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Roasted New Potatoes With Fresh Rosemary & Sea Salt

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Roasted New Potatoes With Fresh Rosemary & Sea Salt

I can’t tell you how grateful I am that it’s finally new potato season. No matter how bad my spud cravings got, I just could not bring myself to buy the soft, eye-covered, green-skinned specimens that have been passing for potatoes at our local grocery store for the past few months. I really love potatoes so you can imagine how difficult this has been for me (cue tragic violin music.)

But at last the potato famine has ended and some fresh young thangs are finally showing up on the shelves. Roasting is one of my favorite ways to prepare potatoes – it’s easy and delicious and I love the way they get crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. It’s also a nice way to showcase some fresh herbs.

And rosemary makes the perfect star. I got hooked on the stuff when we lived in Berkeley as our house had these enormous rosemary bushes growing in front of it and all along the sides. My but they were lovely! And so prolific, too. I would pick the stuff by the branchful, hanging them up and drying them to give to friends who were not as lucky as we in the edible plantings department. In a moment of Martha Stewart-like madness, I even drew one of the sprigs (see at right) and incorporated it in a label that I pasted on the packages of fragrant needles. Ah, the things I used to have time for before my son was born…

Now that we’re back on the East Coast, our rosemary production is on a bit smaller scale since it’s got to fit into a flowerpot (albeit a pretty big one) in order to allow us to move it indoors during the winters. But our plant seems to be thriving, despite the long, dark winter it spent inside craning its finely needled branches towards the dim light at the window. I moved it outside about a month ago to let it soak up some sun.

Rosemary plant by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

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Eve is the creator of The Garden of Eating, a blog about food--cooking it, eating it, and growing it. She has a legendary love of aprons and can often be found salivating over the fruits and veggies at one of the many farmersí markets near her home in Woodstock, NY. Want even more recipes, photos, giveaways, and food-related inspiration? "Like" the Garden of Eating on Facebook, or follow Eve on Twitter or Pinterest.

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10:00AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Yummy!

8:29AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

Delicious!

9:32PM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

Mmm,potatoes. And they are healthy,dammit! .... On an unrelated note,if I hear that "boo-ya!" commercial on this site one more time,I swear to God.....

6:36PM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

Hi all, thanks for all of your comments! And Lynda G., I am hoping to try growing my own potatoes some day! I don't have space for a real garden (we've got a lot of containers going on our deck) but I hear you can grow them in a barrel without too much trouble - sounds kinda fun!

9:24AM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

A tip for bringing in the potted rosemary plants inside for the winter: this herb likes sunlight but lower temperatures: 18 Celcius during the day, and under 15 during the night (sorry, I don't know what that is in Farenheit!). If the temperature is too hot, the plant will gradually loose all its "needles". Ideally, place it in front of window where they're going to get lots of sun, but not over a radiator or other type of heater. I know, most windows have a radiator under it, that's what makes gropwing rosemary indoors so tricky. But, if you can manage to have the right temperature, your friends will praise your lovely rosemary bushes, flowering in the dead of winter.

8:25AM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

Eve: Take it to a whole other level and grow your own potatoes, magical.

8:09AM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

Mmmmm.......Yum..... ! I LOVE potatoes! :D

6:53PM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

TY. This sounds great.

1:58PM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

Sounds delicious!

6:12AM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

I love roasted potatoes with shallots and herbs.

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