One simple thing every cook needs to have is a good olive oil. I found a Tuscano olive oil at Costco which I”m loving.
A good way to taste olive oil is to dip bread into it. If you don’t know what type or brand you like, buy small quantities and perform a taste test. A very light oil is best for dishes that are light in flavor and for baking. A dressing for salad or pasta can have a richer, deeper olive flavour.
It’s the deep flavour of olives, sea salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar that I mix up for dipping fresh bread. Often served at tables of Italian restaurants before the meal, it becomes a meal in itself for me. A carb-tastic pleasure.