July 10, 2010

Homegrown Rosemary (recipe: Lemon-Rosemary Vinaigrette)

This year, I decided to try growing a few of my own fresh herbs.  I ended up putting them in a hanging basket because we have so many little critters that visit our yard I knew I would end up with nothing left after a few days. 

So far, these plants are doing ok (in spite of me and my brown thumb).  Which is why I was inspired to try a recipe I found on the Today Show website from Tom Colicchio.  How could I not try it - afterall, he is a Top Chef judge and really knows how to balance flavors.  I opted to try the Lemon-Rosemary Vinaigrette because it's been very hot lately and salads are more appealing these days.

It was a breeze to make the vinaigrette from scratch... only took a few minutes.  The flavors were fresh and light.  The use of fresh rosemary really took it up a notch and I can see why he also recommends using it as a marinade for fish as well.  You can find the recipe HERE as well as some other ideas on how to use vinaigrettes for summer cooking. 

Have you been inspired to start your own home garden this year?  If not, a simple way to get started in a small way is to begin with planting your own herbs for cooking and Triscuit wants to help!

Triscuit has incorporated seed cards into approximately 4 million boxes of their regular and reduced fat Triscuits!  The seed cards are simple to use and will allow you to grown either your own basil or dill plants.  Think of the fresh flavor you will be able to add to your dinner with those herbs you grew from tiny little seeds!

Check out their website on Home Farming which will give you great information on how to start your own home garden.  There is also a community forum where you can ask questions and even share information you may have learned elsewhere.   It's not too late to start herbs from seeds since you can keep them in your kitchen all year long!

Don't forget to visit my Virtual Supper Club post to find out how you can win a copy of Cooking Lights - Cooking Through the Seasons!

Disclosure: I was provided with 2 boxes of Triscuits and a $20 gift card to purchase planting supplies by DEI Worldwide.

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Jamie said...

A great way to use your fresh rosemary. My rosemary and basil are doing great. Some of my other herbs and veggies didn't fare as well. But it's fun to try and I love having fresh herbs in my backyard.

pegasuslegend said...

what a great idea! I have everything growing will have to try this!~

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