Rosemary & Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Raking leaves is no fun! “Let’s rake leaves”, said NO ONE!!!! except for my husband……..

I love Fall and all it’s beautiful colors, but when those dad-blasted leaves start falling off the 10,000 trees in our yard, I suddenly don’t love Fall all that much……When Drew decided that today’s Family Fun Day involved raking leaves all day, I was less than thrilled.  In fact, I thought of EVERY other thing in the universe that I would rather be doing than raking leaves.  Just when you think you have made headway, you look up from your pile and see that you have an unending amount of leaves left to rake.  It’s kind of like a cat chasing it’s tail.  You go round and round and never end up anywhere but where you started.  Except in the case of raking leaves because the slightest blow of wind creates EVEN MORE leaves so you are actually worse off than when you started.

Clearly sensing my disdain for raking leaves (might have had something to do with the countless 4-letter words of inner dialogue that weren’t so inner afterall), Drew said “Honey, your bad-itude towards this family fun activity is really messing with my good time.” WHAT?!?!?!? Is he serious?! And with that I was ordered inside to find something else to do.  YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! While Drew continued to rake to infinity and beyond, I decided I wanted to put my new recipe for herb-infused olive oil to the test.  Earlier this week I met with a chef for an upcoming “The Breakdown” article for Nashville Lifestyles and when discussing his favorite herbs, he told me about how they use house-infused oils year-round.  So simple, yet so good! It was as easy as he described and even tastier than I imagined, so when my Leaf Raking Ranger finally finished up for the day, I greeted him with a cheese and bread plate and some DELICIOUS dipping oil made from scratch! So we all won on this Family Fun Day of Insanity and now I have a fun new recipe to share!  And as I wrap up this post, Drew is staring out the window at our yard after a lovely random afternoon storm and now our yard is back where it started.  I don’t think this will EVER be a Family Fun Day activity again…….like ever!

Steep 2 sprigs rosemary and 2 cloves garlic in one cup olive oil over low heat for 2 hours.

Strain olive oil through fine sieve to remove solids.

Pour infused-oil into an oil jar or air-tight jar and use for cooking or bread dipping oil.  Also, makes a perfect hostess gift for your holiday parties.

The oil will keep for one month.

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  1. I loooove infused olive oil + this one looks just delicious. we grow our own herbs, including rosemary, so an extra perk is that i already have all the ingredients either in the house, or growing in the yard. YUM!

    • I honestly don’t think I could cook without fresh herbs!! I love having them right out the door! I have TONS of dried sage from this summer just waiting for our Thanksgiving dishes.

  2. Lol, my kids love to rake leaves for the same purpose, but then they leave it like that.
    I love infused oils and rosemary and garlic is one of the best flavors out there. So simple and full of earthy flavor.

  3. I am not allowed to rake leaves, either and I am okay with that 🙂 Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs so I am anxious to try this out!


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