“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”

—John Ruskin

Whenever I am in the kitchen I realize there is no other place in the world that offers a more comforting, loving and cozy atmosphere. Here is where we can gather with family and friends and enjoy the great pleasures of well conceived  meals and wonderful natural ingredients. The kitchen is a central location for preparing a delicious life.

The kitchen becomes a warm, glowing respite when the days darken early and the weather turns colder. Cheerfully bubbling pots of stew or soup thaw out the dampness and restore good humor to our spirit. Preparing fresh, hearty dishes from ripe and ready ingredients is a significant way to share gustatory goodness while establishing healthy habits.

Choosing high quality ingredients such as organic meats, poultry, fruit and vegetables will soothe and sustain the system by offering sensational sweetness and concentrated flavor while imbuing recipes with restorative benefits.

Cool weather concoctions make effective use of the deeply rooted flavors of seasonal selections such as squash, pumpkin, parsnips, carrots, onions and garlic.

To arm the body against the onslaught of cold and flu season, immune systems can be strengthened by ingesting extra doses of garlic. This spunky, pungent member of the allium family contains natural chemicals that can provide powerful health boosting benefits.

A miraculous medicinal food, garlic works as an antiseptic, disinfectant and germicide. Containing vitamins B and C, as well as protein, calcium, potassium and phosphorous, fresh garlic can be quite effective at warding off nasty viruses.

While the forceful flavor of garlic may be a turn-off to some, roasting the olfactory offender will result in an enormously different taste experience. Transforming from spiky sharp to softly caramelized and sweet, roasted garlic will add a spectacular essence to mashed potatoes, risotto or homemade pizza. Roasted garlic spread on crusty bread and drizzled with good olive oil is a spectacular starter  or partner to a hearty bowl of soup.

Enjoy the miracle of preparing a delicious life with a roasted garlic masterpiece.

 

Roasted Garlic

1 6- or 12-cup muffin tin

6 or 12 whole heads of garlic

extra-virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a whole head of garlic in each cup of the muffin tin. Drizzle each garlic head with enough olive oil to lightly coat. Cover each head with aluminum foil, loosely tented. Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes until soft. Remove tin from the oven, remove foil from each head. When heads have cooled, squeeze out each buttery, creamy, somewhat nutty tasting clove. Store in a jar covered with olive oil for a week in the refrigerator.

 

Robin Glowa, HHC, AADP is certified in holistic health counseling by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University Teacher’s College. A passionate food and wellness professional, Robin specializes in teaching cooking classes to students of all ages. Corporations, organizations, children,teens, adults and private clients all enjoy Robin’s casual, fun and effective teaching style.  Her focus is the use of natural, organic, healthy ingredients in super simple, extra tasty recipes. For more information on scheduling a class go to www.theconsciouscook.net.