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Kitchen Tip: How to Roast Garlic

Give your winter table more flavor by roasting garlic before adding it to hearty soups and sauces, mixing it into pesto, or simply spreading it on crusty, toasted bread. It’s easy to make these buttery cloves and they sit in the oven while the rest of your dinner is cooking.



Step 1

Peel off the excess “skin” from the head of garlic.









Step 2

Cut 1/4 -1/3 off the top of the garlic to expose as many cloves as possible.

raw garlic








Step 3

Drizzle with olive oil – be liberal!








Step 4

Place garlic on a piece of foil.

garlic and oil








Step 5

Make a garlic and oil package and place in an ovenproof baking dish.









Step 6

Bake for 45-55 minutes in a 400 degree oven until the cloves are golden brown. Allow the cloves to cool for 10-15 minutes before gently squeezing the garlic out of the skin.

roasted garlic






Kitchen Tip: How to Roast Tomatoes

pre-roasted tomatoes 1 When there are more tomatoes in your garden or in your CSA box than you know what to do with, it’s time to save some of that summer flavor for the cold months ahead! Roasted tomatoes can be frozen for a few months and it’s worth it to have that deep tomato flavor to brighten up soups and sauces on long winter nights.

Roasted Tomatoes

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Wash and slice tomatoes into 4-6 pieces depending on the size

3. Spread evenly on the baking sheets and drizzle liberally with olive oil, basil, salt and pepper

4. Bake for ~1hr until they are a deep red color and are beginning to caramelize

Kitchen Tip: Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

If you’re tired of removing half of your hard boiled egg with the shell because it’s stuck on tight, simply steam your eggs for 20 minutes, then run them under cool water to stop the cooking process. They’ll be perfectly cooked and easy to peel.

Kitchen Tip: Pitting Avocados

With the Super Bowl just a few hours away, many of you have avocados sitting on your counter that are waiting to be turned into guacamole. You’ve probably also seen videos or heard from your friends about how to “professionally” remove an avocado pit in three easy steps:

1. Slice the avocado in half lengthwise

2. Take your knife and slam the blade into the pit

3. Twist the knife and remove the pit

How do you avoid a game-changing mishap if in step #2 if you’re holding the avocado and the blade misses the pit?   Leave the half of the avocado with the pit on the counter and then proceed as above. Or, scoop out the pit with a spoon. Then there is a 99.9% probability that you’ll be enjoying the game instead of taking a surprise trip to the emergency room.

Kitchen Tip: Keep Your Iced Coffee at Full Strength

Next time you brew coffee make extra and freeze it in ice cube trays. Add a few cubes to your next homemade iced coffee instead of regular ice cubes to keep it from getting diluted.