The Best Way to Prepare Garlic
Garlic lovers rejoice. Here's some good news for your heart and your breath.
Lightly cooking garlic to help soften the smell won't rob it of those heart-protective compounds known as thiosulfinates. So you can cut back on the mints and start feeling better about baking, boiling, or sauteing it. Just don't microwave it. Wondering why?
Get a Crush on Garlic
When researchers set out to see how various preparation methods affected garlic's ability to break up clusters of artery-clogging platelets in the bloodstream, they tried boiling, baking, and microwaving both crushed and uncrushed garlic cloves. Lightly cooked crushed garlic aced the test -- as long as it wasn't cooked in the microwave. This cooking method sapped the garlic of all its good-for-you attributes. No matter how you serve it up, always crush garlic first. Crushing the cloves is what releases the beneficial thiosulfinates in the first place.
Sweet Garlic Dishes
Share this great garlic news with folks at your next holiday gathering, and let them sample its heart-healthy powers by bringing some Garlic and White Bean Dip. Also, try this Garlic Lover's Rub on your favorite meat or veggie.
Read this article for pointers on how to prepare produce so it packs the most powerful nutritional punch.
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Roasted garlic is delicious and it's super easy to bake. Experiment with this Tuscan Jumbo Garlic Baker, which looks and cooks great. Each clove emerges mellow and nutty, ready to add to mashed potatoes or spread on crusty whole-wheat bread. RealAge Editor's Holiday Gift Pick!
I got this information from a RealAge newsletter that comes to my email box. I found it very interesting, especially since I love eating recipes with garlic. Garlic is such a healthy food to eat and it is wonderful in killing germs and bacteria. I gave my husband garlic capsules after he came home from the hospital to help him kill off any bacteria he picked up after taking so many antibiotics. Click on the recipes above and also the article on how to prepare produce so it packs the most powerful nutritional punch. I found it very interesting.
What’s Lucy been doing lately? I’ve been busy working on our annual herb and spice order. Once a year our church group goes together to order herbs and spices. This year we are a little later than usual in ordering but it is done and the spices were shipped today and should be here by next Friday. Take a look at this website to see what we can order?
Tomorrow I will be ordering nuts, seeds and dry fruits and here is there website. If you get an order of 20 pounds or more, you get free shipping. Walnuts, almonds and pecans are cheaper at Sam’s Club, but everything else is reasonably priced. If you are interested you could get together with a couple of friends and easily put together a 20 pound order and get your free shipping. I was recommended this site by a very good friend of mine who has ordered from them before and says that their products are very good.
Thanksgiving is over and Christmas will be here before you know it. Today I made my ginger bread dough for my annual cookie baking. TF’s family loves this special recipe. If you are interested in the recipe, take a look here. I need to get to work on the P.J.s that I will be making for my granddaughter for Christmas. I haven’t done much sewing in the last couple of years but I just had to do this for my little princess. Our ladies group at church is working on doing a service project for our local assistance ministries. We are doing a food drive and making candy jars. I am working on a flyer, that I can put out in our neighborhood, to gather non perishable food and Christmas candy. This is going to be a very busy Christmas season for me and I look forward to it.
On a special note: My daughter Bonnie is going to Florida this Wednesday to watch the Space shuttle launch. An opening came up between classes and her finals that will allow her to go. She will be able to stay at her grandmothers while she is there. Bonnie has been wanting to go watch an actual flight for a long time and this will probably be her only opportunity for a while. I know she will have a great time. Keep your fingers crossed that the flight doesn’t get cancelled……