Crafting a Holiday Menu and Seasonal Tabletop

The holidays are an incredibly special time of year, and they always motivate us to put a bit more care into preparing delicious and comforting foods to treat our family, friends, and loved ones. One of our favorite ways to acknowledge the season of giving and togetherness is to host get-togethers; what better opportunity than … Read more

A Dish We’ll Make Again: Blood Orange Cardamom Olive Oil Cake

The other day we procured blood oranges at our local grocery. Our plan: make a blood orange cardamom olive oil cake. We’d been eyeing the recipe for some time, waiting for blood oranges to be available. So we pounced at the chance – and were thrilled with the results. (Click here to get the recipe.) … Read more

An Olive Oil Lemon Poppyseed Cake That Doesn’t Use Three Sticks of Butter

Food blogger Jessie Oleson Moore created the loaf cake featured here by substituting lemon for blood oranges. She likes poppyseeds, too, so added them. “DEAR GOD was this thing good,” she exclaims on her wonderful blog, CakeSpy.com. The cake is finished with a lemon almond glaze. (Click here to see the recipe.)   Poppyseed Cake … Read more

How to Bake Cakes & More w/ Extra Virgin Olive Oil … Instead of Butter

We bake with good extra virgin olive oil because it adds a wonderful, nuanced flavor to cakes, tortes, brownies, and bread. Moreover, baking with olive oil – instead of butter – is a good way to cut saturated fat. Plus, olive oil is loaded with monounsaturated fat, which promotes “good cholesterol.” So what’s not to … Read more

Baking a Better Holiday: a Primer On Baking with Olive Oil – Part 2

Like wine, different extra virgin olive oils deliver different flavor profiles, including when you use the oil in baking a cake or cookie. Olive oil can make other contributions to baked goods, too, such as helping ensure a dish is moist. To assist you with your holiday baking and cooking, we’ve asked baking experts for … Read more

Baking a Better Holiday: Chocolate Lovers & the Gluten-Free, Unite!

We can thank our food blogger friends this holiday season for delivering to us a bundle of terrific baking recipes ranging from cakes to breads. Here’s the second batch we received as part of our focus this month on baking with extra virgin olive oil. It will satisfy chocolate lovers and those who are are … Read more

Baking a Better Holiday: Zuke Flatbread w/ Tomato + Rosemary Bread

We’ve been talking a lot about how we like to bake cakes, torts, and cookies made with extra virgin olive oil. But we’ve not yet talked much about how we like to bake savory dishes, too, like bread and flatbread. Well, it’s about time we do! Baking aficionados tell us extra virgin olive oil improves … Read more

Baking a Better Holiday: A Trove of Baking Recipes Using Olive Oil – No Butter!

We challenged some talented food bloggers to create baking recipes using our extra virgin olive oil and flour from our friends at Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods. We were blown away by the high-quality recipes they delivered — everything from almond cranberry chocolate chip quick bread to a spicy and moist gingerbread cake just in … Read more

Pastry Chef Bill Yosses’ Orange-Scented Olive Oil Cake

Bill Yosses is busy preparing for the holidays. The highly esteemed pastry chef recently completed a 350-pound replica of the White House made of ginger bread and covered in white chocolate. He’s also been readying desserts for about 20 parties between now and Christmas. They include fruit poached in hibiscus as well as bûches de … Read more

Chocolate Orange Almond Cake Made with Olive Oil

We knew we had a winning cake recipe from our friend Marie Simmons when she told us she’d have to send us a photo of just part of the cake. Marie’s husband had been so excited to eat it she’d been unable to take a photo of the whole thing. “My darned camera battery needs … Read more


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