You can find fresh herbs at the grocery store or supermarket. They come in clear, flat, 5 in. long containers, 3/4 oz. to 1 oz. for $2.00, (price may vary). Each fresh rosemary package has several 4-6 in. long stems, called sprigs. Each sprig has many narrow leaves (about an inch long). One package may contain about 8-10 sprigs. Notably, it is always best to select herbs that are green, and fresh looking in appearance. The aroma of rosemary radiates an exhilarating citrus type of quality. When inhaled, it tends to clear the nostrils not unlike the effect of fresh pine, though not overwhelming. Surprisingly, it’s subtle aroma is perceptible through the plastic container.
Rosemary Wows and Woos
You don’t have to reserve fresh herbs for extravagant recipes. Adding fresh rosemary to a simple dish is an easy way to treat the senses with minimal culinary effort. This easy preparation requires less than 10 minutes to arrange, and cooks in 25 minutes. First, begin by slicing three large russet potatoes, or baking potatoes. Cut the potato lengthwise in half, then cut the halves lengthwise again. Now you can either cut those into thin lengthwise chips or cut them into fries. Pour 3 tbsp. of olive oil, place one jalapeño pepper, and one sprig of rosemary at the bottom of a glass or ceramic cookware dish. Lay the cut potatoes on top and cook in the microwave for about 25 minutes, or in an oven for about 35 minutes.
As it cooks the aroma will refresh the surroundings, and clear the mind from a chaotic or stressful day. You will know the dish is ready when the potatoes are soft throughout, and a touch of golden brown edges their tops. As you sit down to partake of this simple and fancy fare, it will amaze you how easy and rewarding it is.
SELECTING OLIVE OIL
Choosing a good olive oil is pivotal in determining whether you opt to select olive oil as a cooking oil. Some brands are repellant, and I have found that no two brands have the same qualities. The most readily noticeable generally being it’s fragrance. With this in mind, it is worth investing the time and energy in trying several brands before making a conclusive decision. There are generally two varieties to select from: Extra virgin, cold pressed is the first pressing of the olives. Rich in omega 3 fatty acids, it also contains anti-inflammatory enzymes, has a richer aroma, bold flavor, and greenish tint. The second pressing is golden in color. It is the refined oil, with a milder flavor, and costs less.
Please note, olive oil is not recommended for diabetics due to it’s high concentration of fatty acids. Sunflower oil is a tasty alternative, and is vitamin and mineral rich, with a light aromatic flavor. Coconut oil is another healthful option, that has added benefits to the metabolism.