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Bellucci’s Sicilia PGI Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

One of the world’s most prized liquid treasures is Sicilian extra virgin olive oil. Sicily is an island woven from a fusion of cultures that has resulted in a rich and varied genetic legacy. With its dry summers, lashed by the Sirocco Saharan winds, as well as its balmy winter, the temperate climate influences the spirit of the organic olive trees that have been part of the fertile island since its inception.

bellucci editphoto1To get closer to this island’s treasure groves and fully appreciate the fruits of human toil, Bellucci is unveiling its freshly harvested Sicilia PGI Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil as the newest addition to its Legendary Series. True to its cultivars and origin, Sicilia PGI Organic coats the palate with hints of almond and savory undertones of artichoke, coupled with green tomato. It’s unlike any other extra virgin olive oil – a truly authentic gem.

Why is its PGI certification so important? In 2016, the European Commission approved the Protected Geographical Indication PGI ‘Sicilia’ (Sicily) for extra virgin olive oil produced on the island. Such certifications (PGI) by the European Union promote the development of specific rural regions and populations, which are related to agricultural products with special quality characteristics and protect the interests of both growers and consumers. It is transparency at its best in the greater fight against food fraud.

Consumers seeking greater on-label visibility into the origins of the food in their shopping basket are on the rise. Shoppers seek new depths of information across the market, including organic, responsible production and authenticity. At Bellucci, the mission is to bring “Trust Through Traceability” to the market.

Barlean’s Butter Flavored Organic Coconut Oil

Barlean’s dairy-free Butter Flavored Organic Coconut Oil offers all the benefits of organic coconut oil, along with the rich taste of real butter – a recipe for endless culinary possibilities.

barleans editphoto1Delicious on toast and muffins, or melted over popcorn, baked potatoes or cooked vegetables, it’s hard to believe that a healthy, vegan, non-hydrogenated oil can taste so incredibly good. It’s an ideal 1:1 substitute for butter in all of your baking recipes. With its high smoke point, it’s also perfect for cooking and frying under 375° Fahrenheit.

Made exclusively from sustainably harvested coconuts, Barlean’s Butter Flavored Coconut Oil is both organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. Plus, the all-natural butter flavor comes from botanical extracts only, so you can rest assured there are no artificial flavors or colors – just pure buttery goodness for your whole family.

Coconut oil is known as a healthy fat because it contains medium–chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are associated with healthy heart and brain function, weight management and more. But not everyone wants to add the taste of coconuts to everything. Enter Barlean’s Butter Flavored Coconut Oil.

As versatile as it is delicious, here are a few creative ways to use Barlean’s Butter Flavored Coconut Oil: wrap with corn on the cob in tin foil and put on the grill; sauté with fresh spinach and garlic; rub on chicken along with seasonings before roasting; scramble with eggs and vegan sausage or bacon; fry with bananas, cinnamon and your favorite sweetener.

Equally happy warm or cool, Barlean’s Butter Flavored Coconut Oil doesn’t require refrigeration. It will start to melt at around 76° Fahrenheit, so keep it refrigerated for a solid consistency, or leave it out for a soft or liquid consistency.

California Artisan Cheese Festival Announces Event Details

The California Artisan Cheese Festival, California’s premier cheese event, announces the participants and details for the final events of the festival: Bubbles & Brunch and the Artisan Cheese Tasting and Marketplace on Sunday, March 25. The multi-course brunch features a cheese-centric cooking demonstration by Chef Sergio Monleón of La Marcha, a critically acclaimed Spanish tapas bar in Berkeley, bubbles by Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, and early admission into the main event of the day, the Artisan Cheese Tasting & Marketplace.

Both events will take place at the Festival’s new, bigger location, the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and Event Center in Santa Rosa. The popular weekend festival, taking place March 23-25, features an array of seminars, tours and tastings, and is expected to attract more than 2,500 guests. Tickets are now available at www.artisancheesefestival.com.

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