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Beet salmorejo with EVOO: a summertime favorite

Salmorejo is a typical dish from Córdoba that is like a thicker version of gazpacho, a cold tomato soup. The most common variety of salmorejo is made from tomatoes.  However, historically it has been made from many different ingredients including apples and oranges, using what was in season. In this version, I use cooked beet root to add […]

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Are we too refined?

Living outside of your country for more than a few months changes your viewpoint. I have been known to call living in one country while being from another, purgatory. You are not here or there. It can be frustrating during the first years but I have gained insight others may not have and I can […]

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2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

So the recipe calls for 2 Tablespoons of “Olive Oil” but what bottle should you buy or pull out of the pantry? With some luck the chef will at least specify that it should be Extra Virgin. However, I have yet to see a trend where recipes recommend one olive oil over another. This can be likened to […]

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First memories of olive oil

My first memory of olive oil is with my father. I must have been about 6. My mother would go out on Sundays leaving my father and I to make messes in the kitchen. She would often come home, open the door and shout, “I smell chutney and weirdness”. My mother can smell things from […]

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Hello world!

Hello olive oil fans! This is a blog all about olive oil and my experiences as a New Jersey-born expert olive oil taster living in Spain. I will be posting on health, recipes (especially local ones), EVOOs from Spain, the mediterranean diet, restaurants that use EVOO, my adventures, and more. My hope is to spread my joy […]

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