National Pasta Day

Celebrate National Pasta Day with 3 fun recipes from Ragu.
There’s just one catch…none of the recipes actually contain pasta!

Celebrate National Pasta Day...without pasta! #NationalPastaDayNational Pasta Day is tomorrow (October 17)!  Seeing as how my wife is half-Italian and I am pretty much obsessed with all things Italy, it should go without saying that we love pasta here in the Spiced household.  I’ve even tried my hand at making homemade pasta a couple of times.  It turned out quite well, and my “to-do” list for this winter includes coming up with some new homemade pasta recipes.Continue Reading »

Fried Green Tomato BLT

These Fried Green Tomato BLTs are a delicious twist on a classic Southern dish!

These Fried Green Tomato BLTs are a delicious twist on a classic Southern dish!We had a bumper crop of tomatoes this past summer.  Granted, it wasn’t like Atlanta where we were giving away huge bags of tomatoes every week all the way until Thanksgiving.  But we still had loads of tomatoes.  And here’s the thing…garden tomatoes taste so much better than store-bought tomatoes.  We’ve used fresh tomatoes in everything from Grilled Bruschetta to BLT Pasta Salad to Classic BLTs with a fun aioli.  And we still ended up giving away tomatoes to my wife’s co-workers.  (Usually we send in extra desserts, so we figured we’d balance it out by sending along some extra tomatoes, too.)Continue Reading »

Candy Corn Cupcakes

A bit of yellow and orange food coloring turns these classic vanilla cupcakes into
Candy Corn Cupcakes.  They’re perfect for Halloween!

A bit of yellow and orange food coloring turns these classic vanilla cupcakes into Candy Corn Cupcakes.  They're perfect for Halloween!*Creak*  Wait.  What was that?  Do you get a little more jumpy around Halloween?  I know I do.  Things that would be completely normal any other time of the year all of a sudden take on a wicked twist.  I’ve always been a huge fan of ghost stories and things that go bump in the night–and I’m not talking about the neighbor.  Continue Reading »

Wild Mushroom Bean and Barley Soup

This Wild Mushroom Bean and Barley Soup features several types of ‘shrooms and the magical orca bean!  It’s perfect for chilly Autumn days!

This Wild Mushroom Bean and Barley Soup features several types of 'shrooms and the magical orca bean!  It's perfect for chilly Fall and Winter days!I’ve always wanted to see a whale.  Not like the kind that you might see in a Disney movie.  A real whale.  I find it fascinating that one of the largest mammals in the world feeds on one of the smallest.  And get ready for this…whales eat up to 5,000 pounds of plankton and other small fish a day.  5,000 pounds!  So when I found out that you can go whale watching off the coast of Massachusetts, I was all in.Continue Reading »