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Toast with EVOO & Tomato

Toast with EVOO & Tomato

The most common breakfast in Andalusia is, “Aceite y Tomate”, Olive oil and tomato. However, there are many variations to the theme and there is a definite art to ordering this breakfast in an Andalusian bar. The dance goes something like this: “Give me a half a village bread with tomato and oil”. Then the […]

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Golden Andalusian Cocktails

Golden Andalusian Cocktails

When Brígida Jiménez, my mentor and one of the world´s best tasters, asked me and my husband to attend the presentation of an up and coming hojiblaca olive oil from Rute, Conde de Mirasol, I couldn´t say no. Just a few weeks prior, I had tasted this oil and my response was, “WOW”. Wow is […]

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Pairing EVOO with oranges

Pairing EVOO with oranges

The World Olive Oil Exhibition was held this week in Madrid. The international event had over 60 exhibitors, an extensive oil bar, a business meeting point, gourmet products display area, cooking show, and two conference areas. International experts came to discuss topics such as trade, production and tasting. Dr. Maria Paz Aguilera was one of […]

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Spain and Italy: Ancient partners

Spain and Italy: Ancient partners

Photo: Pepe Nieto As an Expert Olive Oil Taster, I am often asked why Spanish olive oil producers can sell their olive oil to Italy and be resold under an Italian label. The question is often a loaded one of blame and conspiracy as if the Spanish are selling out and the Italians are trying […]

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Orange Salmorejo

Orange Salmorejo

Salmorejo is an Andalusian favorite said to be originally from Cordoba. Much like gazpacho it is a cold soup often garnished with chopped ham and eggs. Salmorejo is usually found made from tomatoes, bread, garlic and olive oil. However, historically this cold soup was made from what ever vegetables or fruits were in season. This […]

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Hanukkah: Rosquillas fried in EVOO

Hanukkah: Rosquillas fried in EVOO

Jewish cooking serves an important channel that connects families to ancestors, great grandparents, and living relatives.  Often a tale is told through the food. For thousands of years families have taken delight in sharing the same foods around the dinner table. For those listening to the flavors, Andalusian cooking also serves a very important role in reminding us […]

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Mantecados, Spanish Cookies with EVOO

Mantecados, Spanish Cookies with EVOO

A sure told sign that we are getting closer to Christmas in Spain is the display of mantecados in the supermarkets. Mantecados can be found year round but are a special treat during the Christmas festivities. A house without these crumbly cookies during the holidays is like a house in the US without a turkey […]

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Use it up! Finish that EVOO.

Use it up! Finish that EVOO.

  If there was just a bit of food left or just one piece of anything sitting on a plate at the end of dinner my grandmother would say “Use it up”. This entry is dedicated to her. Many people will buy a great olive oil or will be gifted a bottle and leave it […]

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Travel in good taste: olive oil at high-speed

Travel in good taste: olive oil at high-speed

The train is one of my favorite ways of traveling in Spain especially in lieu of air travel. There is nothing worse than having to wait hours for your next flight when you could already be at the beautiful Atocha train station and on your way to your next destination at 310 Km/h. The RENFE AVE […]

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