Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have a mother who cooked primarily with olive oil. As such, it was second nature to include it in my own cooking. However, becoming part of a Greek family took my appreciation for and use of olive oil to a whole new level! How did it change? Well, in the beginning, I joked that when in doubt as to how much oil one should use, pour until you think you've poured too much and then some! During the first few years, I would watch in awe as my mother-in-law would go through an entire pitcher of olive oil in a week's time. Aside from the obvious quantity used, it seemed odd to see an oil pitcher on the counter versus my dainty little dripper. Oh, how things have changed. Now, I chuckle whenever I see the dripper shoved in the far back corner of my pantry.
There seems to be little debate around the health benefits of olive oil. It is one of the few fats that we are encouraged to eat without reserve. If you're interested to read more about these specific benefits, the site HowStuffWorks.com has a good article that covers the health benefits of olive oil.
So next time you're out at the store, take a few extra minutes to browse the olive oil section. You may find that you look at the bottles on the shelf in a whole new light!