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Cheesy ground beef quesadillas stacked on top of one another with salsa and a margarita in the background

Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas for Two

An Easy Beef Quesadilla Recipe! This “beefy quesadilla” recipe was the fourth recipe that I ever posted on A Flavor Journal!  Needless to say, it was time for a glow up! Although the photos are much better than they used to be, I actually decided to simplify the recipe list a bit. This recipe now […]

Crispy chicken parmesan on top of creamy brussels sprouts orzo plated on a small cereamic plate with a gray linen and Kinder's® Master Salt Seasoning blend in the background

Garlic Butter Chicken Parmesan & Brussels Sprouts Orzo with Kinder’s® Master Salt

This shop has been compensated by Inmar Intelligence and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KindersAtWalmart I’ve been developing a chicken parmesan recipe for a couple of years now, but never really pulled the trigger on publishing a final version. I feel like a lot of chicken parmesan recipes (while all delicious), all tend […]

A bowl of bright red, creamy, roasted tomato soup that has been drizzled with olive oil and garnished with bright green chopped parsley. Flowers are to the left, and a gray linen lies underneath the bowl.

Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup for Two

A Simple, Perfect Tomato Soup Recipe This roasted tomato soup recipe makes two large servings of soup, and is the perfect way to make great use of those remaining summer tomatoes.  This takes the incredible, simple flavor of roasted tomatoes, and transforms it into a creamy, comforting soup for two. The key is to roast […]

A grilled cheese sandwich with scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese, and avocado resting on a cutting board with hot sauce and orange juice in the background.

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Grilled Cheese with Avocado

A Whole New Take on the Breakfast Sandwich This breakfast grilled cheese is good for breakfast, or lunch, or whenever you’re craving it.  It’s made with bacon, egg, cheese, and avocado, and it’s delicious!  This is grilled cheese #3 in our Fall 2020 Grilled Cheese Series.  Scroll to the bottom to see the other grilled cheese […]

A fall sangria recipe with baked pears, baked apples, cinnamon, fresh citrus, apple brandy, orange liqueur, and ginger beer. Warm and comforting, it's the perfect white wine sangria for the cooler weather!

Baked Pear and Apple Sparkling Sangria

Your New Favorite Fall Sangria. This sparkling fall sangria is here just in time for the cooler weather.  It’s a step up from your typical fresh fruit sangrias, because the pears and apples are roasted.  It offers a warm, comforting note to the sangria, and it’s so delicious. When we lived in North Carolina, we […]

A grilled cheese sandwich on an apple shaped cutting board with a bottle of wine in the background

Apple, Cheddar, Bacon & Arugula Grilled Cheese

An Awesome Grilled Cheese Recipe for Fall. Here it is!  Grilled cheese recipe number two in my Gourmet Grilled Cheese Series that is running from September – October this year.  This apple, cheddar, bacon & arugula grilled cheese is another favorite, and it’s here just in time for that cooler weather. What makes this grilled […]

A small cast iron skillet filled with buffalo tater tots, melted cheese, crispy bacon, ranch dressing, and green onions.

Loaded Buffalo Tots

Cruncy, spicy, bold and awesome. Tater tots coated in buffalo sauce, drizzled with ranch (or blue cheese), and topped with bacon and green onion.

A grilled cheese sandwich made with pesto and turkey, cut in half and stacked on top of a small sheetpan lined with parchment paper

Turkey Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Easy, Delicious Grilled Cheese for Two If you’re new here, we love comfort food.  Pastas, soups, sliders … as long as it’s packed with flavor and fun to make, it will most likely make an appearance on this blog. 🙂 This turkey pesto grilled cheese recipe is as easy as it gets, but also way more […]

A slice of sourdough bread covered in melted, browned, bubbly cheese set on top of a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The bread is cut in two.

Cheesy Roasted Garlic Bread

Quick & Easy Garlic Bread for Two Want to pin this for later? Click here! This cheesy garlic bread recipe steps it up a notch by using roasted garlic butter (which is heaven), and gooey, melty cheese.  Roasted garlic is the easiest thing in the world to make – and I have a link coming […]

A side view of a hoagie bun stuffed with shaved ribeye, softened veggies, mayonnaise, melted cheese, and french fried onions.

Spicy Philly Cheesesteaks with Jalapeños

A spicy twist on the Philly Cheesesteak. This spicy Philly Cheesesteak is seriously one of my favorite sandwiches of all time.  The FIRST post on A Flavor Journal was actually this Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich recipe.  (I honestly recommend clicking it just because the difference in photos between it and this post are pretty comical!) How […]

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rich marinara, fresh mozzarella, and gnocchi are the ultimate comfort food combo in this one-pot dish! and it's complete with wine pairings! cheesy baked gnocchi with wine pairings | a flavor journal food blog

one pot sausage and bacon cheesy baked gnocchi

the best cheesy baked gnocchi I’ve made a few baked gnocchi recipes before, but this one is easily our new favorite.  If you have a cast iron pan, or a pan that can safely transfer to the oven, this recipe is going to be a dream. I recently found a package of miniature gnocchi at […]

soft butter lettuce wrapped around shredded rotisserie chicken, creamy greek yogurt caesar dressing, crunchy croissant croutons, and pillowy parmesan cheese. a super easy and healthy weeknight dinner idea.

shredded chicken caesar lettuce wraps

As promised, here is the first recipe to use with the greek yogurt caesar dressing.  It’s so easy to throw together, and it’s’ also delicious.  Make the greek yogurt caesar dressing for salads some night, then use the leftover dressing for these lettuce wraps a couple of nights later. I also make my own toasted […]

Mini BLT sandwiches with caramelized onions, arugula, black pepper mayonnaise and juicy, ripe tomatoes. This recipes makes six, but can be multiplied to feed a crowd!

BLT Sliders with Caramelized Onions and Arugula

basically, the best mini BLT sandwiches. When tomatoes are ripe and juicy, it doesn’t get much better than making a perfect BLT.  These little BLT sliders are super easy to put together, but they’ve got a delicious twist:  caramelized onions, and arugula. There’s a step-by-step guide right here for caramelized onions.  (If you’re making more than […]

queso fundido with chorizo recipe

queso fundido + chorizo recipe

Since it’s comfort food season, and it’s always cheese season, chorizo queso fundido is on repeat in my house.  It’s best to share with friends, because it’s seriously just a ton of gooey, delicious cheese melted with spicy chorizo, jalapenos, onions, and garlic.  Serve it with homemade guacamole and salsa on the side, too!  what is […]

simple + spicy tomato soup | a flavor journal food blog

simple + spicy tomato soup

easy and delicious tomato soup Making tomato soup warms the soul.  Keeping things simple also warms the soul.  This simple tomato soup is the best of both worlds, and it’s perfect for a cozy night in on the couch … paired with your favorite grilled cheese, of course. I use San Marzano tomatoes for this […]

Oven baked crostini layered with pesto, oven-roasted tomatoes, melted mozzarella, balsamic drizzle, and fresh basil leaves.

Oven-Roasted Tomato Bruschetta with Mozzarella and Pesto

Bruschetta with Melted Mozzarella, in fact. That title gives away this entire bruschetta recipe.  This one is way overdue, because I’ve been making variations of this for the last five years.  Bruschetta is such a crowd pleaser, and it’s so easy to make.  This bruschetta with mozzarella is even better than the rest. Loosely based upon […]

spicy tuna tartare and avocado stacks with wine pairings! spicy tuna, creamy avocado, and spicy lime drizzle makes these stacks so delicious but so easy! a flavor journal food blog

spicy tuna tartare + avocado stacks

spicy tuna tartare recipe I’ve made spicy tuna tartare for Mark and myself countless times, and I swear it gets better with each attempt. We like our tuna tartare to be spicy, so I always add some sriracha to the tuna itself AND into the sauce that I drizzle on top of the tuna and […]

A bowl of bright red, creamy, roasted tomato soup that has been drizzled with olive oil and garnished with bright green chopped parsley. Flowers are to the left, and a gray linen lies underneath the bowl.

Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup for Two

A Simple, Perfect Tomato Soup Recipe This roasted tomato soup recipe makes two large servings of soup, and is the perfect way to make great use of those remaining summer tomatoes.  This takes the incredible, simple flavor of roasted tomatoes, and transforms it into a creamy, comforting soup for two. The key is to roast […]

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