EVOO Journal

The Italian Mediterranean Diet according to an Italian

The Mediterranean diet, the healthiest diet according to science spoiler alert, it’s all carbs! Some say that Italy offers a food experience that is unique and without comparison. That tomato sauce has the same miraculous effect of holy water. That the mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest in the world and that’s why italians

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Amanda’s Summer Gazpacho

When it gets so hot that I can’t bother to turn on the stove or the oven, nothing says summer like gazpacho. This recipe is simple, nutritious, and oh so refreshing. There are only a handful of ingredients, so use the highest quality possible, especially the olive oil!

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How to Beat the Italian Heat

It’s late July. Peak Italian Summer. This post is packed with customized Google maps and informational links that you can use if you’re visiting Italy in the summer.

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La Potatura

“Every day is a renewal, every morning the daily miracle. This joy you feel is life.” — Gertrude Stein That’s a great reminder for me as I head out for another session of olive tree trimming. It’s the season of La Potatura, or in English – pruning. There’s a window of time between February and April

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Torta di Pasqua Ricetta

Torta di Pasqua – Umbria cheese bread recipe

The Torta di Pasqua Umbra is a traditional recipe from Umbria. In every family there is somebody, young or old, male or female, that will make sure to bake enough of them for the Easter breakfast for you, the relatives and the neighbour.s It’s a rich and tasty cheese bread that goes well with all

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Family Stories on International Women’s Day

This post is for the women in my family. I have tried to find a picture for each of them that would represent how I see them and what I feel their character was and is to me. I’m from a generation that was raised by women. My teachers were women. What I do today is mostly because of the strong, passionate  women I have around. Thank you for your influence,  your guidance, your example

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Winter Ham & Bean Soup

Ah January and February in Italy. It’s cold. It’s gray. It’s rainy and snowy, and what makes me happy? Well, other than a fire going all day long? SOUP. On repeat. This isn’t just soup season; it’s High Soup Season. I want to feel cozy, and nothing gives me that sensation quite like a savory,

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Marco’s Famous Lasagna

Marco makes a mean lasagna. He only had to make it once for my family before everyone started requesting it every Christmas. Recently, we got slew of requests asking for the recipe.

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The Bottle

Not far from us lies the village of Deruta. Deruta is a small medieval hilltop town in Umbria famous for its ceramic tradition, which dates back to the 12th century. About six months ago, we began working with one of the most renowned artisans in the area to develop a custom cruet for Olivando. We

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Spiced Olive Oil Persimmon Muffins

Amanda’s take on James Beard’s Persimmon Bread Yes, I know. I didn’t write that title without weight. Who the hell am I to re-write the recipe of a master?! Well, I don’t claim to be a chef, and I’m certainly no James Beard, but listen to me when I tell you that I made this

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Zuppa alla Frantoiana

It’s Fall, y’all. Soup season is officially here. Time to get cozy. Zuppa alla Frantoiana, aka the olive maker’s soup, is everything you want in a veggie stew. It’s hearty, creamy, and packed full of nutritious autumn veggies.

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A Trip to the Perugia Farmers’ Market

Is there anything better than a good farmer’s market? The colorful displays of fruit and veg, the producers’ enthusiasm. Market day gives me that kid in a candy store kind of feeling. You best believe it’s my favorite day of the week.

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Skillet Roasted Tomatoes

These skillet roasted tomatoes are spicy, jammy, & full of umami. This recipe is from our friends Filippo & Katy, who live on the mountain next to ours.

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Herbed Whipped Ricotta

Fluffy, creamy herbed whipped ricotta is always a hundred points. The delicate whey curds of ricotta make a fantastic base for all kinds of flavors and layers. Served with Olivando, it’s sure to win over your dinner guests.

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quick pickles

Summer Quick Pickles Recipe

In the next installation of our Summer Recipe Series, I’m taking a trip down memory lane. When I was a child, we ate quick pickles throughout the summer. The best thing about this recipe is that it’s super simple. No special equipment or sterilization required!

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How to Make Labneh Yogurt Cheese

Labneh is a creamy strained yogurt cheese originating from the Levant which is commonly found in Middle Eastern dishes. Making it couldn’t be easier. There are only two main ingredients: whole milk yogurt and salt.

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Panzanella with Tomato Vinaigrette

Panzanella is a centuries-old recipe that dates back to the Middle Ages. It’s the perfect combination of fresh, crisp summer vegetables, tangy vinegar, and herbaceous, grassy olive oil. It was so beloved that it was enshrined by the Florentine Renaissance painter Agnolo di Cosimo’s poem ” Il lode delle cipolle,” or “An ode to onions.”

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Basil Pesto Recipe

What to do when there’s more basil than you know what to do with? Pesto, obviously! It’s one of the best summer recipes out there. Here, we’re making it, Ligurian style, just like Nonna Lidia did in the first episode of Samin Nosrat’s Netflix series, “Salt Fat Acid Heat.” I was a little behind the eight ball in

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