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Italian Chopped Salad with Harvest Vinaigrette

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


Who doesn't love a chopped salad? I crave this hearty, substantial salad any time of the year. Each ingredient plays a crucial role - the garbanzo beans, the Kalamata olives, the feta... Mmm

In my opinion, the dressing is the one thing you can play around with. Seeing as I'm making it a priority to try to eat with the changing seasons, I decided to put an Autumn twist on this traditional favorite.

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Topics: Recipes

5 Hearty Salads From One Lovely Life

Posted by Sydney Rea on Oct 4, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Photo Credit: One Lovely Life

In this special post, we're showcasing one of our favorite local bloggers and olive oil ambassadors, Emily Dixon, of One Lovely Life.

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Topics: Recipes, Olive Mill Updates

Balsamic Marinade Recipe

Posted by Sydney Rea on Sep 13, 2017 4:00:00 PM

The taste, the punch, the twang....this simple marinade has it all! It's so good, you'll be tempted to eat it with a spoon.

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Topics: Recipes, Tips and Tricks

How To Roast Garlic

Posted by Sydney Rea on Sep 6, 2017 3:30:00 PM

Oh, how I love roasted garlic. I'm talking about the golden brown, melt-in-your-mouth garlic. The easily spreadable, perfect addition to just about anything garlic. It's an essential ingredient in most of my dishes and for good reason. 

When roasted, the sharp flavor of raw garlic mellows; it transforms into something different altogether. The caramelized cloves will slip right out of its papery skin and be ready to use as you wish!

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Topics: Recipes, EVOO 101

Tips for Cooking with Olive Oil

Posted by Sydney Rea on Aug 30, 2017 3:00:00 PM
Bake, fry, drizzle, sauté... you can do it all!  Extra virgin olive oil is our kitchen's most versatile, flavorful and healthful ingredient. Many of you have been asking how to incorporate more olive oil into your daily life. So we wanted to share all the creative ways we use it!

Why do we use olive oil in every dish? It's an easy and delicious way to enhance and build flavors, and to add body and depth...not to mention all the health benefits it so graciously provides.

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Topics: EVOO 101, FAQs

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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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