“World’s Largest Garlic Festival”

Gilroy, California July 24th I have been wanting to go to this festival since I did a report at my culinary class on garlic at JCCC. Christine convinced me this was the year.  We decided to go to California for Christine’s birthday.  Our trip started in Sacramento, where we stayed with friends Thursday night.  On Friday we drove to Gilroy, which was not easy.  The traffic near the San Francisco Bay area was awful!  Fortunately, Christine drove.  We met a couple of Christine’s friends on Saturday.  She went to school with Marguerite, and her friend Steve came too.  They were not as crazy or adventurous  as we were about eating. We started with Garlic ice cream, Christine didn’t care for it, but I went for seconds.   The escargot were great, but no one else had any.   You could smell the garlic as you arrived, actually, you could smell the garlic even when you were miles away from the festival!!!   The thing that was really great was that 10% of the people from Gilroy volunteered to work this … Continue reading

God’s foods

A friend sent this to me. It’s been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, made animals and fish… all before making a human. He made and provided what we’d need before we were born. These are best & more powerful when eaten raw. We’re such slow learners…God left us great clues as to what foods help what part of our body!God’s Pharmacy! Amazing! A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye… and YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes. A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are in deed pure heart and blood food. Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound … Continue reading

Garlic and Honey Seminar

I thought I was back at my very first Slowfood event. It was 5 years ago that I went to Gary and Mimi Verhaeghe ‘s Coffee Creek Ranch. Did that day change my life forever! I met Jasper and the Slowfood group there. If I had not gone there, I would have never met Christine. I remember the spinach with garlic that Jasper cooked in Gary’s kitchen, topped with Gary’s honey. Then there was this mason jar that Jasper brought, it was cherries to go over his gelato ice cream, only they had been soaking for a month in amaretto. WOW!!! On the 5th of November this year, I got to share with Christine the taste of heirloom garlic. It was a evening at Jasper’s. Hilary Cooley and Donna Cook and her son were at our table. We started with a garlic tasting. We had to rate 7 heirloom garlics and some of them were hot and some were mild. Sitting at a table with people tasting garlic is a real quick way to get … Continue reading