Monday, April 16, 2012

Because Your Blog Deserves FREE Gourmet Olive Oil


HUGE Rites of Spring contest... 

24 Bloggers needed... 
Over $1,000 in prizes
read on...

Click the O Olive Oil Logo to visit their Home Page
eRecipeCards.com
partners with  
O Olive Oil for
RITES OF SPRING FUN

Olive Oil, We all use it, we all could use more AND we all would like a chance to try a premium gourmet oil for FREE!  O Olive Oils are different and better than the run of the mill.  Pressed replaces infused for a deeper, richer taste; perfect for salads, raw vegetables and light sauteed dishes... You know, the foods we have been waiting for all winter!

With a combined prize pool of over $1000, you will want to be a part of the contest and the FUN!



A word about our sponsor
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O OLIVE OIL is the premier producer of California specialty olive oils and wine vinegars O was the first in this country to crush organic citrus with olives to produce our signature line of oils.  Additionally, we travel the world to source the finest extra virgin olive oils.  Our products are sold in gourmet, natural food and specialty stores in the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe, and Latin America.

1n 1995 Greg Hinson, co- founder and president, combined his unusual passion for citrus and healthy eating bycrushing whole organic citrus with fresh California Mission olives to create an unparalleled new product category—the extra virgin citrus olive oil.  These oils are neither infused nor flavored after pressing as is common in the industry.

In 1997 Hinson turned this same respect for simple natural processes to hand crafting varietal wine vinegars.  O Olive Oil is one of the few remaining vinegar makers in this country using the old world Orleans method of natural aging in wood barrels rather than mechanically force-aging the vinegars.  The difference is noticeable.  In 2003 Cook’s Illustrated named our O Zinfandel Vinegar, “ overall winner among gourmet brands, “ touting its “ distinctly earthy, fruity flavor.” 


Who likes O Olive Oil
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"oil that tastes fresh squeezed“While living in Italy, Greg and Marta Hinson heard about an Abruzzese olive mill that crushed lemons along with the olives. They brought the idea home to the company they dubbed O OLIVE OIL. The Hinsons have done lemons and blood oranges, but their latest release, made with organic ruby grapefruit, may be the best yet; each rosy drop seems to swell with ripe flavor.”

—The SAVEUR 100, Saveur Magazine
And if you visit their "Media Page", you will see reviews from Bon Appetit, Cook's Illustrated, New York Times,  Town & Country and many more!
O, while not named after her,
The best known "O" loves them too!
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"the well-dressed dressing"
The O on these terrific oils and vinegars doesn’t stand for Oprah, so I can’t take credit for them, but I can say they’re a delicious gift for friends who like cooking or eating.”

—Oprah, Oprah Magazine
Oprah calls them “terrific wines and vinegars” and has featured them on both her show and in her magazine.  O products have fast become a favorite of home cooks and professional chefs alike.

The food industry agrees. O Olive Oil has been recognized with 10 awards at the annual International Fancy Food Show in New York City.

Watch for O Olive Oil on classic episodes on The Food Network, Iron Chef, Naked Chef, ABC Good Morning America & Top Chef.  And they have even been shown recently on Modern Family!!!


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And now... The contest rules!
First off, we need to select the cooks...


1... You must be registered and be a submitter at eRecipeCards.com.  Registering is easy (all you need is an email address and a food blog).  If you do not have an account yet, go ahead and register.  Go ahead and look around and submit at least one recipe to the site (more if you like).  There is a very easy, step by step guide to getting started that you can see by clicking HERE.

2... You must have a FaceBook account and you must "LIKE" both eRecipeCards and O Olive Oil.  Again, setting up an account is easy.  If you do not have an account and are unwilling to set up an account at this time, please drop me an email at the address at the top of this blog.

Drop me a comment on this blog once you "Like" us and that you "Like O Olive Oil.

Click http://www.facebook.com/pages/eRecipeCardscom/115234838571713 to "Like" eRecipeCards.com (and BTW, we will "Like" you back!

and Click http://www.facebook.com/pages/O-Olive-Oil/144301775611027 to "Like" O Olive Oil

Click the photo of the Paired
Pressed Oil and Vinegar
To see the 8 Freebies
3... Next, you will be asked to visit the "Gifts" page and then view the "Natural Box" items.  O Olive Oil has paired a pressed flavored oil with a premium gourmet vinegar.  In fact, they have paired 8 different pressed citrus oils with one of their best gourmet California vinegar (Like the Meyer Lemon pressed Olive Oil paired with the Pinot Noir red wine Vinegar shown in the photo to the right).

These 8 box sets will be shipped to 24 selected cooks/bloggers (one set per blogger).  Each set has a $30 value.  These are the products you will use to make the dish you submit for the contest.  But first, you will need to be selected as one of the lucky cooks.

Each potential cook should look over the 8 options and get inspired (from Garlic pressed Oil paired with White Balsamic Vinegar to Zinfindel Vinegar paired with Clementine pressed Oil the "Natural Box" page certainly has something to inspire you).

There are two ways to be one of the 24 chosen cooks, 
based on a random drawing and based on a submitted idea.

Just drop me a comment on this blog.  Let me know which of the 8 pairings inspire you (and sure, you can post more than one, but please use a separate comment for each).  You must say the pairing in the email.  No need to say what you intend to do with the oil/vinegar, just mention which option and that you think you have a good idea.  The more comments you leave (2 comments for FaceBook Likes and 1 comment for each of the pairings, the better your chance of being randomly chosen)

AND/OR

We will also select recipients based on a submitted idea.
These you need to send to:

Contact@eRecipeCards.com.


These cooks will be judged on the understanding of the product.


HINT: these are tasting oils/vinegars, not really meant for cooking and certainly not for frying.  Best ideas will be salads and vegetable dishes that show off the unique aspects of the oils as finishing a dish.  The O Olive Oil website features an "about the CRUSH" page that gives the story of why these are special and what the differences are from the ordinary.  Plus if you check out the individual products page they give ideas for how best to use each individual bottle.  A glance through their website will give you plenty of inspiring ideas of how to adapt a favorite recipe of yours with their products.  Just email me an idea.  You can select more than one pairing idea, no need to send separate emails.  "Winners" will be chosen based on the idea and how well it matches the product, not the number of submissions.  We will pick the best.

Except, sadly, due to shipping costs, the contest must be limited to bloggers living in the US and CANADA only.  However I do have an idea for a way International bloggers can be a part of the fun.  Drop me an email if you would like to participate but live outside of Canada or the US.

And that's it for this stage... Just be a submitting member of eRecipeCards.com, "Like" eRecipeCards.com and O Olive Oil, AND be inspired.  Once we have our 24 finalists, they will win a pairing of gourmet pressed citrus O Olive Oil with a premium Vinegar to use for the contest.  The actual contest will start with these 8 winners.


And now... The prizes.  A separate prize will be awarded for each of the three most important aspects of a food blogger...

One Winner will be awarded a prize based on their photo and food stylings skills (Valued at $50).

One Winner will also be awarded a prize based on their writing skills (Valued at $50).

EIGHT Additional winners will be awarded a "second Place" prize of a new bottle of vinegar AND Oil from the Charcoal collection.

And finally 14 winners will be selected to win a "Third Place" prize of a jar of O Olive Oils new line of citrus Tapenades ($10 value)!

And of course, we are a recipe portal.  So a GRAND Prize (Valued at ONE HUNDRED and FIFTY DOLLARS) will be awarded based on the "best" recipe.

So, in addition to the initial oil/vinegar combinations provided for the contest, every entrant will receive an additional prize ranging in value from $10 to $150!

This phase of the contest (choosing the participants) closes at midnight on April 24 (Tuesday night).  Please leave all your comments on THIS BLOG by that date and email your ideas to Contact@eRecipeCards.com by that date.  Winners will be contacted by email with the "rules" of the contest (Cook, post, include links to our sponsor... the rules are pretty easy)

And of course, please drop me a note if you have any questions.  We worked hard on this promotion.  I feel it rewards our sponsor, while at the same time provides bloggers access to a premium product not always on their shopping list.  If you have any suggestions for ways to improve future contests, please drop me a note.

Good Luck all...

Dave

81 comments:

  1. I liked both the pages. I am off to check out the different products.

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  2. What is there not to LOVE about O Olive Oil??? Off to do my cooking! Love your site/page and O Olive Oil's too! Cheers.

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  3. O zinfandel and O clementine is one for sure! What a great combo!

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  4. O meyer and O pinot Anything with Pinot taste is a winner in my book!

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  5. O zinfandel and O clementine is one for sure! What a great combo!

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  6. O blood and O porto sound so good too! Just too many yummy choices!

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  7. I liked you on Facebook! babyhalo19@yahoo.com

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  8. I'd love to try the o blood and o porto! I have a lot of good ideas for that one! babyhalo19@yahoo.com

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  9. And the O garlic and o white sound amaaazing! babyhalo19@yahoo.com

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  10. My favorite would be O lime and O Ginger. They go very well with Indian cuisine flavorings.

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  11. Hi : ) I "Liked" both O Olive Oil and eRecipeCards on Facebook.

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  12. My Second choice would be O Garlic and O Balsamic. Great in pasta salads or simple green salads.

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  13. this is so great, I did not know they had so many products, cannot wait to go searching for some of them...
    from the selection - I am drawn to sherry lime combo for my first inspiration ...

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  14. I would love to work with the O clementine and O white balsamic. Delish and perfect for spring flavors!

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  15. I like e-recipe cards on facebook

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  16. and I also like o olive oil on facebook

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  17. I would love to try the meyer and pinot combo

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  18. although the lime and ginger also sounds amazing!

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  19. Hi : ) I "Liked" both O Olive Oil and eRecipeCards on Facebook.

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  20. I'm especially interested in making a salad with the O Champagne Vinegar and O Meyer Lemon Olive Oil. I think they'd be terrific with white anchovies and fresh Parmesan.

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  21. As soon as I saw the, "O Tahitian Lime Olive Oil and O Ginger Rice Vinegar", I knew this would be my selected favorite. I know exactly what direction I would take in making a delicious dish with this combination.

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  22. O Sherry Vinegar and O Tahitian Lime Olive Oil

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  23. and if I had to choose one combo, it would be O Roasted Garlic Olive Oil and O White Balsamic Vinegar....or maybe

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  24. O Tahitian Lime Olive Oil and O Ginger Rice Vinegar

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  25. I liked you on Facebook for Lynnette Moore

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  26. O Champagne Vinegar and Lemon O Olive Oil sounds like my kind of combination!

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  27. My favorite is the Blood orange olive oil and Porto vinegar package. It's incredibly delicious and flavorful for Sicilian, Portuguese, Moorish, Spanish, Southern Italian, and Maghreb type cuisines. They are delicious on their own...drizzled on a steak, grilled fish, and even fresh mozzarella!!

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  28. It is so hard to choose just one combination because they all sound absolutely delicious. But if it HAD to pick only one I would probably pick the O Tahitian Lime Olive Oil and O Ginger Rice Vinegar - it sound so refreshing...brushed over some shrimp or fish on the grill and then tossed in a salad. Yummm..Perfect for this summer weather we are having.

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  29. The classic combination of Sherry and Lime makes my mouth water - I know just what I could do with those flavors.

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  30. I like E Recipe Cards on facebook!

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  31. I like O Olive Oil on facebook!

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  32. I have an awesome idea for the lime oil and ginger vinegar!

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  33. O Meyer and O Blood are a perfect citrus pairing!

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  34. I can't wait to give this a try this go-around! I'm going to stick to the classics and go with garlic and white wine!
    www.cookinformycaptain.com

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  35. O Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and O Pinot Noir Vinegar really inspired me... to make dessert of all things!

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  36. I'm not located in the US or Canada but please let me know how i can participate in the fun!
    ask.thekitchensink@gmail.com

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  37. I like eRecipecards on FB as Tammy Ford Cuevas

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  38. I like O Olive Oil on FB as Tammy Ford Cuevas

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  39. My first choice was Garlic and White. Just the idea of garlic was enough to get my vote. I can always do something with that.

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  40. My second choice would have to be the Lime and Ginger. The lime sounds like it would be good with seafood and/or seafood salads. I could have a lot of fun experimenting with this one.

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  41. I would try the O lime and O ginger combo in a home made ice cream... refreshing and suprising for sure.

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  42. O Roasted Garlic Olive Oil and O White Balsamic Vinegar. THIS sounds amazing! A tasty pasta dish with a fantastic salad would be on my table!

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  43. O Tahitian Lime Olive Oil and O Ginger Rice Vinegar Cold Asian Pasta salad with marinated chicken.

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  44. O Champagne Vinegar and O Meyer Lemon Olive Oil. I would make Champagne Chicken with pasta

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  45. O Clementine Olive Oil and O White Balsamic Vinegar a big old salad with a citrus vinaigrette! with crusty bread of course!

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  46. I like and follow both pages. I am going to check out the wonderful flavors now : ) Yum!! I am Serious Food for the Soul

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  47. I would LOVE to win the O Clementine and O White Balsamic. Beautiful!!! I am Serious Food for the Soul.

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  48. Here is my recipe idea for the O Clementine and O White Balsamic. I am Serious Food for the Soul.

    Mandarin Salad with Avocado and Grilled Shrimp

    1 bunch of arugula, washed
    1 large ripe avocado, peeled and cut into slices
    1 lb. shrimp, shelled and deveined
    2 mandarin oranges, peeled and cut into segments

    Dressing:

    3 T Orange Juice
    1 T zest of mandarin Orange
    6 O White Balsamic Vinegar
    1 small shallot, minced
    1/4 cup O Clementine Olive Oil
    Sea Salt & Fresh Ground Black Pepper

    Preparation:

    Make the dressing first and taste for seasoning. If you
    like it tart add additional vinegar.

    Spoon about 1/4 of the dressing over the shrimp in a glass bowl and marinate for 30 minutes.

    While marinating get the salad ready.

    Remove pit from avocado and scoop out 2 halves with a spoon and cut into slices.

    Lay on top of the arugula and orange slices. Sprinkle the avocado slices with finely ground sea salt.

    Make sure your grill is nice and hot and grill the shrimp on medium high flame for about 3 minutes total.

    Top the salad with the warm shrimp and spoon the rest of the dressing over all ingredients. Top with ground black pepper.

    Serve immediately.

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  49. That should be 6 T O White Balsamic Vinegar

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  50. Oh O! The O garlic and O White Balsamic sound absolutely divine for a fresh fronted garden salad with basil flowers, cherry tomatoes, pumpkin seeds and feta. I liked you all over the place and I am keeping my fingers crossed for a chance!!

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  51. I like erecipecards on facebook :)

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  52. I like o olive oil on facebook too :)

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  53. I would love to go for O garlic and O white balsamic... but I don't live in US or Canada, so I will drop you a mail :)

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  54. I liked you and O on facebook. Yahoo!

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  55. I have a great idea for the O garlic and O white. I can already taste it.

    http://olives-n-orka.com

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  56. I have another idea for the lime and ginger. Yum.

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  57. There is nothing as amazing as this brand! First off, Meyer Lemon Olive Oil -- HellO! I have been dreaming for 4 days about this, and finally have been able to dry the drool from my chin so as to not short out the keyboard! Every pairing lokos, sounds, and doubt doubt will be amazing! I am posting an email now with some ideas! Thanks for the contest!

    --Your newest follower: AImee Gonzalez (www.bargainbites00.com)

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    1. Pinot, Meyer lemon.... ohh Lime and Ginger.... OMgoodness roaster garlic and white balsaminc (too many people underestimate the power of garlic and balsamic!)..... Oh "O"! Thank YOU!

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  58. Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and O Pinto Noir is making my mouth water -- I have jsut been inspired beyong belief!

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  59. O Sherry and O Lime.... How you make me happy! Another inspiration!!!

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    1. I did like both on facebook, and emailed ideas! I'm also on eRecipe Cards! Aimees Bargain Bites

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  60. I liked erecipe cards on facebook.

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  61. I liked o olive oil on facebook.

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  62. O Zinfandel Vinegar and O Clementine Olive Oil has me inspired.

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  63. O Clementine Olive Oil and O White Balsamic Vinegar sounds wonderful too!

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  64. And this pairing of O Champagne Vinegar and O Meyer Lemon Olive Oil has me thinking of another idea. I would use this in a creative and flavour packed Caesar Salad with lots of Parmesan.

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  65. Just checking to see if you got my email regarding this contest.

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