Grilled Peach + Rosemary Soda

Sometimes you just need a fresh, sweet drink. This Grilled Peach and Rosemary Soda hits the mark as it’s the perfect combination of a fancy yet easy-going drink.

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So homemade soda - is this something that you guys are into? I personally love it, it’s such a great alternative to traditional soda plus you can do so many good combos. I think my love of this all started back many many years ago when I would order fruit coolers at Earls. Now if you haven’t ever ordered one and you frequent Earls you must get on your next visit. It’s basically a fruit puree with either 7-up or Sprite, and it’s so good.

This Grilled Peach + Rosemary Soda is a grown-up version of the fruit cooler. The sweet caramelization of the peaches and the piney earthiness of the rosemary gives you a sophisticated flavour combination that is hard to beat.

One thing that I love to have on hand is simple syrup, and while plain simple syrup is a bit more versatile than rosemary, rosemary simple syrup also gives you so many options. I mean seriously, how good does strawberry rosemary or mango rosemary sound? Plus, if plain soda isn’t your thing you could always make a more adult version with vodka.

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prep time 5 minutes

cook time 15 minutes

total time 20 minutes

servings 2

Ingredients

1 peach sliced

1 oz rosemary simple syrup

soda water

2 sprig of rosemary

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup white sugar

Instructions

In a small saucepan combine rosemary, water and sugar and bring to a boil. Lower temperature and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

In a grill pan add in slices of peaches and grill for 2-3 minutes per side or until peaches are soft and have nice grill marks. Divide peaches between each glass then add in 1 oz of the rosemary simple syrup. Muddle until peaches are broken down then top with soda water and ice - garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

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Butternut Squash "Steaks" with Rosemary and Garlic

These butternut squash “steaks” are the perfect side to a classic steak dinner or a great main on your meatless nights.

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I don't know about you but I sometimes have a hard time coming up with sides for a traditional style dinner. There is the typical potato or rice option, but sometimes you just want something different.

This past week I picked up a beautiful butternut squash but my usual go-to recipes just weren’t speaking to me. So after a bit of research, I found a bunch of recipes for the classic steakhouse butternut squash “steaks” and I knew it I had to try it.

Let me tell you, they are delicious! With the fresh rosemary and garlic, these are perfect as a side dish, a vegetarian “steak” for your non-meat eating friend, or a wonderful addition to a big hearty salad.

I hope you enjoy switching up your typical side dishes as much as I did!

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prep time 10 minutes

cook time 20 minutes

total time 30 minutes

servings 4

Ingredients

1 large or 2 small butternut squash

4 tbsp butter

5 cloves of garlic

2 springs of rosemary

Instructions

To prepare your steaks cut the ends off of your butternut squash and cut in half, seed and peel. Slice into 3/4 inch pieces and season with salt + pepper.

In a cast iron or large frying pan melt butter then add in “steaks” in a single layer (you may need to do this in batches). Cook until the first side is browned then add in sliced garlic and rosemary. Flip your squash and begin basting with garlic rosemary butter while the second side browns.

Cook until squash is fork tender then serve immediately.

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Rosemary Parmesan Meatballs

The combination of rosemary + parmesan in these meatballs is a great flavour combination. Switch up the traditional Italian meatball with this yummy version!

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Since tomorrow is International Meatball Day (and we all know I love a theme), this weekend is Meatball Weekend! So I don’t know about you, but generally, when I think of meatballs I automatically think of spaghetti and tomato sauce - but full disclosure, that’s not my favourite way to eat them.

So while I was thinking about meatball flavours, I decided I wanted to switch things up a bit and do something new. I love the flavour of rosemary so of course, that is where my mind naturally went to. It is one of the herbs that I think pairs with so many things and I almost always have it on hand. There are a lot of herbs that are really good dried, but I think rosemary is far more superior fresh.

Now while these might not be a traditional Italian style meatball it does still require cheese, and parmesan is great because it adds the saltiness that every meatball needs. And speaking about what every meatball needs - sauce. This is a gravy-style sauce which is great served over egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or anything you love. So go ahead and indulge in meatballs this weekend!

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prep time 15 minutes

cook time 45 minutes

total time 1 hour

servings 4

Ingredients

1 lb ground pork

1/2 tbsp rosemary finely chopped

1/2 cup grated parmesan

4 cloves of garlic

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tbsp mustard

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

1/2 red onion

1 tbsp butter

2 tbsp flour

2 cups beef stock

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 tsp garlic salt

Instructions

In a large bowl combine ground pork, rosemary, chopped garlic, salt, 1/2 tsp of pepper, mustard + panko. Form into 1-inch meatballs and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350. Heat a large oven-safe frying pan until very hot then add in meatballs and cook until each side is browned. Transfer the frying pan into the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until internal temperature of the meatballs reaches 165 degrees.

Carefully remove the meatballs from the pan and set aside. To the pan add butter and allow to melt over medium heat then add in onions and sauté for 3-4 minutes or until softened. Sprinkle in flour and allow to cook for 1 minute. Pour in the beef stock and whisk so that the flour is fully combined.

Using a wooden spoon stir being sure to scrape the bottom of the pan as you go. Once thickened whisk in sour cream, remaining 1/2 tsp pepper and garlic salt. Return the meatballs to the sauce then serve immediately.

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