I Love Olive Oil

Olives in olive oil

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We all know that Olive Oil is good for your health, but did you know how many other things it is good for?  Here are a few of my favorite uses for olive oil.

– Polishing the antique chest we have in out living room that we use as a coffee table.  Makes it look so much nicer, and I don’t have to worry about chemicals when Beck licks it.  (Because he does lick it.)
– Removing pine sap from Beck’s hands.  Works great, almost as good as him not playing with pine sap in the first place.
– Removing eye makeup.   Takes off all the gook and helps fight wrinkles at the same time.
– Oiling squeaky hinges.  No petroleum product needed.
– Relieving ear congestion.  Put a few drops in a clogged up ear, lay down on your side to let it soak in for a few minutes, then roll over onto a towel to let the oil drain out.
– All over body moisturizer when I am feeling especially dry.  (Can get messy, be careful.)
– Smoothies.  I make Beck a smoothie in the morning with rice milk, half a banana, rice protein, baby cereal flakes and olive oil.  Being a dairy, soy and egg allergic picky eater he doesn’t get much food in himself some days besides O cereal.  This way I know he is getting the nutrients and healthy fat he needs.  He loves it.
And of course, Salad Dressing.  Here is a recipe for a dressing I make when I am feeling fancy.  Otherwise we just drizzle on olive oil and balsamic.
Teresa’s Salad Dressing
Whisk together:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
1 minced Shallot
Dollop of Dijon Mustard
Typically the rule of thumb is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar, but experiment and see what tastes best to you.  You could also make this in a blender, then you don’t even have to chop the shallot, the blender will do it for you.
Have a great day!

One thought on “I Love Olive Oil

  1. teresastips says:

    For more ideas on what to do with olive oil, check out the book “The Passionate Olive” by Carol Firenze

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