Ode to an Artichoke



If you’re a lady or a bloke,

it’s time to try an artichoke

The artichoke it seems these days,

can be prepared in many ways.

Many like to eat it steamed, tho’ many like to eat it fried.

But still there’s those who have never tried.

Go, on! Try it!-It is just a delight,

you’ll love it- you will! At the very first bite.

The artichoke is healthy too,

more fiber than prunes! Yes it’s true!

The Germans claim it’s great for your tummy,

all I know is that it is oh-so yummy.

But the best way to eat such beauties like these,

is on a crust with garlic, spinach and  cheese.

Throw in some olive oil, onions and basil,

and you have a masterpiece right on your table.

This pizza I speak of may cause you to cry,

it’s Jim’s one and only – Spinach Artichoke Pie.

Ciao for now







Say YES to Spinach this September



If you have never had Spinach on a pizza, this is the month to try it.

And if you haven’t been living under a rock for the last 10 years, you will have noticed that spinach has made a miraculous turn around in the last decade or so. As far as controversial foods go, spinach is right up their with broccoli, kale and the dreaded but lovable pineapple on pizza. 

Why was spinach so despised for so long? Yes, it is true that green vegetables seem to get the short end of the popularity list, but spinach seems to have been the worst of the worst for a long period of time.

My theory is all in the preparation. Many people associate spinach with the kind that comes out of a can that is a big blob of gunk sitting on your plate.  That plate that you stared at for hours and hours until your mom finally gave up and let you leave the table.

Today’s spinach is so much more than a can of slimy green goo.  It is beautiful fresh baby spinach leaves with a light dressing or the popular spinach dip.

But spinach on a pizza?

Trust me- it’s a beautiful thing. Garlic Jim’s uses Fresh Spinach, flavorful Artichoke Hearts, Red Onions, Fresh Basil and that famous Roasted Garlic all on top of a lovely olive oil base. It is absolutely exquisite. The Spinach Artichoke Pie is the real meaning of gourmet. All the flavors harmonize together to create goodness in every bite.

POTMeThor0917FINALSo, this September, say Yes to Spinach and say Yes to an amazing pizza. All month long and at a special price- there is no reason not to try!

Ciao for now


and P.S.  This pizza is so amazing that I have finally joined Twitter to tweet about it!  Follow me! @olive4gourmet







More Pineapple Problems?

source: www.bbc.com/news


As if pineapple did not have enough problems with all these Pineapple on Pizza haters that are free to roam the streets, there is more to be concerned about.

This weekend thousands and thousands of music fans will attend the Reading and Leeds festivals in England. It’s going to be a fun filled 4 days that includes a gazillion bands on  more than 10 different stages.

As with many large events, the festival organizers have banned things like fireworks and weapons.  At the Reading and Leeds festivals this year however, a more dangerous item has been identified.  Yep, you got it.  It’s our friend the pineapple.

Apparently, fans of the band Glass Animals love to carry around pineapples because of some lyrics?  Or something like that…..

The point is that pineapple is being singled out once again! Have you heard about Chili Peppers banned at a Red Hot Chili Pepper concert? Or Salt and Pepper shakers?  How about Meatloaf?  Ever heard about banning meatloaf sandwiches from a concert?  Or what about Bread?  I could go on but I will spare you.

Why is it that pineapple makes it such a contentious issue?

Is it that some are afraid of its magical powers?

Pineapple not only has a uniquely sweet and tart flavor that is irresistible, but it is healthy too! It’s packed with vitamin C, manganese, B- vitamins and fiber. It also contains something called Bromelain which contains enzymes that are great for your digestion.

But really it is just so delicious!

Especially on a pizza. Really.  If you don’t believe me, you have one week to try Garlic Jim’s special Pizza of the Month price for the Gourmet Hawaiian.  It is a truly tasty tropical treat. Trust me.

Ciao for now



The Great Pineapple Controversy

pineapple-jpgWe live in divided times.

It seems as though everyone these days have strong opinions on modern issues. Some of us even judge others for the way they think- and nothing divides more families around the dining room table these days than…..

Pineapple on Pizza.

Some people love it, and some people feel strongly that it is a slippery slope that could lead to pineapple on peanut butter sandwiches or pineapple chunks in macaroni and cheese.

This is the reason that it is very important to have a say in the legislative process by voting very carefully. If you are a Pro-Pineapple & Pizza Proponent, don’t come crying to me if you wake up one morning with a big fat ban in your home town on pineapple on your pizza.

Just ask the  citizens of Iceland, whose President recently said publicly that he would ban pineapple on pizza if he could!  Oh my!

Well, thankfully my friends at Garlic Jim’s are open minded on this very hot button issue.

Not only do they welcome pineapple on their pizza, but Garlic Jim’s doubles down with coconut and almonds as well.  Take that – you pizza purists!

Obviously you can see what side I am on this issue- and I am darn proud to say it.

I love pineapple on pizza! So there.

So, if you  happen to be on the fence regarding this issue, how about trying a slice of something new this month?

Garlic Jim’s Gourmet Hawaiian is a little different, but in a wonderful sort of way. That luscious pineapple that some people are so frightened of is the amazing companion for Canadian bacon, almonds and coconut.

So if you are having trouble swaying those you know to embrace your Pro-Pineapple Point of view, sharpen up your debate skills because you are going to want to share the happiness that this pizza brings.

Ciao for now












It’s Garlic Festival Time!


garlic festival

Many years ago, I was driving with my future husband to Santa Cruz, California late at night. As we were passing through a little town on Highway 101, an interesting aroma filled the car.  I glanced at him.  He glanced at me.  Finally after about 10 minutes of glancing and wondering, I casually said, “Do you smell something?”

Indeed he had.  “What the heck IS that?”  “It REALLY smells like garlic!”

The smell remained a mystery that evening, but while driving back the other direction a few days later in the daylight, that pungent smell led us to a sign:  Gilroy- Garlic Capital of the World!!

Mystery solved.

Gilroy, California grows lots of garlic.  As a matter of fact, its largest employer is Christopher Ranch, the supplier of Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza’s amazing  roasted garlic that adorns many of its pizzas.

Gilroy has made a name for itself not only for its garlic production, but for its garlic festival that has been held every year since 1979.  This eclectic and fun filled event has been growing each year and boasts almost every kind of garlic food that you can think of including garlic ice cream!  It lasts for three days and even has stars from the Food Network on hand.  The Gilroy Garlic Festival naturally has a Garlic Festival Queen and Queen’s court. These young ladies are judged on their talent, a personal interview, an on stage question, and of course- a garlic speech.  So start writing yours if you are garlicy kind of gal who is between the ages of 18-24 who would like to try out for this next year!

This year’s festival is July 28-30. If you are anywhere near Gilroy, just follow your nose- you will find it!

Ciao for now!






Reason #547 not to smoke cigarettes (and why not to lie to your parents)

Matilde_de_Áustria-Teschen.5Once upon a time there was a beautiful young lady who, like many teenagers was a bit of a rebel and didn’t tell her parents the whole truth. The young lady in this story is the Archduchess Mathilda of Austria.

One evening, Mathilda had gone to the theater in a lovely gauze dress and decided to sneak in a quick smoke while her father wasn’t watching. Unfortunately, Mathilda’s pop, Archduke Albert, suddenly showed up.  In a tragically deceptive move, Mathilda made the decision to hide the cigarette behind her very flowing and flammable dress. I probably don’t need to detail what happened next. Sadly, Mathilda did not survive this accident.

This very sad story is not just a public service announcement about the dangers of smoking and lying.  Yep, there is pizza involved.

It seems that Mathilda, was picked to marry King Umberto of Italy to strengthen ties between the two countries. When Mathilda’s life ended unexpectedly, a gal named Margherita married Umberto instead.

Margherita (a non-smoker) lived to a ripe old age of 74.  She was super popular and was often given interesting gifts. According to legend, a famous pizza maker named Raffaele Esposito created a pizza for her that was themed to represent the Italian flag- tomato, basil and mozzarella.

It was probably delicious- as is the Garlic Jim’s version of the Margherita pizza.

As sad as this story is, Archduchess Mathilda did not perish in vain!

So don’t smoke! Don’t lie!  Have a Margherita pizza instead!

Ciao for now!





More Great Tomato News!


This week there is some great news for those of us who love tomatoes and tomato products! Ohio State University just published a three year study that suggests tomato consumption cuts down our risk of skin cancer.

This is really good news for super fair skinned people like me who like to eat pizza outside in a lawn chair. 

It seems that the same compounds that give tomatoes their lovely red color might also protect our skin from damaging (but oh so warm and wonderful) rays from the sun. Previous studies have showed similar results where  Lycopene, an antioxidant that tomatoes are full of, actually prevented some redness from sun burn. Isn’t it interesting that this vegetable (yes, I know it’s a fruit smartypants- I really just like to call it a vegetable) with such a nice red color helps to keep you from getting red?

Full disclosure about the new study- it was done with mice and it seemed to work on the male mice and not the female mice.  That doesn’t bother me though, I am confident that those female mice were probably sneaking in some extra time in the tanning bed.

What we do know is that more and more evidence leads to the belief that the lovely red and juicy tomato is one of the healthiest things you can eat.

And since its the middle of July and my skin is exposed to some serious rays almost every day, I had better eat lots of tomatoes.

Good thing Garlic Jim’s is promoting its Queen Margherita pizza this month!  Olive oil and garlic infused crust, basil, roasted garlic, smooth 100% whole milk mozzarella cheese and of course  those fresh and tasty chopped tomatoes.

Being healthy is so delicious!

Ciao for now