Cooking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain

Cooking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain
Being from the States, I grew up with butter.  Low calorie margarine made a big move in the mid-70s and I ate a lot of that also.  My family did not use much olive oil.  As an adult living in the States, we sometimes had a bottle of “olive oil” in the house, but again, … Continue reading Cooking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain

Remembering our loved ones

Remembering our loved ones
Wonder, Read, Taste, Be Cool Wonder Halloween, All Saints Day, and the Day of the Dead are all end of October or beginning of November celebrations in the Western Hemisphere. While the Anglo Halloween tradition is marked more by the spirits of terrifying or magical creatures, monsters, and bloody bodies, the Spanish tradition is more into remembering the loved ones … Continue reading Remembering our loved ones

The 2018 Olive Harvest Has Begun in Spain

The 2018 Olive Harvest Has Begun in Spain
The 2017 summer was hot and dry here in southern Spain.  Not much precipitation at all……   which bodes well for fans of flavorful Spanish extra virgin olive oil. Just like any other fruit, when there is an abundance of moisture during the growing season, the fruit becomes fat and juicy and the olive oil extracted … Continue reading The 2018 Olive Harvest Has Begun in Spain

Olive Harvest Crew Near Sevilla

Olive Harvest Crew Near Sevilla
On a short afternoon run through the olive orchard behind the house, I ran by a crew picking olives.  After the run, I went back with my camera.    I found Lucas who is the supervisor of the crew and asked if I could take some pictures.  He said sure, no problem. Lucas runs a … Continue reading Olive Harvest Crew Near Sevilla

Essential Oils – Grandma’s Remedies?

Essential Oils – Grandma’s Remedies?
Over the decades, Grandma’s remedies such as a spoonful of codfish oil each morning  has been replaced with supplements and visits to the doctor for drugs to improve symptoms of illness.  Now, I am beginning to think many people are finding their way back to Grandma’s remedies. Since GringoCool launched “Cold Pressed Elixir“,  an organic … Continue reading Essential Oils – Grandma’s Remedies?

How do you say “Olive Oil Fraud” in Croatian?

How do you say “Olive Oil Fraud” in Croatian?
Several nights ago, I was preparing a pasta dish and I was bowled over when I added an “extra virgin olive oil” from Croatia to a pot of very hot water.  It was late in the day, I had not turned the kitchen lights on so lighting was dim.  Below is the picture that will … Continue reading How do you say “Olive Oil Fraud” in Croatian?

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Taste Test – Pullman, WA

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Taste Test – Pullman, WA
Head to head comparison of olive oils just like the old Coke vs Pepsi challenge.  Here at GringoCool, we are encouraging head to head taste tests between our Spanish, organic extra virgin olive oil and any takers.  We want people to discover the difference themselves because we believe our organic EVOO is unbeatable for flavoring salads … Continue reading Extra Virgin Olive Oil Taste Test – Pullman, WA

Way of St. James Journal (Camino de Santiago Diario)

Way of St. James Journal (Camino de Santiago Diario)
I am in a rut – same tracks every day, same bumps, same pot holes.  Rattle, rattle, rattle down the ruts.  I need to break out and get on some fresh ground.  Tomorrow, I break out. Today, I am preparing my backpack for a 14 day tramp from Burgos to Santiago de Compostela.  I am … Continue reading Out of the Ruts!

Spanish Pata Negra Pigs and Their Bellies (yum, yum)

Spanish Pata Negra Pigs and Their Bellies (yum, yum)
Much has been written about cured Spanish hams (Jamón Ibérico), but the Spanish pork belly just doesn’t get enough print in my humble opinion. There are four things you should know about the Spanish pigs that make them very different from the pigs in the United States – hence the pork is different. The pata … Continue reading Spanish Pata Negra Pigs and Their Bellies (yum, yum)