Zucchini Fritters

10-minute Healthy Zucchini Fritters Recipe

Hands down my favorite way to make zucchini! These Zucchini Fritters are quick and easy to make (10-15 minutes start to finish), and involve only a handful of simple ingredients. They also happen to be toddler friendly. My 14-month son James devours these. So do I! I wouldn’t say that I’m a budget shopper,...

Best Tips for Making Pancakes

How to Make the Best Pancakes

 Here are my best tips for making pancakes, plus my go-to recipe for easy buttermilk pancakes! Every time I take a bite of a really good buttermilk pancake, one that is fluffy, light, and perfectly flavored with a little sweetness and vanilla, I feel like I could write a poem about how it comforts...

Potluck Potato Salad

Potluck Potato Salad

There are a thousand and one ways to make potato salad, and over the years I’ve tried many of those ways. There are so many types of potatoes you can use, not to mention the different types of dressing. (Can I just say that I’m totally digging chimichurri dressing lately?) But when it comes...

Strawberry White Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

Classic Rice Krispie Treats get an upgrade with Strawberries and White Chocolate! These store well and are perfect for bake sales and gifts. I think I may care about Rice Krispie Treats far more than the average person, but I seriously love them. It is an absurdly simple dessert to make, but there’s some...

Strawberry Nutella Puff Pastry

Strawberry Nutella Puff Pastry

This 3-ingredient Strawberry Nutella Puff Pastry is quick and easy to prepare for a simple dessert. Besides the fact that puff pastry is glorious simply because it is flaky, buttery heaven, puff pastry is a fantastic food to have stocked in the freezer because it’s a quick ticket to numerous easy desserts. Today’s recipe...

Carrot Raisin Salad with Pine Nuts

This gorgeously vibrant Fresh Carrot Raisin Salad is full of flavor but light on calories!

This gorgeously vibrant Carrot Raisin Salad is full of flavor and simple to prepare. It’s a great make-ahead dish too, as it only gets better as it sits. I absolutely adore picnics. I love the marriage of eating a meal with spending time outside, and I think there is something so restorative about it...

Lean Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle: An easy big-batch recipe to make for dinner!

Short ribs aren’t the default cut of beef for shredding anymore! Flank steak is a lot leaner and shreds beautifully for this ragu, cooked low and slow for 8 hours and tossed with fresh pappardelle pasta. Shredded beef has always been one of my favorite things to eat, and for most of my life,...

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes are my *go-to* and are really easy to make!

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes are my go-to cupcake recipe! They’re rich, dark, and insanely moist. The Peanut Butter Buttercream on top is the perfect pairing, and only has 4 ingredients. Even though I’m not solely a baker, I would totally go...

Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Dietary restriction friendly Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread

This Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread is wonderful as toast in the morning and is adaptable to suit various dietary restrictions. Cinnamon Raisin was my toast of choice when I was a kid, and it still is today. I love that swirl of sweet cinnamon and brown sugar all throughout each slice, and the juicy...

Kung Pao Chicken

Chinese Takeout at Home, in 20 minutes! Kung Pao Chicken is an easy stir fry with marinated chicken, bell pepper, peanuts, and other great flavors.

Make your own Chinese takeout at home, using quality meat and your favorite vegetables! This Kung Pao Chicken is quick and easy to make, perfect for a weeknight meal. Making Chinese food at home for myself came out of necessity. As crazy as it may sound, I have found very few Chinese restaurants (even...

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars with Pecan Crust

These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars are easy to make and total crowdpleasers!

These Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars combine multiple desserts into one bite! You have a crumbly pecan crust on the bottom, creamy cheesecake in the middle, and chocolate chip cookie dough on top. I am the most indecisive person by nature,...

Cauliflower “Fried Rice” with Chicken

Healthy dinner in 15 minutes! This Cauliflower Fried Rice with Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal, and it's loaded with protein, veggies, and flavor!

Ready in 20 minutes and easy to make, this Cauliflower Fried Rice with Chicken is healthy, low-carb, full of protein, and full of veggies! Sometimes it seems like the internet wants to make everything out of cauliflower, and my disposition is to be quite suspicious of these recipes. Rice is a welcome friend of...

Cheddar Biscuit Topped Barbecue Chicken Pie

A comforting recipe for a cozy dinner! This Cheddar Biscuit-Topped Barbecue Chicken Pie is creamy heaven.

This Cheddar Biscuit Topped Barbecue Chicken Pie is a bold twist on a classic comfort dish — chicken pot pie! The sauce is a little bit smoky and rich from a splash of BBQ sauce, and cheddar biscuits replace the usual pie crust. I don’t know how I made it this far in my life...

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix

How to Make Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix

This all-natural Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix is free of MSG, preservatives, and additives. It’s a great key ingredient for a wide variety of recipes, like dips, dressings, chicken, and even things like popcorn and roasted potatoes! When I was a kid, ranch was one of my favorite flavors. Ranch dressing was always the magical...

One Pan Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken with Asparagus

Chicken Breast Wrapped in Prosciutto for an easy weeknight meal!

Dinner in one pan, and under 30 minutes! Chicken breasts are seasoned with garlic and rosemary, then wrapped in salty, savory prosciutto, and served with asparagus spears cooked in the same skillet. The internet seems to be exploding with one pan dinners lately, and it makes complete sense. No one likes doing dishes (well...

Steak with Scallion Chimichurri Sauce

Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Dinner in 15 minutes! This Scallion Chimichurri Sauce takes 5 minutes to pulse together and is the perfect accompaniment for a seared or grilled steak. In my eyes, there’s nothing plain or boring about a well-seared steak seasoned generously with sea...

Blueberry Buckle

Blueberry Buckle Cake

This Blueberry Buckle is loaded with tons of blueberries and baked with a cinnamon streusel crumb topping. It’s a wonderful coffee cake to serve at your next brunch! When I lived in southern Georgia, there was a blueberry farm 15...

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili made in the slow cooker!

This hearty White Chicken Chili is made in the slow cooker for an easy weeknight meal. It’s a true “throw it in and turn it on” slow cooker recipe, with full flavor and warm spices. I’ve partnered with Swanson® to bring you this recipe. I’ve seen so many articles lately about how Scandinavian countries...

Coconut Oil Brownies

Coconut Oil Brownies

These Coconut Oil Brownies are super fudgy, moist, and rich. They’re easy to make, and are a great dairy-free option for those who can’t have butter.  There are as many ways to make a brownie as there are to make a chocolate chip cookie. A brownie can be cakey, or it can be chewy,...

Perfect Buffalo Wing Sauce

Easy Buffalo Wing Sauce made with Frank's

This Buffalo Wing Sauce has the perfect amounts of Frank’s Hot Sauce, butter, cayenne, and worcestershire, for balance of flavor and a smooth consistency to coat fried or baked chicken wings. This post is as much for you as it is for me. Whenever Pete and I make chicken wings, often times we just...

Buffalo Garlic Knots

Buffalo Garlic Knots Recipe

These Buffalo Garlic Knots are stuffed with a hint of blue cheese, and brushed with a garlic buffalo sauce. Today’s post is another step in my personal mission to “buffalo all the things.” That unbeatable combo of Frank’s hot sauce, worcestershire, and blue cheese…oh…oh… As I mentioned in my Blue Cheese Dip post a few days...

Blue Cheese Dip

Creamy Blue Cheese Dip for Wings or Celery

This Creamy Blue Cheese Dip is perfect alongside buffalo chicken wings, or cut vegetables like celery, carrots, or bell pepper. Buffalo chicken wing consumption in this house is something of a ceremony, since my husband grew up an hour from Buffalo, NY, where buffalo chicken wings were invented, and had a father who made...

Hash Brown Frittata

Easy Hash Brown Frittata Recipe

Think of this Hash Brown Frittata as the savory breakfast version of an upside down cake. It’s a classic frittata—which is basically a big egg omelette that’s baked in the oven—with a hash brown crust on top. It is absolute heaven. If you offer me a sweet or a savory breakfast, 9 times out...

How to Make Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Ganache

I first heard someone say “chocolate ganache” when I was a little girl, dining out with my family. The waiter was describing a chocolate cake and I remember him saying at the end that it was topped with a chocolate ganache. I thought, oooh, chocolate ganache! That sounds so fancy. I mean, when there’s...

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies - One of my Christmas Favorites!

These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are one of my favorite Christmas recipes! Also called snowcaps, they are fudgy and soft in the middle, like a brownie. The other day I was thinking, who started this Christmas cookie tradition and when, because I have to thank their spirit for the cookiepalooza that is the holidays. I...

Fancy Roasted Cocktail Nuts

Party Nuts

The holidays have so many food associations for me, and one of those is fancy roasted cocktail nuts. Every year when I make them, I wonder why I don’t roast them year round. But the truth is, there’s just something seasonal and special about them. Whenever I have friends or family over for a...

Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Pan Sauce

So easy, so delicious! Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Pan Sauce

This Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Pan Sauce is the perfect entree for a special holiday meal without the hassle. Start to finish, it takes under an hour to make! I’ve partnered with Swanson® to bring you this recipe. I think everyone can agree that during the holidays, you want to enjoy great food and...

Mexican Rice

How to Make Mexican Rice

This easy Mexican Rice is flavored with fresh tomato, white onion, garlic, and jalapeno. It’s a perfect side dish for Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef, carnitas, or shredded chicken. In my last blog post I shared my Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Beef recipe and promised to share how I make my Mexican rice, so...

Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Beef

5 minutes of prep! Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Beef is great for dinner with a side of Mexican rice.

This Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Beef couldn’t be any easier. Throw a handful of ingredients into the crockpot, set for 4 hours, then shred it up! I feel a little silly saying this, especially as someone who’s willing to make tedious things like puff pastry from scratch, but I find it to be such a...

Homemade Ricotta

You know when you taste a homemade version of an ingredient you’ve always brought from the store, and you have a WHOA moment because it’s so much better? That’s how homemade ricotta is. The difference is astonishing! There are some cases where store-bought versions of things can be pretty on par with homemade, but...

Pumpkin Sage Drop Biscuits

Pumpkin Sage Drop Biscuits from The Gourmet Kitchen

These Pumpkin Sage Drop Biscuits are flavored with fresh pumpkin puree, nutmeg, cinnamon, fresh sage, and buttermilk. They’re fluffy and soft out of the oven, and also very easy to make. Scroll to the bottom of the post for a giveaway of the book this recipe is from, The Gourmet Kitchen. How is your Thanksgiving...

Caramelized White Chocolate

How to Caramelize White Chocolate

Once you’ve tasted the gloriousness of caramelized white chocolate, you will feel an obligation to tell your food-loving friends all about it. It’s crazy good! I’ve always loved white chocolate and, admittedly, take slight pity on it for being the chocolate that all the “serious” chocolate people picked on. But when you throw caramelized...

Pumpkin Cake Roll

Pumpkin Cake Roll with Cream Cheese Filling

This Pumpkin Roll Cake is an easy and beautiful dessert to make in the fall. It’s a pumpkin spice cake rolled with a cream cheese buttercream filling. My kitchen right now is a pumpkin and squash explosion, and I’M SO HAPPY. My husband tells me that no one in the world likes squash or...

Baked Apple Chips

Homemade Apple Chips

Until my freshman year of college in Upstate New York, I never knew the true greatness of apples. Those first fall months, I went apple picking for the very first time in my life and reveled at how insanely crisp and delicious the apples were fresh from the tree. I’d return to my dorm...

How to Make Pumpkin Puree

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

There’s an easy way to elevate your fall and holiday desserts, and it’s this: use fresh pumpkin puree. Several years ago, my husband and I did a blind taste test with two otherwise identical pumpkin pies—except I made one with canned pumpkin and one with fresh. Aside from the pumpkin, I used the exact...

Irish Cream Brownies with Caramelized White Chocolate Buttercream

Irish Cream Brownies with Caramelized White Chocolate Buttercream

These Irish Cream Brownies are dark, rich, and fudgy, with a butterscotch-like Caramelized White Chocolate Buttercream on top. Between the Irish Cream in the brownie batter and the caramelized buttercream, there are many complex flavors that merit this a recipe for a special occasion. I remember discovering the Irish Cream flavor via a pint of...