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Taste of Italy Giveaway: Crisco Olive Oil Prize Package

by Tara Kuczykowski on March 28, 2009 · 929 comments


Huh – did you say Crisco Olive Oil?

Crisco certainly isn't the first brand that comes to my mind when I think "olive oil," so I'm assuming it's the same for you all. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it's actually quite good. I've been successfully substituting it for my more expensive olive oils over the past few weeks.

Here's just one example of the tasty recipes that you can create with it.

Mediterranean Salad


1 pint grape tomatoes (use a mixture of red and yellow for added interest), halved
1 6-ounce container Bocconcini (small fresh mozzarella balls), drained
1 paper thin slice proscuitto ham, finely chopped
1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives, drained
1 tablespoon capers, drained

1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Pinch of sugar
3/4 cup Crisco Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons chopped chives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano

Place the grape tomatoes, bocconcini, proscuitto, olives and capers in a large bowl; set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the white wine vinegar, mustard, black pepper and sugar. Slowly add the Crisco Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a steady stream, whisking while pouring; whisk until dressing is well blended. Whisk in the chives and oregano. Pour dressing over salad; gently toss to combine. Refrigerate, covered, several hours or overnight to allow flavors to develop, stirring occasionally. Season with additional black pepper if desired. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tomato mixture to a serving bowl. Garnish with fresh oregano sprigs, if desired. Serve.


Want to win a Crisco Olive Oil Prize Package?

I've got an awesome Crisco Prize Package ready to send out to one lucky reader. You'll get one bottle of each Crisco Olive Oil variety all packaged up in a really cool wooden box that is perfect for storing recipes and such later on.

How can you win?

Share how you use olive oil in your regular cooking. I almost always substitute it for vegetable oil in my recipes. The only exceptions would be in sweets. How about you?


Every reader has three methods available to enter this contest. Choose one each of any combination of method one, two, or three for up to a total of 3 entries!!!

Methods of entry:

1. Leave a comment. Tell me how you use olive oil regularly.

2. Add Deal Seeking Mom to your blogroll or add my badge to your sidebar. Make sure to come back and leave the link to your site in a separate comment!

3. Subscribe to my feed via RSS or email. You must confirm your email subscription for it to be a valid entry! Leave a separate comment letting me know you have done so. If you’re already a subscriber, simply leave a separate comment letting me know you’re already subscribed. Lovin’ my subscribers! You guys make this all possible.

1 Crisco Olive Oil Prize Package

This giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 31st. I’ll use to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email on Wednesday, April 1st and listed on my Giveaway Winners page. Good luck!

While you’re in a contest entering mood, don’t forget to check out the Giveaway Gathering for a variety of contests being hosted on Deal Seeking Mom readers’ blogs!


1 tracy davis March 30, 2009 at 10:14 pm

I use olive oil for all of my sauteing

2 mir March 30, 2009 at 10:44 pm

I use it a lot - in baking, salad dressings and sauteing. I use it for my oven baked veggies with rosemary and thyme. Sometimes I even add a splash to butter when using butter to saute and the temp gets too high.

3 Beth March 30, 2009 at 10:55 pm

I use to roast veggies in oven. Also to make my own salad dressings. Yum

4 sharon March 30, 2009 at 11:37 pm

i am already a subscriber and i love your website. i use olive oil in something but i have been afraid to sub it in alot of my receipes because it is expensive but this would be a way i could try it out. thanks.

5 Aileena March 31, 2009 at 12:28 am

I use olive oil with balsamic vinegar on the table in little dishes to dip french bread in!

6 Bev March 31, 2009 at 12:30 am

I use it to cook almost anything that calls for vegetable oil. Thanks for the contest.

7 Cori Westphal March 31, 2009 at 12:30 am

I steam fresh green bean then toss them with bacon bits, almond slivers, and a little bit of olive oil. A family fave!

8 Cori Westphal March 31, 2009 at 12:32 am

And I'm a subscriber.

9 kimbly March 31, 2009 at 12:43 am

A little bit of olive oil, some popcorn kernels and a brown paper bag - makes excellent microwave popcon

10 Sonya March 31, 2009 at 1:40 am

I use olive oil in almost everything except baking and deep frying!

Sonya´s last blog post..Awesome giveaway - A $25 Shell Gift Card!

11 Abby March 31, 2009 at 3:44 am

Olive oil? Salads, frying, AND I USE IT ON MY SKIN. I make up my own shower oil with light olive oil, fragrance essential oils, and a few secret ingredients.

And a dear friend sends me olive oil soap from Greece. Olive oil is great stuff, in AND out.

12 Rebecca C March 31, 2009 at 3:58 am

We use olive oil for dipping bread, for pizza, etc

13 Rebecca C March 31, 2009 at 3:58 am

I have you on my blogroll: Here

14 Rebecca C March 31, 2009 at 3:59 am

I am a subscriber!


15 Jen gersch March 31, 2009 at 4:16 am

I use it to cook squash and in my hair as a conditioner

16 Sazzy March 31, 2009 at 6:05 am

I subscribed to your RSS feed. I also use olive oil for dipping bread. So delicious!

17 Kimberly March 31, 2009 at 6:24 am

I use olive oil for almost everything that calls for oil (except baking). One of our favorites is roasted veggies.
Thanks for the chance to win!

18 Kimberly March 31, 2009 at 6:25 am

I subscribe!

19 Kathy Scott March 31, 2009 at 7:18 am

I put a little olive oil in my bath.

20 Damla March 31, 2009 at 7:26 am

I use it in salads alone and in cooked meals with sunflower oil together. Also I mix olive oil, lemon juice, mint, flaked red pepper and salt to make a sauce.

21 julie north March 31, 2009 at 7:56 am

We use olive oil all the time - especially for dipping bread

22 Martha H. March 31, 2009 at 7:59 am

I use it in salad dressings and I saute with it.

23 Kirsten March 31, 2009 at 8:09 am

We use olive oil for almost everything but my baking. Stir fry, salads, frying meats....anything we would use veg. oil for.

24 Kirsten March 31, 2009 at 8:13 am

Um, no matter what I say it tells me I already said that. And I am a subscriber.

25 KellyH March 31, 2009 at 8:46 am

I subscribe to the blog!


26 Karen Gonyea March 31, 2009 at 8:50 am

We use olive oil for most of our cooking.

27 Lindy March 31, 2009 at 8:55 am

I use EVOO in place of regular oil in all receipes!

28 allyson ayala March 31, 2009 at 10:12 am

we use this on everything as a replacement for regular oil

29 Teresa Hoyt March 31, 2009 at 10:15 am

I use it for just about everything, but I love to use it in chocolate cake. It gives it a richer flavor. Thanks for the chance to win!

30 Kim March 31, 2009 at 10:49 am

I just joined the email subscription. I use olive oil for all my frying. Also, I use it in place of butter to toss my pasta in and prevent it from sticking together.

31 Mary Marlatt March 31, 2009 at 11:16 am

I use olive oil when sauteeing, in dressings, and on drained pasta. Olive oil is kind of a splurge for me. I'm out right now, so this would be a very welcome win!

32 Lisa Cook March 31, 2009 at 11:31 am

I use olive oil when sauteing vegetables and when making pasta.

33 Brandlyn March 31, 2009 at 11:42 am

My mom uses Olive Oil for everything. I use Olive Oil for baking but mostly just when baking desserts.

34 Michael Kuntz March 31, 2009 at 11:56 am

I use olive oil almost everyday as an alternative to other oils. I like to use just enough to coat the bottom of my pan when cooking food.

35 Michael Kuntz March 31, 2009 at 11:58 am

I like to use olive oil to coat my pans instead of using pam.

36 Terri L March 31, 2009 at 12:18 pm

I use a splash of olive oil in the water for my pasta.

37 sarahbrushaber March 31, 2009 at 1:01 pm

I use Olive Oil for almost all of my cooking. I love to make pasta and veggies dishes!!!

38 kathy March 31, 2009 at 1:21 pm

I use olive oil when I saute chicken or veggies.

39 kathy g March 31, 2009 at 1:23 pm

I use olive oil to saute chicken and veggies.

40 Tiffany March 31, 2009 at 2:03 pm

My husband is Italian, I use olive oil for everything.

41 Tiffany March 31, 2009 at 2:05 pm

I subscribe

42 Jennifer B. March 31, 2009 at 2:14 pm

We use olive oil in all sorts of cooking. We substitute it for browning meats, we add it to pasta, we marinate with it and herbs...

43 Jennifer B. March 31, 2009 at 2:17 pm

I subscribe to your RSS feed.

44 Katie Lindsay March 31, 2009 at 2:37 pm

I use olive oil almost everyday. I have this great recipe with garlic, onion, diced tomatoes and angel hair pasta. You cook the garlic and onion in olive oil and then add everything else. It is wonderful.

Katie Lindsay´s last blog post..What to Discover???

45 Khrissy Harcrow March 31, 2009 at 2:44 pm

I use olive oil when sauteing fresh veggies!

46 Melissa March 31, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I toss a little in a pan with fresh asparagus, and add some minced garlic and whatever spices go best with the main dish I'm cooking- and saute for about 10 minutes! It comes out crisp and SO yummy!

47 Khrissy Harcrow March 31, 2009 at 2:51 pm

I also subscribed to your feed.

48 Crystal F March 31, 2009 at 3:47 pm

I've never used it before but would love to try it in place of my vegetable oil. Thank you!

49 Justine March 31, 2009 at 3:52 pm

I use Olive Oil when I'm making sure noodles don't stick to eachother :D

50 Sarah March 31, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Hi! First time poster, long-time lurker! ;) I just added your button to my blog (see website) and also, we use Olive Oil as a replacement for anything that calls for Veg.Oil... also, we use olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dip grilled breads into with Italian style dinners.YUM!

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