Chef AJ and Thomas demonstrate how to open and “shake” our premium balsamic blends.

Chef AJ interviews Thomas Allen, Owner of California Balsamic

Chef AJ interviews our founder, Thomas Allen. “Today I had the pleasure of chatting with Thomas Allen, the founder of California Balsamic, a wonderful vinegar company in Ukiah California.”

12 Ways to Use California Balsamic Vinegar (Other Than the Obvious)

Many people think of balsamic vinegar as merely something to put on salads or use as a finishing sauce.  But there are so may more things you can do with it, from making sauces, to beverages to pickles and even desserts.  Time to start thinking outside the vinegar bottle.


Free Plant-Based Recipes

Plant-based cooking has never been more simple or more delicious. This recipe template built specifically for California Balsamic vinegars will allow you to mix and match ingredients to produce surprising results. This will help you  create meals that are simple, fast, and delicious. And when you do that… You’ll be following a system that has helped thousands of people become  more successful on a plant-based program while working with Christin Bummer and the Forever Diet coaching programs. When you mix and match ingredients as shown, and serve them “Buddha Bowl” style, you’ll  have an endless variety of options at your disposal. Simply stock up a variety of whole grains, a  variety of beans, and a variety of vegetables. Cook a big pot of brown rice and quinoa on  Sunday and eat it throughout the week. By changing up the beans, veggies, and sauces, each dish  has a new flavor profile just by making ONE swap!

To download your free guide, visit:

California Balsamic vs. Local Spicery

Chef AJ judges an Iron Chef showdown between Thomas at California Balsamic and our good friend Nick at Total blast to film! 

Cherie Hans wrote a column about us in Main Street Vegan!

Long time customer Cherie Hans wrote a column about our flavors and Thomas’s history with the business, and it was accepted for publication on . Click here to read:

Healthy Living LIVE! with Thomas Allen

Chef AJ interviews our founder, Thomas Allen, to discuss some of her favorite flavors. “I got to meet Thomas at the Harvest Festival and taste all of his fantastic flavors”

Pineapple “Unfried” Rice with Teriyaki Balsamic Vinegar | Chef AJ Recipe

“Thomas sent me 4 samples of his Balsamic Vinegars. I was most intrigued by the Teriyaki flavor which he assures me had no salt or artificial flavors. All of the flavors were delicious but the Teriyaki and Sweet Heat that I used in this easy recipe made from whatever I had on hand, really stood out of me.”

New Flavors From California Balsamic

Chef AJ and our founder, Thomas Allen, discuss some of the new flavors that were coming out at the time. “On the way to a festival in Arizona, Thomas Allen, owner of California Balsamic stopped by home so that I can sample his new flavors which will be available soon. I tried the Lavender, Simply Lemon, Hickory Smoke BBQ, Fresh Basil, Cilantro, Dill Mustard Seed and Curry. The were all terrific and will knock your socks off.”

Review and Food Find discussion by Tami from

Tami from discusses culinary applications possible with out flavors. “California Balsamic Review and Food Find, A discussion of the many flavors and culinary applications possible with these wonderful specialty vinegars.”

Tuesdays with Thomas: September 1st, 2020

Thomas and Chef AJ discuss and make recipes submitted by our customers using our Smoked Hickory balsamic. “Vegan Recipes Tuesday with Thomas featuring the California Balsamic Smoked Honey Vinegar”

Chef AJ Live! | Making Hickory Smoked BBQ Jackfruit and Lemon Broccoli

Chef AJ discusses several recipes she made with two of our popular flavors after the Real Truth About Weight Loss Summit. “.California generously donated 2 sets of their newest flavors, Simply Lemon and Hickory Smoked BBQ, every day during the 9 days of The Real Truth About Weight Loss Summit.”

Tuesdays with Thomas: October 13th, 2020

Thomas Allen shows us how to use new flavors. Here he shows us how to make Pear Overnight Oats and Kabocha Farro Salad. Also featuring a musical interlude courtesy of Thomas from his time with “Up With People.”

Delicious Pinapple with curry recipe by Vegan News Daily

During her segment on Indian style cooking, “The Speedy Vegan” Elspeth Feldman made a delicious pineapple curry snack using our Spice Trader’s Curry Balsamic.

To read the article click here, or watch the video here:

Broil Chocolate Bananas Interview and Cooking with Thomas Allen from California Balsamic

Thomas and Chef AJ showcase a variety of sweet recipes using the Chocolate Orange Balsamic. 

Tuesdays With Thomas: January 19th, 2021

Thomas and Chef AJ discuss making three SOS recipes using the Premium White Balsamic: “Bubble & Squeek,” Twice Baked Potatoes, and Sushi Rice.

Tuesdays with Thomas Feb 2, 2021: VEGAN Brownie Recipe & More

Thomas and chef AJ show three fun SOS recipes with a cherry balsamic twist. Vegan brownies, a cherry pudding, and quinoa stuffed squash. 

Be Green With Amy: Valentine’s Day Mocktail Drink Demo

Amy and Thomas show you how to easily make delicious, plant based, fizzy drinks. Great for Valentine’s Day, Anniversaries, New Years Eve or any day!

Tuesdays with Thomas March 2, 2021: Chef AJ’s Potato Salad & More

Thomas and chef AJ talk about three SOS recipes we love using the savory Dill Mustard Seed BalsamicVegan Potato Salad, Chickpea Crunch Stuffed Bell Peppers, and a delightful Easy Bean Salad

VEGAN Marinara & More! Tuesdays with Thomas May 5th, 2021

Thomas and chef AJ talk about three SOS recipes we love using the savory Gilroy Garlic Balsamic: Lissa’s Cousin Fesenjan Walnut pomegranate Cauliflower StewRita’s Best Marinara Ever, and Farro Vegetable Stuffed Peppers. Click here to watch the video, or go to our recipes page above to read the recipes!

SOS Fudgesicles! Tuesdays with Thomas
June 1st, 2021

Thomas and chef AJ talk about some of our SOS favorites using the our Raspberry White  Balsamic: Raspberry Mini-Oat MuffinsRaspberry Balsamic Mango Salsa, and Raspberry Balsamic Chocolate Fudgesicles. Click to watch the video, or go to our recipes page above to read the recipes!

Lemon Basil Alfredo Sauce, Peach & Basil Summer Salad and MORE! Chef AJ LIVE! with Tom Allen September 7th, 21

Thomas and chef AJ talk about some of our SOS favorites using the our Fresh Basil Balsamic.

Sweet Heat Kebabs, Sweet Heat Chocolate Pie, & more! Chef AJ LIVE! with California Balsamic December 20th, 2021

Chef AJ and Thomas chat and share three fun recipes using our sweet heat: Caramelized Sweet Heat Kebabs, Mexican Sweet Heat Chocolate Pie, and Mexican Millet Soup.

Wild Huckleberry Cranberry Relish – Weight Loss Wednesday – Episode 253

Chef AJ makes a fun holiday recipe using our new Huckleberry Balsamic as part of our continuing Weight Loss Wendsday series. 

Episode: 252: Wild Huckleberry Butternut Squash Melange Over Turnip Mash

Join Chef AJ on her regular Weight Loss Wendsday series where she uses our Huckleberry Balsamic to make a delightful SOS-free dish.

Tommy Balsamic Makes Zesty Raspberry Recipes | Chef AJ LIVE! with Thomas Allen

Chef AJ and Thomas chat about three recipes and share travel stories.  

4 Great Recipes Featuring Chef AJ LIVE! with Thomas Allen March 8th, 2022

Chef AJ and Thomas chat about four great recipes featuring our 7-Herb Italian.

The Best Quick & Easy Sesame Orange Glazed TOFU | Chef AJ LIVE! with Tommy Balsamic

Chef AJ and Thomas make a recipe LIVE from Chef AJ’s kitchen!

Quinoa Salad with Tahini White Balsamic Dressing and more with Thomas Allen May 3rd, 2022

Chef AJ and Thomas chat about four great recipes featuring our Premium White Balsamic.

Dill Mashed Potatoes and Dill Mustard Potato Salad with Thomas Allen June 7th, 2022

Chef AJ and Thomas chat about recipes featuring our Garden Dill Mustard Seed Balsamic.

Roasted Balsamic Beets, Orange You Glad Balsamic Slaw & more with Thomas Allen July 5th, 2022

Chef AJ and Thomas chat about recipes featuring our Premium Dark Balsamic.

Recipes with Crisp Cucumber California Balsamic Vinegar with Thomas Allen August 2nd, 2022

Chef AJ and Thomas chat about three salads perfect for summer featuring out Crisp Cucumber Balsamic

Garlic Tahini Roasted Cabbage, Gilroy Garlic Tofu & Garlic Basil Pesto with California Balsamic October 14th, 2022

Chef AJ and Thomas discuss three delicious recipes with our Gilroy Garlic.

Wild Huckleberry Pudding & Oats | CHEF AJ LIVE! with Tommy Balsamic

Chef AJ and Thomas discuss three delicious and easy recipes with our Wild Huckleberry Balsamic.