2015 Olive Harvest Adventure Tours

        Explore the fascinating world of olive oil. October 27 – November 3 & November 3 – November 12   Are you looking for an authentic Italian experience?  Be Italian for a week! Spend a blissful time this fall in an ancient Umbrian olive grove; experience the true Italian lifestyle – the…more »

Why Bake with Olive Oil?

Substituting olive oil for butter is a key element for health and dietary considerations; e.g. vegan requirements, lower cholesterol needs, and removing saturated fats. Because olive oil contains vitamin E, it helps to naturally maintain the freshness of baked goods and creates moist cakes, biscuits and muffins. Using olive oil instead of butter gives cakes…more »

Storing Olive Oil

I often hear people tell me they are saving their best, estate EVOO for special occasions. Olive oil does NOT improve with age. There is an old, Italian proverb – “olio nuovo, vino vecchio” meaning “it is best to consume young oil but old wine”. Because of olive oil’s high monounsaturated fat content, it can…more »

Ash Wednesday and Olive Oil

Yes, my solution to most problems relates to olive oil. “Use olive oil!”  I recently told my parish priest, who mentioned he had tried all types of soaps to remove ashes from his thumb after blessing hundreds of parishioners on Ash Wednesday. Many Christian churches celebrate Ash Wednesday as the first day of Lent, deriving…more »