Sunday, February 10, 2013

Last Minute Valentine's Day Ideas -- Devo Olive Oil February Balsamic Flavors (Review and Giveaway)

Devo Olive Oil is a gourmet emporium with over 60+ varieties of olive oils, vinegars, handmade pastas, and more. And, during the month of February, they are offering the following featured flavors -- Dark Chocolate and Strawberry Balsamic, to help make your romantic Valentine's Day dinner or special meal that much more delicious.


I was excited when the folks at Devo Olive Oil reached out and offered to send along a sample of their Dark Chocolate Balsamic for review and giveaway (scroll down to learn more about this great giveaway, where the winner will choose between the two February flavor features).  Even though Valentine's Day is a day to help remind lovebirds to cherish the love they have for one, my husband and I try to make a point to show each other every chance we get.  Because we have two young children it is hard to getaway on weekend trips or plan an evening out for dinner and a movie, as we never know how the girls will be and how tired we will be after a long day of working and taking care of the girls.  But, one of our favorite things to do is to prepare a dinner together at least once a month.  Not only do we get to spend time cooking in the kitchen together, but we love being able to sit down and enjoy a hot meal and each other company and conversation.

As part of our once a month dinner, we talk at the beginning of the month and decide on a theme for the meal.  We love to choose Italian or Latin dishes, which include an appetizer or salad, entree and dessert.  For this month, we will be making a fancy dinner -- rack of lamb with red roasted potatoes and green beans and Magnolia cupcakes (that we have purchased as a special treat), with a side salad that we will drizzle with Devo Olive Oil's Dark Chocolate Balsamic. Because I wanted to share a review of this balsamic prior to my Valentine's Day dinner, my husband and I tried this sample over the weekend when we lost power due to the blizzard that hit the Northeast.  I bought bagged salad and added grilled chicken and veggies to the salad, and then drizzled it with Devo Olive Oil's Dark Chocolate Balsamic.  At first, we didn't know how good a chocolate flavored balsamic would taste.  But, after the first bite, we couldn't stop eating it.  I had made homemade croutons, which we added to the salad, and these tasted amazed as they absorbed the rich, chocolatey balsamic.  I can see using this balsamic as a bread dipper, or incorporated in a mole dish (like the folks at Devo Olive Oil suggest).  Or, if you love drizzling flavored balsamic on fruit and sorbets, this would add to the flavor of these.

I will definitely have to pick up their other February Feature -- strawberry balsamic and try out, as it also sounds delicious  -- "Both sweet and tart, our Strawberry Balsamic vinegar is the result of adding pure and natural Strawberry essence to our 12 year balsamic. Notes: Can be used both as a vinegar and condiment on dessert dishes such as fruit medleys and ice cream.  Combine 50/50 with our Organic Basil Extra Virgin Olive Oil to make our "Strawberry Fields" Pairing, which sells out consistently during the springtime. This combo makes a great marinade for Chicken, Duck, and Salmon; also try it on a simple salad of Spring Greens with some toasted pecans and a little tangy goat cheese or salty Gorgonzola for a first course *Heavenly paired with Roasted French Walnut Oil, Eureka Lemon EVOO and Organic Persian Lime EVOO*"  But, in the meantime I am looking forward to our romantic Valentine's Day dinner, and finding other ways to incorporate the Dark Chocolate Balsamic in some of our favorite dishes and desserts. How would you use this balsamic if you won it?  I'd love to hear suggestions, so that I can try them. 

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Click here to visit the Devo Olive Oil website and browse their selection of olive oils, balsamic vinegars and other products that would make for a great last minute Valentine's Day gift idea, or as a gift to give on any occasion for that hard to shop for person --


The folks at Devo Olive Oil have graciously offered to give one lucky reader the chance to win and choose of of their February Features -- dark chocolate or strawberry balsamic vinegars -- to enjoy with their sweetheart. To enter, please complete the following entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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