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.

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VEA Early Harvest Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil, which is world renowned for promoting good health, is actually processed a little differently than your usual oils. Extra virgin olive oil is usually cold-pressed, or processed with very little heat to maintain the flavor and benefits of the olive that can sometimes be lost during other extraction methods that involve high heat.

VEA Early Harvest Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a quality oil made from Alberquina olives picked in early November, when the olives are green and young and the yield is only 50%, resulting in a high-quality oil that embodies all characteristics that a great olive oil should posses.

VEA Early Harvest Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil really should be featured and be allowed to stand out. A roasted chicken seasoned with olive oil and pepper comes to mind. I have also used to simply dip bread in. Because I am a fan of spices, sometimes nothing satisfies more than a few slices of Italian bread dipped in olive oil seasoned with red pepper, parsley, and thyme.

I cannot stress enough what a great companion olive oil is with appetizers and picnic food. It’s great for dipping breads, and a great compliment for cheeses, fruit and wine. If you are a fan of making homemade sauces, this VEA Early Harvest Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil will really add a special texture and fresh taste. Make a fresh Bolognese sauce with this olive oil, tomatoes, and your favorite Italian seasonings. Use it to flavor salmons or fresh fish, or to even top off an oven roasted sandwich.

Once you start developing your palate, you will soon start discovering the different textures and undertones in quality oils. This oil is a great way to start because it is still familiar and similar to your average store-bought oils, but once you get a taste, you might never go back.

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Les Costes Limited Selection Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil by VEA

Olive oil is definitely one of my favorite oils to cook with. It is a higher quality alternative to margarine or butter, and is known for having healthier advantages than either of these. It is high in fiber, to help you feel fuller longer, monounsaturated fatty acids to help regulate blood sugar, and it is high in antioxidants and vitamin E, which are great for overall well-being.

What I have learned recently is that there are many different kinds of olive oils out there, with different flavor profiles that go differently with foods. Some olive oils are great for frying and general cooking, while others are great with certain breads and fish. Some are even sweet. Les Costes Limited Selection Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil by VEA, an Arbequina olive oil, is an example of the higher end, quality oils that chefs use.

Arberquina olives grow on a variety of trees that are over 200 years old and have a limited yield. They’re grown in soil rich in minerals, which results in adding to the character of the oil, creating a special and thicker textured oil with a nutty aroma.

Alberquina olive oil is great on fish and vegetables, or alone with the right type of bread. I prefer a soft olive loaf, but this is an opportunity to play with your palate and see what pleases you. This is the kind of oil that should be featured on a dish and be allowed to stand out on its own. Its special qualities are too many to be hidden as part of a dish. If you are an olive oil connoisseur, this is a great oil to feature at your next picnic or wine tasting. With its peppery finish and slight chocolate return, it could also go really well with a rich, sweet dish. Pair Les Costes Limited Selection Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil by VEA up with some of your favorite dishes to come up with new and exciting tastes and flavors.

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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.

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Chateau d'Estoublon Olive Oil Mini Tubes

If you are looking to add some variety into your life, you have come to the right place. No need to travel across the world, the flavors of Italy can now be brought into your very kitchen All the way from the olive grove, Chateau d’Estoublon, will have a varying range of oils to enhance your meal. With the Chateau d'Estoublon Olive Oil Mini Tubes you are getting three special tubes, which vary in what foods to use them with.  Each tube of oil is handpicked to give you the best tasting meals, every time.


The first Chateau d’Estoublon tube is the finest mixture. This is called Grossane. The taste may come as a surprise, as the citrus fruit aromas absorb into your meal. But the Grossane, handpicked in the depths of Italy, is the finest of them all.  This citrus oil is not a strong aroma. Instead it will lightly burst the citrusy flavor in your food and onto your palette, the right way. This is the perfect oil to douse over a salad, whether it be with fruit or not, this citrus flavor will add the perfect touch.


The second tube of Chateau d’Estoublon is the best to be used with steaming vegetables or a fillet of fish. The La Boutellian aroma is a more scented aroma then the citrus. With a deep scent of asparagus, sweet tomato leaves and green apple, this mixture is the perfect balance of complex but a dash of sweet. And lastly, the third tube of the Chateau d'Estoublon Olive Oil Mini Tubes is the deepest one of all. With a strong pungent aroma, La Picholine can be used with various foods. Whether it be fish or lettuce or even ice cream, this flavorful oil will bring out the best in any food.


After all is used, you may have to travel to Italy just to see how they do it! And trust me, Chateau d’Estoublon will be awaiting your arrival!

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