Sweet & Spicy Pickled Onions {Beware of food-eating contests!}

sweet spicy pickled onions

I’ve worked in “Top 40” radio and I’ve worked in Christian music radio – and there are actually more similarities than differences. The hours can be bizarre, creative people can be a challenge to manage {understatement – and I’m including myself here!} … and it’s an absolute blast. Continue Reading →

Tropical Avocado Brownies {Don’t invite me to your costume party.}

Tropical Avocado Brownies

We all have our quirks. But my list might be longer than the average person’s…

I don’t drink beverages that fizz, “echo songs” drive me nuts, and I’ve never been one for costume parties. In fact, I’d compromise on either of the first two just so I didn’t have to go to the last one. I’ll either make up a “previous commitment” (as in, I previously committed – to myself – that I would stay home and catch up on “House of Cards”) or I’ll be the one that shows up sans costume, as if I’m on my way to or from somewhere else.

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Pea Soup {Do people really crochet underwear?}

pea soup

There I was, sitting in the sun on my deck, greeting golfers as they passed by on their way to the next hole.

When those I knew asked what I was up to, I simply said “shelling peas” – as if it were as commonplace as “watering my plants” or “walking the dog.”  I might as well have said “I am crocheting a new pair of underwear.” or “I am teaching myself morse code.” Most responded with that funny expression a dog makes when he hears something confusing and cocks his head to one side.

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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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