Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Some rambling and some Kenzoil

It's that time of year again. The time where one day it's December sixth and you're happily making Santa pancakes (with dairy-free coconut whipped cream) for your children and then life speeds up and becomes a blur of concerts, plays, dinners, lunches, neighborhood parties, church events, trips to the post office, and late night baking 'ideas': "How can I make Christmas cookies with what I have in the house? Maybe if I put crushed candy canes in these chocolate chip cookies...." (I did, too. I'm serving them to 20+ children and their mothers this morning. We'll see.) And suddenly you come to and it's December 24th and you're driving home in the dark from the Christmas Eve service to look at the luminaries your neighbor decorated the street with and to watch the children sprinkle reindeer food on the sparkling snow.

In the midst of all of this chaos, we're still trying out new dairy-free products. Because our commitment to taste-testing free samples stops for no holiday! One of the latest is Kenzoil, an oil blend of olive oil, fresh basil, fresh garlic, and spices. The company says, "Kenzoil is free of the following allergens: eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish, shellfish, wheat, milk, corn, potato, rice and yeast. We only produce Kenzoil in our facility and on our equipment.... Kenzoil is a fresh product. It contains fresh herbs and no preservatives. Like most produce items, it will keep longer in the refrigerator. Kenzoil is good for 4 ½ months if kept in the fridge."

We tried it as a dipping sauce for bread. It tastes like really fresh liquid basil pesto. Everyone in our family enjoyed it, even the littlest ones, who often find pesto to be too strong tasting. Scott also tried it as a baked potato topping and liked that as well. I bet mixing it with mayo would make a fantastic sandwich spread, and I'm sure it would be good on pasta, salad, etc. I can see it being a versatile addition to the fridge door.

My only issue with Kenzoil is the name. I know, I know, it's Ken's oil. But it makes me think of Pennzoil, which? Not so appetizing. Ah well.

Kenzoil can be purchased online in 5 oz. and 10 oz. sizes. I think it would make a great stocking stuffer/hostess gift/gift basket addition.

I was not given an extra bottle for a giveaway, but Grace was! So head on over for a chance to win. Contest ends on Friday, December 18.


  1. I thought the same thing when I saw the name, but it sounds good!

  2. hahaha ok, I'm so glad you said something b/c I was sitting here thinking.. sounds good, but Kenzoil?? Like Penzzoil!??? Hmm..

    I also like your ideas to use it up. I'd be boring and find just one use! Way to be creative! ;)

    PS Stop by the blog and leave a comment on my latest post - I'm donating a can to charity for ea. comment left!

  3. I've never heard of coconut whipped cream!! Could you give some info on it? Boy would that make desserts more fun.
    Kim in Mid TN
    Hathcock 5 (at) bellsouth (dot)net

  4. So how did the cookies turn out?

    Kenzoil is a strange name, but it does sound yummy.

  5. Kim, I used a recipe from the "Go Dairy Free Cookbook." I'll ask Alisa if I can copy it. Some other DF creams are here:

    The cookies were good! For a stronger mint flavor, I'd add peppermint extract, but I wanted these to be subtle because they were for preschoolers.

  6. Thanks for pointing us to the giveaway! This looks great - with a peanut allergy in the house we're wary of many sauces like this - I'm always glad to have something new to try!

  7. I couldn't link into the reindeer food! I am very curious. And you have to love companies that are so diligent about allergies. Hooray!

  8. i may have to try this.

    and i thought the same thing when i saw the name.

  9. Totally agree ont he name! But, it does sound good!

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  11. Second try. I read this when you first posted it and forgot to save it. Have been searching and searching the web trying to remember where I heard about this stuff. YEAH!! Found you again. Will be buying this today before I lose the info again. Thanks