Garlic 201

Don’t mess with fancy tools to skin or cut garlic.  You need only a big knife (chef’s – because of the wide blade).  Lay the garlic flat side down on a cutting board and place the flat side of the blade on top of the clove.  Holding the handle with one hand, smack the blade with the heel of your other hand right where the clove is laying.  If you want to SLICE your garlic (milder flavor), then smack it lightly to “pop” the peel loose.  If you want to mince your garlic (yea, garlic lovers!), SMASH with more force with the heel of your hand, and most of your mincing will have been done for you!  In both cases, once you smack or smash, the skin will easily come off with a gentle pull at the narrow end.  –Lula

Cedar Point Park Food – a review!

If you’re going, Lula says stay away from nachos…fake runny “cheesefood”.  DO get a corndog – batter dipped fresh before your eyes!  Yum!  Pretzels are OK – more like a freshely baked roll consistency than a true pretzel, though.  You are able to order 4 or 5 condiments AT A PRICE – a ridiculous price, but hey, we are a captive audience aren’t we?!?  The “Garlic Parmesan Fries” are simply fresh cut fries doused (and I mean DOUSED) with Italian dressing.  Yuck.  Mango fruit smoothie ROCKS!  –Lula

Garlic 101

Ahhh, Garlic.  Very few spices are as necessary for most cuisines as garlic. 3 types: Softneck (the most common heads in grocery stores), Elephant (much milder – I don’t use it – rather use a shallot, and it’s in the leek family), and hardneck, which you won’t f ind but at farmer’s markets in the summer.  Hardneck doesn’t store as well and is easily damaged.  The finer you mince garlic the stronger it is.  More about why in the next installment of Garlic… 102!  Lula

Tarragon

…is a most under-used herb!  Delicious and delicate, it imparts a slightly anise-y flavor without being reminiscent of licorice. For you container gardeners out there, it is very easy to grow, and adds a freshness to summer salads, as well as a mysterious “what IS that flavor?” note to meats such as chicken, veal and pork!  www.lulasforlunch.com

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