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

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 my favorites not only in … Continue reading Cucumber Rolls with Ham and Cheese

Seared Scallops with Pan Sauce

Lovely and delicate, scallops are a delicious favorite to pair with great conversation on date night. A light salad, simple greens and crusty bread for the extra pan sauce, are excellent companions. 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 pepper. Because of the quick cook … Continue reading Seared Scallops with Pan Sauce

Chef Anthony Stewart’s Tropical Salsa

The big game is almost here, what’s on your menu? Today’s recipe is not only great for the bod, it’s also full of flavor and is perfect for any time of year. Bring a bit of the tropics to your hungry football crew while they watch the game. We are dishing out recipes for delicious bites and winning cocktails through Sunday morning. So stay tuned! Recipe … Continue reading Chef Anthony Stewart’s Tropical Salsa

Fresh Treats for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and are spending the week sharing party tips, tricks and ideas. Today’s “witchy” post are fresh ideas the little ghouls and goblins in the fam will love helping to assemble. Strawberries are the center of today’s Halloween treats. We received a strawberry huller from Trudeau, and this little beauty removes the bitter core and stem in one simple step. We couldn’t … Continue reading Fresh Treats for Halloween

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?  This is a great way to feed a hungry football … Continue reading The Ultimate Tailgate Recipe: Spicy Stegosaurus Balls