Caramelized White Chocolate

How to Caramelize White Chocolate

Once you’ve tasted the gloriousness of caramelized white chocolate, you will feel an obligation to tell your food-loving friends all about it. It’s crazy good! I’ve always loved white chocolate and, admittedly, take slight pity on it for being the chocolate that all the “serious” chocolate people picked on. But when you throw caramelized...

Pumpkin Cake Roll

Pumpkin Cake Roll with Cream Cheese Filling

This Pumpkin Roll Cake is an easy and beautiful dessert to make in the fall. It’s a pumpkin spice cake rolled with a cream cheese buttercream filling. My kitchen right now is a pumpkin and squash explosion, and I’M SO HAPPY. My husband tells me that no one in the world likes squash or...

Baked Apple Chips

Homemade Apple Chips

Until my freshman year of college in Upstate New York, I never knew the true greatness of apples. Those first fall months, I went apple picking for the very first time in my life and reveled at how insanely crisp and delicious the apples were fresh from the tree. I’d return to my dorm...

How to Make Pumpkin Puree

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

There’s an easy way to elevate your fall and holiday desserts, and it’s this: use fresh pumpkin puree. Several years ago, my husband and I did a blind taste test with two otherwise identical pumpkin pies—except I made one with canned pumpkin and one with fresh. Aside from the pumpkin, I used the exact...

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 many complex flavors that merit this a recipe for a special occasion. I remember discovering the Irish Cream flavor via a pint of...

Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad

This fresh and light Shrimp and Avocado salad takes 10 minutes to put together and is reminiscent of a citrusy ceviche. A perfect appetizer from the Skinnytaste Fast and Slow Cookbook! Whenever I open up a friend’s cookbook I can’t help but get giddy. Which is funny because I’m sure the feeling is tenfold...

Beef and Broccoli: Chinese Takeout at Home

Chinese Beef and Broccoli is an easy, flavorful stir-fry, great for a weeknight meal!

A beef and broccoli stir fry with a salty garlic ginger sauce! It’s one of the easiest Chinese takeout recipes that you can make at home, and it’s quick enough for a weeknight meal.  The subject of Chinese food sometimes pains me because it’s a cuisine I love SO much but am rarely satisfied...

How to Make Granola Bars

Granola Bars Recipe

A while back I wrote this post on how to make your own granola. Today I’m going to show you how to make granola bars. Loose granola is great for cereal, stirring into yogurt, or munching by the handful, but sometimes you want it all held together in a bar. With a few binding...

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...

How to Freeze Biscuits

Homemade Frozen Biscuits

This past Thanksgiving, I tried a new biscuit recipe. The instructions specifically said to freeze the biscuits for at least a few hours before baking them, and that if you wanted to, you could even make the biscuits several days in advance. With all the madness of the Thanksgiving meal, I was pretty excited...

Shortcut Ratatouille

This Shortcut Ratatouille, created in partnership with Prego Farmers’ Market, is a quicker and easier take on the classic French country vegetable stew. I have found that creative preparation is a simple way to increase the number of vegetables in my day-to-day meals. To give them a little extra love, beyond just steamed green...

Chicken Roulade with Sundried Tomato Pesto

Chicken Roulade with Sundried Tomato Pesto

Chicken breast is pounded out and rolled up with a sundried tomato pesto for an easy and flavorful dinner. Updated the recipe, photos, and writing. Originally published August 2011. I’ve always loved chicken roulade, because in every bite you get a little bit of chicken and a little bit of the stuffing. And in...

No-Churn Ice Cream

No Churn Ice Cream

Despite the fact that I have an ice cream maker, I often opt to make the no-churn variety. No ice cream is truly instant (well, unless you have your own liquid nitrogen), but no-churn ice cream is about as fast as it gets. And you don’t have to freeze your ice cream canister 1...

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

This cheesy hot Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip is a classic football party recipe, and it’s crazy easy to make. Plus, making it in the slow cooker frees up your stove for other recipes! If I didn’t have this blog sharing recipes for every day meals, I might’ve made a blog all about football food....

Homemade Honeycomb Candy

Though you wouldn’t necessarily know it from my blog, I have a thing for homemade candy. It’s true I spend most of my time in the kitchen making salads, chicken, soups … you know, the “real food,” but in my free time I really love to play around with more whimsical things, and homemade...

Zucchini Chickpea Fritters with Red Onion Marmalade

Zucchini Chickpea Fritters with Red Onion Marmalade from Pure Delicious

These Zucchini Chickpea Fritters are made with shredded zucchini and chickpeas for a filling and nutritious side or snack. They’re also allergen-free! Despite an allergy to raw pineapple that I developed a couple years ago, I’ve never had any allergy restrictions when it comes to food. When I’d go out to eat and servers...

How to Make and Freeze Pizza Dough

There’s something wonderfully easy about making pizza at home, especially when all you have to do is roll out some pizza dough, throw some toppings on, and bake it in the oven for 10 minutes. And I find that making big batches of pizza dough ahead of time and keeping it in the freezer...

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

Easy Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

These Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings are a great alternative to the classic buffalo hot wing, especially for people who don’t like spicy food. The sauce is really easy to make! With football underway in the pre-season, I thought it would be a good time to share these chicken wings with you, well in advance...

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits

This No-Bake Summer Dessert has layers of buttery graham cracker crumbs, fresh macerated strawberries, and a creamy cheesecake filling. It’s a great travel-friendly, make-ahead dessert for sharing with friends! This post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes, Inc. For my circle of friends, this year seemed to be the year of babies. I had my...

Korean Kalbi Beef

Kalbi is a classic Korean Barbeque Short Ribs dish, perfect for summer grilling, but perfectly suitable to make any time of year. This recipe has my Korean mama’s secret ingredient for extra tender short ribs! As Korean food has become more and more popular in the US, this dish has played a huge part...

Sparkling Peach Iced Tea

This Sparkling Peach Iced Tea has freshly brewed rooibos tea, a homemade peach simple syrup, and a splash of seltzer for a refreshing drink!

This Sparkling Peach Iced Tea is made with freshly brewed rooibos tea, a homemade peach simple syrup, and a splash of seltzer for a refreshing summer drink. I always tell people that my husband does all the drinks in this household, and I do all the food. Pete roasts his own coffee, brews his...

How to Make Pound Cake

I remember the first time I read about pound cake in a book called Ratio by Michael Ruhlman. I couldn’t believe its simplicity. Equal pounds butter, sugar, eggs, and flour? That was it? It seemed magical. With all the super elaborate cake creations these days, pound cake can feel like one of those less...

White & Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These Chocolate Chunk Cookies have both White and Dark Chocolate in them for a cookies and cream effect. They’re quick and easy to make, and no chilling is required! I am insanely particular about the texture and thickness of my cookies, and this right here is my perfect bite of cookie. It’s not too...

Muffuletta Panini

This Muffuletta Panini has all the elements of the classic New Orleans sandwich, pressed into a cheesy panini and grilled until crisp. This post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes, Inc. 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...

How to Make Overnight Oats

About 8 years ago, my husband and I were visiting our friend Frank, and for breakfast he offered us what was basically oatmeal served like cereal. He poured old-fashioned oats into a bowl with cold milk and added a little bit of brown sugar to sweeten it slightly. I had always eaten hot oatmeal...

Chef Capon’s Bacon Cheddar Waffles

Chef Josh Capon's Bacon Cheddar Waffles

These savory Bacon Cheddar Scallion waffles are a recipe from Chef Josh Capon, and they’re mighty delicious. If you’ve never tried a savory waffle before, these are the first to try. Now that we’re settling into our new (585 square foot!) apartment, I’ve been going through my kitchen inventory as I unpack everything. Since...

Double Decker Burger

This Double Decker Burger has two grilled beef patties each topped with a cheesy slice of Land O Lakes® Deli American, plus classic burger fixings and a secret sauce on top. Perfect for summer grilling! This post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes. It’s always funny to me when I order a burger at a...

Carrot Cake Pancakes

Carrot Cake Pancakes are a fun brunch treat!

Carrot Cake Pancakes are a fun treat for a special brunch! The pancakes have carrots, spices, and walnuts in them, and are topped with a cream cheese glaze. When I was younger I used to eat those yogurts that came in every flavor under the sun, and frequently bought the Key Lime Pie yogurt,...

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Though I love mashed potatoes, I’ve always thought of them as a fairly laborious thing to make. Peel all the potatoes, cut them into chunks, bring a big pot of water to a boil, boil the potatoes, drain the potatoes in a colander, put them all through a potato ricer, then mix in the...

How to Make Sushi Rice in a Rice Cooker

The easiest way to make sushi rice for homemade sushi — in a rice cooker! Yesterday I posted my how-to for making homemade sushi, and this post is completely dedicated to making the sushi rice. There is an art to making perfect sushi rice, but I think that’s best left to the sushi chefs...

Homemade Sushi

Homemade Sushi is so much cheaper than at the restaurant. Sushi is easy and fun to make at home — here’s how! I’ll be very honest and say that there’s definitely a reason why chefs spend a decade learning how to perfect sushi rice or cut raw fish like a boss, because it does...

Easy Fruit Pizza

This Easy Fruit Pizza recipe has a sugar cookie crust, marshmallow cream cheese frosting, and rows of freshly cut fruit. Perfect for parties, entertaining, and for kids! People have been asking me for years if I had a fruit pizza recipe, and I remember the first time someone asked me I was totally puzzled....

Easy Hot Fudge Sauce

The easiest 5-minute Hot Fudge Sauce!

You can make this hot fudge sauce in the time it takes to soften ice cream from the freezer! It only takes 5 minutes to cook and uses simple ingredients. Most of the time I don’t think ice cream needs toppings (at least the good ones don’t), but sometimes I’ll make an exception for...

3 Stuffed Date Party Appetizers

Stuffed dates are great for entertaining and for parties. They disappear in a hurry, and they’re easy to make! When I got engaged 8 years ago, some girlfriends of mine threw me an engagement party, and that was when I discovered the glorious stuffed date. As a matter of fact, it was where MANY...

Honey Walnut Shrimp

This Honey Walnut Shrimp is easy to make, and so much better than takeout! Shrimp are coated in a puffy egg white cornstarch batter and fried until golden, then tossed in a creamy sweet sauce and caramelized honey walnuts. Honey Walnut...

How to Make Chocolate Pudding

Although store-bought chocolate puddings are actually pretty decent in terms of flavor and quality, I absolutely love to make my own chocolate pudding at home. It’s one of the easiest and quickest desserts you can make, and it’s heavenly eaten on its own or as a component in other desserts. Since pudding travels so...