Queen Creek Olive Mill Blog

Olive Oil FAQ

Posted by Estelle Rea on Feb 15, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Your top questions about extra virgin olive oil answered right here...right now with this Olive Oil FAQ!

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Topics: FAQs

Simple Spaghetti Recipe with Olive Oil

Posted by Estelle Rea on Feb 8, 2017 3:00:00 PM

This is one of the most flavorful and easy pasta recipes you will ever make...that I can promise you. My family has grown up with Aglio e Olio; my Dad would literally "throw it together" on a weeknight before my siblings and I went off to practice or on Sunday for our weekly family suppers. I didn't realize that while most kids were getting served ham and cheese sandwiches on white bread before soccer practice, I was scarfing my face with an essential dish of classic Italian cooking tradition. Showing up to practice with olive oil stains on my shirt, I had no idea how lucky I was.

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Topics: Recipes

Bell'Olio Nuovo is Here!

Posted by Estelle Rea on Jan 31, 2017 4:50:00 PM

 Yes, part of that title is in Italian. Do you understand it? If not, that's okay - you'll learn something new today. 'New' is the overlying theme of this post and it's the reason we're kicking up our heels right now.

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Topics: Olive Mill Updates, FAQs

Make the Switch to Olive Oil Lip Balm

Posted by Joey Rea on Jan 22, 2017 8:00:00 AM

I don't know about you, but lip balm is a pretty important part of my daily beauty routine. I use it everyday, all day.  I hate when my lips feel chapped or flaky... it's not a pleasant sight, either. Keeping the delicate skin of my lips hydrated is a full-time job that's done with the help of olive oil. Yes, you heard me... olive oil.  

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Topics: Feed your Skin

Olive Mill Poutine

Posted by Estelle Rea on Jan 16, 2017 7:00:00 AM

What type of Canada Week would it be if we didn't hit you with arguably the most classic Canadian dish!? Poutine is a delicacy that originally comes to us from Quebec. Traditionally, the dish is made up of french fries smothered and topped with brown gravy and melted cheese curds. Honestly, who wouldn't want this? With the literal translation of "hot mess," this dish will be your new go-to for a little greasy treat, or maybe even a magical hangover cure.

Check out the Olive Mill Poutine recipe below:

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Topics: Recipes, DIY

3 Things to do with Maple Balsamic Vinegar

Posted by Estelle Rea on Jan 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Yes, people! The rumors are true - one of our favorite vinegars is back in action...Can I get an 'eh'?!

In order to show our friendly neighbors to the north how much we truly appreciate them, we have dedicated an entire vinegar to one of their signature staples, MAPLE. This stuff is good, and it's not just my Canadian roots talking here. I know down in the Southwest, folks might not have much experience with the sappy goodness. Don't worry though...this is where I come into play.
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Topics: Recipes, Tips and Tricks

Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil on Skin

Posted by Joey Rea on Dec 19, 2016 8:09:00 AM

Not only should extra virgin olive oil be a staple in your pantry, but also in your bathroom cabinet. That's right, I'm telling you to add it to your daily beauty routine.

For centuries, extra virgin olive oil has been used topically to relieve every day skin ailments. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-aging properties because it is packed with antioxidants and other nutrients. It hydrates the skin by building the skin’s moisture barrier to prevent loss of moisture.

Why Extra Virgin?

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Feed your Skin, Health & Quality

Why Olive Oil is the Perfect Gift

Posted by Sydney Rea on Nov 28, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Stumped on what to give this year? We have a delicious solution: give the gift of olive oil! 

Olive oil has a lot of gift giving potential. Besides its incredible ability to make everything taste better in the kitchen, it has several other stand out qualities that make it the perfect gift for everyone on your list. 

Why is olive oil the perfect gift? We'll tell you...

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Topics: Olive Mill Updates

A peek into our 2016 Harvest!

Posted by Sydney Rea on Nov 21, 2016 8:43:00 AM

November is an exciting time of year around here! Our crop has been bountiful and fresh oil is a-flowin'. Every year, our visitors are blown away as they learn about our hands-on production process - from hand harvesting each tree to milling every olive. It's definitely a lot of work, but it's a labor of love.

I sat down with owner and Masterblender, Perry Rea, to answer some questions and give us a peek into our 2016 Harvest. Don't forget to check out the video at the bottom!

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Topics: Olive Mill Updates, FAQs

5 Best Holiday Recipes

Posted by Sydney Rea on Nov 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Holiday season is upon us. Yes, that wonderful time of year to gather together, celebrate and eat with friends and family! Or, at least that's what happens at our house. Cooking is a wonderful way to bring everyone together and in the Rea household, full participation in meal preparation is mandatory for all.

Extra virgin olive oil and Balsamic vinegar are crucial elements in all of our holiday dishes. Whether we're cooking or baking this holiday season, we always make sure to have plenty of both on hand. To give you a peek into what we'll be serving at our Thanksgiving dinner this year,  we've compiled 5 healthy and delicious recipes using EVOO and our seasonal Cranberry White Balsamic Reduction. We hope that you, too, incorporate these family recipes into your annual feast.

Here are our 5 best holiday recipes:

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Topics: Recipes