(Family Features) A string of pearls. The irresistible matching bag. The gotta-have-'em high heels. So many times the accessory makes the outfit. So goes the way of California Black Ripe Olives.
From Indian to Italian, black olives are a key ingredient that brings flavor and texture to entrees, salads, soups and more. The most popular usage of black olives is jazzing up pizza, but it's a must-have item in Mexican favorites such as enchiladas and burritos as well.
While they've been a longtime pantry staple of home cooks, chefs love the versatility of olives, too. Celebrity chef Claire Robinson has partnered with the California Black Ripe Olive industry to share her tips for dressing up dishes and has developed four knock-out recipes featuring California Black Ripe Olives - every season's and every dish's hottest accessory.
For recipe inspiration, and other information about California Black Ripe Olives, visit www.CalOlive.org.
Use double-duty ingredients. Stocking your pantry is like stocking your wardrobe - it's smart to have items on hand that serve double duty. California Black Ripe Olives are one of those fabulous multipurpose ingredients. Coarsely chop them with a little garlic, olive oil, and fresh herbs and you have a homemade tapenade. Add them to store-bought hummus and it becomes a delicious dip!