! $7.95
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canena_arbequina_1stday_2013.jpg Castillo de Canena "First Day of Harvest" Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil (2013) Pre-Order

Back in stock September 19, 2014.

This is the eighth occasion that the Vañó family has released a special edition "First Day of Harvest" (Primer Día de Cosecha) extra virgin olive oil to capture the very purest flavors of the olive crop. Just ripe olives, pressed within hours of harvest, create this extra virgin olive oil that is exploding with flavor!

Each release is commemorated with a unique bottle label, each designed by a different established name from Spain's creative community. For 2013, Castillo de Canena partnered with Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso to design its label, turning the bottle of Primer Día de Cosecha into a collector's item and a work of art in its own right.

"The feeling I get from Primer Día de Cosecha is similar to what we feel when we win, crossing that finish line; when we see that after daily efforts, constant sacrifice, harmonious teamwork and perseverance, we can make it to the top," explained the twice-over Formula 1 world champion.

Castillo de Canena extra virgin olive oils appear in the latest edition of the prestigious Flos Olei Guide, chosen as the best in the world with the highest score, 98 points!!

  • Special red bottles protect the extra virgin olive oil from harmful light.
  • A very high percentage of oleic acid and polyphenols indicates outstanding quality.
  • No preservatives or artificial flavors.

This extra virgin olive oil is a dense oil with a pale green hue, a balanced and complex personality, fruity green olive flavor identifiable in nostrils and mouth with a great diversity of organic aromas, especially herbs, almonds, and artichokes. To the palate, the sensation is almondy with green apple, banana peel, and a light peppery touch. It has a notable sweetness and lingers long on the palate.

By taking extraordinary steps to hand-harvest early, yielding about half the oil that would be obtained if the olives were left on the trees to mature another week, the Vañó family of Castillo de Canena offers us this rare treat, the best of the best. To have such vibrant, flavorful, First Day of Harvest extra virgin olive oils is an incredible pleasure.

500 milliliter (16.8 fluid ounce)

Price: $64.95
On Sale! $50.00
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fennel_pollen.jpg Fennel Pollen (Organic)

Pollen Ranch hand harvests wild fennel pollen from private organic farms in California where fennel grows wild. They not only offer pure fennel and dill pollens, but Chef Bernard has taken these pollens to the next level, combining them with other herbs and spices to create a very special line of spice blends to complement and enhance vegetables, seafood, poultry, pork, beef, lamb and even desserts!!

Fennel Pollen is a fabulous and alluring gourmet spice. Fennel Pollen has two to four times the flavor of a fennel bulb, or the fennel seed, so a little pollen goes a long way. This gourmet spice can be sprinkled in practically everything to add that extra flavor dimension! Your imagination is your only limit. Add it to vegetables, seafood, poultry, meats, sauces, salads and desserts. This is your "magic spice" and the secret ingredient used by gourmet chefs worldwide.

Bon Appetit named Pollen Ranch to the Top 15 Italian Pantry Staples Made in America! Try this magical fennel pollen to create amazing dishes in your own kitchen.

Recipes:

One great health benefit: Fennel's naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agents provide pain relief.

USDA Organic

Ingredients: Organic Pollen Ranch Fennel Pollen.

1 ounce metal tin

Price: $14.95 Quantity
Acquerello.jpg Acquerello Carnaroli Rice (aged 1 year)
Acquerello Carnaroli Rice (aged 1 year)
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"Acquerello is the Rolls Royce of rice." - Alain Ducasse

"Acquerello is one of the very last authentic products." - Frédy Girardet

Acquerello is the rice grown, aged, whitened, and packed in Italy on the Colombara farm by the Rondolino family.

It is the ultimate rice: first the unhusked rough rice is aged to perfection for at least one year, then it is whitened slowly using "The Helix" where grains rub gently one against the other, and finally it is restored with its most precious element, the embryo or germ. The re-enrichment of the refined rice with its germ restores the most valuable nutrients of brown rice.

Known as the "king" or the "caviar" of Italian rices, Carnaroli is the preferred risotto rice in most regions of Italy. Acquerello Carnaroli rice is classified as "Extra rice" for its quality. In order to preserve its characteristics perfectly, Acquerello rice is vacuum sealed in unique enameled tins.

Carnaroli rice keeps its shape better than other forms of rice during the slow cooking required for making risotto. For instance, Arborio rice is widely available, and sometimes suggested, for risotto. We are not fans of Arborio for risotto. Compared to Arborio, Carnaroli rice has a smaller grain size, and higher starch content. This means Carnaroli can absorb larger amounts of liquid, and thus flavor, from the wine and broth, without overcooking. So your risotto is more flavorful when you use Carnaroli rice. Also, the higher starch content in Carnaroli rice guarantees an ultra-creamy texture that is the hallmark of a superior risotto.

Acquerello's grains stay perfectly intact, absorb flavors exceptionally well, do not bind together, and do not lose starch, proteins, or vitamins. Therefore your risotto is fully consistent, tasty, creamy, and not sticky. Acquerello risotto will always be outstanding.

Acquerello is used in the finest restaurants around the world:

  • The French Laundry, USA (Thomas Keller)
  • Osteria Francescana, Italy (Massimo Bottura)
  • Troisgros, France (Michael Troisgros)
  • The Fat Duck, England (Heston Blumenthal)

The Carnaroli rice cultivated at Colombara, being the only variety sown since 1997, is 100% pure and therefore produces uncontaminated Carnaroli seeds.

Once you have tried it, you will never look back!

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500 gram (1.1 pound) metal tin (about 6 servings)

Price: $16.75 Quantity
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