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! Weather 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 loves 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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Gather

Gather

Hanukkah, Christmas, Festiuvs, Yaldaa or surviving 2017: No matter what we  just celebrated, we sent off last year with a bang and welcomed 2018. New beginnings are a good time to press the wellness reset button, but healthy living can be a year-long lifestyle and need not be limited to new year resolutions. As we begin the year, I remind myself to set achievable goals, eat nutritious but delicious food, learn as much as possible, be kind to myself and…

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Nani’s Decadent But Healthy Butternut Squash Soup

Nani’s Decadent But Healthy Butternut Squash Soup

Pumpkins are in season now and there is no fall flavor I like more than butternut squash. In Farsi they are called lazy pumpkin (kadoo tanbal), which I think is hilarious. Butternut is the perfect name for this tender, sweet and nutty flavor. I simply roast it in the oven with olive oil, salt and pepper. That’s it and it’s divine! With this recipe, I take the indulgence one step further to make a rich and savory soup. The key…

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Chickpea & Cauliflower Coconut Curry

Chickpea & Cauliflower Coconut Curry

My latest curry craving almost had me ordering take out, but why do that when you can make fabulous vegetable curry in a snap at home? It is a great go-to dish when you want to impress someone, feed a crowd or just craving curry goodness. Warning, this is a crazy addictive coconut curry! You can substitute vegetables and  proteins to your liking, but this combo is literally awesome sauce. What is the magic ingredient? Store-bought curry paste. Most varieties…

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Muffin Tin Egg Frittatas

Muffin Tin Egg Frittatas

These flavorful muffin tin frittatas are fun, easy to make and a good solution for quick make ahead breakfast. Make your weekdays easier by making a batch over the weekend. It’s also a great way to prepare eggs for a group. There are countless filling options. I used tomato, basil, spinach & cheddar but you can incorporate your favorites. Note- this also a good way to utilize leftover salads and veggies. Get inspired by your favorite omelettes. Either way, the…

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Spicy Thai Basil Beef

Spicy Thai Basil Beef

For the one year anniversary of the blog, I wanted to create a new recipe which was festive, simple, colorful and fun. It was a celebration after all. Earlier that week, I had discovered the amazing flavor combination of Serrano chili and garlic while cooking dinner with my friend Anjali in Brooklyn. We made a classic Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Grapow) and I learned about the garlic/Serrano punch there. That wonderful dinner in BK organically became the inspiration for the…

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