if i put it in the oven and do it that way do you think it makes a big difference?
EDIT: thank you for all your suggestions. i went ahead and roasted the garlic in the oven then squeezed the cloves out and mashed, then added to the potato, onion, herb, veggie boullion base. after a few seconds in the blender, it turned out soooo well!
actually, i think it would be MUCH better with toasted baugettes and roquefort on the side, but i'm maing do with shreddy parm and garlic toast. :) what a perfect rainy day lunch!!