Flavor Your Life Virtual Influencer Event Review

It isn’t every day you get to attend a virtual event that features both Alissa Mattei and Riccardo Zanni, but I recently was invited to participate, thanks to Flavor Your Life and Mom’s Meet and it was just as fun as I imagined!

Alissa Mattei – Alissa Mattei is an organic chemist, professional taster, recipe developer, and consultant. She has published numerous scientific articles and patents, has worked as a consultant for a multitude of companies and associations, and has organized tastings and scientific courses around the world. Additionally, she writes recipes from Tuscany and other Italian regions that incorporate olive oil. Today, she is the President of the Knoil Association, a non-profit who shares the culture of extra virgin olive oil, as well as an AIFO panel leader.

I loved watching Alissa sharing how recipes work together to make amazing dishes. I can’t wait to try some of her recipes she was so knowledgeable and informative.

Riccardo Zanni – Chef Zanni has four generations of cooking experience from his family, which has owned a restaurant since 1934. His experience includes working in a Michelin star restaurant and managing the food business at the Grand Hotel Palace of Rome (five luxury stars). He has traveled all over the world, cooking traditional Italian dishes and learning other cooking styles. Chef Zanni has taught cooking in Italy since 2005, including at the European Bachelor of The Cordon Bleu in Florence. Currently, he serves as the chef of Bonifiche Ferraresi, one of the largest agricultural producers in Italy.

Riccardo is so creative in the kitchen, his world travel makes him fun to watch while he is creating masterpieces. I was excited to try the extra virgin olive oil he used while demonstrating some of his recipes. His food looked amazing! I learned to cook olive oil on a low temperature to ensure the flavor stays in the ingredients!

Some information about the Flavor Your Life Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  1. Extra virgin olive oil is made by pressing olive oil, without heat or chemicals; it’s known as the first cold pressed olive oil.
  2. Olive oils are tested for peroxide values. Lower values indicate fresher oil and more rapid processing.
  3. Extra virgin olive oil is virtually free of aciditybelow 0.8%. If the percentage of oleic acid (fatty acid) is too high, it indicates improper production and rancidity.
  4. A panel of trained, expert tasters tests for taste defects and the presence of positive attributes of fruitiness, bitterness, and spiciness. If the oil doesn’t have the signature fruity taste and harmonious balance, it won’t receive an Extra Virgin rating.
  5. Extra virgin olive oil has a high smoking point of 400°F, so it is suitable for cooking and baking.
  6. Between use, store your oil somewhere dark and cool (around 57°F, if possible), not on the counter or near a stove, and never in the refrigerator. Keep the lid screwed on tight, and use your oil within six months of opening.
About Le Stagioni d’ Italia
● Le Stagioni d’ Italia takes great pride in bringing authentic Italian foods from seed to
shelf, selecting seeds, harvesting crops, and packaging foods in their state-of-the-art
production facilities in Northern Italy.
● Le Stagioni d’ Italia’s short, fully traceable supply chain is guaranteed sustainable and the
great care they take with processing creates exceptional taste.
100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the first cold pressed olive oil from the first round
of extraction of fresh, intact olivesit has not been heated during processing, so it retains
its full nutritional value.
Harvested in Italy, it is vegan, gluten free, and contains no additives or preservatives.
It has a robust flavor of artichoke and almond, with a medium bitter and spicy aftertaste,
as well as a green, ripe, fruity aroma with a leafy feel.
100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil typically retails for $19.99 for a 500 mL bottle.
After attending the event I felt more confident in trying these amazing ingredients and making a dish. I made a deer sausage, squash and rice dish that was amazing!
Add one link sausage (I used deer sausage).
Add three squash, I cut up small,
1/2 onion &
season with Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil. 
For the rice I used Le Stagioni d’ Italia. 

This was the best, whitest, greatest textured rice I have ever tried!
The end result!
I can’t wait to try more recipes using this amazing Flavor Your Life ingredients!
“I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions.
Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.”

Five Appliances That Will Make Cooking So Much Easier

Perhaps you’re not the best cook in the kitchen but you want to start engaging with more flavors and tastes. Or perhaps you simply want to make cooking more convenient so you don’t spend all your time in a kitchen without having to resort to instant noodles. Here, we’re going to look at five appliances that many a chef swears by, and how it can help you up your dinner game.

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Process makes perfect

A good food processor is far much more than a blender. In fact, not all are suited to be used as a blender. Rather, their best use is that they can be used to chop up a lot of vegetables or ingredients into small pieces in a tiny amount of time. As such, if you need some diced, sliced, or otherwise cut ingredients, you can save yourself a lot of time, especially if you’re not very dexterous.

 

A good wok

There are few tools more versatile than a good wok. When it comes to a good stir fry or noodle meal, you can use pretty much any whole food ingredients you like, alongside noodles, some sauce or seasoning, and your choice of cooked meat. It’s one of the best tools for quickly whipping up something tasty and filling.

 

The pressure is on now

Have you had the experience of cooking chicken or lamb or another flavorful meat, only to find it tastes kind of bland when you’re done with it? Pressure cookers are best known for trapping in all that flavor. What’s more, a good meal of chicken and rice in a pressure cooker will actually take less time to make than otherwise. You might have a delicious, filling meal ready in no more than fifteen minutes.

 

Nice as rice

A good staple grain to go with your meal can help make it filling without too much effort. Rice is one of the top choices for a lot of people, and there are few ways to cook rice better than with a rice cooker. If you have trouble maintaining consistent results with your rice, then a good rice cooker can help you make perfect rice every single time, taking out a lot of the guesswork.

 

Your smartphone

Okay, so it might not be an appliance that you cook with, but the phone has become one of the most useful tools in the kitchen for a lot of chefs. That’s thanks to the wide range of recipe sharing and cooking apps that can take you through the step-by-steps, from meal planning all the way up to cooking individual recipes. If you’re looking to expand your repertoire and build some skills, then make sure you find the right apps to help.

 

Of course, a craftsman or woman is only as good as their tools, but they also know how to make good use of those tools. Make sure you’re trying out some of the more basic recipes using your chosen appliances first so you can get used to how they work before you get experimental with them.