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Arancini (Sicilian Rice Balls) with Marinara Sauce

Arancini (Sicilian Rice Balls) with Marinara Sauce

Arancini meaning “little oranges” originated in Sicily and are considered the first Sicilian take-away food.  Besides resembling them, arancini have nothing to do with oranges; they are fried balls of...

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Ligurian Fish

Ligurian Fish

In Liguria, a main secondi piatti (main course) is fish   The olive oil of the region is delicate oil perfect for fish. In fact, the Taggiasche Olive, from this area...

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Bruschetta with Mashed Peas

Bruschetta with Mashed Peas

Green peas are a favorite spring vegetable and are a great addition to a recipe because they contain a high concentration of vitamins and minerals.  They also provide the carotenoid phytonutrients, lutein and...

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Olive Oil Sommelier Course - Tuscany November 4-8, 2019

Olive Oil Sommelier Course – Tuscany November 4-8, 2019

Olive Oil Sommelier – Professional Course Pienza  – Tuscany, Italy November 4 – 8, 2019 A dynamic and complete Olive Oil Sommelier course created to teach all the secrets of olive oil.   At the end of the 5-days course, participants will receive samples of the olive oil standard defects (I.O.O.C. – EU) and acquire skills and certification (Sensory […]

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Carol Firenze Receives COOC Pioneer Award

Carol Firenze Receives COOC Pioneer Award

  Reprinted from OLEA NEWS, April 2019   The talented and generous recipient this year was Carol Firenze. Carol, a brilliant author and crusader for extra virgin olive oil received the award for her devotion and support of the COOC for two decades. Not only did Carol actively serve on the board for several years, […]

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10 Spring Cleaning Tips with Olive Oil

10 Spring Cleaning Tips with Olive Oil

  Spring brings us sunshine, blossoms, renewal . . . and a desire to clean. Because olive oil is natural, it won’t release harsh chemicals into the air like many common household cleaners. I’ve highlighted 10 spring cleaning tips with olive oil. As we get our homes organized, well functioning and clean, first of all […]

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Easter, Passover, and Olive Oil

Easter, Passover, and Olive Oil

The olive tree and olive oil have been central to springtime celebrations for centuries.   Spring is a time of renewal, new beginnings and celebrations.  Here are a few interesting Easter, Passover, and Olive Oil traditions: Decorating Easter Eggs. Did you know you can create your own dyes from pantry ingredients? By adding olive oil, you can […]

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