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...

Chocolate Mug Cake

This Chocolate Mug Cake recipe is the first one I’ve tried that actually tastes good. It’s cooked in the microwave for a quick chocolate treat serving one or two people! I remember when mug cakes blew up on the internet many years ago, I got really excited. Having just a little mug portion of...

Homemade Fortune Cookies

Fill these Homemade Fortune Cookies with your own personal fortunes for a fun and delicious crafty treat! I love when food crosses into the craft category and these cookies certainly do. That’s what makes fortune cookies so fun to do yourself, even though they are a bit tedious to make. You can put your...

Caesar Salad

This Caesar Salad is the real deal, just like what you’d get from a high-quality restaurant. With homemade Caesar dressing, fresh croutons, and shavings of parmigiano reggiano, it’s easy to prepare and so delicious!  A good quality Caesar salad is one of my favorite things ever to eat. It’s understandably one of the most...

Caesar Dressing

Homemade Caesar Dressing from scratch makes all the difference in preparing an incredible Caesar Salad, and it only takes a few minutes.  I have to warn you that once you make caesar dressing from scratch, you won’t want to buy it at the store anymore. The flavor and richness is unmatched, and tastes just...

Croutons

Croutons made at home with fresh bread are a thousand times better than storebought, and they’re incredibly simple to make!  Homemade croutons are one of my secret weapons in making the most epic salads at home. You see, my problem with storebought croutons is that they have absolutely zero moisture to them. I understand...

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...

Homemade English Muffins

These homemade english muffins are made from a simple dough, and only need one rise! When melted butter pools inside the nooks and crannies of a crunchy, toasted English muffin…oh…that’s heaven to me. English muffins have always been “a thing” for my family. If you walked into the pantry of my childhood home at...

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches

These heavenly Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches make for an easy and delicious hot lunch. Crispy fried eggplant is layered on a ciabatta roll with parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, marinara sauce, and fresh basil. I get the convenience of a simple PB&J, but I LOVE the more elaborate sandwiches. Especially the hot and cheesy ones! Thanks...

Broccoli Salad

This healthy Broccoli Salad is crunchy, fresh, and full of flavor! It has just a touch of creaminess and lots of texture. One of the things that has worked best for me when trying to eat healthier is simply having healthy food ready to eat in the fridge. Salads like this are perfect for...

Thumbprint Cookies

I have been making these Thumbprint Cookies since college, and they never get old! Buttery shortbread is filled with sweet jam for this easy and delicious cookie. Sometimes the simplest cookies are the best, and to me, jam thumbprint cookies are all about enjoying a simple buttery shortbread with the sweetness of a quality...