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GARLIC BENEFITS, USES AND COOKING

My Project 257-001“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good.” ~Alice May Brock

April is National Garlic Month and we love garlic in anything!  Garlic is a close relative to the onion, leek, shallot and chive.  It has been used by humans for over 7,000 years for numerous reasons such as human consumption and medicinal purposes.  Garlic can be grown in mild climates year round or in cold climates planted in autumn and harvested before frost. China is the largest producer of garlic today.  Garlic is widely used in cooking for its pungent flavor as a seasoning or condiment.

Garlic has long been the subject of folk beliefs and thought to ward off or guard against demons, vampires and werewolves.

Health Benefits of Garlic:

Cholesterol and triglyceride reduction. lower blood pressure. helps prevent heart disease, anti-inflammatory properties, anti-cancer properties, hardening of the arteries. Research suggests that eating garlic may reduce the risk of having colon, rectal cancer or stomach cancer.

Garlic is believed by some to ward off mosquitoes, treat hair loss and athlete’s foot, soothe psoriasis and treat colds.

Tips on Choosing and Cooking with Garlic:

1.  Microwave garlic cloves for 15 seconds and the skins slip right off!

2.  The smaller you chop or the more you mash garlic cloves, the stronger the flavor.

3.  Put a knife blade against chopped garlic and press down hard for a finer consistency or put in a plastic bag and pound it with a meat mallet.

4.  Choose garlic bulbs that are firm to the touch when buying in the grocery.

5.  You can buy peeled or minced garlic in oil in the store but to get the best flavor in cooking always use fresh garlic.

6.  Do not refrigerate fresh, unpeeled garlic bulbs but store in a cool, dry place.

7.  Garlic bulbs should keep from 3 to 4 months.

8.  One clove of garlic has 4 calories.

9.  One medium garlic clove is equal to one teaspoon of minced garlic or one-fourth teaspoon of garlic powder.

10.Baking soda or lemon juice will remove the smell of garlic from your hands.

The recipe below is a great way to use garlic!

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Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts

1 lb fresh or frozen brussels sprouts, trimmed

4 cloves of garlic, peeled and mashed

4 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons melted butter, Optional

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon Kosher or regular salt

Pinch of cayenne or dash or hot sauce, Optional

Whisk together the garlic,  olive oil, butter, black pepper, salt and hot sauce.  Place brussels sprouts in a bowl and toss with the garlic mixture.  Put sprouts on a baking pan and roast in preheated 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes, turning once.  Makes 4 servings.

Note:  You can add bacon or bacon bits.  You can also sprinkle with fresh shredded parmesan cheese.

Try this healthy little addition to any recipe and Enjoy!

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CHEESY SCALLOPED POTATOES AND SAUSAGE

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Sausage4 - tslcThis recipe for Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Sausage makes a hearty meal and men love it.  I serve it with my Southern Cornmeal Hoecakes.  Leftovers can be reheated and keeps for several days in the fridge.  You could also cut this recipe in half.

1 pound package of smoked sausage (could use polish), sliced in rounds

7 to 8 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced

1 green pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped

1 large onion, peeled and chopped

1 (8 ounce) package Colby Jack Cheese, cubed (can use whatever kind you like)

1 cup milk

1 cup sour cream

4 tablespoons butter or 1/2 stick or 1/4 cup

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

3 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (can use whatever kind you like)

paprika (about 1 to 2 tablespoons)

fresh parsley for garnish (Optional)

In a large mixing bowl slice up the sausage, peel and slice potatoes, chopped green pepper and chopped onion.  Toss to mix.  Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray and pour in the potato sausage mixture.  Sprinkle cubed cheese on top.  In a saucepan on top of the stove combine the milk, sour cream, butter, salt, pepper, garlic powder and flour.  Over low heat melt the ingredients while stirring with a wire whisk until mixture thickens and is smooth. DO NOT BOIL. Remove from stove and pour over potatoes and sausage.  Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over top. Sprinkle paprika over cheese.   Cover with foil and bake in preheated 375 degree oven 35 to 40 minutes or until potatoes are tender when stuck with a fork.  Remove foil and bake for 15 more minutes until starts to brown on top.  Remove from oven and garnish with fresh parsley.(Optional)  Makes 8 – 10 servings.  Enjoy!

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You might also like the following casseroles, too:

Cabbage Roll Casserole

Cheesy Bacon Yellow Squash Casserole

Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese

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BANANA OATMEAL MUFFINS

Banana Oatmeal Muffins - TSLC - Copy (2)My family loves anything that goes with a good cup of coffee in the mornings.  Muffins, breads, cakes and pies will all do for breakfast for my crew.  This Banana Oatmeal Muffin recipe is a favorite and a good way to use up bananas.  The oatmeal is good for you, too!

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup quick-cooking oats (could use regular)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon allspice

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 stick butter or 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup, melted

1/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup sour cream

3 medium ripe bananas, mashed

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup raisins

1 cup pecan or walnut pieces

Whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and allspice in a large bowl with a wire whisk.  In a smaller bowl mix together with a spoon the sugar, eggs, melted butter, buttermilk, sour cream,  bananas and vanilla extract.  Pour into larger bowl with flour ingredients and mix well with a spoon.  Fold in nuts and raisins. (You can leave either of these out if you don’t like them). Spray a 12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes until centers test done and muffins are brown. Makes 12 to 18 muffins depending on how much you put in muffin cups. Enjoy!

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TWELVE FAVORITE EASTER DESSERTS!

Check out these easy to prepare twelve dessert recipes for your Easter dinner!  The coconut cake can be sprinkled with colored coconut and some jelly beans to dress it up.  The same with the Mandarin Orange Cake, the 7-Up Cake and the Lemon Chess Cake.  There is nothing like Banana Pudding for dessert and the Strawberry Pudding is just as good.  The Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes will become a favorite for any gathering.  Check them all out below. Just click the link under the photo to go to the recipe and Enjoy!

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Easy Sour Cream Coconut Cake

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Mandarin Orange Cake

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7-Up Cake

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Quick Banana Cake

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Lemony Chess Cake

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Nutty Pineapple Pistachio Cake

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Strawberry Pudding

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Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding

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Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

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 Hummingbird Cake

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Old-Fashioned Carrot Cake

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Strawberry Banana Cake

 

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