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New Olive Oil Specialist at The Olive Tap!

We are proud to announce the addition of Jennifer Thornton, Olive Oil Specialist, to The Olive Tap’s team of olive oil and vinegar industry experts. Jennifer will be a significant contributor to The Olive Tap’s ongoing Consumer Education Programs. Please watch out for Jennifer’s insight and contributions to our Blog, Facebook and Twitter. Rick Petrocelly

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No Bread with Olive Oil When You Test for the Oil's True Flavor is the Best!

Jennifer Thornton Olive Oil Specialist The Olive Tap  One of my fondest olive oil milling season memories took place when I was invited to lunch at the most prestigious and awarded Organic Sicilian EVOO producers after helping out in their mill one evening. The father, the patriarch, invited me back for lunch the next day

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It's Tomato and Basil Time!

It’s Tomato and Basil Time Let’s have some fun making quick and easy summertime favorites like Caprese Salad, Tomato-Onion Salad and Pesto Genovese.  Like most home gardeners here in Illinois Zone 5, I just go foodie-crazy when the Heirloom and other varieties of tomatoes hit their stride.  Every day now there are 1 to 3

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Selection and Storage Tips for Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

Fresh tomatoes, sun-kissed and sweetly ripened on the vines are in full harvest right now!  Of course,  with fresh tomatoes, our next “flavor thought” is sweet basil.  We thought we would share a few basic tips on selection and storage of  these two classic summer ingredients! TOMATOES Selecting Use your nose!  Smell the blossom end

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