Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

Crispy Coconut Shrimp Dipped Into Sweet Chili Sauce With Platter Of Coconut Shrimp Around It

Coconut Shrimp is popular at restaurants, but once you see how quick and easy it is to make at home, you'll make it yourself! 

Potato Cheddar Frittata

This delicious Potato Frittata has sharp cheddar cheese, thinly sliced potato, and scallions for a flavorful savory breakfast dish. It can feed a crowd, and leftovers keep beautifully! Once you know how to make a frittata, you can make a thousand different frittatas, and its versatility is only one of its many merits. A...

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes are my *go-to* and are really easy to make!

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes are my go-to cupcake recipe. They’re rich, dark, and incredibly moist. The Peanut Butter Buttercream on top is the perfect pairing for the dark chocolate flavor. Even though I’m not solely a baker, I would totally go to that Cupcake Wars show with these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes. They’ve become...

Butterscotch Budino

If you're looking for a great make-ahead dessert to make for company, this Butterscotch Budino from Nancy Silverton is a total showstopper!

Smoked Salmon Spread

This creamy spread has a smoky flavor and saltiness from smoked salmon, and lots of fresh dill. It's perfect for entertaining!

Lobster Roll Recipe

Ready for a different take on lobster rolls? Fresh lobster meat is nestled into a bun and topped with a crunchy herbed potato chip topping!

Zucchini Ribbon Salad

This Zucchini Ribbon Salad is a light and refreshing side dish that’s fresh and full of flavor. The ingredients are simple, but the textures and flavors are heaven together! I can’t stop eating this salad lately, which is a good thing because it happens to be quite healthy. We’ve had a few 100 degree...

Caprese Pasta Salad

Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe - Potluck Salads

This Caprese Pasta Salad has a classic combination of fresh tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese, tied together with a simple vinaigrette. It’s perfect for summer potlucks and picnics! The Caprese flavor combination is one of those ultimate pairings that never goes out of style. When warm weather hits, I always look forward to eating...

Strawberry Simple Syrup

Strawberry Simple Syrup - Easy Homemade Simple Syrup Infused with Fresh Strawberries

This 3-ingredient Strawberry Simple Syrup is incredibly easy to make, and will elevate any homemade drink or cocktail. I like to use it in this Strawberry Iced Tea, in homemade Lemonade, and more. You can try other kinds of fruit too! Simple syrup is one of the most foundational elements in cocktails and drinks,...

How to Cut a Watermelon

Here’s a quick visual guide for How to Cut a Watermelon into perfect rindless sticks or cubes. I find this way much easier to cut AND eat than the typical watermelon triangles that include the rind. When watermelon comes into season for the summer, we have a bowl of it in our fridge constantly....

How To Pick A Good Watermelon

Here are six tips for How to Pick a Good Watermelon that’s ripe and sweet, gathered from lots of conversations with produce people, farmers, and personal experience. If you know how to check for things like the field spot, it makes the selection process much easier! Picking out a watermelon at the grocery store...

Mexican Street Corn Salad with Black Beans

Mexican Corn and Black Bean Salad - Perfect summer picnic and potluck recipe

This Mexican Street Corn Salad with Black Beans is incredibly flavorful, filling, and can be stored in the refrigerator for several days. It’s fantastic for summer potlucks or picnics, as it travels really easily, and serves as a great side dish for lots of different mains. People always love to ask me what my...

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is incredibly easy to make and wonderful to have on hand to add protein to meals. We make a batch every week, and after testing various methods for doing it (like searing vs no sear), this is my favorite way to make it. Pulled pork is the next best thing...

Buffalo Wing Sauce

Easy Buffalo Wing Sauce made with Frank's

This Buffalo Wing Sauce has the perfect balance of flavors and a smooth consistency. It’s easy to make and excellent for tossing with fried or baked chicken wings. When you grow up eating Buffalo Wings every Sunday for your entire childhood, you really get to know what the perfect sauce tastes like, and this...

Basil Pesto

This classic Basil Pesto recipe is incredibly simple to make, and can be tossed with pasta, spread on bread, dolloped on pizza, and more! The best thing about pesto might be that you can whip up a batch in 5 minutes, and then keep it in the fridge to use with tons of different...

Seared Scallops

Learn how to sear scallops with a perfectly golden brown crust, just like at the restaurants! I also explain the difference between wet and dry scallops.

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

In this post I’m covering How to Cook Bacon in the Oven, which I find results in much crispier, evenly cooked bacon. Plus, you can do a big batch at one time instead of having to do many batches in a frying pan. I was honestly pretty slow to warm up to the whole...

Mango Salsa

This Mango Salsa is light and refreshing, and can be eaten with chips, added to seared tropical fish like mahi mahi, chicken, and more. It’s simple to make and has tons of flavor!  While tomato salsa is the most popular salsa of all, mango salsa is my personal favorite. With mango as the star, it’s sweet...

Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce

Chicken Cutlets with Mustard Cream Sauce is a quick and flavorful recipe, perfect when you need an easy weeknight meal. It has a wonderful creaminess to it but isn’t too heavy! You can never have too many recipes for chicken, am I right? It seems like despite the many variations of chicken I’ve done,...

Basil Vinaigrette

Short Weck Jar With Basil Vinaigrette With Metal Baby Rabbit Spoon And Fresh Basil Leaves Alongside

This Basil Vinaigrette is like pesto's tangy cousin, with a brighter and lighter taste that's bursting with fresh basil flavor. Once you try it you will want to slather it on everything -- roasted chicken, crispy smashed potatoes, broccoli, and more.

Stuffed Shells

These three cheese Stuffed Shells are filled with creamy ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses, then baked in a simple tomato basil sauce. It’s the perfect comfort meal that feeds a crowd! Though they will never be as popular as mac and cheese, stuffed shells are one of the best comfort foods ever, if you ask...

Shrimp Avocado Salad

This fresh and light Shrimp Avocado Salad takes 10 minutes to put together and is reminiscent of a citrusy ceviche, but without any raw fish!  This dish reminds me so much of a fresh ceviche, except without all the anxiety about food poisoning. I know, it’s not glamorous to talk about that, but the first...


The Best And Simplest Pork Carnitas Chunks In A Green And Orange Bowl With Cilantro And Avocado On Wooden Cutting Board

I’ve never been impressed by any of the Carnitas recipes I’ve tried online or in books…UNTIL NOW! This Carnitas Recipe method by Diana Kennedy, requiring only pork, water, and salt, is the simplest and most delicious carnitas recipe I’ve ever had.  These carnitas are not made in the slow cooker, which is a good...

Greek Zucchini Salad

Zucchini Salad - A fresh and healthy raw zucchini salad perfect for potlucks, picnics, parties, and more!

This refreshing and healthy Greek Zucchini Salad is a great side for chicken, lamb, seared steaks, and more!

Blackberry Crisp

These delicious crumbles are made with blackberries tossed in a lavender syrup, and topped with a crisp and crumbly streusel topping!

Baked Salmon

This Baked Salmon is my preferred way to cook fresh salmon from the grocery, as it’s easy, delicious, and cleanup is a breeze. Serve it as the main dish for dinner, toss it in a mixed green salad, shred it for picnic-friendly salmon salad, and more! I’m not exaggerating when I say I cook this...

Stuffed Hot Cherry Pepper Poppers

These Cherry Pepper Poppers are stuffed with a delicious herb & garlic cheese filling, then baked until bubbling and golden. This recipe is great finger food for parties and entertaining!

Strawberry Iced Tea

Homemade Iced Tea with Strawberries and Rooibos

This Strawberry Iced Tea is the perfect party drink or summertime treat, and has amazing flavor from a simple Strawberry Simple Syrup and freshly brewed herbal tea. You can’t buy iced tea like this at the store! Making a fresh drink like this for parties or entertaining is one of the easiest wins of...

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

Big Mixing Bowl With Homemade Cauliflower Rice

Here’s a step-by-step for how to make cauliflower rice, using a food processor to rice a fresh head of cauliflower. It’s so easy and takes less than 5 minutes! While you can buy cauliflower rice from the store, it often has too much stem in it, and more of a square shape that’s not...

Potato Gratin

Easy and Delicious Potato Gratin Recipe - Side Dish with Gruyere, Parmesan, Garlic, and Thyme

This Potato Gratin is the perfect simple side dish for any type of meal, whether its weeknight dinners or holiday meals. Thin slices of Yukon gold potato are baked in cream, milk, two cheeses, garlic, and thyme, until bubbling and golden brown. Do you remember after Thanksgiving, I shared a rundown of my Thanksgiving menu...

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Jalapeno Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice With Garlic And Green Onion In Ceramic Bowl

This Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice has incredible flavor, and is the perfect side dish for many types of meals. It’s healthy, light, and takes less than 15 minutes to make. If you’re a cauliflower rice fan, this cilantro lime version is a must-try. And if you’re not a cauliflower rice fan yet, this is...

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

These Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts are a delicious one-bite appetizer that’s always a hit at parties. They’re crunchy, savory, salty, and meaty! This recipe is proof that some of the simplest things are also the most delicious. Only 4 ingredients are involved here, but there are so many different flavors and textures going on....

Garlic Herb Steak Fries

These Steak Fries are simple to prepare using a few seasonings from the pantry, and are versatile enough to pair well with many different recipes. They have a wonderful heft and bite to them, with crispy edges and a fluffy interior. There are things that you always pick up when you’re at the store. Maybe...

Cream Puffs

Cream Puffs - Homemade Choux Pastry Filled With Pastry Cream And Chocolate Glazed

These easy Cream Puffs are made from scratch, and taste SO delicious freshly baked from the oven. A simple choux pastry dough is mixed together, then baked and filled with a vanilla pastry cream!  When it comes to cream puffs and eclairs, freshness is everything. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought cream...

Chicken Satay

Chicken Satay - With Peanut Sauce for Chicken

This Chicken Satay is easy to make and has tons of flavor. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are marinated in green curry paste, soy sauce, lime, honey, and more, and grilled until caramelized and delicious. It’s finished with a simple peanut sauce for dipping! I should comment right off the bat about how this Chicken...

California Cobb Salad

This California Cobb Salad is the perfect hearty and healthy lunch, thanks to a great combination of ingredients. It has crispy bacon, salty blue cheese crumbles, creamy avocado, and a simple dressing to tie it all together.