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

bourbon peach cobbler

The peach. One of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts of summer. There’s nothing like biting into a ripe, juicy peach. Whether you’re eating it whole, slicing it into fresh cream, ice cream, or canning or baking, the smell of the peach reminds us that fall is on it’s way. Summer’s last hurrah. We have paired our late summer peach with Four Roses Bourbon. This decadent, delicious … Continue reading bourbon peach cobbler

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

espresso rubbed steak with horseradish cream

Espresso rubbed steak is of our favorite summer recipes! Prep a day ahead, chill overnight and you have a quick, simple and colorful lunch or dinner the next afternoon. It’s perfect in an artisan roll or tossed with tomatoes and wrapped snugly in a tortilla. Pair with an ice-cold brew and enjoy! Are you ready for our recipes in printed, glossy color? Subscribe and receive 12 issues … Continue reading espresso rubbed steak with horseradish cream

blackberry and green tea popsicles

“Life was just a tire swing. ‘Jambalaya’ was the only song I could sing. Blackberry pickin’, eatin’ fried chicken, And I never knew a thing about pain. Life was just a tire swing.” ~ Jimmy Buffett The plump, juicy blackberry and a hot summer day are perfect companions. After spending the day elbow deep in stickers to fill buckets, cold delicious popsicles made with the … Continue reading blackberry and green tea popsicles

taking the back roads with basil & salt

Amazon Prime Video, here we come! basil & salt is taking a road trip! We are visiting back road destinations across the country, and we are bringing our readers with us. As we travel across the United States, our destinations take us to places you will not find traveling the tour bus. Toss away the tourist guide as we visit popular destinations and find the hidden gems. … Continue reading taking the back roads with basil & salt

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