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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 in April

Olive Oil Sommelier Course in April

Join the Olive Oil Sommelier Course held from April 9-13, 2018 at Lake Garda.  This is “A course for food lovers, olive oil tasters, gourmets, food enthusiasts and professionals.” It is a  “wonderfully exciting olive oil & food experience for those who want a deeper knowledge of the production, commercial processes, tasting and innovative use in the kitchen […]

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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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Olivina in Livermore

Olivina in Livermore

Olivina in Livermore, California –  An Interview with owner Charles Crohare I have known the Charles Crohare family, from Olivina in Livermore, for over 10 years.    Charles shared with me the history of the family estate.   Julius Paul Smith, an early pioneer in the California olive oil industry, carved out 2,000 acres of the beautiful […]

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