Spanish Olive Plates on Sale Now

Spanish Olive Plates on Sale Now
Store News

Inspired by our friends at Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, all of our all of our Spanish Olive Plate designs will be 25% off until August 1st and all other hand painted Spanish ceramics will be 20% off!

INSPIRATION FROM ELMENDORF

Over 16 years ago Sandy Winokur planted the very first Olive tree that would eventually blossom into what is now one of the first successful Olive Orchards in Texas. The 267 acre ranch is home to more than 11,000 olive trees each aiding in the orchard’s success. Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard is proud of their product in every sense, from olive related products such as cooking oils, to  handcrafted soaps, spa and skin care products, to the olives themselves.

OLIVE OUR CERAMICS

It’s no wonder the beautiful Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard served as our muse for our Spanish ceramics sale. In particular our Spanish olive plate design ceramics were hand crafted with tedious painting design. The microwaveable safe and lead free ceramics will bring a warm touch of Spaniard orchards to your table setting.  Our Tomas Olive designs are one of our most vibrant and are sure to make your summer parties pop. With a fiery red base background the Tomas design is sure to catch your eye. Accompanied with a lovely trim of intertwined blue and yellow pattern these ceramics will bring life to your kitchen. Whether its garlic jars, mugs, pitchers or plates our Tomas design can cater to your kitchen needs.

For those who prefer a more toned down refined and earthy color palate, we offer our Olivas Nuevas design. Lead free and super chic, this tableware can be sure to look good on any table. With a beige background and green trim, the earthy tones combine to form a beautiful ceramic set. The beautifully intricate olive designs and polished exterior might be just what you needed to take your next brunch party to the next level. The Olivas Nuevas design also carries everything from bowls for mom’s homemade caldo to pitchers for a refreshing horchata.

But wait there’s more!

For those big and bright personalities, we haven’t forgotten you. Melissa Guerra has just the right kitchen ware for you. The Big Olives Spanish Ceramic design is definitely a head turner. The big and bold hand painted olives almost jump off of the bright golden yellow background. With a little more variety in this collection it could make the perfect combo gift set. This collection contains a variety of different dish shapes and sizes including the perfect party snack tray with dividers and a dip bowl for all of your favorite finger foods. Not to mention the awesome mix-and-match-ability between these three design sets you’re sure to have olive the coolest tableware around and for 25% off!

THE OLIVE THEORY

To all of my other fellow How I Met Your Mother fans, we know that not everyone is a fan of olives. So for our customers who love all of the other handmade ceramics, we come bearing even more cool deals. Any other hand painted Spanish ceramics are also going to be 20% off! So stop in and give your kitchen a beautiful Spanish makeover from Melissa Guerra Latin Kitchen Market.

 

By Jaqulin Alvarez



Matty Gee’s Prickly Pear Cocktail Recipe

Matty Gee’s Prickly Pear Cocktail Recipe
Recipes

What Does it Take to Be A Good Mixologist?

I asked Matty Gee, our guest mixologist for the July edition of our online blog, to sling us a few pearls of mixology wisdom.  His response:

"Good ice is key, always squeeze fresh juices, make simple syrup in advance so you have it in the fridge, always add ice last, and always have two pounds of ice per person per hour so you don't run out."

It’s Not That Easy…

Just like studying to be a chef, Becoming a beverage expert takes time. Matty has learned from years of bar tending that having all of your beverage elements prepped and ready for serving are vital for the perfect beverage experience. Need ice? Well, then the party is over until you get some. Be prepared.

Beverages As Art

Mixology is an art, with fruit, herbs, spirits and ice acting as color, light, tone and mood. A true mixologist is aware of the subtle nuances of a flavor; how the flavor begins, peaks and ends, whether the flavor is salty, savory, sweet or rich.

Mixology is not about getting drunk, just as gastronomy is not about overeating.  Mixology is the art of the beverage.

Practice and Patience Makes Perfect

Look for fresh, local seasonal fruit that are at the peak of ripeness. Is it prickly pear season? Let's make Prickly Pear Cocktail. Are the oranges fresh off the tree? Let’s Make a Cucumber Orange Cooler.

Arrange your bar and bar tools so you can work quickly. Get to know all of your ingredients when they are at their best. Superior ingredients and practiced techniques will add incredible flavor, and convince your friends that you actually know what you are doing.

Matty Gee’s Prickly Pear Cocktail Recipe
  • 3 oz tequila
  • 1 fresh prickly pear peeled and quartered
  • 1 1/2 oz lime juice
  • One quarter of a fresh pear, Anjou, Bartlett, your choice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Ice

Add all of the ingredients to the bottom container of a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler or a large wooden spoon, muddle all fruit and liquid.  Add about 1/2 cup of ice, affix the top of the cocktail shaker, and shake well. Strain the beverage into a cocktail glass filled with fresh ice.

Garnish with pear and prickly pear garnish.

Serves 2



Goat Cheese with Thyme, Garlic and Honey Recipe

Goat Cheese with Thyme, Garlic and Honey Recipe
Recipes

Rough Climates Produce Delicious Ingredients

Dry, hot climates are perfect for goats and cactus, so we thought we would match our guest Mixologist Matty Gee’s Prickly Pear Cocktail with an easy goat cheese appetizer that whips up in a snap!

Thyme and garlic are the chef flavor elements of this easy goat cheese spread. Add just a touch of olive oil for a creamier texture.  And, as usual, I had a stack of flour tortillas in the fridge. I toasted them on my cast iron griddle and they made a perfectly crispy cracker for the herbed spread.

A Taste of Honey

You may not expect to serve a honey alongside this herbed goat cheese spread, but I can't recommend it enough. You can drizzle the honey over the top of your chilled goat cheese spread, or you can serve it in the side if anyone has their doubts as to its deliciousness.

Greece is the Word

I can't help envisioning the flavor of Greece with this appetizer.  Goat cheese, thyme, garlic and honey are all classic Greek flavors - ingredients that are all quite popular and produced in my dear ol' state of Texas. Greece and Texas are both hot, dry climates but I'm not too sure if Greece celebrates the prickly pear the way we do. I would have to investigate.

Try mixing together this quick goat cheese appetizer the next time you are headed out to a pool party. No cooking, different and delicious, this easy nibble will elevate you far above that guy that always shows up with a six pack and a bag of the bargain pretzels. We ain't kiddin'. wink

Goat Cheese with Thyme, Garlic and Honey Recipe

  • 4 oz. goat cheese, softened
  • 2-3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 small clove fresh garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • Thyme and 2 bay leaves for garnish


Place the goat cheese on a large flat plate or pie plate. Remove the leaves from the sprigs of thyme, and add to the plate. Discard the thyme stems. Using a fork, mash together the goat cheese, thyme, and minced garlic. Combine well.

Using a rubber spatula, remove the goat cheese from the plate, and place in a square of waxed paper. Close the paper around the cheese spread, and shape into a log. Place the cheese log in the freezer for about 30 minutes, or chill in the refrigerator from 4 hours to overnight.

When you are ready to serve, remove the goat cheese from the waxed paper, and place on a bed of 2 bay leaves. Drizzle with the honey, or serve the honey on the side. Garnish with the thyme sprig.

Serves 2-4