Top 10 herbs to cook Italian- 2. Rosemary= Rosmarino

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Rosemary

“An herb is the friend of physicians and the praise of cooks.” (- Charlemagne)

Rosemary better to be used fresh as desiccated leaves loose flavor.

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To strip the leaves from a woody sprig, simply hold the stem in one hand and remove the leaves using the finger and thumb of the other hand, pushing against the direction of the growth

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Rosemary’s pungent flavor complements fatty meats particularly well, When grilling, toss a sprig or two of fresh rosemary onto the coals to add a wonderfully intense smokiness to your meats.You can use a woodier branch from the plant as to brush oil on grilling meat. On grilling a lamb it’s compulsory as its aromatic smells eliminates the characteristic sheep smell.

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Rosemary in marinades, or as an accent for Mediterranean vegetables. Great in some tomato sauces. Pay attention not to use too much especially in summer when it can be too…

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Pasta e fagioli (pasta with beans)

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If you grew up in an Italian household, you will definitely have been faced with eating pasta fagioli at least once (if not more)! I have to admit, pasta e fagioli (pasta with beans) hasn’t really been a dish that has been present in my marriage meals with Steven. But, it does feature in March, so it was time I made it… And after the scrumptious dinner, I began to wonder why I hadn’t experimented with it previously? It is so yummy and such a great winter warmer! And not too hard either!

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Of course, I used dried beans soaked in water overnight. I cooked the beans the day before I actually made the pasta e fagioli. Reason being, was that I needed to work the next day. To anyone who wants to be organised – you can cook a whole heap of dried beans…

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