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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 […]

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 […]

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fresh asparagus, crispy prosciutto, fresh lemon, and creamy mascarpone tucked inside creamy risotto is the perfect cozy dinner this season. asparagus risotto | a flavor journal food blog

lemon asparagus risotto with prosciutto

lemon, prosciutto, & asparagus risotto Risotto number five (of the risotto series on the blog) has arrived!  This lemon asparagus risotto starts like a basic risotto: olive oil, onions, arborio rice, a splash of white wine, and chicken broth.  But then, asparagus, lemon juice, prosciutto, and mascarpone transform it into a gorgeous flavor and textural […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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