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.
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?
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.
Last season I made the most wonderful, flavorful, fantastic cured olives I have ever made in my life…. just ask my kids! My father has been oil curing olives for many years and I decided it was time for me to take a crack at it. There are endless ways to cure an olive but the method I will describe yielded a perfect oil cured olive.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians, traditional Chinese culture, Vedic Indian culture, and in the Roman Empire. The oils were used in different religious and ceremonial rituals symbolizing purification and used in healing therapies.
These oils are highly concentrated aromatic extracts that come from various parts of a plant. These oils are most commonly steam distilled, but can also be expressed (cold pressed), percolated, extracted with a solvent, or extracted in a number of other ways. These potent oils are used in aromatherapy and often used in many other holistic healing modalities. But knowing how to use them properly is key in getting the most out of your oils..
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.
We admit it, olive oil can be a bit of a diva when it comes to care. Unlike wine, olive oil does not get better with age and it's susceptibility to elements such as oxygen, light and heat makes it somewhat of a high maintenance pantry item. A little TLC is crucial to keep it performing at it's A-game and knowing how to store olive oil the right way will ensure this.
The health benefits of EVOO are endless; our adult bodies crave the antioxidant properties found in each and every bottle of EVOO. But sometimes it's easy to forget that children need these benefits as well, even more so than we do. Children need good dietary fats to grow into strong adults. But getting a child to take a teaspoon of olive oil every morning is just about as likely as getting them to clear all the vegetables off their plate.
Here are a few ways to get your kids to love olive oil:
We are always looking for healthier ways to enjoy the foods and drinks we love so much. Whether it be a healthier version of pizza (maybe that's just me)...or in this case, a better alternative to the beverage I find myself craving daily, soda.
Did you know soda is the second most consumed beverage in the U.S. next to water? And yet not many people know just how bad soda actually is for you. Check out these 8 ways soda negatively effects your health. But we're not here to tell you how bad soda is, we're here to give you healthier alternative without all the sugar or sugary-like chemicals.
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: