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Start that New Year’s Diet…Tomorrow

January 4, 2011

Many people resolve to eat healthier and lose weight in the New Year, but it’s a small percentage that actually sticks with it – and more power to them.  But most people who make this resolution at least get off to a good start; although we’re sure that many also procrastinate just a bit, eating up all the leftover snacks and sweets from the holidays before giving that new diet a go.  Today’s recipe is for those people…and for those who did not resolve to lose any weight, or those few who resolved to actually gain weight.  Yesterday was the birthday of one of the MHK’s staffers, and she requested this recipe as part of her special birthday meal.  And she’s so cute, we just couldn’t say no.  It’s an old family recipe, going back about 25 years.  So I guess it’s not that old.  There is very little nutritional value in this dish, and quite a lot of fat and calories.  Hopefully you have therefore concluded that it must taste simply awesome.  Think garlic bread meets Alfredo sauce and you’ll be on the right track.  We recommend making this no more than once a year, lest your health insurance carrier drop your coverage.  Enjoy!

The MHK’s Heart Attack Loaf

(serves about 6)

1 loaf French bread

10 garlic cloves, peeled

¾ cup olive oil

1 ½ cups whipping cream

¾ cup shredded parmesan cheese

½ cup shredded Romano cheese

3 tbsp. butter

1 cup diced tomatoes

½ tsp. paprika

½ tsp. parsley

Heat oven to 350.  Combine oil and garlic in a food processor and mix until smooth.  Slice bread diagonally, but do not cut through bottom of loaf.  Slather garlic oil on top and sides of loaf and in between slices.  Place loaf directly on oven rack with a pan underneath to catch drippings.  Bake 10 minutes.  While bread cooks, heat cream in a saucepan until hot (do not boil).  Add cheese, stir until melted.  Add butter, stir until melted.  Add tomatoes and stir until heated, about 1 minute.  Remove bread from oven, place on serving platter and slice through bottom of loaf.  Pour cream sauce with tomatoes over the top of loaf.  Sprinkle paprika and parsley over loaf.  Eat!

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