rosemary potatoes

I love the taste of fresh rosemary and decided to use some from my garden for these potatoes.  They were delicious.  If you have fresh parsley from the garden as well, that would also compliment the taste of this dish. To make these potatoes, I used my electric skillet, but they can also be prepared…

a party wreath of cheese: appetizer idea

Recently, I shared an appetizer wreath of cheese at a morning garden club meeting.  I used fresh rosemary from my garden, which was still plentiful even in November.  I arranged the rosemary into a circle or wreath pattern on waxed paper on a chilled armetale tray. Then, I simply cubed cheese and arranged on the…

snipping chives in November

As the leaves are falling and naturally protecting my herb garden, I can’t help but admire how the green herbs continue to thrive even in November.  I still have green onions growing and anticipate using them during the Thanksgiving holiday.  As I look at the garden, my two kinds of parsley–curled leaf and Italian leaf…

herb roasted bone-in chicken breasts

There are those nights when roasting a whole chicken is not desired.  It is still possible to have that great herb roasted chicken taste in a shorter time frame.  I often choose to roast bone-in chicken breasts with the same seasonings and herbs that would be used for a whole chicken. I do use a…

herbs from home

one of the best things about having a home garden is being able to snip a sprig of an herbal plant to brighten the kitchen table.  i selected several herbs from my garden and created a simple arrangement in several small vases. after the dinner, i can use the herbs for upcoming recipes.  the sage…

rosemary shortbread cookies

i have two rosemary plants this year.  unfortunately, in Michigan, it is not possible to keep rosemary growing outside during the winter months.  when i lived in Charleston, i was able to grow rosemary year round, as long as my garden area was somewhat shielded from excessive wind. therefore, i look for recipes at the…

lavender and rosemary

  a friend of mine sent me this lovely wreath a couple of weeks ago, and i have been enjoying it every day.  the scent from the lavender and rosemary branches is subtle, though totally charming.  with spring taking its time to really come forth in Michigan this year, a hint of fresh herbs for…

Rosemary French Onion Soup

on a cold winter’s night, there is nothing better than serving soup.  i have found so many wonderful soup recipes which are not only easy to make– but so delicious.  soup is a comfort food.  but, it doesn’t have to be high in calories or lack flavor.  this is a new recipe that i found…

rosemary olive wreath

here is a different way to present a relish tray for the holidays.  i used fresh rosemary branches to form a wreath.  then, black olives, green olives, and small fresh mozzarella balls were layered on the wreath.  the wreath was seasoned with freshly ground mixed peppercorns. i used a traditional Spode Christmas plate for serving,…

rosemary rolls

recently i found the pioneer woman cookbook at the library, and decided to try these skillet rolls.  they are semi-homemade, as the recipe calls for frozen unbaked dinner rolls.  this was an excellent recipe and very easy to make.  the rolls are fluffy and delicious. again, this is another holiday only recipe.  i would not…

rosemary roasted potatoes

i found this recipe in a vegetarian home cooking book titled “FOOD”, by Mary McCartney.  this is a simple recipe that takes minimal time to prepare and was actually delicious.  i found fresh rosemary in my garden growing even in November. since i have been roasting vegetables, including potatoes for years now, this was not…

easy herb breadsticks

my summer garden is filled with delicious herbs and what better way to use refrigerated breadstick dough, but to incorporate the herbs on top. i simply sprayed the tops of the dough while on the baking sheet with spray olive oil and sprinkled and placed fresh herbs on each piece.  i used parsley, rosemary, chives,…