ALBUQUERQUE, NM, September 16, 2020 — A panel of high-profile sommeliers and wine directors awarded Vara Winery & Distillery a total of six medals at the 2020 Sommeliers Choice Awards, including a gold medal for their Silverhead Brut Cava. Medals were awarded to those wines that meet very specific judging criteria, with a goal of identifying wines that should become additions to restaurant wine lists. Wines will … Continue reading

Essential Baking Company’s Take & Bake bread is what you need in your pantry now.

We love it when we find a delicious product that makes life easier. And while we enjoy everything that The Essential Baking Company has to offer, their organic Take & Bake bread is by far our favorite. Simplicity rules with this bread. Buy it, put it in the cupboard and as long as you don’t open the package, it will remain fresh in your pantry … Continue reading Essential Baking Company’s Take & Bake bread is what you need in your pantry now.

Gaea’s Creamy Pumpkin Soup

“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.” ― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath With autumn on the horizon, we begin to change colors and scents inside our homes to coordinate with Mother Nature’s canvas outdoors. Warmer colors, spicier scents and rougher textures dominate our décor choices and our selection in foods follow … Continue reading Gaea’s Creamy Pumpkin Soup

party perfect harvest cocktails

Maple, caramel, apples ~ the flavors and aroma of fall. “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” ― Henry David Thoreau Harvest parties, Halloween and Thanksgiving are all just around the corner and of course it’s never too early to begin planning your cocktail menus. Over the next couple of weeks we will … Continue reading party perfect harvest cocktails

zucchini and pumpkin fritters with tzatziki

How many ways can you use zucchini in recipes? Every summer we find out, don’t we? What do you do with all of those zucchinis coming out of your garden or showing up mysteriously on your front porch? Cook them up and feed the fam. Pumpkins will be in season soon as well, and the two make excellent companions when paired with a delicious tzatziki. … Continue reading zucchini and pumpkin fritters with tzatziki

grab and go cherry hand pies

Summertime means outdoor adventures and outdoor adventures mean quick and go snack ideas. What could be more perfect than a delicious hand pie? Any berry will do, choose your favorite and enjoy! Note: You can make the dough the day before, wrap and keep chilled. Enter to win gorgeous embossed rolling pin by Embossed Co. We are taking subscriptions! Our printed September issue mails August 10th.The … Continue reading grab and go cherry hand pies

angel food strawberry shortcake

Warm weather is for celebrating the summer berry and all its companions. The best part of summer is picking fresh berries and using them in culinary creations or simply eating them fresh off the vine. While strawberries are readily available at your local grocer, picking them up at a farmers market or simply picking them yourself, supports the local farm and farmer. Note: Angel Food … Continue reading angel food strawberry shortcake

enter to win a gorgeous embossed rolling pin from embossed co

We have a winner! Ann Campbell! Basil & Salt has partnered with Embossed Co for a giveaway! Embossed Co creates heirloom quality embossed rolling pins and we are in love with look and feel of these high-grade solid beech wood beauties. They are food-safe and will arrive in time to add a touch of elegance to your holiday baking.  In addition to the giveaway, we … Continue reading enter to win a gorgeous embossed rolling pin from embossed co

Santa Margherita Floral Winesicles

If you’re looking for a dazzling dessert to wow friends and family this weekend, we have you covered. With their powerful and unique flavors, textures and colors, edible flowers have gained popularity as a creative and innovative ingredient for the culinary world ~Wikipedia This recipe is perfect for your any outdoor party or even packed in a cooler for a day at the beach. A great go-to … Continue reading Santa Margherita Floral Winesicles