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

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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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Bread Baking – Whoops!

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Part of being a food blogger and writer is admitting when something went wrong. Today, I ate my last slice of last week’s 90 Minute Whole Wheat Bread. I am definitely on a whole wheat bread kick, and I knew I wanted to bake more.

I decided to modify the recipe for this week’s batch: no seeds, and no oats. I just wanted some sweet honey wheat bread. I will be seeing a lot of people this week, and I don’t want a smile full of flax and sunflower seeds.

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Latest Obsession – Avocado Toast

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This is not a health food blog. I love butter. I also love chocolate, as proven by yesterday’s post on how to create easy no-bake chocolate peanut butter candy. But to me, breakfast feels like a new beginning. It feels like the meal that will either send me into the day feeling energized and awake, grumpy and hungry, or heavy and sleepy. For me to feel good about a breakfast, I know it needs to have enough calories to make me feel full, have enough flavor for me to feel satisfied, and have few enough calories that I can still enjoy foods other than salads for lunch and dinner. My answer is to fill myself up on healthy fats and fiber at breakfast.

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I realize that avocado toast isn’t a new thing to foodie folks who regularly skim through healthy eating Instagram photos, but I think that it’ll be a food trend that will stick around for a while.

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