Meet my sweet little friend, the friand. I first discovered friands (pronounced “free-onds”) last spring when I was searching Pinterest for some new baking recipes, and was immediately attracted to their lovely presentation and unique oval shape. I knew that this was a specialty I had to make for Tony and Gio, who are now happily on the friand bandwagon.
This year, North Dakota turns 125 years old, and there is no shortage of reasons to celebrate.
Among boasting the nation’s lowest unemployment rate, achieving national excellence in college sports and recently receiving the distinction of being named the “Happiest State in the U.S.” by a recent Gallup poll, North Dakota is a state on the rise.
We’re tipping our Irish hats to my family’s heritage for a change this week for St. Patrick’s Day. Fortunately, Tony loves both of the recipes we’re sharing today, so I won’t be losing my Italian-by-marriage credentials anytime soon.
Winter has been greedy this year, sinking its hungry teeth into most of us with a vengeance. And after last year’s long (long) winter, some days it’s almost impossible to imagine life without the hassle of bulky layers, mucky boots and constant sniffles.
There are only a handful of days left before the XXII Winter Olympics come to a close in Sochi, Russia, and if you’re anything like us, you’ll be experiencing Olympic withdrawal come Monday morning. We love everything about the Olympics and what they represent, from the camaraderie among the athletes, to the personal stories of triumph over adversity, and even Team USA’s sweaters at the Opening Ceremony.
Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. I love hearts, flowers, chocolate, and almost anything red and pink, and I particularly appreciate this reminder to let my loved ones – romantic or not – know that they are special. The best way I know to express this is always with something homemade.
Last fall we hosted a contest to find the Perfect Party Dip, and Jean Eppler’s cleverly-named “Cranberries Gone Wild Dip” took home the title.
But just three votes separated the top three party dip contestants.
If you’re like us, this holiday season was so jam-packed with activities that, while you might have sung about chestnuts roasting on an open fire, that’s about as close as you could get to this long-standing holiday treat.
After a very indulgent holiday season filled with our favorite foods and sweets, we are ready to welcome 2014 with renewed intentions for clean living and eating. At least until Valentine’s Day, when the lushness of aphrodisiac food and drink lures us into decadence once again.
One of Giovanni’s favorite holiday traditions is our Christmas morning brunch, which we host for my parents, siblings and their families. A few years ago I decided to try a recipe for an apple sausage breakfast ring that my mom has made many times to great reviews.
We’ve featured several baked goods and side-dish recipes this holiday season, so this week we’re shifting our focus to the main event. Whether you celebrate with your family and friends on Christmas Eve or Day, or are hosting a dinner party in the weeks leading up to the holiday, this is the occasion to step up and serve a main course that is elegant, decadent and crowd-pleasing.
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