Cornbread Recipe

I’ve had a lot of cornbread in my life and this Cornbread Recipe is my absolute favorite. It has a tender crumb, delicious flavor, and a touch of sweetness. Cornbread is one of those foods that is very personal. For me, this is how to do it. If you’re not familiar with cornbread variations,...

California Cobb Salad

This California Cobb Salad is the perfect hearty and healthy lunch. It has crispy bacon, salty blue cheese crumbles, creamy avocado, and a simple dressing to tie it all together.  Salad combinations are endless, but Cobb Salad has got to be one of the greatest salads of all. While most salads only have enough...

Cilantro Lime Rice

This Cilantro Lime Rice is incredibly fragrant and flavorful, and very easy to make. It pairs well with most proteins, including beef, pork, chicken, and fish. “THIS TASTES INCREDIBLE” is what my cilantro-hating husband said about this rice the first time he tried it. Quite an endorsement from someone who usually avoids cilantro at...

Roasted Beets

Lemon Thyme Roasted Beets With Pistachios In A Grid Pattern White West Elm Bowl

Simple yet full of flavor, these Roasted Beets are a healthy side or snack to make and keep on hand in the fridge. I always feel like I’m getting away with something when I eat beets, because they’re so sweet and flavorful, and yet they’re technically a vegetable. That’s winning right there. They’re nutritious...

Blueberry Muffins

These Blueberry Muffins are my absolute favorite. They have a soft, tender bite, with a crunchy streusel crumb topping and tons of blueberries inside. They taste AND smell incredible! To me, these are the best of the best. The inside is properly loaded with lots of blueberries, held together with a muffin batter that...

Shrimp Salad

This easy Shrimp Salad is a light, protein-packed dish that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. You can stuff it into wraps for lunch, serve it in endive cups as an appetizer, add it to salads as the main protein, and more! If you’re looking for a refreshing, cold seafood salad, shrimp...

Strawberry Tart

This fresh Strawberry Tart is simple to make, completely no-bake, and has the most heavenly, rich flavor. Here is another example of mascarpone being one of the best ingredients on earth. The flavor is unlike anything else, and when you add a touch of orange zest, lemon zest, and vanilla, it has the most...

Tiramisu

This classic Tiramisu is made authentically in the Italian way, with espresso soaked ladyfingers layered with a light and airy mascarpone cream, and dusted with cocoa powder to finish.  Most of us have had Tiramisu plenty of times in our lives, but probably not like this. It wasn’t until a trip to Italy years...

Maple Glazed Carrots

Maple Glazed Carrots are a simple and delicious vegetable side, equally worthy of a weeknight dinner or holiday meal! These carrots are an Easter tradition. Usually I try to reserve certain recipes solely for the holidays so that they feel special. For example, I only make Beef Wellington for Christmas dinner. And I only...

Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats are a simple and healthy breakfast that’s conveniently made ahead of time, and the flavor combinations are endless!  It’s always a good sign when something that was once trendy is still in your life several years after it first became popular. Yes, I’m talking about overnight oats. And there are many reasons...

Aioli

Aioli is mayonnaise’s garlic-flavored cousin, and it can be spread on sandwiches, used as a dip for veggies, and more! For a long time I thought of Aioli as restaurant food, meaning fancy-sounding and complicated. But it can be made at home with a bowl and whisk in less than 10 minutes, with only...

Lasagna

Classic Lasagna is great for feeding a crowd, and also freezes well for new mom meals and quick thaw dinners. It’s comforting and delicious! This lasagna is optimized for two things: being both delicious and easy. I’ve been making lasagna for a long time, and there are quite a few variables to play with....

Kale Caesar Salad

This Kale Caesar Salad is a more robust and nutrition packed rendition of a Caesar Salad. Two types of kale serve as the base, which gets all the classic Caesar flavor treatments! If you’re looking for some lighter and healthier meals that are still a joy to eat, it’s time to try the kale caesar. A...

Asiago Black Pepper Bread

No kneading is required for this easy, artisanal-quality Asiago Black Pepper Bread. Simply mix together six ingredients before bed, shape the dough into a boule in the morning, then bake it after a brief rest. This post is sponsored by Samsung. Sometimes when I dine out at a restaurant, I can hear my mother’s voice...

Spanish Tortilla

Spanish Tortilla is a big potato and egg omelette that’s served in slices. It’s traditionally served as bar food in Spain, but I love making it for a simple and delicious brunch! If you need to switch things up a little bit from your usual Omelette, give this Spanish version a try. I ate Spanish...

Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Pan Sauce

This Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Pan Sauce is perfect for a special occasion homemade meal without much hassle. It’s simple to make, and start to finish, takes under an hour to cook!  Even though I love to cook, I’m one of those people who’s always nervous when cooking for company. I want to serve...

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...