Meals & sides/Random Stories

Four garlic cloves is not four garlic bulbs: garlicky potatoes, green beans, and cauliflower

As I unwrapped garlic cloves to make Garlicky Potatoes, Green Beans, and Cauliflower (super fabulous dish), I remembered that there was a time, it only had to happen once, that I didn’t know the difference between a clove of garlic and a bulb of garlic. Which means, a recipe called for two cloves of garlic and I used two bulbs. Yes, two bulbs of garlic.

Obviously, I’m mostly self-taught in the kitchen, especially when it comes to cooking. Remember how I used to smash tomatoes trying to cut them using the wrong knife until Jason told me to use a serrated one? (Apology to tomatoes and making pico de gallo.) Well if you cook with your kids like Stacey Viera does, you’ll want to add tomatoes and garlic to your Kitchen Tips 101 list.

use a serrated knife to dice a tomato

Thank goodness I figured out the garlic clove/bulb thing (and slicing tomatoes) because otherwise my favorite Chicken Black Bean Salsa would scare vampires away.

Chicken Black Bean Salsa

And my summer sausage salami cilantro pizza would go from oven to trash in five minutes or less.

summer sausage and salami cilantro pizza

For more recipes using garlic and tomatoes, flip through my Potatoes and Vegetables Pinterest boards.

Something else I wish I would’ve known before attending a business lunch at Sushi Masa, you don’t eat edamame pods.

Sweet garlic breath,


Relax. I made a cheesecake, I didn’t fold a fitted sheet.


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