If you need whole peeled cloves (not smashed with your knife), put your cloves in the microwave for a few seconds. The steam generated from the cloves will help the skins slide off.


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You might think growing up in a small town in Texas wouldn’t prepare you to live the Italian lifestyle. But in many ways — the family values, the small town culture, the love of food — is very similar to what you’ll find in Italian culture. In fact, I expect it’s pretty universal. Having been married to an Italian for 20 years, it’s been fun to learn and explore the rich Italian culture and share it with you.