Garofalo Gluten Free Pasta

March 14, 2014 5:14:23 AM EDT

Garofalo Gluten Free Pasta

Being a celiac or voluntarily choosing to live a gluten free lifestyle doesn’t mean that you have to deprive yourself from the foods that you’re used to- it just means that you have to find an alternative. Pasta Cheese has the delicious substitute to wheat pasta and it’s Garofalo Gluten Free Pasta! Made mostly out of corn flour, this pasta still satisfies your macaroni and cheese craving without upsetting your sensitive stomach.

Garofalo Gluten Free Pasta provides you with high quality pasta so you don’t feel like you’re depriving yourself. It even comes in normal pasta shapes so you can disguise your gluten-free pasta and feed it to even the harshest of food critics and they won’t even realize that they’re eating gluten free! Choose from casarecce, penne, or spaghetti and go about as you normally would with a regular pasta recipe, pouring on your sauce of choice and mixing in some melted mozzarella cheese for warm comfort food that will agree with your stomach.

When you’re gluten free, you need food which are gentle on your stomach and that’s exactly what Garofalo Pasta brings you. Your meal will not only feel healthy and sensitive to your allergies, but also like one of artisan quality. Garofalo Gluten Free Pasta will become a regular in your weekly meal menus and it will instantly become a family meal favorite. No one will taste the difference, and you don’t have to tell them your cooking secret! Just remember to keep restocking and to have enough Garofalo Gluten Free Pasta on hand, because everyone will want second servings. After tasting Garofalo, you’ll never be able to eat a different gluten free pasta again- you’ll be addicted for life!

0 Comments | Posted in Gourmet Pasta By Mike Vlachos
Congedi Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Handmade Cruets

To feel more connected to your cooking, and the integrity of the ingredients, a great way to start is by investing in food items that come in their traditional and customary containers. This congedi extra virgin olive oil comes in a handmade ceramic cruet that is both visually stunning and quality made.

In many cultures the containers, pots and pans used to made fresh food are just as important as the food itself. Mexican cooking is saturated with functional tools for cooking that are just as important and integral to the meal as the food itself. The Mexican pestle is a great example. In fact, certain cultures can be identified and named solely by the pottery they use and how it is made.

Olive oil is no stranger to tradition, and this handmade ceramic cruet follows in that tradition. Filled with the finest oil, produced in strict compliance with the ancient methods of olive oil extraction passed down through centuries, you know you are investing in nothing but the best.

Just like fine wines, any olive oil connoisseurs will have certain oils set aside as favorites or for special events. This might be the oil for you, but the truth is I find it rather difficult not integrating a favorite oil in my meals throughout the day. I use a pinch to top of an onion bagel with salmon and a bit of cream cheese. For lunch, nothing hits the spot than a sliced baguette dipped in olive oil and spices with a side of hummus and cheese. And for a simple dinner, simply season your favorite cut of steak in olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a side salad. Take minutes, and it’s delicious.

This handmade ceramic cruet may be what inspires you to elevate your cooking, or it might remind you that the best foods come from the most traditional and simplest creations.

0 Comments | Posted in Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegar By Mike Vlachos
Partanna Premium Select Whole Sicilian Black Olives

My kid loves to eat olives, I don’t know why, but I am not complaining. Apparently Sicilian Black Olives have fewer calories than other olives, and this is something that intrigues me, especially with the amount of olives that my kid eats.


The Sicilian olive is a type of olive which is used in the Sicilian cuisine and regional dishes of Italy. The Sicilian olives have a salty taste and a medium size and they are actually fruits, like all the olive species. The Sicilian olives are black and oval and contain fewer calories than the black oily ones.


Specifically, Partanna Premium Select Whole Sicilian Black Olives represent tradition and four generations of olive cultivation. Partanna is an old town in Italy located on a hill, and the olive growing takes place while nestled at the foot of that hill.


It is there in the heart of the Valle del Belice, which is known for its oil production, and exclusive cultivation around the Mediterranean basin, four generations of the family Asaro is committed with passion and dedication to create a natural product and dedicated to the high standards of quality that meets the needs of consumers, as evidenced by the numerous awards received for their products.


Table olive varieties are more difficult to harvest than olive oil, as workers must take care not to damage the fruit; baskets that hang around the worker's neck are used. In some places in Italy, Croatia and Greece, olives are harvested by hand because the terrain is too mountainous for machines. As a result, the fruit is not bruised, which leads to a superior finished product. The method also involves sawing off branches, which is healthy for future production.


Partanna Premium Select Whole Sicilian Black Olives make a great snack and are a great addition to salads or sandwiches. Of course, as with all olives, refrigerate after opening.

0 Comments | Posted in Salumeria By Mike Vlachos
Partanna Premium Select Whole Ligurian Black Taggiasca Olives

A true foodie knows that when it comes to fruit and vegetables, there are many varieties and types within one category. Tomatoes, for example, come in very different varieties that have are different in flavor, taste, coloring and size.  In the olive world this is no different. Though there are many varieties of olives, most of which are black and green, thhe Partanna Premium Select Whole Ligurian Black Taggiasca Olives is a standalone example of the many varieties of edibles mother mature has provided us.

Originating from Italy, Partanna Premium Select Whole Ligurian Black Taggiasca Olives is distinct at first glance because it is red in coloring. Unlike its black and green brothers and sisters, the Partanna Black Taggiasca Olive produces fragrant, sweet and fruity oil when used to make olive oil.

The Partanna Black Taggiasca Olive also comes with all the benefits of olives.  Rich in fiber, Partanna Premium Select Whole Ligurian Black Taggiasca Olives is great to promote digestion. Black olives are also known for promoting cardiovascular health. Rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, the olive provides great oil and frying alternative that helps maintain healthy sugar levels and helps you feel full. Though black olives are known to have high levels of sodium, because it is sweet and mild, Partanna Premium Select Whole Ligurian Black Taggiasca Olives may be a great alternative. Coupled with high levels of Vitamin E and Iron, Partanna Premium Select Whole Ligurian Black Taggiasca Olives is a proud superfood that should always be inside your refrigerator.

For four generations, the Asaro family has been one of the most commonly known names to produce the Partanna Black Taggiasca Olive for general comsumption. Born in 1916, at the foot of the hill on which stands the old town of Partanna,  Oleificio Asaro began a generation’s long commitment to provide customers with a natural, quality cultivated product from the heart of the Mediterranean. The Partanna Premium Select Whole Ligurian Black Taggiasca Olives just might be the next item on your shopping list.

0 Comments | Posted in Salumeria By Mike Vlachos

Partanna Premium Select Black Saracene Olives

March 13, 2014 4:07:11 PM EDT

Partanna Premium Select Pitted Black Saracene Olives

Tucked away in northern Sicily in the area of Valdemone There you can find carefully tended orchids full of sarcene olive trees from which come Partanna Premium Select Black Saracene Olives. Perhaps not as well-known as some other types of olives such as the kalamata olive, the sarcene olive is considered to be one of the oldest types of olives grown today. The trees are well adapted to survive despite the rough terrain. The olives themselves tend to be smaller than the average olive and can be on difficult side to pick however, all that hard work involved in harvesting these olives is worth it when you get a flavorful product like Partanna Premium Select Black Saracene Olives.

So why olives? Well I certainly can’t speak for everyone, but sometimes a person just needs a salty snack. And as salty snacks go, olives are better for you than a lot of other stuff that we tend to choose such as potato chips or pretzels. And there are a number of other health benefits to eating olives. Olives have been proven to be a good source of dietary fiber which helps in lowering both cholesterol and sugar in the blood, as well as playing a part in helping to both obtain and maintain a healthy weight. Olives are also a good source of iron – used in making the hemoglobin needed by red blood – and vitamin E – which has shown to act as both an antioxidant and an immune booster – as well as being a good source of monosaturated fats which unlike polysaturated fats, actually help to lower your level of bad cholesterol and the risk for both heart disease and stroke rather than raise it. Plus I find that eating olives actually encourages me to drink more water which is something my doctor recommends I do.

As olives go, I find that I like Partanna Premium Select Black Saracene Olives. For me, they pack quite a punch for their size which is often exactly what I’m looking for in an olive. Of course, everyone has different tastes so I can’t say for certain that this olive is for everyone.

0 Comments | Posted in Salumeria By Mike Vlachos