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The perfect grilled romaine salad is a twist on the classic wedge salad. This grilled romaine wedge is piled with homemade blue cheese dressing, fresh cherry tomatoes, crunchy bacon, green onion, french fried onions, pickled red onions, and freshly cracked black pepper.

Grilled Romaine Wedge Salad for Two

An Awesome Wedge Salad Recipe with a Twist Wedge salads are wonderful, especially if you love blue cheese and bacon.  Typically, a wedge salad is served as a wedge of iceberg lettuce, but we are taking a different approach with this recipe!  For this particular wedge salad, we’re going to use a “wedge” or romaine […]

a bowl of canned refried black beans swirled with chopped chives

Creamy Canned Refried Black Beans

Creamy refried black beans are the ideal side dish for any Tex-Mex dinner. Loaded with some garlic and a hint of heat, these are sure to be a hit!

Kansas Beef Marinated Flank Steak and Vegetable Hash-14

Kansas Beef Marinated Flank Steak and Vegetable Hash

An easy, lighter, flank steak dinner packed with roasted vegetables. This post is sponsored by Kansas Beef.  All opinions are my own. Spring is here, and you know what that means!  Warm weather, patio parties, and lots of grilling.  I teamed up with Kansas Beef to make this easy, super delicious grilled flank steak recipe […]

A light gray bowl full of creamy parmesan risotto with finely grated parmesan on top.

Creamy Parmesan Risotto for Two

Classic, creamy parmesan risotto for two is the perfect side dish for any date night at home. Enjoy with roasted meats or veggies!

A shallow bowl full of creamy parmesan risotto and shredded short ribs.

Date Night Slow Cooker Short Ribs for Two

A Small Batch Short Rib Recipe for Two. I had so much fun testing this recipe over and over. 🙂 This recipe makes just enough for two people to share, and they are the most decadent, melt-in-your-mouth, comforting date night short ribs ever. Every time I tested this recipe, the results have been absolutely delicious.  […]

A bowl of Caesar salad with crunchy croutons and a small glass jar of Caesar dressing in the background.

Steakhouse Caesar Dressing for Two

Traditional Caesar Salad Dressing from Scratch Caesar salad is probably my all-time favorite way to start a meal at any steakhouse (besides a dirty martini). 🙂  I just can’t get enough of the crispy romaine lettuce, the copious amounts of Parmesan, the crunchy croutons, and of course … the decadent, creamy Caesar dressing. This recipe […]

A big bowl of chicken tortilla soup with black beans, shredded cheese, jalapenos, limes, tortilla chips, sour cream, and cilantros.

Rotisserie Chicken Tortilla Soup

An Easy, Hearty Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe. This chicken tortilla soup recipe is a year-round favorite!  Most of my recipes are small-batch-versions for just two people, but this soup recipe makes about four total servings.  It’s one of those soups that can be refrigerated overnight, and tastes even better the next day.  So why not […]

A cocktail glass filled with a pomegranate cocktail and garnished with grapefruit and rosemary.

Sparkling Pomegranate Gin and Juice Cocktail

An Awesome Pomegranate Cocktail with Sparkling Wine! ‘Tis the season for cheers-ing, boozing, eating, and living your best life.  There are a few festive cocktails on the blog, but this one is the ultimate holiday cheer of cocktails.  There’s pomegranate juice (so it’s clearly healthy, too), gin (or vodka!), grapefruit juice, rosemary maple syrup, and sparkling […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Kansas Beef Marinated Flank Steak and Vegetable Hash-14

Kansas Beef Marinated Flank Steak and Vegetable Hash

An easy, lighter, flank steak dinner packed with roasted vegetables. This post is sponsored by Kansas Beef.  All opinions are my own. Spring is here, and you know what that means!  Warm weather, patio parties, and lots of grilling.  I teamed up with Kansas Beef to make this easy, super delicious grilled flank steak recipe […]

creamy, decadent, over-the-top risotto with smoky bacon, farmhouse cheddar cheese, and shredded rotisserie chicken. an ultimate comfort food for a cozy night in. chicken bacon cheddar risotto | a flavor journal food blog

Bacon, Cheddar, and Chicken Risotto (with Wine Pairings)

A delicious chicken risotto recipe, plus all of the flavors. Trust me on this one. Pair with an oak chard, a fruit-forward red, or a juicy Beaujolais.

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 […]

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

Sausage and Bacon Cheesy Baked Gnocchi

The Best (and Easiest!) 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 […]

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 […]

creamy parmesan risotto mixed with savory caramelized onions and salty bacon is the perfect meal for date night in. wine pairings with risotto are also included! caramelized onion, bacon, and parmesan risotto with wine pairings | a flavor journal food blog

Caramelized Onion, Bacon, and Parmesan Risotto

Risotto with so much flavor. The risotto series continues with this (insanely delicious) caramelized onion, bacon, and parmesan risotto.  Caramelized onions are a game-changer for so many simple dishes, so why not risotto?   If you’ve never made caramelized onions, now. is. your. time.  It’s so easy to do, and it’s relatively therapeutic.  Just thinly slice […]

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 […]

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