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Slow Cooked Rosemary Tri Tip French Dip

Slow Cooked Rosemary Tri Tip French Dip Recipe

As a full time, recipe developing, food blogger extraordinaire, one of my jobs is to try new restaurants for recipe inspiration (tough job I know 😉 )

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Italian Baked Potato Soup

Italian Baked Potato SoupFor my Housewarming party last weekend  I went with a new menu planning approach.  I went to the grocery store with no list, no ideas and simply let the ingredients do the planning for me.

I arrived home with two giant bags of potatoes. Potatoes are an excellent way to feed a lot of people on a budget. One three-pound bag of potatoes was $.99.  You just don’t see those kind of prices anymore!

Then it was time to decide what I was going to do with those potatoes! I knew I wanted to make a couple of crockpot recipes for the party as they’re easy to put on in the morning and ready when guests arrive. That was when I got the idea for baked potato soup.  Of course it had to be Italian style as that was the theme of the party!

Italian Baked Potato Soup

The result was a creamy, rich, flavorful soup that would be perfect for upcoming fall evenings and cold winter weekends!

Italian Baked Potato Soup IngredientsIngredients

  • 3 lbs potatoes
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 10 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp rosemary
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • Âœ cup diced pancetta
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • Âœ cup parmesan cheese

Start by dicing the potatoes into cubes.

Italian Baked Potato Soup RecipeNext, add the potatoes, onions and garlic into the crock pot.

Italian Baked Potato Soup Recipe

Then pour in the chicken stock.  There should be just enough chicken stock to cover the potatoes.

Italian Baked Potato Soup Recipe

Next add in the thyme and rosemary.

Italian Baked Potato Soup Recipe

Cook on high for 4-5 hours or until potatoes are soft when poked with a fork.

Ladle out 2 cups of the chicken stock.

Italian Baked Potato Soup RecipePour in the milk, sour cream and butter and blend with an immersion blender or hand mixer.

Italian Baked Potato Soup RecipeStir in the mozzarella, parmesan and pancetta.

Italian Baked Potato Soup RecipeCook on low for an additional 2 hours.

Italian Baked Potato Soup Recipe

This is one of those recipes that makes the whole house smell like rosemary thyme amazingness!

Italian Baked Potato SoupLets zoom in…

Italian Baked Potato Soup

… then dig in!

Italian Baked Potato Soup

♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit the pancetta and replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock to make this recipe vegetarian.

♩ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Lemon Herb Salmon

Healthy Lemon Herb Salmon

This might be the most unique post on the blog to date because I’m posting it from 30,000 feet in the air!  Yes, I’m on a plane from Miami to Los Angeles that is WiFi enabled and allowing me to post to all of you amongst the clouds in the sky!

This post is also special because it involves a meal I made for two of my favorite people, my best friend and her boyfriend, who also happens to be one of my best friends! I am so beyond happy that the two of them found each other because they couldn’t be more perfect together!  I love staying with them when I’m in Phoenix because they enjoy many of the same things I do such as food, fashion and relaxation!

My last night in Phoenix I wanted to cook them a “Thank You” dinner for allowing me to stay at their beautiful condo while in town for the weekend. I asked my best friend what she wanted to eat and she said fish so I suggested salmon. It couldn’t have worked out more perfectly because the only seafood recipe I’ve posted thus far on LLB was my yummy chili-lime-garlic shrimp, so adding a fish main course seemed necessary at this point!

Lemon Herb Salmon

I paired the salmon with an Italian Corn Salad and Buffalo Potato Salad. I know it sounds interesting, but her boyfriend loves all of my buffalo sauce recipes so I had to incorporate it into the meal and came up with this delicious little side dish!

Lemon Herb Salmon Ingredients

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 lbs salmon
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 3 large lemons
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Add the olive oil to a small mixing bowl, then chop the fresh herbs.

Add the herbs to the olive oil.

Next, zest two of the lemons into the olive oil herb mixture.

Then add the minced garlic.

Squeeze in the juice of the two lemons.

Whisk well.

Place the salmon skin side down in a shallow baking dish.

Top with the lemon herb mixture.

Lemon Herb Salmon Recipe

Thinly slice the additional lemon and place on top of each piece of salmon.

Paleo Lemon Herb Salmon Recipe

Cover with foil and place in the refrigerator for an hour to marinate.

Remove from the refrigerator and cook at 400° for 30 minutes.

Baked Lemon Herb Salmon Recipe

Simple as that, dinner is served!

Lemon Herb Salmon Recipe

Delicious served with Italian Corn Salad, Buffalo Potato Salad,  Garlic Lemon Asparagus or Nutty Greens with Bacon and Bleu Cheese.

♩ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Lemon Herb Salmon

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Lemon Herb Salmon

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs salmon
  • 1/2 cup Enzo Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 3 large lemons
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil to a small mixing bowl.
  2. Chop the fresh herbs and add to the olive oil.
  3. Zest two of the lemons into the olive oil herb mixture.
  4. Add the minced garlic.
  5. Squeeze in the juice of the two lemons and whisk well.
  6. Place the salmon skin side down in a shallow baking dish.
  7. Top with the lemon herb mixture.
  8. Thinly slice the additional lemon and place on top of each piece of salmon.
  9. Cover with foil and place in the refrigerator for an hour to marinate.
  10. Remove from the refrigerator and cook at 400° for 30 minutes.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/04/10/whats-for-dinner-lemon-herb-salmon/

Rosemary Focaccia Bread

Baking homemade rosemary focaccia bread is easy, fun & delicious. Simply mix the dough together, let rise, then sprinkle with rosemary & bake!

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There might not be a smell I love in the world more than fresh rosemary!

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I started my own little herb garden and the first herb I bought was rosemary, not even for its culinary use but merely so I could go outside every morning and smell it!

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Fortunately on Saturday I was able to use it for both purposes in this amazing freshly baked rosemary focaccia bread!

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Ingredients (makes 2 loaves)

  • 1/4 oz active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

(Ignore the baking powder in the picture, that little Clabber Girl just jumped right in there, little camera hog 😉 )

Start by combing the yeast, sugar and water and wait 10 minutes until bubbly.

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Then add in the flour and butter.

Next, add in the salt, pepper, italian seasoning and 2 tbsp of rosemary.

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Form the mixture into a ball and place on floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.

Next, spread olive oil on the inside of a bowl and place the kneaded dough into the bowl and cover.

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Allow the dough to rise for an hour and a half or until doubled in size.

Next, split the dough in half and form into two oval shapes on a Baking Stone. Use your finger to press indentations into the bread (fun!)

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Bake at 400ÂșF for 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven and brush with the remaining olive oil.

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Next, top with the remaining rosemary and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

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Now the bread should be brown on top and your house should smell amazing!

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And oh yes… it does!

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This bread is delicious at brunch with a  Spinach, Bacon and Goat Cheese Frittata!

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Or sliced and made into a panini!

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I made a steak sandwich with leftover Coffee Crusted Tri Tip and this delicious bread… Oh wow, talk about one delicious panini!

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♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

Rosemary Focaccia Bread

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 loaves

Rosemary Focaccia Bread

Ingredients

  • 1/4 oz active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Start by combing the yeast, sugar and water and wait 10 minutes until bubbly.
  2. Then add in the flour and butter.
  3. Add the salt, pepper, italian seasoning and 2 tbsp of rosemary.
  4. Form the mixture into a ball and place on floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.
  5. Spread olive oil on the inside of a bowl and place the kneaded dough into the bowl and cover.
  6. Allow the dough to rise for an hour and a half or until doubled in size.
  7. Split the dough in half and form into two oval shapes on a baking stone.
  8. Use your finger to press indentations into the bread.
  9. Bake at 400Âș for 10 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and brush with the remaining olive oil.
  11. Top with the remaining rosemary and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/02/20/whats-for-a-side-rosemary-focaccia-bread/

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