Olive heaven

January 31, 2011 at 6:29 pm 2 comments

Over winter break my mom took me to this great shop in downtown Overland Park, Kansas, called the Tasteful Olive.

This place is amazing. It is filled with giant silver casks of imported and domestic olive oils, vinegars, and deliciousness. You can travel from cask to cask and try a few drops of each kind of olive oil and vinegar.

Let me just say, before going here, I had no idea what kinds of varieties were available. If my funds had been more robust, I could have walked away with dozens of varieties. As it is, I walked away with honey ginger Vinegar, Persian lime olive oil, and Tuscan herb olive oil.

The honey ginger vinegar and Persian lime olive oil make for amazing meat marinades and a scrumptious Asian salad dressing.

The Tuscan herb olive oil is my new cooking secret. One to two tablespoons added to bread, mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, meat – you name it – simply elevates good food to the divine. There is no better way to put it. You should order some. Now.

I’m giving you this background because the recipe in next post involves this olive oil, and if you don’t have it, well, it’s not going to be nearly so good. And also because everyone deserves to know a secret that elevates simple mashed potatoes to mouth-watering goodness.

If you happen to live nearby, check out downtown Overland Park. The olive oil store is next door to Penzeys spice shop and there is a farmer’s market nearby. Basically, people who live near here have no excuse to not cook amazing food.

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  • 1. Kiwidutch  |  February 1, 2011 at 4:45 am

    psst, I have another secret for you, if you ever find Portuguese olive oils to try then DO it! They are beyond divine and a very well kept secret 🙂
    Good find! The general rule of thumb is: usually the better quality the oil the less you should cook with it.. add it to dressings for your salads however and it will sing harmonies with all the flavours and take you taste buds to places they never knew existed!!

    Reply
  • 2. Kiwidutch  |  February 1, 2011 at 4:48 am

    psst, I have another secret for you, if you ever find Portuguese olive oils to try then DO it! They are beyond divine and a very well kept secret 🙂
    Good find! The general rule of thumb is: usually the better quality the oil the less you should cook with it.. add it to dressings for your salads however and it will sing harmonies with all the flavours and take your taste buds to places they never knew existed!!

    Reply

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My name is Mallory Murray and I have a love of all things oldfashioned. I'm a modern day feminist who also adores Martha Stewart. Read on for my sewing, crochet, cooking, gardening, quilting and crafting projects. I am the chief officer of marketing and design at Northwest Missouri State University, so expect the occasional random post about marketing/universities/design. I dream of a hobby farm with baby doll sheep, a sheep dog, a small flock of chickens, and other animals to be announced. I'm also a Pitt State grad, football lover, HGTV addict and obsessed with the color aqua.

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