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...

Guacamole

This Guacamole has the perfect texture and combination of flavors, with chunky mashed avocados mixed with fresh lime juice, jalapeno, white onion, tomatoes, and cilantro.  Everyone seems to have their own way of making it, but the best guacamole is one that’s kept in the classic flavor profile, if you ask me. The richness...

Pavlova with Blackberry Compote

This Pavlova with Blackberry Compote is one of my favorite desserts to serve for company, because it’s really easy to make, and yet so impressive to guests!   Few desserts are as heavenly as pavlova, and it’s so fun to make it for people who’ve never had it before because they’re always blown away....

Peel and Eat Shrimp with Andouille Sausage

This quick and easy Peel and Eat Shrimp is a flavorful meal that can be served right in the skillet at the table. Smoky andouille sausage, spicy red pepper flakes, and Brandy make the shrimp extra delicious!    For the longest time I thought peel and eat shrimp was just a sneaky way to...

How to Make an Omelette

Learning How to Make an Omelette is a great basic cooking skill to master for preparing a healthy, filling breakfast in minutes. Omelettes are one of the regulars in my breakfast rotation, and I love how endlessly customizable and delicious they are. I think often times they are overshadowed by some of the “cool...

Thomas Keller’s Fried Chicken

This is the best Fried Chicken I’ve ever had. It’s also the best fried chicken that world-renowned chef Thomas Keller has ever had. If you love fried chicken, you must make it! “If there’s a better fried chicken out there, I haven’t tasted it.”  When you read a statement like that from one of...

Sweet Potato Hash

This Sweet Potato Hash is a delicious and healthy savory breakfast option, full of spice and flavor.  Over time I’ve really taken to savory breakfasts over sweet, and I love how filling and nutritious this recipe is. Since we often make roasted sweet potatoes for dinner, it’s easy to make a double batch and...

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

These easy Roasted Sweet Potatoes are delicious enough to be eaten as a side dish, but can also be used as a base for other recipes like Sweet Potato Hash and hearty salads.  We make these roasted sweet potatoes at least once a week in my house. They are such a great staple! My toddler...

Tomato Bisque

This easy Tomato Bisque has a silky smooth texture and rich tomato flavor. It’s my go-to soup for pairing with grilled cheese! I’d easily put this soup into my top 3 favorites ever. And what’s nice about this tomato soup is it’s not a complicated one. The ingredients are quite simple, it doesn’t take...

Tabbouleh

This fresh Tabbouleh recipe is easy to make, and is full of fresh cucumber, tomatoes, and lots of herbs. It’s great on its own, as a side, or in a pita with chicken! Anytime I overindulge after a vacation or holiday, I find myself craving lots of fresh salads and fruit to reset my...

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, with a combination of cornmeal, flour, and whole wheat flour. The blueberries get sweet and jammy, and add a nice pop of fresh flavor! While I always enjoy a batch of fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes, over the years I’ve loved playing around with all different kinds of...

Muffuletta Panini

This Muffuletta Panini has all the elements of the classic New Orleans sandwich, pressed into a cheesy panini and grilled until crisp.  If you’ve ever been to New Orleans, you probably have an idea of why a total cold-weather creature like me would consider braving the sweltering heat and living there for a year,...

Lemon Bars

These Lemon Bars have a bright and tangy lemon curd filling on top of a buttery shortbread crust, finished with a dusting of confectioner’s sugar. It’s a classic for a reason!   Bold, tart flavor. Silky, luscious texture. Soft, buttery shortbread. There are so many ways that lemon bars get it right as one of...

Baked Turkey Meatballs with Mushroom Sauce

Baked Turkey Meatballs with a Red Wine Mushroom Sauce

These Baked Turkey Meatballs are served in a red wine mushroom sauce for an easy, quick, and filling weeknight dinner. While there’s no childhood nostalgia in meatballs for me (can I please get a surrogate Italian nonna?!), as a cook I really appreciate how quick, easy, filling, and comforting they tend to be. I...

Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajitas are a crowd-pleasing dinner recipe that’s just as perfect for busy weeknights as larger parties and get-togethers. It’s such a flavorful meal! Besides the fact that Chicken Fajitas are wildly delicious, I love how they’re so customizable and friendly to all sorts of dietary preferences. The flavors and textures are fresh and...

Fajita Seasoning

This homemade Fajita Seasoning only takes a few minutes to mix together, and allows you to use quality spices free of MSG, anti-caking agents, and other additives. I love keeping it on hand for Chicken Fajitas! There are so many benefits to making your own spice mixes at home, and fortunately there’s little reason...

Brown Butter Blondies

Brown Butter Blondies On Cutting Board With Walnuts

These Brown Butter Blondies have incredible flavor and the perfect chewy texture, and they’re simple to make! They’re great for bake sales, potlucks, or anywhere you need a dessert that holds up well and still tastes delicious for several days after its made. Every time I make something with brown butter, I feel like...

Tapenade

Olive Tapenade is an easy accompaniment that works well as an appetizer or cheese board component, or as a side to main entree meats like roast chicken. Tapenade is so, so under appreciated, if you ask me. Not only is tapenade really flavorful and delicious, but it takes just 5-10 minutes to prepare, keeps...

Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Parmesan Crusted Chicken is a quick, easy, delicious dinner to make, perfect for weeknights!

Parmesan Crusted Chicken is a quick and easy recipe to make for dinner. Thin chicken cutlets are breaded in parmesan, egg, and panko bread crumbs, then pan fried until crispy! If you’re someone who’s often short on time but still wants something delicious and homemade for dinner, this is the perfect recipe for you....

Chipotle Shrimp

Grilled Chipotle Marinated Shrimp With White Rice and Cilantro On Plate With Fork

This Chipotle Shrimp has SO much flavor and cooks in a flash! Peeled shrimp are quickly marinated in a fresh cilantro chipotle mixture, then cooked on the grill for a charred flavor. You can also sear the shrimp in a hot skillet.   Among my many missions in life, I’m determined for people to...

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin is a simple main dish perfect for weeknight meals, and it pairs well with virtually any side dish. At first glance, it may not seem like this dish would be as good as it is, but here’s why wrapping pork tenderloin in bacon is so great. First, when you sear...

Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Overnight Steel Cut Oats are a delicious make-ahead breakfast for people who love oatmeal with hearty texture. This recipe is endlessly customizable and convenient for busy mornings!  I posted my go-to recipe for Overnight Oats a month ago and promised to do a version using steel cut oats, so here it is! If I had to...

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries are an easy, delicious treat to make as an edible gift or dressed up dessert at home. I share tips below that ensure smooth, beautiful chocolate that doesn’t clump or seize up.  Chocolate covered strawberries may be simple, but they are one of my absolute favorite desserts to enjoy. The juiciness...

Irish Cream Brownies with Caramelized White Chocolate Buttercream

Irish Cream Brownies with Caramelized White Chocolate Buttercream

These Irish Cream Brownies are dark, rich, and fudgy, with a butterscotch-like Caramelized White Chocolate Buttercream on top.  Between the Irish Cream in the brownie batter and the caramelized buttercream, there are so many amazing flavors here that make this my favorite brownie recipe. I remember discovering the Irish Cream flavor via a pint...

Panna Cotta with Raspberry Gelee

This creamy Panna Cotta is a great make-ahead dessert that’s simple to make, and pretty enough for a special occasion. Because Panna Cotta is so often served at restaurants, it’s easy to think of it as complicated or fancy. But it’s one of the easiest desserts you can make yourself. And because it has...

Crab Cakes

Crab Cakes are an easy treat to make at home, for much less money than what it costs at a restaurant. This recipe has plenty of lump crab meat and lots of flavor! I have never been able to resist crab cakes, to the point where whenever I went to a restaurant that had...

Tartar Sauce

Tartar Sauce is a simple condiment that pairs well with seafood, adding a creamy and briny contrast to Crab Cakes, Salmon Cakes, and more! It only takes a few minutes to mix together this homemade sauce, and you’ll be rewarded with something much better than anything you can buy at the store. Freshness makes all the...