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Old 07-07-2014, 09:42 AM   #11
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When I first started cooking, rosemary was my favorite herb. I put it in everything including pasta sauce. A little at a time, I tapered off to more normal use levels.

My current favorite is cumin.
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:52 AM   #12
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Considering Rosemary belongs to the pine tree family, I just can't get past that. It smells and taste like pine to me. Although I will toss a couple of sprigs into the pan when roasting lamb. And a sprig or two added when making the gravy only enhances it. Maybe the heat is what changes the smell.
Rosemary smells a bit like pine, but is not in the pine tree family. Rosemary is a flowery plant. Pine is a conifer, which produces seeds in cones. You can't really get much further apart in the plant kingdom.

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Old 07-07-2014, 11:20 AM   #13
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I've had the same rosemary bush going for at least 20 years by my back door. My favorite thing to do with rosemary is to gather a big handful of the twigs, tie them or rubber band the twig ends together, give them a wash and use the paint brush I created to paint on BBQ sauces or olive oil on grilled tri-tip during the last minutes of grilling..
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:27 AM   #14
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Submerge a few sprigs in oil, let sit for a week and you have Rosemary oil.

Grind dried rosemary and mix equal parts sage and thyme for poultry seasoning.


Add the fresh leaves with garlic, green onion, black pepper, fresh parsley and a half cup of oil. Put in a blender until smooth and make a marinade for chicken or other meats. You could make bigger batches and freeze this in ice cubes trays like some do with pesto....
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:43 PM   #15
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Is Rosemary supposed to be used by fishing it out at the end of the recipe? Finely chopping it up? or drying and making into a fine powder?

I have a significant amount of rosemary in the garden. It never makes it through the winter ( outside or when I attempt to bring it in).

I was hoping I could dry it at the end of the season to use throughout the winter.

I just dont like when the leaves break apart in whatever dish Im preparing, so I thinking of drying it, and putting through my spice grinder to make a powder out of it.
Oh dear, you wouldn't like the way we use it, cutting slits into a leg of lamb and pushing needles of rosemary into them prior to roasting.

Normally I chop the needles finely before use. An alternative if using in a sauce or stock or gravy, etc., is to tie the rosemary in a piece of muslin then the needles can't escape.
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:54 PM   #16
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Rosemary makes great skewers for grilling, but not for seafood. I've never used it in a powder form but whole sprigs for roasting and finely chopped as a flavoring.
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Thanks for reminding me to go water my little guys...they looked a bit more robust this morning when I walked by.
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Thanks for reminding me to go water my little guys...they looked a bit more robust this morning when I walked by.
I've been told not to over water them. Are they getting lots of sunlight?
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I've been told not to over water them. Are they getting lots of sunlight?
Ive got them on the back steps, so they don't get their little fronds burned out, they get at least 6 hours of sunlight each day. I soaked them two days ago when they looked like they were starting to wilt. They are dry again, how much should I be watering them in their infant stage? They are still in their little pellet pots.
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Ive got them on the back steps, so they don't get their little fronds burned out, they get at least 6 hours of sunlight each day. I soaked them two days ago when they looked like they were starting to wilt. They are dry again, how much should I be watering them in their infant stage? They are still in their little pellet pots.
I never bought them quite that small, so I'm not sure. Mine have been between 3" and 6" tall. I just treated them the way I do bigger plants. Maybe it's time to put them in bigger pots.
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