Rosemary, a popular culinary herb also used to flavor oils and vinegars.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a perennial aromatic shrub that is native to the Mediterranean region. Its leaves are needles similar to conifers. It gets its name from a legend that claims that the Virgin Mary draped her blue cloak over a white blossomed rosemary. The flowers on the rosemary turned blue and the plant became known as Rose of Mary....more

Five Uses for Rosemary

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a culinary herb that can be used in skin and hair care. Essential oil is extracted from the leaves. ...more

Replacing the Rosemary Hedge

The past two winters have been unusually cold and snowy here in New Jersey.  The first cold winter killed the rosemary hedge in the Herb Garden at Rutgers Gardens.  Actually, it was still alive when the snow melted.  Just the tops that had been above the snowline were dead, having succumbed to the extreme cold.  The rest of the plant...more

Make These Blackberry-Thyme Jam Mimosas for Brunch!

One of our favorite brunch drinks is a good mimosa. Though it's usually made with orange juice, we put a little twist on ours by swapping the OJ with blackberry-thyme jam. (Life hack: We made our own jam (which is super easy), but if you are in a rush, simply taking some blackberry jam that you have on hand and heating it until it is a thinner consistency will work, too. ) ...more
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Romano’s Macaroni Grill Rosemary Bread

I found this recipe on and I’m assuming it’s the original because it certainly tastes just like the bread that I used to savor back in the day when I was a frequent flyer at Macaroni Grill. This is a no brainer bread recipe. Easy breezy. You  can do it without a bread maker but a kitchen aid mixer sure does make the job a lot easier....more

Rosemary and Apricot Rice Krispy Treats

I wanted to have a fun, munchable on my Oscar’s menu that wasn’t popcorn. I know, what is a movie awards show without the popcorn? But this year is all about mixing things up and trying something out of the ordinary. Which led to me to search for “sweet and salty snacks”. I came across a number of interested recipes, but was drawn to the idea of a rice krispy treat. I wanted to take the whimsical, childhood treat and make it more sophisticated. Kid food, adult style....more

Rosemary Dijon Salmon

As I’ve talked about a few times before, I try to serve fish in my house at least once a week.  Its heart healthy, low-calorie, has omega-3′s, and is just an overall good for you dish.  There are a few drawbacks when it come so Fish Night. T.J. still refuses to eat it.  At 2 1/2 there are still some textures he’s pretty picky about.  I haven’t tried real hard to make it kid friendly, which may be what I try with my next attempt at fish.  I’m thinking if I put some type of healthy breading on it he may actually enjoy it.  Secondly, Mike is not a big fish fan....more

Fresh Herbs

Our local farmers market was bustling with people last week. Everyone seemed to be out enjoying the first days of cool Fall weather. All the vendors had long lines but I didn’t want to leave empty handed so we stopped at a vegetable stand that was offering some fruits to sample. Just the thing I needed to occupy the boys while I picked up a few things and waited in line to pay....more

Honey Rosemary Pork Ribs

½ cup honey¼ cup olive oil¼ cup red wine vinegar1 teaspoon kosher salt5 cloves garlic minced4 sprigs fresh rosemary4 pounds pork ribs cut into individual piecesCombine first five ingredients with a whisk to create a marinade. Place ribs in a large deep baking dish. Place rosemary sprigs among ribs. Pour marinade over ribs cover with foil and refrigerate for 2 hours. Turn them after one hour. Preheat oven to 250. Place covered dish in oven and cook for 3 hours. Preheat grill or broiler....more