Your new favorite “nightcap” :: Golden Milk

Sometimes, even the best of relationships benefit from taking a break. “P.N.” and I hadn’t been getting along, and I felt the need to create some space. We’re still friends though – in fact, we spent some time together last weekend.  Continue Reading →

Eggs in Clouds

Eggs aren’t the enemy! The Raisin & Fig household has been doing a LOT of reading about good vs. evil – when it comes to food. For years, we were told that if you were trying to manage cholesterol and heart health, then eggs were bad. However, the latest research – and there’s lots of it, tells a different story. So we’re sharing this recipe for “Eggs in Clouds” to welcome these little orbs of sunshine back to your table. Continue Reading →

Turkey Meatloaf with Apricot Glaze

I admit that I frequently try to convert my friends… sometimes they politely change the subject, sometimes they quickly shut me down, but every once in awhile, they’ll take me up on my challenge to get out of their comfort zone. And yes, on a few occasions I’ve tricked them into it. Continue Reading →

Jalapeño Hummus

I signed up for a 30-day “Bod Pod” challenge in a weak moment. (It’s a workout program that targets, um, body fat.) I’m about halfway through the month and finally getting the hang of the food part. Because it’s based on strength training, we’re encouraged to eat protein. Lots of it. (I’m running out of things to do with chicken.) Continue Reading →

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

These little morsels will have you struggling to find the right balance between polite moderation and downright gluttony. At least that’s been my experience… Continue Reading →

Chicken Satay with Peanut Apricot Sauce

I learned a lot making this recipe for Chicken Satay with Peanut Apricot Sauce. 

First, dry skewers tend to burst into flames. Thankfully I’d soaked mine – though not nearly long enough. The ones that survived are pictured here. Continue Reading →

Incan Quinoa Salad

If you find yourself in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho at lunchtime on a weekday, head straight to Café Carambola. You’ll be welcomed into this tiny, bright restaurant by the ebullient smile of Carlos Aguilar. His wife, Colomba – whose recipes are fresh, delicious combinations of Latin flavors, is most likely (repeatedly) answering customers’ questions about what is in this or that delicious dish. Continue Reading →

Mango Ahi Tuna Poke Avocado Bowls

If you’re blessed enough to have one great friend in life, you are blessed indeed. For some unfathomable reason, I hit the mother-lode.

Every one of the women that I hold dear plays an invaluable, yet different, role in this precious circle… And for the past two months, I’ve been blessed to be making camp in northern Idaho with two of them. Continue Reading →

Jalapeño Watermelon Bites :: Birthday at the Barn

Every year, we spend more and more time in northern Idaho, in a spot about 20 miles south of Coeur d’Alene. And most years, that trip coincides with my best friend’s birthday. Continue Reading →

Blueberry-Lemon Icebox Cake

The past several months have been a blur. Between the holidays, seemingly endless entertaining, travel and launching a new company, I’ve relied more than ever on a well stocked freezer. Not just for surviving the oh $%&*#, it’s 5:30 and I haven’t even thought about dinner moments, but for taking some of the stress out of entertaining as well.

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