Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cat Cora’s Kitchen by Gaea~ Review

The holidays are upon us, and we all know what that means—a month of indulgent eating and drinking. So, why not give yourself and your loved ones the gift of health this season by incorporating a little Mediterranean flair into your holiday soirées?

There are an abundance of studies indicating the significant benefits of the Mediterranean diet, and even a few weeks ago The Los Angeles Times featured the healthful style of eating citing support from Harvard University’s, Dr. Dimitrios Trichopoulos who called the Mediterranean diet “possibly the best ever!”

Not sure how to eat the Mediterranean way? Simple! Just head over to your local grocery store and pick up Cat Cora’s Kitchen by Gaea products. The Greek-American celebrity chef has teamed up with Gaea, an award-winning Greek specialty foods manufacturer to create her new line of gourmet olives, olive oils, vinegars, cooking sauces, tapenades and other authentic Greek specialties. All of the products are made from the finest ingredients and are 100 percent natural, free from artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.

Looking for an alternative to the heavy holiday dips? Try Cat Cora’s Kitchen by Gaea’s tapenades with bread and crackers! Instead of a traditional chocolate cake for your holiday party, try a lighter yet surprisingly decadent-tasting alternative like Cat’s Lathi Torte, an olive oil cake rich in healthy fats and antioxidants. This is just one of Cat’s specially created recipes that will surely have your friends and family wanting to try the Mediterranean lifestyle, too!

{About Cat Cora}

  • In 2005, Cat made television history by becoming the first and only female Iron Chefon Food Network’s Iron Chef America.

  • Cat has authored three top- selling cookbooks, opened three restaurants and has launched hew own collection of cookware andwines.

  • Cora is the co-host for Disney’s “Muppets Kitchen with Cat Cora” and “Hasty Tasty” webseries.

  • Cora is contributing food & lifestyle editor for O, The Oprah Magazine.
    In 2004, Cora, an avid philanthropist and UNICEF spokesperson, founded Chefs For Humanity in response to the tsunami disaster in Indonesia. This non-for-profit organizationaims to provide nutrition education and hunger relief worldwide.

  • For more on Cat, visit:
I recently had the pleasure of trying two of Cat Cora's Kitchen products-
*SNACK PACK, WHOLE KALAMATA OLIVES-Our whole Kalamata olives are sun ripened. The color ofeach olive varies depending on their exposure to the sun'srays while on the tree, with olives on upper, western branches getting the darkest color.

*KALAMATA OLIVES- Coming from the Kalamata region of Greece, theseolives are plump, fleshy and full of flavor. The colorof Kalamata olives depends where they are locatedon the tree and their exposure to the sun. Cat Cora’sKitchen by Gaea offers Kalamata olives whole or pitted. They can be eaten on their own as a finger food, as an appetizer, or they can be added to casseroles and salads.

I enjoyed both of these products, especially the snack pack. I love that they are a healthy snack for when I am on-the-go, which, face it- when aren't we all on-the-go?

Cat Cora’s Kitchen by Gaea is now available for the first time nationwide at specialty food stores and major retailers including Kroger, Target and Whole Foods. Products range from $3.18 - $24.55. Higher end products in the line such as the XXX oil and the Oxymelo Vinegar (think of it as the Greek Balsamic) are also great for stocking stuffers.

The product(s) provided for the review were sent to me free of charge from the company or the PR agency. The product(s) offered for the giveaway are free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and not by any means influenced by any other part.

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