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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: O is for Olives and Olive Oil

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

O is for Olives and Olive Oil

It took me a while to come up with what to base Jenny's O post on this week.



Oh My Goodness?

None of them did it for me.  And since the dog ate my homework last week...(*blushes*)

Then it hit me! Why not talk about one - no, TWO! - of my favorite things?

Olives and olive oil.

*sighs happily*  I love olives.  They are just wonderful.  I'll eat them just about any way I can get them.  Straight out of the jar or can, from an olive bar, on pizza...smothering pasta...

Do you like olives? How about trying some Cheesy Olive Bread? I adapted that one from Pioneer Woman and totally changed my father's life along the way.  It's very powerful.

What about stuffed olives? I had stuffed olives many, many moons ago and it occurs to me now that I need to make them happen again for myself.  They were big, green olives stuffed with garlic and cheese then breaded and fried.  Unbelievable.  Diners have the best food sometimes.

One of my favorite pasta sauces is very simple: Garlic, olive oil, and a little butter in a pan until the garlic becomes fragrant.  Toss in chopped tomatoes (or halved grape tomatoes - my favorite) and cook them til they're softened.  Add in a handful of sliced or whole olives right at the end and a bit of fresh basil.  Even add a little white wine if you're so inclined.  Perfecto!

And olive oil...mmmm....

Golly.  I love olive oil.  Rich, fragrant, golden olive oil.  It's so wonderful.

I use it to dress my salads, dip my bread, enrich my pasta sauces, brown meat...I'm a big fan.  I think if I ever went to an olive oil tasting I'd probably die from excitement.  Sounds dorky, but it's true.

And not to go on again about pasta and how much I love it (gee, I wonder what my P post should be about..?), but simply drizzling olive oil over pasta...maybe some grated cheese...oh, forget about it.  I'm all over that.

I've always wanted to make an olive oil cake.  Have you ever made or eaten one? How was it? It's on my list of Things To Attempt, for sure.

How do you use olive oil the most? If ever? :-)  What about those olives - what's your favorite way to eat them, if at all?

Okay.  Enough waxing rhapsodic over food.  For now, anyway...!

Jenny Matlock

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Anonymous redkathy said...

Hey there Jen great post! I do love olives too... and cheesy olive bread now that's just over top awesome!

April 29, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Blogger Gigi said...

I love olive oil some as a gift from the hubs for Xmas (he's a foodie too!). I just found this place here locally in Austin and I can't wait to check it out and blog about it...take a look:

April 29, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Blogger Vicki said...

WOW, a gal with the same 'needs' :P
I LOVE olives and Olive oil too...on just about a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g

I love to take summer veggies..summer squash, zucchini and onions, saute till soft, add some sliced tomato's..any kind, then slide it from the pan to a plate of hot pasta and slather on the olive oil...yum!

You and I could make a day of feasting on the O's... (o:

April 29, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Blogger Alecia said...

O is for OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH OLIVES!!!! LOL!!!! I'm with you.....straight out of the jar or can....THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!

April 29, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Blogger GardenofDaisies said...

I love Olives! I could eat a whole can by myself! And I never cook with anything except olive oil. (well, I don't bake with it, but that's different.)

April 30, 2010 at 1:05 AM

Blogger Jo said...

your post is yummy, the bread, the olives and the olive oil ...mmm ...

April 30, 2010 at 1:58 AM

Blogger Terra said...

and of course their is the OTHER Olive Oil too, the one that is in love with Pop Eye!

April 30, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Blogger Tara and Matthew said...

I love olive oil but my husband and I are not crazy about olives, but that olive cheesy bread might have to be our next culinary experiment!

April 30, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Blogger said...

Wow looks fantastic! Olive oil is also GREAT for your skin. What an amazing thing that olive oil is!

April 30, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Blogger For the Love of Naps - Sarah said...

Visiting from New Friend Friday. My husband LOVES olives. I love the name Olive...not that it relates to the topic on hand. I might have to try the pasta sauce recipe. Happy friday!

April 30, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Blogger Linda said...

I also have a great love for olives! I may have to try olive bread! YUM!

April 30, 2010 at 9:04 PM

Blogger Jenny said...

Hi Jen, I adore olives, too! I've made olive oil cake. Try it. It is delicious.

There is actually an olive oil mill here in Arizona.

They used to have an olive oil bar set up and little squares of bread and you could taste them all. AND they had all kinds of flavored olives, too.

They don't do the tasting anymore but the oil is amazing!

They are even carrying vanilla bean olive oil now...which I haven't tried yet.

Thanks for this tasty post on my little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "O"!

Outstanding post!


April 30, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Blogger Melinda Cornish said...

it all sounds so yummy.....I like olives in bread....I used to buy it at an italian bakery and then dip it in olive yummy

May 1, 2010 at 1:06 AM

Blogger Holly said...

I like my olives stuffed with blue cheese or in a martini.

We use olive oil for everything...mainly salad dressings. I have never tried the olive oil in baking. I am curious....

May 1, 2010 at 1:08 AM

Blogger Jennifer said...

I've never acquired a taste for olives. I love olive oil, but olives... blech.

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest.

May 1, 2010 at 7:56 AM

Blogger Kathleen said...

Same for me as Jennifer said, but DH loves them!

May 1, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Blogger julie said...

Ok, I'm weird I know, but I love olive oil and really really don't like olives. I eat olive oil on (and in!) everything.

May 1, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Blogger Steph said...

I love olive oil too, but not straight olives (my boys, however, inhale them). I once heard of a gal who needed pimentos for a recipe; so she bought a jar of olives thinking they grew that way. Anyway.... I love olive oil with humus and pita bread and also in and brushed on my pizza dough.... Oh and pesto....

May 2, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Blogger Christy said...

be still my heart...two of my very favorite things!

May 2, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Blogger Brian + Cheryl B. said...

Hi Jen :-}
I am not a fan of olives, although there use to be a local chain which made these amazing "Olive Burgers", which when accompanied by their hand made onion rings, made for a date night worth swooning for ;-p

Over the years I have trayed up many a olive while working for the caterer!!! Goodness. I also made a lot of 'stuffed olives'.

Hey, knowing just a few things about your taste preferances, I bet you would LOVE the one type of stuffed olives. Buy the over sized olives. Drain well. While draining, open a jar of finally chopped pimentoes. Drain it. Then add the drained part to cream cheese. Sprinkle heavily with fresh, real, grated parmesan cheese. Use a sprayed pastry blender and blend together till smooth. Use paper toweling to spread the olives out on and pat dry. Use a baby food sized spoon to stuff the cheese mixture into the olives. Refrigerate for about an hour before serving. We used both black and green olives for this seeings how some people like one type but not the other. Enjoy :-)

May 2, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Blogger Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I like olives in moderation. I usually reduce the amount called for in a recipe.

May 4, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Blogger Viki said...

I'm not much for olives in fact not at all LOL. My husband loves them though. I use olive oil to cook with.

May 9, 2010 at 7:09 PM


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