Roasted Garlic

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Roasted garlic may not be something you want to order on a first date but it is something you can serve to a group of friends. When everyone is eating garlic there is no need to worry about sweet breath.

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It may seem funny but I was intimidated by the idea of roasting garlic. I didn’t realize how simple it would be until I watched a cooking show that featured roasting vegetables. The best thing about roasting garlic is that it can be used in any dish requiring garlic and adds a nice smoky flavor. Try using roasted garlic instead of fresh chopped garlic the next time you make chili, soup or stew.

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Once I stopped being a scary cat about roasting I really liked serving roasted garlic as an appetizer. Served with olive oil and slices of crusty bread it is a wonderful treat. Besides being good to eat garlic is good for your health. I researched the benefits of garlic and found that it helps boost the immune system so it is great in the winter months when colds and flu are rampant. Garlic also is a great source of vitamin B6 which researchers say has cancer fighting abilities.

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Garlic may not improve your love life or be the most romantic food on the planet but it is healthy!

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 D. Marie Poetry

We are……
Friends
physically distant
communicating
in spirit
in being

Friends
colorful as each rainbow
changing with each season
still, we blend
creating new beauty

Friends
eternal as the moon
intense as the sun
you give love
and I love you

D. Marie

Roasted Garlic

Ingredients:
1 large whole garlic bulb
½ tbsp salt
½ tbsp black pepper
¼ cup olive oil
cooking spray
small strip of foil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Spray foil with cooking spray. Remove outer skin from individual garlic cloves and place in center of foil wrap. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and olive oil. Fold foil over and create a little pouch. Place on a cookie sheet and bake until garlic is soft. Approximately 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

To use as an appetizer, place a bulb of garlic into an a small dish and pour olive oil over garlic. Gently smash garlic into olive oil. Add red pepper flakes to spice things up or a little chopped basil.  Serve with sliced french bread or any crusty bread you like.

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