A Taste of Europe

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A Taste of Europe

Flavored Balsamic Vinaigrettes

The very first time I sampled Balsamic Vinegar and Olive oil was in the early 90’s while visiting a friend in British Columbia. We attended a wonderful dinner at a friend’s house, I recall her saying ” you have to try this, all of the high end restaurants are serving balsamic vinegar & olive oil”, I remember watching her pour the black liquid gold vinegar in a plate then adding olive oil in the middle and saying for me to take a piece of the warm bread and to dip it in”. I instantly fell in love with the mixture. Once I arrived back home, I immediately drove to our local grocery store to see if I could purchase the ingredients to start making this tasty creation. It was not easy, the Balsamic Vinegars and Olive oils I had tasted in British Columbia were not yet available in our province. However I was able to find similar products. I began to make a very basic balsamic vinegar mix with my own infused flavors which we enjoyed so much that as the years passed I introduced my flavored Balsamic Vinaigrettes to my neighbors and friends with rave reviews. I have read that Balsamic Vinegar is a wonderful source of Omega 3 Monounsaturated fatty acid, and antioxidants. We use a mix of extra virgin olive oil (a major component of the Mediterranean diet, populations from that region have longer life expectancies and lower risks of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke, compared with North Americans and Northern Europeans), 100% canola oil (Alpha-linoleic acid (ALA) is an essential omega-3 fatty acid. It protects against heart attacks and strokes by helping to lower bad cholesterol. Linoleic acid (LA) is an essential omega-6 fatty acid), and seasonings. Try our mouth watering Vinaigrettes on your mixed salads with goat cheese, make your own greek salad (tomatoes, red onions, feta cheese, peppers and pour our delicious Balsamic Vinegars all over and allow a few hours to infuse with the vegetables and serve). Pour our Vinaigrettes in a flat plate and serve with warm bread as a very tasty bread dipper or as a light marinate for chicken, steak or pork. Check out Chars Balsamic Vinaigrettes Enjoy Chars.

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