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Blissful Baking with Olive Oil

Everyone loves a buttery pastry, but what about the trend of baking with olive oil instead?  While baking with olive oil may seem like a current trend, it is indeed not new at all!  There are many reasons to use olive oil in your cakes, cookies, breads, and more; the reason depends on the recipe.A [...]

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Eating Healthy Without Sacrificing Flavor

The start of a new year presents itself as an opportunity to start eating healthier. In the everyday kitchen, there are many opportunities to use natural ingredients, like olive oil and balsamic vinegar, in order to make a healthy recipe. The key to healthy eating is flavor. By using gourmet products such as olive oil, [...]

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3 Reasons That Make Oil and Vinegar The Perfect Gift!

This Christmas, give the gift that represents tradition, quality, and originality; give the gift of Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar. Not convinced? Here are 3 reasons why The Olive Tap olive oils and Balsamic vinegars are indeed the perfect gift.- Artisan quality for the amateur to accomplished gourmets.There is a growing conscientiousness about food...where it [...]

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Gourmet Gifts Ideas for Less than $30!

Now that the holiday season is upon us, we thought it would be valuable for many of our customers to learn about all of the great gift ideas from The Olive Tap for less than $30.00. We hope this gets your creative juices flowing this holiday season while at the same time helps you stick [...]

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Olio Nuovo: Celebrating the Season with Tasteful Ideas

Autumn is in the air and the scents of apples, pumpkins and the new harvest olive oil abound. Indeed, October brings the slightly cooler air which invokes the picking of the first olive fruits. These still very green olives will be pressed into the first new olive oil of the year; Olio Nuovo in Italian. Mill [...]

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Timeless Virtues of Vinegar

Vinegar, like olive oil, is an ancient aliment which is enjoying a gourmet revival due to the gourmet vinegar options now available from around the world. Authentic Balsamic Vinegar of Modena from The Olive Tap offers a very luxurious and delectable vinegar option, which is steeped in tradition and culture. Balsamic Vinegar from Modena undergoes [...]

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The Taste of Truth: The Importance of Flavor in 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil

In order to be judged Extra Virgin, Olive Oil is evaluated in two ways: their sensory attributes and the test results of a laboratory analysis. On the sensory side, the flavor and aroma must be without any flavor or aroma defects. Since these sensory descriptions can be somewhat qualitative, the industry trains people who can [...]

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Grilling with Your Olive Tap Olive Oils and Vinegars

Whether you are grilling proteins, vegetables, fruits or other eclectic foods, olive oil and balsamic vinegar can play an important role on the grill.  Here are a few important tips to remember for the ultimate grill experience and maximum flavor! Grill Preparation: It is imperitive to pre-heat the grill in advance to burn off foods and various [...]

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Eat Global, Shop Local

As the year's sunny Farmer's Market season approaches, we are all loco for locavore! Locavore was added into Merriam-Webster's dictionary in 2005 and is defined as one who eats foods grown locally whenever possible. Strolling the stalls of glorious goods at the Farmer's Market creates a passion for eating local. The colorful season's produce, meats, [...]

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Olive Varietals: What is in a Name?

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet". William Shakespeare's famous line uttered by Juliette may be true of roses, but not quite as true with olive varietals. The many different olive varietals, or cultivars, offer very different characteristics as both olive oil and [...]

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