Recipe Eggnog Pound Cake This pound cake is how everyone in my family knows that the Christmas season has arrived. It makes the house smell so good. It is a warm, comfort type of aroma. My mother used to bake these for all of our teachers for Christmas. We had a large stand-up freezer and at one point I […]
Recipe Sweet Tea Brined and Grilled BBQ Chicken This is a little different take on regular BBQ chicken and has become a summer staple in the Raga household. Since the thighs are brined, they stay moist and juicy! Be careful with the cayenne pepper – this rub can get spicy. I always double the Sweet Carolina BBQ Sauce and serve it with the […]
Recipe Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms My family loves appetizers and really enjoys a tasty, stuffed mushroom. After trying many different stuffed mushroom recipes, a friend shared this recipe with me, and let me tell you it has been a hit in our house for years! You can make the “stuffing” ahead – which I usually do – so the flavors can […]
Recipe Quick Shrimp and Grits I always loved shrimp and grits, but every time I tried to make it I did not like the recipe, and the grits ALWAYS took too long to make. One summer we went to a baseball tournament in Charleston, South Carolina. (Both volleyball and baseball sports tournaments were our family vacations for many years.) I […]
Recipe Sauerbraten This was an entrée I was introduced to by my mother-in-law. When we were first married, Tom told me he loved sauerbraten and red cabbage. So, I looked up a recipe and I made it from scratch –vthe beef took 5 days to marinade (and the cabbage was a pain, too) – only to be […]
Recipe Roasted New Potatoes Hands down, this is one of our daughter’s favorite dishes. Not only do the potatoes taste great, but they smell so good while they cook. When I prepare these potatoes, everyone visits the kitchen complaining they are soooooo hungry. These potatoes pair well with prime rib, steak or a roasted chicken. Download Recipe Card >> […]
Recipe Great Prime Rib Finally, Great Prime Rib! For many, many years I tried to make a good prime rib. I failed over and over again! This is one of my son Rick’s favorite entrees (actually any “steak” cooked well is his favorite), so I really wanted to master the prime rib. After many early defeats I stopped preparing […]
Recipe Pimento Cheese What would spring be without The Masters golf tournament? And what would The Masters be without their famous Pimento Cheese Sandwiches? Being avid golf enthusiasts, the Masters is a sure sign of warmer weather and golf season to our family. April, The Masters and Pimento Sandwiches = Spring in the Raga household! Download Recipe Card […]
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Recipe Old Fashioned Gumbo Fat Tuesday: for those of you who are not Catholic, Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, a day that marks the beginning of Lent and 40 days of preparation for Easter. This time period is usually filled with fasting, abstaining and giving things up. Fat Tuesday is the day of having all the […]
Recipe Modern Potato Skins My family watches many sporting events–football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey (and maybe even soccer). We love to have these snacks on a weekend with a cocktail, while watching sports before dinner. The nice thing about this recipe is I usually have all the ingredients, so I can whip them up at any given time quickly. […]
Recipe Lemon Mousse with Raspberries This is one of my go-to desserts. It is easy to make, can be made ahead and looks lovely. I usually serve it with raspberries, but it’s also great with blueberries. This is also the lemon mousse for my Gingerbread Lemon Mousse Torte. Download Recipe Card >> 6 servings INGREDIENTS 2 lemons 8 oz. cream […]
Recipe Holiday Punch I do not know where I found this recipe, but got such rave reviews the first time I served it that it has become my “go to” holiday punch. It is easy, refreshing and elegant. I usually put a few champagne glasses out with the sprigs of rosemary and cranberries, some with the punch and […]
Recipe Grilled Leg of Lamb This lamb is great served with garlicky mashed potatoes or rice pilaf and asparagus. Enjoy! Download Recipe Card >> INGREDIENTS Mint Sauce ½ c. cider vinegar 1/3 c. sugar 2/3 c. chopped fresh mint leaves Pinch of salt Grilled Lamb One 6-7 lb. butterflied leg of lamb with bone (once butterflied it should be around […]
Recipe Fried Ravioli I was so happy to create this recipe. It is super easy to make and a real crowd pleaser! These are one of our son’s favorite snacks. The only problem with them is they disappear so quickly. Be sure to have one before your serve to your guests. Download Recipe Card >> INGREDIENTS 2 pkg […]
Recipe Fried Mac and Cheese Bites This is a hands-down-favorite appetizer. Any time I have the kids home, my extended family or a group from work, this is always requested. The bites are easy to make as you can prep them the night before. Download Recipe Card >> INGREDIENTS 5 T. unsalted butter 1/4 c. plus 2 T. all-purpose flour 4 […]
Recipe French Onion Soup The key to this recipe is cooking down the onions. It will take 50 to 70 minutes to cook the onions down. Because it takes so long to cook them, I usually double the recipe and have it for lunch the next day or freeze the soup for another night. This is great with a […]
Recipe Venetian Eggs This is one of those recipes that you must try. I wasn’t so sure I would like it, but it was served to me as breakfast by my husband’s father. Mind you, this was on my first visit to Cincinnati as Tom’s girlfriend. Papa (as he was later known in our house and to all […]
Recipe Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake A friend of mine knows how much I love chocolate. She shared this recipe with me. The only thing I changed is to add half and half to the pudding rather than whole milk. I brought this to an office luncheon. First, it cooked all morning while we were in the office. The smell was […]
Recipe Chocolate Angel Pie This was one of my mom’s recipes. Delicious, easy and elegant is the best way to describe this dessert. I usually have most the ingredients on hand, so it is perfect when you need a dessert for a group, to take to a get together or just because. Best of all it does not take […]
Recipe Chicken Wing Dip Chicken wings are a staple at tailgates and football game parties. I wanted something that I could make ahead and not have to go and pick up. The blue cheese makes this dip a little more like the real thing. Since I grew up in Rochester, NY – just around the corner from Buffalo where […]