Celebrity Chef Cat Cora Debunks Common Olive Oil Myths

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Cora, who is of Greek-American heritage, knows a thing or two about olive oil. Shes partnered with the Mediterranean cuisine company Gaea, to develop Cat Coras Kitchen by Gaea — a range of olive oils, tapenades, cooking sauces and vinegars. Here are six truths about olive oil that will hopefully add clarity to your next bottle you purchase. TRUE OR FALSE? Olive oil isn’t good for frying food False: It does have a high smoking point, meaning it can go up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. The reason why a lot of people do not fry, deep fry, with olive oil is because its expensive. TRUE OR FALSE? Oil that isn’t first cold-pressed is just the leftover oil True: The first press is the cold press, meaning its without heat or chemicals, and its extra virgin meaning, it is the premium olive oil that you want to buy. Anything else is a pure olive oil or its a leftover olive oil.” TRUE OR FALSE? Cooking olive oil destroys its health benefits True: It does destroy some of the health benefits. It definitely does because of the heat … but what we do in the Mediterranean is we will cook with a little bit of olive oil and then well actually add a drizzle of fresh olive oil on top … to keep those benefits. TRUE OR FALSE? You should store olive oil in the refrigerator False: Unless you live in an extremely humid, hot place you might want to do that, but other than that in a cool dark place, just like you would with wine. TRUE OR FALSE? Never buy oil that looks cloudy True: Thats actually not so good. Those are unfiltered and what happens is they dont last as long. So you definitely want to buy one thats nice, and clear. Youre always going to find them mostly in a darker bottle, but if you dont, it should be a nice dark green olive oil –and then have extra-virgin on the label.” TRUE OR FALSE?

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McDonald’s corporate chef and dietitian Jessica Foust served up a slow-cooked beef with blueberry pomegranate sauce and french fry gnocchi.

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By Jeanette Settembre / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, September 30, 2013, 3:33 PM Comment Mark Von Holden Chef Dale Talde’s Kung Pao Chicken made with McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets, sweet and sour sauce, rice wine vinegar, peanuts and iceberg lettuce. Related Stories Who gives a hoot about pretty girls as waitresses?Its no reason to block Hooters from Brooklyn Leave it to celebrity chefs to make McDonalds fast food fancy. To counter negative attitudes toward its food, McDonalds held a chef event dinner at Three Sixty restaurant in Tribeca on Thursday night featuring dishes made by nationally recognized chefs using basic McDonalds ingredients elevating the drive-thru experience to fine dining. Mark Von Holden Photography Chef James Tahhan, cooking show star on Telemundo, prepares his Tortilla Esponola with an apple and cucumber chipotle salad made with McDonalds chipotle barbecue and honey mustard sauces I just want people to think differently about our ingredients, McDonalds Executive Chef Dan Coudreaut told the Daily News. People see ingredients like a perfectly round egg on an Egg McMuffin and they think its not a real egg, but theyre fresh cracked eggs every day. I cant change what people believe. Just get to know us a little bit better. RELATED: MCDONALD’S TO OFFER FRUIT, SALAD AS SIDES Mark Von Holden Photography Chefs Aaron McCargo Jr., Jessica Foust, Dale Talde and James Tahhan pose with their fancy fast food at the McDonalds celebrity chef-dinner at Three Sixty restaurant in Tribeca on Thursday. Attendees, a mix of media and franchisees sipped mojitos made from McDonalds Mango Pineapple Smoothie base by the chains dietitian, Jessica Foust, and used forks and knives to cut into chicken nuggets and fries. The multicourse menu featured ingredients like McDonalds crispy chicken, sweet and sour sauce, chipotle barbecue sauce, hash browns, cheddar jack cheese and espresso. Mark Von Holden Photography McDonalds corporate chef and dietitian Jessica Foust served up a slow-cooked beef with blueberry pomegranate sauce and french fry gnocchi. Among the entrees was a Kung Pao Chicken appetizer made by Chef Dale Talde, a former Top Chef contender and owner of Talde in Park Slope, that uses Chicken McNuggets sweet and sour sauce served in a bed of iceberg lettuce. RELATED: MAN ORDERS MCEVERYTHING SANDWICH IN MCDONALD’S Next, Telemundo cooking show star Chef James Tahhan prepared a tortilla espanola with garlic aioli served with a zesty apple and cucumber salad, which was followed by a bold barbecue chicken dish by Chef Aaron McCargo Jr., season four winner of The Next Food Network Star, who used crispy chicken doused in chipotle barbecue sauce, applwood smoked bacon and cheddar jack cheese served over a crispy hash brown. But the most elaborate dish was Fousts slow-roasted beef with blueberry pomegranate sauce and gnocchi fries cooked down and stuffed with eggs and flour. While you wont be able to get a Big Mac-aroon a chocolate ganache-filled party favor eaters got to take home or a mango mojito, the chain announched a plan to offer healthy alternatives to fries like fruit and salad.