October 12, 2012

Free book Friday!

Combine tomatoes, garlic and basil for happiness. That’s the message of Doug Oster’s delightful book Tomatoes Garlic Basil. Filled with organic gardening tips (the man grows more than 40 varieties of garlic in his Pittsburgh garden) and Old World recipes, you’ll be swept up in the story telling that weaves them all together.

Enter to win a copy by leaving a comment below, telling us about your most memorable experience with garlic. A winner will be chose at random, eyes closed, pinkie promise.

Why so garlicky? We’re part of an 8 blog online Garlic Planting Party. Enter at all of the blogs to win organic garlic and planting supplies.

The winner of last week’s Fruit and Vegetables in Pots is…Nancy Tackett! Yay!



Leslie says:

It’s funny.  The first time I put tomatoes, garlic and basil together it was a matter of necessity.  I was making pesto with basil, garlic and walnuts and had a few ripe Paul Robeson tomatoes that would go bad if I didn’t use them that day.  So into the blender they went and oh my, I was in heaven the flavor was amazing!

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 8:14 am.

Annie M. says:

Following a summer ‘s bicycle tour around Scotland and yearning for fresh food,  my husband and I hopped the ferry across the English Channel to France (no Chunnel in 1980!).  We landed in the evening and rode our bikes out into the countryside, hoping for a B&B, small hotel, or at least a camp site.  What we found was a tiny restaurant about to close for the night, where the proprietor told us in as broken English as our fractured French, that he could serve us “garlic soup.”  It was light green, creamy, and laced with the sweetness of cooked garlic, not overpowering at all but simply present in all it’s garlic glory.  We’d found heaven!

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 8:30 am.

charlotte O. says:

Garlic is so good…can’t think of just one memory.  I loved my mom’s roasted garlic.

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 8:47 am.

Evelyn Vincent says:

Garlic soup on a cold autumn day - YUM!

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 8:55 am.

Judith Sundermann says:

I love garlic bread.  I can’t eat spaghetti without it.

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 9:30 am.

Victoria says:

Once I ate snails in garlic butter sauce.  Years later I did it again.  Yum!  I thought, garlic butter sauce!  Then I realized I was eating snails.  Anything is good in garlic butter sauce.!!

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 9:35 am.

Jen Thompson says:

I had a boyfriend that at so much garlic, he stunk for days afterward, as it moved through his pores. Ugh. I still like garlic, though.

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 9:41 am.

Sharon Neely says:

My personal opinion garlic, tomatoes and basil are the holy trinity. Nothing is better than the holy trinity, (fresh from the garden) with a little olive oil. Yum!

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 10:20 am.

Denise says:

My summer diet is primarily tomato mozzarella and basil in some type of recipe.  Just the smell of the basil growing in my garden makes my mouth water!

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 10:26 am.

Kathryn Nichols says:

I’m a long-time fan of the Gilroy Garlic Festival and have eaten garlic in a variety of forms, including garlic ice cream, candied garlic and chocolate-covered garlic. But my favorite food at the festival is the pepper steak sandwiches, made with plenty of garlic, of course!

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 10:32 am.

Monika Tanhill says:

Your comment
Have you ever had garlic ice cream? Well, I have, and let’s say, it was an extreme experience.  Maybe a bit of ginger crunchies would have mitigated the “flavor.” ???

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 11:18 am.

Cindy says:

Finding garlic in the garden that I swear I didn’t plant in that spot…it was as big as my fist!

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm.

Megan says:

Eating garlic ice cream.

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm.

Tom McDowell says:

Tomatos and basil is the best. garlic hanging in the kitchen smells great.

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm.

Dana says:

Your comment Can not remember a time that I didn’t love garlic!  And tomatoes and basil. What kind of Italian girl would I be if I didn’t smile

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm.

betty ling says:

I love the “flowers’ of garlic if you let the plant go!

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm.

Diane says:

Love garlic in almost everything, except—somehow a tiny piece was left on the cutting board from the previous night and ended up in our breakfast french toast. Not so good there!

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm.

Wendy says:

Just last night I used up my yellow pear tomatoes in a saute with a garlic, basil, walnut and arugula pesto, courtesy of Williams Sonoma.  Yum!

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm.

Victoria says:

One of my fondest memories of my dad is of the two of us, sitting on upended pails under a make-shift shade cloth propped up by a large branch, cleaning garlic bulbs for the Farmers Market in his area.  At 98 years old, he never failed to make it to his fields with his wife, and tend the 10 acres of baby vegetables and three types of garlic.  If I was home for a visit, I always met him in his fields to work along side of him, chatting about how good life is outside, and in the fields with him.

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm.

Heather Henry says:

My most memorable garlic experience was the “splurge dinner” my husband and I ate on vacation. It was at The Stinking Rose, the infamous all-garlic restaurant in Beverly Hills. It was love at first bite with the Bagna Calda (roasted garlic appetizer), Silence of the Lamb Shank entrée (with Chianti glaze and fava beans) and the garlic ice cream for dessert.

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm.

Karen says:

Your comment
Garlic:  I will ALWAYS remember how I loved the taste of garlic in my Mom’s dish, that I took a bulb of garlic and started eating it like an apple!  It took a very long few days till I cleared my mouth of that delicious taste.

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm.

Darla Miller says:

How I LOVE garlic….let me count the ways…
Favorite recipe: bruschetta with fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, capers, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, cracked salt & pepper over toasted baguette slices - YUMMY!

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm.

Cheri Herrboldt says:

Roasted garlic on a baguette is mouth watering!

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm.

Mary says:

A girl in our Garden Club made us some garlic ice cream and it was awesome.

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm.

Laura M says:

Plain old whipped garlic!

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm.

emulation46 says:

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Posted on October 13, 2012 at 2:07 am.

Debra Hempe says:

I love cooking with garlic.. always have.. Met a man in Los Olivos CA with multiple varieties of garlic for sale. Never realized how many there are. Best find was planting garlic for the first time… I absolutely FELL IN LOVE with the scapes.

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 6:40 am.

Jennifer B says:

Garlic….yum! I remember when I first discovered how easy it is to grow.

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 6:50 am.

Daisy says:

On a trip back home from San Francisco, we were passing Gilroy. My husband decided to stop at a small farmer’s market type of store. Guess what he bought. Garlic icecream. One spoonful was all it took for both of us to wrinkle up our noses, the thing had to be thrown away. Cant forget that incident.

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 8:51 am.

Ellen says:

I remember my sister’s garden.  She had tons of garlic and didn’t even like it!

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 11:22 am.

Garden Goddess says:

My most memorable garlic memories include going to the Garlic Festival in Gilroy and having the Garlic Ice Cream AND making “surprise” Garlic Chocolate Chip cookies for my coworkers…<grin>

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 6:28 am.

Mary Jean says:

love garlic
First attempt at planting garlic this year—-got 2 garlic bulbs; split them apart into the individual cloves; took all the skin off the cloves and planted.  THEN watched video where I saw NOT to take the skin off the cloves.
Ready to do it right——hope I win

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 1:59 pm.

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