Crab Stuffed Avocado

Crab Stuffed Avocado is a favorite of mine for a light lunch that’s healthy, filling, and delicious. It’s really easy to prepare too! Once you discover how gloriously delicious this recipe is, you may find yourself keeping containers of crab on hand in the fridge.     Or at least, that’s what’s happened to me....

Toasted Marshmallow & Malt Milkshake

This Malt Milkshake is flavored with toasted marshmallow and malt for a nostalgic dessert! This is the most epic set of flavors for a milkshake when it comes to making my tastebuds happy. There’s so much caramelization and toasty cozy flavor. I originally fell in love with the marshmallow + malt combination at Shake Shack,...

Tomato Burrata Salad

This Tomato Burrata Salad is outrageously delicious, and so easy to put together that it’s a stretch to even call it a recipe. I LOVE serving this for company! Peak perfect heirloom tomatoes with creamy burrata cheese is one of the best food combinations in existence. I know that sounds corny but every time...

Watermelon Slushie

This easy Watermelon Slushie is a natural alternative to the slushies bought at gas stations and convenience stores. It’s wonderfully refreshing on a hot summer day. Ice cold, refreshing, and bursting with watermelon flavor. That’s this drink in a nutshell. To be honest, I rarely drink anything other than water and milk. I know...

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush is a creamy eggplant dip that’s perfect for healthy snacking or for rounding out a big Mediterranean appetizer platter. Hummus gets all the popularity when it comes to Mediterranean dips, but I think Baba Ganoush is even better. It’s creamy and rich, smoky, and fresh, all while being compatible to pretty much...

Quick Ground Pork Stir Fry with Tofu

This Ground Pork Stir Fry with Tofu is an easy and flavorful recipe that comes together in a flash. I love it on weeknights, served with steamed white rice. This is one of those recipes that I make again and again and again. Generally I don’t cook a ton of repeat dishes, just because...

Waldorf Chicken Salad

This Waldorf Chicken Salad is packed with grapes, apples, toasted pecans, and celery for a delicious healthy lunch recipe! Of all the variations of chicken salad out there, the ingredients in the Waldorf version might be the best. I do get hankerings for Curry Chicken Salad or this classic Cranberry Chicken Salad, but there’s something about...

Sesame Soba Noodles

Soba noodles are tossed in a sesame dressing and served with julienned cucumber for a refreshing dinner recipe that can be made in 15 minutes! When I think of summer, I always look forward to a bowl of cold Asian noodles. It’s always so refreshing on a hot night, and I have to admit that...

Hash Browns

I’ve tested many different methods for making Hash Browns, and this is how to make wonderfully crispy shredded potatoes from scratch, that aren’t gummy or mushy. There is no better breakfast side for pairing with eggs and bacon than hash browns, if you ask me. Whether it’s on the side of a classic Omelette or...

Rosemary Olive Oil Marcona Almonds

Marcona almonds are to Spain what San Marzano tomatoes are to Italy, and what Turkish apricots are to Turkey. They’re one of Spain’s best food products and I have seen them explode across the US in the past few years. When I first arrived in Spain four years ago to study abroad for 4 months,...

Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee is often thought of as restaurant food, but it’s actually one of the easiest desserts you can make at home. This classic creamy custard can also be customized in many different flavors!  Few desserts can beat out the luscious creaminess that is creme brulee.   Only Peanut Butter Pie, Panna Cotta, and Baklava can compete as...

Peanut Butter Pie

This Peanut Butter Pie is one of the most incredible desserts I’ve ever eaten. It has a creamy, luscious texture and a rich peanut butter flavor. This recipe is so good that it’s almost mean for me to post it. Or at least, my husband told me that I shouldn’t post this recipe for the...

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is healthy and delicious, made with ingredients like feta, tomatoes, kalamata olives, and mint. There is so much fresh flavor in this easy side dish! This is one of those recipes that I come back to again and again for stocking my fridge. I always need something healthy on hand...

Ground Beef Tacos

Ground beef is spiced with homemade taco seasoning and stuffed into crunchy taco shells with all the fixings. These Ground Beef Tacos are one of my favorite weeknight meals! This is one of those fallback recipes where no matter how tired you are, it’s pretty easy to pull this together for dinner. It only...

Taco Seasoning

This is the Homemade Taco Seasoning I keep on hand for whenever I make Ground Beef Tacos. It has tons of flavor, and there are no additives or anti-caking agents in it. I get the appeal of pre-made seasoning mixes, but I really prefer to make my own. Let us count the reasons! The...

Corn and Avocado Bean Salad

This Corn and Avocado Bean Salad comes together in 10 minutes, and is great to keep on hand in the fridge. It’s filling, healthy, and delicious! This is one of those recipes that I truly eat all the time. As much as I love to eat elaborate and complicated things sometimes, I also need...

Two-bite Mac and Cheese Cups

These mini Mac and Cheese Cups are a fun hors d’ouerve for parties, and they’re easy to make using a mini muffin pan. This is mac and cheese turned into fun finger food!    Seriously though, as a dish that you normally have to eat with a bowl and spoon, there is something really...

Baked Garlic Fries

These Baked Garlic Fries are simple to make and cooked in the oven instead of the fryer. They are a tasty side dish that pairs well with so many recipes! Of all the things you can do with a potato, french fries are my favorite. I admit to preferring the mega crunchy classic deep-fried...

Corn Dip

This creamy Corn Dip gets great flavor and heat from roasted poblano chiles. It’s a delicious appetizer and perfect for game day! I can say from experience that if you show up to a party with a dish of this corn dip, you will make new friends 🤣   Next to Buffalo Chicken Dip...

Turkey Burgers with Feta and Basil

These Turkey Burgers are full of flavor and quick to make. You can make them on the stove or on the grill! If you think turkey burgers are bland and boring, I urge you to try this recipe. Do you know what a turkey burger has that a beef burger doesn’t?  A special friendliness...

4 Refreshing Summer Drinks

Refreshing Summer Drinks Made with Fresh Fruits

If you’re looking for colorful, fresh, fruity drinks that are refreshing and perfect for summer, here are four homemade drink ideas.  There is an abundance of recipes for alcoholic drinks of all kinds, but I wanted to create a series of non-alcoholic drinks that were impressively beautiful, fresh, and delicious. Drinks that could be...

Cheesesteak Sandwich

For this homemade Cheesesteak Sandwich, thinly sliced ribeye is paired with peppers, onions, and mushrooms, then topped with provolone and stuffed into a hoagie roll. It’s a delicious hot treat for lunch!    Even though I now live in Philly where the cheesesteak was born, I’ve been eating cheesesteak sandwiches ever since I was...

Oven “Fried” Chicken

This Oven Fried Chicken is baked in the oven, yet still has so much flavor and a satisfying crunch!  I’ve tried a lot of oven fried chicken recipes using a variety of crunchy coatings, and this is the only one I’ve made again and again. The recipe comes from my friend Gina Homolka, in...

Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Grits is a classic Southern dish that’s quick enough for a simple weeknight meal. You can even cook the grits hands-off while you prepare the shrimp. Shrimp and grits. Fried green tomatoes. Biscuits. Fried chicken. Pralines. These are a few of my favorite quintessential Southern dishes that I came to love during...

Grilled Peaches with Bourbon Brown Butter Sauce

These simple Grilled Peaches are served with a quick and easy Bourbon Brown Butter Sauce for the perfect summer dessert!   If I could have any fruit tree I wanted in my backyard, it would definitely be a peach tree. Fresh, ripe peaches are one of the loveliest of fruits, and if you get...

Million Dollar Chicken

For this Million Dollar Chicken recipe, a whole chicken is stuffed with garlic, lemon, and rosemary, and brushed with a luxurious creme fraiche while it’s roasted. A slice of sourdough underneath the chicken collects all the delicious juices and flavors too! I’m always eager to try new ways of making chicken, and this was a...

Cheddar Scallion Biscuits

Cheesy Cheddar Scallion Biscuits! An all-butter biscuit (no shortening) that's tender, soft, and flaky.

These all butter (no shortening) Cheddar Biscuits are soft, flaky, and tender. The flavor is rich with tangy buttermilk, sharp cheddar, and green onion. Crisp on the edges and fluffy in the middle. That’s my ideal biscuit. These are exactly that, but then you add gooey, sharp cheddar cheese and a little bit of...

Tex Mex Chicken Casserole

This Tex Mex Chicken Casserole takes less than 10 minutes to put together, and is perfect for an easy weeknight meal that feeds a crowd! You know those times when you feel too tired to cook? This is one of those recipes where I can always muster the energy to whip it together, even...

Pie Crust

This all Butter Pie Crust is simple to make, with a delicious flavor and an extra flaky texture.  I know homemade pie crust has a scary reputation, but it tastes SO much better than any storebought pie crust I’ve ever encountered, and it’s really not so bad to make yourself. I actually think half...

Jambalaya

This Jambalaya is flavor city, with smoked andouille sausage and shrimp, the Cajun holy trinity of onions, peppers, and celery, fire roasted tomatoes, and more. It’s a hearty meal that makes for great leftovers! I think it’s impossible to go to New Orleans and not fall in love with the food, and Jambalaya is...

Warm Potato Salad with Kale Pesto & Bacon

This mayo-free Warm Potato Salad is tossed with a flavorful kale pesto and bacon for a unique side dish! Though I have a place in my heart for a classic cold Potato Salad, potatoes have a much better texture when they’re served warm.   They retain their fluffy, soft texture and don’t get the...

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

This is my go-to Chocolate Chip Cookie, with a soft and gooey middle, crisp edges, and a generous helping of chocolate chips. No chilling or wait time required. Having tried a zillion chocolate chip cookie recipes over the past 10 years, this one has solidified its place as the most satisfying for what I...

Garlic Knots

These are the fluffiest Garlic Knots! Cooks of any level can make these garlic butter-brushed knots of carbalicious heaven. The first time I ever tried a garlic knot was at a pizzeria in NYC’s Upper West Side, and I instantly fell in love. It all started as a way to use up leftover scraps...

Santa Maria Style Tri Tip

Tri Tip Roast is rubbed with a smoky spice mix, briefly pan seared to caramelize the exterior, then roasted in the oven until rare and tender. It’s a delicious way to prepare beef for dinner. Though it’s not known as one of the popular cuts of beef, it’s this recipe that has made Tri...

Chimichurri

Chimichurri is a simple Argentinian sauce with fresh, bold flavor, that pairs particularly well with meats like beef and chicken. It takes less than 10 minutes to make! If you’re a fan of bold flavors, Chimichurri sauce is one of the best foods out there. I fell in love with it in my early...

Croque Madame

Think of Croque Madame as the French equivalent to the American grilled cheese, but even more delicious! Crusty bread is spread with a Mornay sauce and Dijon mustard, stuffed with ham and gruyere, and topped with a fried egg. I’m pretty sure this is my favorite sandwich ever. I had an absurd number of croque...