Review of Olivari Olive Oil

One of the first things that you will notice about Olivari Olive Oil is their very clever pop up pourer. It is such a clever idea that it does make me wonder why others haven’t thought of it. This simple easy to use design definitely sets Olivari apart from other olive oils right off the bat. It gives me so much more control when I want to drizzle olive oil into a pan or over a salad. I have always wanted to have a nice glass bottle with a pourer to have my oil in, however in cramped kitchens like my own I have no where to keep it so the olive oil has to be kept in a cupboard. I love that this gives me the easy to use pourer and can be kept cleanly in my cupboard.

Where it also is a winner is in its taste. The delicate, smooth flavor makes this an easy oil to use and would be a great product for someone who struggles making the switch to using olive oil because they feel the flavor of olive oil is too potent. Personally I have yet to find a olive oil that was too potent for myself but that has been a very common complaint that I have heard when I am sharing with others about the benefits of switching to using olive oil. Using an olive oil like Olivari is an easy way to start a healthier switch to olive oil. With its delicate flavor it is a perfect olive oil for dipping bread or drizzling over a salads.

Olivari Olive Oil have very graciously provided me with a Olivari Kitchen Essentials Kit for one of my readers. It includes one full size, 17 oz. bottle of Extra Virgin Olivari Mediterranean Olive Oil, one heavy duty Olivari garlic press and an Olivari recipe card for fresh Bruschetta. Anyone interested in winning the kit please reply to this posting and share with us what your favorite kitchen tool that you currently use is and how it makes your life easier. The winner will be randomly picked.

Homemade frozen pizzas

I am back, after a crazy week of moving things are finally starting to settle back down. Even though I haven’t made it to my final moving destination. I get to have a nice quiet two week period at my parents home, spoiling them with my cooking as I work at getting caught back up on here. For my first article back I wanted to about convenience foods. At one time or another we have all used them. For those crazy days when you just don’t have the time to cook something for your family it is so much easier use them. But if we are truly trying to be economical and health contentious it can be a bit of a pit fall. So I have worked at trying to find solutions for my life that give me the convenience without making sacrifices in other areas.

So pizza is often a staple in homes and it is the most common dish to be a convenience item. We either call in a delivery or buy a frozen pizza. But when it comes to cost and nutrition these are often not the best choices. That $10 pizza from pizza hut might sounds great but have you ever looked at the nutrition labels of their pizzas? For me personally I want my family to be able to enjoy things like pizza without feeling like I am giving them something with little to no nutritional value. Remember a healthy adult that doesn’t have issues with blood pressure or diabetes should only consume around 2,300 mg of sodium a day. And one slice of Pizza Hut Cheese Pizza contains 520mg of sodium, and who here can honestly say they only eat one slice. It is important to be aware of what you and your family are eating. The same goes for those frozen pizzas. So while you might still be tempted to buy that delivery pizza on those crazy days you can at least have an alternative option that if you plan ahead on a slow day will give you the same quick convenience options without the added calories concerns.

Pizza might not be the healthiest option for you but it is good to find ways to consume it without it being a nutrition nightmare. Learn how to incorporate pizza into your diet in a more health conscious way at

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Mac and Cheese

Forget that little blue box, this is where it is at. I will confess I was a child of the blue box, I loved Kraft Mac and Cheese. Even as an adult my love for mac and cheese continued but these days I look for a much more refined taste in this little delicious side dish. I have tried a lot of different homemade variations of it but I just couldn’t find the perfect one. After some experimenting I think I have come up with my favorite version yet. The creaminess of this cheese dish is sure to please not only adults but kids too. And don’t forget to throw in some variety every once in a while, maybe add some meat or spice it up like I did the other day and throw in some hot, sauteed chili peppers.

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Salsa Chicken in a Mexican Rub

With less then two weeks till I move away from Texas my mind has been drawn more and more to the flavors that I will miss living in the UK. While the UK has a wide range of food that I will be enjoying it lacks the Mexican influence that I have grown fond of. So I have worked hard at teaching myself some easy things that I can do at home to get that taste that my husband and I love so much.

This is a recipe that I use to spice up my a lot of my Mexican chicken dishes, it is easy and uses ingredients that many will already have on hand. I have also used it when cooking up ground beef for tacos. It is always important to have several foundation spice recipes when you are learning to create dishes on your own, once you have the basics down you can throw in any ingredients and create a new masterpiece of your own.

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Cantonese Style Chow Mein

Even though Chinese New Year has already come and gone it is never too late to celebrate with a good Chinese meal. Growing up in Hong Kong I enjoyed a lot of authentic Chinese dishes so I am always looking for new recipes to add to my repertoire so that I can enjoy that same taste at home. One of the things that I love about cooking Chinese food is that with a little practice you will find it really isn’t all that hard to do on your own. I cook a Chinese dish at least once a week, and it is a lot cheaper to do at home then to go out.

Cantonese Style Beef Chow Mein

1 lb sirloin beef, sliced
1/4 c. rice wine
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tsp Chinese 5 spice
8 oz fresh thin Chinese egg noodles* (you could also use ramen noodles)
1 tsp finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
3 scallions, cut into 2 1/2-inch pieces
1 c. of carrots, diced (2.5 oz.)
2 1/2 c. bok choy, cut into 2 1/2-inch pieces (6 oz)
peanut oil
Chinese Brown Sauce

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