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Green leaf lettuce filled with shredded grilled buffalo chicken, shredded cheese, and a creamy ranch slaw.

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

An Easy, Shredded Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wrap Recipe Easy dinner recipes are all the rage for us lately.  My most popular blog post of all time is these buffalo chicken sliders for two, and people LOVE them.  I originally posted this shredded buffalo chicken lettuce wrap recipe about six years ago, so it was due […]

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.

Southwestern Rotisserie Chicken Soup

An Easy, Hearty Chicken Soup Recipe. This spicy chicken 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 have […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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

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 six […]

greek yogurt caesar dressing

greek yogurt caesar dressing (healthier caesar)

lightened up caesar dressing Greek yogurt caesar dressing is the one recipe I’ve made the most throughout my blogging career, yet I’ve never posted it.  I’ve shot it like ten times, started about five drafts, but for some reason, I never made it official. Now greek yogurt caesar dressing may not be the most elegant […]

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 […]

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