OK guys, there’s something secretive that I have to share with the ES community, and the greater world of food blogs. I don’t know how you all are going to react, so I’m a little nervous. Please try to be supportive.
I use garlic powder.
There, I said it. And it’s not just that I use it, I abuse it. A lot. And sometimes I’m not completely honest with you about it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve posted a recipe here that included the instructions “…add salt, pepper, garlic…” Being familiar with my snobbiness, I’m sure you assumed I meant real garlic, but more often than not, I’m too lazy to chop it up and I just use the stuff out of the jar. Of course, I never actually said I was using fresh garlic, so while my statements are technically true, at least in the Clintonian definition, I did purposefully mislead you.
It’s not that I defend this practice. Freshly chopped garlic is a million times more flavorful than the dry stuff, and anyone too lazy to chop garlic makes Rachael Ray look like Jacques Pepin. But sometimes (OK, often) I am in fact, just that lazy. I know it’s wrong, but I just can’t help myself.
So I’m wondering….how many of you out there share this nasty habit? Do all you garlic lovers really chop it fresh every night, or do you reach for the spice rack from time to time? And what other dirty cheating secrets have you been hiding? Be honest, this is a safe space.