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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

these tacos are stuffed with spicy shrimp, crumbled bacon, avocado, and tomatoes - then drizzled with a cool and creamy sour cream cilantro sauce. it's the perfect weeknight taco option! spicy shrimp tacos with sour cream cilantro sauce | a flavor journal small batch recipe

spicy shrimp tacos + sour cream cilantro sauce

small batch spicy shrimp tacos Yeah, it’s official. I’m obsessed with small batch spicy shrimp tacos.  But I feel like there could be worse things, right?   Last week, I took full advantage of Taco Tuesday. We stopped into this quaint little restaurant in Pinehurst for lunch, and the place was packed.  Apparently they have […]

this pork carnitas recipe is full of heat and packed with flavor. it's a small batch recipe, and uses under one pound of pork. literally my favorite carnitas recipe ever. small batch spicy pork carnitas | a flavor journal food blog

small batch spicy pork carnitas

this pork carnitas recipe is full of heat and packed with flavor. it’s a small batch recipe, and uses under one pound of pork. literally my favorite carnitas recipe ever.

cook these spicy + decadent short ribs in the slow cooker for the ultimate simplified comfort food! spicy slow cooker short ribs | a small batch recipe for two | a flavor journal | food blog

slow cooker beef short ribs : a small batch recipe for two.

Winter is trying SO HARD to hold on, but the warm days just keep coming.  As spring beckons, I find it necesary to pay my respects to winter for actually showing up this year, and making me appreciate the sunshine and warm weather so much more.  It was COLD this year!  Cold enough to make […]

cheesy layered pasta bake combines hearty tomato sauce, hot italian sausage, and ground beef with layers of creamy, cheesy sauce! this pasta bake is topped with mozzarella cheese and baked to perfection. and instant family favorite! | a flavor journal

cheesy layered pasta bake

A few friends are coming over today to watch the game, and we decided to take a different approach to the food situation this year.  Rather than having a ton of snack food, we are going to do an actual dinner, and make a night of it!  My contribution this year is a twist on a family […]

steak, shallot, and blue cheese flatbread. Simple dough rolled thin, topped with homemade crushed tomato sauce, then shallots, spinach, cheese blends, leftover filet, blue cheese, and mozzarella. Baked to perfection and served hot! | a flavor journal

steak, shallot, and blue cheese flatbread

I ate this entire steak, shallot, and blue cheese flatbread by myself.  I’d like to tell you that this occurred over the course of four or five days, but that’s not true.  It took me two days.  *gone*. The flavor combinations in this flatbread are some of my favorites.  We start with homemade flatbread dough […]

slow cooker spicy shredded beef | a flavor journal

slow cooker spicy shredded beef

I recently mentioned that I had debated between making barbacoa or pork carnitas for quite some time.  The pork carnitas tacos won out, but like … WHAT?!  BOTH of these recipes are SO good!  Why did I ever wait so long to attempt either of them?!  Rather than naming these barbacoa, I went with slow cooker […]

pork carnitas tacos

pork carnitas tacos.

Pork carnitas tacos may have changed my life a little.  Similar recipes have been floating around the internet for quite some time, yet I’ve never felt a strong urge to try them.  Truthfully, I’ve had pork carnitas and barbacoa on my radar for nearly a year.  I don’t use my slow cooker nearly as often […]

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