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Olive Oil and Tomatoes

Olive Oil and Tomatoes

Here’s an easy and delicious dish that makes use of all the ripe tomatoes summer has to offer and cooks up in just minutes. Heat up some good quality extra virgin olive oil in a pan, add some fresh garlic and a quart of grape or cherry tomatoes, then season it with fresh thyme, fresh basil, fresh flat-leaf parsley, salt, and pepper, and let it all saute over low heat until the tomatoes are just starting to lose their shape. Seriously, it’s that easy. These tomatoes are delicious served over pasta with a splash of cream and sprinkled with parmesan....

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Olive Oil: A Core of Mediterranean Cuisine

The sun-drenched lure of the Mediterranean Basin is strong for us westerners. It’s been settled since the earliest years of the world, it’s gorgeous, and its luxurious weather and landscape produce an abundance of natural food products, including the three staples of Mediterranean cuisine—grapes, wheat, and olives. The cultures surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, Maghrebi, Egyptian, Levantine, Ottoman (Turkish), Greek, Italian, Provençal (French), and Spanish, may eat very different foods, drinks, and spice palates, but the foundational ingredients are the same: grapes, wheat, and olives, from which we get wine, bread and pasta, and of course, olive oil. Can you just...

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Health Benefits of Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic vinegar is one of the world’s oldest and best condiments. From historical records, we know that fermented grape must, the earliest version of balsamic vinegar known to man, was used by the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians to sweeten their food. During the 14th century, the Italian House of Este—specifically Dukes of Ferrera, Modena, and Reggio—came to specialize in this sweet vinegar and made a considerable fortune from it! We know it tastes wonderful; a single drop causes a heady combination of tart and sweet to explode on your palate. One taste of good balsamic vinegar, dark or white,...

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Olive Oil and the Keto Diet

The ketogenic diet has gained popularity over the last few years as a scientifically-sound way to lose weight. Its theories were first documented in about 400 BC when the Greeks taught that caloric restriction relieved the symptoms of epilepsy. In the early 1900s, when the only anticonvulsant drugs on the market were heavy-duty, mind-numbing sedatives, it regained popularity as a way to control seizures in epileptics, particularly children. In 1921, two different researchers (working separately) studied data about the ketogenic diet concept, and extrapolated how it might be used to help diabetics control their symptoms and weight. From there it...

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Olive Oil for Pain Relief

We’ve all heard of the Mediterranean diet and how it can help people world-wide live longer and healthier lives. And likely you know that in the Mediterranean diet, olive oil features prominently as the primary fat consumed. But have you ever wondered exactly how and why olive oil plays such an important part in living disease and pain free? Thanks to a bunch of curious scientists we know the answer to this question. It lies in an enzyme called oleocanthal that is found in good quality olive oil.   Inflammation in Today’s World Much of the pain and disease we...

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