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California Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Competition

Tweet The California State Fair recently held its inaugural Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Competition and the winning oils will be proudly displayed during the California Exposition and State Fair – July 10-26, 2015. The Extra-Virgin Olive Exhibit is located in California Building-B, with experts on hand to answer everything you want to know about olive oil. […]

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OlioWheel

Tweet Olive oil and food are just like pasta and sauce, some combinations are better than others. Perfect pairings come from recognizing similarities or contrasts of flavor and intensity. The oil shouldn’t overpower the food, nor should the food overpower the oil, thus the dish becomes greater than the sum of its parts. A little […]

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The Religion of Coffee

Tweet In Italy, il caffe, expertly prepared, is more then just a cup of coffee, it is a religious experience. In the neighborhood cafe, (called a bar) daily life begins with a cacophony of sounds. With perfect timing and in symphonic harmony, the hissing of the milk steamer, tapping of filters being emptied, the clattering […]

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Italian Astronaut & Espresso

Tweet Samantha Cristoforetti, a thirty-seven year old Italian Air Force Captain and fighter pilot, is the first Italian woman astronaut. Currently working and living on the International Space Station, Captain Crisoforetti, is the flight engineer for Expedition 42/43. It is no coincidence that this mission marked the debut espresso launched into space for its maiden voyage. […]

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Fennel vs. Anise

Tweet In the United States and Canada, fennel is sold as anise or sweet anise. Although, they both come from the same plant family, fennel and anise are not the same thing. They are two distinctively different plants. The entire fennel plant (bulbs, stalks, seeds and fronds) can be consumed. Only the seeds of an […]

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Almond Paste vs Marzipan

Tweet In Italy, the terms almond paste and marzipan are used interchangeably. In the United states, however, almond paste and marzipan are not the same thing. It is important to know the difference. Generally, almond paste contains equal amounts of almonds and sugar. It’s used in fillings, batter and dough for many baked goods (pignoli). […]

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Buon Ferragosto!

Tweet August 15, is one of the most important Catholic holidays. It celebrates the day that the Blessed Virgin Mary was “Assunta in Cielo” (Assumed into heaven to be with her son, Jesus). This ancient Italian festival has Pagan origins and dates back to the Romans. During the month of August, a series of  festivals […]

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A Garden of Gratitude

A Garden of Gratitude

Tweet “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul” -Henry Ward Beecher Spring is my favorite time of the year! My roses and geraniums are in full bloom. The rosemary bushes are alive with the buzzing of bees (doing what bees do) and every time I walk past the basil plants, breath in […]

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Olio in Cucina

Tweet There are three fruitiness intensity levels of extra virgin olive oil; Delicate, Medium and Robust. As a rule, delicate oils (depending on the cultivar) are made from ripe mature olives and have fruity notes that pair nicely with cheese and desserts. Medium oils have a favorable bitterness and pungency and is what I use most […]

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Baking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Tweet As essential as olive oil is in my cooking, it has been under utilized in my baking until fairly recently. Each year, (as far back as I can remember) just prior to Thanksgiving, I order our traditional panettone to be enjoyed on Christmas morning. This delicious yeast bread is made with olive oil instead […]

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