Crispy Braised Chicken Thighs

Crispy Chicken Thigh Skin on Braised Whole Thigh with Metal Spoon

These Crispy Braised Chicken Thighs make for a fantastic weeknight meal. They’re both crispy and juicy, and braised in a white wine fennel olive sauce.  I LOVE one-pan meals like this. You get your protein, veggies, sauce, and tons of flavor, all in one dish.    My family usually eats this meal as is,...

Rice Pilaf

A bowl of rice pilaf with spoon

This Rice Pilaf is a classic side dish that goes well with nearly any meal. It’s simple, fluffy, and flavorful. A lot of times people think of rice as a boring side dish, but you can create quite a different experience depending on how you cook it. This rice pilaf is about as minimal...

Rice Pudding

Easy Rice Pudding - In Small blue Bowl with Spoon on Side

This Rice Pudding is simple to make, uses only six ingredients, and is incredibly luscious and delicious! Rice Pudding is easily one of the best desserts ever, with all the flavors of a rich vanilla ice cream but with more texture. That’s my more PC way of saying what my husband says when he...

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...

Potato Hash with Bacon, Leek, and Mushroom

Potato Hash - Chunks of Russet Potatoes with Sliced Mushrooms, Leeks, and Bacon

This Potato Hash is a party of flavor, with caramelized leeks, crispy bacon, and sautéed baby bella mushrooms. It’s the perfect savory staple on any breakfast plate! These are truly some of the best and most compatible ingredients, all together in one skillet.   I’ve been making this recipe regularly since I first posted it...

Lemon Vinaigrette

This Lemon Vinaigrette is my favorite homemade salad dressing, and it’s incredibly simple to make. Store-bought dressing truly doesn’t compare! I went back and forth for years over whether homemade salad dressing is worth making, since you can buy it so easily at the store. But my answer has undoubtedly become YES! Even after trying...

BBQ Sauce

This homemade BBQ sauce has incredible flavor, with bold but balanced smoky, sweet, and spicy notes. It’s perfect with ribs, chicken, and other meats! Why make BBQ sauce yourself when you can buy it from the store? I have asked this question myself. Because given the choice, I will ALWAYS buy the pre-made thing from...

Oreo Truffles

Chocolate Covered Oreo Balls on Sheet Pan

If you’re looking for an easy dessert recipe, these Oreo Truffles (aka Oreo Balls) require no baking and are a great treat for family and friends. You can get creative with the chocolate dips and toppings, and kids have fun making these too. I almost always prefer to make freshly baked cookies from scratch...

Lemon Buttermilk Pie

Lemon Pie - Baked with Scratch Pie Crust and Cut into Slices

This Lemon Buttermilk Pie has the most silky, luscious texture, with a vibrant citrus flavor. It’s incredible easy to make, and is all whisked together in ONE BOWL! If you’ve never had buttermilk pie before, it’s both one of the easiest pies you can make AND one of the most delicious. And when I...

Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

Closeup of rows of deviled eggs with smoked salmon and chives sprinkled on top

These Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs always disappear in a flash when I bring them to parties. This classic appetizer has lots of fresh flavor, with smoked salmon, goat cheese, and chives.  If you’re looking for deviled eggs without mayo that still have great flavor, this is the recipe for you! People seem to either...

Cornbread Recipe

A square of cornbread on parchment paper with honeycomb in background

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

Rows of Cobb Salad Ingredients on a Plate with Dressing Ramekin

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

A small white bowl filled with cilantro lime rice with fresh lime rounds on the side

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

A close up of a blueberry muffin with crunchy golden topping and bowl of blueberries on side

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

A big white low bowl filled with shrimp salad studded with celery and dill

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

A strawberry tart inside of metal tart pan with fresh citrus surrounding

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

Tiramisu Recipe - Made with Fresh Mascarpone Cheese, Ladyfingers, Espresso, and Cocoa, and presented here in a square piece

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

A black nonstick pan filled with maple glazed carrots and sliced almonds

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

Healthy Overnight Oats - Pictured in Low Blue Bowl with Spoon as Dairy Free Option

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

Small ramekin with homemade aioli with bell pepper, carrots, and asparagus on side

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

Easy Lasagna - Shown in Square Cut Garnished with Basil and Made With Quick Meat Sauce and Ricotta Filling

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

White Dotted Bowl Filled with Kale Greens Dressed in Caesar Dressing and Croutons

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

Asiago Bread Recipe - Slices Cut from Full Loaf to Show Inside Textures and From Scratch Ingredients

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

Slice of Spanish Tortilla on White Plate with Fork

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

Roasted Beef Tenderloin Slices on Platter with Mushroom Pan Sauce Spooned Over

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

Close up of Sugar Cookies with Red and Green Sprinkles on Cooling Rack

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

White Oval Platter with Chicken Thighs and Rice and Spoon

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

Green Le Creuset Filled with Ratatouille Vegetables

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

Cinnamon Roll with Icing on Plate with Fork

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

Kale Salad in Mixing Bowl With Pecans, Cranberries, and Feta

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

Cajun Seasoning

Piles of Spices in White Bowl for 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

Orange Coffee Cake Square on White Plate

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

Caramel Macchiato in White Cup with Drizzle

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

French Onion Soup in Green Oval Dish

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...