Valentines Gifts For Her, gourmet Oil and vinegar cruets are a culinary experience of good taste, quality flavor, and healthy benefits.
Premium extra virgin olive oil and Italian balsamic vinegar compliment numerous dishes that originate from the Mediterranean culture and locale.
Olive oil and balsamic vinegar have savory good qualities which can turn a simple drab salad into a gourmet delicacy. Oil and vinegar add nutritional value to any dish along with distinct gourmet taste and aroma. The cuisine of Italy and that of the surrounding Mediterranean countries exemplify healthy eating with the hearty taste and flavor of home cooking.
A diet that includes fresh organic vegetables is very important because of the obvious nutritional content. However, when drenched with commercial dressings and sauces, fresh greens and produce unwittingly become laden with trans fats and preservatives.
The Mediterranean diet uses olive oil as a key ingredient in a large number of food preparations. Olive oil has many health benefits. The consumption of the correct type of cold pressed olive oil (without processing or cooking it) is very good for your overall health. Olive oil has valuable nutritional properties which can be attributed to the presence of monosaturated fatty acids and antioxidative substances in large proportions.
Various studies have proved that individuals, who consumed about 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil a day, for a period of one week, showed higher levels of antioxidant compounds like phenols in the blood and less oxidation of LDL cholesterol. This is one reason olive oil is considered heart healthy.
Oil and Vinegar Prerequisites
Balsamic vinegar should ideally be authentic balsamic vinegar of Modena, Italy. There are many imitations, check the label carefully as the real balsamic is truly an exquisite taste.
Italian Bread dipping herbs and spices is everything from a delightful appetizer to a culinary gift for a special host who is entertaining.
An Italian kitchen is not complete without an oil and vinegar cruet.
The Grape Cruet, makes an elegant statement on your dining table, the unique hand blown glass container has two separate glass compartments within it. The outer vessel holds the olive oil and separates it from the inner vessel, which holds the balsamic vinegar. The simple dual design makes it easy for pouring, serving and storing. The grape cruet is made of SIMAX glass, this is a durable technical grade borosilicate glass similar in characteristics to that of PYREX.
A treasure of early spring is the available assortment of fresh salad greens. A visit to a local farmer’s market will cause many of us to indulge in varieties of arugula, butter lettuce, baby chard, and other leafy greens to toss in a salad bowl. Along with that comes the need for an oil and vinegar vinaigrette.
Classic Vinaigrette Recipe that you can easily make.
The basic vinaigrette is one part balsamic vinegar to three parts extra virgin olive oil. Note: the better quality of these two ingredients, the better the vinaigrette is going to be. Add the proportions to a mixing bowl or cup, whisk them together, drizzle over your tossed green salad. Salt and pepper to taste using fresh ground pepper. Add a crushed clove of garlic if you like a little extra zest. Prep time is quick and easy. Other gift giving ideas.