Thursday, March 29, 2007

The perfect cherry tomato, roasted garlic, dog pix

I am officially getting sick and tired of this stupid cut. It has really put a damper on my cooking. Fortunately, I have a lot of freezer staples, so I've been defrosting them for dinner and making salads... although, the washing of the produce is not necessarily good for the cut.

I was THRILLED to stumbled upon some awesome cherry tomatoes. I know for many of you, this early spring is birthing beautiful produce, but up here, in New Hampshire, we are not that lucky, so to find a true tomato is a good thing, even if it's a cherry tomato.


I figured I'd share a tip on garlic since I'm not doing much cooking. I use roasted garlic in a lot of food to replace oil. The texture is similar and the flavor is heady and satisfying. Often, I roast the garlic in the toaster oven as I'm baking other things, but sometimes, I just buy the garlic cloves my grocery store so generously offers (at a mere .99/lb for peeled garlic) and make a pint jar at a time. This is the low cal way. First of all, I spray the cast iron skillet and heat to 2.. and add the garlic, kosher salt/pepper and red pepper flakes. I slowly allow it to come up to temperature and brown the garlic. There is a FINE line between browned garlic and burned garlic. When you start to smell a delicious aroma, the garlic will probably be browned to perfection. Next, I add some water and allow it to reduce down. This will take about 30 mins or so. If you don't care about calories, adding EVOO would be sublime. I care, so I add water. When the cloves are soft, mash them and store them in a covered container for a maximum of 5 days. I actually do this several times a week for my recipes. The calorie bang for your buck is big time, baby!


My sweet baby, basking in the sunlight (PS, this is also where I take most of my food pics. The natural light makes a difference.. sometimes, I use a rice paper filter on the window as well..)


Hi Momma! Why are you waking me up?

29 comments:

  1. Courney3:39 PM

    Thanks so much for the "roasted garlic" tips! I LOVE roasted garlic, but I always have a hard time squeezing the cloves out once it has been roasted in the oven (I always feel like I am wasting so much). I am going to try your way this weekend!

    Courtney

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  2. Your dog is soo cute. I love the sleepy look.

    Thanks for the garlic tip - I fear it's too high maintenance for me to pick up at this point in time but I'll keep it in mind for exploring in the future.

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  3. The garlic idea sounds great. I haven't ever seen loose peeled garlic cloves for sale. Your doggy is so sweet!

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  4. What a wonderful idea. My DH bought me a garlic roaster so I don't have to use foil when I make it in the oven. Your idea sounds great when you don't want to heat the oven. The whole aluminum thing creeps me out. Your baby is so cute. I love animals. Thanks for the great tip!

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  5. What a beautiful pup!

    That cherry tomato really was gorgeous. It's the start of autumn here, but we are just starting to get the good produce because it's too hot in summer for most things to grow well. I'm hoping to see some perfect tomatoes at the market on Sunday.

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  6. The garlic tip is good! I don't think I'll use it alot now though, I never have a lot of extra time.

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  7. Sorry to hear about your cut, I know what you mean about being frustrated with the cooking limitations. I have one more week to go before a new x-ray that will hopefully release my left thumb into regular action again.

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  8. Oh, I know how it feels to have a darn cut that won't go away... everything aggravates it! Wetness, dryness, movement, ugh!

    I feel your produce pain, I'm not too far away from NH! What gorgeous photos of tomatoes.

    And the dog basking in the sunlight- reminds me of my cats doing the same. They realize it's spring!!

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  9. I used to do my garlic like that, but with oil so I would have garlic oil - back when I didn't care! I am so glad it's tomato season. I eat those cherry tomatoes right out of a bowl.

    Your baby looks so happy in the sunshine.

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  10. What a great picture of baby- don't you want to just kiss that face a million times a day?

    And what an exquisite cherry tomato and will definitely follow up on your garlis tip- yummy!

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  11. sorry about your slow-healing. Too bad.

    First of all, I love the doggie pics. Hoorah for sleepy dogs. So sweet and loveable!

    The tomatoes and the garlic look amazing!! makes me hungry, even though I just ate!

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  12. Awwwwwwwww! I love the sunshiney dawg. Those are some very sweet pix. THANK YOU!! You know i'm a sucka for the dog photographs, Mel...

    I adore roasted garlic, how nice that they're a "lo cal" treat... yummers!! A Big Ol' Thanks for showin' us the way to make these babies easier...

    Your cheery cherry tomatoes... GORGEOUS!!!

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  13. thanks for the garlic tip! and sorry about the cut -- you & dori are in the same boat right now.

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  14. Adorable! I mean the dog, of course, but the cherry tomatoes are also special in their own way. :)

    Sometimes I like to wrap cherry tomatoes in a basil leaf with a little s&p, garlic and evoo just for an amuse bouche or an appetizer.

    Excellent tip on the roasted garlic. Do you roast the whole bulb normally?

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  15. I love the roasted garlic tip! I saved this and I am going to give it a try!

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  16. Oh Melody that garlic tip is great. I would have to peel my own garlic for this (well, duh!) since my grocery store doesn't offer them peeled, but I'd say it was worth it to avoid that oven thing and the mess of squeezing the cloves. Yes indeedy do LOL And we love garlic here - a day without garlic is like a day without dogs! (And you have a lovely Baby there!)

    Thanks for the tip - and for the prettiest cherry tomato I've ever seen :) Hugs.

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  17. Thanks for the great garlic tip. Those cherry tomatoes look perfect. Awww, your dog is so cute!

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  19. Melody,

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and your kind words about Angus. It really does help to know that people care - even ones who only met him in cyberspace. As for your pup - OH MY GOSH! I just want to kiss those jowls! I would probably make a fool of myself if I ever meet your dog :-)

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  20. Thanks so much for the "roasted garlic" tip.

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  21. My super pooch loves to bake herself in the sun, too :)

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  22. Awww, I love your doggie....I don't have a dog myself for various reasons, but I sure do love 'em! And as always, your pics are among the best I've seen in a blog, period. Tomato shots are wicked!

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