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Jul 31, 2021

French Dip Sandwich au Jus made in the Slow Cooker

This French dip sandwich has got to be one of the best dishes I've ever tried in the slow cooker. It's really tasty and incredibly easy to make. 

French dip with potato chips on a plate.

Take a chuck roast, which is a great cut for braising, toss it into your Crock Pot with an umami rich broth, and let all of the flavors meld until everything is perfectly melt-in-your-mouth tender. 

Jul 30, 2021

Instant Pot Vanilla Cheesecake

This vanilla cheesecake recipe, made in the Instant Pot, is foolproof. You'll never have a cracked cheesecake again!

Instant Pot Vanilla Cheesecake on a plate.


Making cheesecake in the Instant Pot couldn't be easier. I don't know what took me so long to try it. Forget complicated instructions, this cheesecake will blow you away. 

Jul 29, 2021

Roasted Blueberry Pull-Apart Loaf

Starting with a buttery homemade dough, this bread is layered with jammy roasted blueberries and topped with a lemony glaze. 

Roasted Blueberry Pull-Apart Loaf.

If you've tried my cinnamon sugar pull-apart bread or my Parmesan pull-apart bread, you know how fun pull-apart loaves are both to make and to eat. 

Jul 28, 2021

Custard Cream Sandwich Cookies

These custard cream sandwich cookies are a take on a beloved British sandwich cookie (biscuit in England). 

Custard Cream Sandwich Cookies in a pan.

This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by a sponsor company but as always opinions are 100% mine.

Of all of the sweets I've made over the last year, these were all of my taste testers' favorites. With the cripy soft shortbread and the creamy and custardy filling, these cookies got rave reviews. 

Jul 26, 2021

Sheet Pan No Bake Banana Split Cheesecake

This sheet pan no bake banana split cheesecake is a whimsical dessert that will make everyone smile when you take it out of the freezer. 

Sheet Pan No Bake Banana Split Cheesecake.


This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by a sponsor company but as always opinions are 100% mine.

This sheet pan banana split is kind of a cross between no bake cheese cake and no churn ice cream. It has all of the components of a banana split, including chocolate ganache, strawberry sauce, bananas, strawberry ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkles, and a cherry on top, all piled on top of of an ice cream cone crust. 

Jul 24, 2021

Overnight Bagels with Black Pepper

Bagels. Dough boiled in sweetened water and then baked. Yes, you can make them yourself at home!

Bagels stacked.

These bagels are chewy and flavorful, just what you'd expect from a bagel. They are great with a "schmear," for breakfast, or for making bagel sandwiches. 

Jul 20, 2021

Fudge Cake with Cherries and Pecans

This fudge cake with cherries and pecans, also known as the Nashville one-pan fudge cake, is the perfect little cake for when you have a chocolate craving. 

Fudge Cake with Cherries and Pecans  Stacked

A version of this cake first appeared in the Junior League of Nashville cookbook, probably from the 1960s. The cake is easy to make and super fudgy. No mixer necessary. 

Jul 19, 2021

Korean-Style Chile-Braised Brisket (Instant Pot)

This Korean-style brisket is braised in a delicious sauce flavored with gochujang, which is a paste made from Korean red chiles. 

Korean-Style Chile-Braised Brisket for serving


The sauce is so luscious and juicy, and the meat is tender and succulent. It's delicious with noodles, mashed potatoes, or rice, or paired with your favorite cole slaw. 

Jul 17, 2021

Green Tea Ice Cream

This Green Tea Ice Cream has a lovely herbal sweetness. The color and flavor come from matcha, a bright green powdered tea.

Green Tea Ice Cream in a bowl.

If I had to pick a favorite dessert, it would be ice cream. It also reminds me of my dad, who loved having a big bowl of ice cream every night after dinner. I think he probably had ice cream just about every day (at least in my memory). 

Leftover Chicken Pot Pie Soup Rice Casserole

If you love the flavors of chicken pot pie, you will enjoy this rice casserole made with leftover chicken pot pie soup. 

Chicken Pot Pie Soup Rice Casserole in bowls


I am a huge fan of chicken pot pie. Huge Fan. When nothing else sounds good, I always settle on chicken pot pie. It is such an amazing comfort food and revives my taste buds. 

Jul 16, 2021

Cruffins (Easy Croissant Muffins)

Cruffins, a cross between croissants and muffins, with a sweet buttery dough, are a great way to capture the flaky dough of croissants crossed with the convenience of muffins. 

Cruffins (Easy Croissant Muffins) in a basket.

You get the light and airy pull-apart flaky pastry in a muffin shape without having to roll out and laminate dough over two or three days. 

Surimi (Imitation Crab) Salad

This surimi salad is so light and refreshing. You'll love the crunch of celery and the flavors of the spices and fresh dill. 

Surimi (Imitation Crab) Salad in a bowl.

Imitation crab is an easy and inexpensive way to create a delicious salad for lunch, brunch, or a fun salad bar. 

Jul 13, 2021

No Knead Sourdough Sandwich Bread

This no knead sourdough sandwich bread is a great recipe for making a sourdough loaf without having to make sure your starter is newly fed. 

No knead sourdough sandwich bread sliced.


This is a "batter bread, " kind of like English muffin bread, where the dough is so wet you can't really shape it. Instead you essentially scrape the dough/batter into your loaf pan, let it rise, and bake it. 

Jul 12, 2021

Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts

If you love tomatoes, you will love these tomato and goat cheese tarts topped with fresh basil. 

Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts on plates.

This tomato tart, with juicy grape tomatoes, fresh goat cheese, chives, parsley, and basil, is delicious both fresh from the oven and served at room temperature. 

Jul 10, 2021

Haricot Vert Salad | French Green Bean Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

This haricot vert salad with a Dijon vinaigrette is simple, elegant, and really easy to pull together. 

Haricot Vert Salad in a bowl.

Haricot vert is simply the French translation for green bean. French string beans are skinnier and longer than "regular" green beans, and they are so tender. 

Jul 7, 2021

Quick Pickled Zucchini and Red Onions

This recipe for quick pickled zucchini and red onions is so easy to make, and you will love the crispy and "pickley" results. 

Quick Pickled Zucchini and Red Onions plated and in a jar.


Now that it is zucchini season, you're going to want lots of recipes to use them, especially if you have friends who are trying to off load all of the zucchini they have from their garden. 

Jul 3, 2021

Noodle Soup with Stir-Fried Bay Scallops and Enoki Mushrooms

This Noodle Soup with Stir-Fried Bay Scallops and Enoki Mushrooms recipe is a great way to incorporate stir-fried ingredients into soup. 

Noodle Soup with Scallops and Enoki Mushrooms in bowls.

This soup also introduced me to adding ginger to chicken broth. This was a revelation.

Jul 2, 2021

Chicken Pot Pie Soup with Pie Crust Crackers

This chicken pot pie soup brings the flavors of chicken pot pie to an amazing soup. 

Chicken Pot Pie Soup in bowls.


Because chicken pot pie is one of my favorite comfort foods, I wanted to capture the flavors in a soup.