Celebrate an era gone by with this elegant Classic Cucumber Sandwich Recipe

Just in time for premiere parties, celebratory afternoon teas, and pre-movie binges,  The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook, Expanded Edition, will be released September of this year. I’ve just put down my review copy and can’t wait to prepare many of these recipes myself.  I feel a tea party coming on. More importantly though, I am jazzed that I’m able to share a couple of recipes with … Continue reading Celebrate an era gone by with this elegant Classic Cucumber Sandwich Recipe

Santa Barbara Style Surf n Turf

Chef Lee Abbott’s Tri-Tip and citrus Santa Barbara Spot Prawns with Rosé Wine Ancho Chili Reduction Sauce paired with Altaneve Rosé Prosecco. Created exclusively for Basil & Salt Magazine, the burst of coastal Ranch and Sea flavors matched with Altaneve Rosé Prosecco bubbles creates the perfect pairing. You can find the recipe and method here on the site, so stay tuned!   Cook…Wine Lover…Adventurist Lee … Continue reading Santa Barbara Style Surf n Turf

Healthy and delicious brunch ideas

Host a Healthier Easter Brunch with the Help of a Secret Ingredient: Cauliflower Cauliflower is the superfood that transforms Easter brunch into a healthy feast suitable for all dietary needs. Amy Lacey’s Cali’flour Kitchen is your go-to source for delicious breakfast recipes perfect for your Easter celebration.   Easter is a great time to host a holiday brunch for friends and family, but typical breakfast-style foods can be … Continue reading Healthy and delicious brunch ideas

Tour de thé de France

Join a  Secret Garden Tea Tour and discover the most charming, romantic areas of France. Explore enchanting chateaus and gardens, watch Limoges china being made inside the factories, shop china outlets, antique shops and famous flea markets. All this and afternoon tea too!   You will feel like a true Parisian as we navigate the city like locals, hopping the Metro (subway) in Paris and … Continue reading Tour de thé de France

take control of your diet with these healthy shopping tips

By Elizabeth DeRosa of Finding The Way Integrative Nutrition Health Coach & Author Tips to Help You Navigate the Grocery Store Trying to choose healthy foods while navigating the grocery store can be confusing and overwhelming. Here are my top 10 tips for a successful trip. Eating healthier “whole” foods increases your intake of necessary vitamins, minerals, and other disease-fighting antioxidants. Shop in the outer perimeter of the … Continue reading take control of your diet with these healthy shopping tips

smoked salmon, cream cheese, horseradish and dill on rye

I first shared this recipe with my Basil & Salt Magazine readers over the last holiday season. It’s a rich, delicious appetizer that my guests and I have enjoyed each cocktail season. I enjoy all the recipes I’ve added to Basil, however in light of a recent health concern, it’s necessary I drastically modify my diet. What’s a food writer to do? My answer was … Continue reading smoked salmon, cream cheese, horseradish and dill on rye