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Delicious news for garlic lovers

By Carolyn Malcoun, October 26, 2009 - 10:52am

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If you asked me to name the one ingredient I cannot live without in my kitchen, I'd say garlic. I use garlic in just about every sauce, salsa, stir-fry or soup I make. I love it for its flavor and I'm protecting my health while I tickle my taste buds—that's great news! Studies show garlic may lower breast, colon, stomach, throat and skin cancer risks. It's heart-healthy, too, as it's been shown to prevent clotting. Find out the secret to all these health benefits and try these kitchen tricks to make the most of garlic's cancer-fighting properties.
Garlic is harvested in the fall, so look for it now at your local farmers' market and use it in these delicious garlicky recipes.

Chicken in Garlic-Vinegar Sauce—Braising chicken in vinegar and herbs is a very popular way of cooking in Mediterranean Europe. Often paired with sweet sausage, this is a gutsy, wholesome dish that can be made a day ahead. Serve with whole-wheat couscous tossed with fresh herbs and steamed broccolini.

Garlic-Chile Flank Steak—Serve this great-tasting, tender steak as part of a taco party or with a mixed green salad and sliced avocados.

Green Beans with Creamy Garlic Dressing—Inspired by a Lebanese pasta dish, we toss steamed green beans with garlicky yogurt for an easy side dish. Try it with roast lamb.

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Carolyn Malcoun
A graduate of New England Culinary Institute and University of Wisconsin with a degree in journalism, Carolyn pairs her long-standing love for food with writing as EatingWell's senior food editor. Carolyn’s culinary interest is rooted in her childhood; she grew up making thousands of Christmas cookies every year with her mom and picking leaves off bunches of parsley to make tabbouleh with her dad. Away from the kitchen, Carolyn enjoys seeking out rare craft beers and exploring the outdoors with her husband, young daughter and dog.

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