Hi everyone, I'm writing this post mostly for me and my family, but I would like to share some memories about my dad with all of you.
Henry C. Keizer
March 28, 1937
November 12, 2009
My dad as a young boy in Chicago.
The ultimate Marine. The Marines were a HUGE part of his life even until his death.
My parents Christmas 2001
My dad always had a big garden. (I don't have a picture of his garden, so I had to find one on the web)
He enjoyed listening to Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Marty Robbins - I specifically remember this album from my dad's collection.
I remember watching Hee Haw and All in the Family with my dad. He would lay on the living room floor and we would pile around him and usually end up falling asleep and when asked if we were awake, we would use the excuse that we were "resting our eyes".
He also liked to lift weights and stay in shape. He enjoyed reading, pickled hearing, licorice, cutting wood (maybe not, but he was always outside getting wood ready to heat our house for the coming winter), and two of his best friends, Peanut and Little Bit. Click here to see a picture of my dad with the "step-sisters".
One thing that my family can agree on is that my dad loved garlic, and I mean he loved it.
Whenever we were sick, he would say "take some garlic" and usually would put garlic cloves in socks and make us wear them overnight. Now when one of us is sick we (jokingly) tell each other to "take some garlic".
So, in honor of my dad, I would like to share some garlic facts and a recipe with you:
* Not only is it antibiotic, it is also directly effective against viruses. It is also anti-fungal and anti-parasitic as well among many other things. It's important for colds AND flus.
* It helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol counts.
* While elephant garlic has larger cloves, it is more closely related to the leek and therefore does not offer the full health benefits of regular garlic.
* Did you know that National Garlic Day is April 19, 2010?
* If your rose garden is being attacked by aphids, an excellent home remedy to get rid of them is to spritz the leaves and blooms with a mixture of crushed garlic and water (I don't think my dad knew about this tip).
Did you know that you could buy garlic in a container this large? Three pounds of garlic! I had to include this picture in my post because I know my dad would have it in his home if he knew it existed. This was actually purchased from Sam's Club by a friend.
Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
40 cloves of garlic (3 to 4 heads), unpeeled
1 whole chicken ( 3.5 to 4 pounds), rinsed and patted dry
2 tblsp butter
salt and pepper
6 sprigs of thyme
Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Place garlic in a medium bowl; cover with another same-size bowl, creating a dome. Hold bowls together tightly, and shake vigorously until skins are loosened, about 30 seconds. Remove and discard skins; set garlic aside.
Place chicken in a large ovenproof skillet or roasting pan. Rub all over with 1 tablespoon butter; season with salt and pepper. Add thyme, garlic, and remaining tablespoon butter to skillet.
Roast, basting occasionally with juices and stirring garlic, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of a thigh (avoiding bone) registers 165 degrees, 45 to 60 minutes. Transfer to a platter, and let rest 10 minutes. Carve chicken, and serve with garlic and pan juices.
Well, these are just some of the many memories that we have of my dad. I hope you enjoyed this post even if you didn't know my dad. Take time to enjoy moments spent with loved ones and keep those memories close to your heart.