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Honey: It’s About Time We Went Raw

by Penny Willimann February 23, 2015 In Blog

Natural Raw Honey

What’s the fuss about raw honey?  We all know honey is good for us, so why is raw honey so much better?

To begin with, it is 100% pure - unpasteurized, unheated and non-processed. This means you get all the goodness from a bee’s nectar-laden diet.  All the natural vitamins and living enzymes are preserved when honey is in its raw state.



Vinegar and Balsamic Mignonette and Oysters

by Penny Willimann December 9, 2014 In Blog

Oysters with balsamic mignonette sauceMignonette sauce is a condiment typically served with raw oysters and intended to enhance, not overwhelm, the natural flavor of the oysters. And the possibilities for new and unique flavor combinations using vinegar and aged balsamics are nearly endless.


Cooking with Kaldi Simmering Sauces

by Penny Willimann October 23, 2014 In Blog

Stifado - Red Wine, Onions, & All SpiceOne of the fantastic things about simmering sauces is that they create flavorful bases for the cooking of a central ingredient such as vegetables or a wide variety of meats.



Homemade vinaigrettes: Simple, Delicious, and Healthy.

by Penny October 8, 2014 In Blog

VinaigretteHomemade vinaigrettes are a wonderful addition to a cook’s repertoire.  Not only are they a simple, delicious and healthy option, versus the store bought varieties, but they open the door to endless creative opportunities in the kitchen.  The simple basics for any vinaigrette dressing is a great vinegar, olive oil and salt.  From this simple formula there are an infinite number of possibilities.


Local Producer Spot Light: The Essential Table

by  - Penny September 9, 2014 In Blog

Essential Table - Bethany and BethAt Olio we are very lucky to work with The Essential Table, based out of Winchester, VA.  As anyone can tell when coming in the store, I love to buy local and love working with like-minded folks who have taken their passion and made it into something special.