• Chicken noodle casserole

    Make-Ahead Casserole Recipes

    There’s nothing better than having dinner ready to go on a busy night. Who doesn’t love a warm, gooey casserole? Especially casserole recipes that can either be tossed in the fridge till dinner the next day, or frozen for weeks (or months)! To me, casseroles are one of the best comfort foods out there, and make-ahead casserole recipes are the best. THE BEST! A friend who’s due any day with her second baby recently asked me if I’d help her prep a few freezer meals to tuck away until after the baby’s born. (For the record, I was not that smart with my food prep. For either child.) Those of you who’ve raised…

  • Chocolate mocha pudding topped with raspberries and served in a mason jar.

    Rich Chocolate Mocha Pudding

    This rich chocolate mocha pudding uses coffee to turn an already decadent dessert into something even more special! I love the opportunity to try and take a great recipe, tweak it, and make it even better. Or … at least … just as good. A few years ago, I Pinned a chocolate pudding recipe from smitten kitchen that she adapted from a chef’s blog. I mean, how could you not stare at Deb’s endless photos and not want to make the recipe yourself (or at least wish she was around the corner so you could become friends and enjoy her spoils)? Right. Here’s my take on it. Rich Chocolate Mocha Pudding Chocolate…

  • Frozen beef roast in the slow cooker with potatoes, onions and carrots to make pot roast.

    Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

    This slow cooker pot roast starts with a frozen rump roast. You can’t make dinner prep any easier than that! This may be the easiest slow cooker pot roast recipe in the world. I mean, what recipes start with a frozen roast and end with a full meal, all the trimmings and au jus to go with it? This one. There’s nothing better on a busy workday than knowing you can reach into your freezer, grab the rump roast you bought on sale at the grocery store and froze in order to keep it until “I don’t know when,” and then slow cook it deliciously over the next eight to ten…

  • Easy Christmas cookies decorated on a platter.

    100 Easy Christmas Cookies

    This holiday season make a few of these easy Christmas cookies to give as gifts and to enjoy at home! It can be argued that the tradition of giving Christmas cookies started in Medieval times, as winter solstice rituals transformed into holiday celebrations.  Just like today, food was an integral part of gatherings in those days. With a shift into celebrations instead of ritual, the parties became grander — less about sustenance before a bleak winter and more about feasting together to ring in the season. Back in those days, sugar was considered a delicacy reserved for important occasions, and Christmas was one of the *most* important. Unlike pies and cakes,…

  • Gluten free pumpkin cheesecake bars

    Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars (Gluten Free)

    These gluten free pumpkin cheesecake bars are a great alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie during Thanksgiving and fall holiday gatherings. This is a guest post by Diana Girtain. I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease which benefits from a gluten free diet. I’d gone gluten free/low gluten years ago because I’d started to notice that I felt remarkable better without it, so it was satisfying to have a doctor’s explanation for my improved quality of life — it wasn’t just all in my head! Since that diagnosis and my dietary adjustments, I’ve been on the search for a good gluten free pie crust for years. Spoiler: they’re not easy…

  • Disk of pie dough on a floured counter with a rolling pin.

    Easy Pie Dough

    This easy pie dough recipe (made with all butter) is so simple, you’ll think twice before buying pre-made dough from the grocery store again! It took me an unusually long time to try my hand at making a few different staple recipes from scratch. I’m talking things like buttercream frosting, pizza crust and pie dough. None of these things are terribly tricky to make, it’s just the ease of buying a reasonably good (if not great) already-made product at the grocery store won me over. Not to mention the cost of making some of these recipes from scratch can actually cost *more* than just buying it ready-to-go. But. Sometimes it’s…

  • Slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top.

    Easy Pumpkin Pie

    This easy pumpkin pie only takes fifteen minutes to prep before baking. Use store-bought pie dough or make your own simple homemade pie crust in advance (recipe below) — either will produce a yummy homemade pumpkin pie that’s perfect to cap off any Thanksgiving feast! Even though I don’t do much baking (e.g., cake, bread, rolls, etc.), I love making pie. Apple pie is my go-to, everything from the traditional with notes of cinnamon and thinly sliced apples, to a more robust apple pie with cardamom and a crumble topping. And during the cold weather holidays through New Year’s Eve, the variety of pies I can’t help but make goes…

  • BLT salad with heirloom tomatoes, bleu cheese, bacon, romaine lettuce and crispy chicken and balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

    BLT Salad With the Crispiest Chicken Ever

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CrispyCreations #CollectiveBias #FriedChicken You’ll love this BLT salad with the crispiest chicken ever! All the classic flavors of a chicken BLT sandwich, but deconstructed with a layer of chopped crunchy romaine lettuce that’s topped with mouth-watering bites of bacon, creamy bleu cheese, heirloom tomatoes fresh from the farmers’ market, and pan-fried crispy chicken. A classic BLT sandwich has always been one of my favorites. There’s something about the savory saltiness of the bacon mixed with the fresh sweetness of a tomato that’s unbeatable. Over the years I’ve played around with my BLT combos,…