Stop and Smell the Rosemary

Rosemary Parm Shortbread with Vodka Rosemary Lemonade Fizz2

Our Rosemary has been blooming for a couple of weeks now~ I can’t walk by it with out pinching off a piece, or running a hand down it to release the fragrance!

My husband needs no after shave~  just a dab of rosemary behind his ears :)

It does tend to be one of those herbs like cilantro, that you like or you don’t~ if you do and it’s flowering it’s a two-in-one gift, beautiful AND fragrant!

I found this recipe from Claire Robinson on Food Network for Rosemary Parmesan Shortbread~

Quick, easy and a KEEPER recipe!

True to Claire Robinson’s formula~ only 5 ingredients are required for this shortbread, since salt is a freebie!

Slightly savory and slighty sweet~ these are perfect with a glass of white wine or lemonade!

Best of all, you can make the dough ahead of time, put it in the fridge or freezer!

Ingredients:

~2 cups all-purpose flour

~1 cup confectioners’ sugar

~2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves

~1/2 teaspoon salt

~1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan

~1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

~1 teaspoon water, if needed

Directions:

Put the flour, sugar, rosemary, salt, and Parmesan into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until combined. Add the butter and pulse just until a soft dough forms; the dough should hold together when squeezed with your hands. If not, add the water and pulse until combined.

Spread a large sheet of plastic wrap on a work surface and transfer the dough onto it. Using the plastic wrap as a guide, form the dough into a loose log along 1 edge of the long side of the sheet. Roll the dough log, twisting the plastic gathered at the ends in opposite directions until the log is tight and compact, about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Chill in the refrigerator until firm, about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Slice the dough log into 1/3-inch thick slices and arrange on the lined sheets, about 1-inch apart. Bake until the edges are just beginning to brown, 12 to 14 minutes.

Cool the shortbread on the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store the shortbread in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to serve.

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.

Looking for a beverage for my rosemary, I found a recipe from Epicurious~

Vodka Rosemary Lemonade Fizz.

 The rosemary adds a interesting and fresh flavor to the lemonade, that you can enjoy with or without the vodka!

Ingredients:

~1 cup fresh lemon juice

~1 cup sugar

~2 (8-inch) rosemary sprigs

~1/2 cup vodka

~Chilled club soda or seltzer

~ Garnish with rosemary sprigs

Directions:

Bring lemon juice, sugar, and rosemary to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar has dissolved, then reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Discard rosemary sprigs.

Fill 8 (8-ounces) glasses halfway with ice. Divide syrup (about 2 tablespoons each) among glasses and add vodka (1 tablespoon each). Top off with club soda.

Both the Shortbread and the Rosemary Lemonade are perfect for a garden party or just savoring on the patio!

Hope you take time to

Stop and Smell the Rosemary :)

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  45 comments for “Stop and Smell the Rosemary

  1. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    May 4, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Add me to the “love it” list! I’ve had quite a few plants (they’re not too fond of Philly winters) and for the first time one bloomed this spring. Pretty little flowers! My new favorite soup is heavily flavored with rosemary and I’m always looking for more things to make with it. Both the cookies and fizz sound great-enjoy:@)

  2. My Lovely Bites
    May 4, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Oh rosemary, it reminds me of my childhood when I lived with my grandparents and we’d go take a few branches and make wardrobe perfume together :) It was right next to the sage plant, another plant I love so much. Thank you for the memories! And what amazing photos you have here, as well as a great recipe :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. May 4, 2012 at 7:20 am

    I love rosemary! I have several plants surrounding the entry to our front garden. These recipes look delish! Thanks so much for sharing them with us. Lovely post!

  4. shirley@housepitalitydesigns
    May 4, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Where do I begin…I think I will start with saying that the photos of the rosemary are magnificent…I love the photo of the Vodka Rosemary Lemonade Fizz with the shortbread adorned with the sprigs of rosemary…I am smitten by all of your spectacular photographs…you are truly an artist!
    Wonderful recipes for me to try….Your vast collection of photography belong in an art show!!!

  5. May 4, 2012 at 7:55 am

    I just planted my rosemary – we can’t winter over here so I have never seen one bloom, but your blossoms are gorgeous! You are such an artist – you must spend hours on each post!!!! Everything is beautiful. The shortbread sounds wonderful and of course pictured with the blossoms, it is just incredible! Oh, I just glanced up at the comment above me and she said the exact same thing – “you are truly an artist!” How funny that we would choose the same words. Each photograph is outstanding!

  6. May 4, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Your photographs make me a little weak at the knees. They are absolutely stunning and your rosemary and parmesan shortbread look really delicious. I think rosemary is one of those fantastic ingredients that can transport to a completely different place and I love it

  7. May 4, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I smell rosemary all over the house now, and it’s just from looking at your photos. Wait, it’s not photos, it’s a photo art. Yes. I would have my lemonade with vodka, please. I am sure it taste great without too, but today being Friday calls for a splash of vodka. This shortbread cookie recipe goes in my collection of shortbread cookies. Have a great weekend Mary!

  8. May 4, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Rosemary and lavender are two plants I never pass by without pinching off a little piece and then breathing in its wonderful fragrance. The rosemary flavored cookies are divine, but mine never looked so beautiful. Once again I have to tell you, you are amazing each and every week.

  9. Ellen Beeton
    May 4, 2012 at 9:39 am

    It sure looks delicious. I just wanted to comment on all your lovely posts. You really have a flair for blogging. Your posts are always so much fun. They are interesting, beautiful, creative and just plain fantastic. Your pictures are always fabulous. I really enjoy them all.

  10. Pondside
    May 4, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Thank you! I love a savory shortbread – with a long drink in summer and with dry sherry in the winter. This one looks handy to have in the fridge, ready for baking.

  11. May 4, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Mary, your images are awesome. Such styling! We’ve lots of rosemary here, but not blooming. Makes me wonder why. I’ll give this shortbread a try. It looks perfect to have on hand for a summer afternoon or evening. The lemonade would be my choice. All looks delicious! ~ Sarah

  12. May 4, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I am such a big fan of rosemary, I had it in my wedding bouquet :-) The shortbread recipe looks like a keeper. You may also want to check out Giada’s rosemary-strawberry-lemon scones. They are not too dense, not too chewy, and the three flavors are breakfast GOLD!! Rosemary doesn’t love MN winters, but every spring, I am out there replanting it. Thanks for this post, it really perked me up :-)

  13. May 4, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Mary….As usual your photos are stunning. And I’d love to have that lemonade and those delicious rounds of rosemary goodness. Yum! All so beautiful and lovely. The perfect afternoon. Can I come live in your garden. Its like heaven on earth.

    Nann

  14. maneselaine
    May 4, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Rosemary never looked so good! Your shortbread looks wonderful, and simple enough that I could even make them. We have an herb garden every year, and I am so spoiled, I could never go back to buying them in a store. So, yes, I will stop and smell the rosemary!

  15. May 4, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I am joining the group to say your photos are fabulous! The shortbread cookie recipe looks wonderful and the vodka fizz absolutely refreshing.
    Perfect for a warm summer afternoon and gardening break. I’m saving these recipes. Thank you, Mary.

  16. May 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Such a deliciously fragrant post!!! I love rosemary and have three bushes…Sure wish mine would bloom so prolific! Both the cookies and the lemonade (with or without the vodka) sound like winners…

    Great post, Mary!

  17. May 5, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Mary, such a wonderful post and as always your photo’s bring such joy.This afternoons Autumn sunrays would certainly be extra nice with your homemade rosemary shortbreads and rosemary lemonade fizz…out on the porch. Just Magical and inspirational! x

  18. May 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    How special the Rosemary must make these cookies and lemonade. They are both very pretty to look at. I have a large Rosemary bush that began as a window sill gift from a friend several years ago.

    So nice stopping by to say hi!
    Kindly, Lorraine

  19. May 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Mary, this is a delicious recipe and I can’t wait to try it. I love Rosemary and this is just my cup of tea, or lemonade in this post. Your photos are beautiful. Jim worked in the yard this morning and he had to cut the rosemary shrubs way back. They had taken over the path to the back. The fragrance was beautiful. I love when I water them early in the morning or even just brush them as I walk past and they gift me their fragrance. Thanks for the recipe, I know I’ll love it.

  20. May 5, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    That sounds like quite a refreshing drink.

    – The Tablescaper

  21. May 5, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    HI mary! I love the SMELL of rosemary but don’t care for the taste of it OR cilantro:) However, I want to try the cookies since you mentioned they are good with white wine, I am a white wine girl!!! The lemonade sounds GOOOOD too. XO, pinky

  22. May 6, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Lovely photos, Mary, as always! The cookies sound wonderful. I have a rosemary bush out back just waiting for something like this.

  23. Riet
    May 6, 2012 at 8:06 am

    What a great recipe. I love rosemary, tghe smell is gorgeous and so is the taste. I use it a lot on potatoes too.
    Have a nice Sunday

  24. May 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Yum! Love both recipes and your photos are wonderful!

  25. May 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I’m so glad to have found you at “Seasonal Sunday’s” party. The rosemary is beautiful and the recipes sound delish. Thanks for sharing all of your lovely photos as well. ~Lori

  26. May 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I love Rosemary and have large bushes of it all around my deck. Like you, I love to brush it and release that signature fragrance. Your cookie recipe looks tasty and I am certainly going to try it! dianne

  27. May 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Mary! I just l-o-v-e rosemary. We have it growing all around and I’ve been known to just push it a bit to release that wonderful aroma. Your recipes sound soooo good. I haven’t ventured much outside on top of bread and seasoning for chicken and pork. Your photography is so beautiful. Thank you for a lovely spot to spend a few minutes this Sunday afternoon.

  28. May 6, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    SWOON! This was food for my eyes! So beautiful! I love rosemary. It smells so fragrant doesn’t it? I am not much of a baker, but I love to make cookies and I will make these for sure!
    Thanks for joining ON THE MENU MONDAY with this gorgeous post.

  29. May 6, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    How beautiful and delicious! I’ve never seen a rosemary plant bloom and they are such pretty flowers. I can’t wait to have some in my herb pots this summer and would love to try this savory cookies!

  30. May 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    From a wet and windy corner of southern England thank you for sharing such a lovely recipe and photos!

  31. May 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I love rosemary and occasionally am able to over winter it, and am quite chuffed when I do! Thanks for the reminder by way of this lovely post, that I need to buy a plant for the patio.

  32. May 7, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Hi Mary,

    As usual, this post is a feast for the senses. Your photography is sooo good — just love these pictures. The food looks very tasty; I’m so ready for our kitchen to be finished, as I have a list of new recipes to try, along with the old favorites.

    My MIL makes a delicious fizzy lemonade seasoned with fresh herbs; we all LOVE it in the summertime. Yours looks delicious, too!

    Thanks for visiting my blog, Mary. It’s always nice to hear from you. Hope you have a great week! :)

    Hugs,

    Denise

  33. May 13, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I adore rosemary and while the shortbread looks delicious and easy, I’m really interested in the fizz!!!! :D :D

  34. May 13, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I have to grow new rosemary plants each summer but it is a favourite herb to use. Your shortbread recipe looks good, I must try it.

  35. A Garden of Threads
    May 13, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing the recipes, they sound and look so yummy. Have a great week)

  36. May 13, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    The recipes look delicious! What a nice treat, I’d love both the lemonade and the shortbread. Your pictures are so awesome I could just imagine how great they taste and smell.

  37. May 14, 2012 at 3:00 am

    Fantastic photos and mosaics. Rosemary is one of my favourites spices, both fresh and dried. It doesn’t survive our winters here, but never mind we can buy it every spring……

  38. Vee
    May 14, 2012 at 9:17 am

    The mere thought of rosemary has me wishing for a sunny day so that I can pick some up for the herb garden. It does not overwinter here and I’ve had only limited success with it as a houseplant. Wonder if I can get my hubby to switch from aftershave to rosemary… The shortbread and beverage look and sound delicious. Actually, they look gorgeous!

  39. May 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I love this post, the photos and the mosaics. Beautiful!

  40. tingsgrove
    May 15, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Oh yes, Rosemary is right up there with Lavender, as far as special garden fragrances and the taste always enhances beautifully. I adore shortbreads and so I will have to save this recipe for a future day. I hope you had a marvelous Mother’s Day, have a sweet week~

  41. A beach diary...
    May 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    This my absolute favorite, all the things I love, photographed to perfection~

  42. May 23, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Yum! They look delicious! I love the cookies layered with the rosemary stems and blossoms. I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

  43. Liz
    June 1, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Yummo! I have a HUGE rosemary plant. I will have to try this out. I also have a great recipe for Earl Gray short bread. You would love that too!
    Thank you for adding this to FCF! :)

    ~Liz

  44. June 1, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Delicious looking! The drink, rosemary stem and shortbread cookie on the napkin look so perfect!

  45. June 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Thanks for posting the recipe. The shortbread truly sounds divine!

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