July 2013 Welcome to the D'Avolio eNewsletter Edition 2013.7

Basik's Seasonings

Have you ever wondered why you can’t duplicate your favorite restaurant dish at home? Using Basik's high quality spice blends combined with D'Avolio Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Aged Traditional Balsamic Vinegars can do just that. 

Basik's SpicesBasiks at home™ spice blends are a great way to cook healthy at home. Use them for grilling, sautéing, baking, slow cooking, as a dry rub, or on a salad and vegetables.

The art of mixing spices is at the heart of a chef's skill and our goal is to help the at home cook make restaurant quality food. Just use any of Basik's blends on whatever you are cooking tonight: chicken, fish, beef, pork, or veggies and salads and you’ve got a simple gourmet meal in minutes without complicated recipes or cooking instructions.

Spices come from the earth naturally and have many benefits to our culture, cuisine and health as well as a way to make food flavorful! More and more scientific research is emerging that backs up the health benefits of spices. There is a reason ancient civilizations prized spices above all else. Many spices contain antioxidants, a powerful disease fighter. Spices are believed to help fight diseases such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer’s. Beyond serious diseases, spices can help fight less serious aliments such as the common cold and an upset stomach.

To find a full list of Basik's Spices available at D'Avolio, please click here.


Olive Oil Health Benefits—Blood Pressure

Olive Oil Health Benefits for Blood Pressure

Healthy blood pressure levels are an indicator of how clear the body's arteries are. When blood pressure levels get out of balance, they can signal a potential heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure levels are often caused by the hardening of the arteries (aka atherosclerosis). This hardening occurs when oxidized particles of 'bad' LDL cholesterol stick to the walls of the arteries. Over time, these particles build up and form plaque, narrowing the blood vessels and putting a heavier workload on the heart as it pumps oxygenated blood to the entire body.

One of the primary compounds found in olive oil that directly combats this build-up is called oleuropein. Oleuropein has been found by scientists to prevent the 'bad' LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and sticking to the arterial walls.

In our "Your Health" section found on davolios.com, we detail the health benefits of Olive Oils in your diet. Visit here to read the complete article "Olive Oil Health Benefits—Blood Pressure"

Additional information can be found at:

WebMD: Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Reduces Need for Blood Pressure Medication
eHow: How Does Olive Oil Lower Blood Pressure?
International Olive Council: Olive oil and blood pressure 
UC Davis: Nutrition and Health
The American Heart Association: Mediterranean Diet
Olive Oil Health: Olive oil and high blood pressure


Naples Steak Verde Sauce

Naples Steak Verde SauceAfter trying our Espresso-Balsamic Grilled Flank Steak recipe could you imaging it could taste any more delicious?

Summer is the time for experiments! And it makes it more exciting when those experiments involve food. Try adding D'Avolio's Naples Steak Verde Sauce to your favorite kind of meat and discover a whole new palette of taste!

Visit our on-line recipe section for this Naples Steak Verde Sauce recipe and many more ideas.


Summer is almost here, Start Grilling with Olive Oil

Summer GrillingVirgin and extra-virgin oils are best used uncooked or cooked at low to medium temperatures. Olive oils have a higher smoke point than most other oils (about 400 degrees Fahrenheit).

Tips for Cooking with Olive Oil

Although extra-virgin olive oils stand up to heat remarkably well, they do lose flavor as they're heated. Use them to harmonize the spices in a dish, to enhance and build flavors, and to add body and depth.

Use Olive Oils as the main ingredient in marinades such as our Naples Steak Verde Sauce highlighted in this weeks eNewsletter. During grilling drizzle it over vegetables being careful not to over-spray causing flair-ups.

Here are more tips for using EVOO during grilling:

  • Drizzled over grilled fish such as halibut or red snapper
  • Brush it on meats before grilling to seal in the meat flavor and juices and to create a crispy exterior
  • Sprinkled over grilled slices of artisan bread
  • As a basting liquid for grilled Cornish hens or chicken
  • Combined with chopped garlic and freshly cracked pepper, then brushed on meat, vegetables or slices of eggplant
  • Combine Peaches with caramelized garlic and a touch of olive oil to create a nice chutney to go with your grilled pork chops
  • Remember - you never want to have something dripping with olive oil when you put it on the grill

D'Avolio New Elmwood Store

Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY D'Avolio Elmwood location has moved! This is our 3rd and final move on Elmwood Ave! We moved 2 storefronts over to 814 Elmwood, which was the old Clutch store.

The new store is open to sample and buy all the same products that were available in the previous store.

Please come visit our new location. The added space and redesign will make your shopping and tasting experience all that more enjoyable!

Upcoming Dates
'Save The Dates' For July

1 - Canada Day

On July 1 in 1867, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada were united into a single country. his union was a result of the Constitution Act which granted Canada a great deal of independence from England.  

4 - Independence Day
In July 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On this holiday we encourage you to bring the family around the grill and make some of your favorite foods. We recommend checking out our recipe of the month to spice up your holiday this year.

23 - National Hot Dog Day

Its summertime. Hot dogs are center stage on the grill, and at picnics all across America. Enjoy National Hot Dog Day to the fullest. Have a couple of hot dogs for lunch or dinner. And, don't forget to cook a few on a stick at the evening campfire!

Perfect Pairings

Seasonal Recipes

D'Avolio has chosen two recipes for the month of July!

Honey-Ginger Balsamic Glazed BBQ RibsHoney-Ginger Balsamic Glazed BBQ Ribs


Roasted Red Pepper SpreadRoasted Red Pepper Spread

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.

Little Italy

Named after Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls, the home of 'Mama' D'Avolio and her famous restaurant. Bring together D'Avolio Garlic Infused Organic Oil with our Oregano White Balsamic Vinegar for a perfect foundation for a traditional Italian vinaigrette.

Perfect Pairings

2013 Summer Music Festival
7/6 - 7/7/2013, 10:00 - 5:00 PM

Lockport in Bloom Garden Tour & Vendors Fair
7/13 - 7/14/2013 10:00 - 5:00 PM

Wines in the Wild
7/24/2013, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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


At D'Avolio's, we think that olive oil is in a class of its own when compared to other various products that positively impact a healthy lifestyle.

Visit our "Your Health" pages to read about how Olive Oils can be part of a healthy lifestyle.

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