Keeping the Vampires Away

I don’t really believe in vampires .. I don’t think I do.  But if they do exist, I don’t think they’ll come around our house.  Vince, being Italian, thinks garlic goes with everything.  Not sure what Chad’s reason is but whatever he cooks, the first thing I say is “not too much garlic please!”   His idea of not too much garlic is quite different from my idea of not too much garlic.

Have you ever eaten at a Carino’s?  They serve bread with crunchy garlic chips in olive oil.  When we would go there, we’d always ask for garlic chips to go.  Then one day we found them at our local Wal-Mart.  I was thrilled but Vince and Chad were more thrilled.  They’re no longer at our local Wal-Mart.  In fact, about six months ago, I found them on the markdown shelf.  Made my day!  I bought them all but we were on our last jar and getting desperate.  Wal-Mart no longer carries them and despite my most desperate pleas, will not get them again.

Out of desperation, I contacted the company who makes them.  Nope, they only sell to stores . . not desperate-hooked-on-garlic-chip families like us.  I guess I sobbed and begged enough til the guy finally said “OK Lady! If you’ll stop emailing me and buy 12 jars, I’ll sell them to you!”  He didn’t really say that but he wasn’t too keen on sending them but I have no shame when it comes to food.  I scribbled out a check, popped it in the mail and my favorite UPS man delivered a box of garlic chips.

Now . . I’m off to hide them from Chad and Vince.  Garlic chips will be rationed at my house!


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    Marla says

    I love garlic too! Funny about vampires. I just finished the third book of the “Twilight” series and waiting to borrow the fourth. I watched the movie last night. Now if you had told me 6 months ago that I would be doing this, I would have laughed. Unfortunately, I am hooked. I am always a sucker for a good love story.

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    Susan ~ Patchkat in TX says

    Want to share your source? Making them on my own is wayyyy too tedious!

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    Linda says

    You are a woman who will not take “no” for an answer. Good for you!!

    About vampires… should read the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. I’m through book 7 & need to get the other two. Who woulda though vampires could be funny??

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    Joan says

    I’m glad you couldn’t stay away from blog posting! You are pobably as addicted to posting, as we all are to reading!

    Just remember, to remember, where you are hiding the garlic chips!

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    Garlic is good. You need to read the ad at the top of this post, and it will tell you why Chad likes garlic. It is good for fishing! lol

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    Chris says

    My husband’s mantra is never too much garlic, and he is Swiss/German from coal-country in Pennsylvania! We had friends in Germany who turned us on to pickled garlic. Inga gave me the recipe but I never got around to making them.