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. 

Homemade Corn Dogs

Corn dogs are a classic fair treat, and now you can make them at home! Mix together a quick cornmeal batter, dip the hot dogs, and fry!

Salmon Salad

This Salmon Salad is easy to make and wonderful to keep on hand in the fridge. There are many different ways to eat it, and it has great crunch and flavor from celery, herbs, and a creamy homemade dressing.  While tuna salad is the more common seafood salad, I think salmon salad is so...

Garlic Parmesan Wings

Easy Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

These Garlic Parmesan Wings are a great alternative for people who don’t like classic spicy hot wings. The sauce is really easy to make and coats the wings beautifully! 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 of...

Steak Salad

Steak Salad Recipe - With Cilantro Lime Dressing

This Steak Salad is hearty enough to serve as the full meal for lunch or dinner, and has tons of flavor. Steak is pan seared and sliced thinly, then paired with ingredients like queso fresco, avocado, tomatoes, and a fresh Cilantro Lime Dressing. If you’re averse to dainty salads that border on rabbit food,...

Cilantro Lime Dressing

Cilantro Lime Dressing - Takes 5 minutes to make, stored in mason jar!

This Cilantro Lime Dressing has incredible flavor and only requires a handful of ingredients. It’s a fresh, creamy and balanced dressing that elevates any salad.  If you’re not a fan of the typical salad bars at the grocery store, I totally get you. Staring at steel buckets full of standard cut up vegetables and...

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

These Lavender Shortbread Cookies are buttery and lightly sweet, with a floral flavor and aroma from dried lavender. They're simple to make, only require 5 ingredients, and gift really well to family and friends!

How to Sear a Steak

Searing steak is so easy to do, I never order steak at restaurants anymore! Here are my top tips for a pan seared steak that is caramelized on the outside, and juicy in the middle.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

This Buffalo Chicken Pizza has a Frank’s hot sauce bechamel and is topped with mozzarella, chicken, tomatoes and scallions. It’s a fun recipe for game night. If you’re a fan of all things Buffalo when it comes to food, you’ve got to try this pizza! This Buffalo Chicken Pizza Recipe is just as easy...

Korean Chicken Wings

These Korean Chicken Wings hit all the flavor notes, and are a little sweet, spicy, tangy, and savory. The sauce only takes 5 minutes to make and coats the chicken wings beautifully with a consistency that's similar to BBQ sauce. It's the perfect appetizer for game night or parties!

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Blueberry Banana Smoothie In Ikea Aqua Glasses With Runamok Hibiscus Maple Syrup

This Blueberry Banana Smoothie only requires six ingredients, and manages to be both healthy and delicious. It's a great quick breakfast option and only takes 5 minutes to make!

Carrot Raisin Salad

This gorgeously vibrant Carrot Raisin Salad is full of flavor and simple to prepare. It’s a great make-ahead dish too, as it only gets better as it sits. If you’re looking for a pretty and delicious side dish that holds up well for picnics, potlucks, and parties, this is the recipe for you! I...