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Pairing Food with Olive Oil plus a handy chart!

Pairing Food with Olive Oil plus a handy chart!

You can create harmonious flavors by pairing food with olive oil.  It is similar to pairing wine and food. Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOOs) are varied in taste. The multiplicity of tastes and aromas make olive oil attractive to consumers who are looking for taste sensations to match each meal. There are basically two distinct […]

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Fourth of July, Thomas Jefferson, and Olive Oil

Fourth of July, Thomas Jefferson, and Olive Oil

On a recent trip to Mt.Rushmore, I saw the stunning carvings of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, T. Roosevelt and Lincoln.  With three friends, we took a selfie with Mt.Rushmore in the background.  I was second from the left and slanted my face upward.  I was Thomas Jefferson. As we are about to celebrate our most important national holiday, I […]

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Cooking with Gigi

Cooking with Gigi

At the age of 98,  my mother, Gigi Firenze is still living alone and cooking everyday.  Even though I titled this article “Cooking with Gigi” – I am usually just the clean up person.  She loves cooking.  It is her life and she’s quite critical of almost everyone else’s cooking.   Written recipes are rare in […]

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Olive Oil, your Heart and Valentine's Day

Olive Oil, your Heart and Valentine’s Day

Get heart healthy and passionate!  What do Valentine’s Day (the most romantic holiday of the year) and February, American Heart Healthy Month have in common?   If you guessed “olive oil” you’re right.  If there is one simple way to love your heart, change your oil!  And if there’s one simple way to love your sweetheart, […]

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The World's Largest Frittata

The World's Largest Frittata

Last November, during my Olive Harvest Adventure trip in Italy, I participated in a frittata-lover’s dream come true – an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for making the world’s largest frittata. The event was held in Fabro, a small medieval hamlet in Umbria, dominated by an 11th century castle and surrounded by thick […]

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Summer Skin Saving Secrets with Olive Oil

Summer Skin Saving Secrets with Olive Oil

Did you know that olive oil is good for every kind of summer skin treatment?  Olive oil simply the best for washing, exfoliating, moisturizing, soothing and beautifying. Even before soap was invented, when the Egyptians wanted to clean themselves and soften their skin, they spread olive oil on their skin (which stuck to the dirt) […]

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GoEVOO

GoEVOO

I am so excited to tell my friends and fans that I recently launched an iPhone/iTouch/iPad app –  GoEVOO, the olive oil lover’s guide to Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO).   It’s fun, educational and interactive! You can get ideas for using EVOO that go beyond the kitchen. Find olive oil producers, retail and tasting […]

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Olive Oil Wrestling?

Olive Oil Wrestling?

Yes, it’s #95 in my book The Passionate Olive – 101 Things to do with Olive Oil. On a recent episode of The Bachelorette in which the group traveled to Turkey, the bachelors were drizzled with olive oil and wrestled to the ground.  They participated in this traditional Turkish sport with the winner awarded more […]

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Moisturize with Olive Oil

Moisturize with Olive Oil

One of my favorite tips is  – to moisturize with olive oil.  Extra virgin olive oils make wonderful moisturizers for both the face and the body, especially during the winter months. A key benefit of these completely natural moisturizers is that you do not have to worry about any of the potentially harmful or allergenic ingredients that […]

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Exfoliate with an Olive Oil Glow

Exfoliate with an Olive Oil Glow

A centuries-old beauty tip is to remove dry, flaky skin using olive oil and sea salt. Use #49 in The Passionate Olive is: Exfoliate with an olive oil salt glow. You can have beautiful smooth and glowing skin with the regular use of a completely natural exfoliator. Mix 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil with […]

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