Nov 062011
 

Every day I read lots of material about the olive, some from books and others from the internet. Each week I share with you the articles, recipes, research documents, and other information I find on the internet. Most of it is very interesting and some of it inspires me to write an article or two of my own. None of these links are in any way my opinion or are endorsed by me. I am sharing.

Olive Links of the Week

Artisans: The flavours of Italy in our backyard
New Zealand Herald
The Chinnerys of Mangawhai, NZ are featured along with their award winning Divinity extra virgin olive oil.

Thurman: Specialty food scene gets a shot of spice
Argus Leader
Sandra Reynolds opens the Olive Destination in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Aussie Standard Wrapped, Paul Miller Pitches New World Olive Oil Quality ‘Alliance’
The Olive Oil Times
Paul Miller of the Australian Olive Association is featured.

Gong for Cradle Coast Olives
Weekly Times Now
Tasmania’s Cradle Coast Olives wins Australian Olive Association competition, Best in Show.

Recipe: Carrots, vinegar, evoo, honey & cumin
Cookteaser Blog
This is an adaptation of a Mario Batali recipe.

“Franken-Lime” Persian Lime EVOO Cupcakes & Your Chance To Win!
Devo Olive Oil Co.
Ignore the Halloween stuff, I like this recipe.

“The Crushed Olive” Opens in Stony Brook Village
News LI
Stony Brook on Long Island is host to the newly opened The Crushed Olive.

Phoenix chef honors locally produced food
AZ Central
Chef Dustin Christofolo is a disciple of the farm to table movement.

Gruppo Pieralisi Powers World’s Largest Olive Oil Mill in Jaén
The Olive Oil Times
This is one huge mill. I also like this article because I can’t resist the usual cast of crusty old European men, who if it weren’t for the cigars and grappa would look their ages – 38. The Padres are there too. Amen.

Harvest Festivals Part 1 | Three Picks From the Season of Plenty
Just Luxe Affluent Lifestyle Guide
Three upcoming harvest festivals. I think the non-luxe crowd is invited too.

Record entries to gourmet oil competition
Voxy
New Zealand Gourmet Oil Competition just completed it’s eighth competition.

California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Cooking with Amy Blog
Amy visit the California Olive Ranch.

Bumper olive crop expected in Syria
All Headline News
Syria’s bumper crop of olives may be hampered by ongoing unrest and the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Milk wars claim first casualty
Sydney Morning Herald
Price wars are coming for many products, olive oil included.

‘No room to cut olive oil prices’
Ynet News
Taxes, subsidies, and price wars in Israel. It’s everywhere folks.

Love Me Tender: Church View’s new range of English Angus Beef
Foodepedia
The British food bandwagon – it’s all about rapeseed now, not olive oil.

Olive oil exports up in Almeria
Euro Weekly News
And where is this olive oil headed – to Switzerland.

Olive war pits settlers against farmers
The Montreal Gazette
The UN says 7,500 trees have been damaged so far this year in Palestine.

Olive yield down but farmers look to next year’s harvest
The Daily Star Lebanon
Two week harvesting delay caused up to 50% decrease in crop yield some Lebanese farmers say.

Master Gardener: Olive fruit fly can decimate an olive crop
Mercury News
This is no doubt a question from a non-farmer. This worries me since the olive fruit fly moves fast and will destroy California olive crops. It is incredibly expensive to treat non-commercial trees.

A Perspective on Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Premium Quality: California olive oils
A report from Liliana Scarafia at Agbiolab. Very interesting.

May the sun shine through your branches.

www.olivecrazy.com

Oct 302011
 

Every day I read lots of material about the olive, some from books and others from the internet. Each week I share with you the articles, recipes, research documents, and other information I find on the internet. Most of it is very interesting and some of it inspires me to write an article or two of my own. None of these links are in any way my opinion or are endorsed by me. I am sharing.

Olive Links of the Week

Savoring Tuscany
EVOO Cannon Beach
A segment from Oregon’s EVOO Cannon Beach Cooking School’s blog by Bob Neroni. Bob and partner, Lenore Emery, have an interesting website and I enjoy Bob’s blog.

Olive Oil Industry Groups Reject Proposals for CAP Reform
The Olive Oil Times
Out of this article the following statement is what interested me most, maybe it’s because I’m a lobbyist. “Andalusia’s Minister for Agriculture and Fishing, Clara Aguilera, announced last week she hoped to form a lobby group of the main EU olive oil producers – France, Italy, Portugal, Greece and Spain – to jointly defend the sector’s interests.”

Israel gifts pope with olive tree
JTA news service
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is giving a 200 year old olive tree to Pope Benedict XVI. I wonder where he will plant it.

My Three Favorite Appetizers, I Think
6th Floor Blogs from the NY Times
All good things go with olive oil.

California Olive Oil: The New Gold Rush?
Neon Tommy
Another spin on California olive oils vs. European.

Farm-fresh chicken without the hassle, mess of DIY (Chili Rubbed Chicken Recipe)
Coloradoan
This recipe has a delicious south-west flavor.

Grapevine: More than just an olive branch
The Jerusalem Post
This article has the answer to where the Pope is going to put his new old olive tree.

Olive industry attacks Coles and Woolworths over labelling
ABC Rural News (Australia)
Naughty – naughty, Coles and Woolworths aren’t following new Australian olive oil labelling rules.

U.S. Customs finds olive fruit flies in San Diego
North County Times
California olive crop is again battling olive fruit fly. A Lebanese traveller was caught by US Customs with olives infested with the fly.

Test kitchen bonus: A trio of flavorful stone crab recipes
The Orlando Sentinel
Some great crab recipes from the Sentinel’s Test Kitchen.

Cookbook: Olive Oil for Life
Santa Barbara Independent
Global Gardens Owner, Theo Stephan, Releases New Cookbook.

End of the road for Colavita/Forno D’Asolo
Pro Cycling News
Colavita has pulled it’s support for the US International Cycling Union (UCI) Colavita/Forno D’Asolo Women’s Professional Cycling Team. Why the women’s team? Colavita allegedly lost supplier support for the venture. The rest of the “why” I don’t know.

Egg for beauty
Arab Times
An easy and great feeling egg and olive oil facial treatment. It really does work.

Sweet on olive oil? Bake cakes with this healthy ingredient
Courier-Journal
Four delicious recipes are in this article: Chocolate olive cupcakes, berry compote, lemon olive oil cake, and orange olive oil cake.

Oliana Premium Olive Oils and Vinegars
A website from a store in West Hollywood, California that I thought might be interesting to peruse.

Flos Olei Guide Awards Sicily’s Titone Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil of the Year
The Olive Oil Times
Azienda Agricola Biologica Titone was awarded Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil of the Year. Founded in 1936, the Titone family’s farm in Sicily grows Cerasuola, Nocellara del Belice and Biancolilla cultivars on 4,900 trees to produce about 4,000 liters of organic extra virgin.

Restaurant review: Al Cavaliere in Clifton, New Jersey
North Jersey.com
Hot bread and extra virgin olive oil for starters – yum.

Food+Wine
The Sydney Morning Herald Traveller section
Descriptions of some really nice places to get away.

Gino Venitucci knows how to make money in growing olive trees
Dayton section of Your Houston News
Mr. Venitucci is an optimist despite the plight of the farmer.

The Chef’s Olive Mix will bring quality olive oil to Sacramento, owner says
Sacramento Press
Fresh olive oils are coming for you to taste and buy in old Sacramento.

May the sun shine through your branches.

www.olivecrazy.com

Oct 232011
 

Every day I read lots of material about the olive, some from books and others from the internet. Each week I share with you the articles, recipes, research documents, and other information I find on the internet. Most of it is very interesting and some of it inspires me to write an article or two of my own. None of these links are in any way my opinion or are endorsed by me. I am sharing.

Olive Links of the Week

Turkey’s olive oil exports expected to reach $5 bln by 2023
Today’s Zaman
New incentives through Turkey’s Ministry of Agriculture are increasing olive and olive oil production.

Recipe: Pan seared sea scallops
KXAN.com
This flavorful recipe is courtesy of Chef Parind Vora from Restaurant Braise of Austin, Texas.

International Olive Council Market Newsletter September 2011
International Olive Council
The Market Newsletter provides provisional olive oil data among IOC member producers for the 2010/2011 crop years.

Cutting off the branch you’re sitting on
Haaretz.com
Israel planning to open olive oil market to competition and local olive oil producers are upset.

Study Recommends Olive Oil Byproduct as Organic Fertilizer
The Olive Oil Times
More information on alperujo.

Tostones con Mojo
Fox 10 TV’s Studio Ten
A vibrant recipe from Momma’s Mojo Cafe & Deli in Mobile, Alabama.

Recipes: Obsessed with olives
Stuff
Some lovely recipes from Helen Melser, an olive tea drinker from Masterton En Zed. The olives in cheese pastry will go great with beer – mmmmmm.

Paradiso Olive Oils & Vinegars Brings Heavenly Tastes to Redmond
Redmond Patch
Kevin and Shirley Carder open their own (not a franchise) olive oil and condiments store in Redmond, California.

Beyond extra virgin: New standard aims to guarantee quality in olive oil
The Washington Post Lifestyle Section
A great article that “busts” some olive oil “secrets”.

A harvest of tears: Palestinian agriculture continues to suffer as a result of ruthless Israeli policies
Middle East Monitor
Solidarity and the olive harvest in Palestine.

FIORE’s Southern Hemisphere Harvest – Highest Antioxidants Available
Village Soup
The planetary southside’s olive oils get play in Ireland.

Italian comfort food prepared by Amaro Pizzeria and Vino Lounge
Arizona ABC 15
It’s gnocchi my friends. Either you love it (Mr. Olive Crazy) or you tolerate it (Olive Crazy).

Reactions Underscore “Super Premium’s” Long Road Ahead
The Olive Oil Times
Why is it that I always agree and disagree with this writer all in the same article? He’s a spin-master.

Farm to table movement comes to Camden library
Village Soup Herald Gazette
Mainers are eatin’ good.

Israeli settler destruction of 1000s of trees hits Palestinian olive harvest
Malta Today
Palestinian olive harvest down, more to starve, Oxfam weighs in.

Key Ingredient: Olive oil
Washington Post All We Can Eat
I’m in this for the olive oil biscuits – oh yeah!

Five things to do with…fennel
Sydney Morning Herald
I have never cooked with fennel. I guess it’s time to give it a try.

Balloonists seek attorney fees from JCM Farming olive farm
My Desert
You lost your business, you lost your job, now you want attorney’s fees? I bet ole JCM doesn’t agree.

Pumpkin Hummus
CBS Minnesota
I am coming to the conclusion that if you can squish it you can make it into hummus.

May the sun shine through your branches.

www.olivecrazy.com

Sep 252011
 

Every day I read lots of material about the olive, some from books and others from the internet. Each week I share with you the articles, recipes, research documents, and other information I find on the internet. Most of it is very interesting and some of it inspires me to write an article or two of my own. None of these links are in any way my opinion or are endorsed by me. I am sharing.

Olive Links of the Week

Even though this event has happened and there isn’t much to read, I love the picture of the three, pretty girls in what my Granny used to call a ‘head rag’. Oh yeah, there’s a picture of a pretty cheese too. From the Olive Oil Times “Slow Food Dairy Event Explores Cheese and Olive Oil Pairings“.

From Exchange 4 Media News Service “Leonardo launches user-friendly labels for its olive oil range” in India.

How about Turkey this year – from PR dot com “Join the Turkish Olive Harvest Dionysos-Style with Exclusive Escapes“.

Star Fine Foods is marketing the Holy Land in Seattle “For California’s Star, Seattle Is Ground Zero in Launch of New Olive Oils” from Market Watch.

Spanish Prosecutors Seek Nine Years in Jail for Three Accused of Olive Oil Fraud” from the Olive Oil Times.

A global conference on olive oil to be held in Australia next month. From Weekly Times Now, “Global olive alliance“. Can the new world order be far behind? It’s a joke.

From Yumsugar “Hassle-Free Smokey Flavor With enFuso Smoked Olive Oil“. I like smoke but just can’t imagine this combo.

From Lexology and the Association of Corporate Counsel “Florida EVOO lawsuits dismissed for inadequate pleading“.

More on the never-ending Israeli-Palestinian saga of olive trees old and new from the Huffington Post Religion section “Global Voices of Nonviolence“.

Breaking Down Free Fatty Acids in EVOO” an interesting article from The Olive Press.

For the world of cabbage lovers who also love olive oil, here are some recipes from The Grand Forks Herald dot com – “ONLINE EXTRA: Cabbage beyond coleslaw“.

I rarely see information about the Philippines and olive oil, much less Argentinian olive oil. From the Bacolod Sun Star “Natural Gourmet Import-Export opens branch in Bacolod“.

This article is included because it was held at the Fig & Olive in West Hollywood. I found it to be interesting. From Reuters news service “Is Hollywood Bailing on Obama?“.

Olive oil taste test results from Kitchen Daily – “The Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Our Taste Test Results“. Make sure to scan through the pictures to read the comments.

May the sun shine through your branches.

www.olivecrazy.com

Sep 182011
 

Every day I read lots of material about the olive, some from books and others from the internet. Each week I share with you the articles, recipes, research documents, and other information I find on the internet. Most of it is very interesting and some of it inspires me to write an article or two of my own. None of these links are in any way my opinion or are endorsed by me. I am sharing.

Olive Links of the Week

Excellent advice for making small and large batches of pesto from Victoria and Vancouver Island Times Colonist, “Ask Eric: Are pricy pine nuts essential in pesto?“.

Should you brush teeth with olive, coconut, or sesame seed oil to help prevent cavities or gum infections?” from Allvoices.com.

From Fox News online read “Olive Oil: 101“.

WHAT’S FOR LUNCH: Quinoa Tabbouleh” from Tucson, Arizona News 13. I love quinoa. It is a tasty, light alternative to grains or cereals and is high in protein. I’ve made it for the family and am the only one that eats it since my husband and kids think it “looks funny”. When you cook it – it sprouts, which looks like a little tail.

An interesting story about Jane and Neil Seymour: Owners of Mount Zero in the Wimmera region of Victoria, AU, from The Sydney Morning Herald online.

Here are some ideas for using up all those peppers you harvested this year. From the Catonsville Patch, “From the Farm: Recipes for Peppers“.

From The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, “This year’s olive harvest is the pits“.

Importing olive oil from Spain is a new business for a busy mum” from the Ely Standard.

EU food labelling law spotlights strength of industry lobbying” and olive oil is effected. Article from the EU Observer.

Olives and Olive Oil Press Conference and Tasting at Spring 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week” – photos from International Olive Council’s “Add Some Life” press conference in NYC.

Olive trees always seem to get in the middle of the troubles in the eastern Mediterranean – “Palestinians on statehood: ‘We want action, not votes at the UN’” from The Guardian.

Roasted tomato soup recipe from the Shreveport Times.

Grapevine Olive Oil Company opens new store. Read article from The Dallas Observer, “Lovers Lane Olive Oil is Open with an Abundance of Smashed Olives and Spices“.

Broad Street Licensing Group Food NewsSay It Ain’t So: EVOO Not Really Virgin?” – chefs file lawsuit in California Superior Court over defective olive oils.

From Mother Nature Network, “Olive Garden, Red Lobster slimming children’s menus“. The aim is fewer calories and less sodium.

Master Gardeners: Marin’s Mediterranean climate ideal for growing olives” article from the Marin Independent Journal.

From taste.com.au a delicious and recipe, a little cheesy and a little spicy, “Chorizo & feta gozleme with tomato salad“. It’s almost like a pizza but flaky and light.

May the sun shine through your branches.

www.olivecrazy.com