Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all!

I must apologize for not updating in such a long time. This semester was extremely busy. On top of all the academic work, I also moved (about 30 minutes away, within the same state) earlier this month. That was fun and exciting and the actual move itself went surprisingly smoothly and quickly because I had several friends help. They were awesome! But it did throw a bit of a monkey wrench in the works.

I cooked many tasty things when I went to visit my best friend in November. We worked together on them, myself mostly following her lead. They included chicken with roasted potatoes and whole cloves of garlic, a delicious stew with turkey meat and vegetables, and apple pie.

I haven’t cooked as much as usual since Thanksgiving, but I did get to bake about a week ago. I followed the Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe (a lifetime favorite that I’ll be repeating with my mom in several hours – our yearly tradition). I left out the nuts, but added a shot of Frangelico to the dough around the time I also added the chocolate chips. The result was absolutely delicious – and quite popular at the 2 parties I attended that weekend.

I spent Christmas Eve with my best friend and her family. She and I played viola and sang at the services at a church where we’ve known the choir director for years. It was so wonderful to play music with an extremely talented and dedicated group!

When we got back to her parents’ house we exchanged presents. One of the gifts she gave me was Garlic, Garlic, Garlic: More than 200 Exceptional Recipes for the World’s Most Indispensable Ingredient. It has more information than a chef could ever want about garlic, as well as recipes that range from starters to pasta and seafood to even dessert!

I just might have to follow in Julie Powell’s footsteps and cook my way through this book.


About this Blog

Hello and welcome to “How I learned to stop worrying and love the garlic.” This blog was partially inspired by the movie, Julie & Julia, in which Julie Powell keeps a blog while attempting to cook all the recipes in Julia Child’s first cookbook. More importantly, it was also inspired by fun experiences cooking with my best friend – who came up with the blog title – and with my fiancĂ©. We’re all from predominantly Italian-American families, so we share a deep love for good food, good company, and (of course) garlic.

Garlic will be an ingredient in most of the recipes we share here, often a key ingredient. It is not, however, the main focus of the blog. The focus will be more on the processes of cooking and tweaking recipes to better meet our needs and preferences. We’ll share our adventures, success stories, and amusing or insight-inducing failures. Some of the recipes have been passed down to us by our mothers; others we developed on our own or found in cookbooks or online. Whenever possible, we’ll share at least the ingredients list and/or source of the recipe. Be prepared for a pinch of this, a splash of that, and “to taste.”

Cooking is a wonderful adventure. It allows us to know exactly what we are eating and to choose healthy ingredients – well, most of the time! It is a creative process that can be wonderfully stimulating to all five senses. Best of all, the experience and/or results of slaving over a hot stove can be shared with loved ones. Few things feel better than having someone I care about say “this is delicious,” grin broadly, and take a second helping of the meal I just prepared. Food nourishes the body. Sharing it with loved ones nourishes the soul.

We hope you will enjoy reading this blog as much as we enjoy writing it.

Buon appetito!

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