O Olive Oil is the best kept secret in foodie gifts!

Happy Cyber Monday guys!  This weekend was fun and all, but today I’m buckling down and getting super serious.  I’m a type-A gifter and I need to get a handle on my list before December 1st.  (Hey, I want to spend my time baking, not shopping!)  I’m celebrating my new partnership with O Olive Oil with a special giveaway today, and I’m going to share some great gift ideas with you, so grab a pen, sit back and get comfy, and lets see how many people we can cross off those lists of ours.

TVFGI custom designed O Olive Oil Gift Set

I designed my own TVFGI collection of 6 olive oils and vinegars with you guys in mind,  just for this giveaway — the sets are beautiful and come packed in a sleek wooden butler’s tray (each one is a $120 value.)   We’re giving 3 of them away, plus, there are 6 more prizes, so your odds are pretty good —  just sayin’.  And anyway everybody’s going to be a winner today because O’s gourmet oils and vinegars happen to make great gifts.  I’m really picky when it comes to holiday shopping, I’m not happy unless I’ve found top quality, useful, beautifully packaged, non-gimmicky things that my friends and family haven’t already gotten a million times before.  I don’t like to spend a lot and I love to discover something hip and new.  Some years I drive myself crazy with the search and miss out on some of the simple pleasures of the season.  Luckily O’s got me covered this year.  Since most of us have too much stuff in our lives already, I think food gifts make a lot of sense, and giving healthy oils and vinegars from O is like giving a taste of California sunshine, you can’t go wrong…

O Blood Orange Olive Oil

I call my collection the “Wake Up Your Winter Cooking” set because I chose 3 oils and 3 vinegars that I know will come in super handy this season (scroll down for my winter cooking tips.)  You can’t find flavors like this anywhere, O pioneered the whole concept of pressing fruit right along with the olives, so the taste is bold and actually shines through. My set includes:

  • California Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Blood Orange Olive Oil
  • Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
  • Citrus Champagne Vinegar
  • Pomegranate Champagne Vinegar
  • Orange Blossom Vinegar

The bottles are so pretty,  I like to line them up next to my stove to inspire me as I cook…

TVFGI custom designed O Olive Oil and Vinegar Set

O packages up smaller sets of oils and vinegars starting at $26.  They come handsomely boxed and ready go.  It’s a much more creative host gift than a bottle of wine, and it will last longer, too.

O Olive Oil gift setWake Up Your Winter Cooking Tip #1  Go Green!

Don’t give up salads just because it’s winter.  Go light and simple, I like to limit myself to 3 ingredients, like this gem lettuce with paper thin red onions and pomegranate seeds.   No need to fuss with a mixed dressing, just drizzle on your best olive oil, followed by some fruity vinegar like O’s Pomegranate.  Your palate will thank you.

simple salad

Wake Up Your Winter Cooking Tip # 2  Citrus

Citrus is in season, use it!  I love to slice fresh citrus and roast it along with chicken or fish.  O’s Meyer Lemon Olive Oil works perfectly in this sunny Meyer Lemon Roast Chicken.

Meyer Lemon Roast Chicken

Wake Up Your Winter Cooking Tip #3  Punch it up with vinegar

I consider a splash of vinegar to be one of my trade secrets, especially when I’m making wintry soups, stews, and chilis where everything can get a little tired and muddy by the end of the cooking process.  A splash of vinegar brightens everything up and emphasizes the flavors.  With O’s wide variety you can really have some creative fun, I like Cabernet Vinegar for the final touch to this Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon.

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

Wake Up Your Winter Cooking Tip #4  Channel spring

Every now and again, break out of your rut and make something positively spring-y using ingredients that are available year round like cherry tomatoes and fresh basil.  O Fresh Basil Oil blends with the exploded tomatoes to form a simple sauce for this Bucatini with Burst Tomatoes.

Bucatini with Burst Tomatoes

Wake Up Your Winter Cooking Tip #5  Drizzle it!

I like to use artisinal olive oils as a finisher for lots of my recipes, they add a healthy richness and flavor.  This Crushed Lentils with Tahini and Cumin benefits from some great olive oil like O Ultra Evo drizzled all over it just before serving.

crushed lentils appetizer

Let me make this easy for you…if you have anyone on your holiday gift list who is a foodie, who loves to cook, or who just loves to eat, and that takes care of most of us, O is an inspired choice.

— Good luck on the giveaway!


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121 Responses to Wake Up Your Winter Cooking Tips & Giveaway

  1. Annamarie V says:

    I would like to try the Champagne vinegar and the Tahitian lime oil.

  2. Nata Etherton says:

    Hello! I finally found where to post my comment.
    I would like to try the Tarragon Champagne. I can imagine it would work equally well on salad greens or stir frying veggies.

  3. Susan says:

    These look like such great ideas for food lovers and that blood orange olive oil? I can only imagine how good it must be!

  4. Ally says:

    I am now SO craving the honey apple cider vinegar. I love apple cider vinegar but this would be over the top!

  5. Dawn says:

    Meyer Lemon Olive Oil for me–I’m obsessed with lemon!

  6. cheri says:

    Hi Sue, I would say the sherry, pomegranate and champagne, great giveaway!!!

  7. Linda G says:

    Mmmm the Blood Orange would be my choice! Bet that would be great with chicken, fish….so many recipes!

  8. Deb Harris says:

    Very hard to choose, so many sound great but I love Meyer lemon & basil. Of course I can’t forget balsamic & white balsamic. There’s a few more that I’d love too-as I said-too many to choose from.

  9. Lynne Marie says:

    I ant to try the Jalapeno Lime and Meyer Lemon Oils and the Honey Apple cider and Fig Balsamic vinegars.

  10. Kim Beaulieu says:

    Meyer Lemon is my absolute favourite. It’s delightful. I love their oils. Great quality and always work perfectly in any recipe.

  11. Jennifer says:

    I would live the Citrus Champagne.

  12. Kimberly C says:

    I would love to try the Fig Balsamic, that sounds amazing!!

  13. Dawn Probst says:

    Love to try the Blood Orange Olive Oil and the Citrus Champagne Vinegar.

  14. Alida says:

    There are so many tasty possibilities with these quality olive oils and vinegars. YUM!!!

  15. Rhonda C says:

    I’m craving Blood Orange, and Meyer Lemon. So many recipes I can see, using these oils!

  16. Sarah says:

    I’m a sucker for lemon and basil flavored olive oil.

  17. Tyneisha says:

    That Tahitian Lime Olive Oil sounds incredible!

  18. Vickie says:

    First let me say all the recipes you have listed here sound scrumptious..as do most of the, and I pin many of them.
    Your photography is what first drew me to your blog..I stayed because of the recipes.
    I tried to win this the last time you had this giveaway without luck. Smiling
    Every single item sounds delicious and healthy..love the names. I would love to try them all
    I love their blood orange products both oil and vinegar

  19. Rivi says:

    Blood Organe and Fig Balsamic!

  20. Krystal says:

    The Fresh Basil Olive Oil… oh my!!!

  21. Susie D says:

    Roasted garlic olive oil, mmm!

  22. judith says:

    ooooooh, I am in for sherry Vinegar OR any of these yummies!

  23. Renee says:

    Would love to figure out what to do with these!! Yum!

  24. Mary Kusiek says:

    Roasted Garlic Olive Oil and Fig Balsamic.

  25. Mariam says:

    I actually want to try everything! I love me some balsamic vinegar.

  26. Eric says:

    The blood orange on a a salad should be really good! Thanks for the chance to win such an amazing prize.

  27. Doris says:

    Would love to try the blood orange!

  28. Ann Baker says:

    Love them all but especially the Cabernet Vinegar. Can think of so many great uses for it with my winter cooking or steak marinades for the summer.

  29. Mignon says:

    Blood orange would be my choice. :-)

  30. Kristie P says:

    Jalepeno Lime and Roasted Garlic sound wonderful!!

  31. Charlotte says:

    Hi, thanks for introducing us to some of these vendors. I recently ordered several honeys from Bloom and my Christmas gift to me is on its way from Earlywood. I cannot wait to get that package.
    I would love the Port Balsamic, Zinfandel and Champagne vinegar. The orange and basil oil would be great too. I grew up making dressing as I am Italian so have always loved having these items around to cook with.

  32. Tina W says:

    I think the Blood Orange olive oil could liven up some hearty winter salads.

  33. Cynthia says:

    Meyer lemon & crushed blood orange oil sound wonderful. the fig and pomegranate vinegar look enticing too.

  34. Joy Massa says:

    Tahitian Lime sounds like summer-in-a-bottle! That’s my kind of O Olive Oil!

  35. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I love the sound of all these olive oils. They look delicious :)

  36. Love all these tips! And this O Olive Oil sounds amazing! I need to get my hands on it!

  37. Teresa Davis says:

    How can I choose ONE???? Oh, if I must – Blood Orange Olive Oil. Yummmmmy.

  38. Deanna says:

    The Meyer lemon or Tahitian lime. To make a dressing for chopped salads!

  39. They all sound fabulous, but I think the port balsamic would be put to good use. I would much rather receive this than a bottle of wine!

  40. Claire T. says:

    The Blood Orange and Roasted Garlic sound SO delicious!

  41. Rwixson says:

    Winter is just about to begin so the citrus flavor shave my attention! A bit of jalapeño lime sounds divine!

  42. Charlsey G says:

    Would LOVE to try the Ja;apeno Lime olive oil!

  43. Jody says:

    I would love to try the fresh basil. I just love basil so this oil sounds delicious!

  44. Patricia says:

    The fig balsamic vinegar and roasted garlic oil sound wonderful.

  45. Ann says:

    Honey Apple Cider vinegar? YUM! That would be awesome with any pork dish!

  46. Vicki says:

    The Cabernet vinegar…love to make the beef stew pop! I’d like one of each of the citrus flavors too please – they all sound delicious! Thanks for this chance!

  47. Auntiepatch says:

    O Blood Orange Olive Oil! Great on a salad!

  48. Mary Ann Crimmins says:

    Blood orange sounds amazing.

  49. Pomegranate! These look wonderful Sue – thanks for the opportunity!

  50. Jen says:

    I’d love to try the jalapeno lime!

  51. Christine says:

    Tahitian Lime olive oil, please! Yum!

  52. Great collection, Sue! The blood orange olive oil sounds delicious!!

  53. Linda L. says:

    I’m going with Roasted Garlic :)

  54. Alison H. says:

    The jalapeño garlic oil sounds amazing!

  55. Sandy says:

    All of the citrus and the roasted garlic sound fantastic

  56. GaIl Carriveau says:

    All the oils sound delicious!

  57. Maybe the pomegranate. No, the fig. I don’t know. They all sound good to me!

  58. Ahu says:

    They all look great but the pomegranate vinegar looks particularly good!

  59. Heidi Hess says:

    Honey white balsamic and fig are my favorites.

  60. Belladonna says:

    For the oil, I would choose the jalapeno lime or jalapeno garlic. As far as the vinegar I would go with the honey apple cider.

  61. Kathryn Laposata says:

    The fig basalmid sounds ineresting.

  62. Susan says:

    Oh my. The honey white balsamic sounds intriguing! But the meyer lemon, fresh basil, jalapeno lime, etc. sound inspiring too! Thanks for the opportunity to win some.

  63. Gina says:

    Tahitian Lime sounds great! Definitely will try.

  64. Nancie says:

    My pic would be the roasted garlic and the sherry….Especially the sherry. Thanks for the givaway!

  65. Rust says:

    I wold love to try the Roasted Garlic Olive Oil and the Basil flavored!

  66. Allison says:

    Jalapeno Garlic, or Roasted Garlic! Or even the O Ultra EVO, love that there are no pesticides!

  67. Kim Torpey says:

    Oh these all sound so good but would love the try the basil oil!

  68. Jeri says:

    Nothing better than roasted garlic

  69. Marilyn TenBrink says:

    Love Sherry Vinegar! And the Blood Orange oil sounds positively lovely!!

  70. Monica says:

    Great tips and what a fabulous giveaway and gift idea!! The citrus champagne vinegar sounds so good!

  71. Thia says:

    Thanks so much for this opportunity to win O olive oils!

    I’ve had the fresh basil oil, and I put it on EV-ER-Y-THING!!! So, so, SO good!! I’m a basil fanatic, and the flavor in this oil shines through so clearly that I used it as my sole dressing/flavoring on salads, in soups, drizzled over dishes of all kinds. (It makes the best Caprese salad ever!)

    So I’ll definitely get this one again. Thanks for reminding me of this brand name. I’m also thinking the Meyer Lemon oil would be equally spectacular.

    For the vinegars, the citrus champagne sounds bright and delicous, and the Fig Balsamic and the Zinfandel really grab my interest.

    Can’t wait to see what recipes these O products inspire for you!
    Happy Holidays, Sue.

  72. Brenda Johnson says:

    Honey apple cider vinegar and clementine olive oil both sound wonderful!!!!

  73. Deb Harmon says:

    Thanks for posting this!! I have some foodie friends who will LOVE getting olive ole and vinegars for Christmas!! I honestly would like to try them all, but the Citrus Champagne vinegar and the
    Blood Orange olive oil sound yummy!! And the Fresh Basil too!!

  74. What a beautiful idea and gift!
    Love the packaging and the citrus flavor! And love your recipes that go very nicely with the group!
    Thanks Sue!

  75. Linda Seablom says:

    Loved the site! I would like to try them all!! The Honey White Balsamic, Fig Balsamic and the Ultra EVO sound delicious! Thanks for the great givaway.

  76. Tina says:

    I want them all! :)

  77. Michelle says:

    O California Organic

  78. suzy says:

    The fig and the port sound amazing

  79. Susan says:

    I just love their packaging. It all makes me think I can pour a glass and drink it…probably can!

  80. Amy says:

    All of the flavors sound awesome.

  81. Stephanie Cabe says:

    The Jalapeno Lime Olive Oil sounds absolutely amazing!!!

  82. Claudia Erdmann says:

    Have been using these products for years. Love the sherry vinegar.

  83. Tara says:

    Oh my goodness, what fun you must have had! Sherry Vinegar? Fig Balsamic Vinegar? Fresh Basil Olive Oil? Honey Apple Cider Vinegar? Champagne Vinegar? Blood Orange Olive Oil? Ultra EVO? One sounds better than the next and you’re right, those bottles are pretty. Not sure how you were able to choose but yay! that you did!

  84. Virginia says:

    I would love to try the Port Balsamic Vinegar!!!

  85. June says:

    They all sound wonderful :)

  86. Mary Nyhan says:

    Blood orange olive oil!

  87. Janet M. says:

    I would love to try the Clementine Olive Oil!!

  88. Lida K says:

    Wow! What a great selection. The Pomegranate Champagne vin and the EVOO yum! The Jalapeno Lime and the Meyer lemon would be wonderful to break up the long cold winter salads.

  89. MaryB says:

    The Meyer Lemon olive oil and the fig balsamic are calling my name!

  90. Susan Broughton says:

    I think I would love to have them all! But the citrus champagne vinegar sounds so good!

  91. Janice says:

    Fig balsamic is my favorite vinegar.

  92. Julie Bailey says:

    I can’t wait to try the jalapeno lime oil and honey white balsamic vinegar! What an amazing giveaway!!!!

  93. Heather K says:

    The Jalapeño Lime oil sounds interesting, so does the Fig Balsamic vinegar :)

  94. Lauren says:

    I just LOVE citrus and the clementine oil sounds fantastic, so does the blood orange. I’m still looking for a Christmas gift for my dad and this might be my answer!

  95. Sandy Headtke says:

    Fig Balsamic Vinegar sounds interesting, would love to try it

  96. Susan says:

    I love their products! The Port Balsamic really caught my eye, Sue.

  97. Arenda says:

    Goodness, all those flavours sound interesting! Clementine olive oil sounds particularly neat. :)

  98. Dawn Sassoon says:

    The Meyer Lemon Olive Oil is calling to me!

  99. Lauren g says:

    The orange blossom sounds great!

  100. Brianna says:

    The citrus champagne vinegar sounds wonderful! I use a lot of olive oil (plain and infused) but want to experiment more with vinegar in my cooking. Thanks for the great giveaway :)

  101. Heather says:

    I’ve always wanted to try Champagne vinegar. It’s on the “to-make list,” but we never have any left over!

  102. Kae says:

    Your recipes look divine and so do those on the O Olive Oil website. As for flavors I’m intrigued by Honey White Balsamic Vinegar and Meyer Lemon Olive Oil. Thanks for the give away and for pointing us to O!

  103. MANDA says:

    I would like to try the sherry vinegar.

  104. clare says:

    I love these! So hard to choose favorites, but I love the more unusual citrus flavors. These would make beautiful gifts!

  105. Wendy says:

    I’m a huge citrus fan, but I love spicy, too. I can’t decide, honestly I can’t – but both of my sons got married this year so I may just buy one of everything and divvy them up three ways so we can all taste everything!

  106. Crystal S says:

    I never knew there were so many different flavors of olive oil! The fresh basil and blood orange sound the most intriguing to me!

  107. It’s probably cheating to say all of them, right? But it’s the truth. All of the flavours sound amazing. If I had to narrow it down to one, though, I’d say that the Jalapeno Lime one really caught my eye! What a great giveaway, Susan! Whoever gets this is going to be ecstatic!

  108. Gay Hawke says:

    All of the products look wonderfully delicious–especially the pomegranate champagne vinegar!

  109. Sami says:

    I really love vinegar – the honey apple, port balsamic, and ginger rice all stood out to me as super tasty!

  110. charj says:

    I would love to try the Ultra EVO and the sherry vinegar.

  111. Anita K. says:

    Link to the website was broken in the entry form thing, just a heads up! But I am dying to try the lemon or orange oils, they sound soo yummy for dipping bread or just adding a zip to salads.

  112. Basma says:

    Since I love heat and garlic, the Jalapeño Garlic Olive Oil sounds amazing!

  113. Sharon Atcheson says:

    Oh my! My green salad dressed in a quality olive oil and pomegranate champagne vinegar. Wouldn’t have to fret over this taste of pomegranate going out of season!

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