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inexpensive, but good, olive oil? [Moved from Home Cooking]

I've just discovered grapeseed oil and I agree -- it provides a very clean taste.

Sep 06, 2006
Nellydog in General Topics

What's your most exciting food experience?

Just a couple of months ago in the village of Torgiano in Umbria. We rented a villa with friends and our kids were along. We spent the day in the markets, stoked up the outside brick over, and everyone pitched in. Teenagers were put to work chopping and mixing, someone rolled out pizza dough, someone else was baking, and all the while we sipped Presecoa and had a compilation of everyone's favorite music in the background. The, as night fell, we gathered on the terrace with the lights of Assisi twinkling across the valley, the table laden with dishes, and spent hours eating, chatting, and laughing. Life doesn't get much better than it was during those hours.

Sep 04, 2006
Nellydog in General Topics

inexpensive, but good, olive oil? [Moved from Home Cooking]

A lot of people mention buying "extra virgin," but a chef friend counseled that with many simple dishes you want the gentler flavor of simply "virgin." For example, with an arugala salad using just olive oil and lemon as dressing the extra virgin olive oil predominated and the salad was clearly better with regular virgin olive oil. Who knew?

Sep 04, 2006
Nellydog in General Topics