RECIPE

Sage Cordial

 Ingredients:

There are hundreds of species of Salvia and probably dozens that would be appropriate for this recipe – Salvia officinalis (garden sage), S. elegans (honeydew melon sage, and pineapple sage), S. melissodora (grape scented sage), and S. dorisiana (fruit-scented sage) come to mind. 

10 fresh sage leaves
2 cups vodka
1 2/3 cups sugar 

Crush the sage in a mortar with a pestle until it is fragrant and transfer it to a 1-pint jar. Rinse out the mortar with some of the vodka, pour all the vodka over the sage, and let the mixture stand, covered, shaking it occasionally, in a dark place for 8 days. 
In a saucepan combine the sugar with 2/3 cup water and simmer the mixture, stirring until the sugar is just dissolved. Transfer the sugar syrup to another 1-pint jar and chill it, covered, for 8 days. 
Pour the sage mixture through a dampen ...

Sage Cheese

Ingredients:

This savory combination of sage, garlic and cheese makes an easy and delicious appetizer. It can be rolled into a log or made into a ball or dome and covered with toasted pecans or sliced pimento olives.  Tightly covered, it will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks.

Makes about 2 cups

8 ounces finely grated sharp cheddar cheese
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 large clove garlic
12 fresh sage leaves cut into chiffonade (scant 1/4 cup)
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon sherry, port, brandy, or cream
Toasted pecans or sliced pimento olives, optional

In the bowl of a food processor or in a mixing bowl combine the cheddar and cream cheeses and blend well. Squeeze the garlic through a garlic press into the cheese or mince it ver ...

Glazed Plum Bundt Cake with Rosemary

Ingredients:

2 cups + 2 T sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 T + 2 T softened butter
3 cups flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 egg yolks
4 egg whites
1 T vanilla
¼ cup buttermilk
3 cups plums, pitted and chopped
2 tsp. chopped rosemary
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
Glaze:
½ cup brown sugar
2 T milk

Preheat oven to 350º.

Spray a 12 cup Bundt pan with cooking spray. Lightly dust with flour. Heat 2 T butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add plums and 2 T sugar and rosemary and simmer gently until plums are slightly softened. Stir in pecans. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the sugar, ½ cup oil, and butter until fluffy. Add dry ingredients and mix until blended. Add egg yolks, vanilla and buttermilk. Blend well. Whip egg whites until they hold a ...

Rosemary Flatbread Crisp

Ingredients:

Think of it as a cracker version of rosemary-flecked flatbread. But these are the easiest crackers you’ll ever make; rather than cutting the dough into small pieces, you bake three large pieces, then break them into smaller ones to serve. The jagged edges invite nibbling.

1 ¾ c unbleached all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp chopped rosemary plus 2 (6-inch) sprigs
1 tsp baking powder
¾ tsp salt
½ c water
1/3 c olive oil plus more for brushing
Flaky sea salt such as Maldon

Preheat oven to 450ºF with a heavy baking sheet on rack in middle.
Stir together flour, chopped rosemary, baking powder, and salt n a medium bowl. Make a well in center, then add water and oil and gradually stir into flour with a wooden spoon until a dough forms. Knead dough gently on a work surface 4 or 5 times.
Divide dough into 3 pieces and roll o ...

Pork Tenderloin & Rosemary Orange Glaze

Ingredients:

Glaze (enough for 2 tenderloins)

¼ c frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 tsp brown sugar
4 tsp minced fresh rosemary

In a small saucepan, bring the concentrate, brown sugar, and rosemary to a simmer. Simmer until the mixture reduces to about 2 tablespoons. Set aside to cool slightly.

Pat the tenderloins dry and brush them with the glaze.
Put the tenderloins on a hot grill grate. Close lid and grill for 7 minutes. Turn the pork over, close the lid, and grill for another 6 minutes. Turn off the heat (keep the lid closed) and continue to cook the pork for another 5 minutes. At this point, an instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle of the thickest end of the tenderloin should read 145 to 150 degrees. If not, close the lid and let the pork continue to roast in the residual grill heat. Remove the pork from th ...

Rosemary-Ginger Chicken

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 Tbsp chopped fresh sage
1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme
3 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp ground red pepper
1 tsp chopped peeled fresh ginger
1 tsp grated lemon rind
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
4 chicken breast halves

Combine all ingredients well. Rub over chicken pieces. Let marinate for at least 2 hours. The longer the better. 
Place chicken pieces on the rack of a roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Add water to pan to a depth of ¼ inch. Bake at 425 degrees until done. Probably around 30 - 40 minutes depending on the thickness of the pieces, and whether they are bone-in or boneless.

Rosemary Pecans

Ingredients:

Preheat oven to 350º

2 Tbsp melted butter
⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
1½ Tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary or 1½ tsp dried rosemary
2 C pecan halves
Salt to taste

Mix together butter, pepper and rosemary. Add pecans and toss well. Spread pecans in baking pan and bake at 350º for 8-10 minutes, stirring once or twice while baking.
Cool and sprinkle with salt if desired.

Rosemary Shortbread

Ingredients:

Preheat oven to 300º
1 C butter, softened
¾ C sifted powdered sugar
¼ C cornstarch
1¾ C all purpose flour
1 Tbsp minced fresh rosemary

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric beater until creamy; gradually add powdered sugar and cornstarch, beating well. Stir in flour and rosemary. Dough will be stiff. Divide dough in half. Shape one portion of dough into a 6½” circle on an ungreased baking sheet. Crimp the edges with a fork. Cut dough in 8 wedges; do not separate. Then repeat procedure with second half of dough. Cover and chill for one hour. Bake at 300º for 30 minutes or until edges are brown. Cool 5 minutes on the baking sheet; remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Yields 16 wedges

Pepper Bruschetta

Ingredients:

4 bell peppers – mix 3 colors
¾ C balsamic vinegar (or more)
Salt and pepper to taste

Seed and slice 4 peppers thinly and cook slowly in ¾ C balsamic vinegar until very soft, about an hour. Stir occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. Add more vinegar if they look dry.
Serve over toasted bread rounds or hard cheese, such as Parmesan.

 

Roasted Red Pepper Humus

Ingredients:

1/3 C tahini (sesame paste)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp Greek seasoning
3 (15½ oz.) cans garbanzo beans, drained
1 (12 oz.) jar roasted red peppers, drained
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ tsp ground red pepper

In a food processor, combine beans, peppers, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and pepper. Process until smooth. Serve with pita chips.

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