Slow Food is anything but – and easy on the pocket book, too!

Started in 1986 by 62 incredibly forward-thinking Italian food enthusiasts, Slow Food has become the international food organization. With over 85,000 members in over 130 countries worldwide, Slow Food promotes “… good, clean and fair food. We believe that the food we eat should taste good; that it should be produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health; and that food producers should receive fair compensation for their work.”

Small family-owned farms play a critical role in the production of  ‘good, clean and fair food’ as they exemplify sustainable agriculture by preserving centuries-old traditions, methods and plant varieties. Extra virgin olive oil is a prime example of this: harvested by hand from centuries-old trees and cold-pressed to ensure pure, untainted flavor, the olives used today are the very same that caused Aristotle to wax poetic and Alexander the Great to conquer the known world.  The fundamental ingredient in almost all Mediterranean cooking, extra virgin olive oil is ‘Slow Food’ at its finest.

Here’s the best part: for literally pennies, it’s possible to create world-class cuisine that promotes sustainable agricultural practices and keeps you healthy. Lucini’s Limited Reserve Premium Select™ Extra Virgin Olive Oil 100% Organic helps fight cancer, heart disease, and other serious health aliments while adding immeasurable taste-value to everything you cook. The Slow Food movement didn’t start in Italy by accident, let me assure you!

Patate al forno

Patate al forno (with brussel sprouts and cubed bacon)

Patate al forno (Italian oven-roasted potatoes)

You’ll find these marvels throughout Italy. For a nice, hearty winter dish add sliced fresh brussels sprouts and cubed thick-sliced sweet cured bacon. Leaving the skin on adds nutritional value and decreases prep time.

3-4lb russet potatoes

2-3 tblsp fresh rosemary finely chopped

1-2 clove(s) fresh garlic finely chopped

Lucini Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven 350°F. Line a jelly-roll or roasting pan with parchment paper. Scrub potatoes with a vegetable brush to thoroughly clean skin. Quarter each potato then slice in 1/4″ thick pieces. Evenly distribute sliced potatoes on prepared pan. Sprinkle chopped rosemary and garlic over potatoes; salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle oil over seasoned potatoes and toss to coat. Bake until tender, about 40 minutes. Serve hot.

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