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Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

Posted by Sydney Rea on Aug 9, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Do you want fries with that? Why yes, yes I do. 

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Topics: Recipes

What Are Healthy Fats? And Why Are They So Important?

Posted by Sydney Rea on Aug 2, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Something happened along the way that made all of us very, very afraid of fats. All fats. If you eat fat, you get fat...right? Wrong.  

Your heart craaaaaves fats, you can't live without them! They provide essential fatty acids, keep our skin soft, provide us with amazing vitamins, and are a great source of energizing fuel. The confusion lies in which types of fats are best.

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Topics: EVOO 101, FAQs

5 Things To Do With Meyer Lemon Olive Oil

Posted by Sydney Rea on Jul 25, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Meyer lemons just make life a little sweeter, dont they? They are smaller, smoother and more complex than a regular lemon - which makes things much more interesting in the kitchen.

So interesting, in fact, that we combined fresh Meyer lemons with hand-picked olives to create a unique and aromatic Meyer Lemon Olive Oil. And man, is it good. 

You can literally do anything with Meyer Lemon Olive Oil. I grab for my bottle when I'm grilling chicken or fish, dressing salads, baking cakes or tossing veggies before sautéing. I personally love using Meyer Lemon Olive Oil when sautéing brussels sprouts - the smooth, sweet flavor compliments the bitter, leafy green. 

The culinary possibilities are endless! Not convinced yet? Watch this video for 5 things to do with Meyer Lemon Olive Oil:

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Topics: Recipes

Healthier Olive Oil Grilled Cheese

Posted by Sydney Rea on Jul 18, 2017 3:00:00 PM


Ah, the Grilled Cheese. Undoubtedly one of the most delicious sandwiches in existence. You can't go wrong with gooey cheese melted between two pieces of crunchy, toasted bread.

Although it's easy to make, down right tasty and a staple for young and old alike, it's not the healthiest meal option. Can you make it healthier? You betcha. It's as simple and choosing the right ingredients and I'm here to tell you how. 

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Topics: Recipes, Tips and Tricks

Cool Spots to Beat the Heat This Summer

Posted by Sydney Rea on Jun 28, 2017 3:00:00 PM

In case any of you are living under a rock and you are unaware...it's hot outside. I mean really hot. As Arizona graces us with 115+ degree days, we need to figure out ways to keep cool. Our team decided to compile a list of our favorite spots all around the Valley to help you escape the natural oven we call home.

Here are our top six cool spots to beat the heat this Summer:

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Topics: Events, Olive Mill Updates, FAQs

Pamper Mom with Flowers & Food

Posted by Sydney Rea on May 10, 2017 3:00:00 PM

In honor of the upcoming Mother's Day, we reached out to the real expert to shed some light on what Mom really wants this year. In this special guest post, flower extrordinaire Sarah Watts of Sarah's Garden gives us tips on how to make this Mother's Day a memorable one. Please enjoy!

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Topics: Events, Tips and Tricks

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

Perry Heats up the Grill as Guy Fieri!

Posted by Sydney Rea on Oct 24, 2016 8:05:00 AM

About once a month, Perry is invited to KTVK Channel 3 studio to appear as a guest chef on 'Your Life A to Z'. It's a blast when we get to cook on a segment - Perry always showcases easy, healthy and delicious ways to use EVOO in the kitchen

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Topics: Recipes, Olive Mill Updates

How to Taste Olive Oil

Posted by Sydney Rea on Oct 17, 2016 8:30:00 AM

There's an art to tasting olive oil. Much like wine, olive oil follows strict guidelines when it comes to tasting procedures. You didn't know this?! That's okay, we're going to teach you how to taste olive oil the right way. 

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, FAQs, Health & Quality