by Janet Kalandranis, CGNE member
So many parties, so many people on the list. I pretend to start my holiday shopping early, but I inevitably forget. Like when you forget to buy lemons at the store. I do that a lot too. And then there’s the whole situation of forgetting to put people on the list and those last-minute awkward present exchange situations (where you get something, but have nothing to give in return). Yeah, just smile and hug the other person, it’s less awkward that way. Trust me.
Or you can just have some of these babies on hand.
Yes, that’s infused olive oil. The little gift that I made for every smiling guest at our wedding. I was hoping they would remember this gift in the future in case I ever forgot to buy a holiday gift. It was like a pre-gift.
And if I can make 150 of these in one day, you surely can make 10, have them on hand and distribute as needed. First, you MUST have a pretty (heat-proof) glass container. And then you are off and running
Rosemary Infused Olive Oil
Enough GOOD olive oil for each bottle
One rosemary sprig for each bottle
- Heat olive oil over LOW heat. You’ll be tempted to turn it up, just eat chocolate instead. You want to heat it so you can still stick your finger in there and its warm but not boiling. (I have no way of telling you how to do this so let’s just pretend you’ll watch it for a bit)
- Meanwhile place rosemary sprigs in each bottle.
- Once oil is heated either using a funnel (a kitchen one please) or a measuring cup (something with a spout) pour the heated olive oil into the containers. This infuses the oil with the rosemary flavor.
- Wait for the oil to cool and close each bottle.
If stored in a nice cool place these can last for a couple of months. But let’s be honest, you’re going to want to take some crusty bread, yummy cheese and dip right in. Don’t you think?