When buying garlic, look for firm and plump bulbs with dry papery skins. Garlic can be stored up to several months in a cool, dark, dry place, such as an open brown bag in the pantry. Keep the bulbs whole because individual cloves dry out more quickly. Toasting sliced garlic makes it sharp and flavorful. Be sure to stir constantly so the slices do not burn.
Keep cooked broccoli slices warm in a 300 degree F oven or cover with foil while the remaining broccoli cooks.