make ahead party foods: pecan pie bars stacked atop each other.

Make Ahead Party Foods

Sometimes even an introvert like myself decides to take on feeding a number of guests. While I both love to cook and enjoy time with my people, it is much simpler when the majority of the food is made ahead of time. This list of make ahead party foods also comes in handy when you […]

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A close up of squash risotto with chicken

Recipe for Butternut Squash Risotto

Nothing quite says fall to me like a roasted squash. While I could eat a squash all by itself, I’d way rather puree it and incorporate it into a comforting fall risotto. This butternut squash risotto is creamy and rich, without the need for a bunch of dairy products. My lactose intolerance thanks me and […]

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Three open faced juicy hamburgers with cheese and homemade buns.

Juicy Burgers

My dad makes good burgers. They’ve even been nicknamed “Billy burgers” and have been requested by many a friend and family member. In an effort to keep up with this very important family legacy, I submit this recipe as tribute. These juicy burgers are simple to make, more difficult to ruin, and packed with flavor. […]

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Meat scrap pho with thai basil and cilantro

Low Waste Meat Scrap Pho

Pho is the national dish of Vietnam and it’s ALSO one of my favorite soups. The broth is full of complex flavor, there are noodles in it, and I can eat it with an outrageous quantity of fresh herbs. So anyway, what can I contribute to the long history of this soup? Well, it’s not […]

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Close up of honey Dijon salmon plated with wild rice and a mixed lettuce salad.

How to Cook Salmon in the Air Fryer

I grew up eating salmon but there was never anything about it that truly enticed me. It has taken me close to three decades to find a cooking method that could pull me into the salmon game. Now that I have discovered how to cook salmon in the air fryer, there is no going back. […]

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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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air fryer sweet potato tacos with cilantro, cabbage, and creamy sriracha on a flower patterned plate.

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Tacos

At this point if you don’t already know that I love tacos, you are not paying attention. Admittedly, I have historically relied heavily on chicken tacos. While those are amazing and I stand by them entirely, I thought it was time to try something a little different. So, I strayed right into the vegetarian realm […]

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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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A close up of creamy sausage and tortellini soup

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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