Monday, September 14, 2009

Garlic A-Peel

Well, one thing I know for sure is that I will definitely not be hosting any vampires at dinner parties in my house (such a relief!) because I have a serious thing for garlic. I like it in everything, cooked or raw, and I sometimes make a garlic-balsamic salad dressing that leaves you with the ability to peel paint off walls with your breath. It's delicious. Plus, garlic is one of those foods that is so good for you, that they put it in capsules and call it vitamins- eating this stuff staves off heart disease, high cholesterol, fungus and cancer. It's so rare when something so delicious is also good for you- there is nothing to do but take full advantage of garlic's wonderfulness.
But the unpleasant part of cooking with garlic is peeling those tricky papery skins off the cloves. Luckily, there is an easy trick that takes all the hard work and frustration out of peeling garlic. And, even more fortuitously, I know it.
Here's what you do:
Lay the garlic clove on a cutting board. Place the side of a large knife on top of it, and, using the palm of your hand, whack down on top of it (really give it a good whack- it's better than therapy). The clove will crunch a little, but the skin will miraculously separate from the garlic flesh, making it a snap to remove. So get cooking with garlic!
Now, does any one know any good ways to test if your houseguest is a zombie?

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