May 2013 Welcome to the D'Avolio eNewsletter Edition 2013.5

Spring has arrived, time for D'Avolio Kitchen

D'Avolio KitchenSpring is upon us...finally! D'Avolio Kitchen is excited to bring out the patio furniture and provide you with the freshest made-to-order salads, anipasta, pizza and sandwiches for you. This past year we also extended our seating area to include the porch with a heated enclosure which we open when the warm weather arrives.

Kitchen Order FormBuild your own selection from our selection of over 65 of Western New Yorks freshest ingredients. The possible combinations are endless! Unless you visit everyday for next hundred years.

The best part is you can choose from any of our Olive Oils and Vinegars to create your own dressing to top your designed meal. What better way to try new tastes and while you are visiting us, bring home a bottle of your new favorite Olive Oil and Vinegars for all your meals.

To view our Kitchen menu, please click here.

 

Olive Oil Health Benefits for Asthma

Olive Oil Health Benefits for Asthma

Inflammation is another one of those conditions that can be both helpful and harmful to our bodies. An example of when it’s helpful is when an injury occurs. Our body protects itself and induces healing by creating inflammation around the injured site. Blood vessels widen allowing increased blood flow to the area so that our white blood cells can get there in the quantities needed to “clean up” the area and induce healing. Although it may be uncomfortable and sometimes painful for a spell, in this case inflammation is a good thing.

But often times our bodies respond to certain foods or environmental factors by becoming chronically inflamed. Chronic inflammation is never a good thing, and is related to many diseases. Asthma, for instance, “is a lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways, often causing wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing.” (National institutes of health) With spring being upon us, those with asthma may experience some flare-ups due to the typical seasonal allergens. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, spring is the most common allergy season. And many of you could surely vouch that allergies and asthma go hand in hand.

You may be wondering by now what all of this has to do with olive oil. Certain foods and fats actually cause this undesirable inflammation, like sunflower oil, corn oil, and safflower oil. To the contrary, some foods and fats decrease inflammation, for instance, olive oil. Because it’s loaded with phytonutrients like squalene, beta-sitosterol, and tyrosol, olive oil does NOT cause the inflammation that other fats do. In fact, studies have shown that the compound oleocanthal found in olive oil can act like anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen. An article from Discovery Fit & Health suggested that regular use of olive oil may help lessen chronic inflammation throughout the body over the long term.

If asthma or other inflammatory issues are of concern to you, try some of our extra virgin olive oils with the highest polyphenol counts. Ask us to help you find these oils, or read the fusti labels for the count and taste some yourself. You’ll notice there is a “bite” at the back of your throat after you taste olive oil with high amounts of oleocanthal. The stronger the bite, the higher the level is.

While EVOO may not be the cure for all that ails you, it certainly is a delicious way to head in a healthier direction. We at D’Avolio thank you for letting us join you on the road to better health.

Additional information can be found at:

The Olive Oil Source: Asthma
Olive Oil Health Benefits
Yahoo! Voices: The Health Benefits and Uses of Olive Oil

 

Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic and Olive Oil

Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic and Olive OilWith an arrival of spring, it's time to brush the dust off the grill, fill it up with charcoal and make couple of sizzling juicy lamp chops.

If you want to prepare lamb chops especially tender and flavorful, let them marinade for 1 to 1/2 hours in olive oil, mixed with garlic and thyme.

Visit our on-line recipe section for this Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic and Olive Oil recipe and many more ideas.

 

Northern Hemisphere Oils are Here

Northern Hemisphere OilsWe all know time flies when you're having fun and we can say the same for when you're doing what you love. Olive oil production seasons for each hemisphere are six months apart, and it's hard to believe the time has almost come for our Southern Hemisphere oils to begin leaving our shelves. Inventory is limited so check your pantry and check if you have enough until next release.

By providing oils from both hemispheres, D'Avolio ensures the latest and freshest products will be available for you to enjoy. Northern Hemisphere oils are harvested in the late fall and are normally in stock beginning in February and March.

The sad truth is that most people in the US, for example, are accustomed to the flavor of rancid olive oil. Olive oil is no longer an occasional presence in the kitchen so it is time to change that.

Do you have a clear sense of what rancid oil smells and tastes like? A good image for many people is the smell of crayons. Another helpful item—something that almost everyone has tasted—is rancid nuts. Rancid is fat gone bad, something all of us have encountered at some time.

Go to your cupboard and pull out the olive oil. How old is it? Is there a “Best By” date? Generally that date is two years from the time that it was bottled. Unfortunately, that doesn’t tell you when it was harvested and milled. A harvest date is the most reliable indicator since it tells you when the olive oil was actually made. Sniff it. Taste it. Crayons? Putty? Old peanuts? Don’t feel bad about throwing out old olive oil, feel good about it! Don’t be surprised if the purge of your pantry includes not just old olive oil but things like old whole wheat flour (which gets rancid because of the oils in the wheat germ), crackers and cereals.

Read more about recognizing rancidity and other defects in The Olive Times article

And if you've missed your D'Avolio favorites from Spain and Tunisia last spring, then prepare those taste buds for a happy reunion!

Announcements
 
Upcoming Dates
'Save The Dates' For May

5 - Cinco de Mayo

What can be better than starting a new month with beers and fiestas! Try something new this year and treat yourself and your friends with Fresh Peach Salsa.

8 - No Socks Day

Give those toes of yours a breath of fresh air. Let them enjoy a moment in the sun while you're enjoying our rich Dark Chocolate Balsamic Tiramisu. Careful, it will knock your socks off!

12 - Mother's Day

Everybody has a mother and absolutely no one is more special than mom. Pick one of our best OLIVELLA skincare products that are made with olive oil to keep skin extra smooth and soft.

 
Perfect Pairings

Seasonal Recipes

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

Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic and Olive OilGrilled Lamb Chops with Garlic and Olive Oil

 

Grilled Tiger Shrimp SatayGrilled Tiger Shrimp Satay

 
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.

Sweet Garlic

Discover the pairing of D'Avolio Fig Balsamic Vinegar and Garlic Infused Organic Oil bringing a sweet combination to your recipes calling for garlic olive oils... Sweet Garlic pairing makes a great dressing or marinade, especially for grilled vegetables.

 
Perfect Pairings

Refresh, Revive, Rejuvenate
5/2/2013, 5:30-8:30 PM

Healthy Options Cooking Class
5/14/2013 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Shea's Fine Wine, Food, and Beer Festival
5/30/2013, 5:30 PM - 8:30 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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