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...

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Stainless Steel Half Sheet Pan With Crispy Smashed Yellow Baby Creamer otatoes

These Crispy Smashed Potatoes are crunchy on the edges, but fluffy and soft in the middle. It’s reminiscent of a french fry, but so much easier to make! Potatoes can be so many things: crispy, fluffy, creamy, hearty, filling, and oh so much more. So why is this recipe special? Because you get to...

Orange Cranberry Biscotti

Orange Cranberry Biscotti are easy to make at home, and taste far better than what you can buy from the store. Biscotti truly taste best freshly baked! These Biscotti taste like Christmas. Spiced with cinnamon and cloves, and studded with orange zest and cranberries, they have a warm and cozy spirit. Biscotti were one...

Chicken Cacciatore

Bone-In Skin-On Chicken Thigh Cacciatore With Green Olives On White Crate & Barrel Dotted China Platter

This Chicken Cacciatore, or Hunter-style chicken, is a delicious and healthy one-pot meal, with golden braised chicken thighs, mushrooms, sweet bell peppers, tomatoes, and green olives.  This recipe proves that you can do cozy AND healthy at the same time. Remember when I said there were a bunch of Whole30 recipes that were SO...

Celery Salad

This crisp and refreshing Celery Salad has walnuts, parmesan, and pomegranate arils for a unique salad that’s pretty enough for the holiday table. If you often find yourself with leftover celery that needs using up, this is a great staple for turning it into a great side dish. I love celery and buy it...

Spatchcock Chicken

Spatchcock Chicken roasts in half the time of a whole trussed chicken, and also cooks more evenly. It’s a perfect weeknight dinner staple! Once you spatchcock, you don’t go back to roasting whole chickens. I know it has a weird name, and spatchcock chicken also looks kind of weird too, but once you try...

Florentine Cookie Bars

These Florentine Cookie Bars combine all the wonderful flavors and textures of Florentine cookies with a buttery shortbread bar. It’s a great Christmas treat!  If you love Florentine cookies, prepare to enjoy them in another form: cookie bars! Florentines have always been one of my favorite cookies because, really, when there are crunchy almonds,...

Snowball Cookies

These Snowball Cookies are a Christmas classic that can be made with any kind of nut. They’re easy and delicious! Snowball Cookies are the epitome of the “melt in your mouth” experience. You may know them by another name, like butterballs, Russian tea cakes, or Mexican wedding cakes, but they are all a simple...

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Here’s how to make the Best Roasted Brussel Sprouts that are perfectly golden and caramelized on the edges, but not dried out.  If you need help loving brussel sprouts, this is the way you do it. They’re SO good roasted! Making a big tray of these is one of my staples for weeknight dinner,...

Peanut Butter Balls

These Peanut Butter Balls are a riff on buckeyes, with a creamy peanut butter center coated in a dark chocolate shell. If you like peanut butter cups, you’ll love these Peanut Butter Balls too. These focus a lot more on the actual peanut butter filling, with just a thin coating of chocolate on the...

Honey Lime Chicken Thighs

This simple Honey Lime Chicken Thighs recipe only calls for a few ingredients for a delicious sticky glaze: honey, zesty lime, and spicy sriracha! Are you ready for a super easy recipe that has a whole lot of flavor going on? Pretty much all of the ingredients required for these Sticky Honey Lime Chicken...

Sweet Potato “Rice”

This Sweet Potato Rice is a great side dish that’s both delicious and healthy, plus it’s easy to make! I can’t even count how many times I’ve made this rice. Easily hundreds of times. After James was born, I started experimenting with cooking every single vegetable in every way imaginable. The point being to...

Brown Butter Potato Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Chocolate Chip Cookies have crunchy potato chips mixed in for texture, and nutty brown butter for flavor!

Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

These Peanut Butter M&M Cookies have a soft peanut butter cookie dough studded with creamy Peanut Butter M&M’s. It’s the perfect cookie recipe for the peanut butter lover! If you’re not familiar with a Peanut Butter M&M, it’s like Reese’s Pieces but even bigger and creamier. A friend introduced them to me and I...

Molasses Cookies

These Molasses Cookies have the perfect old fashioned flavor and chewy bite, and are great for cookie exchanges and holiday parties! While Molasses Cookies will never have the popularity of Snickerdoodles or Shortbread Cookies, I think they are easily one of the best. The flavor and texture are both just too incredible. They’re crisp on the...

Best Cut Out Cookies

If you’ve been looking for the best Cut Out Cookies Recipe that won’t spread during baking, this is the one! It’s a solid, reliable recipe that’s perfect for decorating. This recipe is from my friend Bridget, arguably the cookie queen of the internet, of Bake at 350. If you’ve ever had issues with your...

Peanut Butter Pie

This Peanut Butter Pie is one of the most incredible desserts ever! It has a creamy, luscious texture and a rich peanut butter flavor. This recipe is so good that it’s almost mean for me to post it. Or at least, my husband told me that I shouldn’t post this recipe for the good of...

Sausage Breakfast Casserole

You can assemble this Sausage Breakfast Casserole the night before you plan to serve it, and simply bake it in the morning for a hearty and delicious meal! Make-ahead meals are the best. Not everything can be made ahead of time, but thank goodness there are some meals that are even better because they’re...

Balsamic Vinaigrette

This Balsamic Vinaigrette is a versatile dressing that goes with just about any salad. It’s easy to make, and keeps well in the fridge. You can’t beat a good balsamic dressing. It’s such a workhorse recipe that can bring together any salad. While I absolutely love my Lemon Vinaigrette, the nice thing about Balsamic...

Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

This is my family’s favorite Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe. It has fresh Italian sausage, herbs, and veggies for the perfect holiday side dish! This stuffing is so darn good. This could be my whole Thanksgiving meal, right here. Just me and my 8×11 pan of stuffing. Having tried quite a few variations of stuffing over...

Chicken Pot Pie

This classic Chicken Pot Pie is filled with tender pieces of chicken, carrot, celery, potato, and herbs. It’s cozy comfort food that’s wonderful in the winter! If you’re looking for a hearty recipe to make for dinner on chilly nights, this Chicken Pot Pie is fantastic. Sometimes people think of chicken pot pie as...

Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce

This delicious Cranberry Sauce is made with orange, cinnamon, and spiced rum for a perfect Thanksgiving pairing for turkey! If canned cranberry scares you, you’ve got to try making fresh cranberry sauce. It’s SO much better. When I was a kid, I always thought of cranberry sauce as the stuff that made that creepy...

Rice Pilaf

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...

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle: An easy big-batch recipe to make for dinner!

Short ribs aren’t the default cut of beef for shredding anymore! Flank steak is a lot leaner and shreds beautifully for this Slow Cooker Beef Ragu. This is the perfect weeknight meal, cooked low and slow for 8 hours and ready to toss with your favorite pasta. Shredded beef has always been one of...

Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle is one of the best holiday treats and is so easy to make yourself! It tastes wonderful made fresh and is a great gift for family and friends. If you’re looking for an easy holiday gift that you can make on the cheap, peanut brittle is it. I know a lot of...

Best Hot Chocolate from Scratch

This rich and creamy Hot Chocolate is easy to make, and has intense chocolate flavor. Garnish with whipped cream or marshmallows for a cold weather treat! I’ve tested all the different ways to make hot chocolate and settled on this method as the best. Since I’m not much of a coffee drinker, when I...

English Style Scones

These English Style Scones bake up light, tall and fluffy, and are a wonderful treat for breakfast or afternoon tea. Spread them with jam, clotted cream, butter, or simply eat them plain. They’re so delicious! To this day, if you go to my childhood home and open up the refrigerator, you will find bags...