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									Olive Oil and Herbs Replace Popeye and Olive Oyl

<p>Guess I'm showing my age but sounded like a spiffy title if you are of
my generation that loved Popeye defending Olive Oyl from Bluto/Brutus- (
See note below on the two names )</p><p>Why do we blend fresh herbs with
E.V. Olive Oil is often asked. Let me bullet point you some
answers:</p><p>- EV ( Extra Virgin) Olive Oil has little flavor so you
are not importing flavor to your already flavorful herb (s)<br>- EVOO is
one of your healthier oils with little trans fat<br>- EVOO acts as a
preservative so you can enjoy the flavors of fresh herbs all year as the
oils are retained within the olive oil<br>- EVOO is not cloudy so the
colors, patterns of the herbs can be seen in a glass jar.</p><p>In many
recipes most herbs are blended in the final steps of cooking so the time
the oil is heated becomes very important. EVOO will not withstand long
cooking with hot temperatures. EVOO breaks down in those situations so it
is best for preservation as a final touch to the recipe. One of the best
applications is to use the herbally infused EVOO with a mild red or wine
vinegar in a simple salad dressing. Shave a few shreds of Parmesan over
fresh spinach slightly sprinkled with the herbal salad dressing and enjoy
a healthy delightful treat.</p><p>- Bluto was the original name given for
the first two years of the cartoon character and after two years it was
decided by Hanna Barbera that "Brutus" was more fitting. Bet you didn't
know that!</p><p>Bob Johnson is cofounder of HerbFest along with his
wife. For more than 25 years he has been educating about herbs including
herbal lore and legend. His weekly "Lore and Legend" herb tips newsletter
is very popular for learning bits of trivia about herbal
traditions.</p><p>More information is available at the web site, <a

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