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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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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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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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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classic spaghetti and meatballs

classic spaghetti and meatballs

Classic spaghetti and meatballs with a healthy sepcooks twist! This tried and tested family favorite features baked meatballs, and bright simple tomato sauce, heaped over brown rice noodles. My sister, Jasmine, and I spent many nights in 2014 binge watching the entire Sopranos series. We spent hours Saturday nights drinking wine, eating charcuterie platters, and […]

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weeknight turkey meatloaf

gluten free turkey meatloaf

This [gluten free] weeknight turkey meatloaf is my family’s go-to dish when we want to cook in advance and have meals prepped for the week. Living in Silicon Valley means both my husband and I commute up to 2 hours every day. Topping off a long work day with a stressful drive in traffic doesn’t […]

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rustic weeknight lasagna

rustic weeknight lasagna

Delicious, simple, and hearty, I make this rustic weeknight lasagna early in the week and we’re eating good until the middle of the week! Lasagna has always been one of my favorite foods. In my mind, nothing brings the family together quite like the aroma of fresh baked lasagna topped with a blanket of golden […]

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