parmesan mashed potatoes

parmesan mashed potatoes

The lightest, most delicious parmesan mashed potatoes are also super easy to make! I love to serve this alongside oven baked “fried” chicken or pile it under mounds of beef stew. Dice the potatoes into small, even cubes for shorter cook time. Add protein-rich Greek yogurt for an unexpected tang that highlights the parmesan. My […]

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beef and mushroom stew

beef and mushroom stew

This beef and mushroom stew is a simplified twist on the classic beef stew and it’s just as delicious! Perfectly browned beef, savory mushrooms, and a low and slow cooking process makes this stew absolutely perfect for those chilly winter months. Meaty cremini mushrooms, savory cuts of beef, with all the umami goodness of tomato paste and […]

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cincinnati chili with parmesan spaghetti squash

healthy cincinnati chili

This spicy Cincinnati chili with parmesan spaghetti squash is a healthier take on the midwestern favorite. Traditionally, Cincinnati chili is made with spiced ground beef and beans and poured over white spaghetti noodles. I left out the beans and swapped in a vegetable (spaghetti squash) for the noodles. Authentic Cincinnatians might find these swaps blasphemous […]

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chocolate ganache frosting

chocolate frosting

This chocolate ganache frosting is the perfect compliment to my “better than box yellow sheet cake.”  It’s delicious and rich chocolate flavors can be paired with any cake or cupcake. To get the right balance of flavors I use very dark chocolate (72% cocoa) and a small amount of brown sugar to add some caramel notes. […]

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better than box yellow sheet cake

classic yellow sheet cake

A delicious nod to my childhood, this better than box yellow sheet cake takes me right back to some of my first experiences in the kitchen. Aside from my triumphs making scrambled eggs at nine years old, boxed cake mix was my favorite childhood go-to. I felt like a real chef opening the Duncan Hines […]

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spicy sausage and pepper baked penne

spicy sausage and peppers baked penne

This spicy sausage and pepper baked penne is a delicious one pot meal. You’ll love the combination of spicy Italian sausage, tons of healthy vegetables, and the fact that it’s made in one pot from start to finish! Working full time and commuting makes it difficult to get a warm meal on the table in […]

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classic shortbread

classic butter shortbread

These classic shortbread cookies have a tender, sweet flavor and they’re the perfect compliment to thick Parisian hot chocolate. During our extensive stay in Paris, Kenny and I enjoyed the most delicious meal at Poilane. After an amazing lunch we ordered two cafe noisettes (shot of espresso with a dollop of frothed milk) that were […]

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le chocolat chaud – Parisian hot chocolate

le chocolat chaud - Parisian hot chocolate

Le chocolat chaud – Parisian hot chocolate is thick, simple, and extremely luxurious. A tender combination of quality ingredients combined with precise technique rewards you with a thick hot chocolate, unlike any cocoa mix you’ve ever tried. What I’ve learned about French cooking is that you have to focus on 2 things: the right amount […]

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classic chocolate chip cookies

classic chocolate chip cookies

There’s nothing more comforting than the sight of soft, classic chocolate chip cookies stacked next to a cold glass of [almond] milk! As much as I love squares of dark chocolate, enjoyed at random times throughout the day, I can’t resist a quality, home made cookie that features my beloved chocolate with the added benefits […]

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