Flavor of the Month

Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar

The Flying Olive Eastgate wil be hosting "Celebrating Spring", a Cooking Class and Demonstration with Tastings!featuring RITA HEIKENFELD, CCP, CMH, Appalachian Herbal Scholar.

When: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 6:at 30-8:30 pm
Where: At the Flying Olive, 4450 Eastgate Blvd., Inside Jungle Jim's Eastgate
Cost: $30
Menu: Flying Olive Dipping Oils with a baguette, Citrus Salad with Chia-Celery Seed Dressing, Ham with Pineapple Honey Glaze, Warm French Potato Salad, and Lemon Tartlets with Berries
Register: In the store or call 513.943.1900

Every season has a flavor and this month, it's all about CHOCOLATE. The rich, decadent taste of chocolate paired with the tart bite of balsamic vinegar makes Flying Olive's Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar delicious, unique and elegant.  What a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day for yourself, or as a gift! The wonderful thing is, there are just a few calories in each teaspoon. You get that great chocolaty flavor we all crave on your strawberries and other fruit without any guilt. You can mix it with nuts, whirl in your yogurt, drizzle over ice cream, or use it in cookies, cakes, and brownies to increase their chocolate flavor. You can even mix it with Flying Olive's Blood Orange EVOO and use on your salad.  Add it to "Cincinnati" chili or use in a marinade with Chipotle or Harissa for a mole-like marinade. It adds an elegant touch to cheese trays, especially those that include hard, intense cheeses such as Parmesan or Asiago with grapes and other fruit. We even have customers that use it as a salt-free substitute for soy sauce!  Whatever your pleasure, we want you to know that we LOVE our Customers! We appreciate your support and marvel at the many ways you use our products to create unique, healthy, and inspired recipes beyond our over 1,000 recipes we've created and have on our website!  Great News! We are planning our next fun and delicious cooking class with Rita Heikenfeld for March. We will post the date and topic as soon as we have details!  And to top it off, all that great Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar flavor is on sale from February 1-29, 2020! Prices are: $4.95 for a 60 ml mini, $10.95 for a 200 ml, and only $14.95 for a 375 ml bottle. Yum!

Try These Recipes!

Espresso Barbeque Country Ribs


YIELD: 8-10 servings


5 pounds country-style pork ribs, bone in

4 tsp liquid smoke, optional

1tsp salt

2 cups water

For the Espresso Barbeque Sauce: (Yield about 1 3/4 cups)

1 large onion, chopped

2 Tbsp Flying Olive Chipotle or Harissa Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Flying Olive Extra Virgin Olive Oil of Choice

1 ½ cups water

1 ½ cups catsup

1/4 cup lemon juice

4-5 Tbsp honey

¾ cup Flying Olive Espresso or Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar

2 Tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp Salts-of-the-Earth Texas Mesquite Salt* or sea salt

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp ginger

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 tsp liquid smoke, optional


Place the ribs in an 11x7-in. baking dish coated with a thin layer of Flying Olive Chipotle EVOO. Sprinkle with liquid smoke, if desired, and salt. Add water to the pan. Cover and bake at350 degrees for 1 hour

Meanwhile, in a skillet, sauté the onion in the remaining Flying Olive Chipotle EVOO until tender. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until slightly thickened. After an hour, remove the ribs from the oven and drain. Place them back in the pan and top them with half of the barbecue sauce. Place the remaining half of the barbeque sauce in a saucepan. Simmer on low. Cover and bake the ribs for1 hour longer or until the meat is tender, basting every 20 minutes.

When finished cooking, if desired, brush the ribs with more barbeque sauce and place the ribs under the oven’s broiler for about 5 minutes. Turn, and repeat on the other side. Remove the ribs from the oven and place on a serving platter. Drizzle or pass the remaining sauce.

Submitted by Barb L.

*Available in the Eastgate Store