December 2012 Welcome to the D'Avolio eNewsletter Edition 2012.13

Give A Healthy Gift: Olive Oils

While fruitcake might be one of those traditional holiday side gifts that people still give these days (true story: Wegman's sells out every year!), why not instead give a healthy gift to those you care about? Touted for its many health benefits ranging from healthy skin to both heart disease and cancer prevention, olive oil can be your new tradition for holiday gift giving.

Housed inside a beautiful dark glass bottle that is more than just aesthetically pleasing, a gift of D'Avolio olive oil is sure to bring smiles of joy to your gift recipient. You can also rest assured knowing your gift will be used appreciatively and not just tossed out with other holiday leftovers. Whether it's a simple bottle of extra virgin olive oil, or a variety box full of olive oil samplers, you can't go wrong. D'Avolio proudly packages up your gifts with flair, saving you time on wrappings and fuss. Make this the year you become the D'Avolio Santa Claus.

D'Avolio Gift Collection

Build-A-Box Gifts

Looking for that perfect gift for friends, family or Co-Workers? Consider a gift box from D'Avolio Olive Oils and Vinegars. Create your own personal and distinctive gift from our vast selection products. D'Avolio offers standard gift box sets for Olive Oils and Vinegars in 1, 2 and 3 bottle sizes. Come in to any D'Avolio store, or on-lineto create your Build-A-Box.

 

Your Health: Weight Control

Weight controlWhile this feast-laden time of year is certainly not ideal to shoot for weight loss, it is conceivable to at least maintain your current weight. Research shows that people tend to gain anywhere from 1-5 or more pounds during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's.

While this may not seem like that much (given the fact that most of us indulge in loads of cookies, figgy pudding, and many other decadent calorie-packed treats), the problem is that we rarely ever drop that weight. It's the accumulative effect that gets us in the end (no pun intended!). So how can we put the brakes on weight gain?

  1. Move more. According to a medicine.net article, the National Center for Health Statistics states that most Americans do not regularly engage in vigorous physical activity. If you consider that activity tends to decrease even further around the holidays due to lack of time and cold weather, it makes sense that weight gain occurs. So try committing to even a short amount of time each day for intense physical activity. Throw on a hat and some gloves and take a brisk walk, go for a jog, hit the gym: whatever you enjoy. Just make sure you move each day through the holidays.
  2. Give yourself permission. Hey let's face it, this time of year is special and we want to enjoy it. When we try to restrict ourselves from eating traditional favorites, it tends to backfire on us and we eat more than we should. Allow yourself to enjoy your traditions. It will likely be easier to stick to your regular healthy meal plans throughout your days knowing you're "allowed' to have some treats at the many holiday parties. There's a lot to be said about food psychology, especially around the holidays. Oregon State University has many tips for healthy holiday eating you can check out here.
  3. Healthy substitutes. Not every traditional dish can be manipulated to be healthier, but most can. Review your favorite recipes and see where things like butter or lard can be replaced with healthier options like olive oil. There is still 120 calories and about 13 grams of fat in every tablespoon of olive oil, so as far as weight control goes you still need to use caution with its consumption. But other health benefits to using olive oil over saturated fats like butter have clearly been stated in many studies. See the D'Avolio website for conversions when cooking with olive oil.
  4. Travel with Olive Oil On The Go! You can make healthy choices even when spending hours on end holiday shopping and catching lunch on the run. D'Avolio now offers a specially designed pouch with two travel-sized bottles to hold your favorite olive oil and vinegar. You're able to control your dressing portion and avoid excessive calories and fat grams when catching a quick bite to eat.

At the end of the day, moderation is key. Enjoy the holidays, cherish your loved ones, and create wonderful memories. Take care of yourself and encourage others to do the same. D'Avolio wishes you all a very joyful holiday season and a happy new year!

For more articles on holiday weight gain:

10 Ways To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

 

Hanukkah December 8 – December 16

Fried Potato Pancakes (Latkes)

LadtkesFried food is traditionally eaten on Hanukkah in commemoration of the oil that miraculously burned for eight days when the Maccabees purified and rededicated the holy Temple in Jerusalem. A holiday favorite is Fried Potato Pancakes (Latkes).

Ingredients:

  • 5 potatoes
  • 2 onions
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • between 1/4 to 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • D'Avolio olive oil for frying (any of your favorites)

Preparation:

  1. Peel potatoes. Place in a bowl of cold water so they won't turn brown.
  2. When ready to prepare the latkes, drain the potatoes. Place potatoes and onions in a food processor fitted with a knife blade. Pulse until smooth. Drain mixture well.
  3. Pour potato mixture into a large bowl. Add beaten eggs. Add salt and pepper. Add enough flour so that the mixture holds together.
  4. Pour 1 inch of oil into a large, deep frying pan. Heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  5. Carefully drop 1/4 cup of the potato mixture into the hot oil.
  6. Flatten the pancake slightly so the center will cook.
  7. Fry for several minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through.
  8. Drain on paper towels.

Serving Suggestion: Serve the latkes with applesauce.
Yields: approximately 20 pancakes

 

Mailing Holiday Gifts? Try D'Avolio Gift Certificate

D'Avolio Gift CertificateLooking for a great idea for this holiday season? Why not send a gift certificate! Available in any denomination, and can be redeemed for any product in D'Avolio online store. To purchase a gift certificate, click here.

 

 

New Year's Eve Drink

Storing Olive OilThere couldn't be a more ideal cocktail for New Year's Eve. Raise your glass of this tasty concoction for a toast to your new year's resolutions!

The Resolution Martini

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker or mixing glass filled with ice
  2. Stir well
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  4. Add a twist of lemon or lime to complete your martini

 

 
Announcements
 
Upcoming Dates
'Save The Dates' For December

Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Millions of toys are out there, and hundreds of new ones hit the stores each year. Toys are supposed to be fun and are an important part of any child's development. But each year, scores of kids are treated in hospital emergency departments for toy-related injuries. D'Avolio wishes everyone a safe holiday season.

6 - Saint Nicholas

The tradition of Saint Nicholas Day, usually on 6 December, is a festival for children in many countries to surviving legends of the saint, and particularly his reputation as a bringer of gifts. Start your holiday season with a D'Avolio Gift Set for all those recipes leading up to Chritmas Day.

21/22 - Winter Solstice

Shortest day and longest night of the year. Perfect for spending time in front of the fireplace. Share a Chocolate Blood Orange Cocktail and warm Decadent Chocolate & Aged Espresso Balsamic Fudge

25 - Christmas

D'Avolio wishes everyone a Merry Christmas.

12/26 - 1/1 - Kwanzaa

A celebration of Family Community and Culture

 
Perfect Pairings

Seasonal Recipes

D'Avolio has chosen two recipes that complemnent the Christmas season!

Asiago & White Truffle Mashed PotatoesCranberry & Balsamic Onion Marmalade

 

Olive Oil & Spiced Butternut Squash Bundt Cake With Bourbon Vanilla GlazeOlive Oil & Spiced Butternut Squash Bundt Cake With Bourbon Vanilla Glaze

 
Perfect Pairings

New to Olive Oils and Vinegars? The most number one question is what to do with these exquisite flavors. Visit our Perfect Pairings suggestions and enjoy new taste combinations.

The Waldorf

D'Avolio Roasted French Walnut Oil and Red Apple Balsamic Vinegar. Makes an outstanding vinaigrette for a simple salad of greens, toasted walnuts, and apple slices!

 
Perfect Pairings

Tasting Event: Hospice Foundation
12/6/2012, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Healthy Options Cooking Class
1/8/2013, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Chocolate Sunday
1/20/2013, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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