Baking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil as a healthy alternative to butter – at Bella Oliva Taproom

The holidays are just around the corner. The smell of freshly baked cookies, muffins, and pies will soon fill our homes….. as well as our bellies! Did you know that in any recipe that calls for butter you can substitute EVOO in its place? Use our Conversion Chart to see how to make the substitution for a healthier baking option. You can also substitute EVOO in any recipe that calls for vegetable oil, canola oil or other oils. Just use the same amount the recipe recommends. One of our more popular recipes has been our brownies made with our Fused Blood Orange EVOO. Using the Fused Blood Orange EVOO transforms an ordinary brownie into something special….. always a crowd pleaser!   Continue Reading >>

Why We Sip….Not Dip

If you’ve been to Bella Oliva Taproom, you will have noticed that there isn’t any bread. Who doesn’t love a scrumptious piece of fluffy italian bread dipped in oil….right? Well, besides the fact that we would eat it all day long, tasting the oil in it purest form is the best way to experience freshness and quality of the oil. So that being said there are ways to do the sipping and tasting … First, get a small vessel(we supply handy little plastic cups). Take a good whiff of the aroma or “nose” of the olive oil. You will notice many different scents or flavors. For extra virgin olive oil, you may notice fresh-cut grass, cinnamon, tropical fruits or other   Continue Reading >>