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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 […]

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 […]

Caprese Risotto with RiceSelect®

Caprese Risotto with RiceSelect® Arborio Rice

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #UnforgettableRice #CollectiveBias It’s pretty clear that risotto is like, my thing.  I think it’s because risotto is like a blank canvas, and you can add any and every flavor imaginable to it.  Bacon, cheddar, chicken risotto?  Done.  Spicy […]

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 […]

creamy, parmesan risotto is topped with spicy sautéed shrimp for an easy (but elegant) small batch dinner for two. small batch spicy shrimp risotto | a flavor journal food blog

small batch spicy shrimp risotto (for two)

How many variations of risotto can we make together?  The answer is as many as we want, because risotto is LIFE.  Risotto is kind of like pizza, or pasta, or whatever Italian-inspired comfort food fits your mood.  It’s incredibly versatile, loves all types of meats and vegetables, and offers an elegant touch to dinner.  This […]

cacio e pepe with shallots is a gorgeous, decadent, and simple pasta to share for date night in | a flavor journal small batch recipe

cacio e pepe + shallots : a small batch recipe

you fancy Cacio e pepe is one of my top three favorite pasta dishes of all time.  It’s simple, to the point, and packed with luscious texture and flavor.  The last restaurant I worked at made an incredible cacio e pepe, but they added a slight twist : shallots.  Oh!  And a sous vide poached egg […]

garlic parmesan mashed potatoes are packed with garlic flavor and have a buttery, smooth texture.

small batch garlic parmesan mashed potatoes

There are two glorious things in life that should never be taken for granted : garlic and cheese.  When you combine the two, you get a magical, sublime package of flavor heaven delivered directly to your tastebuds.  Then, you add carbs (because the cheese and garlic need a vessel), and you get garlic parmesan mashed potatoes.   […]

creamy, rich, decadent beer cheese soup made with white cheddar and a little heat. the ultimate comfort food soup in a bread bowl. | spicy white cheddar beer cheese soup | a flavor journal

spicy white cheddar beer cheese soup

spicy white cheddar beer cheese soup is a creamy, rich, and decadent blend of cheese, beer, and heat. it’s the ultimate comfort food soup in a bread bowl.

creamy pancetta leek risotto

creamy pancetta leek risotto : a small batch recipe for two

I’m such a sucker for romantic food.  The thought of warm, rich, luscious comfort food is directly correlated to my excitement for fall.  Creamy pancetta leek risotto does exactly that for me; it’ something I absolutely look forward to cooking and eating.  Risotto may be my all-time favorite grain, due to the creaminess it produces […]

creamy mac and cheese | a flavor journal

creamy mac and cheese

Talk about comfort food.  Hello, fall!  Hello, mac and cheese!  I was recently reading an article in a food magazine, and they offered four variations of my favorite side dish:  1.  basic mac and cheese;  2.  creamy mac and cheese;  3.  crunchy and baked mac and cheese;  4.  ‘cuttable’ mac and cheese. I feel like […]

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