Guacamole

 Everyone has their own way of making guacamole, and here is mine. Gently mashed avocados are flavored with lime juice, jalapeño, red onion, and tomatoes.

Chicken Noodle Soup

This quick Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is perfect when you want a hot bowl of comfort but don’t want to slave over the stove for hours. It has the simple, clean flavors you expect from this classic soup. There’s something to be said for the chicken noodle soup that takes 2 days to make,...

Maple Pecans

Made with only pure maple syrup, pecans, and salt, these Maple Pecans are a quick and easy ingredient to add to salads or cheese boards. This recipe is a sequel to my 5-minute stovetop Candied Pecans recipe, made with maple syrup as the sweetener instead of brown sugar. I grew up only knowing real...

Shortbread Cookies

These Shortbread Cookies are deliciously crisp and buttery in a classic way, and are especially wonderful for Christmas and holiday baking! The dough is easy to make using five simple ingredients.  Dare I say that these are my favorite cookies ever? There are all sorts of stunts out there with cookies, like stuffing dough with...

Caramel Apple Crisp

Odds are you’ve had apple crisp before, but you wouldn’t believe what a difference it makes when you add caramel to the mix, which has so much more complexity than granulated sugar. This Caramel Apple Crisp is one of my all-time favorite desserts and it’s very simple to make. Apple pie? Not my favorite....

Roasted Pork Tenderloin

This Roasted Pork Tenderloin is an easy way to prepare a lean protein for dinner that’s flavorful and pairs well with many different sides. It only takes 20 minutes to cook! Anytime I see pork tenderloin on sale at the store, I always snatch it up. It’s such an easy meat to cook as...

Pork Tenderloin Marinade

This Pork Tenderloin Marinade is made with fresh and bright flavors like lemon, garlic, and rosemary. It has a Mediterranean spirit, and only takes a few minutes to make! It’s amazing how much flavor 5 ingredients can bring to a dish. Everything in this marinade is completely accessible and easy to put together, but...

Dutch Baby Pancake

This Dutch Baby Pancake recipe is a great way to change up your weekend brunch menu. Just mix together the batter, pour it all into one pan, and bake. It’s so easy! When my husband and I got married, one of the most common pieces of advice we got was to make sure we...

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños

Jalapeños are stuffed with cheeses and wrapped in bacon for a simple but delicious 4-ingredient appetizer. It's great for football and sports gatherings!

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. It’s a rule for some people that you simply cannot have chicken wings without blue cheese dip. This I learned while living in upstate NY for four years. Buffalo chicken wing consumption in this...

Fathead Pizza

This Fathead Pizza is a low carb alternative for pizza cravings during keto, or great if you simply want to cut down on carbs. The dough is surprisingly easy to work with and really delicious! I’ve tried all the unconventional flour-free crusts out there, from cauliflower crust to chicken crust, and I think this...

Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Baby bella mushrooms are filled with a garlic herb cheese mixture for this Stuffed Mushroom Caps appetizer. They’re great for parties, and easy to make!  Stuffed mushrooms are kind of funny, because does anyone go wild over a baby bella mushroom alone? Usually not. But stuff it with cheese, bread crumbs, and herbs, and...

Curry Chicken Salad

This Curry Chicken Salad is perfect when you’re looking for new flavor variations from a classic chicken salad. It’s great for lunches, picnics, or for keeping on hand in the fridge! Chicken salad is so underrated, and I think it’s one of the best foods out there. Since James is starting school this week,...

40 Clove Garlic Chicken

This 40 Clove Garlic Chicken recipe is an easy and delicious meal for dinner. Chicken is braised in an aromatic sauce with garlic, brandy, and fresh thyme. Forty cloves of garlic might sound like a lot, but if you’ve never had mellow and sweet garlic cooked like this, you’re in for a treat! Garlic...

Candied Pecans

These 5-minute stovetop Candied Pecans are a quick and easy way to make sweet glazed pecans for salads, snacking, food gifts, and more! Whether you eat these pecans on their own or add them to a variety of dishes, they’re such an easy way to add flavor and texture to so many recipes. Most...

Peach Crostata

This Peach Crostata is an extra easy peach tart that can be made as big or as little as you want! Fresh peach slices are tossed in brown sugar, cinnamon, and rum, nestled into a free-form shaped tart crust, and baked into a rustic crostata. It’s a simple and delicious dessert! If you asked...

Granola Recipe

This homemade Granola Recipe tastes so much better than store-bought! Freshness makes all the difference, and you can mix and match with your favorite dried fruits and nuts. Granola is one of those recipes where once you make it yourself, it’s pretty hard to go back to buying it. It’s SO easy, tastes much better...

Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

These Honey Garlic Chicken Wings are a delicious alternative to the classic spicy hot wing, with a buttery and sweet flavor, and lots of fresh garlic. Definitely file these wings under the “finger licking good” category because you will want to lick this sauce off the wings and from your fingers. They’re so delicious!...

Caramel Sauce

Sure, you can buy it from the store, but Homemade Caramel Sauce tastes a thousand times better and is simple to make. It only takes 15 minutes!

Black Bean Burger

This Black Bean Burger recipe is equally delicious for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike! It’s hearty and simple to prepare, with bold flavor and a great texture. Even though a black bean burger is typically thought of as a vegetarian substitute for beef, I find them to be gloriously delicious in their own right, and...

Red Potato Salad

This Red Potato Salad recipe is the perfect potluck side, or lunch side for work or a picnic. It’s easy to make and has lots of fresh flavor and texture.  What makes or breaks a potato salad is whether there’s lots of flavor incorporated into the dish. Otherwise, potatoes can be quite bland and...

Orange Beef

This crispy Orange Beef tastes so much better than Chinese takeout. Since it’s made fresh in your kitchen, there’s no soggy beef, and it has tons of flavor. If you love Chinese food and value using quality ingredients and knowing what’s in your food, this recipe is for you. I love Chinese food, but...

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

This Sausage Stuffed Zucchini is great to serve as a vegetable side, or even as the main dish for a light summer lunch. Fresh zucchini is stuffed with Italian sausage, fresh tomatoes, Parmesan, garlic, and more! This is one of those recipes where you can get away with having it as a meal, because...

Fried Rice

This classic Fried Rice recipe is one of my favorite ways to use up leftover rice, and it’s ready in under 20 minutes. It’s great on its own or as a side! Even though fried rice is often made as a side dish to Chinese main entrees like Orange Beef or Kung Pao Chicken,...

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

These Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries are perfect for parties. They’re simple to make, and have the perfect balance of fresh strawberry and creamy cheesecake filling. If you get a cheesecake craving but don’t want to go through all the work of actually making a cheesecake, this is the recipe for you. You can think of...

Potato Croquettes

These Potato Croquettes are a great crispy appetizer for parties and game day. A crispy shell surrounds a mix of creamy mashed potatoes, queso fresco, and chorizo sausage. Croquettes are the kind of food that I always tend to order at restaurants, but they are actually very easy to make at home. You can...

Chickpea Fritters

These crispy Chickpea Fritters are quick and easy to make, and have a puffy, light texture. You can eat them as is with yogurt, or stuff them into a pita for a faux falafel sandwich! There’s no need to get out the fryer for this recipe, as these fritters are pan fried in a skillet...

Whole Wheat Pancakes

These Whole Wheat Pancakes are made with 100% whole wheat flour and taste absolutely delicious! They’re a healthier option to enjoy for breakfast or brunch. Most of the times that I’ve opted for whole wheat breads over white, I would do it for health reasons but secretly preferred the taste of white. But I...

Bruschetta Chicken

This Bruschetta Chicken recipe is perfect for a light dinner or lunch, especially in the summer when tomatoes are at their peak! While bruschetta is something typically known as tomatoes served on toast, I actually find myself eating it more often with chicken, like it’s some sort of Italian salsa. Up until a few...

Italian Club Sandwich

This Italian Club Sandwich is so much better than your average sandwich, with a delicious combination of Italian meats, pepperoncinis, and more. It’s great for lunch or a picnic! I was never one to get excited about sandwiches until I ate at Parm in NYC and tasted their Italian Club. I was used to...

Pan Seared Salmon

Crispy salmon skin is such a treat, and you can make it very easily at home, just like at the restaurant!

Breakfast Burrito

This Breakfast Burrito is my go-to for a filling, savory breakfast that’s easy to make. Warm tortillas are filled with scrambled eggs, cheese, avocado, bacon, and more. I didn’t understand all the hype around breakfast burritos until my friend made some for me. DANG it was good. It doesn’t seem like it could possibly...

Coconut Shortbread Cookies

Buttery shortbread is baked until crisp, then half-dipped in dark chocolate and toasted coconut for a delicious treat!

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

Lean boneless pork chops are breaded simply with parmesan and Italian bread crumbs, then quickly pan fried in olive oil until golden brown and juicy. These Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops are a great weeknight dinner! Pork chops are often written off as dry or tough unless they’re brined, but this recipe is proof that...

Quinoa Cakes

These Crispy 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. It’s a great side dish for dinner! If you’ve got leftover quinoa that you don’t know what to do with, this is a great way to use it...

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

These homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are a delicious lunchbox or afternoon treat, and are a cinch to make. They’re better than store-bought granola bars! Raise your hand if you ate granola bars as a kid. I probably ate hundreds of them in my grade school years. You know, the ones that were Cookies & Cream,...