- Today announced the launch of the Bertolli Olive Oil Taste of Tradition Recipe Contest in celebration of the brand’s 150th anniversary. The contest is the second in a series of exciting Bertolli activities this year in celebration of 150 years of delicious meals and memorable...
Today announced the launch of the Bertolli Olive Oil Taste of Tradition Recipe Contest in celebration of the brand’s 150th anniversary.
The contest is the second in a series of exciting Bertolli activities this year in celebration of 150 years of delicious meals and memorable food moments made better by Bertolli.
For this 150th anniversary celebration activation, Chef Fabio Viviani and Bertolli Olive Oil are asking food lovers across America to submit their favorite family or original recipe, using Bertolli Olive Oil and/or Bertolli Vinegar, to BertolliOliveOil.
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Bertolli Olive Oil recipe entries will be accepted in five categories: Appetizers, Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Soups/Salads and Desserts.
Recipe instructions and ingredients along with video or photo should be submitted to BertolliOliveOil.Tumblr.com no later than July 31, 2015 at 11:59pm PST.
Creative cooks can find full contest rules at the Tumblr main page.
Fantastico Prizes to Be Won!
Chef Fabio Viviani will judge the top recipe submissions in each of the five categories based on creativity, presentation, ease of replication and clarity.
Five recipe category winners will each receive a KitchenAid® Artisan® Design Series Stand Mixer in Champagne Gold, a year’s supply of Bertolli Olive Oil and a signed copy of Fabio Viviani’s latest cookbook Fabio’s American Home Kitchen.
One Grand Prize winner, selected from the five category winners, will also receive a dream trip for two to Tuscany with a helicopter ride over the Italian countryside, a hands-on cooking class, and a hunt for the perfect truffle!VN:F [1.9.22_1171]VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
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- Olive Oil Raspberry and Sea Salt Brownies INGREDIENTS • ¼ cup Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped • ¾ cup granulated sugar • 2 large eggs • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract • ¼ cup all-purpose flour • 2...
Olive Oil Raspberry and Sea Salt Brownies
• ¼ cup Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil
• 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
• ¾ cup granulated sugar
• 2 large eggs
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• ¼ cup all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons espresso powder
• ¼ teaspoon baking powder
• ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
• 1 cup fresh raspberries
• ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans (optional)
• coarse or flaked sea salt for finishing
1. Place rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Line a 8x8inch brownie pan with parchment paper, allowing excess paper to hang over 2 sides of the pan, making the brownies easier to remove. Spray the pan and paper with nonstick cooking spray.
3. In a medium, heat-proof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, warm the olive oil and bittersweet chocolate together over low heat, stirring until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
4. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar. Beat the eggs in one at a time. Add the vanilla and beat until sugar is dissolved and mixture is smooth and glossy. Add the flour, espresso powder, baking powder and salt and whisk until the batter again becomes smooth and shiny.
5.Scrape the batter into the prepared brownie pan and sprinkle with raspberries, pecans (if using), and a small amount of flaked sea salt. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until cooked through but still gooey.
6. Remove from the oven and allow to rest in the pan for 30 minutes before slicing. Enjoy with another sprinkling of sea salt!
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- Adding more EVO (extra virgin olive oil) or nuts to a Mediterranean diet, one rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains and low in red meat may help keep your mind sharper as you age, a new study suggests. The Spanish researchers found that seniors following such diets...
Adding more EVO (extra virgin olive oil) or nuts to a Mediterranean diet, one rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains and low in red meat may help keep your mind sharper as you age, a new study suggests.
The Spanish researchers found that seniors following such diets had greater improvements in thinking and memory than people who were simply advised to eat a lower-fat diet.
“You can delay the onset of age-related mental decline with a healthy diet rich in foods with a high antioxidant power, such as virgin olive oil and nuts,” said lead researcher Dr. Emilio Ros, director of the lipid clinic at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona.
“Because the average age of participants was 67 when the trial began, one can say that it is never too late to change your diet to maintain or even improve brain function,” he said.
This report was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
Dr. Sam Gandy, director of the Center for Cognitive Health at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, said, “The general heart-healthy and brain-healthy effects of eating less beef and more chicken, fish, fruits and vegetables has been validated to the point that I now recommend this general Mediterranean diet to all my patients.”
Both EVO and nuts have been associated with mental benefit in other studies, he added. “So, these findings are not so much a surprise as a reminder that there is more to the Mediterranean diet than meat, fruits and vegetables, and that calling out specific recommendations to include olive oil and nuts is probably worthwhile,” Dr. Gandy said.
For the study, Dr. Ros and colleagues collected data on nearly 450 older adults between Ys 2003 and 2009. Their average age was 67. All of the participants were at high risk for heart disease, but had no reported problems with memory or thinking.
Participants were randomly assigned to add a liter (about 33 oz) of extra virgin olive oil per week to their Mediterranean diet, or to supplement their Mediterranean diet with 30 grams (roughly 1 oz) per day of a mixture of walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds. Others followed a low-fat diet.
Mental changes over time were assessed with a battery of memory, attention and thinking tests. Complete data on almost 350 patients was available for analysis, the researchers said. The participants followed the diets for 4 years, on average, according to the study.
In both groups following a Mediterranean diet, the researchers saw improvements in tests of memory and thinking compared to the group on the low-fat diet, the study showed.
Samantha Heller, a senior clinical nutritionist at New York University Medical Center in New York City, explained that “healthy fats from foods like nuts and olive oil play crucial roles in brain function and health.”
The Big Q: How might a Mediterranean diet that includes extra olive oil or nuts help?
The big A: One way might be by protecting the nerve cells in the brain, suggested Ms. Heller, who was not involved with the study.
Every one of the nerve cells in the human brain is surrounded by an ultra-thin layer of fat and protein called the myelin sheath, she explained.
The myelin sheath protects the nerve structure and helps nerve cell interaction. The brain gets its fats to make and maintain the myelin sheath from the foods people eat. The healthier the foods and fats, the healthier the brain, Ms. Heller said.
Oleic acid is one of the most prevalent fats in the myelin sheath, she said. “Olive oil, almonds, pecans, macadamias, peanuts and avocados are all good sources of this fat. Omega-3 fatty acids are also important for brain health and are found in fish, walnuts and soy foods.
These healthy fats have been shown to improve mental function and brain health and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease,” she said.
Ms. Heller suggested cooking with olive oil, snacking on a handful of almonds instead of a bag of chips, and adding vegetables to pasta in place of meatballs.
Eat healthy, Be healthy.
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