Store bought tomato season is a sad time😕 how to make it a happy 😃

Roasted tomatoes take those sad grocery store tomatoes and add some wow!  

Cut tomatoes in half and toss in Sundried Tomato, Parmesan & Garlic olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Sometimes I sprinkle only a little of Bonfire Sea Salt if I want a bit of smoked flavor.  

tgis is a slow roast so set oven to 300 degrees and just let them go for an hour.  

Serve  hot with a drizzle of garlic or basil Dark Balsamic Vinegar. Sometimes I will use Dark Italian Herb as well.  

Make a lot and use them other places:  These can be added to pasta, shredded cheese browned over, add a tiny mozzarella ball and drizzle vinegar, garnish tomato soup. Or my dads favorite over mac & cheese. It’s way better than canned stewed tomatoes he goes for. 

Jelena Griffith
My dinner recipe a fall classic: Fig Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

1 pound Brussels sprouts tossed in bacon olive oil (or butter olive oil I use sometimes too) salt & pepper to taste. Roast in oven 425 degree for about 30 min

I stir and toss them around at the 15 minute time. Add at this time 1/4 cup of diced red onion also tossed in same oil.

Serve drizzled with Fig Dark Balsamic Vinegar. Option: pre cooked bacon or real bacon bits sprinkled over.

Jelena Griffith
Broccoli Cheese Soup oil & vinegar style!

 It is dark and raining so Soup day! Broccoli and cheese soup with Parmesan Basil olive oil added.

Broccoli Cheese soup is real easy!

I add 8 cups of milk and sometime substitute out unsweetened almond milk, 1 bag of frozen broccoli thawed, 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese. This soup is made from  scratch 3 from from Keswick creamery I got at the farmers market Wednesday a cheddar type.


1. I sautéed the thawed broccoli in Parmesan basil olive oil and some Cyprus Sea Salt (my favorite for soup)

2. Bring milk to a simmer add broccoli, drizzle in Parmesan Basil olive oil,

3. add of 1/4 cup of corn starch a little at a time whisking in.

4. Add shredded cheese and 2 TBS of garlic vinegar.

5. Bring to boil until thick

Extras: I sprinkle Italian bread crumbs, shredded cheese with another drizzle of garlic   Dark balsamic vinegar.

Jelena Griffith
Honey Ginger Dark Balsamic Pork Chips!

Tonight’s dinner pork chops with a honey ginger Dark Balsamic glaze... YUM!  



Step 1: salt and pepper pork chop

(use skillet that can be placed in oven)

strp 2: Pan fry on medium. Let sizzle for about 2-3 min on each side. 

Step 3: remove from skillet and drizzle a little butter olive oil to loosen juice and sizzled bits. Add either 1/4 cup of water or broth if your choice. I like to add a little lemon water, but that’s just me. 

Step 4: let it reduce for two minutes, then add 1/4 cup of honey ginger Dark Balsamic. Stir into sauce for one minute.  

Step 5: return pork chops and turn to coat all sides.  

Step 6: place in oven and broil in low  for 2 mins or until 145 internal temperature 

Jelena Griffith
It’s Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup Time!

My easy grilled cheese:  sliced sour dough bread with soft & fresh local cheese! Keswick creamery is my go to at farmers on the square. The trick I learned from my mother is to cut in half and place the slices together so one side stays soft and the other gets lightly toasted. Then dip into olive oil and my favorite is sundried tomato, Parmesan and garlic. Because sometimes you just don’t want soup just the flavor! Grate your cheese, mine this week is wallaby and I add ricotta. Then lightly fry in pan after dipping  it brushing in oil. Just enough to golden brown and melt cheese. Or if lazy like me toast a little longer to golden brown, add cheese and nuke for few seconds! But shhhhh.... don’t tell her I do that!

 Farmer on the square, I just love Wednesday!  

Farmer on the square, I just love Wednesday!  


Now tomato soup, this I like to buy the chunky can or tray in freezer section. However soup is and individual preference this works just as well with smooth Campbell’s. Or better yet homemade tomato soup from fresh tomatoes!

Now add a drizzle of flavored vinegar over the top of the tomato soup. I used garlic today, however I also use carmelized onion too!


Karen Griffith
Chocolate filled Banana Muffin mix with cinnamon dark Balsalmic!

I cheated and used box mix banana muffin mix, but I added a LOT to it! I followed the directions used 1/4 less liquid, then added 1/4 cup cinnamon dark balsamic. 

unwrap Hershey kisses, place in bowl drizzle with cinnamon dark balsamic vinegar and  toss to cover. 

Place papers in cupcake in greased tin. Fill 3/4 full. Take  Hershey kiss and press in center. 

Bake as directions on package calls for!  

Karen Griffith

Tomorrow is Farmers on the Square, after browsing and picking up fresh produce. Swing by and grab your favorite flavor to with it! 

Last week I picked up a head of purple cabbage

2 cups Shredded

1/4 cup dark pear balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon caraway seed

Karen Griffith
Sundried Tomato, Parmesan, & garlic olive oil.

Just toss your salad greens, sliced tomatoes, avacado, and for me shredded grocery store rotisserie chicken..... just it olive oil but my favorite flavor for this is the sundried tomato, Parmesan & garlic olive oil. Serve in flour tortillas and ready for lunch. 

Karen Griffith
Pepinos Peppers sautéed in Black Lava Sea Salt and more!

Sauté pepino (my favorite I found at farmers on The sqaure) but can also sauté bell peppers  or any pepper that tickles your fancy. I like to use The basil olive oil or Tunisian Olive oil which is a great unflavored high quality olive oil. 

These peppers are great on their own, over salad when cooled, or tossed in pasta. I added it to a coconut basil sauce keep reading! 


Here is the Pepinos Pepper sauce! After sautéed like above. I added 2 cups coconut milk, 3 Tbs basil balsamic vinegar, and 1 can whole water chestnuts.  

Karen Griffith

On a kick this week using balsamic vinegar with meat. Soooo meatballs! I use a basic recipe with canned Italian bread crumbs 1/4 cup, 1 egg, 1/4 cup for this one Dark Garlic Balsamic mixed into meat, mix all ingredients.

Next form balls  roll in bread crumbs then roll in additional vinegar for outside glaze. depending on your mood could do Italian Herb or add a Asian flare with sesame ginger. I bake mine on oiled cookie pan @ 400 degrees 25 min.

Karen Griffith
We are now open!

Welcome to Gilded Door Oil & Vinegar Taproom. Visit us in Downtown Carlisle right off the square at 9 E. High Street. We offer a Victorian era decor tasting room with 40 flavors or assorted olive oils and balsamic vinegar. We also carry an assortment of salts and accessories. Tasting Taproom is open 12-6 Wed,-Sat. and 1st Sunday of the Month with a feature flavor recipe tasting.  

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