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Raw Garlic vs Cooked Garlic

Tweet Have you ever wondered why some recipes call for chopped garlic while others list minced, sliced or even whole cloves? When using fresh raw garlic it’s important to know that “how” you cut it directly affects the flavor intensity. When you cut into a raw garlic clove, you are rupturing the cells. The finer the clove is […]

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Roasted Garlic

Roasted Garlic

Tweet I prefer to use roasted garlic in dishes when I want a more mellow, slightly sweet garlic flavor. This is particularly true in those recipes that do not get cooked, such as, hummus, certain salad dressings and sauces. Roasting garlic is super simple and can be used in various ways, such as, adding it […]

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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Tweet Spaghetti with garlic and olive oil is the most basic way to sauce pasta. In a country where it is quite common (the norm actually) for the same pasta dish to vary from north to south, region to region, town to town, family to family, this “poor man’s meal” seems to be the common […]

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Fettunta Toscana

Tweet Fettunta Toscana, a traditional Tuscan style bruschetta, is grilled rustic bread with tomatoes and basil. The quality of the ingredients are paramount for this simple yet satisfying snack (Merenda). Thick, crusty, chewy, country bread, fresh from-the-vine plump and juicy tomatoes (or at least perfectly ripe), a few cloves of fresh garlic, sweet basil and […]

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Bruschetta

Tweet “A table without bread is like a day without sunshine.” This Sicilian saying refers to the poverty of the past (faded but not forgotten) where a loaf of bread was the only thing keeping you from starvation. Perhaps, this is why many of us have grown up being taught to never waste a crumb. […]

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