Olive My Love

If you live in my neck of the woods and are interested in placing an order for my shortbread cookies, you can find pricing and all of the information you need on my Shop Olive My Love/ Contact Olive page on the very top menu of my site (beside Grocery Store and Farmers Market Directory) or by clicking here: http://olivetoeat.com/?page_id=460.

Please take note of my Christmas order cut-off dates below.

OLIVE MY LOVE CHRISTMAS ORDER CUT-OFF DATES:

Last date to place an order to guarantee delivery before Christmas will be: Sunday December 7th, 2014.

Last week of delivery before Christmas will be: Monday December 15th to Friday December 19th.

If you have missed these dates please contact me. I may have some frozen dough still in stock and will try my best to accommodate you.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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Visions of Sugar Plums: Gracie’s Christmas Cookies

Olive has Christmas all wrapped up – cookie-wise that is. Between my own personal stash of Olive My Love frozen cookie dough and these handmade cookies I bought at St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, all I will have left to do is bake some squares.

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You’ll find the kiosk for Gracie’s Christmas Cookies inside the Peddler’s Village building at St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market. I was told they freeze beautifully so I bought a stash to freeze for Christmas. Gracie’s makes more than 30 varieties. Now I can sleep peacefully while visions of Gracie’s Cookies dance in my head. Aren’t they just adorable?

Gracie’s will be at St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market on Thursdays and Saturdays, from Nov 13 to Dec 20, 2014.  Click here to find other Gracie’s sales locations at craft shows in Southern Ontario (including December dates in London, Niagara Falls, and Toronto).

 Christmas baking all wrapped up…CHECK!

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Crawford’s Village Bakery is Closing November 30, 2014

I am very sorry to share the sad news that Crawford’s Village Bakery is closing November 30, 2014. It’s such a loss for our community but aren’t we just so lucky to have enjoyed 47 years of Crawford’s best quality old-fashioned-goodness and friendly service. Oh how we will miss the pies! And I’ll miss the trips out to Crawford’s to stock up on gourmet goodies for our family feasts. Thank you to the Crawford family and staff for all the efforts you put in over all of these years to serve us so fabulously! Everything was always top-notch and well-loved. Best wishes and a big group hug from your community.

Click here to read Crawford’s announcement on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crawfords-Village-Bakery/143235322437107

Click here to read my post on why I love Crawford’s so much: http://olivetoeat.com/?p=3981

Head on out to Crawford’s soon to stock up for Christmas before they close. Don’t wait too long because they may sell out before November 30th.

Okay…I gotta go have myself a wee cry now.

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Introducing: Olive My Love Cookies

So, what has Olive been up to lately? I’ve been really busy cookin’ up a wee business of my own:

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that I will be launching at Three Wishes Shabby Chic & Vintage this Sunday November 9th, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at 11 Barry Avenue in Streetsville (across from the Streetsville United Church parking lot).

Remember me raving about how dreamy the Three Wishes shop is? Now Christine is launching her own line of handmade lavender products that are absolutely Bloomin’ Lovely!

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Christine uses local Ontario lavender and packages in pretty vintage containers. She has graciously invited our artisan friends to join the official launch of Bloomin’ Lovely Lavender at Three Wishes. And we are inviting you to join us (please RSVP [email protected] or the Facebook event page). Taste brilliant homemade jellies and salsa made by my friend Debbie Crook (the Canning Queen). Admire the beautiful work of my talented friends Pilar Rey de Castro (artist, art teacher, and illustrator) and Eleonora Gattesco Roberts (artist and interior decorator). Kate Mulroney’s Pearl Button custom-made bunting, cushions, and quilts are adorable. Please join us.

I put a whole lotta love into my line of artisanal cookies. I make them by hand in small batches, using a family-favourite recipe. Whenever possible, I use the finest, natural, local ingredients like Stirling Creamery European-Style Churn 84 Butter (artisanally crafted in Stirling, Ontario since 1925).

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My standard flavour is classic Dark Chocolate Chip – the recipe that started the cookie dough rolling. Cut the frozen log into 1/2″ thick slices (or roll the slices into balls) and bake.

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For Christmas, I will also be making Milk Chocolate Chestnut (creamy milk chocolate with a subtle hint of roasted chestnuts) and Dark Chocolate Skor (dark chocolate and sweet Skor toffee bits). Dark Chocolate Skor spreads out a bit during baking so slice only.

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Follow my blog and watch my flavours change with the seasons. I have an ultra-feminine recipe tested for Mother’s Day and a lovely summer flavour that my taste testers rated as “awesome”.  It is so fun using the dough as a canvas to play around with new flavour combinations.

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You can order my cookies freshly baked or as no-frills, frozen slice-n-bake logs to take out of your freezer when you are ready to bake yourself. Serve made-from-scratch goodness without the stress and mess of cooking it yourself, and no one the wiser (I won’t tell!). Stock up on some dough for Christmas or scratch a few gifts off your shopping list. The dough is well-wrapped and can be stored in your freezer for at least a month. The baked cookies can also be frozen, if you wrap them well.

Frozen logs are 6″ long and make one dozen 1/2″ thick cookies (diameter and thickness of baked cookies varies depending on ingredients). I will be selling freshly baked cookies in half dozen bags at the event and taking orders for frozen logs or freshly baked (see packaging options below), to be delivered to you at a later date.

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Have an elderly parent, under-the-weather friend, or someone special that you want to send a little love to? Order an Olive-O-Gram and I will deliver beautifully packaged, freshly baked cookies to their doorstep.

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Packaging options for freshly baked cookies include one dozen or two dozen cookies in a white scalloped-window box tied with a pretty ribbon. Want to make it an extra special gift?

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Choose a cellophane-wrapped, cookie-filled vintage milk glass container. Click here for gorgeous ideas for displaying milk glass in your home – thank you cobistyle! Boxes and milk glass will be tied with a charming ribbon and attached with a label card of your choosing (see below). Milk glass containers vary in shape and size and quantities are very limited. Delivery charges may apply. Local deliveries only.

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I am just starting up my very small-scale business so quantities will be limited. Come on out to Three Wishes on Sunday to have a taste, shop, or place an order to avoid disappointment. It will be a great chance to see Christine’s shop – brimming with vintage treasures – before it closes for the winter, and to meet my talented circle of friends.

Right now I am so busy getting ready for the event but I will post further ordering details on my www.olivetoeat.com site as soon as possible. If you can’t come to the event but want to place an order, please send me an e-mail through my site ([email protected]). Thanks!

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Brilliant Flavour: Streetsville’s Saucy

Milton, you are in for a real treat! Streetsville’s gem of a restaurant, Saucy, will open a second location in Milton soon. The launch party is scheduled for Sunday November 2, 2014. Saucy has been our favourite local spot for celebration meals since it first opened its doors in Streetsville in November 2000. Why? The chef’s talent for creating brilliant flavour combinations shines through on plate after plate. Here is just a taste:

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Pernod Prawns: My favourite appetizer at Saucy and quite possibly in my universe. Not on the menu anymore but if you ask, the chef will graciously make it for you bang on perfect every time. A beautifully composed plate of plump shrimp in a sublime, creamy Pernod sauce with a hint of anise, accented with soft chunks of tomato and chopped chive. Spooned over a soft but wonderfully chewy, grilled garlic baguette – perfect for mopping up the sauce. Garnished with tender-crisp asparagus, lemon, and fresh pea shoots. It just doesn’t get any better than this.

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Crispy Goat Cheese: A swoon-provoking, generous pillow of warm, panko-crusted, creamy chèvre. Garnished with a dollop of sweet raspberry compote. Crostini and balsamic-dressed mixed baby greens on the side.

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Bruschetta: Juicy, marinated Roma tomatoes on two pieces of creamy garlic toast, topped with plenty of paper-thin, shaved parmesan. Garnished with fresh basil chiffonade. Drizzled with balsamic glaze for a touch of sweetness.

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Roasted Veggie Salad: A colourful medley of roasted butternut squash, asparagus, red onion, zucchini and sweet peppers with baby greens, dressed in a well-balanced vinaigrette. Sprinkled with crumbled feta cheese and drizzled with balsamic glaze.

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Grilled Salmon: Nicely grilled and finished with a velvety sauce of puréed butternut squash, sweet maple, and ginger. Roasted garlic potatoes have a delicious crispiness on the outside. Flavourful seasonal vegetables are perfectly cooked.

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Seafood Pasta: Seared shrimp, PEI mussels, and clams over spaghetinni and spinach, tossed in a dreamy goat cheese and basil rosé sauce. Garnished with fresh pea shoots.

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Cedar Plank Scallops: Billowing scallops seared to absolute perfection, caramelized on the outside, tender on the inside; the focus simply on their buttery, nutty sweetness. Big, clean flavour that try as I might, I just can’t stop thinking about. Garnished with sweet shards of honey Dijon pork shoulder, rosemary mirin vinaigrette, and curly green onion.  My son kept begging for my pork but I didn’t mind because the scallops on their own had swept me away.

Recently renovated dining room decor is simply-stated casual elegance – perfect for a business lunch or a special night out. Better acoustics now with modern lux fabric panels and rich drapery. Wrap around floor-to-ceiling windows with nice view of treed park. Late night casual lounge. Summertime sidewalk patio.

Visit Saucy’s website for locations, hours, and menus.

Website: www.saucyinstreetsville.ca

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SaucyInStreetsville

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaucyGrill

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