macadamia white chocolate cookies overlapped on a blue and white plate.

White Chocolate Chips Macadamia Nut Cookies

These white chocolate macadamia nut cookies are creamy, nutty, and sweet. Like my chocolate chip cookie recipe, these cookies have an extra egg yolk, which creates a soft and chewy texture. The chewiness contrasted with the crunchy toasted macadamia nuts, makes for an ideal mouthfeel. These cookies are perfect on a good or bad day, […]

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A close up of eggs benedict with crispy home fries.

How to Make Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict is by far my favorite breakfast meal. My love affair started when I first visited my favorite local breakfast restaurant, Fat Nat’s. Their hollandaise is perfect and I honestly have no idea how they do it – probably witchcraft or something. This recipe is my closest approximation to their amazing sauce and it’s […]

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oatmeal chocolate chip cookies stacked on a plate

Toasted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m not saying that my marriage hinges on my ability to prepare a solid oatmeal chocolate chip cookie…but it might rank in his top ten favorite things about me (Note: Elias was not consulted about this claim but it’s my blog so I can say what I want). Anyway, there really is something special about […]

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A close up of buffalo mac and cheese on a plate.

Baked Buffalo Mac and Cheese

There is nothing quite like diving into a big plate of baked mac and cheese. It is a nostalgic experience that brings some much needed comfort to a stressful day. This buffalo baked mac and cheese is no exception. It combines the magic of a cheese sauce with the tongue tingling properties of buffalo sauce […]

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beef stroganoff on a plate, topped with parmesan and parsley.

Sirloin Beef Stroganoff

I love the simplicity of beef stroganoff. Without a ton of ingredients, this pasta still oozes rich, umami flavor. They also happen to be relatively affordable and common ingredients, making it a frugal option. Besides, I am a huge sucker for the flavor of mushrooms. You might even call me a fungal flavor fanatic. Don’t […]

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broccoli pine nut pasta served in a bowl.

Broccoli Pine Nut Pasta

This dish brings me back to high school. It was one of my favorite meals that my, now, mother-in-law made. This version of broccoli pine nut pasta is a little different from the dinner’s I enjoyed at her home, but it is just as comforting. It is a cheesy, crunchy, broccoli-filled, mess of noodles that […]

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Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Spinach

Sometimes a big bowl of creamy sausage and spinach tortellini soup is just what the doctor ordered…but the doctor is me and I don’t have a medical degree. I do have a strong foundation in the desire for comforting meals though, so I have some relevant credentials. This is not the kind of meal to […]

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A close up of cooked cheesy corn dip in a blue bowl.

Creamy Cheesy Hot Corn Dip

This amazing cheesy hot corn dip recipe is adapted from my wonderful mother in law’s. It is one of many positive things that she has brought to my life. This dip makes a perfect snack, especially when you crave something warm and substantial – AKA all the time, for me. It also tends to be […]

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Minnesota wild rice soup being dipped into by French bread.

Minnesota Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Minnesota creamy chicken wild rice soup is one of the few soups that Elias enjoys. It’s pretty hard to go wrong with a hearty grain, like wild rice, and a creamy broth. This soup is comforting, satisfying, and filling. Oftentimes, I find myself hungry just a couple hours after eating soup but this one really […]

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The finished beef stew served in a blue-black bowl and sprinkled with some parsley

Stovetop Beef Stew

Spring in Minnesota is a fickle beast. Routine weather swings have you alternately snuggling in blankets on the couch and dawning shorts to dig in your garden. It is hard to know what to wear during this volatile time but it does not have to be hard to plan dinner. This hearty spring time beef […]

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