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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 […]

A fall sangria recipe with baked pears, baked apples, cinnamon, fresh citrus, apple brandy, orange liqueur, and ginger beer. Warm and comforting, it's the perfect white wine sangria for the cooler weather!

Baked Pear and Apple Sparkling Sangria

Your New Favorite Fall Sangria. This sparkling fall sangria is here just in time for the cooler weather.  It’s a step up from your typical fresh fruit sangrias, because the pears and apples are roasted.  It offers a warm, comforting note to the sangria, and it’s so delicious. When we lived in North Carolina, we […]

A grilled cheese sandwich on an apple shaped cutting board with a bottle of wine in the background

Apple, Cheddar, Bacon & Arugula Grilled Cheese

An Awesome Grilled Cheese Recipe for Fall. Here it is!  Grilled cheese recipe number two in my Gourmet Grilled Cheese Series that is running from September – October this year.  This apple, cheddar, bacon & arugula grilled cheese is another favorite, and it’s here just in time for that cooler weather. What makes this grilled […]

A small cast iron skillet filled with buffalo tater tots, melted cheese, crispy bacon, ranch dressing, and green onions.

Loaded Buffalo Tots

Cruncy, spicy, bold and awesome. Tater tots coated in buffalo sauce, drizzled with ranch (or blue cheese), and topped with bacon and green onion.

A grilled cheese sandwich made with pesto and turkey, cut in half and stacked on top of a small sheetpan lined with parchment paper

Turkey Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Easy, Delicious Grilled Cheese for Two If you’re new here, we love comfort food.  Pastas, soups, sliders … as long as it’s packed with flavor and fun to make, it will most likely make an appearance on this blog. 🙂 This turkey pesto grilled cheese recipe is as easy as it gets, but also way more […]

A slice of sourdough bread covered in melted, browned, bubbly cheese set on top of a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The bread is cut in two.

Cheesy Roasted Garlic Bread

Quick & Easy Garlic Bread for Two Want to pin this for later? Click here! This cheesy garlic bread recipe steps it up a notch by using roasted garlic butter (which is heaven), and gooey, melty cheese.  Roasted garlic is the easiest thing in the world to make – and I have a link coming […]

A side view of a hoagie bun stuffed with shaved ribeye, softened veggies, mayonnaise, melted cheese, and french fried onions.

Spicy Philly Cheesesteaks with Jalapeños

A spicy twist on the Philly Cheesesteak. This spicy Philly Cheesesteak is seriously one of my favorite sandwiches of all time.  The FIRST post on A Flavor Journal was actually this Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich recipe.  (I honestly recommend clicking it just because the difference in photos between it and this post are pretty comical!) How […]

Mini Funfetti cakes stacked with vanilla frosting, sitting on a small cutting board together and being held in the air.

Mini Funfetti Cake Stacks

The cutest Confetti Cake Recipe Funfetti cake / confetti cake is the epitome of celebration cake!  This particular recipe is a very small version of homemade funfetti sheet cake that is packed with colorful sprinkles, then cut down into little tiny cakes.  It’s very similar to my Mini Carrot Cake Stacks from a couple of […]

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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 […]

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, & chicken risotto + 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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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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