I'm glad I scaled back the cooking plans to something a little more manageable. I was prepping food through the whole afternoon, taking social breaks to see people, but mostly making soup and chili happen. And garlic; gotta remember to make that garlic a whole *lot* more often. It turned out so good!
And there were these cheapo $3-for-six or so foil pans that were perfect for roasting the garlic in.
So many people. There was some cognitive dissonance for me as different groups met but it all turned out good. People managed to entertain themselves when I was distracted, and... parties manage themselves. Did you know that? People like to have fun, and manage to do so even when not told exactly how to.
Heh. This shouldn't be news to me.
So many people helped make this a great day. Wooooot!
Vinnie Testa's Whole Roasted Garlic recipe (off their leftover bag)
1 large head of garlic
cracked black pepper
1 sprig rosemary
1 sprig thyme
Adjust rack to center of oven. Preheat oven to 275deg.
Peel loose outer leaves from garlic. Cut the top one quarter off of
garlic head. Trim off bottom of garlic bulb so it will sit flat.
Place garlic in a small baking dish. Coat with olive oil and sprinkle
with sea salt and pepper. Plase rosemary and thyme around the head of
garlic. Bake uncovered in 275deg oven for about 1 hour or until
Serve warm with a loaf of your favorite bread.
Leftover roasted garlic can be used in a variety of recipes. Pureed
cloves can be mashed with potatoes, turnips, or spread onto a crusty
loaf of Italian bread and baked vwith some butter to make a tasty