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From Sandee Lembke - Super Bowl Theme Party Ideas
January 06, 2009

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Super Bowl Theme Party Ideas

Party Tips

Have you ever roasted a full head of garlic? I did it for the first time last night and I wanted to share this great tip with my party friends.

Here's how you do it:

  • Preheat the oven--400 degrees Fahrenheit should do it.
  • Prepare the bulb for roasting--Take a full head of garlic (with several cloves inside) and cut off about 1/4 inch from each end. This leaves the cloves inside slightly exposed.
  • Place the bulb on top of a piece of aluminum foil big enough to loosely wrap the bulb of garlic.
  • Add olive oil--Pour about 1 tablespoon of oil over the clove. Depending on what you are going to do with the roasted garlic, you may want more oil. Maybe you want to use the garlic-infused oil to saute some vegetables? To use as a dipping oil for Italian bread? In that case, add more than a tablespoon of oil.
  • Create a foil pouch--Fold the sides of the aluminum foil up and around the bulb of garlic being careful not to spill the oil.
  • Roast the garlic--About 20 minutes.
  • Expel the garlic--Open the foil packet and pour off the oil if you are going to use it separately. Squeeze the bulb of garlic from one end so all the individual cloves of garlic squeeze out the other end. The garlic cloves will be the consistency of butter when mashed.

Now, what to do with the roasted garlic? Here are two ideas for you:

  • Add the roasted garlic to a cooked pot of wild rice, lentils, quinoa or couscous (which is what I did last night). Flavor with salt and pepper, herbs, lemon zest or whatever else you like. The garlic adds amazing flavor! SIDE NOTE: When making rice or couscous, use chicken or vegetable stock instead of water, and as weird as it sounds, try adding 1 or 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. I do it almost every time now.
  • Make a dip for crackers. Soften 8 ounces of cream cheese. Add 1/2 packet of Ranch seasoning and the mashed, roasted garlic cloves. Combine well and serve with crackers either warm or cold.

Roasting garlic is easy to do and turns something that is typically very pungent into something that is versatile, sweet and subtle. If you have any recipes for roasted garlic that you would like to share, click here and let us know.

What's New

  • The Super Bowl is being played on Sunday February 1, 2009. Do you have party plans? We just finished updating our Super Bowl Theme Party pages. Learn how to organize a football pool and download a free football pool sheet. Also find quick tips on creating your own invitations, suggestions for party supplies and great football party recipes.

  • Do you have an example of something fun you have done with your girlfriends that you could share with women around the world? A special trip, a shopping day, a retreat, a trip to a theatre, museum, spa, restaurant? Perhaps an in-home candle or beading party? Or another type of party that you have hosted or been to with your lady friends?

    We just created a new page where women from around the world can share their ideas. Each entry ends up on its own webpage within our site. Upload a picture with your story and share it with us and your friends. If you would like to contribute to this new interactive page, check it out here.

Until next time...happy and safe partying,

Sandee Lembke

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