Roasted Garlic Paste

"I couldn't find a way to mellow out the raw garlic taste without using a lot of oil, so I decided to roast the garlic first. The taste is remarkable, as well as lower in calories than the traditional garlic paste."
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  • In a large pan on medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add garlic cloves and heat, stirring frequently, until all the cloves are at least partly browned and softened.
  • Pour roasted garlic cloves and oil from the pan into a food processor. Add salt and process until finely chopped. Scrape down the sides using a spatula as needed.
  • While the food processor runs, drizzle in remaining olive oil. Stop to scrape down the sides using a spatula if needed throughout the process. Resume processing, this time gradually adding vegetable stock.
  • Gradually add the lemon juice while running the food processor. The mixture will start to turn white. Continue processing, scraping down the sides as needed, until the mixture has the consistency of whipped egg whites.

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I have two teenagers who keep things very busy around our house during the daytime. I also work long hours at Ford Motor Company, and I do want to spend time with my family every day. If I try to cook when my kids have their friends over, I'm certain to be interrupted. In other words, my available times for cooking are very limited. I don't want to give up on anything I love - my family, my job, my cooking - so I do most of my cooking after everyone has gone to bed. My wife is a teacher, so this can be very late at night during the summer. Sometimes, I don't get started with my prep work until 12:30 a.m. Am I crazy?? Maybe. I'm also constantly working on healthier ways to prepare food. I deconstruct every recipe I like, and try to make it with healthier ingredients. The big challenge is keeping the food tasty. I believe it's possible to enjoy what you eat and still be healthy. I lost 15 pounds in 6 months largely by preparing my own food (and exercising). If I didn't keep such loony hours, I'd call myself "The Healthy Gourmet".
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