Posts Labeled ‘recipe’

Uses for Rosemary

Yesterday I did some long overdue gardening. The herb garden in particular had gotten way too unruly, most especially the rosemary bush. So I took my clippers and chopped away. When finished, I had a garbage bag full of rosemary sprigs and I could have trimmed even more.

I thought it would be a shame to throw it all away so I tried to come up with some uses for it. I made a bouquet out of some and then decided to also make a rosemary simple syrup. I used this recipe from The Kitchn. I plan to use the syrup to make rosemary lemonade or maybe a cocktail of some kind. The simple syrup will keep in the fridge for up to one month so I have time to figure it out.

Have excess herbs you don’t know what to do with? Try drying them, making herb butter, a simple syrup, flavored olive oil… so many options!

Spring Slow Cooker Recipes

I am a huge fan of the slow cooker. It is such a convenient way to put a meal on the table when your schedule is extra busy. It is not easy to find good slow cooker recipes, though. I have found the ones on Williams-Sonoma’s website to be particularly yummy. I wonder how these Spring recipes are from Better Homes & Gardens … the pulled pork sliders look delicious and I think I will need to try them!

Slow cook sliders via Better Homes and Gardens

Valentine’s Day Ice Cubes

Whether you are hosting guests for a Valentine’s Day get together or just want to show that special someone you care, this project is for you! These pomegranate filled ice cubes are easy to make and will instantly make any drink you serve that much more special.

 

Pomegranate Heart Ice Cubes

You can find a step-by-step process on how to make these ice cubs here, but essentially you just put three pomegranate seeds in a heart shaped ice tray. Freeze and then serve in your drink of choice!

 

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

I think I found my new favorite Fall dessert! These pumpkin whoopie pies from Epicurious are amazing. I followed the recipe to a tee. The only modification I would suggest is not candying the pecans (the whoopies are sweet enough on their own) and press the pecans into the cream rather than rolling them on the sides.

Yum!

Summertime Dining: Watermelon Salads

One of my favorite culinary treats in summer is watermelon. Refreshing and bright, watermelon is often a great picnic or BBQ food or a sweet dessert at the end of a simple meal. But watermelon also shines as a star in summer salads. The three below look delicious!

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint from Food & Wine

Watermelon, Feta, and Arugula Salad with Balsamic Glaze from Bon Appetit

Watermelon Salad with Mint and Crispy Prosciutto via Real Simple

Watermelon Bombe

This Watermelon Bombe from Martha Stewart is not only adorable, but it looks so refreshing as well — perfect for combatting the summer heat. It also looks a lot like an amazing dessert by The Inn at Little Washington’s Patrick O’Connell. My husband made it for me for my birthday one time. Dee-lish!

Watermelon Bombe via Martha Stewart

Watermelon Fantasy; recipe by Patrick O'Connell

St Patrick’s Day Feast

Cathal Armstrong's menu via Epicurious

One of my favorite restaurants in the DC area is Restaurant Eve. I particularly love going for lunch and every time I do I leave so satisfied. The food is always delicious and the atmosphere is cozy and relaxing.

Behind all great restaurants are great chefs and Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve is no exception. That’s why when I found this Irish feast on Epicurious designed by him specifically for St Patrick’s Day I couldn’t resist sharing it. Doesn’t it look delicious?!

 

How does one say “Bon Appetit” in Irish?!