Day 21, Rosemary Syrup

2012 Advent Calendar, Day 21

My friend Kasha came over yesterday to hang out, do a little cooking, and help me with styling a few things, but it was one of those star-crossed days in the kitchen — my chicken was dry, the caramel sauce didn’t set before sundown, and the rosemary syrup didn’t make it entirely into the jar. No worries, though; I like a bit of imperfection in my pictures. Also? That dry chicken is nothing a little BBQ sauce won’t fix, and the caramel finally behaved itself long enough to proceed with the recipe. (More on that later.) It’s all about rolling with the punches in the kitchen, as Julia Child taught us so well with her enthusiastically-flipped potato pancake (not a chicken or duck as urban legend would have us believe).

2012 Advent Calendar, Day 21

Be sure to check out Kasha’s blog for a lot of great fresh-from-the-farm recipes and tips for using seasonal produce. She’s also an excellent baker.

recipe after the jump

Rosemary Syrup from Southern Living

I first wrote about this in my 2008 Advent Calendar, but think it merits a repeat. It’s a simple DIY gift if you need a little last-minute something and is especially good in gin cocktails, a natural companion to that juniper bite. For the first time this year, the syrup was a little too thick to pour, so I added a little water and reheated it till it was the right consistency. See? Rolling with the punches…

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons honey
3 sprigs fresh rosemary

Combine ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool completely. Remove and discard rosemary.

3 Replies to “Day 21, Rosemary Syrup”

  1. It was quite tasty and I’m trying to think of more ways to use it. I know we had a list going but I cannot, for the life of me, remember right now. Must be all the Christmas cookies….

  2. Jamie – What a great attitude! I’ll try to remember that next time everything goes tits up for me.

    Kasha – I think I just came out of my sugar coma. Blergh. I remember talking about putting it on cornbread (or couche-couche) and its affinity for gin, but don’t remember anything else just now.

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