Olive Oil

Unless you’re a serious “foodie”, you probably don’t think much about the oil you use in cooking or what kind of olive oil you have.  We all have heard a million times how healthy it is and how we’re supposed to use olive oil instead of some other oils, but I’m one of those folks that will try to use up whatever I have as much as possible so as not to waste the money.

But this past May I went on vacation to Wisconsin’s Door Country.  There are very many different boutiques and mostly cater to the kitchy, touristy, chatchky-loving folk.  But you don’t have to look hard to find gems.  One of those gems is the Oilerie.  It’s a boutique where you have an exceptional selection of olive oils and olive oil products (such as soaps).  The one thing that hooked me was that you can taste the olive oils and the vinegars. When was the last time you were able to do that in your grocery store?

No bread; just pure, uncluttered, and true taste of the product.  It was spectacularly delicious, so I bought 3 bottles.  I bought 25 Year Old Balsamic Vinegar, Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar, and Garlic Olive Oil.

The Garlic Olive Oil is subtle but you can definitely taste the sweet garlic.  Perfect on salads for that unexpected hint of garlic as well as a perfect addition to any savory dish calling for olive oil and garlic.  I’m so glad there is now a location in Brookfield.  Saves me a 3 hour trip to Door County, but even if there weren’t a closer location, they do ship and the trip would still be worth it (if they didn’t ship).

Oh, and the soaps are great too.  Doesn’t dry out your skin, especially in this terribly cold weather.

So the next time you go grocery shopping, think about the oils you use and if they need an update.  See if you can find a place where you can taste this ubiquitous product.

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