Barbecued Meatloaves

barbecue meatloaves

Husband and I will have been married 19 years this fall. I’ve made a LOT of meals in those 19 years, but it occurred to me that, somehow, I had never, ever, made him one of my favorites from childhood. Continue Reading →

Bacon BBQ Trail Mix {a.k.a. Trail Mix for Carnivores}

 Bacon BBQ Trail Mix
This one is for bacon-lovers – and the people that love them {because this is a great way to show your affection}. If you like your snacks with a good combination of salty & sweet, crunchy & chewy, meet this Bacon BBQ Trail Mix. This doesn’t meet my usual requirements for a “healthy” option… unless you can demonstrate some restraint after the first handful. Good luck with that!

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Stetson Chopped Salad

Stetson Chopped Salad

When we get together with our friends, at least two things are guaranteed :: lots of laughs, and really good food! Recently, we were getting together for a birthday dinner and everyone was asked to bring something. My friend Mim brought this Stetson Chopped Salad – which had the wonderful side effect of producing cravings for it the next day. And apparently, it’s famous!
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Grandpa Hollabaugh’s BBQ Sauce

grandpa hollabaugh's bbq sauce

In Minnesota, the return of spring means a number of good things. Among them, that it’s time to fire up the grill and get outside! With that – for me anyway, comes a certain amount of nostalgia. My dad was a grill {and smoker} maestro. Mom would prepare whatever it was he was to grill – burgers, brisket, individual barbecued meatloaves, or even pancake batter – and then turn it over to “Big Dave.” Continue Reading →

Watermelon Salad

watermelon salad

I don’t often get excited about salads. I mean, really… You order a salad on the rare occasion when your self control is in check {though you’d rather order the Nachos Supreme}. Or when ordering a salad makes you FEEL better about ordering the Nachos Supreme.  And if I can be honest here… there aren’t a lot of salads that I crave. Continue Reading →

Salted-Butter Apple Galette with Maple Whipped Cream

salted butter apple galette with maple whipped cream

Some of my favorite people are flavored similarly to my favorite foods :: just enough sweet with a big pinch of salt.

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Meatsa Pie

meatsa pie

Here’s a typical comment I get from some of my friends who follow Raisin & Fig: “I would love to try some of your recipes, but I have all of two seconds to get dinner together, and we’re just not gourmet at our house.”

This one’s for you…

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Southwestern Black Bean Saute

southwestern black bean saute

I used to have a tendency to over-think things. Whether a business decision, a should-I-cut-my-hair decision or an “is-this-photo-good-enough-for-the-blog”-decision, I would labor to the point of IN-decision. In my corporate life, we called this “analysis-paralysis!”

A very wise man by the name of Charlie Tremendous Jones {I’m not kidding} shared a mantra at a sales meeting years ago, that was life changing :: Continue Reading →

Gallic Pot Roast {Ode to Julia}

Gallic Pot Roast

Apparently, I’ve been dicing onions all wrong. And I never knew how to cook – let alone eat, an artichoke. Further, if you asked me what “tripe” was, I’d have said a fish.

That was, until I spent an entire evening watching old episodes of “The French Chef” with Julia Child. I managed to finish half a dozen shows before forcing myself to call it a night – and I learned a ton. Continue Reading →

Tequila Chicken & Sweet Pepper Fajitas

tequila chicken fajitas

See that pretty cilantro leaf sitting on top of my fajitas? I grew that! In Minnesota! And it’s WINTER! Yes. This brown-thumbed girl is now growing herbs.

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