Happy Hanukkah from Basil & Roses!

Happy Hanukkah from Basil & Roses!

Ah, ’tis the season for celebrations and merriment. I love this time of year. No matter which holiday you celebrate, which customs and folklore you subscribe to, and regardless of which heritage and ritual is the wellspring of your origin story; the themes of gratitude, gathering, tradition, family and love are universal. I especially love being invited to friend’s homes with different cultural and religious backgrounds and learning about new customs, legends and wisdom. And of course, I love to…

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Happy Thanksgiving from Basil & Roses!

Happy Thanksgiving from Basil & Roses!

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! We’re in full swing here planning our feast at the Basil & Roses kitchen and wanted to take a moment to thank you for coming along this amazing culinary ride with us! The Persian poet Rumi says ” Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.” I’m grateful for you, and for the opportunity to share my art, which is my cooking, with you and the world every single day. I hope the recipes…

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Happy Fall Equinox from Basil and Roses!

Happy Fall Equinox from Basil and Roses!

In honor of the beginning of Autumn and recent Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, I wanted to share a piece I wrote on the blog about “change” linked below. Today is the fall equinox, the day both the Northern and Southern hemispheres will experience an equal amount of daylight. I love both the science and poetry of this. For awesome facts on the subject, check out this great article from Vox, And, as the earth continues to turn on its tilted axis,…

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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July from Basil & Roses! Hopefully you’re having a wonderful holiday, taking a moment to learn about our history (here’s a reading of the Declaration of Independence), and if you’re lucky like me, enjoying a nice hot summer day with friends & family. And of course what would a summer holiday be without gathering around the fire for the great American pastime of BBQ! We love to grill around here and what better than a juicy and…

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Roasted Cauliflower with Schug & A Quick Trip Around the World

Roasted Cauliflower with Schug & A Quick Trip Around the World

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes,” said Mark Twain. Travel has always given me a sense of adventure, but more importantly a new window to the world, a new color palette, a new paradigm, and indeed a new set of eyes. Every year I try to check off one travel destination from the bucket list. But one need not physically travel to a place, in order to experience the magic…

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Thank you, Mom.

Thank you, Mom.

Last week we celebrated Mother’s day. We were busy adoring my amazing mother and opening the garden for the season, so I’m finally getting to a proper blog post on the topic today. First and foremost, a belated Happy Mother’s Day from Basil & Roses! You inspired us, motivate us, bring us love and teach us to be better. In addition to my own queen mother, I am surrounded by friends and family members who have embarked on the journey…

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Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges

Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges

“Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance,” said Epicurus.   After celebrating a tradition-rich Nowouz which is the Persian New Year marked by the first day of spring, my family celebrated Passover. Over the same weekend some celebrated Easter, some seezdah-bedar, some weekly Sunday suppers- and many other traditions continued around the word. Though the observers and rituals may have been different, the common denominator was a festive meal.   At Basil & Roses we call…

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Will you be my Valentine?

Will you be my Valentine?

Happy Valentines Day, Friends! Whether you celebrate this holiday, tonight is a good night to cook for someone you care about. Below are a few of our favorite recipes which are romantic or just perfect for enjoying with loved ones. Today, as I walked in the streets of NYC, I was amazed by the overwhelming presences of roses and flower bouquets everywhere! At 3 times the usual price of course. Every street corner was filled with massive amounts of flowers…

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Cauliflower “Parmesan”

Cauliflower “Parmesan”

Oh glorious cauliflower, how we love you so. A blank canvas which you can do so much with- from roasting, to sauteing, to ricing and beyond. Because of the relatively mild flavor, cauliflower works nicely with vibrant flavors like lemon, caper and herbs, as in our favorite Chimichurri sauce or our golden roasted recipe with a tangy tahini sauce. On any given week, roasted cauliflower is on the dinner menu as a side dish in our home. But this humble vegetable…

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Skillet Chicken Thighs With Shallot, Lemon & Herbs

Skillet Chicken Thighs With Shallot, Lemon & Herbs

A sophisticated yet humble approach to cooking is all you need for this recipe. It is about technique. A simple one which delivers results fabulous enough for a gathering, yet quick enough for a weeknight dinner. I have always enjoyed the down-to-earth-ness of cooking with cast iron skillets. But in the past few months, I’ve learned it is more than a look or a feel. This tool delivers fantastic results- mainly because it retains heat within the metal, cooking food…

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