30 Minutes or Less

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 […]

Appetizers

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 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 […]

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 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 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 […]

Desserts

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 […]

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 […]

Entrees

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.  […]

small batch homemade pizza dough is easy to make, and SO worth it! learn to make your own dough at home, then top with your favorite toppings for a fun pizza night with your friends or family! homemade pizza dough | a flavor journal food blog

Small Batch Beer Pizza Dough

An easy pizza dough recipe for one pizza. I’m guilty of ordering pizza from local pizza places … like … a LOT.  But after testing this small batch pizza dough recipe quite a few times, it’s going to be a regular in my house! This pizza dough is thick and chewy, and makes a perfect […]

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 […]

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 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 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 […]

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 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 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 […]

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 […]

Slow Cooker

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.  […]

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 […]

Small Batch Recipes

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 […]

Soups

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 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 for Two

An Awesome Baked Potato Soup Recipe for Two. 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 […]

Wine Pairings

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 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 […]

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