This is dedicated to my parents, Vito & Jean
THE CONVERSATION PAGE!
There is something to be said about enjoying your food whether you cook it or go out for it. I grew up in the restaurant business and besides it being hectic and wonderful, sometimes the choices when ordering product to carry are not in the best interest of the customer. Meaning, cost is everything, in our daily routines we are dictated by money, sadly. As we age we realize time is so precious, so we want to be around family & friends and GOOD FOOD! I am that person who wants many in her house, around the kitchen laughing and building memories, which require good food again! So you see where I am going. You don't have to be a chef or nutritionist to eat good. Cooking is not everyone's thing, but everyone should be able to prepare easy dishes that don't take much time and that are healhy! It is all in prepping and thinking about what you want to eat for the week. Online there are many avenues to go get recipes and learn different cultures of food. I primarily stick with Italian, American, Mexican, so that is what I am comnfortable with but I will try something new every now and then, mostly winter time. I am currently cooking with our EVOO & mostly veggies in the evening, lean protein and wonderful salads with our Aged Balsamic Vinegars. Like, we have 30 balsamics and when you cook, marinade, grill with these gems, oh your food is wonderful. Even going to Pinterest you can learn just about anything in cooking, not to mention the 24 hour food programs on television! How my parents would have loved to live now, they were foodies and everyone gathered in a small kitchen talking tasting and that is where the interest usually starts. A good memory, a good time with people you want to learn from or cook for. I tell young friends of mine, make those favorite childrens dishes into a small cookbook, it is a great gift.
This page is designed to help bring awareness to our products. Here we will be covering many topics, healthy discussions, suggestion on healthy eating along with prepping and preparing easy meals.
Recently, changed my Paleo ways to a more restrictive diet for gut health! I omitted the dairy, all gluten, all sugar and currently some nightshade veggies which I so enjoy. I wanted to see if I really could do this for a limited time 10 days to 2 wks. So I just completed one week, with a cheat day and tried to bring one thing into my cheat day which I realized a new trigger. The following day I did have a skin reaction, so back to no gluten. Drinking a lot of lemon water and shots of balsamic vinegar. Believe me I feel much better on Paleo and this newer restriction of food, I can honestly say I do not miss any one thing right now so I think it can be done. Now, when I was younger maybe not. But I think food has changed so much that we need to pay attention to all the allergies and stomach issues people are having. Remember all illness start in the gut, so heal thy gut, google leaky gut, then go from there into a healthier eating habit. It makes all the difference, I have an article that shows 3 pages of issues you can develop if not taking care of your immune system, because you only one!
I am hyperthyroid/Grave's disease so i became interested in changing my eating habits a bit more. I always ate pretty healthy because I love to cook, but that alone was not enough. I say I am an expert now in this because I know about food, regulations, growers, producers and what to eat and our circle is getting smaller. I believe in knowing where my food comes from if I don't grow it. We all must entrust our local meat counter folks hoping the signs of no antibiotics, no chemicals are truthful.
Update: Restrictive more with my diet just to test the triggers, in this process I have isolated some issues and that is key!
REAL FOOD is the next topic, that is why I will leave now with the pictures of some of my favorites to cook with daily. Also you can blend Balsamic Vinegars, yep....strawberry and chocolate together and use over ice cream, angel food, scones, tarts, pancakes. I use blueberry and raspberry balsamic to make any compote or syrup and then zest!! Sorry Mrs. Butterworth, but you are just evil, glob of no goodness! We are very lucky able to purchase REAL MAPLE SYRUP in many areas so please do use it. I spoke to a lady this past weekend (girls trip) who is not going to start making her own Vanilla, just because she wants to know what is in it. Jennifer let us know who that works out. Many customers tell me how they use our wonderful products, which pleases not only me but my supplier, VFC BECAUSE that is what they are about, real Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Utra Premium. So use it, don't say you also buy the blends or fakes because of economics or whatever.... I will make it happen for you really. Ask me, if you are serious about health I will show you!! You need to watch the video Dr. Flynn has on my HEALTH BENEFITS page she is talking about PLANT BASED EXTRA VIRGIN OIL DIET, hello folks she lays it out, please find the time to listen to her.
CINNAMON, CAYENNE PEPPER, ZEST OF LEMON/ORANGE IS a great trick to use in cooking! I use small Mason jars to make ahead.
Now a days the sounds of little ones coming in the kitchen have now grown, but they still enjoy good food. I miss cooking for large gatherings and plan to start again. We will be having monthly Pairing Classes in the shop in small groups 8-10 people. We will provide a white/red wine, demo of one dish and then we will enjoy questions about the products and the many ways to incorporate them into any dish you make. It is much easier when you love to cook and believe me I have failed many times, but then I make a mental note where we went wrong or I never make it again, ha ha. Like currently I'm trying to cook all gluten free, tweeking small changes are not noticed by most. Like using many more spices than normal and yogurt, sour cream or yes even avocado to make a dish creamy. I add these same ingredients in most soups and sauces. Creamier salad dressings made at home, hello the same. In many kitchens you will see the cook using the emulsion blender just for a bit because he is using same ingredients to make it creamy. So remember that for soups this winter. I am going home tonight and making four types of soup using all the same starters, onions, celery, carrols, yukon potoates are great for thickeners.
Our supplier is a leading pioneer in production and testing of EVOO! Some ask why? Well if you are going to be the best with the freshest EVOO, you must meet standards that most suppliers will not! Don't we want real food? Aren't we tired of getting fake food, processed with plastic components just to mention one. If you know me....I want to be around to see grandchildren, but my genes are against me so I am doing what I can to defy that. I have researched much over the last 10 years about food, been in the kitchen of many, sold food, saw food bought and sold at farmers markets etc. Real food is what we need to get back to. Most illnesses start in our stomaches, as an inflammation due to many issues, but food can actually heal us. I ask everyone to try a lean diet if you are having any tummy issues, because every disease is related to inflammation so we must try and eliminate things that cause each of us stress.
FOR THE LOVE OF OUR PETS: EVOO to help, maintain their lives also!
Please don't forget your pets when we are talking about EVOO, extra virgin olive oil. Inside and out. High polyphenols are good for them also, internally maybe dress their food with some, on their favorite treat, homemade peanut butter treat and also externally, their coat and paws!! Our oils are made of the highest quality, which is why we believe in the health benefits it can attribute for your canine. Extra Virgin Olive oil has three important chemical components: oleic acid, linoleic acid, as well as fatty acids such as Omega 3’s, Omega 6’s, and vitamins. Similarly to human benefits, the high levels of antioxidants or “polyphenols” found in EVOO help arm your canine’s immune system. We need to take of them!! I personally, have taken my 15 yr old dog off anti-seizure meds because she was still having seizures, so now I dress sardines with our high poly EVOO once a day for her. Thankfully it has been a long time since she has had one, also knowing the triggers.
Heal yourself by good food, no processed and tweek your diet, know what you are eating.