National Garlic Day

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A popular addition to many dishes in our house is garlic. Not to stereotype but some of that maybe due to the heritage of the big guy. Okay, sometimes we do need to put a warning on the Caesar salad dressing.  But who can resist this flavorful and healthful vegetable. And yes, it is a vegetable. Garlic belongs to the allium class of bulb shaped plants. Our household is not the only one who place high value on garlic. In 2000 B.C. it was actually used as currency. Garlic also has medicinal properties and is an antibiotic and an antifungal. There are a number of recipes to utilize this bulb for both these purposes. It is believed to ward off heart disease, cancer, colds, flu and lower blood cholesterol levels. Not to mention fighting off evil spirits and vampires. Garlic is a good source of vitamin C. It is also believed to repel insects, mosquitoes and fleas. Cooking does take the strength out of the garlic. The smell of garlic can be removed by running your hands under cold water while rubbing a stainless steel object, In the grocery stores the garlic is usually from China or Argentina. But in the fall when it is in season you can find locally grown.  In honor of National Garlic Day the following is our favorite Caesar salad dressing from the Company’s Coming Salad cookbook.

Caesar Salad Dressing

5 TBSP Cooking oil

2 TBSP Red wine vinegar

1 TBSP lemon juice

1 Egg yolk

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 Garlic clove mashed

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp Pepper

1 3/4 oz Canned anchovies

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Combine ingredients and mix well. A blender works well.

– Kelly

“There is no such thing as a little garlic,” Arthur Baer.

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