New Year’s Resolution #4: Enrich your Social Life with Olive Oil

New Year's Resolution #4: Enrich your Social Life with Olive Oil

New Year’s Resolution #4: Enrich your Social Life with Olive Oil

An age-old question:  What does drizzling olive oil over all types of culinary pursuits have to do with improving your relationships? Research (from the journal of PLoS Medicine, among others) shows that strong social relationships are associated with better health and longevity. There’s no better way to enrich your social life than by breaking bread (and drizzling it with olive oil!) with family and friends. Making it a point to regularly spend time with people you enjoy, preparing and sharing healthy meals together, can enrich your social life and improve your health.  Every year I host an Olive Harvest Adventure trip to Italy.  We harvest olives,  watch them being milled and EAT.  The meals are filled with camaraderie and olive oil. Each five-course dinner starts with an appetizer (antipasti) including bread and drizzled with new oil (olio nuovo).  The first course (primo) is either pasta, soup or risotto; the second course (secondo) meat, poultry or fish; the side dishes (contorni) are vegetables, potatoes, salad, and even some desserts (dolce) are prepared or drizzled with olive oil.  So drizzle away!  

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