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Cheesy ground beef quesadillas stacked on top of one another with salsa and a margarita in the background

Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas for Two

An Easy Beef Quesadilla Recipe! This “beefy quesadilla” recipe was the fourth recipe that I ever posted on A Flavor Journal!  Needless to say, it was time for a glow up! Although the photos are much better than they used to be, I actually decided to simplify the recipe list a bit. This recipe now […]

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 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 […]

Appetizers

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Brunch

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 […]

crispy outside, fluffy inside. these super easy cheddar and chive drop biscuits will make your mornings a whole lot better. cheddar and chive drop biscuits | a flavor journal food blog

vermont cheddar + chive drop biscuits

I’ve made fluffy, cut-out, buttermilk biscuits before, but I wasn’t as familiar with drop biscuits.  These biscuits look way different, and don’t have all of the flaky layers inside.  (Read:  less work!)  However, these small batch cheddar and chive drop biscuits are super easy to make.  They’re crunchy on the outside, light and fluffy on […]

Cocktails

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 […]

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 […]

serrano grapefruit margaritas :: a spicy twist on a grapefruit margarita

spicy serrano grapefruit margaritas

If you like heat in your drink, you’re going to love this serrano grapefruit margarita!  It combines spicy serranos, sweet simple syrup, tart grapefruit and lime juices, and sweet orange juice with blanco tequila.  It’s super easy to make, and incredibly (but spicily) refreshing.   are serrano peppers spicier than jalapenos? Yes.  Serranos are spicy … […]

Desserts

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 […]

mini carrot cakes

a mini layered carrot cake recipe

mini carrot cakes Happy (almost) Easter!  We aren’t exactly celebrating with family this year (that whole social distancing thing, ya know), but I still wanted to be festive.  So, I made these super easy mini layered carrot cakes!  Sure, they’re delicious and fun to make for Easter.  But they are really good any time of […]

chocolate chip + pecan chocolate cookies

chewy chocolate chip + pecan cookies with Karo® Corn Syrup

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BakeBetterCookies #CollectiveBias #ChocolateChipCookies #ChewyCookies #ChewyChocolateChipCookies It’s cookie season. I’ve already made a few batches of cookies this fall, but I’m always looking for bigger and better ways to make chocolate chip cookies specifically. I tried cold butter, higher […]

Entrees

Cheesy ground beef quesadillas stacked on top of one another with salsa and a margarita in the background

Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas for Two

An Easy Beef Quesadilla Recipe! This “beefy quesadilla” recipe was the fourth recipe that I ever posted on A Flavor Journal!  Needless to say, it was time for a glow up! Although the photos are much better than they used to be, I actually decided to simplify the recipe list a bit. This recipe now […]

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 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 […]

Handhelds

Cheesy ground beef quesadillas stacked on top of one another with salsa and a margarita in the background

Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas for Two

An Easy Beef Quesadilla Recipe! This “beefy quesadilla” recipe was the fourth recipe that I ever posted on A Flavor Journal!  Needless to say, it was time for a glow up! Although the photos are much better than they used to be, I actually decided to simplify the recipe list a bit. This recipe now […]

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 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 […]

Salads

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 […]

the best caesar salad recipe

the best + unique caesar salad recipe

This is the best caesar salad recipe I’ve ever thrown together.  Inspired by a salad I ate in North Carolina, this is an unexpected blend of flavors that is going to wow anyone who is craving a unique caesar salad.  how do I spice up a caesar salad If this is your question, I’ve got your […]

Sauces

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, […]

Crab Bash with The Fresh Market

Crab Bash + Calabrian Aioli with The Fresh Market

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TheFreshMarket #TFMCrabBash #Collectivebias One of my favorite things in life is a great dinner party.  Whether I get to throw it, or I am simply attending one with friends, I love the gorgeous array of food, drink, conversation, […]

loaded with shallots, garlic, oregano, and other amazing flavors, this rustic, small batch sherry vinaigrette is just enough for two big salads! small batch sherry vinaigrette | a flavor journal food blog

small batch sherry vinaigrette

Summer is nearly here, but the weather has decided that we are already into it full-force.  Not only do salads make your body feel better, but they also help you avoid those afternoon crashes.  I love a hearty lunch, but sometimes my need for caffeine around 3:00 p.m. becomes way more real than I need it […]

Sides

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 […]

spicy smashed black bean recipe

spicy smashed black beans recipe

a smashed black bean recipe for canned black beans Smashed black beans are an awesome side dish for Tex-Mex food.  This particular recipe for smashed black beans packs a flavor punch, and also delivers on the heat.  But it’s easy to adjust if you don’t want a lot of spiciness!  Smashed beans have a consistency […]

brussels sprouts for two

small batch roasted brussels sprouts with parmesan

Brussels sprouts are easily one of our favorite vegetables, and one that we eat almost weekly.  These small batch roasted spicy brussels sprouts with parmesan are a really good side dish for date night in!  They are perfect to eat with grilled steak, roasted chicken, or whatever you like! This recipe makes enough for two […]

Slow Cooker

shredded pork french dip sliders (small batch recipe)

slow cooker pulled pork french dip sliders

succulent shredded pork, melty cheese, and crunchy fried onions make the best sliders. If you have a two quart crockpot, you have come to the right place for recipes for it!  This small batch recipe for pulled pork french dip sliders makes one pound of pulled pork.  It’s perfect for about 10-12 total sliders, which […]

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 […]

slow cooker shredded buffalo chicken recipe

shredded slow cooker buffalo chicken

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but fall is officially slow cooker season.  Kidding.  It’s obviously what some of us live for every year, and I’m here for it.  I’m also here for all of the buffalo chicken recipes, so it’s only right to combine the two.  This slow cooker buffalo chicken is pretty much […]

Small Batch Recipes

Cheesy ground beef quesadillas stacked on top of one another with salsa and a margarita in the background

Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas for Two

An Easy Beef Quesadilla Recipe! This “beefy quesadilla” recipe was the fourth recipe that I ever posted on A Flavor Journal!  Needless to say, it was time for a glow up! Although the photos are much better than they used to be, I actually decided to simplify the recipe list a bit. This recipe now […]

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 […]

Soups

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 […]

small batch loaded potato soup

small batch loaded potato soup

I don’t know if there are many recipes in my repertoire that are longer overdue.  If there is one soup I love in life, it’s easily loaded potato soup.  Hands down.  And it needs to be easy, creamy, and packed with flavor.  It also has to deliver a sense of comfort to my tastebuds in […]

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 […]

Wine Pairings

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 […]

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 […]

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