Monday, March 26, 2012

I love kisses cuz they're so delicious

People give kisses to show affection.  As evidenced here fishes give kisses . . . but what is their motivation?  Is it love or something else?

These fishes are not kissing to show how much they care . . . they are challenging each . . . it's a display of aggression.

However, other primates are known to kiss in the same manner and for the same reason as humans . . . these are creatures in the wild who have not been influenced by outside sources and therefore are clearly not imitating the behaviors of others  . . . and sometimes they tongue tangle in addition to swapping spit.

Our kitty gives "kisses".  Whether out of love or otherwise I don't know but it is clearly as a means of greeting and is often followed by snuggles.  Is that love?  I'd like to think so.

There are other animals that press their furry lips or beaks or whatever.  Some do it to say hello, some to subjugate, others as a prelude to mating . . . and some apparently just because the like to . . . kind of like us.  Huh . . . I guess they do kiss for the same reasons we do.

It is interesting to note, that not all human cultures smooch.  In fact, 10% of the people on planet Earth do not press lips for any reason . . . it just not something they do.  They obviously don't know what they're missing but who am I to judge?

Roasted Garlic in the CrockPot

Roasting garlic creates a mellow, somewhat nutty flavor. The softened garlic is also easily squeezed from the bulb.

Bulbs of Garlic
Aluminum Foil

Cut the top of the bulb of garlic off exposing the tops of the cloves but keeping it wrapped in the outer skin layers. 

Wrap each bulb in it's own piece of foil.

Place into crockpot and cook on low for 4-5 hours.

Unwrap the foil, and squeeze the bulb. Use as a spread on crackers or pieces of crusty bread or in any recipe calling for roasted garlic.

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