June 2013 Welcome to the D'Avolio eNewsletter Edition 2013.6

Do you have a Wedding in your future? D'Avolio has unique ideas.

Wedding PlansThe flowers are bought, the church and reception hall awaits and all the details are completed. Well almost. Add that one special touch to your special wedding day by creating your own labelled Olive Oil and Vinegar favors. Each favor is printed with a custom label and you choose the colored ribbon. Contact our Custom Product Specialist to help design that perfect favor for you and your guests.

Visit our Party and Wedding Favor product at: click here.

 

Fathers Day: Espresso Balsamic Grilled Flank Steak

Grilling Season - A Fathers Day Love

Father's Day will be here soon and your grill should be ready to try something new. Flank Steak is a wonderful cut of beef that that delivers great taste and is easy to grill. D'Avolio Espresso Balsamic Vinegar and Extra-Virgin Olive Oil used in the Espresso Balsamic marinade enhances the Flank Steak while keeping it tender.

However, it can be a little tricky to grill, because it is easy to overcook. Due to its low fat content and minimal marbling, it becomes tough if cooked past medium rare. Here's a quick guide on how to do it right! First of all, make sure the meat is at room temperature. Throwing cold meat on a hot grill will make it seize up, toughening it. Also, it will be more difficult to get the steak to cook evenly if the meat is cold or frozen in the center. Make sure the grill is hot - very hot. The key to keeping flank steak tender is to sear it quickly over high heat, so you must start with a hot grill or grill pan.

Flank steak is a relatively thin cut, usually about 3/4" to 1" thick in the center and slightly thinner on the ends. The natural shape of the meat makes it possible to cook the ends to a medium doneness while the thickest part stays rare, so you can please various palates with one steak. Place the meat on the grill and do not touch it for 3 minutes. If you move the meat at all, it will not form that delicious brown crust. After 3 minutes are up, turn the meat over and cook for an additional 3 minutes on the second side, again without moving the meat. Provided that your grill was hot enough, this should give you medium rare on the ends and rare in the middle. If you prefer it a little more done, increase the cooking time on each side to 4 minutes. Do not cook past medium rare, or the steak will be tough.

The last step is actually the most critical. When the meat is done, remove it from the grill and place it on a cutting board. Allow the meat to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing. I cannot stress the importance of this resting time enough. If you cut into the meat when it's hot off the grill, the juices will all flow out onto your board and you'll be left with a very dry piece of meat. Allowing the meat to rest enables the juices to redistribute themselves through the meat, resulting in a juicy and succulent steak. When the meat has rested, determine the direction of the grain - in flank steak, the fibers run along the length of the steak, and you will want to cut across the grain, in thin slices. Cutting thinly across the grain gives you short fibers in each slice, resulting in more tender meat.

 

D'Avolio Health Living Series - Heart Health

Heart HealthAccording to The Heart Foundation, "heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States." This silent killer claims one million lives every year. With those statistics you need to protect your heart in any way you can. One way, of course, is through a healthy diet.

According to a study published in Clinical Cardiology, replacing the other fats in your diet with olive oil may reduce your risk of coronary heart disease nearly in half. This study concluded that using olive oil exclusively during food preparation seemed to offer "significant protection against coronary heart disease, irrespective of various clinical, lifestyle and other characteristics of the participants."

This is good news for all of us who already enjoy the many varieties of D'Avolio olive oil! If you haven't totally replaced your butter and other cooking fats with some good quality olive oil, then it's time to give it a try. Strengthen your heart health by combining vitamin rich whole foods with delicious D'Avolio EVOO.

 

Olive Oil for Hair & Skin Care

Northern Hemisphere OilsOlive oil is good for more than your internal health, it also helps to beautify your appearance. From hair care to eye makeup remover, olive oil pretty much covers it all. Is your hair a little dry?

Need a more natural eye make-up remover? Put a drop or two of olive oil on a cotton pad and gently wipe your make-up away. Interested in a gentle facial scrub? We tell you how to make one here using our citrus olive oils. Use olive oil for shaving, diaper rash, and bath oil. Conquer bad breath by swishing olive oil around in your mouth.

You can replace most of the products in your personal care routine with a simple bottle of olive oil. It doesn't get more safe or cost-effective than that! If you'd like something a little more fancy, then try our Olivella products. This line offers you hair, face, and body care all made with extra virgin olive oil.

 

D'Avolio Gourmet and Infused Sea Salts

Northern Hemisphere OilsDid you know that D'Avolio also carries the fine line of Gourmet salts by SaltWorks®? Sea salt, from the source. SaltWorks, America's Sea Salt Company® offers premium gourmet sea salts and bath salts. From Fleur De Sel and Bokek Dead Sea salt to Salish smoked salt, our products are the highest quality, suitable for both home and professional use.

From the Dead Sea to Brittany, France, SaltWorks offers the largest variety of authentic, high-quality sea salts, including Artisan Salt, Bokek, Fleur de Sel, Fusion flavored salts, Pure Ocean, Himalayan Pink Salt and more.

Looking for that "something exceptional" whether a gift or for self indulgence, check out our Limited Edition Smoke Sampler set. Excellent for grilling! Or how about the new, Heat inspired sea salts.

In all, D'Avolio has 19 different Sea Salt products from Gourmet, Infused and sampler sets.

Announcements
 
Upcoming Dates
'Save The Dates' For June

5 - World Environment Day

Bring awareness to this worldwide movement. D'Avolio markets only the finest EVOOs from olive groves that honor environmentally safe practices.

16 - Father's Day

Did you know that Father's Day started in 1910? Celebrate this day with your dad and break out the grill with exciting recipes from the D'Avolio recipe catalog!

28 - Paul Bunyan Day

Paul Bunyan became a legend as tales of this giant lumberjack performed incredible feats. Little known was his love for "Lumber Jack stack of Lemon Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup".

 
Perfect Pairings

Seasonal Recipes

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

Spanish ToritilleSpanish Tortilla


 

Espresso-Balsamic Grilled Flank SteakEspresso-Balsamic Grilled Flank Steak

 
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 Big Dipper

D'Avolio Blackberry-Ginger Aged Balsamic Vinegar paired with Roasted French Walnut Oil brings new excitement to bread as a dipping sauce or drizzled over toast!

 
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Lewiston Tour of Kitchens
6/8 & 9/2013, 10:00 AM -4:00 PM

Buffalo Sprees's Best of WNY
6/20/2013 5:30 - 8:30 PM

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