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Rosemary Lemon Cookies

DSC_1331This time of year, I always look out on our back deck to the pots of herbs I planted and think “Woah. We need to use these herbs.” Our rosemary, basil, and lavender plants all tripled in size while we were in Florida. Oh, I didn’t tell you we went to Florida? That’s because I had no clue we were going! For my 30th birthday, Neil whisked me away on a surprise trip to our favorite place: Seaside. My family has been vacationing there since I was about 4, Neil and I had our honeymoon there, and we just love everything about it. White sandy beaches, crystal clear water, oysters galore, and no need to drive while we’re there. If you’ve seen “The Truman Show,” they filmed in Seaside.

Anyhow, my lovely mother watered our flowers and herbs while we were gone and we came home to herbs that were ready to be used! I love the flavor combination of rosemary and lemon, but honestly if overused I think rosemary can come across a little too strong, especially in desserts. I like the amount we went with for this recipe. These cookies are chewy, buttery, and the lemon frosting (side note: do you call it “frosting” or “icing”? please comment below…) adds a nice punch of sweet, tangy flavor. These cookies are perfect to serve alongside an icy beverage while you sit on the back deck and reminisce about vacation (update: they’re also delicious with a cup of coffee in the morning).

image1Rosemary Lemon Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes Chill Time: 1 hour Cook Time: 15 min.
Makes 24 cookies
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

Ingredients:

For the Cookies:
2 sticks butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla
2.5 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon fine kosher salt

For the Icing:
2 cups powdered sugar
2 lemons, juiced
2 tablespoons water

Preparation:

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and continue to mix. Add flour, rosemary, and salt. Mix until all ingredients are well combined.

Halve the dough and form two large discs. Cover each disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.

Preheat oven to 375°. Remove one disc from the refrigerator and place on a floured surface. Lightly flour a rolling pin and roll dough to 1/2″-3/4″ thick. Cut cookies with a 3-4″ round cookie cutter. Work quickly, while dough is still chilled. Place cookies on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until the edges are just about to turn golden. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough.

As cookies are cooling, make the icing. Whisk together the powdered sugar and lemon juice. If desired consistency is not achieved, add water 1 tablespoon at a time. Ours was perfect with the juice plus 2 tablespoons of water. While cookies are still warm, dunk the top of each cookie in the icing and shake to let some of the icing drip back down into the bowl. Place on a plate and serve.

Store cookies in an airtight container for up to one week.

 

Snarf’s on Skinker!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ALIVE Influencer Network. The Newlywed Chefs were compensated for this blog post as well as provided with food and drink at the sponsored event. As always, all opinions are our own.

DSC_1253Last night, we were invited to attend a grand opening Twitter party at the new location of Snarf’s Sandwiches at Skinker and McPherson. We have both heard of Snarf’s, but have never been, so we were super excited to try some delicious sandwiches and check out this new location. We were greeted by the fabulous employees of ALIVE influencer network who introduced us to the Snarf’s team and offered us a drink. As I was deciding what to get, I couldn’t help look all around the restaurant- vibrant colors, funky art, tons of natural light and brightly colored metal chairs. The vibe was eclectic and fun.

DSC_1268I love when St. Louis restaurants feature other local products, and that’s what they do here: Fitz’s root beer, Urban Chestnut beer, and other local beverages to pair nicely with your sandwich. We learned that the owners go to local farmers’ markets to try out new cheeses and other ingredients for their sandwiches. We both decided to try the new Urban Chestnut beer, the Perdedor Lager. First sandwich up to taste was a brisket sandwich, dripping with BBQ sauce, bacon, cheese, hot peppers, and more.

DSC_1235Delicious! Warning: you’ll need an abundance of napkins eating Snarf’s sandwiches, and I mean that in the very best way. They pack them full of delicious ingredients and you’ll be licking your fingers clean so not to miss any flavorful drip. One thing I really like about this location is that is has a patio! It’s located right on Skinker so you can sit and watch the world go by. The blue picnic tables are a fun, inviting place for the whole family to have an “urban picnic.”

DSC_1240Back to the food! To me, good bread makes or breaks a sandwich. Their bread was toasty and warm with a crispy crust on the outside, but soft and chewy as you bite into the sandwich- just like a good toasted sub should be. The juicy, flavorful meat is sliced impeccably thin and they really pile it on their sandwiches. I was so full after sampling just a few! (Okay, I DID go back for seconds on this turkey/avocado/spinach sandwich)

DSC_1272Yep. I snarfed. Vegetarians! Fear not the snarf! They have a tasty feta and artichoke sandwich that will make even your most carnivorous friend jealous.

DSC_1242On one side of Snarf’s you’ll see a collection of these hot pepper buckets! I think they go through a lot of these, and you can even buy a jar to take home.

DSC_1262Just when we thought we couldn’t snarf any more, I heard someone say four words that set my heart a-racing (especially on a hot summer day): “they have ice cream.” I had a birthday cake shake (appropriate timing) and Neil had this chocolate peanut butter ice cream in a cup. It was a refreshingly sweet way to end a great meal.

DSC_1278Go check out this new location of Snarf’s, people! It’s conveniently located on your way to Forest Park, the Loop, Wash U, and the Central West End. Fast service, friendly staff, a funky atmosphere, local ingredients, and sweet patio. We’ll be back to snarf again soon!

UncommonGoods

DSC_0200This post is sponsored by UncommonGoods. We (The Newlywed Chefs) were provided with the products in this blog post as compensation. As always, all opinions are our own.

This summer, Neil and I will have been married for SEVEN YEARS. What the what! I can’t believe that it’s already been that long. Usually, on anniversaries, we buy something for the two of us that is really… well… practical.

“That tree needs to come down in the back yard! Happy Anniversary!”

“I really need a new work bag! Happy Anniversary!”

“My computer died and I need a new one STAT. Happy Anniversary!”

However, we DO like to buy gifts year round that really make us think of each other. It doesn’t have to be Christmas, a birthday, or anniversary. Lucky for us, we have a great place to get some gift giving ideas year-round from a place that is open 24/7: UncommonGoods. On their site, you will find unique jewelry, designer decor, tabletop items, and handcrafted gifts created without harm to animals or people.

There are many things I love about this company, but here are a few highlights (information directly from the UncommonGoods one sheet):

  • UncommonGoods is independently owned, which gives them the freedom to support causes they believe in and impact the world in a positive way. With every purchase you make, they donate $1 to the non-profit of YOUR choice. Since they’ve started this Better to Give program 12 years ago, they’ve donated over one million dollars to charities around the world. Awesome.
  • They are a B Corporation. That means they use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. They meet a rigorous standard on a wide range of issues, including wage levels, environmental impact, and giving back to the community.
  • UncommonGoods CEO Dave Bolotsky is passionate about the role of business in implementing a fair minimum wage. They run all operations out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, where the lowest-paid seasonal worker starts at 50% above the minimum wage.

We ordered a few items from their anniversary gift line. You can check out gifts from that collection here. First, we ordered a beautiful Oval Oak Wine Carafe. Not only do we love using this to decant wine, but it also just makes for a great decoration around our kitchen when it’s not in use.

DSC_0211This carafe is also listed on their “Anniversary Gifts for Him” page which you can find here. (Is it just me, or is buying gifts for guys harder than buying gifts for girls? Glad they have some recommendations!)

Next, we ordered a Salts of the World Test Tube Set. Since we’re foodies we loved exploring the salts in this collection. I also really enjoy reading the bios of each gift maker. For example, these salts were made by “Brett,” who has a compelling background featured on the gift webpage.

DSC_0218Finally, this next gift is perfect for people that like to play with their food. It’s a Molecular Gastronomy Kit and cookbook featuring out of this world recipes and creative approaches to cuisine.

DSC_0227You can find these and other creative gifts all on the UncommonGoods webpage. They also have personalized gifts to add a unique individualized touch here.

Using the Molecular Gastronomy Kit, we made balsamic vinegar pearls and are planning on using them this week to top a plate of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. They were SO easy to make. We just froze oil for at least 30 minutes, boiled the balsamic vinegar with the provided agar agar, then piped the balsamic mixture into the oil.

DSC_0245Spoon out the pearls, rinse with water, and voila! Balsamic vinegar pearls!

DSC_0257Fancy!

DSC_0274No matter if it’s your birthday, anniversary, or just a Tuesday, you can find unique, creative, individualized gifts at UncommonGoods. We’ll be frequenting this site much more often and recommending it to friends who are stumped when it comes to finding the perfect gift.