I'm not a big fan of rosemary. I'm well aware that this is a bit of a hurdle for me, being that rosemary is practically a staple seasoning in many Italian dishes. Not sure when my dislike for the herb came to be...I may have had a dish flavored with rosemary that "didn't agree with me" (I've had the same effect with Jägermeister). It's not even the taste that bothers me, but rather the woody, needle-like texture. "Just chop it up!" is what one of my aunts recently told me. I tried. No dice.
Just when I was about to give up hope, along comes my friend John with a miracle in a jar...Rosemary Powder! He picked up a jar for me at Penzeys, a spice and seasoning superstore (located in Chestnut Hill, among other locations and on the Web). It's similar to your regular powdered seasonings (garlic, onion, celery, etc.), grounded very fine. It was the perfect compliment to some homemade chicken soup that I recently made. It has a terrific aroma, and the taste is very fresh, yet slightly subtle and not overpowering. And there is no crunch...my prayers have been answered!
Next time you're in the Chestnut Hill area, be sure to check out Penzeys. If you're not in the area, hit up their website. Tons of great kitchen accents and gift ideas!