Time to Clove for It, Garlic-Loving Cooks

Enter your favorite pasta-pie-appetizer-yummy, for glory and more at the summertime bash.

CALLING CREATIVE COOKS: When is it, do you think, that you devise your most delicious garlic-based recipes? Is it while you're actually eating a plate of something absolutely awash in the pungent bulb? Or does garlic-scented innovation strike when you're chewing the blandest bites of a practically flavor-free meal? It probably goes one way or the other most garlic fans. Then there are those that come up with cool creations while sitting in traffic, on the way to work, with no food nearby whatsoever. In short?

GARLICKY IDEAS... can strike at any moment, and, before you know it, you're back in your kitchen facing a casserole dish, sticks of butter, various cheeses, various meats, and a whole string of clove-y goodness. If you've ever had a notion for The Best Garlic Recipe Ever, better put that to work soon, for the entry period has started for the 41st annual Great Garlic Cook-off Recipe Contest, a centerpiece of the Gilroy Garlic Festival, has begun. Which means a whole lot of amateur cooks'll be throwing their hats, or, erm, garlic peelers into the ring. For the top prize? It's...

$3,000, whoa, with "... second place receiving $1,500." Your magnificent concoction must include at least six cloves of garlic — like any garlic enthusiast ever truly stops at six cloves — and you'll want to have your recipe in by May 1. (Adding "three teaspoons of chopped or minced garlic" is an a-ok way to go, too.) There are other must-knows on the contest page, so peruse all before hitting the kitchen. Of course, the dates of the 2019 celebration are essential, too: The world-famous Gilroy Garlic Festival will once again happily heat things up from July 26 through 28, 2019.

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