May 15, 2014

Three Garlic Recipes

Filed under: HERBS & SPICES,RECIPES — carolyncholland @ 3:00 am





1 large garlic head
Melted butter or olive oil
Sliced French bread (or, fresh home-made whole wheat bread)

Trim about ¼ to ½ inch from top of garlic head with a sharp knife.

Place garlic, cut side up, in a small shallow baking pan (or, if you are lucky like I am, a garlic roaster)

Dribble 2-3 tablespoons of melted butter or olive oil over the top

Bake at 3500 F. about 45 minutes or until garlic head is soft and lightly browned (I tend to stick a couple of filled garlic roasters in the oven when my husband Monte is baking his bread…or if the oven is on for some other reason). If not using a garlic roaster, baste the garlic heads a couple of times while they are cooking.

Toast bread and brush with melted butter.

To serve, carefully detach cloves of garlic, squeeze pulp onto bread and spread.

Makes 2-3 servings per garlic head.


Serves 4


26 garlic cloves (unpeeled)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
2 1/4 cups sliced onions
6 fresh mushrooms, diced (1 small can mushroom pieces) (optional)
½ cup grated carrots (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
18 garlic cloves, peeled
3 1/2 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 ounces)
4 lemon wedges


Preheat oven to 350°F. Place 26 garlic cloves in (more…)

February 11, 2014

Garlic: 11 Facts & Trivia


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(watch for upcoming post THREE GARLIC RECIPES)

You either hate it or love it. What is it?
Of course, if you read the title to this article you know the answer:



Eat leeks in March,
and garlic in May,
Then the rest of the year,
your doctor can play
—An old Welsh saying

How apropro. The WordPress daily prompt for February 9, 2014, is What’s the one item in your kitchen you can’t possibly cook without?. And I already had this post well on its way.

Few persons are indifferent to garlic. I, for one, cannot cook without it.

Oh, yes…I do cook occasionally. This is one of my dirty little secrets. But I digress.

Garlic seeks power, wanting to dominate other flavors in a recipe. Thus, use it sparingly.

Yet I like to use garlic generously year round. I do increase my use of it during the winter flu season because, I suspect, it maintains my health, and also, I do cook more in frigid weather. So be prepared to taste garlic if you are served some of my cooking.

Garlic does have a peculiar trait: when it’s cooked long and thoroughly it loses its most obnoxious qualities and becomes a buttery-sweet, almost delicate seasoning.

There are at least three known all-garlic restaurants that garlic lovers can visit. Unfortunately, none are near me,

The reputed oldest is in Helsinki, Finland, Kynsilaukka (an old, popular name for garlic that literally means “claw Leek” or “clove leek”). There you can experience garlic everything, including cheesecake and beer. An all-garlic restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden offers a garlic cheesecake, and another in San Francisco, The Stinking Rose, offers garlic ice cream.*

Garlic is celebrated at numerous festivals. I’ll list two that are accessible for my husband Monte and I to attend—one celebrating 20 years and the other celebrating 10 years in 2014.

For a stinking good time attend the 20th Pocono Garlic Festival on August 30-31, 2014. A fun filled event with a mix of legendary Pocono home grown, entertainment, music, artist and of course regional garlic growers!

Not long after, on September 20-21, 2014, visit the 10th Garlic Festival in Cuba, New York.

And a third in one of my favorite places, 16th Mt. Desert Island (MDI) Garlic Fest occurs on September 13, 2014.

The Grey Duck Garlic website contains an updated 2014 list of garlic festivals in the United States.


Since I’ve been doing quizzes this year I’ll post some questions. The first 6 are folklore, the next 4 are fact.


  1. Garlic and onions were invoked as deities by what older culture?
  2. During the reign of King Tut what was the price of a healthy male slave?
  3. Why did the Koreans of old eat pickled garlic before passing through a mountain path?
  4. What planet did the herbalist Culpepper connect garlic with?
  5. European folklore gives garlic the ability to ward off what?
  6. What does it mean if you dream there is garlic in the house?
  7. Sanskrit records show garlic was used 5,000 years ago to do what?
  8. Besides cooking, what is garlic used for in today’s world?
  9. A 1955 Russian study demonstrated what use for garlic?
  10. How did artists use garlic in their early works of art?

The ancient Greek name for garlic was _______. _________ what French physician translated it to _________________?

To find the answers click on “more”


February 26, 2012

Herb & Spice Fill-in-the-Blank Quiz



 Another quiz on herbs and spices. (To take the previous quiz click on ‘Find the Herb & Spice’ Quiz )

The answers to this quiz are posted at the end of the following post: Recipe For a Wedding Potpourri (click on

  1. _______________ is the most expensive spice in America’s grocery shelf. It retails for over $2,500.00 per pound.
  2. When Adam left the Garden of Eden _______________ sprang up where his left food landed, and _______________ sprang up from where his right food landed.
  3. Plant _______________and the seed must visit the devil nine times, returning each time, before (more…)

January 26, 2012

Recipe For a Wedding Potpourri



THE WEDDING—a timeless ceremony connecting man with his ancient and his future generations…

THE WEDDING POTPOURRI—of herb and spice, a fragrant reminder of bygone eras…

Begin with the SESAME SEED—the oldest mythological plant found recorded on historic Assyrian tablets…

Tales of wisdom, words of faith, burst forth from the mighty MUSTARD SEED.

For marriage and fruitfulness, chastity and eternal love, enter the fragrant ORANGE BLOSSOMS

The ORANGE, giving happiness and prosperity, is a well-chosen gift.

Dedicated to Aphrodites and Venus; symbolic of love and beauty, (more…)

January 24, 2012

‘Find the Herb & Spice’ Quiz



In each phrase below you will find the name of an herb or spice. To make it more interesting, their names are all spelled backwards. How many can you identify?

The answers are revealed at the end of this link: Recipe For a Wedding Potpourri (click on )

  1. Pure gas should be used in this project.
  2. The new trellis about the garden makes it look very pleasing to the eye.
  3. Do not tarry about paying your income tax.
  4. Hey Mom, a Dracula is after me. Help!
  5. You must pin, tack, and stitch that garment in order to have it turn out professionally.
  6. This ship is all I navigated on the (more…)

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