Ripe Olive Appetizers & VISA gift card GIVEAWAY

I have never met an olive that I did not like, so when California Olive Growers contacted me to create a holiday entertaining recipe, I said “I’m there!”.

California Ripe Olive also sent me a box full of goodies to help me create a new recipe.  Since I am full swing in to the giving spirit I wanted to pass their generosity on to you!  By commenting below you can win a $25 Visa Gift Card, a luverly Bamboo Cutting Board, and an elegant Olive Serving Dish! Everything you need to get your Holiday Entertaining going.

I have a few go to recipes that include ripe olives, but I wanted to come up with something new.  The problem was that every time I opened a can of olives I would eat half of them before I got around to creating a recipe with them.  This was a problem.

Ripe olives are earthy and sweet, light and crunchy.  From breakfast to dinner, olives are as casual or as elegant as you like, they add color and texture and a delicious flavor to any meal.  REALLY ripe olives are a perfect appetizer on their own. HOW EASY is that.  Open, and drain a can of ripe olives, pop them in a festive dish with some colorful toothpicks, VOILLA!  Add a plate of cheese and crackers and you are party ready people!

If you have more time, not much more….just a little more, and want to really make your guest a beautiful and festive Holiday Appeteaser try my Ripe Olive Appetizer Bites.

The best thing about these tasty morsels, besides that they are scrumpdilly-iscious, is you can make the Ripe Olive Spread up to three days ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator,  just before your guest arrive pop your appetizer in the oven for 5 minutes and, Voila your guest will be so impressed!


Saute 12 White Button Mushrooms in 1 tablespoon of butter until slightly browned and tender, add them to a dish with 1 can of Ripe Olives drained and chopped, 1/2 cup Onion finely chopped, 1/3 cup Roasted Red Pepper chopped, 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest, 1/4 Lemon juiced, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce, 1/8 teaspoon Garlic Powder, 1 1/2 cups sharp Cheddar Cheese grated, 1 cup Mayonnaise.


Mix the above ingredients together.  Now you can cover and store in refrigerator until you are ready to use. (Will stay 3 days in refrigerator.)


When you’re ready roll out 1 package of Crescent Dough on to a lightly greased baking sheet.   Spread 1/2 of the mixture over dough bake in a 375 degree oven for 8 minutes or until browned and bubbly.


Let cool slightly, and cut into bite sized squares.


You can also take the crescent dough and cut it into 2 inch squares press them into mini muffin tins and fill with Ripe Olive Spread.  Bake at 375 for 5-8 minutes. (this makes approximately 20 bites)

I didn’t try these ideas, but I bet Ripe Olive Spread would also be wonderful on Naan bread,  baked, and cut into squares.  Another idea I had was to simply spread Ripe Olive Spread in a pie plate and bake at 375 until bubbly, then serve with crackers.  Yummage!


Did you know that California Olive Growers produce more than 95 percent of the black ripe olives grown in the U.S.?  It’s true! These growers operate multi-generational family farms from the inland valleys of San Diego to as far north in California as Sacramento County.  I love supporting U.S farmers don’t you?!

RULES to Win:

Comment below: Tell me your favorite way to eat olives. Fresh out of the can, sprinkled on a taco, or tucked away in a wonderful pasta dish.

For extra entries do the following, then come on back and leave me a comment letting me know you went the extra mile!

1. “LIKE” California Ripe Olives on Facebook. California Olive Growers is also doing a sweepstakes on their facebook page so you don’t want to miss heading over there and liking them!

2.  “LIKE”  Eat 2gather on Facebook.

3.  SHARE this Giveaway on Twitter or Facebook and come back and tell me.

GIVEAWAY deadline will be December 16 at noon. Then I will announce the winner ASAP!

Good Luck and Happy Olive Eating!



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  1. 1

    I am nutty for olives – out of a jar or can. I adore Greek olives and could just eat them plain or sometimes I add them to homemade hummus – divine.

    I’ll be making another one of your recipes this weekend – thank you for all the inspiration!

    xoxo michele
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    Nicole :

    i love olives! They are great on anything Mexican! Great in Chicken Empanadas!

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    Claire :

    on top of pizza!

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    Jennifer :

    I LOVE me some olives…, black, stuffed or otherwise. Straight up, on burgers, pizza, salads, in a Bloody Mary or alongside some cheese and pretzels thins, with an adult beverage. 🙂

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    Shelby L :

    I like them with crusty French bread. Yum!!!

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    Lady Dorothy :

    Right out of the can or jar. Though I do usually put them in a dish first.

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    I like Eat 2gather on Facebook!
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    Mami2jcn :

    Half of my family is from Spain and we love olives any way we can get them! I love black olives out of a can or in a salad.

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    Mami2jcn :

    I like California Ripe Olives on FB with my username Mary Happymommy.

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    Mami2jcn :

    I like Eat2Gather on FB with my username Mary Happymommy.

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    Mami2jcn :

    I shared on FB–

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    Yvonne S. :

    I like them in an olive bread.

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    Kristy :

    a mix on crackers!

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    Ashley H. :

    I like them right out of the can.

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    Ashley H. :

    I like California Ripe Olives on fb.

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    Ashley H. :

    I like Eat 2 gather on fb.

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    Jessie C. :

    I like to eat them out of the jar or with artisan bread

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    Jessie C. :
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    Elena :

    I like olives in a greek salad

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    Elena :

    I like California Ripe Olives on Facebook as Elena Istomina

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    Elena :

    I like Eat 2gather on Facebook as Elena Istomina

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    Elena :
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    Favorite way to eat is right out of the jar, but they need to be stuffed with jalapeno!
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    Liked California Olives on facebook
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    Liked Eat to Gather on Facebook
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    Maureen :

    In my house we have put them on our pizza and in the tacos as well if you can believe it in the pasta sauce but I think that #1 way is just right out of the can. One time with my grandmother a large can was devoured in about 5 minutes.

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    Lauren :

    my sister loves olives in a salad.

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    Julie :

    I love olives! We eat them right out of the can, in salads, casseroles and sandwiches.

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    jenny :

    Out of the jar, on a taco, on a pizza, in a dip…. I will eat them Sam I Am….

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    Robi :

    I love black olives on my salad!!

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    jen gersch :

    I eat olives on a turkey sub

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    Melissa :

    I like olives in taco dip, the dip you show looks good too. I shared on FB, twitter and liked Califonia Ripe Olives, I liked eat 2gather on FB long ago 🙂

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    Oh, I love to eat olives anyway I can get them; out of the can, on a pizza, in a salad, etc. When pregnant, my poor husband had to buy black olives cans by the dozen; I loved them so!!

    Thank you for the chance at a great giveaway!
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    ‘Liked’ California Ripe Olives on FB under Annette Lanniee.
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    ‘Liked’ eat2gather on FB under my name.
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    Jessica Stratton :

    I LOVE to eat green olives right out of the can! I will eat black olives but only if they are cooked into something.
    I “liked” California Ripe Olives on FB. I shared this giveaway on FB and Twitter and I already “like” eat2gather’s blog on FB!

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    I like olives any way – on pizza, in mexican food, straight up as a snack! That olive spread looks amazing!
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    I follow you on FB!

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    Shannon :

    Popping them strait into my mouth.

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    kjasus :

    i love olives in a martini…..and on a pizza

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    kjasus :

    i like california Ripe Olives on FB

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    kjasus :

    i like your blog on FB

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    kjasus :
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    aubreylaine :

    on flat bread pizza 🙂
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    aubreylaine :

    I like them on fb!
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    aubreylaine :

    i like you on fb!
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    Sandy Drace :

    Your ripe olive appetizer bite recipe looks awesome. Gotta try it!

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    Sandy Drace :

    On pizza or in a salad…I’m with you, good with anything or nothing!

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    Susan Stahley :

    My favorite way to eat olives is either right out of the can or on a salad. There isn’t any wrong way to eat an olive in my opinion.

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    Susan Stahley :
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    Heather Baker :

    I love olives, every kind I have ever tried. I especially like extra on my subs and pizza, but could eat a whole jar of green ones in a sitting. No one else in my family likes them- just leaves more for me.

    I tweeted, facebooked and liked;)

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    Leslie Williams :

    I love to eat them right out of the can! I also LOVE to make olive tapenade and eat it with really crusty bread! YUM!

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    Leslie Williams :

    like California Black Ripe Olives on FB

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    Leslie Williams :

    like Eat 2 gather on FB

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    Leslie Williams :
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    Jennifer Marie :

    Our favorite way to eat olives would be on taco salad.

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    Jennifer Marie :

    I liked California Ripe Olives on fb (Jennifer Messner M)

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    Jennifer Marie :

    I liked you on fb (Jennifer Messner M)

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    Jennifer Marie :
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    Elisabeth :

    I enjoy black olives on pizza!

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    Elisabeth :

    I “LIKE” California Ripe Olives on Facebook and I also entered their giveaway! Thanks 🙂

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    Elisabeth :

    I ”LIKE” Eat 2gather on Facebook

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    Elisabeth :
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    kjasus :
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    Kristi Fellows :

    I love them with some goat cheese for a topanade!

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    Marilyn :

    I like olives on Pizza and in dips.

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    anash :

    my favorite way to eat olives is to make olive dip and dip the bread in them! Thanks for this splendid giveaway

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    anash :

    I tweeted at!/anashct/status/146190537328820224
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    Tina M :

    I love olives just as a side

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    Tina M :

    ”LIKE” Eat 2gather on Facebook

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    Tina M :

    LIKE” California Ripe Olives on Facebook

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    Tina M :
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    Andrea L :

    I love olives straight out of the jar/can. Plain. YUM!

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    Andrea L :

    I like California Ripe Olives on Facebook.

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    Andrea L :

    I like Eat2gather on facebook.

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    Diane :

    I like them on home-made pizza. The kids use them for the eyes & buttons on a snow man too! 🙂

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    I love olive in olive bread. 🙂 And martinis. 😉

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    I tweeted your giveaway
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    I like CA ripe olives on facebook

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    my favorite way to eat olives is to give them all to the hubby ;P i don’t like olives but he LOVES them. they ALL go to him 🙂
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    Laurie in MN :

    My favorite way to eat Ripe Olives? Same way as I always have—one on each finger…then CHOMP!

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    sarah m :

    no judging!!!! my hands down fave way to enjoy fresh olives are in a vodka martini, slightly dirty, with blue cheese stuffed olives. mm mm mm.

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    Vicki DeGrazier :

    I love ripe olives, green olives, garlic stuffed olives and kalamatas! I make a wonderful layered hot bean dip (if I do say so myself) 🙂 with CA ripe olives that is a HUGE hit, as well as adding them to a Bruschetta recipe that is deelicious!!! I buy ripe olives by the case! 🙂

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    i bake olives into my own pizza which I make every week

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    brian manis :

    when I was a kid i’d eat them off my fingers. Now my 6yo does that,lol!

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    brian manis :

    I liked CA olives on facebook!

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    brian manis :

    I liked eat2gather on facebook!

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    Nikki Elkins :

    love olives fresh out of the can and on pizza!!!

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    Nikki Elkins :

    I like california olives on facebook

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    Nikki Elkins :

    I like eat 2gather on facebook

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    Nicole Dziedzic :

    on pizza

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    Nicole Dziedzic :

    “LIKE” California Ripe Olives on Facebook

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    Nikki Elkins :

    shared on facebook!

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    Nicole Dziedzic :

    LIKE” Eat 2gather on Facebook.

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    Nicole Dziedzic :

    shared on facebook

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    My favorite way to eat olives is in a tapenade spread, or straight from the can. I could eat an entire can by myself with no shame.

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    tracey byram :

    I love black olives straight out of the can.

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    kjasus :
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    And just twittered!
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    LOVE LOVE LOVE Black Olives!! Growing up in California they were a staple in the pantry and served at nearly every meal in one way or another. As a kid I personally liked to adorn every finger and eat them one by one!! Now as a mother I serve them in enchiladas, I just made tamales last night and there was one in every tamale (for good luck) I like them sliced on tacos, chopped in my family spaghetti sauce and definitely have to be chopped and added to my deviled eggs or they just don’t taste the same! Thanks for sharing your recipe, I look forward to giving it a try and adding it to my list on olive recipes 🙂 I already liked the California Olive page I did Like the Eat2gather page and added it to my pages favorites! I also sent a twitter message out. Happy Holidays!

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    JOY H :

    Liked and shared on twitter

    Love my olive straight up!

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    Timothy Cox :

    I love olives pitted or unpitted fresh out of the can.

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    robert waites :

    My favorite is on pizza

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    Amanda Sakovitz :

    I love to eat olives straight from the can!

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    Amanda Sakovitz :

    I like California Ripe Olives on Facebook as amanda sakovitz

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    Amanda Sakovitz :

    i like you on fb as amanda sakovitz

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    Amanda Sakovitz :
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    Kendal Jones :

    In a burrito!

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    Krista Clark :

    Love them on pizza!

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    Krista Clark :

    I “like” California Black Olives

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    Krista Clark :

    I “like” Eat 2gather

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    Opal Baker :

    I shared on Facebook..

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    Teresa Young :

    We like ripe olives on our salad.

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    Teresa Young :

    I like California Black Ripe Olives on FB

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    Teresa Young :
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    Krista f. :

    I will eat ripe olives anyway I can get them, straight out of the can, on tacos or pizza.

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    Aletha Donnamario :

    I love all olives, and just about anything made with them. 🙂

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    helsa :

    Right out of the jar!

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    Jodi Raymond :

    I LOVE olives and olive spreads. I might have to make this sometime over the Holiday season Sheil! Or even better, maybe you can make it for us if we get together! Looks Delish!

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    Cecelia Ellis :

    I love olives in scrambled eggs with melted cream cheese on top.

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    Kristi Kamps :

    Roy loves a good old fashioned olive burger!

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    kjasus :
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    Heidi :

    Recently read the book Cinch! in my neverending quest to eat healthier/loose a few pounds. The author is a huge fan of olives for their health benefits. I love a salad from that book that is mixed greens, blue cheese crumbles, black olives, tomatoes, red wine vinegar, and Italian herbs. Yum! Falling in love with olives!

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    Heidi :

    Liked California Black Ripe Olives on FB!

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    Heidi :

    Of course, I already like you on FB:)

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    Heidi :

    Tweet, tweet! I tweeted you, not that I want anyone else to enter this little giftaway. I really want to win. . .

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    Suzi Newcomb :

    I love olives, and here is how I love them best! Good Vodka in a martini glass. Beautiful Olives. Toothpicks. Kosher Salt. Pierce an olive several times with a toothpick, then marinate it in the vodka, then dip into salt and pop into your mouth. Discard toothpick, and do it again, and again…….. Our guests insist on this one! You can get crazy and stuff the olives with gorgonzola or pimento cream cheese.

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    Rondah :

    on pizza
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    Rondah :

    like CBRO on fb
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    Rondah :

    like eat2gather on fb
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    Angela :

    Out of the can, on a salad, pizza….pretty much everything!!

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    kjasus :
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    I really don’t like olives, but I’ve always been an adventurous eater. When I was just a little girl, my mom read me a book that said that Winnie-the-Pooh ate olives in his oatmeal. ( I think it was the “O” page of an alphabet book. ) I had my mom buy olives so I could try it. Suffice it to say, it was gross!
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    Julie L :

    on top of tacos and pizzas thanks

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    Julie L :

    like u on fb Julie A Scott Laws

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    Julie L :

    like California Olives on fb Julie A SCott Laws

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    tanya :

    I like them on pizza
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    tanya :

    like ripe olives on fb
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    tanya :

    like eat 2gather on fb
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    ryana :

    my 2 year old daughter likes to eat them right out of the can!
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    ryana :

    like California ripe olives on fb
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    ryana :

    like eat 2gather on fb
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