Baked Pasta with Sausage & Broccoli Rabe (and a whole lot of garlic!)

Baked Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Back in J-School (Journalism School, at UNL – Go Huskers!) we were taught the mantra “Don’t bury the lead.” In other words, you should share the most important thing first; then elaborate (or in my case, digress) for those who care to read further. In the world of food blogs, research says the same is true. In this world, the “lead” is the recipe – that’s why you clicked to get here in the first place, right? So, for those that want to go straight to the recipe for Baked Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe… click HERE. For the few family members and friends who will read this out of obligation, bless you. Come on over and I’ll make this for you!

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Open Faced Tomato Burrata Sandwiches

Summer means fresh produce, soaking up the great outdoors and casual entertaining. For us, hanging out with dear friends at The Rockin’ K Ranch in Northern Idaho is about as close to heaven as you can get. When my friend Mim brought these Open-Faced Heirloom Tomato Burrata Sandwiches to a recent get-together at the barn, I knew I had to share. Continue Reading →

North Shore Chicken Salad

Minnesota is known for a lot of things. Long cold winters… more than 10,000 lakes… and Hockey Hair. Prince, Bob Dylan and Betty Crocker (not a real person) are all Minnesotans. Zubaz were invented here (sorry). We’ve got the Mall of America, a 49-foot tall statue of Paul Bunyan, and The Mayo Clinic. Folks from the North Star State famously insist on using the wrong name for a popular children’s game (they call it “Duck, duck, gray duck”. What?! EVERYBODY knows it’s “Duck, duck goose!”). If you’ve enjoyed Cheerios, Tator-Tot Hot Dish (again, sorry) or Bundt cake you can thank Minnesota. Continue Reading →

Spring Roll Chicken Salad

If you’re looking for a healthy option in an Asian restaurant, fresh spring rolls are usually a good choice. Some restaurants call them “summer rolls” to distinguish them from the more popular version that is wrapped in won ton skins and fried. (Not so healthy!) I’m talking about the ones that are wrapped in rice paper and stuffed with crunchy veggies, maybe some shrimp or chicken, and served cold with a yummy dipping sauce. They’re fun to make, but let’s face it… the hangry-er I am, the lazier I am! Enter Spring Roll Chicken Salad.

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Roasted Pear Salad with Blue Cheese & Port

“We should have you over for dinner!”

We’ve all said it… and meant it… but for whatever reason, the dinner just never happens. Yet when it does, it’s always a treat. Last summer, some “new-ish” friends DID follow through and invited us over. We knew the company would be great — the delicious meal was a bonus! They served steaks from the grill, warmed bread and this Roasted Pear Salad with Blue Cheese and Port. Simple. Elegant. Fabulous. Continue Reading →

Beef Short Rib Ravioli with Mustard Cream Sauce

One of the great things about our neighborhood is that an impromptu dinner party can break out at any time. Often, it’s just a matter of cobbling together what everyone has on hand. But last weekend I had a slam-dunk meal in my back pocket. And by ‘back pocket’ I mean freezer. The hard work was already done for this hearty, rich and decadent Beef Shortrib Ravioli with Mustard Cream Sauce. Continue Reading →

Almond Biscotti with Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt (Gluten Free!)

The older Husband and I get, the more we’re into routines. If one or both of us are traveling, we FaceTime at the end of the day. We don’t discuss our thoughts on a movie we’ve seen, until we have a post-movie snack and maybe a nightcap.  We typically go to church on Saturday nights, after which we can be found at our favorite Mexican restaurant – in our usual spot, with our usual order. And on Sunday mornings, our ritual includes coffee and watching CBS Sunday Morning. We’ve recently taken that routine up a notch, thanks to Almond Biscotti with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt. Continue Reading →

Dark Chocolate Energy Bites

I just grabbed one of these Dark Chocolate Energy Bites as a reward for going to the mailbox — it’s around -50º below zero with windchill! 

Truth be told, we weren’t supposed to BE in the frozen tundra today. We had been invited to join a group of dear friends this week in Mexico — where, by my calculations, there’s about a 135º temperature difference at the moment. Continue Reading →

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 →