National garlic month
April 10th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

There's more than one way to peel a garlic clove! Luckily you've got all month to figure out how, because April is National Garlic Month.

There are so many wonderful uses for garlic, you'll be happy to have an entire month to test them all out.

In addition to being good for you, garlic is also the go-to condiment and seasoning in Asian, African and European cooking. Garlic appeared in central Asia over 6,000 years ago, and we've been putting it to good use ever since.

Simply roasting garlic produces a spicy yet almost sweet alternative to raw garlic, which can sting the senses if you're not careful (and/or cause major garlic breath). Garlic also excels as a main star in garlic bread, bruschetta and crostini, or as a flavoring agent for infused olive oils, stir-fry, or just about any pasta, meat or vegetable dish when the flavor needs an extra kick.

It has also long been a symbol of good and evil across cultures. In addition to warding off vampires, garlic is supposedly good for scaring away demons and werewolves. But at the same time, its pungent spice can fire up your libido. Use responsibly, in any case.

Don't be mistaken in assuming that garlic plays second fiddle to the main dish it takes part in, if Ina Garten's famous chicken with forty cloves of garlic recipe is any indication. The little white bulb packs enough punch to knock your socks off, and then some.

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. pacman357

    Nice! My ex once made garlic soup. The entire apartment (OK, it was tiny) smelled like garlic for months. Totally worth it. Should have made her make me a copy of the recipe, but I'm sure I can find or make one of my own. After recently finding out I am now allergic to casein and whey, I have been so depressed about not eating many foods I like, including clam chowder. A good batch of garlic soup may help to ease the sting.

    April 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
  2. LumiyaKhai

    Garlic makes the world go around :-D

    April 10, 2012 at 10:29 am |
  3. Count Dracula

    I hate this time of year. I'm going fishing. At least I'll get a few Bites.

    April 10, 2012 at 9:06 am |
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