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Colavita Holiday Gift Guide

By Elana Iaciofano • December 10, 2018

It’s time for giving and receiving! We at Colavita would like to share with you some of our favorites, both from the Colavita pantry and beyond, that we think would make an outstanding addition to any kitchen pantry, countertop, or dinner table. Let’s get those stockings stuffed!

An oldie, but goodie: Our Premium Selection Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Use it for everything: dressing, frying, baking, marinating, grilling, sautéing…  we even rub a little into our hands for extra moisturizer (especially at this time of year).

Try it in this recipe for Ginger Spice Cookies.

Colavita Balsamic Glaze: This is the only way I can get my fiancé to eat salad. It’s a perfect blend of sweetness with just a touch of vinegar tang. The consistency is thick and smooth, so it’s great for cheese plates, marinades, or as a drizzle over fresh fruit or a perfectly baked pizza.

White Balsamic Vinegar: A lighter and brighter version of our original balsamic, white balsamic is especially fantastic as a dressing for fruit and light green salads. You can also try it in this our White Balsamic Chimichurri Sauce.

Colavita Organic Marinara Sauce: Our All-Natural Premium Marinara Sauce has no preservatives, no added sugar, and is gluten free. This stuff tastes like Sunday dinner at Grandma’s in a jar. Use it on pizzas and pasta, as a base for soups, or a dip for fried eggplant slices.

Can’t decide? Just grab the best of it all with our Sampler Tote. The Tote includes Colavita Premium Selection Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Colavita Prosecco White Wine Vinegar, Colavita Balsamic Vinegar, Colavita Marinara Sauce, Dal Raccolto Linguine, Colavita Crushed Tomatoes, Colavita Gemelli, Colavita Seasonal Italian Table Cookbook.

We pulled a few items from outside our pantry that really help make our lives in the kitchen easier, better, more beautiful or all three.

1. A Pizza Stone: I actually own TWO. When I make pizza, I place one on the top rack in the oven, and one on the middle. The pizza cooks on the middle rack/stone, but the upper traps the heat, imitating a brick oven as much as a home oven can. Make sure to heat them up for at least 45 minutes in the oven before baking on them.

2. A Chemex: ODE to Coffee… how do we at Colavita love thee? Probably a little too much. This handy and beautifully designed contraption allows you to brew a pour-over style coffee for a crowd (or at least for 2, depending on how much coffee you drink. Just keep your bean-to-water proportions in mind. I like to use 30 grams of coffee beans to 450 grams of water (and YES I use a kitchen scale). Go for a coarse grind on the beans.

3. Garlic Press: These are really handy for getting garlic or ginger minced to a fine pulp which you can add to sauces. Cuts down on chopping time!

4. A good cutting/cheese board: Dreaming Tree Woodworks make the most beautiful cutting boards which are almost too pretty to be just a cutting board. So buy two: One for cutting and one for displaying. You won’t be disappointed. Dreaming Tree uses the best of recycled, reclaimed and sustainably harvested lumber from local sources. These are one-of-a-kind pieces that will add to your cooking experience.

Finally, try cruising through our Recipe Library for holiday recipes. We've got treats, sides, entrees and more! Happy shopping and cooking! 

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