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    Here's How You Should Actually Be Cooking With Olive Oil

    This stuff goes way beyond pasta.

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    1. Make a surprisingly delicious ice cream flavor with it.

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    http://adventuresincooking.com/2013/05/olive-oil-ice-cream.html?_szp=426589

    Olive oil adds a subtle fruity flavor and rich texture to ice cream that takes it from good, to extra (virgin) good. Get the recipe here.

    2. And while you're at it, use it to top your ice cream as well.

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    Olive oil is the perfect topping for citrusy ice creams and sorbets, lending a luscious finish and subtle floral flavor. Get the recipe here.

    3. Add it to your cocktails for a surprisingly smooth finish.

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    Up your bartending game by incorporating olive oil into your mixed drinks. It adds a smooth finish and full body to any drink, making you look like a true mixologist. Learn how to do it here.

    4. Make a classic olive oil cake with it.

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    https://hipfoodiemom.com/2015/07/15/olive-oil-honey-cake-with-fresh-peaches/

    Olive oil adds a bright pop of flavor and incredibly moist texture to classic cake recipes. Try swapping vegetable oil with olive oil in your next recipe and taste the difference. Get the recipe here.

    5. Poach tomatoes in it and put them on everything.

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    Tomatoes poached in olive oil are the perfect topping for *practically* anything. Try them in pasta, on bread, or folded into an omelette. Get the recipe here.

    6. Take your chocolate chip cookies to the next level.

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    This recipe swaps the standard vegetable oil for flavorful olive oil in a grown-up take on the childhood classic. Get the recipe here.

    7. Make olive oil granola for a sweet and salty treat.

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    Olive oil and salt transforms basic granola into an addictive sweet and savory treat. Get the recipe here.

    8. Add an unexpected depth of flavor to waffles.

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    This recipe pairs olive oil with dark chocolate for the ultimate flavor pairing. Get the recipe here.

    9. Preserve leftover fresh herbs with it.

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    http://www.thekitchn.com/freeze-herbs-in-olive-oil-173648

    Simply store your leftover herbs in an ice cube tray, cover with olive oil, and store in the freezer. The frozen cubes will last for months and provide a blast of herby flavor anytime you need it. Get the recipe here.

    10. Use it to make ultra fudgy brownies.

    http://www.savorysimple.net/salted-olive-oil-brownies/
    http://www.savorysimple.net/salted-olive-oil-brownies/

    The next time you make brownies, swap canola oil for olive oil to add a subtle fruity flavor and unbeatable fudgy texture. Get the recipe here.

    11. Make fresh cheeses infinitely better by marinating them in it.

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    Try marinating fresh cheeses like mozzarella and chevre in olive oil for a flavorful (and easy to make) appetizer. Get the recipe here.

    12. Make delicious breakfast pastries with it.

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    Lemon, olive oil, and poppy seeds make the ultimate trio in this flavor-packed muffin. Get the recipe here.

    There you have it! Olive oil is truly a miracle ingredient. It's time to put that pantry staple to use!

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