My Morning Green Smoothie

A breakfast green smoothie that’s healthy but also tastes good. It has spinach, strawberries, and bananas as its key components, but you can also use other fruits, like mango or kiwi. I almost titled this “A Green Smoothie for People Who Don’t Like Green Smoothies” because in general, I’m one of those people. I’ve...

How to Nail Pasta Carbonara

Pasta carbonara is one of those dishes that seems to make everyone swoon. I remember dining out with friends at an Italian restaurant, and when the waiter mentioned a carbonara special, everybody ooohed and ahhhed—and half the table ended up ordering it. Totally justified, if you ask me. A good carbonara is creamy, saucy...

Clementine Blueberry Sauce

Blueberry Clementine Sauce for drizzling on ice cream, pancakes, yogurt, and more!

This Clementine Blueberry Sauce is great served over ice cream, stirred into yogurt, spooned over pancakes, and much more! It’s incredibly easy to make and has a lovely citrus berry flavor. I happen to love yogurt, especially the thick and tangy Greek kind, but I’m not a big fan of the pre-flavored fruity varieties....

Freezer Friendly Shepherd’s Pie

I’m somewhat of a newbie to the whole freezer food thing, but after I found out my first baby was coming into our lives, I started experimenting with it more and paid a lot more attention to planning out some frozen meals. In the past months I’ve been stocking a lot more frozen soups...

Slow Cooker Asian Pork Tacos

These Slow Cooker Asian Pork Tacos are fantastic for weeknight dinners. The pork only needs five minutes of prep before cooking low and slow in the crockpot, then the meat is shredded for taco time! I’m always looking for more slow cooker recipes because I love the simplicity they usually have, but I have to...

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes are a fun recipe to make for a special breakfast or brunch! Fluffy pancakes with a cinnamon bun filling swirl and drizzled with cream cheese frosting!

I’ll go right out and say that these Cinnamon Roll Pancakes are pretty much dessert for breakfast, but there are definitely weekends for that, if you ask me. And I mean, cinnamon rolls…and pancakes…combined?!?  Only good things can happen in that...

Orange Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel Topping

This Orange Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel Topping is a perfect breakfast to break out of the winter woes. Fresh orange juice replaces milk in this soft, moist coffee cake, giving it a bright and sunny flavor reminiscent of summertime. This post is sponsored by Simply Orange®. Having grown up in California, the New...

Quinoa Cakes with Parmesan

Easy Crispy Quinoa Cakes Recipe - Great side dish for lunch or dinner

These Quinoa Cakes are flavored with fresh herbs, garlic, and parmesan cheese, then pan-fried in olive oil until golden brown and crispy on each side. A great side dish for dinner! Quinoa has a reputation as one of those trendy healthy foods that can cost an arm and a leg (well, at least compared...

How to Make Drop Biscuits

How to Make Drop Biscuits - Easier to make then regular biscuits!

Drop biscuits are the biscuits for people who get a little nervous about tackling the regular roll-and-cut biscuits. And I totally understand being intimidated, by the way. I’ve made regular biscuits enough times that I have the hang of it now, but I can easily remember those first few times I made biscuits. In...

Quick Chicken Noodle Soup

Quick Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe - When you want a piping hot bowl of chicken soup but don't want to slave over the stove for hours

This Quick Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe  is perfect for when you want a piping hot bowl of comfort but don’t want to slave over the stove for hours. There’s something to be said for the Chicken Noodle Soup that takes 2 days to make, and starts from scratch with the whole bird, but when...

Orange Chicken

How to Make Orange Chicken from scratch in 15 minutes! It's a great weeknight dinner served along steamed white rice.

Dinner in 20 minutes! Orange Chicken is a classic Chinese Takeout at Home favorite. Battered bites of chicken are coated in a sweet orange sauce, and served alongside steamed white rice. It would be very hard to pick a favorite Chinese takeout dish since there are plenty of deserving contenders, but Orange Chicken would...

Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares

This Easy No-Bake Dessert has Classic Marshmallow Rice Krispies on the bottom, peanut butter milk chocolate in the middle, and bittersweet chocolate on top

A classic no-bake dessert taken to the next level, with marshmallow krispies on the bottom, milk chocolate peanut butter in the middle, and a bittersweet chocolate on top. What is it about marshmallow rice krispie squares? For as simple...

Crispy Fried Calamari

Crispy Fried Calamari is easy to make at home! This recipe gives the crispiest coating

Crispy Fried Calamari is a lot easier to make at home than you might think! This recipe has a super crispy batter, fried to a golden brown crunch. Are there any foods you can think of that you MUST get if you see it on a restaurant menu when you’re dining out? For me,...

How to Roast a Chicken

How to Roast a Chicken - The Best Method I've Found

Lots of people say that the first thing you should learn how to do when you’re a beginner cook is roast a chicken. One quick search on the internet and you’ll see there are about 1,000 different ways to make a roast chicken! How do you know which method to choose? I’m convinced that...

Breakfast Burrito

These Breakfast Burritos are perfect for a filling, savory breakfast. Warm tortillas are filled with scrambled eggs, cheese, avocado, bacon, tomatoes, spinach, and scallions. If you made me pick between sweet and savory breakfast, I’d pick savory most of the time. I’ve probably mentioned on this site before that sometimes I’ll even have leftover...

Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes

Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes Recipe - Perfect for a hearty breakfast or brunch with cornmeal and whole wheat flour

. These Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes have a hearty texture to them, with a combo of cornmeal, flour, and whole wheat flour. The blueberries get sweet and jammy, and add a nice pop of fruity flavor! Of all the different ingredients...

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches

These heavenly Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches are a great recipe for an easy and delicious hot lunch. Crispy fried eggplant is layered on a ciabatta roll with parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, marinara sauce, and fresh basil. Thanks to a local NYC restaurant called Parm, I recently fell into a TOTAL sandwich craze. Remember this Italian...

Penne with Mushrooms, Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Penne Pasta with Mushrooms, Chicken, and Sun-dried Tomatoes. A super quick recipe for dinner tonight!

The first time I ate mushrooms, chicken, and sun-dried tomatoes together in pasta, my first thought was, “I didn’t know you guys were best friends!!!” Really though, it’s amazing when you taste a combination of ingredients that’s so perfect together that you want to eat it again and again. In high school, I worked...

A Review of Food 52’s Genius Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe - A Review of Food 52's Genius Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Genius Chocolate Chip Cookies have the most amazing texture I’ve ever had in a chocolate chip cookie. The recipe is so easy to make too! Sometimes I come across something on the internet that is so eye-catching and intriguing that I MUST MAKE IT IMMEDIATELY. Yes, all-caps urgency. The life-changing tomato sauce recipe...

How to Make Magnificent Granola

How to Make Homemade Granola - It's so easy and you can use your favorite ingredients!

I’ve never been a cereal person, but granola, on the other hand, is something I could eat all day. And when it’s around, I do. Oops. There are three main reasons why granola is one of my absolute favorite things to make. First of all, there are endless combinations to try. I’ve decided this...

Potato Gratin

Easy and Delicious Potato Gratin Recipe - Side Dish with Gruyere, Parmesan, Garlic, and Thyme

This simple potato gratin recipe is the perfect side dish for weeknight dinners and holiday meals alike. Thin slices of Yukon gold potato are baked in cream, milk, two cheeses, garlic, and thyme. Do you remember after Thanksgiving, I shared this post with a rundown of my Thanksgiving menu and talked about what I...

Life-changing Tomato Sauce

I have called many recipes “the best ______” but that simply wouldn’t be the right title for this tomato sauce. This tomato sauce right here is life-changing. LIFE-CHANGING!!! I wish I knew about it earlier. And now I want as many people to know about it as possible, so they’re not like me, going...

Chocolate Swiss Roll Cake

Chocolate Swiss Roll Cake Recipe - So much easier than it looks, perfect dessert for entertaining!

This is the kind of cake you can’t help but eat for breakfast the next morning. It’s the kind of cake you will make for all your friends when they come over to your house. And it’s the kind of cake that makes you feel like a giddy little kid again. (You know, just...

Cheesy Lasagna Soup

During the wintertime there is always soup in my fridge. Seriously. As I type this post, there’s lasagna soup in the fridge, all the ingredients to make clam chowder in the fridge, french onion soup in the freezer, and butternut squash soup in the freezer. Did I ever tell you that I love soup???...

Skillet-Baked Pepperoni Garlic Knots

Skillet-Baked Pepperoni Garlic Knots are a great football food recipe - Pizza dough is tied and tossed with pepperoni, garlic, and cheese

Skillet-Baked Pepperoni Garlic Knots are a great football food recipe – Pizza dough is tied and tossed with pepperoni, garlic, herbs, and cheese. Garlic Knots are no stranger to this site, and these Parsley Butter Brushed Garlic Knots and Super Fluffy Jumbo Garlic Knots are some of the earlier recipes that I’ve ever posted...

My Favorite Snickerdoodles

These snickerdoodles are my favorite! Thin and chewy in the middle, with a slightly crisp and golden edge. No chilling or cream of tartar required. Merry Christmas Eve!!! I can’t believe Christmas is tomorrow. Mainly because I don’t even think it has hit below freezing yet this season and as I type this it...

Black and White Cookies

Black and White Cookies Recipe

Black & White Cookies: The cookie invented by indecisive people for other indecisive people. These cookies make me laugh because I can totally picture how they were created. Someone indecisive, a person I’m probably distantly related to, clearly couldn’t decide between chocolate and vanilla. “Chocolate … or vanilla … um … erm … well...

Butter Swirl Shortbread Cookies

These Butter Swirl Shortbread Cookies are a great Christmas Cookie for Holiday Baking! The dough is so easy to make and uses simple ingredients. These are a classic, crisp cookie. Swirly butter shortbread cookies! I’m sure there’s a more proper name for these, but I have no idea what it might be (if you...

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

A recipe for how to make homemade hot cocoa mix. Just add hot water or milk! Great as an edible food gift for friends and family. Oh boy do I love hot cocoa. And that’s never going to change. I’ve got WAY many childhood memories and nostalgia tied up into a piping hot cup...

No-bake Oreo Truffles

These easy no-bake oreo truffles are a great dessert to make as a gift to friends and family, or for yourself! You can get creative with the chocolate dips and toppings. Most of the time I’d rather make a fresh batch of my own cookies than buy something pre-packaged from the store, but oreos...

Italian Club Sandwich

This Italian Club Sandwich Recipe is so much better than your average sandwich, but it’s still super quick and easy to make for a great lunch. I like a sandwich every now and then, but generally they aren’t anything I get excited about. Normally they’re pretty simple concoctions, with minimal ingredients such as turkey,...

4 Ways to Make Whipped Cream

If you asked me what my favorite dessert is, I might just tell you that it’s a bowl of ripe berries or peaches with a HUGE dollop of whipped cream on top. So huge of a dollop that it might not even be called a dollop anymore. But the point is, the gloriousness of...

Crazy Good Celery Salad

This crisp celery salad has walnuts, parmesan cheese, and pomegranates. It’s refreshing, tangy, and delicious with a creamy vinaigrette. I’m one of those people who can’t stand to throw away wasted food. I try very hard to find ways to use up everything I buy because otherwise it feels like I’m throwing away dollar...

Maple Scones

These soft maple buttermilk scones are a perfect recipe for fall! Super quick and easy to make, they have a sweet maple glaze and chopped pecans on top. I’m pretty sure Maple is the best flavor of all for scones. There’s a possibility I’m biased by the time of year it is, being smack dab in...

Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce

I wasn’t sold on cranberry sauce until my friend Jess visited me for Thanksgiving many years ago and insisted we must have it on the table and must cook it homemade. Oh that girl, she changed my life. Now I always have to make extra because I find myself sneaking to the fridge to...

Butternut Squash Soup

This Butternut Squash Soup Recipe is thick and delicious, and it isn’t loaded up with heavy cream. It’s easy to prepare, and the sweet and savory qualities of the butternut squash shine. I have made this soup several times over the past month, and I just can’t get enough of it! Well, I just...