My sweet niece gave me a wonderful cookbook for Christmas – Love Welcome Serve:  Recipes that Gather and Give by Amy Nelson Hannon.  I swear I want to make everything in this book – every recipe sounds so delicious!

Starting with this recipe for Broccoli Salad.  Our neighbors had a get together for Super Bowl and I took this dish.  It transports well, makes enough for about 8-10 people and I think would be a perfect side salad with sandwiches, too.  Don’t be afraid of the mayonnaise and sugar addition; it makes the perfect sauce.


1 cup golden raisins

1 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup white vinegar

1 large head of broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

1 cup cashews

Put the raisins in a small bowl and splash them with a few tablespoons of water.  Heat them in the microwave for about 15 seconds, stir them, and let them soak in the water so they’ll plump up and become tender.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar.  In a medium bowl, toss together the broccoli, red onion, and cashews.  Drain the raisins and add them to the mix.  Stir in the mayonnaise sauce and coat everything well.  Cover and chill for 30 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!