Kitchen basics – how to roast garlic

FinalGarlicI live about 30 minutes north from the garlic capital: Gilroy, California. Each year on (what seems to be) the hottest weekend of the summer, people make the trek to Gilroy to enjoy all things garlic.

I can’t wait until summer. I love garlic on just about anything.

Perfectly roasted garlic is soft, sweet, nutty, caramely and encompasses everything we love about garlic, without the sharp burning after taste. It’s easy to create a jar of roasted garlic cloves at home. Let me show you.

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English meets French – cassoulet inspired white bean stew on toast

Beansontoast

To some Americans, this might sound like an unlikely combination.

Many English folk are fond of this snack, generally served using Heinz baked beans on white bread.

Before you raise an eyebrow-let me tell you why this combination rocks.

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To Freeze/Make Ahead, Or Not?

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There seems to be a recent boost in popularity amongst home cooks: big batch make-ahead freezer meals.

To those who may not be familiar with this method, these recipes generally involve prepping and assembling several meals at once, storing each in the freezer, and then thawing and reheating in the oven or slow cooker at the time needed. Some people believe that this method saves time and money, however others might still be asking, “Why would I want to do that?”

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