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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Chocolate Mousse

Do something special for your loved one and whip up the decadent, ultimate-chocolate-lovers extra virgin olive oil mousse. The delicate extra virgin olive oil used in this recipe adds a heavenly, silky, melt-in-your-mouth texture. Stop by The Olive Press today and knock your Valentine’s day dessert out of the park!

Taste tested and higly approved by The Olive Press employees, this decadent dessert is sure to be your new favorite! The delicate extra-virgin olive oil adds a wonderful, silky, melt-in-your-mouth texture to this heavenly chocolate mousse.

For this recipe, we used our Heritage Misson Extra Virgin Olive Oil which is harvested from Mission olive trees that are 125 years old! These trees can be found in the beautiful Capay Valley of Northern California. They have never seen a pesticide or an herbicide, nor a petroleum based fertilizer. These trees are majestic in their stature, as well as their representation of a pure heritage product, unadulterated by the petrochemical age we all live in.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Chocolate Mousse
Serves 4

Ingredients
1/4 cup The Olive Press Heritage Mission Olive Oil
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
3 egg yolks
3 tablespoons warm water
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 egg whites
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup sugar
Chocolate shavings for garnish

Directions
Put finely chopped chocolate in a heat proof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water, making sure not to let the bowl touch the water
Stir chocolate until melted and smooth
Remove from heat and whisk in egg yolks, olive oil, warm water and salt until well blended
In a separate bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar with electric mixer until frothy
Add sugar and continue to beat until soft peaks form
Fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Combine gently until no whites streaks are visible, then repeat with the remainder of the egg whites
Divide mousse into ramekins or glasses and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, then garnish with chocolate shavings before serving
Enjoy!

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Love Is In The Glass

This Valentine’s Day, head on over to Napa Valley Distillery where they can help transform your champagne into a unique and memorable champagne cocktail. With an expansive variety of brandies, syrups, and bitters they have everything you need to specialize a cocktail for that special someone. Toast with one of their vintage glasses for an extra splash of elegance.

Looking for a fun new way to celebrate with your loved one? Let the Distillery’s spirit educators pour you an array of spirits from vodka to aged brandy. Don’t forget to ask them how you can add a sample pulled straight from the barrel at no cost!

OxNotes: February 2, 2016

We’re getting ready for the Big Game with lots of tasty treats, immediately followed by Valentine’s Day with a selection of sweet and savory, and even heart-healthy, treats to choose from.

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You had me at Pizza

Ca’ Momi Enoteca has romance ready to go with heart-shaped pizza, schiacciata, ciambellina, and ciambellona for Valentine’s weekend, plus two irresistible takeout specials featuring all-organic bignè pastries. Love On the Run ($45) includes the pizza of your choice, one dozen assorted organic bignè, and a bottle of Ca’ Momi Ca’ Rosa Sparkling Rosé. For sweethearts with sweet tooths, Bubbles & Bignè (1 dozen assorted organic bignè + 1 bottle of Ca’ Rosa) for only $28. Let your love be heartcrafted!

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Valentine’s Day Gifts from Hudson Greens and Goods

Warm up winter by showing someone you love that you care. Hudson Greens and Goods has a wonderful selection of Valentine cards from Ghost Academy hand-printed in the USA. A highlight for the holiday will be an exquisite selection of flowers in various size vases and bouquets from The Monkey Flower Group. Staff favorites for February include Little Apple farm shrubs to make delicious cocktails and spritzers, and Teance teas will warm anybody’s heart. Locally grown loofahs from Hudson Ranch are a complement to any luxurious bath. Be sure to also check out the primo selection of butter marshmallows handmade in British Columbia. The decadent treats are now priced to move. So stop the store and take advantage of all the ways the HG&G can help warm the hearts of the ones you love.

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XOXO Kara’s Cupcakes!

This Valentines Day, send the gift of sweetness to your special someone! Surprise them with a dozen of their favorite #karascupcakes, cakes, artisan treats, cookies and more, now available with festive heart shaped pink and red fondant. The perfect treat to send the message of “I love you.” Call 707-258-2253 or email today to place your order. Kara’s delivers throughout the Napa Valley.

Honey to Help with Allergy Season

The Eucalyptus bloom is sparse this year, but the Acacia trees will soon sprout their yellow blosMarshall's Farm Honeysoms. Airborne Acacia pollen causes many to have an allergic reaction to pollen. Marshall’s Farm Eucalyptus/Acacia honey contains trace amounts of the pollens that make people suffer during this time of year — add it to you daily diet now and you may experience some relief from your seasonal allergy symptoms. Napa Valley wildflower, as well as other honeys by region, are also available. On a sweeter note, Marshall’s Farm has a sweet solution for saying “Bee My Honey” on Valentine’s Day. Order by January 19 to guarantee delivery the week of February 10.