I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

O' Rosemary Tree , O' Rosemary Tree

It is hard to believe that rosemary is actually a member of the mint family as it tends to look and taste like it is more closely related to a pine tree. As insulting as that may have sounded, I actually enjoy rosemary on certain foods, three to be exact; chicken, potatoes and lamb other than that I tend to be a bit of a rosemary snob. I remember I had given my mother a rosemary Christmas tree during her time in the nursing home. The tree was about 2 feet tall and very full and fragrant. My mother kept telling me that I should take the tree when the holidays are over and dry it so I would have plenty of rosemary for all my recipes. I laughed; I said Mom if your tree was made out of basil and parsley I would take you up on that offer but being that the tree is made of rosemary it would take me the rest of my life to use it all. So the rosemary tree stayed in her room, we took very good care of it and it joyfully saw her through two holiday seasons.

Roasted Rosemary New Potatoes

3 lbs. sm. red skinned new potatoes
3/4 c. butter
1/2 c. lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp. lemon zest, grated
2 tsp. rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Quarter potatoes and arrange in baking dish in single layer. Salt and pepper the potatoes, combine butter, lemon juice and lemon zest in a saucepan and heat until butter is melted.

Pour mixture over potatoes. Sprinkle rosemary over potatoes. Bake until lightly browned for 30 to 45 minutes.


Judy said...

I love rosemary too on all the things you mentioned. I grow the herb in the summer, then freeze for my winter recipes. I'm using some today on my buttermilk, garlic, rosemary chicken. YUM!!

Rochelle R. said...

Rosemary is suppose to be easy to grow in my climate but I have managed to kill two of them. Your potato recipe sounds very tasty. My Mom used to make a very tasty rosemary marinade for beef.

Julie said...

Thank you Rochelle

Julie said...

Sounds delicious, Judy

~~louise~~ said...

This is so cool. I was just reading in the Frugal Gourmet about how the rosemary tree was once a significant part of Christmas. I was going to post about it but since I'm just finalizing the move I never got to it. Perhaps, next year:)

I'll be offline until next week and the move goes through so I just wanted to take a moment to wish you a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year, Julie. Cheers! Louise

Julie said...

Thank you so much Louise, same to you and best wishes with the move.

Sweet and Savory said...

Rosemary goes beautifully with potatoes. I bet this is delicious.

Julie said...

Thank you for stopping by, Sweet and Savory.