Musco Family Olives Review and Giveaway!

I received a really yummy box of treats to sample when I got home from vacation and I've been savoring them and enjoying the whole samoler from Musco Family Olives

About Musco:
Olives are the only thing Musco makes, so they put their all into making your experience with olives one to remember!  For 90 years, since the founder arrived in America with plans to start an Italian Food Distributorship, through striking out into the California Olive market to today where over 500 growers, 350 employees, and countless vendors and business partners are part of the Musco family tree, the Musco Family story has been one of striving for Olive perfection!

Most recently they've introduced two new types of olives:
·             Fresh Cured 
Olives – hand-picked, then cured immediately to retain their firm texture and natural color variations.
·             Reduced Salt Olives – large, black pitted olives with 25% less salt and pimiento stuffed manzanillas with 75% less salt than their traditional counterparts!

My favorite olives are the Pearls Reduced Salt Black Olives - they have such a wonderful flavor and they really taste fresh, not briny like some other canned olives I've tried!

I also found some fabulous recipes!  I took a look through their site and found a great Tortellini Salad recipe that I adapted to show off some of the olives I was sent:

Tortellini Salad

2 lbs ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded, chopped
1 lb cheese tortellini, cooked until tender but firm, rinsed with cold water
1-16oz. jar artichoke hearts, marinated, drained, quartered
1/2 cup  Early California Reduced Salt Black Olives™, whole
3 Tbsp capers, drained
40 basil leaves, torn into pieces
2-3 drops balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 oz. Parmesan cheese, shaved
Salt and pepper to taste
To Prepare Salad:
  1. Toss together in a large bowl: tortellini, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, capers and basil.
  2. Season with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and salt and pepper.
  3. Let cool completely.
  4. Add Infusions Olives™ and shaved Parmesan. Toss again.
  5.  Serve.
One lucky Acting Balanced winner is going to win the same package that I got!  And three more will receive runner up prizes of free product coupons!

*Musco Family Olive Co. Sampler includes:

1 can Early California Fresh Cured Green Olives
1 can Pearls Fresh Cured Green Olives
1 can Early California Reduced Salt Black Olives
1 can Pearls Reduced Salt Black Olives
1 jar Early California Reduced Salt Pimiento Stuffed Olives
1 jar Pearls Reduced Salt  Pimiento Stuffed Olives
Musco Family Olive Co. can opener and olive picks