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...

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...