Garlic Press

Not all garlic presses are created equal.  I had a garlic press when I first started cooking — no doubt I received it as a wedding or shower gift.  It didn’t work well at all.  It was hard to press the garlic, and much of the garlic was wasted.  I assumed that all garlic presses were bad.  For years, I chopped garlic by hand, using the smash-the-clove, remove-it-from-the-skin, and chop method.  For years, my fingers always smelled vaguely of garlic.

Somewhere along the line, I acquired a Zyliss Susi garlic press.  What a revelation!  It worked like a dream.  I haven’t chopped garlic since.  When my daughter was a toddler, the garlic press disappeared.  I suspect she was playing with it — she liked to play with kitchen objects — it’s no surprise that she’s a good cook now.  When it became clear that I wasn’t finding it any time soon, I bought a replacement faster than you can say Zyliss.

Now if only I could find a device that would chop my onions for me.

Mother’s Day Dinner – Chicken Parmesan, Mashed Potatoes, and Assorted Desserts

One daughter gave me a ukulele concert and the other made me dinner.  What more could a mother want for Mother’s Day?

Chicken Parmesan and mashed potatoes were on the menu, with shortbread AND brownies for dessert.  Shortbread because I love shortbread, and brownies because my daughter loves to bake and baking one item wasn’t enough for her, despite the fact that we didn’t have enough sugar or chocolate for the brownie recipe.  Suffice it to say, I stuck to the shortbread, although the brownies were not half bad given the lack of ingredients. Continue reading