Daily Archives: April 29, 2015

  • 2 Summertime Recipes with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    This is a room temperature sauce that warms when tossed with very hot pasta. It’s quick dish and perfect for a hot weather meal.

    Recipe: SUMMERTIME PASTA WITH A RAW TOMATO AND OLIVE OIL SAUCE

    INGREDIENTS
    2 pounds ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
    4 garlic cloves, chopped or very thinly sliced
    Sea salt
    1/2 teaspoon crushed red chile pepper (optional)
    1/3 cup pluse 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
    1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    1 pound spaghetti

    DIRECTIONS
    Combine the tomatoes, garlic, a teaspoon or so of salt, the chile pepper, if using, 1/3 cup of the basil, and the oil in a large bowl. Cover and set aside at room temperature to marinate for several hours. If you must refrigerate the sauce at any point, be sure to give it plenty of time to come back to room temperature before serving it.

    When ready to serve, bring 5 to 6 quarts water to a rolling boil in a pasta pot. Add salt, and when it comes back to a boil, simply add the pasta, cook, drain, turn into a heated serving bowl, and immediately toss with the sauce. Garnish with the remaining 2 tablespoons basil and serve immediately. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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    Recipe: CEVICHE

    INGREDIENTS
    1 1/2-pounds fresh fish fillets (fresh shrimp or scallops also work)
    1 cup combined citrus juices (lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange)
    3/4 cup fruity extra virgin olive oil
    1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
    1 small red onion, minced
    1 ripe red tomato, peeled, seeded, and chopped
    2 small fresh jalapeño or Serrano chiles, seeded and minced
    Lemon wedges, for serving

    DIRECTIONS
    Cover the fish fillets with the citrus juice in a bowl.
    Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
    Drain the fish and arrange on a serving platter.
    Mix together the oil, cilantro, onion, tomato and chiles and spoon over the fish.
    Cover once more and set aside until ready to serve.
    Before serving, taste a small piece of fish.
    You probably will not need to add more acid since the citrus flavors will have penetrated the fish, but serve it with lemon wedges (or limes) in case someone wants to add more.

    Makes 8 servings as a first course.

    Recipes Source: “Virgin Territory: Exploring the World of Olive Oil” by Nancy Harmon Jenkins.

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    This is a room temperature sauce that warms when tossed with very hot pasta. It’s quick dish and perfect for a hot weather meal. Recipe: SUMMERTIME PASTA WITH A RAW TOMATO AND OLIVE OIL SAUCE INGREDIENTS 2 pounds ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped 4 garlic cloves, chopped... 
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  • Video Topic: How Apulia olive farmers battle deadly epidemic

    Olive growers in Italy’s southeastern Apulia region are felling trees in an attempt to contain a bacterial infection that is killing their plants and threatening their livelihoods. Olive oil exports have been a major factor in the regional economy for centuries.
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  • Study: The effect of topical olive oil on the healing of foot ulcer in patients with type 2 diabetes

    Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders published today a double-blind randomized clinical trial study in Iran: “The effect of topical olive oil on the healing of foot ulcer in patients with type 2 diabetes”
    Background Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU) is the most costly and devastating complication of diabetes mellitus which can lead to infection, gangrene, amputation, and even death if the necessary care is not provided.

    Nowadays, some herbal products have shown therapeutic effects on healing of DFU. So, this study aimed to assess the effects of topical olive oil on the healing of DFU. Methods This double-blind randomized clinical trial study was conducted in Diabetes Clinic of Ahvaz Golestan hospital, Iran, in 2014.

    Thirty-four patients with DFU of Wagner’s ulcer grade 1 or 2 were enrolled in this study. Patients who were randomly assigned to intervention group (n = 17) received topical olive oil in addition to routine cares, whereas patients in control group (n = 17) just received routine cares.

    Intervention was done once a day for 4 weeks in both groups, and in the end of each week; the ulcers were assessed and scored. Data was collected by demographic and clinical characteristics checklists as well as diabetic foot ulcer healing checklist, and was analyzed by SPSS version 19 software using descriptive (mean and standard deviation) and analytic (student’s sample t-test, chi-square and repeated-measures analysis of variance) statistics.

    Results At the end of 4th week, there was a significant differences between two groups regarding to 3 parameters of ulcer including degree (P = 0.03), color (P = 0.04) and surrounding tissues (P < 0.001) as well as total status of ulcer (P = 0.001), while related to ulcer drainages no significant difference was seen between the two groups (P = 0.072). At the end of the follow up, olive oil significantly decreased ulcer area (P = 0.01) and depth (P = 0.02) compared with control group.

    Complete ulcer healing in the intervention group was significantly greater than control group (73.3% vs. 13.3%, P = 0.003) at the end of follow up. Also, there were no adverse effects to report during the study in intervention group. Conclusions Our results indicated that olive oil in combination with routine cares is more effective than routine cares alone, and is without any side effect. However, further studies are required in the future to confirm these results. Trial registration IRCT2014083014251N2.

    The complete article is available as a provisional PDF. The fully formatted PDF and HTML versions are in production.

    Article source Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders

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  • Nancy Harmon Jenkins, author of “Virgin Territory,” will appear at a book signing at Fiore

    Olive oil expert Nancy Harmon Jenkins, author of “Virgin Territory: Exploring the World of Olive Oil,” will appear at a book signing and discussion at Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, 8 Rodick Place, on Friday, May 1, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    Arguably the leading authority on olive oil and the healthy Mediterranean diet for the past 20 years, Jenkins wrote this seventh book as part autobiography, culinary history and cookbook. The volume presents more than 100 dishes that showcase olive oil, ranging from soups to seafood to sauces to sweets. The book features color photographs of the recipe dishes and Jenkins’ own olive tree grove taken by Penny de los Santos, senior contributing photographer for “Saveur” magazine.

    Jenkins divides her time between her home in Camden and a “farmette” in Tuscany, where she produces her own small-batch olive oil. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to host an event with a true practitioner of the Mediterranean lifestyle,” said Nancy O’Brien, owner of Fiore.

    Visit www.FIOREoliveoils.com

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    Olive oil expert Nancy Harmon Jenkins, author of “Virgin Territory: Exploring the World of Olive Oil,” will appear at a book signing and discussion at Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, 8 Rodick Place, on Friday, May 1, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Arguably the leading authority... 
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