spring cocktails inspired by mother nature

Small flowers are poking out of the ground, trees are beginning to bud and signs of spring are everywhere we look. Mother Nature’s palette is filled with vivid colors this time of year, inspiring us to find colorful additions for our cocktails. From Arizona’s Sonoran desert, to the mountains of New York, historic city charms of Montreal and the seacoast splendor of Massachusetts and Florida, … Continue reading spring cocktails inspired by mother nature

simple blueberry pie

As spring teases us with sprinklings of summer-like weather, I have a tendency to pull up the cook-out recipes. I love planning neighborhood backyard barbecues, romantic picnics and weekend camping trips and as March rolls into view I can’t wait to dive into outdoor foods. Farmers markets and road side stands are posting their spring schedules, and soon we will have access to fresher fare … Continue reading simple blueberry pie

seared scallops with pan sauce

Lovely and delicate, scallops are a delicious favorite to pair with great conversation and a chilled sauvignon blanc. A light salad, simple greens and crusty bread for the extra pan sauce, are excellent companions for this gorgeous dish. When prepping, note the scallops need to be as dry as possible. Blot delicately between paper towels at least twice. Place on a plate and sprinkle with salt and … Continue reading seared scallops with pan sauce

Chef Adrianne’s Spring Lamb Maximum Flavor Make Over

Jazz up your Easter menu with Miami Chef Adrianne Calvo’s Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chops. Spring is an extremely exciting time for food and tradition. Miami’s Chef Adrianne Calvo, who coined the catch-phrase “Maximum Flavor”, is proving why this Easter, it’s not about the bunny, it’s about the Lamb in more than one way. Calvo, who states every Thursday on her NBC Miami segment, Maximum … Continue reading Chef Adrianne’s Spring Lamb Maximum Flavor Make Over

Basil & Salt’s Holiday Moscow Mule

Pomegranates are in season October through February, making them both a  colorful and delicious addition to the holiday season. When choosing your pomegranate look for a deep color with a red to reddish-brown outer rind. If it’s ripe it will feel heavy for its size. It will keep chilled for 3 to 4 weeks if unopened. How to de-seed your pomegranate Using a paring knife, … Continue reading Basil & Salt’s Holiday Moscow Mule

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