There was recently a thread on Slow Talk about "How many kinds of mustard are in your fridge?" I have two: yellow and dijon. That's it. I guess I am not into mustard. I put the yellow stuff in egg salad, or once a year on a hot dog. I use the dijon for cooking or in salad dressings, never on a sandwich! Ok, enough about mustard...but it made me think, "How many kinds of olive oil do I have?" I AM into olive oil! I decided to take an inventory.
There is the GOOD oil. This is for savoring, drizzling, or enhancing. The BEST I have had is from Le Case Gialle in Umbria. I only have two bottles left. Also pictured is the "Olio Nuovo" from Pasolivo, and a bottle from Banfi vineyards in Tuscany. I really love olive oil from Puglia, but haven't found any in a while.
Can you tell the beautiful GREEN color?
Then there is the FLAVORED oil I use for cooking, or baking. Lime, mandarin, basil, garlic and lemon oils are shown here.
Then we have the CHEAP STUFF from Costco. This is this year's Toscano oil in the GLASS bottles. Costco only has it once a year, and when it is gone, it is GONE. This is fine for frying and recipes where it won't make much of a difference.
I guess I have enough olive oil. !2 bottles should hold me until next fall. I better not buy any more. But I can still paint it!