Hello from Gustoblende!

Your favorite Balsamic Vinegars & Olive Oils from Gourmet Blends

Hi everyone, here's another fun update for you, and also starting at the bottom of this newsletter, a bunch of Caroline's tips and ideas for our Balsamics and Oils, today we feature our wonderful flavored Spanish Olive Oils! 

All of our fun weekend festivals and street fairs are canceled into October now and some even beyond that, so we have no idea when our weekend event business will be up and running again.

*** As you may have heard, FARMERS MARKETS are allowed to open as they are considered an essential business like grocery stores.  We have confirmed that we are going to participate in 5 of them this year.


We'll be there most days for them, but if you want to confirm a specific day then please call us to be sure.

  • Burien Farmer's Market, Burien Town Square, Burien, Washington
  • Thursdays May 7th through October 8th from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Crossroads Farmers Market, Crossroads Mall (east lot), Bellevue, Washington
  • Tuesdays June 2nd through September 29th from 12 Noon to 6:00 PM
  • Enumclaw Farmer's Market, Kasey Kahne Drive, Enumclaw, Washington
  • Thursdays June 4th through September 24th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Orting Valley Farmer's Market, North Park in Orting, WA 101 Washington Ave N.  
  • Fridays June 19th through August 28th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Maple Valley Farmer's Market, 25719 Maple Valley-Black Diamond Road SE, Maple Valley Saturdays July 4th through September 26th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

In the meantime, our online sales are still available (many thanks to those who have ordered, every little bit helps to ease the losses from our events), so feel free to treat yourself to your favorite Balsamic Vinegars & Olive Oils to provide yourself with some yummy and healthy tastes for all your food.

You can also call us at home directly if you wish, we'd love to chat!

For whatever its worth, and we know many people are in worse situations than ours, you will be supporting a fun and friendly husband and wife small business running out of their home who love and appreciate their customers.  Stay healthy, we hope to see you again soon.

Here's some of Caroline's favorite ideas for our Flavored Olive Oils:

Meyer Lemon - Awesome for grilling fish and other seafoods. Mix with White, Black Current or Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar for a fabulous salad dressing. Brush onto asparagus and then grill. Drizzle over popcorn to flavor. Use with blueberries to make lemon-blueberry scones. Brush onto corn and then roast or grill. Makes a great olive oil cake or lemon bars!

Blood Orange - Baste onto sweet potatoes, squash, parsnips or over carrots. With the squash, also pour some into the cavity. Baste onto salmon or any fish, grill and then drizzle your favorite Balsamic Vinegar on top. Mine is Black Cherry. Mix with Passion Fruit, Dark Chocolate or Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar for a fabulous salad dressing. Replace the regular oils in many of the boxed baked goods recipes to enhance your brownies, chocolate chip cookies, gingerbread cake, etc. Fun for frying eggs!

Lime - Wonderful to use for grilling all fish and seafood. Mix with Vanilla Fig, Coconut or Jalapeno Balsamic Vinegar for a fabulous salad dressing. Drizzle over Vanilla ice cream with some pink Himalayan salt, lime peel zest and some pine nuts. Great to baste on a steak! Wonderful for grilling asparagus.

Basil - Great to drizzle over Caprese salad with Traditional Balsamic Vinegar. Use it as the oil for dipping breads or marinating steak. Mix with Pear, Raspberry or White Balsamic Vinegar for a wonderful salad dressing. Use for grilling chicken or pork.

Rosemary - Fantastic for sautéing potatoes. Grill chicken with it in a pan, and then drizzle Peach Balsamic Vinegar over the top to make a great glaze.  Mix with Traditional Balsamic Vinegar and then use for dipping bread, basting a roast or steak. Also great for grilling ground beef or turkey for a pasta sauce starter.

Garlic - The flavor of this olive oil is so smooth and delicious! There is no bitter taste at all so if you love garlic this olive oil is perfect. Use it to grill or roast just about anything! Any of the dark balsamic vinegars work beautifully with the Garlic olive oil for salad dressings. Great to drizzle on popcorn! Coat on Vegetables and then roast them.

Tuscan - This is a great blend that I am using a lot. It is a mix of rosemary, basil and garlic. Coat on vegetables and then roast them, finish with a drizzle of your favorite Balsamic Vinegar to make a glaze. Use it to start sauces and for any type of casserole you make. Grill chicken or pork chops in the Tuscan to brown then drizzle Black Cherry over the top and finish in the oven. I also use it to fry eggs or make omelets.

Herbes de Provence - I have used the Herbes de Provence for years now to flavor all kinds of dishes. It is a combination of lavender, sage, marjoram, rosemary, thyme and oregano. It is my favorite herb mix, so when I heard we were doing an Herb de Provence olive oil I was so excited! It is delicious. Use it to grill all types of fish and chicken and sauté ground meats for casseroles. Grill sausages with it and then drizzle Vanilla Fig Balsamic Vinegar as a finish. Use it for salad dressings with Black Currant, Peach, Blueberry, Pomegranate or Raspberry Balsamic Vinegars.

Roasted Green Onion - Grill potatoes and onions for a yummy side dish. Use to start curries and stir-fries. Baste a roast and then add a rub over it, roast in a pot with beer. Mixes great with Jalapeno or Sriracha Mango Balsamic Vinegars for a delicious dressing. Baste on vegetables and then roast or grill. Yummy for grilling Kale!   

You can order from us online at www.gustoblende.com, then click on STORE, we'll ship it out as fast as we can. You can also call us at home to do it over the phone if you prefer.

Don't forget about Caroline's cookbook! Call us to order and she'll send you a signed copy!

Call us at home anytime (425)-433-6047, Josh's cell is (425)-433-8344  


Caroline & Josh

Maple Valley, WA



Balsamic Vinegar& Olive OilBlends - Seattle & Tacoma Washington