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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Pear, Leek and Gruyére Turnovers

pear leek and gruyere turnovers

I opened the front door the other day to find the nicest surprise. On the porch was a box from Harry & David – so I knew that whatever was inside would be a delicious treat. I dusted the snow off of the box and opened it to find gorgeous apples, perfect pears and Gouda cheese. It was a very thoughtful gift from faraway friends.

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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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