How-to roast garlic and an Eco-friendly Salad Bowl and Server GIVEAWAY

This recipe and video are for my friend Sarah.  Yes, I know that the video says, Pacific Merchants – it’s for them too.  Geez Louise! has partnered with Pacific Merchants to do a series of quick how-to videos. This is where Sarah comes in.  Sarah is my girlfriend who is a little … well, let’s just say “kitchen challenged”.  So when I was asked by Pacific Merchants to create some basic how-to cooking videos, I had Sarah in mind.  Sarah saw this video and was completely amazed that you could actually make roasted garlic – it was then that I knew I was onto something.  Sarah isn’t the only one who can use a little extra help in the kitchen, of this I’m sure.   Gone is the era of the “housewife” who spent her days planning meals and sharpening her cooking skills.  After years of working as a personal chef, I can tell you one thing I know for a fact, that in spite of the popularity of the Cooking Network there are a fewer and fewer women who cook or teach their children to cook.  So while a very small percentage of the world is exploring molecular gastronomy, the rest are lucky to eat mashed potatoes that don’t come out of a box.  Geez Louise! mashed potatoes out of a box?  Hard for me to believe, but sadly I know it’s true…. I know because Sarah has both boxed mashed potatoes and jarred garlic in her pantry.

My goal isn’t to bring back apron wearing women that are stuck in their houses playing bridge and drinking martinis, (although that does sound good) but if I can convince one person to try something new in their kitchen; then my time here behind the computer at Starbucks listening to 1950’s doo wop music has been well spent.

Trust me when I tell you that the flavor of roasted garlic is smooth, buttery, and aromatic.  Roasted garlic can be used to flavor soups, sauces, dips, and makes dreamy mashed potatoes.  The possibilities are endless.  I can guarantee that once you start roasting your own garlic, it will be hard for you to go back to using processed garlic.

Roasted Garlic

5 heads of garlic

Olive oil

Sea salt

Aluminum foil


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Using a sharp knife slice off the top of each head of garlic, to expose the cloves.
  • Drizzle each head with olive oil and sprinkle with the sea salt.
  • Wrap each head in a small square of foil, into a little pouch.
  • Place the garlic into the oven and roast for 30-40 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to slightly cool.
  • Unwrap the foil and from the bottom squeeze the garlic up and out of the skins into a bowl.
  • Using a fork, mash the garlic smooth.
  • Add a little more olive oil and sea salt to taste.

Serve with bread or crackers


A beautiful eco-friendly Acaciaware Wooden Salad Bowl and Servers

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This giveaway is open to USA visitors and will be open until Friday, December 14th at midnight PST. The winner will be chosen at and will be notified via email, so please make sure your email address is correct. You will have 3 days to respond to me, or a new winner will be chosen. Open to residents of the USA.




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8 comments… add one
  • Shuli December 8, 2011, 11:54 pm

    I’ve made roasted garlic to put into a potato garlic soup . Yummmm!

  • Danielle December 9, 2011, 12:42 am

    I roasted garlic for the first time a couple months ago for a puree soup and it was FANTASTIC! I am now constantly looking for new excuses to make it.

  • Samantha Long December 9, 2011, 3:54 am

    I love to use roasted garlic simply on french bread with butter. Simple. Yet delicious.

  • Samantha Long December 9, 2011, 3:54 am

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

  • Kay December 10, 2011, 4:49 am

    I roast it and blend it into hummus- amazing.

  • sippitysup December 13, 2011, 12:41 am

    I pinned. Is that good? GREG

  • Valentina December 14, 2011, 1:05 am

    Simply divine! I LOVE roasted garlic! I love it with a little vermouth and olive oil — and a nice, crusty piece of French bread!

  • Quyen December 17, 2011, 7:29 am

    I love roasted garlic. We love it just with warm crusty bread… heaven!

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