December 11, 2012 |
If you've ever been in Italy in the late fall and early winter, you know how amazing the perfume of really fresh olive oil can be -- artichokes, green beans, call me crazy but I get something deeply floral, like roses and, oh yes, olives. The problem is, fresh oil doesn't last very long and it rarely seems to ship well. All of those vibrant grassy aromas and flavors mellow into something that's quite delicious, but nutty rather than vegetal. But I've just found the first California oil so far that delivers that remarkable olio nuovo pungency.
December 8, 2012 |
This week, cookbook author Faye Levy shares the importance of oil to Hanukkah: "As a child in Hebrew school, I was taught the story of the Hanukkah miracle: When the Jews in the land of Israel defeated the foreigners, the priests seeking to rekindle the temple's e ternal l ight found enough ritually pure oil for only one day. Miraculously that oil lasted for eight days. "What we hadn't learned in Hebrew school was that the oil of the Hanukkah miracle was olive oil. In ancient Israel, olive oil was used for lighting lamps, for religious rituals and for cooking.
December 8, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — California olive oil producer Pat Ricchiuti feels the squeeze of foreign competition. So do his counterparts in Texas, Georgia and a handful of other states. Now, with the help of congressional allies, these leading U.S. olive oil producers are forcing a closer look at a tough global market. In a U.S. International Trade Commission hearing this week, officials ratcheted up a yearlong investigation that could end up pitting importers against domestic producers and one country against another.
December 8, 2012 |
As a child in Hebrew school, I was taught the story of the Hanukkah miracle: When the Jews in the land of Israel defeated the foreigners, the priests seeking to rekindle the temple's eternal light found enough ritually pure oil for only one day. Miraculously that oil lasted for eight days. Since then, Jews have been celebrating Hanukkah every year by lighting candles every day for eight days. Children in Israel play with dreidels inscribed with the first Hebrew letters of the phrase "a big miracle happened here "; in Washington, D.C., my birthplace, our dreidels had the first letters of "a big miracle happened there . " Until I lived in Israel, I associated the holiday with latkes, or potato pancakes.
December 7, 2012
Rich and creamy Caesar dressing, crunchy lettuce, fried capers, crisp croutons, shredded parmesan and a little lemon vinaigrette. That's how Michael Mina does Caesar at American Fish at Aria in Las Vegas. Sure, the recipe calls for more than a few ingredients, but it can be assembled from start to finish in about an hour. And I must warn you: Try this once and you may want to fix it again another night this week. For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery here . Food Editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a dozen dishes in an hour or less.
December 6, 2012 |
Dinner doesn't get much simpler than a nice helping of sizzling shrimp with a touch of garlic and a sprinkling of hot pepper, and it comes together in less than half an hour. That's just enough time to slice a baguette (to soak up all those amazing juices) and pour a couple of glasses of wine before you settle in for the evening. For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery . Food Editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a dozen dishes in an hour or less.
December 1, 2012 |
Take a head of broccoli, tint it lime green and decorate it with spires and minarets and you've got Romanesco. So distinctive-looking is the Romanesco that its structure has been studied by avant-garde architects for new models of buildings (it's sometimes called fractal broccoli). Actually, Romanesco isn't really a broccoli at all. It's a cauliflower. The confusion is understandable -- the two families have been crossbred for so many centuries that they are largely indistinguishable.
November 30, 2012 |
Pancakes are a natural for breakfast, but what about dinner? Go ahead, indulge yourself. Light and fluffy, these pancakes have that perfect buttermilk tang. But what sets them apart is a touch of olive oil -- rich and fruity, a good olive oil adds wonderful fragrant notes. And chopped dark chocolate adds pure magic to every bite (doesn't chopped dark chocolate add a little magic to just about anything?). Douse the pancakes with a little honey and fresh mint -- or garnish however you'd like -- and dig in. The whole dish comes together in half an hour.
November 29, 2012 |
If you're looking for a simple but hearty way to end the day, it doesn't get much better than a rich bowl of seafood chowder. This recipe, from cookbook author Janet Mendel, is for a rich Andalusian variation -- g azpachuelo con pescado -- which, Mendel wrote, has "obvious roots in gazpacho, [and] is thickened with an olive oil and egg emulsion. The simple version contains bits of fish and potatoes, but more elaborate versions, sometimes called sopa Viña AB , for a type of dry sherry added to it, contain chunks of fish, shrimp, ham, potatoes and peas.
November 27, 2012 |
AMMAN, Jordan -- At least 18 people were killed Tuesday morning when Syrian government warplanes struck an olive press factory on the outskirts of Idlib city, opposition activists said. The building was hit by more than five rockets in an attack that also left 23 injured, said Ahmad Aasi, an opposition activist in Idlib. Those killed were farmers bringing olives from the local harvest and workers at the factory, he said. "They are targeting any gathering of people to kill the largest number possible," Aasi said.