Our glorious spring weather disappeared quickly with a dusting of snow so we turned to some heartier dishes for this week’s menu.

One of the dishes this week is Speedy Baked Ziti. I was a fan of the Sopranos on HBO and all of the characters loved Carmella’s Ziti and a dish that brought the family together for Sunday dinner so when I ran across this recipe in Food and Wine, I had to give it a try!

Another recipe this week is our Southwestern Pot Roast, a very simple recipe for the slow cooker that we serve with  provides another great meal with leftover pot roast used for Shredded Beef Quesadillas, here is our video for the quesadillas.

The perfect accompaniment to either of these meal is our recipe for Cilantro Lime Rice:

Cilantro Lime Rice


1 Cup Basmati Rice – Rinse lightly in cold water, then cook according to instructions located on the rice package.  Using the optional salt suggestion about ½ tsp.  Vigo Brand is good to use.

1 tsp Olive Oil

1 Lime(Or 2 if they are small)

4 Tbsp Cilantro = Fresh Chopped(Or more to your taste)

Salt to Taste

A stovetop wok works well with a lid so all of this is a one-pot side dish.

After the rice is cooked, make a well in center of rice in the bottom of the pan and heat the oil.  Then mix the oil into the rice until it is coated.  Recommended on low to medium heat.

Then once coated with oil, squeeze in the juice of a lime, as you prefer.  The limejuice really offers a vibrant taste!

Add the chopped cilantro and toss right before serving.  Cilantro offers a completely fresh flavor and really makes the dish!

Cabin season isn’t far off and people are beginning to plan their “work” weekends to get docks and boats put in the water. When your friends and family gather for those weekends we thought we should start sharing some simple recipes to serve your guests. Erica from our White Bear store graciously offered her Easy Egg Bake recipe, a single recipe bakes in a pie tin, a double recipe is for a 9 x 13 pan for a larger crowd.


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