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19 Dec 2015 
Specialist trader John 'Hara works at this post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, November 16, 2015. Under the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Western Massachusetts heading Simply Grilled,” for example, the menu asks patrons to choose a protein” from a list that includes Atlantic salmon, chicken and, of course, dry-aged steak, to choose a sauce”—from Chimichurri (parsley, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, and flakes of chili pepper) to Gorgonzola cream (Gor-gonzola cheese, house-made garlic butter, cream and shallots), Port Demi ( a classic brown sauce blended with port wine) to Au Poivré (cognac, cream, garlic butter, black peppercorns).


Arranged by Jennifer Goulart Amero, a bunch of cooking friends who also felt challenged by this invertebrate, and whom the Azorean octopus had equally awed, got together for an octopus lesson/dinner with Manny, who came armed with Portuguese basics: pounds of potatoes, onions, olive oil, vinegar, the beloved Portuguese red pepper sauce Pimenta Moida, Portuguese wines, loads of Mediterranean generosity, a wide smile and, of course, octopus.


The oil, branded Manny's Olive Oil with his familiar bearded face on every bottle, comes from Rovithis' hometown on the Greek island of Crete. Much of it comes from olive groves owned by his family and farmed by his ancestors for as long as anyone can remember. He also has it for sale at his Manny's TV & Appliance locations where it'll be a part of his range rage” cooking range sale in the month of October. His 87-year-old mother is still going strong, he said, in part because of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Western Massachusetts a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil.


One pizza is only topped with olive oil - it's intended to be eaten with the charcuterie - that costs $6. It was really nice to sit down and feel like I was having a home cooked meal - I envy the dinners Manny's three children have every night! I read this with a healthy amount of skepticism because it seems a little like a snake oil proposition. As it turns out, snake oil could kill the lice as well because any oil or product with a lot of oil (like mayonnaise) serves to suffocate the little monsters. And then came the olive oil and dessert wine cake, from a recipe by Stephanie Alexander.




A brutal recipe of prawns grilled to an Uncle Manny twenty-count (Uncle Manny was a heavy drinker), bitch-slapped with organic basil, extra virgin olive oil and garlic. Roast the vegetables with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper for 30 - 40 minutes, until tender. Sauté the fideos with a little olive oil until lightly crispy and place in a small nest on top of the soup. Dice the veggies and sauté the mirepoix , garlic, and olive oil in the bottom of a soup pan.


After reading Vivian's article, I'm going back to cooking with grape seed oil mixed with a little olive oil, and if cooking at low tempatures, straight olive oil. Olive oil should not be heated as it becomes rancid and carcinogenic when heated above a certain temperature (need to check exactly what that is). If you want to use olive oil, you can pour it on your pasta AFTER it is cooked and of course it is wonderful in salad dressings as Vivienne tells us in the article above. It is from the general rule is to only cook with olive oil on Low to Medium heat, or use it cold.



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