Category Archives: Rosemary

Create Your Own Baguette Party

 

The kids and I enjoyed a creative lunch today, using a variety of olive oils, an aged balsamic vinegar, Parmesan seasonings, cheese, basil, lettuce, red onion, orange bell peppers, tomatoes and marinated cucumbers, paired with freshly baked tomato basil or rosemary baguette slices. Hummus and avocado sauces would have also been a great addition. Needless to say, the kids had a great time experimenting with presentation and trying new combinations.

 

 

 

 

Marinated Cucumbers – Use balsamic vinegar, EVOO, salt and pepper

 

Cornmeal Crusted Pizza

Are you looking for a new pizza crust? We decided to try a new style of pizza crust and found this recipe by Emeril Lagasse that turned out great!

Here’s the recipe from FoodNetwork.com:

You’ll Need:
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)

Pinch sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for coating bowl
2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour plus more, if necessary
1 cup cornmeal, plus more for dusting pizza peel

In a large bowl combine yeast with water and sugar and stir well to combine. Set aside until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add the salt, olive oil, and half of the flour and mix well to thoroughly combine. Add the 1 cup of cornmeal and all remaining flour except 1/2 cup and mix well with your hands, working to incorporate the flour little by little. The dough should be slightly sticky to the touch. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead dough for at least 5 and up to 7 minutes, adding enough additional flour as necessary to form a smooth and elastic dough that is not too sticky. Transfer dough to a lightly oiled 2 or 3 quart bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, usually at least 2 hours. 

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F and if you have one, place a pizza stone on the bottom rack of the oven.

 Divide dough into 2 portions (for 2 (12 to 14-inch) pizzas) and form into balls. (See note below for calzones.) Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and cover with a damp towel. Let rest for 15 minutes, then transfer to a lightly floured surface, shape as desired and roll out to a 1/8-inch thickness. Transfer dough to a pizza peel (sprinkle with cornmeal to help facilate moving dough) and top with toppings of choice. Transfer to the preheated pizza stone and bake until crispy and golden brown, usually12 to 18 minutes (depending on the toppings and the thickness of the crust). Remove from the oven with a metal peel or spatula and serve immediately.

 Yield: 2 (12 or 14-inch) pizzas or 4 calzones, serving 4 to 6

 Note: For calzones, divide the dough into 4 equal portions and form into 4 balls. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and cover with a damp towel. Let rest for 15 minutes, then transfer to a lightly floured surface and roll out into 4 (8-inch) circles. Place filling of choice in the center of 1 side of each circle, then fold dough over filling to meet edges of filled side. Crimp edges with a fork or your fingers, then cut a small slit in the top of the calzone to allow steam to escape while cooking. Cook on a preheated pizza stone in a preheated 475 degree F oven for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until well-browned. Remove from the oven with a peel or spatula and serve immediately.

MY NOTES:
1. We prefer our cornbread recipes to have a sweeter taste than this yielded, so next time I would add 2-3 TBSP honey.
2. We placed the dough in a moist and hot microwave oven for the rising step. (You can create this environment by first boiling 2 cups of water in the microwave for ~2-3 minutes. Then quickly place the bowl of dough in the microwave and shut the door (leaving the microwave off). It works wonderfully and cuts the rising time down to 30 minutes instead of 2 hours.)
3. We cut our dough into 4 equal pieces and rolled out mini pizzas. They each measured approximately 8 inches in diameter.  We found 8 minutes at 500 F was plenty of baking time on a baking sheet.
4. This would be a great crust to infuse some herbs into the dough, such as sun-dried tomato, basil, rosemary, etc.
5. We topped our pizza with tomatoes, basil, and sweet bell peppers. Don’t be afraid to be creative too.

-Angela

Honey Balsamic Criminis

You’ll Need:

1-2 TBSP Oil of Choice
1 lb Fresh Criminis, washed
2-3 Cloves Garlic, crushed
0.5 Onion, chopped
3 TBSP Honey
2 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
1 Sprig Rosemary (optional)
Salt and Pepper

In a large skillet, combine oil, onions, garlic and mushrooms. Cook on medium-high heat for ~5 minutes. Add honey, balsamic vinegar, rosemary, and salt/pepepr and cover. Cook on medium heat for ~10 minutes. Serve warm.

Enjoy,
-Angela

Parsley and Cilantro

Most of us received a plethora of local flat leaf parsley, curly parsley, and/or cilantro today.  Angela and I thought we should post a few ideas about cooking, drying, and preserving so you don’t have to use it all at one time.

A few ideas for parsley…


Photo courtesy of Natural Fare (flat leaf parsley)

Parsley is an herb that goes with almost any dish so you can add it to almost anything you are cooking.  Use it in side dishes (parsley potatoes), in sauces (parsley-garlic chimichurri), or as a main ingredient (parsley pesto with walnuts – vegan, by the way).  It can also be used like green (parsley salad).

Parsley can also be preserved for later use by drying or freezing.  This method also works for basil, thyme, rosemary and other herbs.

Tips for using cilantro…

Photo courtesy of Sunset Plant Finder (cilantro)

Cilantro can be used in a number of ways.  Evidentially, cilantro can be made into a pesto with almonds similar to parsley pesto in that no cheese is needed.  One of the most popular ways to use cilantro is in salsas (cilantro salsa), dips (zucchini-cilantro dip), marinades (orange-cilantro marinade), dressings (cilantro vinaigrette), and sauces (Amy’s Cilantro Cream Sauce).  Some other recipes to consider include cilantro lime rice, cilantro chicken, and cilantro noodle bowl (from my favorite 101 Cookbooks)

You can dry fresh cilantro using an oven and keep it, crumbled, in an airtight container.  Cilantro can also be frozen or stored on your window sill in a glass of water if you plan on using it in the very near future.

Cucumber with Brie and Rosemary

Use cucumber slices like crackers!  There are so many cheese/herb combinations you can choose from .

In this photo, I used goat’s milk brie purchased at Ward’s and added a bit of fresh rosemary.  The salty, creamy brie pairs wonderfully with the crispy, clean cucumber.

I’ve also used herbed goat cheese that comes in a log (available at Publix) and sprinkled a bit of balsamic vinegar over the whole thing.