American cuisine

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

It’s not quite as simple as my favorite two-ingredient honey goat cheese dip, but this pumpkin cheesecake dip is pretty darn easy.

It only requires five ingredients and comes together in less than five minutes.


Green Bean Casserole

This is a from-scratch green bean casserole that’s a cinch to make and a nice departure from the cream-of-mushroom standby we all know and love. The wonderful thing about it, besides the fact that it contains bacon, is that it begins with a plain white sauce, which can be adapted in any number of ways. Use a combination of different cheeses, add a little mustard, some mushrooms–whatever floats your boat. And while I opted for a topping of panko breadcrumbs, you can substitute the yummy french fried onions (or crushed potato chips; you heard me) if that’s more to your liking.

Have fun with it! The green bean casserole world is your oyster.
Just don’t add oysters. You’ll need them for the dressing.

Basic Peanut Butter Fudge

Corn Fried Rice

I love fried rice from Chinese food restaurants. This recipe was an easy alternative to one of my favorite takeout foods!

Simple Sesame Chicken

something like this chicken… that’s a little sticky and sweet and covered in sesame seeds because OMGilovethem. And before we know it, it’s Tuesdeeee.

Serve with roasted green beans and corn fried rice, recipe here.


Cranberry-Ginger Fizz

I made the cranberry infused gin a day in advance and let it sit in the fridge overnight to really soak up all the flavors of the fruit - cranberry, orange, and lemon. The ginger ale gives a great hint of spice and fizziness from the carbination. This drink is a fun festive cocktail that would be great for any breast cancer awareness meal, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or really any day of the year.

Beef and Bean Enchilada Casserole

Sometimes you just need a good comfort food recipe… a recipe that is easy-to-make… and a meal that every member of your family will eat without complaints.  I’ve got one one those recipes for you: Beef and Bean Enchilada Casserole

This one is a simple one- rather than rolling the ingredients up into a corn tortilla, the ingredients are layered into the casserole dish instead.

Italian Pot Roast

This is a scrumptious pot roast and slightly different than my regular weeknight pot roast, which is yummy in its own right. For this one, I cooked it ahead of time, refrigerated it, then skimmed off the fat the next day and reduced the cooking liquid into a thick, rich sauce. I happened to have thrown in peppers and artichokes, but the additions are really secondary to the sauce itself. You could just take the traditional approach and throw in carrots and onions when you start the cooking process if you want to just keep it simple.

Pasta with Brown Butter Mizithra

You can serve this garnished with chopped fresh parsley like they do at The Old Spaghetti Factory but I really don't think it needs it, it's more for looks. I would also say no salt is needed because the Mizithra brings enough salt to the dish. You could add in more fillers like roasted garlic, sauteed bread crumbs, fresh lemon juice/zest or fresh basil but really this meal is perfect with it's three simple ingredients. You can find Mizithra cheese in the specialty cheese section of most grocery stores (which is usually near the produce section) or at Greek specialty stores. This is comfort food at it's simplest and best. Some days you just need some delicious carbs. Enjoy!

Bisquits and Gravy Dip

This dip, I have been thinking about and was finally able to bring it to life.  You see, I love biscuits and gravy, but not always as a main course. I love serving fancy pancakes for brunch, but also want something savory in the mix. This kind of lets you have it both ways. You get to serve your awesome pancakes for the main course and this can be out when guests arrive! You can thank me later.

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