Fresh Fridays 

How many different kinds of olives are in your pantry right this minute? Like wine, there are so many varieties and tastes you could spend a lifetime getting to know them all. If you think you don't like olives, you haven't met the right one. A world of tasting awaits you! To get started on the possibilities, click here.

Olives figure into the Mediterranean Diet in a number of ways. They're delicious on their own as snacks and appetizers, and they also lend big flavors to dips, sauces, salads, whole grain and pasta dishes, and stews. Plus they have a great nutrition profile: They are an excellent source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, important fatty acids, natural antioxidants, and iron.

On your next trip to the supermarket, take a few minutes to study the selection of olives. You can find them pitted or unpitted, stuffed with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, or tzatziki. Try them all!  When sealed in bottles, they will keep on your pantry shelf for up to two years, making them ideal foods to have on hand. (Opened jars will keep, refrigerated, for several weeks.)

Quick Tip:
Try this simple trick for pitting olives: Place the olive on a cutting board and press it with the widest part of a chef's knife blade to loosen the pit. 

Here are some great ways to include olives in your daily meals.

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Turkey Culinaria Trip
In March, Oldways will lead one of its acclaimed Culinaria adventures to Gaziantep and Istanbul, Turkey. Co-leading the trip will be Chef Ana Sortun, who found the inspiration for her award-winning Cambridge, Massachusetts restaurant, Oleana, in the cuisine, ingredients and culture of Turkish cities including Gaziantep and Istanbul. To add your name to our mailing list to receive notices about future culinarias, click here.   
Toasted Moroccan Carrots
with Green Olives

This simple but spicy side dish goes with everything under the sun. Use young fresh carrots if you can find them, or slice older carrots on the diagonal. Look for green Beldi olives, which come from Morocco and are firm and crisp. Try the seasoning mix used here with
other root vegetables, too.  It's delicious on beets. 

Broccoli Rabe with Kalamata Olives  
Enjoy this classic antipasto or side dish warm or at room temperature. Look for broccoli rabe in your supermarket's produce section.  The buds resemble tiny heads of broccoli. Don't stint on the garlic, which is a natural partner for this nutty, bitter green. Olives add the final touch to this delicious combination.   
Roasted Tomatoes and    

Mediterranean Bulgur Salad  

Make this hearty and flavorful combination as a versatile side dish and save leftovers to take to work the next day. Look for roasted tomatoes in a jar at your supermarket. They deliver fabulous, instant flavor. And experiment by buying different "grinds" of bulgur, from fine to coarse, to create different textures in this salad.


Fresh Fridays is a bi-weekly celebration of Mediterranean eating and living. We hope our Friday recipes will remind you just how easy and delicious eating the Mediterranean way can be.   
To find even more delicious Mediterranean recipes please visit:    

 Mediterranean Foods Alliance (MFA)     




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Oyster cookoff  Oyster Cook-Off
Apalachicola, Florida
January 14, 2012
Find plenty of inspiration to eat oysters and sample many ways to enjoy them at this celebration of the Panhandle's delicious bivalves. 
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An Everlasting Meal
by Tamar Adler    

 Read this book if you find yourself unable to cook without a recipe to follow. The author, who has spent time in the kitchens of two venerable American restaurants, Prune in New York and Chez Panisse in Berkeley, recommends spending less time worrying about how to prepare food and more time enjoying it.