Simple Sugar Cookie Recipe

This Simple Sugar Cookie Recipe is one we always include in our Christmas cookie line-up. It has a delicious but subtle flavor, and it’s easy to make and decorate. Sometimes I like cookies with all the bells and whistles (hello, Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies). And sometimes I like to keep things simple.  Today we’re...

Arroz Con Pollo

This Arroz Con Pollo Recipe from the 8×8 Cookbook is easy to make, and a great dish to serve for weeknight dinners. I love meals where you make the main protein and side, all in one dish. Not only does it make for easier preparation, but all the flavors give and take from each...

Shortcut Ratatouille

This Shortcut Ratatouille is a quicker and easier take on the classic French country vegetable stew.   Creative preparation beyond steamed green beans or roasted broccoli has been a simple way to increase the number of vegetables in my day-to-day meals.  Over the years I’ve built up a collection of vegetable side dish recipes...

Cinnamon Rolls

I have tried numerous Cinnamon Rolls recipes that all claim to be the best, but none have wooed me quite like this one. It’s adapted from a legendary Cinnamon Roll recipe by Zingerman’s Bakehouse. We don’t have a lot of traditions in my family, but Cinnamon Rolls on Christmas morning is one tradition that...

Kale Salad

Massaged kale is tossed with candied pecans, blue cheese, and cranberries, for this simple and delicious salad.

Cajun Seasoning

Of all the spice mixes in my pantry, this Cajun Seasoning is the one I use the most. It instantly adds bold flavor to salmon, chicken, pork and more! On my busiest nights, I grab this homemade spice mix from the pantry and rub it onto my Baked Salmon recipe. It’s SO good and...

Orange Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel Topping

Fresh orange juice replaces milk in this soft and moist Orange Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel Topping, giving it a bright and sunny flavor. This is a flavorful baked treat to break out of the winter woes.  I love coffee cakes of all kinds and always have, but I really love the unique flavor...

Caramel Macchiato

Skip the drive to Starbucks and make your own Caramel Macchiato at home for a fraction of the cost!  I like to splurge at Starbucks on occasion, but I must admit that I’m far too cheap to go there on a regular basis and shell out $5 each time for what’s little more than...

French Onion Soup

This French Onion Soup is made from scratch, cooked low and slow, giving the end result an incredible depth of flavor and aroma. There is something so nostalgic about this classic soup. Just thinking about that first bite with gooey cheese, crunchy baguette, and the rich beef onion broth…it makes me swoon. This combination...

Pumpkin Spice Donuts

These Pumpkin Spice Donuts are baked instead of fried, and have a heavenly aroma from adding brown butter. They have a nice cakey denseness and old-fashioned flavor. These doughnuts have all the character and deliciousness of a fried doughnut, with no frying required.   Don’t get me wrong, I like fried donuts too, but...

Brioche

This homemade Brioche is heaven when it comes out of the oven! It has a soft and fluffy texture, and a sweet buttery flavor.  Part bread and part pastry, there’s a fair amount of hype around Brioche, and for good reason. Enriched with butter, eggs, milk, and a touch of sugar, this bread has...

Roasted Carrots

Roasted Carrots are proof that you can take the most humble of vegetables, add a little high heat oven roasting and spices, and end up with something wildly delicious.  People are always shocked by how good these are.  We make these roasted carrots once a week for our family dinners, but I also serve...

Warm Brussel Sprout Salad with Crispy Goat Cheese

For this Brussel Sprout Salad, brussel sprouts are shredded and sauteed until warm, tossed with dried cranberries and almonds, and topped with crispy fried goat cheese! This salad has all the flavor and all the texture. Boring salad this is not. The pan-fried goat cheese is so good it nearly steals the show. It...

White Bean Salad

This healthy White Bean Salad recipe is as simple as mixing a handful of ingredients together, and letting the flavors meld. It’s a great recipe for meal prep! I can bring this dish together in 5 minutes, no joke. It’s easy, easy, easy. If you’re looking for some new additions for Sunday meal prep,...

Shrimp Linguine

This quick and easy Shrimp Linguine is flavored with white wine and tomatoes for a simple and delicious dinner! When it comes to quick homemade meals, this is one of the best. It’s one of those meals that you can truly make on a whim so long as you keep your kitchen stocked with...

Herb Mushroom Barley

This Herb Mushroom Barley is made with simple ingredients, yet full of flavor and texture. It’s easy to prepare and makes for a great side dish. If you’re looking for a little variety in the grains department, this barley side dish is a delicious choice. Barley has a pleasingly chewy texture and nutty flavor,...

Puff Pastry Cheese Straws

These Puff Pastry Cheese Straws are perfect for a crowd-pleasing party appetizer. Flavored with Gruyere and Parmesan, they’re really easy to make and disappear in a flash! This is pretty much the perfect party appetizer, combining two of the most glorious ingredients on earth into the ultimate finger food.  The puff pastry is flaky and buttery,...

Chicken Cordon Bleu

For this oven baked Chicken Cordon Bleu, chicken breast is stuffed with black forest ham and swiss cheese, then rolled in crunchy panko breadcrumbs. It’s a great easy dinner! I ate chicken cordon bleu all. the. time. when I was a kid. This chicken cordon bleu came in a box. Frozen. The quality was questionable....

Pecan Sticky Buns

These Pecan Sticky Buns are a treat to make for a special breakfast or brunch. Sweet dough is rolled with cinnamon and brown sugar, and topped with butterscotch glaze and toasted pecans. This is one of those recipes where once I saw the picture, I had to make it immediately. My husband’s credit card...

Spaghetti Carbonara

This creamy Spaghetti Carbonara has crispy pancetta, mushrooms, and Parmesan cheese for a delicious and easy meal! Say hello to yet another instance where the greatness of eggs shines through. In this case, egg yolks give us the most lusciously delicious pasta sauce.  I remember having frozen meal carbonara when I was a kid...

Lasagna Soup

Lasagna Soup is easy to make, and wonderful to eat on a chilly day. It’s filling, comforting, and cheesy! This is everything great about a classic Lasagna, but transformed into a cozy bowl of soup. In addition to being the brothy version of one of the most comforting dishes on earth, I love how fun...

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.

Oven BBQ Pork Spare Ribs

These BBQ Pork Spare Ribs are baked in the oven, until tender and falling off the bone. This is the easiest way to make ribs, and they’re so delicious! These oven ribs give grilled ribs and smoked ribs a serious run for their money.  And I say that as someone who LOVES grilling and...

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This Broccoli Cheddar Soup recipe uses simple ingredients but has so much flavor and creaminess. It only takes 20 minutes to make! Some soups require hours and hours of simmering time to develop depth of flavor, but this isn’t one of those soups.    You can get it done in 20-25 minutes and serve...

Zingerman’s Ginger Scones

Accurately described by Zingerman’s Bakehouse as “remarkably tender and delicate,” these Ginger Scones are a wonderful addition to any breakfast, brunch, or afternoon tea. I should’ve known that these scones would be so darn good. Truthfully the thought of ginger scones isn’t the kind of recipe that usually strikes my fancy, but my friend...

Chicken Cordon Bleu Panini

Everything wonderful about Chicken Cordon Bleu pressed into a crispy panini, this sandwich makes for a great lunch or dinner! Chicken Cordon Bleu has always been one of my favorite recipes ever, and it’s all my older brother’s fault. Andrew made Chicken Cordon Bleu all the time when we were growing up, and who...

Chicken Milanese

Chicken Milanese is one of my favorite quick-meal options, and it’s one of those recipes that kids enjoy just as much as adults. It only takes 15 minutes to make! Crispy chicken is one of those holy grail foods that never goes out of style.    I like a classic deep-fried Fried Chicken every now and...

Butternut Squash Crostini

Need an easy Thanksgiving or fall appetizer? This Butternut Squash Crostini has the spirit of the holidays in one bite, with pureed butternut squash, ricotta, balsamic glaze, and hazelnuts! If you’ve ever been the one to host Thanksgiving dinner, I’m sure you know all the stress that’s involved. It’s a ton of work, between...

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...