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DIY Rosemary Salt

rosemary saltI love gearing up for the Christmas holidays as it’s one of my favorite times of the year.  People seem a bit kinder, smile more and the feeling of mutual respect resonates more during this time of the year than any other.  Not to sound the alarm bells, but there are only 46 days before Christmas!  Thinking of that perfect holiday gift can be tricky especially as one gets older.  We have so many ‘things’ that tend to never see the light of day – who needs to add to that?  I enjoy being able to make hostess gifts for those who love to cook as much as I do.  DIY rosemary salt is so easy to make and you can customize it to suit it to the taste of your friend or family member.  Homemade gifts come straight from the heart and they don’t need to break the bank nor be arduous. Continue Reading →

Lemon Rosemary Sorbet

Lemon Rosemary SorbetWant to make an easy, delicious-tasting dessert or pallet cleanser? Sorbet is simple to make and because it contains no dairy, it’s perfect for anyone who is lactose intolerant or vegan. This frozen treat knows no boundaries so use your favorite fruit or chocolate and satisfy your cravings for a frozen treat. Lemon and rosemary are a perfect pairing for this sorbet. Looking for other sorbet ideas? Why not try mango sorbet, Meyer lemon sorbet or basil and lime sorbet..all are super easy to make.

Makes 3 1/2 cups
inspired by Food & Wine

2 cups water
1 cup sugar
2 rosemary sprigs
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

Lemon Rosemary CollageIn a saucepan, bring the water, sugar and rosemary to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes. Discard the rosemary and let the syrup cool to room temperature. Add lemon juice and refrigerate until chilled. Transfer to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions.

The Culinary Chase’s Note: If you don’t have an ice cream maker, pour syrup into a shallow container and freeze. I used this method as the quantity wasn’t sufficient for my ice cream maker to work properly.  The subtle hint of rosemary is a lovely match to the lemon.  Enjoy!