Olive Oil for the Heart

Posted on: February 15th, 2018

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, leaving a trail of crumpled cards and discounted sugar-flavored chalk behind. And while your kids’ piles of Star Wars-themed Valentine’s hearts are probably safe to toss at this point — after you’ve picked through the candy that came with them, of course — it’s important to remember your REAL heart. There are … [More]

Memories of Alien Centaurs & Smoky Chili Con Carne

Posted on: February 6th, 2018

There was a time in my life when I read anything and everything I could get my hands on. Books are pretty great; they’re where I learned about chili. I had a long stretch in elementary school where I was obsessed with K.A. Applegate’s Animorphs series; if you’re unfamiliar, a bunch of teenagers and blue alien centaurs shape-shift … [More]

Garlic Nirvana

Posted on: January 8th, 2018

I heard once that there’s no such thing as a stupid question. I disagree. There absolutely are stupid questions. But even the dumbest query has merit and deserves to be answered. To prove it, I tried really hard to come up with the very stupidest question I could: Is there a wrong way to eat garlic? … [More]

Game Day Party Showstopper: Jalapeno Popper Dip

Posted on: December 27th, 2017

Happy game day! New York for the Pinstripe Bowl is probably not the warm-weather destination that Hawkeye fans had in mind at the beginning of the year, but Yankee Stadium will technically be 20 degrees warmer than it is in Iowa City today. One way or another, if you travel to bowl games, Kirk and … [More]

The Harvest Holiday State of the Union: Event Previews & Tasting Parties

Posted on: November 28th, 2017

The holidays are here. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you survived Thanksgiving weekend, which you should feel pretty good about. It can be tough to successfully navigate the throngs of angry people, after all–and that’s just the throngs seated around the dinner table. My brother was hoarding the dinner rolls, he had to … [More]

Open House Revisited: The Recipes

Posted on: November 10th, 2017

Thursday was our annual Holiday Open House, and boy are our arms tired! …what’s that? Wrong punchline? Sorry. It’s been a heckuva week for us; the HOH is our biggest event of the year, and we may be a little loopy for a couple days as we recover. Planning and executing all those wonderful goodies and … [More]

On the Science of Tasting Oil and Vinegar, with Spokespeople

Posted on: November 2nd, 2017

An all-time classic World Series wrapped up last night, ushering in a cold and bleak season utterly devoid of joy. (I’m always a little down the day after the baseball season ends. I’ll get over it.) But, since this is a blog about oil and vinegar, we won’t spend any more time on what was … [More]

Polly Salad and Salmon Linguine: Recipes for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on: October 3rd, 2017

Welcome to October, which has served as Breast Cancer Awareness Month since 1983. You’ll see the cause observed by athletic teams decked out in pink, by runners participating in various fundraising 5Ks and walks, and perhaps even by those with the means to bathe international landmarks in pink light. And you’ll see it in Harvest. Studies have repeatedly … [More]

Tea and cheese puffs: Recipes for the perfect fall afternoon

Posted on: September 20th, 2017

Autumn is coming. It might not feel like it — the temperature on this lovely late September day is expected to reach about 90 degrees — but the 2017 fall equinox is right around the corner. Autumn is coming. The MLB playoffs are on the horizon, I’m trying my best to ignore the leaves beginning … [More]

Spring Cucumber Spritzer

Posted on: May 20th, 2017

Spring Cucumber Spritzer 1-2 thin cucumber slices 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup 1 1/2 oz. whiskey 1/2 oz. Harvest Sicilian Lemon Balsamic 1/2 oz fresh lime juice Ice Club soda In a cocktail shaker, lightly muddle the diced cucumber with the Simple Syrup. Add the whiskey, Sicilian Lemon Balsamic,  lime juice and ice; shake well. Pour … [More]