September 2012 Welcome to the D'Avolio eNewsletter Edition 2012.9

D'Avolio—Beyond Olive Oils and Vinegars

D'Avolio Shopping CartSeptember is that time of year when we slowly close the door on summer and start looking ahead to fall with that "back to school" anticipation. We hate to rush things, but with fall and winter upon us bringing with them so many holidays, we thought we'd remind you how the many products at D'Avolio make for unique and delicious gifts that everyone loves.

You already know that D'Avolio has the areas freshest Olive Oils and Vinegars, but did you know we also carry Spices, Pasta, Gourmet Foods, Sea Salts, Infused Salts, Bath & Body Products and even Table Accents.

There is something for absolutely everybody at D'Avolio, so keep us in mind as the gift-giving season approaches.


Combat Cholesterol With EVOO & Balsamic Vinegar

Combat Cholesterol With EVOO & Balsamic VinegarCholesterol has a bad reputation. When brought up in conversation, cholesterol is one of those things that everyone is trying to lower or stay away from. Truth is, we actually need cholesterol, to some degree. Our body creates 75% on its own, but the remaining 25% comes from the food we eat. You've probably heard by now the two types, HDL (the good guy) and LDL (the bad guy). The HDL good guy is what we need to help protect us against heart attack and stroke. The LDL bad guy is what causes health problems. Too much of it circulating through our blood can cause arteries to clog and increase our risk of heart attack and stroke.

So what can we do to support the appropriate ratios of cholesterol? According to the American Heart Association, studies show that regular physical activity and eating a balanced, nutritious diet help to increase your HDL. Decreasing your intake of trans fats and saturated fats such as butter, lard, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oil is a good first step. These should be replaced with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, such as olive oil, nuts, seeds, and fish oils. Some studies suggest that the MUFA and PUFA fats don't appear to raise LDL levels, in fact they might even help lower them. When combined with a healthy diet of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean unprocessed meats, unsaturated fats such as olive oil can help fight the LDL bad guys.

Interestingly, balsamic vinegar has also been shown to help combat cholesterol. According to a study in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology, balsamic vinegar has high levels of polyphenols (antioxidants) and has radical scavenging abilities. (In other words, balsamic vinegar has the ability to scavenge the radicals that wreck havoc on our cells and potentially cause cancer.)
In the study, "total cholesterol were reduced in the presence of balsamic vinegar." It also inhibited LDL oxidation. As mentioned earlier, we all have cholesterol in our bodies. What makes it bad is when it's oxidized. In this study, balsamic vinegar showed that it inhibits that oxidation. So say good-bye to butter and the other saturated fats in your diet. Discover how delicious a heart healthy diet can be when enhanced with D'Avolio's extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars. See our website for a wide array of recipe ideas.

For more insight into Cholesterol, check out these articles:
American Heart Association, Cholesterol Levels
Inhibitory Effects of Balsamic Vinegar on LDL
Source Of Major Health Benefits In Olive Oil Revealed
Cholesterol: Top 5 foods to lower your numbers


We Want Your Recipes!

We Want Your Recipes!Our D'Avolio stores and kitchen were created based on family, and of course we consider our customers to be the glue that keeps this one together. We love family traditions, and clearly we enjoy those involving food and cooking the most. Please share with us your favorite family recipes, from the super simple to the most elaborate, so that we may help keep all our cooking traditions alive. We have a page all set up on our website to make it easy for you to submit as many recipes as you'd like. Visit the D'Avolio website to submit your recipe.


Baking With Olive Oil

Grilling with Olive OilsOlive oil can be readily substituted in most recipes where butter or margarine is used. Infusing Olive oil and butter or margarine is sometimes done to enhance each other's flavor in certain recipes.

The conversion chart below is appropriate for most cake and pastry recipes where quantities are critical. Keep in mind, however, that it is not always a good idea to use liquid shortening (olive oil/vegetable oil) instead of solid shortening (butter/margarine). For instance, since cake frosting must stay solid at room temperature, butter and powdered sugar work nicely, but olive oil and powdered sugar don't. You should also consider the taste factor. A mild tasting late harvest olive oil could be used in most cake and pastry recipes because cooking will get rid of the aromatic olive oil flavors. Uncooked confections such as cake frosting would taste a bit unusual if made with olive oil.

Be bold when experimenting with olive oil in your baking. Try the fused and infused flavored oils, such as Blood Orange, Lemon or Persian Lime in your cakes and brownies. You'll be amazed at how the fresh citrus flavors create such an exciting taste experience. Visit our conversion chart for using Olive Oils in Baking.

Upcoming Dates
Important Dates in September

National Cholesterol Education Month - September

Everyday in September is dedicated to Cholesterol Education. Learn how this important health issue can affect you and what you can do to live better.

3 - Labor Day

Summer is closing, but your grill is still working! Visit the D'Avolio Recipe page to create something new and healthy for you and your family.

9 - National Grandparents Day

Remember those wonderful days spent with your Grandparents growing up? Often shared at the dinner table with wonderful foods and conversation. Start your own tradition of foods with D'Avolio Olive Oils and Vinegars.

22 - First Day of Autumn

Welcome the coming of Fall by filling your house with that wonderful smell of fresh baked breads drizzled with D'Avolio EVOO.

Perfect Pairings

New September Tastes

D'Avolio has chosen two recipes that will bring out fresh flavors from Peach Balsamic Vinegar and Cilantro with Roasted Onion Oil.

Fresh Peach SalsaFresh Peach Salsa
Liven up your recipes! Substitute our Peach Salsa for a fresh new spin on the old Salsa recipe.

Chinese Cabbage SaladGrilled Salmon With Cilantro & Roasted Onion Oil
A simple but elegant way to bring the flavor out from fresh grilled salmon.

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.


Two classic flavors are brought together using D'Avolio Ripe Peach Balsamic Vinegar and Cilantro & Roasted Onion Oil.

Perfect Pairings

Ellicottville Fall Festival
10/6-7/2012, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Corks and Forks
10/11/2012, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Girls Night Out
11/8/2012 5:30 - 9:00 PM

Check out our complete list of D'Avolio Events for dates and locations

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