Rice Pilaf

This Rice Pilaf is a classic side dish that goes well with nearly any meal. It’s simple, fluffy, and flavorful. A lot of times people think of rice as a boring side dish, but you can create quite a different experience depending on how you cook it. This rice pilaf is about as minimal...

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 Slow Cooker Beef Ragu. This is the perfect weeknight meal, cooked low and slow for 8 hours and ready to toss with your favorite pasta. Shredded beef has always been one of...

Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle is one of the best holiday treats and is so easy to make yourself! It tastes wonderful made fresh and is a great gift for family and friends. If you’re looking for an easy holiday gift that you can make on the cheap, peanut brittle is it. I know a lot of...

Best Hot Chocolate from Scratch

This rich and creamy Hot Chocolate is easy to make, and has intense chocolate flavor. Garnish with whipped cream or marshmallows for a cold weather treat! I’ve tested all the different ways to make hot chocolate and settled on this method as the best. Since I’m not much of a coffee drinker, when I...

English Style Scones

These English Style Scones bake up light, tall and fluffy, and are a wonderful treat for breakfast or afternoon tea. Spread them with jam, clotted cream, butter, or simply eat them plain. They’re so delicious! To this day, if you go to my childhood home and open up the refrigerator, you will find bags...

Roasted Fennel

Roasted Fennel is an easy and delicious staple for healthy eating, and can be added to a variety of salads and meals, or simply enjoyed as a side dish! If you need a little convincing when it comes to getting onboard with fennel, roasting is a fantastic way to cook it. If you’ve ever...

Bread Pudding

Sweet cinnamon bread is cubed and soaked in a rich custard spiked with rum and vanilla, and baked until golden. It's a great make-ahead dessert, and wonderful with ice cream!

Wild Rice Salad

This Wild Rice Salad is on my list of Top 5 Favorite Salads of all time. It has incredible flavors and textures, and also keeps really well in the fridge for healthy eating at a moment’s notice. If you’re striving to eat healthier but still want to eat wildly delicious food, try this salad....

Pumpkin Butter

Learn How to Make Pumpkin Butter using fresh or canned pumpkin. It’s such an easy fall recipe, and only takes 20 minutes to make.  Even though you can buy pumpkin butter at the store, you pay quite the premium for it, when it’s really easy and delightful to make at home. I say delightful...

Baklava

This heavenly Baklava combines honey-soaked layers of flaky phyllo pastry with spiced walnuts. It’s a great make-ahead dessert perfect for the holidays or special occasions. If I had to name some of the best desserts of all time, Baklava would be on the list for sure. Anyone who’s tasted it knows why. The flavors...

The Best Baked Chicken Wings

Holding a crispy baked chicken wing with hand

I have tried all the different methods for Baked Chicken Wings against mine, and I still think these are the best! There are hundreds of rave reviews in the comments too. These Baked Chicken Wings are extra crispy thanks to a special cooking method of parboiling to get rid of excess fat, then cooking in...

Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted Butternut Squash is delicious enough to eat on its own as a side, or can be used as a starting point for recipes like Butternut Squash Soup or salads. It’s so easy! If you’ve never had simply roasted butternut squash cubes before, prepare to be amazed by how delicious it can be. With...

Butternut Squash Soup

This Butternut Squash Soup Recipe is creamy and delicious, without being loaded up with heavy cream. It’s easy to prepare, and the incredible flavor of the butternut squash really shines.  I’d like to think this is the most elegant version of butternut squash soup out there. It’s easy to make soups taste good by...

Crepes

These homemade Crepes are made with only 6 ingredients, and have the classic eggy flavor you’d expect from these thin and delicious pancakes. They can be served many different ways! I love a good batch of Buttermilk Pancakes for its fluffy texture, but there’s something about the flavor and eggy texture of crepes that’s...

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 Carnitas, Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef, or shredded chicken. Rice as a side dish is pretty underrated. There’s SO much flavor in this rice, and the texture is amazing! What I love about going the...

Peanut Butter Cookies

These Peanut Butter Cookies have a wonderful texture, with a nice chewiness and crumb, and lots of peanut butter flavor! Pair with a glass of milk for a nostalgic dessert.

Turkey Chili

This Turkey Chili recipe is one of the quicker chilis you can make, and still manages to be delicious, well-spiced and full of flavor!

Lettuce Wraps

Classic Asian lettuce wraps get a healthier makeover with ground turkey swapped in for ground pork, and finely chopped mushrooms added to the mix!

Seared Ahi Tuna

This Seared Ahi Tuna has tons of flavor, with a sweet citrus marinade for the tuna, and an Orange Avocado Salsa on the side. It's a delicious dinner fit for company or a special occasion!

How to Segment an Orange

In this quick visual guide, you’ll learn How to Segment an Orange. It’s great for any dish where you only want the juicy orange flesh, without the membranes. Whenever I make salads with oranges, whether sweet or savory, I always use segmented orange pieces. It takes a couple minutes, but it makes for a...

Beef and Broccoli

Chinese Beef and Broccoli is an easy, flavorful stir-fry, great for a weeknight meal!

Beef and broccoli is one of the easiest Chinese takeout recipes that you can make at home, and it’s quick enough for a weeknight meal. Chinese food is a cuisine I love SO much but am rarely satisfied to eat out. Chinese takeout would be a dream if I could find a place using...

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies - One of my Christmas Favorites!

These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are fudgy and soft in the middle, like a brownie in texture, with a crackled exterior. They’re one of my favorite Christmas cookies! Calling any Christmas cookie your “favorite” is always kind of silly, because clearly there is no one favorite. But this is one of the cookies I make every...

Carrot Ginger Dressing

This Carrot Ginger Dressing is simple to make, yet hits many flavor notes. It has a fantastic creamy, pourable texture as well! If you’ve ever made salad dressing at home before, you know how much better it tastes compared to what you can buy at the store. While Lemon Vinaigrette is my ultimate go-to...

Banana Bread

This delicious Banana Bread is a cinch to make using fresh OR frozen bananas. It has an incredibly moist texture and the perfect amount of sweetness to it.   It takes a lot for me to settle on my favorite version of a recipe, as I must try ALL the combinations first before deciding what’s...

Crispy Fried Calamari

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

Roasted Acorn Squash

 This Maple Acorn Squash is one of my favorite side dishes to make in the fall, and is incredibly easy to make!

Snickerdoodles

These Snickerdoodles have tons of cinnamon flavor, with a thin and chewy center, and slightly crisp golden edges. Also, there’s no chilling or cream of tartar required! The best snickerdoodle cookie is all about sweet cinnamon flavor delivered via the perfect cookie texture, if you ask me. You can have 10 different cookie recipes...

Lasagna

Lasagna noodles are layered with a mixture of Italian sausage and ground beef, ricotta and parmesan cheeses, marinara sauce, and sliced zucchini for a little bit of vegetable action. It's a comforting and filling dinner recipe!

Roasted Cauliflower

This is the perfect Roasted Cauliflower, with wonderfully caramelized golden edges, and a tender but not mushy texture.  One of the secrets to loving vegetables is to find the best ways to cook them, and roasting is arguably the best way to make cauliflower. Sure, I also love Cauliflower Rice, Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, and...

Buttermilk Pancakes

These buttermilk pancakes are made with simple ingredients balanced to perfection, for a sweet flavor and fluffy texture. Serve with butter and maple syrup for the perfect breakfast!

Chicken Tortilla Soup

This Chicken Tortilla Soup has tons of flavor, with corn, black beans, green chiles, and plenty of spicy smoky chile flavor. Finish with melted cheese and crunchy tortilla chips for a delicious meal!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cakey Chocolate Chip Cookies are flavored with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, and studded with chocolate chips!

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

This Cinnamon Raisin Bread is one of the simplest breads you can make at home, and and it's loaded with wonderful cinnamon flavor!

Lemon Vinaigrette

This Lemon Vinaigrette is my favorite homemade salad dressing, and it’s incredibly simple to make. Store-bought dressing truly doesn’t compare! I went back and forth for years over whether homemade salad dressing is worth making, since you can buy it so easily at the store. But my answer has undoubtedly become YES! Even after trying...

Blueberry Sauce

This Blueberry Sauce is wonderful served over ice cream, stirred into yogurt, spooned over pancakes, crepes, or waffles, and so much more! It’s incredibly easy to make and has a lovely citrus berry flavor. I happen to love yogurt, but I’m not a big fan of the pre-flavored fruity varieties. I’d rather make my...

Pumpkin 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. Roll cakes were often in the fridge during my childhood, so they have a special nostalgia for me. My mom would buy them from the store, and...