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Instant Pot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cabot Creamery. As always, I only partner with brands that I love and truly believe in, allowing me to create more quick and easy recipes to get us through the week without breaking the bank. All opinions expressed are my own. Seriously the EASIEST way to make this! Only […]

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Easy Chow Mein

Skip the takeout and make the BEST chow mein at home in less than 30 min! Perfectly crispy noodles with bok choy, mushrooms + bean sprouts! We were ordering Chinese take-out from one of my favorite places. And all I really wanted was a giant bowl of chow mein with pan-fried noodles to that perfect […]

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Instant Pot Chicken Stock

Now you can make the best homemade chicken stock in just 45 min! Freeze for up to 3 months. Perfect for stews, soups and sauces! I have been completely obsessed with making chicken stock at home. Because once you try homemade, you can never go back. And thanks to the Instant Pot, you can now […]

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Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken

No more store-bought chicken! Nope, you can make this in the crockpot with only 15 min prep. So tender, moist and juicy! During my college days, I would use my mom’s Costco membership to snag one of those Kirkland rotisserie chickens whenever I could. I mean, guys, it was (or maybe still is) $4.99 for […]

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Garlic Butter Shrimp Zucchini Noodles

Super skinny, super low carb! Made in less than 30 minutes! It’s so flavorful, you won’t even miss the pasta here! Who’s ready for that summer diet? Yeah, me neither. My wedding diet went out the window months ago so I probably won’t get around to that summer diet either. But, I can definitely incorporate […]

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Classic Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce is an Italian slowly cooked delicious meat and tomato sauce that is very flavorful, very rich and makes a comforting dish perfect for lunch or dinner. It is not a quick recipe, the secret of this delightful sauce consists in even the fact that it needs to be cooked for about 2 hours to reach to its fullest richness and intense flavor.

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Ferrero Rocher Mousse Cake (Nutella Mousse Cake)

Ferrero Rocher Mousse Cake sounds, looks and tastes incredible. Inspired again by the irresistible Ferrero Rocher truffles this mousse cake is made of a chocolate hazelnut sponge cake at the bottom topped with an amazing crunchy hazelnut streusel, covered in a silky smooth Nutella mousse and topped with chocolate glaze.

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Carne Asada

Cilantro, olive oil, soy sauce, orange + lime juice, garlic, jalapeno and cumin make for the easiest and most flavorful marinade. SO SO GOOD. Hope you all had the most amazing Cinco de Mayo. The weather finally warmed up in Chicago – I mean, hello, we’re talking sunny 70 degree weather! I know, I couldn’t […]

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Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken

Simple prep with zero fuss! Restaurant-quality butter chicken made so easily in the crockpot. Serve with rice and naan. I’m sure some of you have already put away your crockpot for the season. Up in one of those high cupboards so you don’t have to see your slow cooker until the Fall hits. But seeing […]

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Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad

No more boring cobb salads! Made with the juiciest garlic rosemary chicken thighs and the most flavorful honey Dijon dressing! If only all cobb salads looked like this, I never would have said no to them growing up! No, but really, this takes the traditional cobb salad to the next level. We’re not doing those […]

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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

The easiest crockpot recipe of your life! It’s a one pot wonder – no searing, no fuss. Simply throw everything right in! I love a good crockpot recipe. Especially the ones that cook low and slow for 7-8 hours, undisturbed, as you walk into the door from work where dinner is magically finished and set. […]

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Quick Ramen Noodle Stir Fry

Fast, easy and budget-friendly using ramen noodles and ground beef for an amazing, saucy stir fry the whole family will love! You have no idea how much I love a good stir fry. It’s always so quick to whip up, and you can essentially use up anything and everything in your fridge – making it […]

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Korean Beef Bulgogi

A super easy recipe for Korean BBQ beef with the most flavorful marinade! The thin slices of meat cook quickly, and it’s so tender!!! It was always a treat when my mom would whip this up on those busy weeknights – marinating the beef just a few hours while I was at swim practice. And […]

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Macaron Cake

Whenever you want to impress your friends or family I suggest making a macaron cake which is nothing else but a giant chocolate macaron filled with a sweetened condensed milk buttercream and flavorful raspberry jam.

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Mexican Street Tacos

Easy, quick, authentic carne asada street tacos you can now make right at home! Top with onion, cilantro + fresh lime juice! SO GOOD! You truly begin to miss things once they are gone. That’s not just a saying. It’s real life. See, I lived a block away from a famous taco truck back in […]

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Red Beans and Rice

So thick, so creamy and so flavorful! The beans are cooked just right – perfectly tender, served with rice and smoky andouille sausage. I kind of have a thing for Louisiana. I don’t know if it’s all the beignets and the powdered sugar I leave on my pants or if it’s the classic red beans […]

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Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

The best kind of comfort food you can make right in your crockpot! Even the uncooked orzo cooks in the slow cooker! So it’s 33 degrees here in Chicago today. With a snow storm, of course. I really started seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. The coffee shops and restaurants started setting […]

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast

No-fuss, amazingly fall-apart pot roast made in your crockpot with the most tender vegetables! And the gravy is simply perfection. So I’m not sure if you guys know this but Chicago has some amazing food. Like really really really bomb food. And I’m not just talking about deep dish pizzas or Portillo’s chocolate cake shake. […]

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One Pot Beef Stroganoff

Now you can make everyone’s favorite stroganoff in ONE POT with ground beef! No-fuss + budget-friendly with the quickest clean-up! What makes a stroganoff so stinking good? Is it the beef? The mushrooms? The cream sauce? The pasta smothered and drenched in that cream sauce? It’s simply all of the above, right? Well, great news, […]

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Roasted Leg of Lamb

This recipe is so good yet it doesn’t require too much time, effort or ingredients. It’s easy & fool-proof, even for you first-timers! If you haven’t cooked a leg of lamb before, don’t be intimidated. I know, it seems incredibly daunting but it’s so much easier than you think. It’s fool-proof and fuss-free. And you […]

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Kremšnita - Krempita - Cremeschnitte - Vanilla Custard Cake

This delicious dessert made of sheets of crispy puff pastry, filled with vanilla custard is very familiar in many European countries and it is known under various names: cremeschnitte, krempita, kremšnita, krémes, cremsnit, cremes and so on. No matter how is called it is definitely a dessert you need to try at least once in a lifetime.

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Canelés (Cannelés) de Bordeaux

Canelés (Cannelés) de Bordeaux are delicious French pastries that have a crispy caramelized crust and a soft custard interior. Not everybody is familiar with them and definitely they are not as popular as macarons but still very impressive and once you’ve discovered them you keep wanting for more. Even though they are made using simple basic ingredients caneles are simply out of this world.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu is an amazing and delightful way of preparing chicken for lunch or dinner. The chicken is pounded until thin, stuffed with ham and melting cheese, rolled, dipped in egg and coated in panko breadcrumbs and then baked or fried until crispy and golden brown. It’s really not complicated at all, goes pretty fast and it’s absolutely delicious with that melted cheese inside.

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Chocolate Royal - Trianon

As a chocolate lover I simply fell in love with this elegant French dessert called Chocolate Royal or Trianon. A hazelnut and almond dacquoise topped with a crunchy praline, covered in chocolate mousse and a cocoa mirror glaze. What not to love about this? Pretty easy recipe to prepare at home but very impressive in look and flavor.

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Easy Slow Cooker Chili

Come home to the best homemade chili! It’s an amazingly hearty, cozy beef chili that cooks low and slow for 8 hrs in the crockpot! Is it too late in the year to still be whipping up crockpot recipes? I mean, I did just mention it was going to be 63 degrees F this weekend, […]

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Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

Made with the juiciest, tender honey mustard chicken, romaine, strawberries, avocado and corn. And the dressing is perfection! I have the most amazing news ever. It’s going to be 63 degrees F in Chicago on Sunday! I know, I couldn’t believe it either. I’m even seeing all the restaurants dusting off and setting up their […]

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Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs

This is truly the most AMAZING zesty cilantro-lime marinade ever. And the chicken comes out perfectly juicy and tender. Guys. It was 25 degrees F this morning. I am seriously so over it. I mean, we’re about to head into April! And it was 60 degrees just a few days ago. Where’s the Spring weather, […]

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Chicken Khao Soi (Thai Coconut Curry Noodle Soup)

Made with such tender shredded chicken in an amazingly fragrant coconut-curry broth that is to die for! So this is completely inspired by my Thailand trip from last year. It only took me a year to perfect! Now if you haven’t tried khao soi just yet, it’s the most amazing Thai noodle soup dish made […]

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Creamy Potato Gratin

Guaranteed to be everyone’s favorite side dish, for dinners or holidays! So amazingly rich, creamy, buttery and completely addictive! Is it too early to be discussing Easter recipes? Because I’ve been planning Easter ever since Christmas was over. I mean, hey, I’ll take any excuse to make a potato gratin. No, wait. I’ll take any […]

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Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs

A ONE POT meal made in your pressure cooker with homemade meatballs (not frozen!). Still so quick and easy to whip up! There’s something so cozy and homey about spaghetti and meatballs. It’s just one of those dishes that screams comfort food like mom used to make. Except I almost never make it at home. […]

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