Rustic Merlot Loaf: Red Wine & Garlic Bread

Red wine in bread? I decided to give this unique flavor the green light and I’m glad I did! The red wine adds a bright and earthy flavor that compliments the sourdough. The addition of garlic cloves makes them warm and soft. This recipe makes a savory and rustic garlic bread you’ll have to taste to believe. Continue reading

Edible Field Garlic

All across the country, wild and edible field garlic pops up in small green tufts. It’s hearty, resilient and easy to identify. It’s edible right out of the ground, but you can clean it, cook it or add it to soups and salads. Field garlic is not native to North America and in a few states it’s an invasive species that flavors cow’s milk in an unappetizing way. Eating this free resource is good for your local environment! Continue reading

Sprouting Garlic

Garlic is a magical plant. The cloves have antibacterial and healing properties and add a fragrant zing to every food item. Here is how you can grow garlic yourself, starting by sprouting it indoors.

Sprouting Garlic

Garlic can be grown using the cloves you already have in your kitchen! I sprouted my garlic indoors using cloves from a bulb I had inside my fridge. Garlic sprouts faster when kept at colder temperatures so place it in the fridge 1-2 weeks before you want to start growing it. Continue reading

Steamed Clams in Garlic, Butter and White Wine

Steamed clams are one of the best appetizers! Personally, I eat them as a meal because they are so delicious with a side of rustic bread! I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and Puget Sound clams are easy and fun to find, not to mention scrumptious. After picking up some wonderful fresh clams from a mobile seafood cart at my favorite local grocery store, The Moscow Food Co-op, I set out to make a meal of some delicious steamed clams.

Here is a wonderful recipe for Steamed Clams in Garlic, Butter and White Wine. Continue reading

Easy Roasted Garlic

Roasted garlic is delicious to eat, fragrant to make and is incredibly versatile. Spending an afternoon roasting your own garlic is an easy way to ensure you’ll always have this great ingredient on hand for breads, soups, pizzas or dips! It takes about 5 hours of non-hands-on watching, so great for cooking on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

The amount of effort to make 5 bulbs of garlic is the same as cooking 1 bulb, so cook as many as you’d like. If you don’t have time to peel the garlic now, it keeps well in the fridge and will be even easier to peel once it’s cold. Continue reading

Medicinal Benefits of Garlic

Fall and winter cold season is upon us! Every time I start to feel sick, I remember that garlic is one of the best ways to avoid it. Ever since my friend told me eating raw garlic was the best way to cure a cold almost 7 years ago, this has been my go-to method of medication. I spread the word as often as I can and those brave enough to believe me are blessed with a healthy, cold-free winter. Put down the antibiotics, and pick up a clove of garlic!

Photo Courtesy of: Isabel Eyre

Photo Courtesy of: Isabel Eyre

Crush garlic is the most beneficial way to eat garlic. Using a garlic press is usually too much for me and makes the garlic too strong for my stomach to handle so I chop it up into small pieces. Put it in a spoon and swallow it with a glass of water the same way you would a vitamin. Continue reading