Hand-crafted soaps added to C Lili Designs, Designing A Simple Life

We are happy to announce our hand-crafted soap line is ready for sale! Our introductory fragrances are simple (of course) and smell absolutely delicious. We look forward to bringing you 2 to 4 “signature” scents on a regular basis with seasonal bars sprinkled throughout the year. Look for our companion candle series in the very near future. Please note, due to the hand-crafted nature of … Continue reading Hand-crafted soaps added to C Lili Designs, Designing A Simple Life

Dainty Petits Fours with Buttercream Fondant

Also known as Fondant Fancies or French Fancies, these fancy confections would be served at the end of dinner or with coffee and tea. All the women of Downton Abbey would want to offer this rather beautiful treat with their tea service. I’ve had a difficult time waiting for The Downton Abbey movie to release. We are excited to join a pre screening the night … Continue reading Dainty Petits Fours with Buttercream Fondant

A few simple tips to help start your food blog

Have you been thinking about diving into the blogging world? We would love to have you! Lately I’ve been receiving emails from people asking for advice and below are the short and simple tidbits I have to offer. v:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Normal 0 false false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; … Continue reading A few simple tips to help start your food blog

Three healthy and delicious recipes to get your Mediterranean Diet started

Best-selling author, chef, television personality, and educator Amy Riolo shares tips to help you adopt the Mediterranean-style eating pattern and start enjoying better health.   By now you’ve probably heard a lot about the Mediterranean Diet. This eating pattern was named best overall diet of 2019 and has been linked to preventing diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, and certain cancers, and reducing inflammation. If you’re ready to do … Continue reading Three healthy and delicious recipes to get your Mediterranean Diet started

“Roaring Twenties” Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea

Please join us for the event of the season. The Downton Abbey season, that is. ***this event is SOLD OUT*** In anticipation of The Downton Abbey movie event, we cordially invite you to join us for our “Roaring Twenties” Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea. The year is 1927 and we request you arrive dressed in your 20’s best or any of your favorite Downton decades. Step … Continue reading “Roaring Twenties” Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea

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