Tagged: garlic

23 Jan


What is Your Favorite Kitchen Gadget?


Okay, let me start off by saying, I think that most kitchen “gadgets” are useless! I have seen some doozies in my days – has anyone ever heard of the “butter cutter”?  I also think it is interesting that often the people with the most gadgets are the ones that usually do the least amount of cooking!

So, why would I ask what your favorite gadget is then…is it some kind of set up? No, it’s not. I just know that everyone has their secret gadget…but maybe you don’t like to talk about it. So what is it? Is it a garlic press? Maybe it’s pizza scissors. WHAT!!! YOU SAY…PIZZA SCISSORS? That’s right folks, pizza scissors. I can just imagine where I would store these. And what about getting them sharpened…”ah ya, I’d like to get these sharpened please…”


Okay, maybe I am getting carried away with that one, but I do have a secret gadget that I use. I only just bought it last month. Years ago my friend Leah (from culinary school) had a garlic peeler tube (similar to the one in the image below). It seemed to work really well and I knew it didn’t take up much space, but I never wanted to buy one as I thought, “Oh come on, like I need that silly little gadget”. Yet, every time I would peel garlic, I would say, “Crap, peeling garlic sort of drives me crazy.” Also, the fresher it is, the harder it is to peel.

Garlic Peeler Tube | Cool Gadget

So, last month I took the dive and I bought one of these little garlic peeler tube thingys and you know what – I use it and I like it! Just gently roll the garlic in the tube and the skin just pops right off.

Garlic peelers like these can be found in most kitchen stores. The one featured above is from Williams-Sonoma.

So tell me, “what’s your secret gadget”?

Ciao for now


20 May


Black Garlic – Who Knew?


I had never heard of this until about a week ago when Daniela one of our editors sent me a link with a picture of black garlic. Apparently it has a long history in places like Japan, Korea and Thailand. Black garlic is garlic that has been fermented for about a month. The cloves become jet black with a texture sort of like roasted garlic.

I haven’t tried it myself but those that have say that it is sweet with molasses or licorice undertones. Some even describe it has having flavors similar to slow-braised meats. Here is a great article and recipe, for scallops with black garlic, from Steamy Kitchen.

I also found a site with a recipe for Mac n’ cheese made with black garlic. Apparently black garlic is one of the new “it ingredients” with foodies and fancy chefs.

Have you ever tried black garlic? Did you like it? Here is a link to a site called Black Garlic where you can  order black garlic or just read a bit more about it.

Ciao for now, dawn