Friday’s Pair & Pour: Sauvignon Blanc with Roasted Grapes, Goat Cheese, Walnuts & Honey

Crisp, green and herby, sauvignon blanc is the perfect companion for early summer dishes. Summer may be on the horizon but here in the pacific northwest we still have a bit of damp weather and chilly temps. In other words, a typical June. This means a lot of our entertaining is still indoors, at least… Read More Friday’s Pair & Pour: Sauvignon Blanc with Roasted Grapes, Goat Cheese, Walnuts & Honey

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… Read More smoked salmon, cream cheese, horseradish and dill on rye

The Ultimate Tailgate Recipe: Spicy Stegosaurus Balls

In 2014 Robert Simon was a finalist on Spike TV’s Frankenfood, a network television competition cooking show. He rose above 400 other would-be contestants who were home cooks and food industry professionals. His premier was episode “A Taste of the Turnpike” and can still be viewed on Spike TV’s website Can you take the heat?… Read More The Ultimate Tailgate Recipe: Spicy Stegosaurus Balls

Two Fresh Twists on the Classic Easter Brunch with Jarlsberg® Cheese

    Out of all the tasks on the “to do list” before family arrives on Easter Sunday, creating the menu is my favorite. I spread many recipes out in front of me and begin pairing appetizers, main dishes and desserts, switching them out several times before the final decision. It’s a simpler process and there… Read More Two Fresh Twists on the Classic Easter Brunch with Jarlsberg® Cheese