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Charcuterie for the Soul

The charcuterie - a mini buffet of food items curated to you, your personality, your soul, and especially, your stomach.  Lately, this elaborate platter of delectables has made itself known as (not only) the simplest of food displays but also the most versatile.

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Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies with Whipped Lavender Honey

If you’re trying to enjoy the magnificent beauty of the spring, from behind windowpanes, bring some of springtime's best characteristics inside with you! These Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies, by www.livingbettertogether.com, combine the light, buttery, sweet, and floral aromas that this special season symbolizes.  Pair these deliciously delicate cookies with a cup of tea and a spread of Cloister Honey’s Whipped Lavender Honey – perfect for spring afternoons spent indoors, or on your screened-in porch. 

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Cranberry Sauce with Pinot Noir

Each year, I look forward to the fresh antioxidant-rich cranberry sauce. It cuts through the weight of the gravy and adds a kick to the smokey ham and buttery biscuits. Cranberry sauce recipes vary greatly from family to family – some are canned, some are fresh, some are peppered, and some are... wined?  This Oregon Cranberry Sauce with Pinot Noir is made with red wine, cloves, orange juice, peppercorns, and (of course) honey! Robust, bright, and juicy – this sauce will prove to be everyone’s favorite side dish year after year.

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Nobody Puts Butter in a Corner

 

Specially flavored butters can cut cooking time in half, add extra flavor to any dish, and impress your guests. These four butter combinations are from the amazing Russian aficionados at evilolivefood.com and are incredibly easy to make and delicious to schmear. Grab the whole family and make some butter!

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Spiced Pumpkin Baklava with Honey and Walnuts

This spiced pumpkin baklava with walnuts and honey is the fabulous fusion I’ve been looking for!  On a crisply cool day this fall, cozy up with a good book, a cup of warm ellinikos kafes, and a chunk of pumpkin baklava – Opa!

 

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Antioxidant Fruit Salad

This Antioxidant Fruit Salad is a great way to keep our healthy mentality alive while approaching one of the coldest, soul food craving, hot chocolate loving seasons we know and adore. As an ode to the summer harvest months, lets toast with this power salad, full of energy for the sleepier months ahead.

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Crispy Chipotle and Honey Shrimp Tacos

No summer goes by without these three things: seafood, tacos, and lime.  This simple meal incorporates all the flavors of the season wrapped into one, or two, deliciously messy handfuls. 

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