Good Taste

A celebration of food

Endive Bites

Fresh, crunchy endive leaves with a creamy, cheesy filling, topped with charred corn and chili-infused honey.


Makes about 20 bites
Preparation time: 45 minutes

2 heads baby Belgian endive
2 ears of corn
4 ounces goat cheese
2 ounces cream cheese
2 tablespoons chili pepper-infused honey (such as Mike’s Hot Honey), divided (can substitute regular honey)
2 tablespoons chopped chives


  1. Separate the endive into individual leaves. Set aside.
  2. Char corn on grill or hot cast iron pan. Allow to cool slightly, then cut kernels off the cob and set aside.
  3. Mix together goat cheese, cream cheese and 1 tablespoon honey.
  4. Spread a spoonful (about 1 tablespoon) of the cheese mixture into each piece of endive.
  5. Top with a spoonful (about 1 tablespoon) of charred corn.
  6. Garnish with a drizzle of the remaining honey and sprinkle with chives.
Posted: June 12, 2019, 8:27 pm

L&B Dill Pickle Hot Sauce

Looking to bring a bit more flair to your next picnic or party? Try our new L&B Dill Pickle Hot Sauce! We combined tangy dill pickle with kicky jalapeño peppers and just a hint of garlic to create a truly unique, flavorful hot sauce that can be used just about anywhere. 

Try it sprinkled on deviled eggs, as a topping on hot dogs, burgers and fried chicken or add a dash to your Bloody Mary. It’s the perfect accompaniment to your favorite summer fare. Mix it into your condiment rotation for your next summer barbecue! 

Posted: June 12, 2019, 7:38 pm

Weeknight Skillet Shrimp & Veggies

This garlicky shrimp dinner cooks up in a snap, making it a great go-to weeknight meal. If you want to save time and kick the heat up, just pick up our Butchers Kitchen Dragon Breath Shrimp Skewers, which are marinated with sesame oil, Louisiana Fireball Cajun Spice Blend, Tabasco Sauce, garlic, cumin, poblano peppers, dried Arbol peppers and red pepper flakes. They come seasoned and ready to grill! Look for them in the Meat & Seafood department and skip Step 2 in the directions below.

4 serving
Preparation time: 30-45 minutes


  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, thawed if frozen, peeled and deveined (tail shells removed)*
  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • ¼ cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup finely chopped green onions
  • 2 cups cooked wild rice


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook shrimp in hot oil over medium-high heat for 2 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and ginger; cook 1 to 2 minutes more or until shrimp are opaque, turning occasionally.
  3. Remove shrimp from skillet; set aside.
  4. Carefully add wine and asparagus to hot skillet. Cover and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender.
  5. Add shrimp, green onions and wild rice to skillet; stir to heat thoroughly.
  6. *If using cooked shrimp, skip Step 1 and add cooked shrimp as directed in Step 4.
Posted: June 11, 2019, 7:40 pm

Hasselback Tomato Caprese

The name Hasselback comes from a restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden, named Hasselbacken, where the recipe for Hasselback potatoes was first introduced in the 1940s. That simple dish involves slicing whole potatoes and baking them so the outsides become crisp and brown while the insides stay soft and creamy. We like this technique so much, we decided to try it with one of our favorite summer garden vegetables – the tomato. It’s a wonderful way to turn simple tomato salad into a work of art!

2 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes

2 Roma tomatoes
8 ounces fresh mozzarella
One bunch fresh basil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Cut quarter-inch slices into the tomatoes, but not all the way through.
  2. Cut the mozzarella into similarly thick slices and tuck those into the tomato slices.
  3. Tuck a leaf of basil in between each slice.
  4. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Source: wiseGEEK

Posted: June 11, 2019, 7:28 pm

Appetizer idea: Grilled Bacon & Brussels

This tasty appetizer is enough to convert anyone into a Brussels sprouts lover!

Heat your grill to medium-high and soak bamboo skewers for about 20 minutes. On each skewer, weave one piece of bacon around three sprouts. Grill for 10-12 minutes, turning 2-3 times. Serve hot.

Pairs well with a Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA.

Posted: June 11, 2019, 6:00 pm

Asian Chicken Cups

These flavorful chicken cups are made easy with Lunds & Byerlys Pulled Chicken.

4 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag coleslaw mix
  • 1 (8-ounce) bag shredded carrots
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 cups chopped or pulled Lunds & Byerlys Rotisserie Chicken
  • Red cabbage leaves, for serving

Optional toppings: Fresh chopped ginger, chopped peanuts or cashews, chopped cilantro, sriracha sauce.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, coleslaw mix, carrots and green onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until veggies soften slightly.
  2. Stir hoisin and soy sauce into veggies and cook for a minute or two.
  3. Stir in the chicken until heated through.
  4. To serve, spoon the chicken into cabbage leaves and add desired toppings. Delicious with fresh mango or pineapple!
Posted: June 11, 2019, 3:22 pm

Adding Color To Your Outdoors Is Easy

It may not be official yet, but in our eyes, summer has most certainly arrived! That means warm days outdoors, backyard barbecues and time spent on the patio. Give yourself a great view to enjoy while you soak up the summer sun. Decorate your porch or patio with hanging baskets and decorative planters for a fresh and fabulous facelift in minutes.

Patio planters. Simply set these collections of flowers and foliage anywhere you want to add outstanding color and texture to your scenery. Pick up ready-made planters that are handcrafted by Bachman’s designers and place them next to your patio furniture, at the ends of your walkways or flanking your front door. These are available in all shapes, sizes and colors to help you coordinate with your existing outdoor décor.

Hanging baskets. Elevate the beauty of your outdoors even more with the addition of hanging baskets. These decorative displays create visual interest at eye level and can really wow with their overflowing flowers. Available in petunias, calibrachoa, impatiens, begonias, geraniums and more, hanging baskets offer prolific blooms in wide-ranging hues. Brighten your space with beautiful shades of pink, purple, red, yellow and colorful combinations.

Happy summer from Bachman’s!

Posted: June 10, 2019, 7:13 pm

Grilled Korean BBQ Sticky Wings

In the Twin Cities, wings are the ultimate happy hour food. And the stickier, the better: getting sauce all over your hands and face is pretty much our favorite after-work bonding ritual.

We created this recipe with that in mind. The wings are grilled ‘til they’re smoky and lightly charred, and then coated in a tangy, sweet, perfectly sticky BBQ sauce — they’ll give your napkins a new sense of purpose! Fair warning: We put a good amount of spicy gochujang in the BBQ sauce, so it’s got a nice kick. But it’s a “Minnesota nice” kick, so it won’t burn your lips off.

These wings also make a fantastic weekend barbecue appetizer. Once you’ve prepped the sauce, they come together in minutes, so you can throw them on the grill when folks arrive, and then let them nibble and gnaw while you get dinner together. If you’re going to a friend’s place for the barbecue, you can prep the sauce and the wings ahead of time, so they’re ready for the grill when you get there.

Our tips: The Korean BBQ sauce tastes fantastic with a Summit Keller Pils — it’s got just enough malty sweet and honey notes to handle that gochujang. And, if you have extra BBQ sauce, it’ll keep in the fridge for up to two weeks.

4 servings
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cook time: 20 mins


For the Korean BBQ Sauce:
½ cup tamari or soy sauce
½ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
¼ cup gochujang sauce
2 tablespoons ginger, grated
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water

For the wings:
2 pounds chicken wings
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup scallions, sliced for garnish


  1. To make the Korean BBQ Sauce: In a small pot, combine all ingredients except the cornstarch and water. Bring them to a simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water to make a slurry.
  3. Whisk the cornstarch slurry into the barbecue sauce, and boil it until it thickens, about 2 minutes.
  4. Remove the barbecue sauce from the heat and transfer it to a canning jar or another heatproof container. Set aside.
  5. Prepare grill to high heat.  
  6. To make the wings: Pat the chicken wings dry with a paper towel, and then season them lightly with salt and pepper.
  7. Grill the wings until they’re slightly charred on all sides and the internal temperature has reached 165 º F on an instant-read thermometer, about 15-20 minutes.
  8. Brush the wings with a little barbecue sauce and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  9. Remove the wings from grill to a large bowl, and toss them with more barbecue sauce.
  10. Garnish the wings with fresh scallions and serve hot.
Posted: June 10, 2019, 6:12 pm

BLT Scallops

An appetizer-sized twist on your favorite BLT sandwich! Delicious served with a French rosé.

Makes 12 scallop BLTs
Preparation time: 15 minutes

2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
12 Fresh Wild Caught Sea Scallops
4 slices cooked bacon, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 Roma tomatoes, sliced
Romaine lettuce, cut into 1-inch pieces


  1. Heat the olive oil and unsalted butter over high heat in a frying pan. 
  2. Once hot, add scallops and sear for 1 ½ minutes on each side.
  3. Remove scallops from pan and let rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Cut the scallops in half horizontally.
  5. On one half, layer 1 piece cooked bacon, a slice of tomato and a piece of romaine lettuce.
  6. Top with the other scallop half and serve.
Posted: June 9, 2019, 3:21 pm

BLT Salad with Easy Cornbread Croutons

Sweet, crunchy homemade cornbread croutons pair perfectly with the salty bacon! This deconstructed salad features all the individual BLT ingredients separated on a large platter, so everyone can assemble and dress their own salad as they please. Great for parties!

4-6 servings
Preparation time: 30 minutes

1 package L&B Bacon, cooked and chopped
1 (10-ounce) package cherry tomatoes, halved
1 (5-ounce) package arugula
1 avocado, large dice
L&B Cornbread
Annie’s Naturals Organic Green Goddess Dressing


  1. To make the cornbread croutons, cube L&B Cornbread and bake for 10 minutes at 350 F, until lightly browned and crunchy.
  2. Lay out all the ingredients separately on a serving platter so guests can assemble their own salads. Serve with Green Goddess dressing on the side for drizzling.
Posted: June 6, 2019, 6:54 pm

L&B Beer Guide

We live in such a great place to drink beer. There’s so much fantastic craft beer being made here — Able, Dangerous Man, Enki, Fair State, Fulton, Indeed, Surly, and Tin Whiskers, just to name a few. And nowadays it feels like a new brewery or taproom opens every few months or so.

All that variety is thrilling, whether you’re a beer expert, enthusiast, or dabbler. Beer has all the complexity of wine at a lower price point — so it’s a fun drink to explore. And like wine, it pairs beautifully with food. Of course, if you’re just getting into beer, figuring out what you like is challenging enough, without adding in food pairings. We’re here to help with both!

In this guide, we’ve provided general tasting and pairing notes for a handful of the most popular lagers and ales. You’ll see that we refer to a couple of beer terms throughout the guide: Alcohol by Volume (ABV) and International Bitterness Units (IBU).

ABV is generally listed as a percentage, and it tells you how much of your beer is alcohol. Basically, the higher the percentage, the boozier the beer. That’s a handy thing to know when thinking about pairings — you might like to go for a lower ABV at lunch, for example.

As you might expect, IBU measures a beer’s bitterness from hops on a scale of 0 to 100 (0 is not bitter at all and 100 will blow up your taste buds). If you know where your tastes fall on that scale, IBU can help you choose a beer, but it can also be a deceptive number. For example, a stout’s relatively high IBU can be balanced out by its malty sweetness!

Lager (ABV 2.5 to 5.1 %, IBU 5 to 15)
Lagers are light yellow in color, and they have a mild flavor — crisp, clean and very smooth. With their low ABV, they’re a perfect mid-day brew. Drink a lager when you feel like a beer with lunch, but you’ve got stuff to do in the afternoon.

Pairings: We like a lager with lighter fare: think fish tacos or a club sandwich on the patio.

Pilsner (ABV 4.1 to 5.1%, IBU 30 to 45)
Pilsners are golden as straw. They’re as smooth and clean as a lager, but with a little more personality. Pilsners have a little more hops, and they can also taste lightly malty, like a slightly sweet biscuit.

Pairings: Pilsners also have a crisp, medium body that’s really nice with lighter meals. We pair it with dishes like chicken salad and grilled salmon with asparagus.

India Pale Ale (ABV 6.3 to 7.6%, IBU 50 to 70)
This beer’s pale, golden hue belies its gonzo hops. India pale ales taste amazing — big intense hops, full of citrus and herbaceous, with a nice dry, crisp finish. They’re on the boozier side, so treat them like cocktails; sippers rather than quaffers!

Pairings: Because India pale ales can tend toward strong and bitter, we’d recommend pairing them with something equally flavorsome, like a spicy chili, andouille sausages, or blue cheese. Chinese food? Yes!

Pale Ale (ABV 4.4 to 6.1%, IBU 30 to 50)
A golden or copper blond beer, pale ales are hoppy — though less so than their cousins, the India pale ales — and their flavor can vary from mild hops to wildly complex and floral. With such a variety, pale ales are fun to taste in a flight.

Pairings: With all those floral notes and a light bitterness, pale ales are natural for seafood. Serve them with everything from linguini and clams to grilled herring.

Brown Ale (ABV 4.2 to 6.3%, IBU 24 to 45)
As the name suggests, brown ales have a dark, caramel color and they taste malty — nutty, sweet, with a lovely, light bitterness. They’re incredibly easy to drink, and so while not too boozy, a little dangerous.

Pairings: We like to pair brown ales with heartier foods and rich flavors, like French onion soup, smoked salmon, or pot roast.

Porter  (ABV 7 to 12%, IBU 35 to 50)
Porters are deep, dark brown, and full bodied. They taste like dark chocolate — a little cocoa sweetness with just a hint of sharp, bitter hops. They’re so thick, you can’t drink a ton of them, and that’s a good thing because they have the highest ABV of any of these beers.

Pairings: That boozy quality is one reason to pair Porters with food — the other is that they provide great ballast for super flavorful or spicy foods. Serve a porter with chicken enchiladas or Korean barbecue. Oh, and chocolate cake!

Posted: June 4, 2019, 7:49 pm

Shake Shack Pie Oh My Concrete

Shake Shack is a fast-food chain known for its delicious burgers and hot dogs, but is especially loved for its signature Concretes. Made with fresh-made frozen custard and blended with chunks of tasty mix-ins, they’re a must-have for summertime. And now Shake Shack has shared their exclusive Concrete recipe so you can make these creamy frozen treats at home!

Frozen Vanilla Custard
The master recipe for most of the Shake Shack Concretes.

Makes about 1 quart
Preparation time: 45 minutes + chilling time

5 egg yolks
½ cup sugar
1 ½ cups heavy cream
1 ½ cups milk
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon good quality pure vanilla extract


  1. Put the egg yolks and sugar into a heavy medium sauce pan and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the cream and milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until the custard reaches a temperature of 170 F on an instant-read thermometer or is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon.
  2. Strain the custard into a medium bowl. Stir in the salt and vanilla. Set that bowl into a larger bowl filled with ice, then stir the custard frequently until it has cooled. Cover the custard and refrigerate until completely chilled, about 4 hours.
  3. Churn the custard in an ice cream maker following the manufacturer’s instructions. Scoop the custard into a quart container with a lid, cover and store in the freezer for at least 2 hours, until firm. Custard can be kept up to a month in the freezer.

Pie Oh My Concrete
Delicious made with your favorite pie! We used L&B Blueberry Pie in this recipe, but L&B Pecan Pie would be equally fantastic.

2 servings
Preparation time: 30 minutes + chilling time

3-4 scoops Frozen Vanilla Custard (see recipe above)
1 slice L&B Blueberry Pie, cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup whipped cream, optional


  1. Spoon the frozen vanilla custard into a medium bowl. Add the pie. Cover with plastic wrap and transfer the bowl to the freezer for at least 15 minutes and as long as 2 hours.
  2. When ready to serve, gently mash ingredients together with a wooden spoon until just combined. Spoon the Concretes into 2 dessert dishes, top with whipped cream, if desired, and serve.

Recipe source: Shake Shack Recipes & Stories

Posted: June 4, 2019, 7:24 pm

Sous Vide Rib Eye & Gorgonzola Sauce

Twin Cities food blogger greens & chocolate shares her recipe for perfectly cooked, sous vide rib-eye steaks.

Before hearing about sous vide from friends, I never really understood how it works. After some research, I realized it’s actually quite simple, and it has quickly become my favorite way to perfectly cook a steak. So let me break it down for you.  

Basically, sous vide is the process of placing food in a vacuum-sealed container and cooking it in water.  

I admit, this doesn’t sound very appealing. What IS appealing, however, is how precise and accurate you can get your food to cook. This is particularly great when cooking steak because not only can you get it to the exact doneness that you prefer, but it’s cooked to that temperature evenly throughout the steak.  

Of course, no one really wants to eat a steak that has been completely cooked in water. The best way to solve that problem is to heat your grill or grill pan to high and sear the steak for a minute on each side to get the sear marks and grill flavor.  

In this recipe, I kept the sous vide process and seasoning super simple. Salt and pepper and a couple cloves of garlic are all the steak really needs. If you want to get a little fancier, you can throw a few sprigs of herbs into the vacuum sealed bag with the steaks, but it’s definitely not necessary.  

During the last half hour of the steaks cooking, you’ll prepare some sautéed mushrooms and a gorgonzola cream sauce, both of which could not be easier.  

These sous vide rib eyes would be the perfect way to impress dad this Father’s Day. You’ll wow him with an amazing steak, and he’ll love hearing about this new way to cook meat. Paired with his favorite beer or beverage, what more could he ask for?!


4-6 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 2.5 hours


2 16-ounce rib-eye steaks
2 cloves garlic, sliced
Salt and pepper

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
1 tablespoon red cooking wine
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon salt

Gorgonzola Cream Sauce:
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup crumbled gorgonzola
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper

Special equipment: sous vide precision cooker


  1. Place the precision cooker in a water bath and bring the water to temperature. For medium-rare steaks, set the precision cooker to 129 F, for medium set the precision cooker to 134 F, and for medium-well set the precision cooker to 145 F.
  2. While the water is coming to temperature, season the steaks with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the steaks in a vacuum-sealed bag along with the sliced garlic.
  4. Place the vacuum-sealed bags in the water bath for 2 hours.  
  5. When the steaks have about 30 minutes left, begin making the mushrooms and gorgonzola cream sauce.
  6. In a large skillet, add the butter over medium heat.
  7. Add the mushrooms and cooking wine, and cook until golden, about 10-15 minutes.  
  8. Add the garlic and salt, and cook another 1-2 minutes and remove from the heat.
  9. In a small pot, combine the heavy cream, gorgonzola cheese, salt, and pepper over medium heat.
  10. Cook until the cheese has melted, whisking frequently.
  11. Heat a grill or grill pan to high heat.
  12. Once the steaks are finished cooking, remove them from the vacuum-sealed bags.
  13. Place the steaks on the grill and sear for 1-2 minutes on each side.
  14. Serve the steaks topped with mushrooms and gorgonzola cream sauce.
Posted: June 4, 2019, 7:23 pm

Chia-Dipped Bananas with Yogurt

Yogurt is such a nice, easy way to start the morning — but if you’re eating it every day, it can be fun to mix it up a little. That’s just what we had in mind when we put together these little yogurt cups with the pretty chia-dipped bananas.

First of all, we’re starting with a great yogurt product. We’re really proud to carry Noosa  because it’s made with nothing but whole milk, active cultures, a touch of honey and fresh fruit purée. It has a thick, velvety texture and a lightly sweet, delightfully tart flavor we really enjoy. In this recipe, you can use any flavor you like, but we like it with  blueberry yogurt.

Bananas and yogurt are a natural combination. We’ve dipped the bananas in chia seeds to make crunchy, soft medallions. They look so cute, but they’re also packed with nutrients. The banana brings loads of potassium and magnesium; the chia is a super food, filled with Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants and fiber. Add all the protein, healthy fats, and calcium in the yogurt, and good morning, healthy!

Best of all, this breakfast treat comes together in minutes. You could also take it to work with you, and have it for snack — a little energy boost to get you through the afternoon!


Makes 2 servings

8-ounce container Noosa Yoghurt, divided
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 medium bananas, sliced into 12-14 rounds each


  1. Gently stir the yogurt to combine fruit. Divide it into 2 small bowls.
  2. Place chia seeds on plate. Gently press both sides of banana slices into chia seeds.
  3. Arrange the chia-dipped bananas on top of the yogurt.
Posted: June 4, 2019, 7:00 pm

Red Fruit Salad

This gorgeous fruit salad combines all your favorite red fruits into one delicious bowl!

4-6 servings
Preparation time: 20 minutes

1 cup cherries, pitted and halved
1 cup strawberries, quartered
3 plums, pitted and chopped
2 cups red grapes, halved
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Fresh mint leaves
1-2 tablespoons balsamic glaze


  1. Combine all the fruits in a bowl. Top with lemon zest and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
Posted: June 3, 2019, 7:39 pm

Baked Lemon Raspberry French Toast

This wonderful French toast casserole from Twin Cities food blogger greens & chocolate is a delicious alternative to cinnamon-infused French toast, with fresh lemon flavor that’s perfect for a springtime brunch. The best part? You can make it ahead of time and just pop it into the oven in the morning!

Ahhh brunch. Just seeing the word brings images of bottomless cups of coffee, cinnamon rolls, quiches and perhaps a mimosa or two to my mind. There’s no better way, in my opinion, to start a weekend day than with these things.  

While I definitely appreciate the fun and convenience of going out for brunch, sometimes I really don’t want to get out of my PJs and leave the house on Sunday morning. Plus, brunch is usually about the same time as my son’s first nap, which is really inconvenient! But really, it’s the whole getting out of my pajamas thing that is the biggest barrier to me going out for brunch.  

So instead, I like to cook something special for my husband and I for weekend brunch. What better way to make up for our boring weekday breakfasts than with a fun brunch?  

I love French toast casseroles for so many reasons. One, because it’s almost like eating dessert for breakfast. French toast casseroles are super similar to one of my favorite desserts, bread pudding, just with less sugar, but we can make up for that with powdered sugar and maple syrup, right?  

I also love them because they can be made the night before, leaving minimal prep the morning of. This one is no different. All you need to do once you get out of bed is let it sit out for about 30 minutes, then pop it in the oven for 45 minutes, and you are the queen (or king!) of brunch. No getting dressed necessary.  

This Lemon Raspberry French Toast Casserole is THE perfect springtime brunch dish – especially for Easter! The bright flavors of the lemon and raspberries are a fun change from the typical cinnamon notes in French toast. I topped ours with powdered sugar but I think it would also be great with a light drizzle of maple syrup.  


Baked Lemon Raspberry French Toast

8 servings
Preparation time: 1 hour 30 minutes, plus overnight refrigeration time


  • 1 pound loaf French bread, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries, divided
  • 3½ cups milk
  • 6 eggs
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract (optional but delicious)
  • Zest from 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  1. Grease 9x13” baking dish with cooking spray. 
  2. Place half of the cubed bread in the bottom of the baking dish, top with half of the raspberries, then repeat with remaining bread and raspberries. 
  3. In a bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, maple syrup, extracts, zest and lemon juice.
  4. Pour mixture over bread and raspberries.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  6. On the morning of, remove from refrigerator and let sit for 30 minutes.
  7. Heat oven to 350 F.
  8. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until lightly golden and cooked through. Cover with foil for the last 10-15 minutes to prevent the top from burning. 
  9. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup. Enjoy!
Posted: June 2, 2019, 4:56 pm

Maple Dijon BLT Sliders

The secret to these irresistible mini BLT sandwiches is crispy bacon coated with a sweet and tangy maple Dijon glaze.

6 servings
Preparation time: 30 minutes

For the Maple-Dijon Glazed Bacon:
¼ cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
8 cracks coarsely ground fresh black pepper
1 pound sliced bacon

For the BLTs:
12 slider buns, toasted
2 ripe Roma tomatoes, sliced
½ head iceberg lettuce
1 cup mayonnaise


  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. Whisk together syrup, Dijon and black pepper.
  3. Lay bacon on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove bacon and any grease that has accumulated. Pat bacon dry with a paper towel.
  5. With a pastry brush, brush bacon with syrup mixture until completely coated.
  6. Return to oven and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes until bacon is glazed. Remove from oven and cool.
  7. Assemble BLTs: Spread mayonnaise on the buns, then add lettuce, tomato and bacon.
Posted: June 2, 2019, 4:42 pm

Grilled Steak Salad

Crispy, crunchy and oh-so flavorful … there’s nothing boring about this salad!

4 servings
Preparation time: 30 minutes, not including refrigeration time


  • 8 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ¼ cup Lunds & Byerlys Trail Dust Seasoning
  • 4 rib-eye steaks, about 1 ¼-inch thick
  • 1 cup Lunds & Byerlys Corn & Black Bean Salsa
  • 10 ounces romaine lettuce, cut crosswise into ½-inch strips
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced yellow bell pepper
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 cup sliced red onion
  • 1 cup coarsely crushed corn chips


  1. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons olive oil with the seasoning.
  2. Dry both sides of the steaks with paper towels.
  3. Rub olive oil mixture into surface of both steak sides. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  4. Heat grill to medium-high; spray grill rack with nonstick cooking spray. Using direct heat cooking method, arrange steaks on grill rack 4-5 inches over the heat. Grill, covered, turning once, until meat thermometer registers 140 F for medium-rare (8-11 minutes), or to desired doneness. Let stand 5 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl, combine remaining olive oil and salsa.
  6. In large bowl, combine romaine, peppers, carrots and onion.
  7. Drizzle ¾ of the salsa mixture over the romaine and toss to coat.
  8. Arrange salad on four serving plates. Slice steaks and arrange over salads. Drizzle with remaining salsa mixture; sprinkle with corn chips and serve.
Posted: June 2, 2019, 2:29 pm

Creamy Strawberry Pie with Pretzel Crust

This summery pie recipe from Twin Cities food blogger greens & chocolate features a sweet, creamy strawberry filling and a satisfying salty-sweet crust.

One of the most nostalgic desserts that I can think of from my childhood, aside from my Grandma Esther’s bunny cake at Easter and my Grandma Patsy’s Coca Cola cake, is the strawberry jello dessert with a pretzel crust. Also, can we just appreciate for a second that this dessert is widely known as Strawberry Pretzel Salad? You just have to love those desserts that are named “salad.“ Snickers Salad is another favorite of mine.

One look at all the photos of strawberry pretzel salad dessert through a Google search and I am immediately transported back in time to a summer picnic with burgers and hot dogs on the grill and a plethora of potato salad and chips.

I wanted to recreate this dessert as a creamy strawberry pie with a pretzel crust, and this is what I came up with. I thought about making the strawberry pretzel salad similar to the original, as a cream cheese layer topped with a strawberry gelatin layer, but putting it in a pie dish. However, I really wanted it to be a creamy strawberry filling. I also felt like the salad dessert has a lot of different steps between the crust and two different filling layers. I wanted to keep it simple!


The end result turned out so tasty and super easy. The pretzel crust is basically like a graham cracker crust but with pretzels. The filling is simply mixing a bunch of ingredients together, pouring it into the pie crust and popping it in the freezer. You do have to whip some heavy cream, but there’s no fussing with gelatin or worrying about things setting up.

While this recipe isn’t technically no-bake, since the pie crust does need to be baked for a few minutes, this still makes a great spring or summer dessert for when the warmer temps discourage us all from using our ovens.

Creamy Strawberry Pie with Pretzel Crust

Makes 8 large slices
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Total time: 8 hours, including time to freeze

For the crust:
2 cups crushed pretzels
3 tablespoons brown sugar
¾ cup butter, melted

For the pie filling:
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups diced strawberries
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
1 can sweetened condensed milk
½ cup powdered sugar


To make the crust:

  1. Heat oven to 350 F.  
  2. Mix together crushed pretzels, brown sugar and melted butter in a medium bowl.
  3. Press into the bottom of a greased 10” pie dish.  
  4. Bake at 350 F for 8-10 minutes, or just lightly browned. 
  5. Let cool completely.

To make the pie:

  1. Beat 1 cup whipping cream in a medium bowl with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside.  
  2. Place strawberries in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  3. In a large bowl with electric mixer, beat together cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk.  
  4. Add strawberries and mix until well combined.
  5. Fold in whipped cream.
  6. Pour into pie crust and freeze at least 6 hours.
  7. Beat remaining heavy whipping cream with powdered sugar until stiff peaks form and spread over pie.  
  8. Freeze another hour, if desired. You can also serve it with the whipped cream not frozen. Serve and enjoy!
Posted: May 30, 2019, 9:45 pm

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

This sweet and spicy grilled pineapple salsa goes perfectly with salty, crunchy chips for dipping. Delicious served with fish or chicken, too!

8-10 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes

1 pineapple, peeled and cored
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 red onion, diced
2 jalapeño peppers, finely diced (remove seeds and ribs for a less spicy salsa)
2 limes, juice and zest
½ cup cilantro, chopped
Salt, to taste


  1. Heat grill (or grill pan) over medium-high heat.
  2. Lightly brush the pineapple slices with oil and grill for 2 minutes on each side.
  3. Dice the pineapple and mix together with the rest of the ingredients. Serve with your favorite L&B chips.
Posted: May 30, 2019, 9:23 pm