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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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Olive Oil Sommelier Course

Olive Oil Sommelier Course

  Join the Olive Oil Sommelier Course in Tuscany, Italy held from October 23 – 27, 2017.  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 […]

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Flavored Olive Oils: An Italian Perspective

Flavored Olive Oils: An Italian Perspective

I tend to be a purist when it comes to olive oil. My purism stems from my Italian background where there’s always a preference for fresh ingredients. The original purpose of flavored olive oils in Italy was to preserve ingredients that were out of season, for example: preserving peppers, tomatoes or mushrooms. In fact, the […]

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Festivals, Food, and Fun:  2016 Olive Harvest Adventure

Festivals, Food, and Fun: 2016 Olive Harvest Adventure

The 2016 Olive Harvest Adventure was filled with Festivals, Food, and Fun. The seasonal products in autumn are my favorites: truffles, chestnuts, porcini mushrooms, vino novello (the new wine) and especially, olio nuovo (the new olive oil). It is also the season for wild boar, pheasant, and rabbit. In addition to harvesting olives for 1/2 day […]

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Taste and Test Olive Oil:  La Prova del Pane (The Bread Test)

Taste and Test Olive Oil: La Prova del Pane (The Bread Test)

My Olive Harvest Adventure tour features tasting Olio Nuovo (new olive oil).  One way to test and taste olive oil is with “la prova del pane” (the bread test) or the ritual of the fett’unta (oiled slice), a simple ceremony that celebrates the new olive oil harvest each year. On my Olive Harvest Adventure tours, […]

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The World Series and Olive Oil

The World Series and Olive Oil

  What do the World Series and olive oil have in common?  Do you remember Joe DiMaggio, the famous Italian-American baseball player?   He set a record in 1941 of 56 consecutive hits.  He also won nine World Series titles during his 13 years with the New York Yankees. Well, it seems as if olive oil might […]

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Best Tips When Traveling to Florence

Best Tips When Traveling to Florence

Most of my Olive Harvest Adventure Tours begin in Florence.  Not only is Firenze (Florence) my last name, but to me the most beautiful city in Italy.  I have compiled a list of the Best Tips When Traveling to Florence, if you have just a few days in Florence.  What to see/do Places Recommendations and Tips […]

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Baking with Olive Oil Instead of Butter

Baking with Olive Oil Instead of Butter

Using olive oil for baking is a familiar feature of Mediterranean cooking. While it may sound a bit odd, baking with olive oil has actually been done for centuries. Baking with olive oil instead of butter gives cakes and cookies a light texture and can be used with confidence in lieu of butter or other […]

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