Basil & Salt’s Holiday Moscow Mule

Pomegranates are in season October through February, making them both a  colorful and delicious addition to the holiday season. When choosing your pomegranate look for a deep color with a red to reddish-brown outer rind. If it’s ripe it will feel heavy for its size. It will keep chilled for 3 to 4 weeks if unopened. How to de-seed your pomegranate Using a paring knife, … Continue reading Basil & Salt’s Holiday Moscow Mule

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

fresh, bourbon cranberry sauce

Fresh cranberries, a splash of bourbon, a sprinkling of brown sugar and a touch of vanilla. We have created the perfect companion for Tom turkey, the star of the Thanksgiving dinner table. This recipe is quick and simple with plenty of wiggle room for improvisation. Whether you like your sauce thick or thin, your cranberries whole or mashed, this recipe will accommodate any flavor and … Continue reading fresh, bourbon cranberry sauce

Tips for finding and cutting the perfect Christmas Tree

Foraging for and cutting your own Christmas tree is a fun, rewarding experience for the whole family. If you have little ones, this can quickly become a new tradition. We have a few tips and tricks for finding the perfect tree this year. Before you go Boots: Dress warm and watch your feet. Once you hit the outdoors, whether it’s the woods or a Christmas … Continue reading Tips for finding and cutting the perfect Christmas Tree

Rolled, Stuffed Turkey Breast

A beautiful and delicious recipe for smaller holiday celebrations Intimate, cozy celebrations are a great way to really enjoy your guests and have great conversations. This dazzling centerpiece is perfect for a ‘lighter’ gathering of friends and family. Your local butcher will gladly butterfly the breast for you and then it’s a simple process to simply fill with stuffing, roll and tie before roasting. Fennel … Continue reading Rolled, Stuffed Turkey Breast

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