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a bowl of canned refried black beans swirled with chopped chives

Creamy Canned Refried Black Beans

Creamy refried black beans are the ideal side dish for any Tex-Mex dinner. Loaded with some garlic and a hint of heat, these are sure to be a hit!

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 […]

a unique twist on pesto that utilizes the edible tops of radishes. great with pizza, pasta, or other light + crunchy snacks. | small batch radish leaf + basil pesto | a flavor journal food blog

small batch radish leaf + basil pesto

All right, everyone.  I’ve officially made the move from my loft in downtown Kansas City to our new (huge) apartment in Southern Pines, N.C.  Big change?  Oh yes.  But I’m good with it, because now my life is all about food blogging.  Lucky you, right? 😉  To start things off, we are going to discover […]

thick, chunky guacamole packed with avocado, tomato, onion, garlic, jalapeños, and seasoned to perfection! perfect chunky guacamole | a flavor journal food blog.

perfect chunky guacamole [made by Mark].

So I originally had the intention to make cheesy guacamole yesterday.  Instead, I ended up making trashy [freaking delicious] cheese dip, and I made Mark tackle his famous perfect chunky guacamole.  Why?  Because Mark is the KING of guacamole around these parts.  He rarely measures ingredients, but it always comes out perfect. This time, I […]

fresh tomato and basil spicy pasta is quick, easy, and light! it is the perfect weeknight dinner for two, and comes together in only thirty minutes! | fresh tomato and basil spicy pasta | a flavor journal

fresh tomato & basil spicy pasta

Spring is here, and warmer weather is soooo close!  It’s been crazy here in the Midwest: tornadoes, snow, hail, and a record-breaking high temperature all happened in a one week span this month.  I’m ready for consistent, beautiful weather, and sunshine!  This also means it’s the time of year for lighter, healthier alternatives to some […]

roasted garlic hummus | a flavor journal

roasted garlic hummus.

Light, simple and full of flavor. Roasted garlic hummus is a great summertime snack and easy to keep around!

perfect spinach artichoke dip | a flavor journal.

perfect spinach artichoke dip.

  If there is one thing you should know about me and my guilty pleasures, it’s that I could honestly eat appetizers all day.  I’m not talking tapas; I mean bar. food. appetizers.  All day.   Some of my favorite are as follows: spinach and artichoke dip nachos wings quesadillas potato skins   Ok.  I’ll […]

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