Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Chew Review: Made In Napa Valley

Recently I got a great opportunity to try some glazes and dips from Made in Napa Valley! Never heard of em’?

“Tulocay & Company is rapidly becoming one of the leading all natural food companies in the United States. The company was founded in 1993 with a single product: etched olive oil decanters, which it sold to wineries, hotels, and other private label customers. The success of this business led to Tulocay’s first foray into food manufacturing, an array of olive oils and vinegars created for leading specialty food retailers, including Crate & Barrel, Pier 1, and Dean & Deluca.

In 2001, Tulocay took a significant leap forward when it established the Made In Napa Valley brand, a line of high-end gourmet food products. Today, the line includes dipping oils, flavored vinegars, marinades, simmer sauces, rubs and tapenades. The Made In Napa Valley product line has been enthusiastically received by gourmet food lovers around the country, and was recognized as the Outstanding Product Line of 2004 by the National Association of the Specialty Food Trades (NASFT).”

I got to pick a handful of products I wanted, so I chose them envisioning how I could use them in a meal(and of course one treat!). Check it out!


 Roasted Onion Balsamic Grill Sauce


“We’ve done the work for you on this one by roasting the onions to get that sweet, rich flavor that requires patience and time. Balsamic adds another layer of bright flavor that caramelizes when grilled.”


Roasted Onion Balsamic Root Veggies



  • 2 c baby carrots
  • 1 c sliced parsnips
  • 1/4 c sliced white onion
  • 1/2 c sliced roasted red bell peppers, from jar
  • 3 Tbsp Roasted Onion Balsamic Grill Sauce
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • Place all veggies, seasonings, and sauce in a bowl and toss to coat.
  • Add to a skillet on medium heat and sauté for 3 minutes. Add in a splash of water, lower heat to low, cover and let steam until fork tender (6-8 min).


Sweet & Spicy Mustard


“Who doesn’t love a sweet & spicy mustard, especially with the addition of chardonnay? It is a favorite component for a dipping sauce for egg rolls or pot stickers when combined with soy sauce and rice wine vinegar.”



Tuna Burgers with Sweet and Spicy Mustard



  • 2  tablespoons  nonfat mayonnaise
  • 2  tablespoons Sweet and Spicy Mustard + more for spreading on buns
  • 1  egg white
  • 2  (6 1/8-ounce) cans albacore tuna in water, drained and flaked
  • 1/2  cup  dry breadcrumbs, divided
  • 1/4  cup  chopped green onions
  • 4  (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns, split—I used light wheat buns.
  • 4  lettuce leaves
  • 4  slices tomato
  • 4  slices sweet onion
  • Directions:

    • Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl, and stir well. Add tuna, 1/4 cup breadcrumbs, and green onions; stir well. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 4-inch patty. Press the remaining breadcrumbs evenly onto both sides of patties.
    • Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; place over medium-high heat until hot. Add patties; cover and cook 3 minutes. Carefully turn patties over; cook, uncovered, for 3 minutes or until patties are golden.
    • Spread more mustard on buns. Place lettuce, tomato, onion, and patties on bottom halves of buns; place tops on sandwiches.



    Smokey Tomato Savory Spread


    “Sweet tomato flavor combined with a smokey undertone makes for a delicious and versatile savory condiment. Spread on pizza dough and top with your favorite cheese for a unique appetizer.



    [[Smokey Tomato Pulled Chicken Sandwiches]]



    • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts—cooked and shredded
    • 1/2 c smokey tomato spread
    • 1/2 c shredded coleslaw
    • 6 hamburger buns
    • Cheese, sautéed onions, and/or pickles if desired


    • Mix smokey tomato spread with shredded chicken. Warm in skillet until heated through. Add in onion if adding and cook till softened. (5-8 min)
    • Place on buns, top with coleslaw, cheese and pickles if desired—quick, easy, AND delicious!


    Carrot Spice Muffin Mix


    “Looking for more ways to incorporate vegetables into your diet—try these muffins. Tantalize everyone’s taste buds with the warm smell of spices permeating your kitchen as you bake.”



    Carrot Spice Muffins With Cream Cheese Frosting



    • One package Carrot Spice Muffin Mix and called for ingredients on package
    • 8 oz cream cheese
    • 1/2 c powdered sugar
    • 1 Tbsp milk
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla


    • Bake muffins according to package directions.
    • Meanwhile, mix  together room temperature cream cheese and powdered sugar with a hand mixer and slowly add in milk and extract.
    • Let muffins cool completely then frost with cream cheese frosting.

    All of these products were unlike any I’ve ever tried before—very unique in tastes, which I like! Sometimes it takes a lot to win me over, but these are all products I would consider buying again in the future! I would highly suggest you head on over to Made in Napa Valley and check out all they have to offer!


    Krista said...

    Great reviews! Each one sounds unique and tasty...

    Jenny said...

    these reviews are awesome! that tuna burger recipe sounds great, especially topped with that mustard. I love the hybrid of sweet and spicy :)

    Kim said...

    Great review! I know I would love that sweet and spicy mustard. I bet it would make some fantastic salad dressings.

    sophia said...

    Cool!!! I'd love to try that savory tomato spread...and smokey, too? Yummy!

    Jessica said...

    A fabulous list of recipes! The root veggies and the cupcakes look awesome!

    Shannon, Tropical Eats said...

    oh gosh that pulled chicken sandwich looks amazing girly! great reviews and recipes :) you never cease to amaze me! hope all is well <3

    brandi said...

    their blue cheese dijon mustard is AMAZING!!! I was so sad when we ran out.

    Sook said...

    I love the side dish recipe! I love balsamic!

    Erica said...

    So fun that you got to review these yummy sounding products. I want some of that mustard. And I always enjoy a good baking mix in a pinch :) Have a good Thursday

    Nicole, RD said...

    Roasted Onion Balsamic Grill Sauce sounds wonderful! I've never heard of this company, but they sure have quite the sampling of great products! And all the recipes look wonderful! Turnips and potatoes would be great in that root veggie recipe, too, I bet!!

    Kerstin said...

    Sounds like a yummy line of products, thanks for the review! And I wish I had one of your pulled chicken sandwiches right now... :)