Category Archives: Appetizers

Colavita’s Black Garlic Hummus

Colavita and The Black Garlic Market are the perfect pairing for this spectacular appetizer Colorful raw vegetables, pita bread, chips or crostinis are perfect dippers for this vibrant dish. COLAVITA’S BLACK GARLIC HUMMUS SERVES 4PREP TIME 10 mins COOK TIME 45 mins Ingredients 14 oz can chickpeas, drained  3 cloves black garlic – The Black Garlic Market Juice of 1 lemon  1 tsp sea salt  ½ tsp smoked

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Grazing Boards keep brunch guests happy this holiday season

Versatile holiday entertaining features the younger, cooler sibling of the Charcuterie Board Avocado toast fatigue is real. And so is the calendar squeeze for entertaining options during the holidays — not every event can fit into the evening. Enter the new trend for holiday entertaining — grazing boards. Versatile enough to cover breakfast, brunch or lunch, these simple yet eye-pleasing

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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

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Picture perfect appetizer – Lamb Crostini

Sophisticated and delicious – these decadent crostinis will pair perfectly with your holiday menus. LAMB CROSTINI Ingredients Lamb Chop Marinade 1/4 cup olive oil 1 lemon juiced 3-4 cloves garlic minced 1 teaspoon salt 3-4 tablespoons parsley chopped 1-pound American lamb sirloin chops – about 3 small chops Orange cranberry sauce 1 cup cranberries 1/2 cup orange juice 1 cinnamon

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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 until the rain gives way

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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

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Cucumber Rolls with Ham and Cheese

Ahhh. Spring. My mind immediately wanders to backyard barbecues, garden parties and outdoor festivities. In reality, spring in the northwest is a combustible combination of all four seasons, often happening at the same time. Even though Mother Nature isn’t going to cooperate and bring us warm weather right away, we are throwing a garden party. This recipe is one of

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