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A small blue bowl filled with mashed potatoes and topped with crumbled bacon cheese, and green onion. Scattered toppings are in the background.

Small Batch Loaded Mashed Potatoes

All the goodness of a loaded baked potato, but in mashed form. These loaded mashed potatoes are easy, packed with flavor, and a great side dish for date night in.  This recipe makes two cups of mashed potatoes, which is great for 2-3 servings!  Eat them with steak, grilled pork chops or chicken, or even […]

A bourbon chocolate cupcake in a gold and white striped lihner on top of a coaster with a rose and small milk jug in the background.

Small Batch Bourbon Chocolate Cupcakes

 A Deliciously Fancy Small Batch Cupcake Recipe  I’ve tested this recipe a LOT lately, and Mark couldn’t be happier.  🙂  This is an easy cupcake recipe (with bourbon!) that makes FOUR chocolate cupcakes.  It’s so perfect for dessert on date night, or if you’re having a couple of your favorite people over! Ingredients for Bourbon […]

Cheesy Corn Recipe with Midwest Dairy

Creamy, Cheesy Corn with Midwest Dairy

This content has been sponsored by Inmar Intelligence and Midwest Dairy. All opinions are mine alone. #UndeniablyDairy #gotmilkrecipe The holidays are getting closer!  It’s finally starting to cool down here in the Midwest, and all I can think about is comfort food, decorating my house for the holidays, and cooking way more than I probably […]

A small bowl of buttery mashed potatoes with melted butter in the center.

Buttery Small Batch Mashed Potatoes

Creamy, Buttery Mashed Potatoes for Two ‘Tis the season for mashed potatoes!  This easy recipe for mashed potatoes makes the perfect amount for 2-3 servings.  A lot of us are doing scaled down versions of the holidays this year, so this recipe is a perfect side dish for two people.  It makes two cups of […]

A top down view of a ceramic plate full of fresh green bean casserole, with a spoon tucked into the casserole off to the right hand side.

Small Batch Fresh Green Bean Casserole

Fresh Green Bean Casserole for a Smaller Crowd. *post and recipe originally published on Nov. 22, 2016.  Both were updated on Nov. 10, 2020.* I originally posted this recipe four years ago for Thanksgiving, and it’s been a consistent favorite on the blog!  But as I’ve furthered my food knowledge, I wanted to give this […]

small batch homemade pizza dough is easy to make, and SO worth it! learn to make your own dough at home, then top with your favorite toppings for a fun pizza night with your friends or family! homemade pizza dough | a flavor journal food blog

Small Batch Beer Pizza Dough

An easy pizza dough recipe for one pizza. I’m guilty of ordering pizza from local pizza places … like … a LOT.  But after testing this small batch pizza dough recipe quite a few times, it’s going to be a regular in my house! This pizza dough is thick and chewy, and makes a perfect […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 small batch, slow cooker barbacoa recipe that is packed with flavor! this recipe makes about 1.5 pounds of spicy shredded beef.

small batch barbacoa (in the slow cooker)

spicy, small batch barbacoa with wine pairings! Slow cooker barbacoa is a solid recipe to keep in your back pocket.  This small batch version uses only 1.5 pounds of beef, and makes the perfect amount for a smaller household! what is barbacoa? Barbacoa is the word from which “barbecue” was born.  It’s basically a traditional […]

flavor packed chicken fried rice is spicy, loaded with flavor, and takes less than 30 minutes to make! this chicken fried rice recipe is complete with wine pairings for date night in, too! chicken fried rice with wine pairings | a flavor journal food blog

chicken fried rice

easy and delicious chicken fried rice! Chicken fried rice is one of my favorite indulgences.  It’s also one of those meals you can order out, and it’s still delicious when you reheat it for lunch / dinner the following day.  But why rely on takeout when you can make an insanely delicious version for yourself at […]

creamy, parmesan risotto is topped with spicy sautéed shrimp for an easy (but elegant) small batch dinner for two. small batch spicy shrimp risotto | a flavor journal food blog

small batch spicy shrimp risotto (for two)

How many variations of risotto can we make together?  The answer is as many as we want, because risotto is LIFE.  Risotto is kind of like pizza, or pasta, or whatever Italian-inspired comfort food fits your mood.  It’s incredibly versatile, loves all types of meats and vegetables, and offers an elegant touch to dinner.  This […]

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 […]

spicy tuna tartare nachos recipe :: baked, crispy wonton chips, spicy ahi tuna, creamy avocado, and spicy sriracha sauce. DELICIOUS and perfect for happy hour at home or date night in! spicy tuna tartare nachos | a flavor journal food blog

spicy tuna tartare nachos

spicy tuna tartare in nacho form I have a mild obsession with spicy tuna.  If you share a similar enthusiasm, you also need to check out this spicy tuna tartare + avocado stacks recipe.  In the meantime, these spicy tuna tartare nachos will more than satisfy your cravings. First, the wonton chips are baked, so […]

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 […]

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