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Bolognese Sauce with bucatini noodles for a cozy home-cooked meal idea.

Easy Date Night Bolognese Sauce

Date Night Pasta Shouldn’t be Difficult. Pasta has a really interesting way of being both comforting and elegant, and this bolognese sauce is no exception.  Bolognese typically takes over three hours to simmer, but with a couple of helpful swaps, this only takes 45 minutes. Of course, if you have the time and you want […]

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 […]

A fresh and easy pico de gallo recipe (with garlic) that is a perfect topping for any Mexican dish!

Fresh Pico de Gallo with Garlic

Pico with garlic makes everything better. Fresh pico de gallo is a super easy recipe that is necessary for Mexican night at home.  Traditional pico doesn’t have garlic, but this version definitely does.  I’m obsessed with garlic, and put it in as many recipes as I possibly can!  This pico recipe only requires six ingredients […]

Roasted jalapeños and chopped artichoke hearts mixed with a creamy, cheesy blend for the best jalapeño artichoke dip!

Jalapeno Artichoke Dip with Roasted Jalapenos

This jalapeno artichoke dip is seriously addictive. It’s creamy AND cheesy with roasted jalapeños, artichoke hearts, and tons of flavor. Tried and true, this jalapeno artichoke dip pleases even the pickiest of eaters.  It’s basically a copycat version of the Aldi jalapeño artichoke dip, but this version is totally easy to make.  We use roasted […]

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 […]

smash cocktail with blackberry and bourbon

blackberry bourbon smash

what is a blackberry bourbon smash? This drink is such a classic cocktail. A “smash” is comprised of seasonal fruits, mint, citrus, and a spirit of your choice.  If you’ve ever had a mint julep, which is basically just bourbon, sugar, and mint, the smash is like the julep’s close relative. But this drink has […]

an easy tex-mex chicken dish with fajita veggies, spices, shredded chicken, and leftover rice!

tex mex fried rice with chicken

tex-mex chicken recipes are the best. Tex-mex fried rice is a pretty delicious twist on fried rice.  While chicken fried rice is one of my favorite meals, it’s fun to shake things up every now and then.  This fried rice is still simple, but has some really delicious ingredients that bump up the awesome tex-mex […]

a quick and easy cilantro sauce with sour cream, fresh lime, cilantro, and spices

cilantro sauce with sour cream and lime

an easy sauce for all things tex-mex Cilantro sauce is a necessity for anything Tex-Mex.  Tacos, salads, nachos … everything.  This cilantro sauce is made with sour cream, a few spices, hot sauce, milk (or water), fresh lime juice and fresh cilantro. The flavors in this sauce will really benefit from chilling for about an hour, […]

a spicy buffalo chicken caesar salad recipe for two

buffalo chicken caesar salad :: small batch

an awesome buffalo barbecue chicken salad with all the toppings Warm weather means it’s officially salad season.  This buffalo chicken caesar salad recipe makes enough for two big salads, but can easily be doubled or tripled if needed.  It’s so good, and so easy to make!  It’s part of the constant rotation on our summer […]

small batch spicy meatballs with ricotta cheese (spicy and delicious!)

spicy ricotta baked meatballs :: small batch recipe

what can I make with leftover ricotta cheese?  SPICY RICOTTA BAKED MEATBALLS Ricotta is one of those ingredients that I get for one recipe, and then it goes to die in my refrigerator.  But why?  Ricotta is so delicious!  There’s no reason it shouldn’t be used in its entirety.  So, in hopes to change my […]

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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 […]

small batch spicy meatballs with ricotta cheese (spicy and delicious!)

spicy ricotta baked meatballs :: small batch recipe

what can I make with leftover ricotta cheese?  SPICY RICOTTA BAKED MEATBALLS Ricotta is one of those ingredients that I get for one recipe, and then it goes to die in my refrigerator.  But why?  Ricotta is so delicious!  There’s no reason it shouldn’t be used in its entirety.  So, in hopes to change my […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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