Wake Up Your Winter Cooking Tips

TVFGI custom designed O Olive Oil Gift Set
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!            **GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED**


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    Annamarie V
    December 6, 2015 at 11:35 pm

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

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    Nata Etherton
    December 6, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    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.

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    December 6, 2015 at 8:14 pm

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

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    December 6, 2015 at 6:58 pm

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

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      December 6, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      I’ve been fascinated by how many readers have been excited by O’s vinegars!

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    December 6, 2015 at 6:42 pm

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

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    December 6, 2015 at 6:40 pm

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

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    Linda G
    December 6, 2015 at 6:08 pm

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

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    Deb Harris
    December 6, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    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.

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    Lynne Marie
    December 6, 2015 at 1:12 pm

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

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    Kim Beaulieu
    December 5, 2015 at 6:03 pm

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

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    December 4, 2015 at 9:37 am

    I would live the Citrus Champagne.

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    Kimberly C
    December 3, 2015 at 6:27 pm

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

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    Dawn Probst
    December 3, 2015 at 8:50 am

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

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    December 3, 2015 at 7:58 am

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

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    Rhonda C
    December 3, 2015 at 5:09 am

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

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    December 2, 2015 at 11:28 pm

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

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    December 2, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    That Tahitian Lime Olive Oil sounds incredible!

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    December 2, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    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

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    December 2, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Blood Organe and Fig Balsamic!

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    December 1, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    The Fresh Basil Olive Oil… oh my!!!

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      December 1, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      I know — just the names of their products make me crazy hungry!

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    Susie D
    December 1, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Roasted garlic olive oil, mmm!

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    December 1, 2015 at 6:26 pm

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

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    December 1, 2015 at 4:26 pm

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

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      December 1, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      It would be a fun problem to have!

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    Mary Kusiek
    December 1, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Roasted Garlic Olive Oil and Fig Balsamic.

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    December 1, 2015 at 8:56 am

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

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    December 1, 2015 at 8:53 am

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

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    December 1, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Would love to try the blood orange!

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    Ann Baker
    December 1, 2015 at 8:10 am

    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.

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    December 1, 2015 at 6:22 am

    Blood orange would be my choice. :-)

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    Kristie P
    December 1, 2015 at 5:31 am

    Jalepeno Lime and Roasted Garlic sound wonderful!!

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    December 1, 2015 at 4:56 am

    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.

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    Tina W
    December 1, 2015 at 2:04 am

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

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    November 30, 2015 at 10:10 pm

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

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    Joy Massa
    November 30, 2015 at 10:06 pm

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

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    Nutmeg Nanny
    November 30, 2015 at 9:14 pm

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

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    November 30, 2015 at 7:57 pm

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

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    Teresa Davis
    November 30, 2015 at 7:37 pm

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

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    November 30, 2015 at 6:47 pm

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

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    Abbe @ This is How I Cook
    November 30, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    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!

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    Claire T.
    November 30, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    The Blood Orange and Roasted Garlic sound SO delicious!

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    November 30, 2015 at 6:02 pm

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

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    Charlsey G
    November 30, 2015 at 5:57 pm

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

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    November 30, 2015 at 5:43 pm

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

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    November 30, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    The fig balsamic vinegar and roasted garlic oil sound wonderful.

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    November 30, 2015 at 4:57 pm

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

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    November 30, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    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!

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    November 30, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    O Blood Orange Olive Oil! Great on a salad!

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    Mary Ann Crimmins
    November 30, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Blood orange sounds amazing.

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      November 30, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      One of my faves, Mary Ann!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    November 30, 2015 at 3:53 pm

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

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    November 30, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I’d love to try the jalapeno lime!

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    November 30, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Tahitian Lime olive oil, please! Yum!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    November 30, 2015 at 3:31 pm

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

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    Linda L.
    November 30, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I’m going with Roasted Garlic :)

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    Alison H.
    November 30, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    The jalapeño garlic oil sounds amazing!

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    November 30, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    All of the citrus and the roasted garlic sound fantastic

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    GaIl Carriveau
    November 30, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    All the oils sound delicious!

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    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    November 30, 2015 at 2:43 pm

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

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    November 30, 2015 at 2:21 pm

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

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    Heidi Hess
    November 30, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Honey white balsamic and fig are my favorites.

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    November 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    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.

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    Kathryn Laposata
    November 30, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    The fig basalmid sounds ineresting.

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    November 30, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    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.

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    November 30, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Tahitian Lime sounds great! Definitely will try.

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    November 30, 2015 at 12:36 pm

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

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    November 30, 2015 at 12:14 pm

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

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    November 30, 2015 at 12:14 pm

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

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    Kim Torpey
    November 30, 2015 at 12:03 pm

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

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    November 30, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Nothing better than roasted garlic

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    Marilyn TenBrink
    November 30, 2015 at 11:56 am

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

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    November 30, 2015 at 11:35 am

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

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    November 30, 2015 at 11:33 am

    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.

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      November 30, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks so much Thia — I can’t wait to get cooking!

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    Brenda Johnson
    November 30, 2015 at 11:28 am

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

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    Deb Harmon
    November 30, 2015 at 11:26 am

    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!!

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    2 Sisters Recipes
    November 30, 2015 at 11:20 am

    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!

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    Linda Seablom
    November 30, 2015 at 11:16 am

    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.

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    November 30, 2015 at 11:10 am

    I want them all! :)

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    November 30, 2015 at 11:06 am

    O California Organic

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    November 30, 2015 at 11:02 am

    The fig and the port sound amazing

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    November 30, 2015 at 10:57 am

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

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    November 30, 2015 at 10:47 am

    All of the flavors sound awesome.

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    Stephanie Cabe
    November 30, 2015 at 10:46 am

    The Jalapeno Lime Olive Oil sounds absolutely amazing!!!

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    Claudia Erdmann
    November 30, 2015 at 10:45 am

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

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    November 30, 2015 at 10:44 am

    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!

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    November 30, 2015 at 10:38 am

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

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    November 30, 2015 at 10:38 am

    They all sound wonderful :)

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    Mary Nyhan
    November 30, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Blood orange olive oil!

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    Janet M.
    November 30, 2015 at 10:31 am

    I would love to try the Clementine Olive Oil!!

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    Lida K
    November 30, 2015 at 10:20 am

    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.

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    November 30, 2015 at 10:20 am

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

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    Susan Broughton
    November 30, 2015 at 10:19 am

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

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    November 30, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Fig balsamic is my favorite vinegar.

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    Julie Bailey
    November 30, 2015 at 10:16 am

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

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    Heather K
    November 30, 2015 at 10:13 am

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

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    November 30, 2015 at 10:01 am

    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!

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    Sandy Headtke
    November 30, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Fig Balsamic Vinegar sounds interesting, would love to try it

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    November 30, 2015 at 9:29 am

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

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    November 30, 2015 at 9:14 am

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

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    Dawn Sassoon
    November 30, 2015 at 8:41 am

    The Meyer Lemon Olive Oil is calling to me!

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    Lauren g
    November 30, 2015 at 8:36 am

    The orange blossom sounds great!

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    November 30, 2015 at 8:24 am

    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 :)

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    November 30, 2015 at 7:33 am

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

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    November 30, 2015 at 7:30 am

    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!

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    November 30, 2015 at 7:24 am

    I would like to try the sherry vinegar.

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    November 30, 2015 at 7:09 am

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

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      November 30, 2015 at 7:13 am

      The citrus flavors were what drew me to O in the first place :)

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    November 30, 2015 at 7:01 am

    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!

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      November 30, 2015 at 7:13 am

      I think the mega set of one of everything is top of my list, Wendy!

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    Crystal S
    November 30, 2015 at 6:32 am

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

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    Rebecca {foodie with family}
    November 30, 2015 at 6:23 am

    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!

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    Gay Hawke
    November 30, 2015 at 6:18 am

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

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    November 30, 2015 at 6:14 am

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

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    November 30, 2015 at 6:04 am

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

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    Anita K.
    November 30, 2015 at 5:07 am

    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.

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    November 30, 2015 at 4:33 am

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

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    Sharon Atcheson
    November 30, 2015 at 3:55 am

    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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