The active component in garlic is a sulfur compound called allicin. Allicin is the chemical produced when garlic is bruised, chopped or chewed. Allicin is quite strong as an antibiotic. It is also a powerful agent that helps to prevent germs from reproducing in our bodies. It's said that 1 milligram of allicin has the potency of 15 standard units of penicillin. So, from now I will chop and wait 15.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Here is another Ina recipe. I did change a few things. I used non-fat plain Greek yogurt instead of whole milk and where the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, I used 1/4 cup canola and 1/4 cup coconut oil. Because I have so much lemon thyme and I just love the flavor, I added a few teaspoons into the batter and the glaze.
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
- 1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
- 3 extra-large eggs
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon thyme
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pan.Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it's all incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.
When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Cool.
For the glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice and pour over the cake.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
- 4 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 large sweet onion
- 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1 large can whole Italian tomatoes
- 1 can tomato puree
- 1 bay leaf
- salt and pepper
- 10 fresh basil leaves
- In a large skillet add olive oil, onions and garlic. cook on medium heat until the onions are translucent. 4-5 minutes.
- Run the tomatoes through a food mill or blender. Add to onion mixture.
- Add puree, bay leaf, basil, salt and pepper and bring to a simmer over low medium heat. Turn heat to low and simmer 2 hours stirring frequently.
- Turn of heat and adjust seasoning
Sunday, August 5, 2012
This is beyond easy. After squeezing the salmon filet with lemon juice, I spread my homemade pesto all over the top. Wrapped the whole thing in a double layer of aluminum foil threw it on the grill and grilled it for 10 minutes. This moist grilled salmon shared the plate with a mixed green salad tossed with a simple lemon vinaigrette. Delicious!
I'm feeling healthier already!!!!
I'm feeling healthier already!!!!
Thursday, August 2, 2012
3 ears of fresh corn
1 1/2 lb. fresh green beans, washed and tipped
3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1/4 c. olive oil
3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 yellow tomato, sliced into 1/2 inch chunks
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
Making the Salad:
- Bring a big pot of water to a boil and cook the corn for about 7 minutes. Remove the corn and drop it into a big bowl of ice water.
- Drop the prepped green beans into the same boiling water and cook for about 7 minutes – until tender crisp. Drop the beans into the ice water to stop the cooking.
- Cut the corn kernels from the corncobs and run the knife down the cobs to bring out the sweet juices. Place the corn and juices in a salad bowl.
- Drain the beans and let them dry on some paper towels. Slice in half on the diagonal and add to the corn.
- Smash the garlic cloves and add them to the beans and corn.
- Toss 3 tbsp. of the olive oil into the mix and set the bowl aside to let the garlic spread its essence.
- Prepare the onions and tomatoes.
- Just before serving, toss the red wine vinegar, tomatoes, and onions into the salad.
- Sprinkle on kosher salt and drizzle the rest of the olive oil.
- Serve with a nice crusty bread and red wine.