Whole-Grain Bran Muffins

whole grain bran muffins

My current morning routine includes a cup of my absolutely-necessary-and-don’t-even-try-to-reason-with-me-until-I’ve-had-it coffee. And one of these Whole Grain Bran Muffins. I’ll savor one while I linger over “quiet time” to start the day – or eat one en route to an early morning meeting.

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Honey Sesame Pork Tenderloin

honey sesame pork tenderloin

I haven’t always been comfortable in the kitchen. Like many areas of my life, this is one where I was a “late bloomer.”

Case in point :: Newly single at 28, I had moved into a {very cool} warehouse apartment. Think “Ghost” {the movie} but without the pottery wheel – or Patrick Swayze. Continue Reading →

Fudge Frosting

fudge frosting

Today would have been my dad’s 89th birthday.

Tonight, Husband and I will toast him with a little Scotch, and a piece of white cake with my mom’s Fudge Frosting. And, as we always do on February 13th, we’ll share some of our favorite memories of “Big Dave.”

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Almond, Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Cookies {plus BIG Giveaway!}

almond dark chocolate sea salt cookies with band2

My two worlds have collided – and I couldn’t be more excited!  My “day job” in the music industry means I get to work with radio stations and artists across the country… I love my job! And, of course, I love playing in my Raisin & Fig “sandbox.” Today, I get to introduce you to the husband-and-wife team that make up the band Love & The Outcome.

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Gougères {Gruyere Cheese Puffs}

Gougere Cheese PUff

 

There are some meals where dinner rolls or a simple baguette just won’t do. You want something impressive – but it would be GREAT if it was also easy. These Gougères are both.

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Striped Omelet Recipe

striped omelet

Christmas “traditions” certainly have their seasons. Marriages, divorces, the passage of time {and loved ones} inevitably forces us to change up some, if not all of our perceptions of “the way we do Christmas.” I think the best cure for missing those old traditions is to start new ones.

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Gobs {aka Whoopie Pies}

gobs whoopie pies

The part of Pennsylvania I’m from is known for coal-mining, odd language {for instance, saying “you’uns” instead of “you” or “y’all”}, and for Gobs.

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Banana “Ice Cream”

banana ice cream

Are you already feeling the annual “shrinking of the pants” that comes with holiday indulging? Me too! You know what we need? ICE CREAM! Specifically, totally guilt-free and amazingly delicious Banana Ice Cream. Continue Reading →