How To Make A Pepperoni Cheese Football, And Two Other Super Bowl Party Delights

Whether you’re hosting or going to a Super Bowl party, you’re going to need food. Instead of mailing it in with a bag of tortilla chips, impress your friends by making one of these three no-cook meat dishes. We followed the recipes and tried our results, then sent the bologna cake back to hell, where it belonged.

Source: How To Make A Pepperoni Cheese Football, And Two Other Super Bowl Party Delights

It’s the worst video dating ad I’ve ever seen in my entire life.

Counterfeiters Have Been Painting Expired Olives to Sell Them

A sting operation in Italy has yielded an unlikely cache of loot: Over 85,000 tons of freshly painted green olives that police just seized from food counterfeiters.

Source: Counterfeiters Have Been Painting Expired Olives to Sell Them

There’s been fraud in olives (and olive oil by extension) for quite a while…

Quickly Pit Olives With the Flat of a Knife

…as a former olive hater (don’t worry, I’ve since seen the light!), I don’t own an olive pitter. And while it’s easy to hack a cherry-cum-olive pitter using a glass bottle and a straw, I don’t own either of those things, either.

Lucky for people like me, there are a whole lot of alternatives.

Source: The Best (& Worst) Ways to Pit an Olive Without an Olive Pitter

The bottom of a small glass works even better. Same principle (gently squish and remove the pit), and a glass is easier/safer to hold and push than the knife.

Make Any Tapenade With This Simple Formula

Enter tapenade. If you’re familiar only with the kind that comes in the small jar from the supermarket, you’re missing out. The time saved may seem to compensate for the less-than-ideal flavor, but you can make make a much better version at home in under 30 minutes. Here’s how:

Source: How to Make Tapenade Without a Recipe

There’s 1.4 mcg of vitamin K in 100 grams of olives, and the recipe calls for 2 cups (~360 grams).  That’s ~5 mcg of vitamin K…  Capers on the other hand contain 24.6 mcg of vitamin k per 100 grams.

Keeping in mind that the vitamin K dose is quoted on consuming all of the tapenade.  I’m not judging… 😉

On a more serious note, I would not recommend eating tapenade before an INR test.  If there’s a long enough interval between tests (1 month), then I’d suggest tapenade soon after getting tested so you have time for your INR level to recover in an effort to not have to adjust your medication dose.

The Great Olive Oil Swindle

Sure, it can be misconstrued as pretentiousness, but after a decade of producing her own, she’s an olive oil insider, intimate with last year’s poor harvest. 2014 was a black year for olive oil, a 15-year low in global production that saw key producers like Spain, Italy and Morocco’s output falling 40 to 50 per cent below average.

Source: The great olive oil swindle

It’s not the first time olive oil fraud has been covered, but the nice part about the article is it provides a couple of things to look for when tasting.  I’ve noticed there’s no smell in the normal olive oil I’ve bought to date, but the extra virgin does.  I’ll have to review to figure out if it’s proper.

Olive Oil Shortage of 2014?

Good thing butter is cool again because there may soon be a shortage of extra virgin olive oil. According to a press release, harvest reports from the “major olive growing areas around the world” show that there will be a significantly smaller crop this year. All-in-all this year’s harvest  — around 2.56 million tons — appears to be nearly 20 percent lower than years past, and far below the 3 million tons consumed last year.

Source: The Great Olive Oil Shortage of 2014 Is Imminent

Given the amount of fraud in the olive oil industry, will we actually notice?

Olive Oil: Extra Virgin Fraud, Corruption and Mafia Involvement

An estimated 69% of all store-bought extra virgin olive oils in the US are probably fake, according to tests by the University of California. UC Davis tested samples from the top-selling extra virgin olive oil brands to find the ones that are not worth buying and those that are.

Source: The Most (and Least) Fake Extra Virgin Olive Oil Brands

The article lists the offenders as well as those who passed the testing.

For a run down of the corruption and mafia involvement, check this New Yorker article: Slipper Business

In 1997 and 1998, olive oil was the most adulterated agricultural product in the European Union, prompting the E.U.’s anti-fraud office to establish an olive-oil task force. (“Profits were comparable to cocaine trafficking, with none of the risks,” one investigator told me.) The E.U. also began phasing out subsidies for olive-oil producers and bottlers, in an effort to reduce crime, and after a few years it disbanded the task force. Yet fraud remains a major international problem: olive oil is far more valuable than most other vegetable oils, but it is costly and time-consuming to produce—and surprisingly easy to doctor.