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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

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

Healthy Game Day Snacks

Posted by Sydney Rea on Oct 3, 2016 12:31:44 PM

Don't get us wrong, we love watching football. What we don't love is the greasy, heavy, gut wrenching snacks that go along with it. We needed healthier options on game days and figured you did, too!

So, we came up with some very tasty recipes that bring the flavor, not the Tums. These healthy game day snacks can be made to enjoy at home, or pre-made and packed for a tailgate. Oh, and these recipes require four ingredients or less and all take less than 20 minutes to make...so no excuses!

Here are 3 healthy game day snacks:

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Topics: Recipes

Freeze and Preserve Herbs in Olive Oil

Posted by Sydney Rea on Aug 8, 2016 3:00:00 PM

This is one of my FAVORITE kitchen hacks.

Freezing and preserving herbs in olive oil is a simple way to keep your favorite herbs fresh and ready to use all year long. It's a functional kitchen technique that's simple and fun - a great project to get the whole family involved in!

I'm not sure about you, but when I purchase herbs at the grocery store, I always end up with more than I need. This technique lets me save my left overs and keep them fresh and ready to go - when I need them. If you grow your own herbs at home, this is a great way to preserve them through the cold winter months. 

You can choose to keep the herbs whole or chop them before stuffing them into the individual molds. You can also choose to keep them separate or combine them to make a tasty herb blend - it's completely up to you!  To use, simply add your 'herb cube' to soups, sauces, marinades, potato dishes and more! It's a great base to start with -since most dishes call for olive oil to begin.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, DIY

Sweet Summer Sangria Recipes

Posted by Sydney Rea on Jun 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Sangria was first introduced over 2,000 years ago when the Romans made their way through the Iberian Peninsula. Water was not safe to drink during this time, so it was common to fortify it with alcohol to kill off any bacteria. The first sangrias were likely made by the Roman soldiers and were heavily watered down mixes of wine, herbs and spices to keep the soldiers hydrated and happy. 

Sangria has evolved quite a bit since then. Today, we think of sangria as wine punch - with snacks! A refreshing afternoon-by-the-pool cocktail that usually is served in a pitcher with sweet wine-soaked fruit. Since summer is definitely in full swing, we want to share with you some of our favorite recipes we'll be sipping on these next few months.

Here are some sweet summer sangria recipes to try:

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Topics: Recipes, Tips and Tricks

9 Divine Facts About Olive Trees

Posted by Sydney Rea on Apr 29, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Ah, the olive tree. The most beautiful, healthful and powerful of all trees - or at least that's our school of thought here at Queen Creek Olive Mill. In celebration of Arbor Day, we wanted to shed light on this incredible tree with a rich rooted history (no pun intended) that still lives strong today. 

Here are 9 divine facts about olive trees:

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Topics: EVOO 101, FAQs

5 ways chile lime olive oil can spice up your meals

Posted by Sydney Rea on Apr 26, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Tired of the same old bland chicken and veggies for dinner? Well, we have a delicious solution to get you out of that culinary funk. Enter: Chile Lime Olive Oil. We took our signature extra virgin olive oil and infused Serrano chiles and co-pressed Mexican limes to create this unique, limited edition olive oil.  It's the perfect combination of hot and tart, and a simple addition to give any dish that extra kick you're looking for.

Here are 5 ways Chile Lime Olive Oil can spice up your meals:

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Topics: Recipes, Tips and Tricks