Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Garlic shrimp

The CookingDiva posted the recipe for Garlic shrimp:

* 2 pounds large shrimp, cleaned, shelled
* 15 cloves garlic, peeled (add more if you want)
* 1/2 cup green bell pepper, stems and seeds removed, and chopped
* 1 cup onion, chopped
* 3 1/2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro or parsley, minced
* 1 1/2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
* 8 Tablespoons hot melted butter or olive oil
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


1. Place the garlic in a small sauce pot with enough water to cover them. Bring the water to a boil, and then lower to a simmer until the garlic cloves are soft (about 20 minutes). Drain the water and refresh the garlic cloves with cold water. Allow to cool. Mince the cooked garlic.
2. Melt butter in a sautee pan, add the chopped onion and cook until translucent, then blend in the chopped bell pepper and cook for one more minute. Add the shrimp, lime juice, cilantro (or parsley), chopped cooked garlic, and cook until the shrimp is done (about 3-5 minutes) or until pink. PLEASE, Do not over cook! Rubbery shrimp is a gastronomical aberration! :(
3. Transfer the shrimp to a platter and drizzle the garlic butter over it.

Serve with steamed white rice and lime wedges.

Yield: 5-6 servings

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Garlic-lemon salmon

I really enjoy salmon, it's easy and fast to cook and it's healthy.

Garlic lemon salmon
(good for 2 people)

1 pound of salmon fillet
3 cloves chopped garlic (in slivers, if possible)
1 lemon, sliced
lemon pepper seasoning
garlic salt

Place salmon in aluminium foil, cover with garlic slivers and slices of lemon. Season with a tiny bit of lemmon pepper and garlic salt. Wrap it in the foil.
Bake for 20 minutes at 450 F.
I like accompanying salmon with plain white rice (or Uncle Ben's garlic rice, it turns out good!). Also with some greens like greenbeans or steamed broccoli.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Lemon Dressing

Recipe sent by JadeMarie:

This is mainly a salad dressing, but you can use it as a marinade too.


1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp. oregano
1 clove garlic, smashed**
Salt, pepper

Combine all ingredients in a lidded jar and shake well. Let stand at least 15 to 20 minutes to combine flavors. Store leftover dressing in refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before using.

By Jane Snow

**JadeMarie's note--1 clove of garlic is a modest amount. I prefer 3 or 4 cloves, if they are small. It really depends on the size of the garlic clove. I love this dressing! The flavour reminds me of the taste of garlic-stuffed olives.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Some Indian recipes that include garlic

Recipe sent by Sub-Rosa:

Gujerati Green Beans

Here’s what you need:
1 pound fresh green beans

1 good sized shallot, peeled and coarsely chopped

4 Tbsp. vegetable oil

1 Tbsp. whole black mustard seeds
1 tsp. ground cumin seeds, toasted
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
½ - 1 diced jalapeño pepper
black pepper

Here’s what you do:

1. Lay a row of beans. Trim the ends. Do them all that way.

2. Blanch the beans by dropping them into a pot of boiling water and boiling rapidly for 3 to 4 minutes or until they are just tender. Drain immediately in a colander and rinse under cold running water. Set aside.

3. Heat the oil in a large fry pan over a medium heat. Sautee the shallots - when hot, put in the mustard seeds. As soon as they begin to pop (watch out, those mustard seeds really do jump out), put in the garlic and the jalapeño. Stir the garlic pieces around until they turn light brown. Work fast - you don’t want to burn these ingredients.

4. Put in the green beans, salt and sugar. Stir to mix. Turn the heat to medium-low. Add 2 Tbsp. water. Toss in the ground cumin (and the coconut if you are adding this ingredient) and stir. Cover and cook the beans for 7 to 8 minutes or until they have absorbed the flavor of the spices. Add the black pepper to taste, mix and serve.

Inspired by Madhur Jaffrey (but then, she always inspires us)

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Turkey sausage recipe

Coastalcutie sent her recipe for turkey sausage:

This recipe is for sausage that is easy to make, and has much less fat than regular sausage, and no preservatives! Spices can be adjusted to taste.

1.25 pounds ground turkey
1 small onion, minced
1 Tbls. chopped fresh parsley
3 lg cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. fennel seed
2 tsp. McCormic/Schilling turkey rub (sold in jars)
1/4 tsp. pepper

Mix all ingredients together well, and for best results, let refrigerate overnight for the best flavor. Use like breakfast sausage, or in place of Italian sausage in recipes. It also makes great meatballs.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Tomato Marinade

Sent by Fearless:

In season, not a lot of garlic, but none better.

Uses: by itself {healthy} or in addition to most recipes, like hamburgerss needing something new.

3 tomatoes sliced however you like them.

Add marinade:

1/3 c. salad oil
1/8 c. wine vinegar
1/8 c. parsley or cilantro
1/8 c. diced onion
2 garlic cloves, diced or minced
1/2 tsp each of salt, dill weed, and basil
1/8 tsp pepper

refrigerate 2 hours, ENJOY

Monday, November 7, 2005

Garlic Health Benefits

JadeMarie found the link for Garlic for Health:

Garlic health benefits and medicinal properties have long been known. Garlic has long been considered a herbal "wonder drug", with a reputation for preventing everything from the common cold and flu to the Plague! It has been used extensively in herbal medicine (phytotherapy, sometimes spelt phitotherapy). Raw garlic is used by some to treat the symptoms of acne and there is some evidence that it can assist in managing high cholesterol levels. It can even be effective as a natural mosquito repellent...... [LINK]

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Olive roasted head of garlic

The Cooking Diva sent an email to the link for her olive roasted head of garlic. You can find it here (and it has a nice picture on it).
Here is a copy of the recipe and of her post:

Garlic joy..., that is what I feel right now! Oh my garlic..., Oh my delicious roasted garlic... There is nothing better than a fresh roasted head of garlic to have with a still warm loaf of French bread. And I say loaf, because when you start would be very difficult to stop! :)

Now, I am going to present you a list of reasons why this recipe is a MUST for your life:

1. It is so easy to prepare, always a good thing to have in the fridge ready. A delicacy like this is very expensive to purchase already prepared..., just take a look at the gourmet shop near you, or at the supermarket..., and you will see what I mean.
2. The health benefits of the garlic are widely known, including the fact that is considered a mosquito repellent (that in my case would be of great help, because they LOVE me!). It is believed that if you eat a large amount of garlic then it actually seeps out through the pores of your skin. Any intelligent mosquito which finds you will think twice before taking a bite. You can read more on the health benefits of eating garlic HERE.
3. There are so many scrumptious recipes you could prepare with roasted garlic, why do not you try now?

The Ingredients:

4 heads of garlic
2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup water


1. Pre-heat the oven to 500 F. Trim the stems of the garlic heads by 1/2-inch.
2. Place the garlic heads, cut side up, in a small baking dish and drizzle them with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Then add the water to the baking dish and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the garlic is golden brown on top.
3. Remove the baking dish from the oven and let the garlic cool completely. Then, squeeze carefully the garlic out from the skins.
4. Serve with slices of French bread and garnish garlic with little olive oil and parsley on top.

Enjoy! Melissa