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A stack of crispy golden shrimp spring rolls with the tails sticking out at the end.

Firecracker Shrimp Spring Rolls With Chili Oil (With Video)

This might be our all-time favorite Asian appetizer and spring roll recipe ever. Crispy, crunchy shrimp spring rolls are crazy delicious and probably the easiest appetizer you’ll ever make. If you’re a fan of chili oil, shrimp, or spring rolls you’ll love making these restaurant-quality these at home without the […]

Crunchy spiced pecans in a scalloped snack bowl.

Candied Pecans Anyone Can Make (Easy, Crunchy, Delicious)

Candied pecans are a no-frills, no-fuss recipe perfect for topping salads, general snacking, adding to popcorn salads on family movie night, fancying up your holiday cheese or charcuterie board, or giving as delicious DIY food gifts. These sweet glazed pecans are delicious and hard to stop eating — you’ve officially […]

wonton chip in a shallow dip ramekin with Spicy Sichuan Party Dip drizzled with Sichuan chili oil

Spicy Sichuan Gold Cream Cheese Dip (w/Homemade Wonton Chips)

This spicy Sichuan party dip has everything we love about our favorite Chengdunese wontons in chili oil except in a totally unexpected creamy, spicy, crunchy dip that’s perfect for scooping up with homemade crispy-fried wonton chips (or any chips!) or crudité. I like to call this stuff Sichuan gold because […]

pizza fritte with burrata, black olives, sun dried tomatoes, and prosciutto di Parma on top

Authentic Italian Pizza Fritte (Pizzonte Frittelle Abruzzese)

Abruzzo Frittella (or pizz’onta as it’s called in dialect) is the best fried pizza you’ve likely never had. This sneaky good crispy-on-the-outside, super soft, and puffy-on-the-inside fried pizza is delicious. In fact, I can say it’s one of the best breads I’ve probably ever eaten. Golden brown shallow-fried dough sprinkled with […]

shallow oval ramekin dish with hot golden brown bubbly spinach artichoke dip with a single artichoke heart in the middle.

Best Spinach Artichoke Dip (The Ultimate Hot & Creamy Party Dip)

This oven-baked easy spinach artichoke dip recipe is creamy, melty, and chock full of artichokes and spinach. It’s ready in about 35 minutes, making this the ultimate hot party dip that’s just as good for game night as it is for your holiday parties and Sunday suppers. Plus, you can […]

Mediterranean pasta salad with pasta, olives, fresh mozzarella, shrimp, sauteed asparagus and carrots, sun dried tomatoes, celery, cucumbers, and more.

Best Mediterranean Pasta Salad (Pasta Freddo)

This Mediterranean pasta salad recipe is pretty much a perfect antipasti platter in a bowl! I’ve used 3 of our favorite pasta shapes for extra texture, seasonal vegetables, prosciutto cotto (cooked Italian ham), baby shrimp, and fresh mozzarella for the protein, plus a few of our favorite pickled and cured […]

a glass bowl filled with homemade french onion dip with green herbs throughout and a silver spoon in the bowl

All-Natural Homemade French Onion Dip (Better Than Store-Bought)

This easy homemade French Onion Dip recipe is tangy, creamy, and tastes just like my whole family’s favorite brand (Hiland French Onion Dip). I use a technique that helps it firm up just like the store-bought stuff without needing any unnatural ingredients. This French onion dip recipe is also free […]

an open-faced grilled beef shortib chopped sandwich with smokey pickled red onions and a twisted lemongrass dill pickled watermelon ribbon on top

Lemongrass Dill Pickled Watermelon Rind Ribbons (w/Spicy Option)

This is not your average pickled watermelon rind recipe — for starters, it’s not sweet like most, but instead, it’s dill-pickled with fragrant lemongrass, mustard seed, dill, and garlic (and in select jars we’ve even added a delicious spicy component and a few poppy seeds). At first thought, this may […]

sliced magenta-pink colored red onions in a vinegar based brine inside a stainless steel pot with a sealed Mason jar to the left holding freshly pickled julienned carrot slices

Smoky Quick Pickled Red Onions (refrigerator pickles)

These pickled red onions add a delicious crunchy smokiness to all kinds of dishes and they’re incredibly simple to make (especially perfect for beginner picklers). Seriously tasty and ready in minutes they’re the best sour crunchy pickle toppers for homemade bacon-wrapped or grilled hotdogs, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, tacos, Cubano sandwiches, […]

super thin and crispy homemade potato chips on a white paper towel in the sunlight

Super Crispy Easy Homemade Potato Chips

This easy recipe for crispy homemade potato chips is the best! So light, and fried just right they make a perfect salty snack or side to your favorite sandwich or afternoon aperitivo. All that’s standing in between you and these artisan-style chips, is a couple of potatoes, a little frying […]

cantaloupe wedges draped and wrapped with beautifully soft and luscious paper-thin sheets of prosciutto di parma on a marble round platter in the sunlight with a view of Italy in the background

Prosciutto e Melone (Italian Ham + Cantaloupe)

If you love sweet ripe melons and Prosciutto di Parma in all its soft, buttery, salty porky goodness, this is the quickest and easiest 2-ingredient dish to make right now! No cooking required, just a few quick slices and scoops and it’s ready in 5 minutes! We love prosciutto-wrapped anything […]

two lines of alternating tomato and mozzarella slices drizzled with bright green olive oil, sea salt and sprinkled with baby leaves of basi.

How to Make Italian Caprese Salad (l’insalata Caprese)

This Caprese salad is simple, delicious, and takes five minutes to pull together for a quick appetizer or meal.  Just add a little bread and it turns lunch or dinner into something light, healthy, and totally satisfying. The key to a good Caprese salad is the ingredients — use the […]

plum and mozzarella caprese salad with basil leaves and olive oil on a plate

‘Plum Crazy’ Caprese Salad (a Fresh Take on a Classic Italian Salad)

For those of you who love Caprese salad, this is a unique seasonal take on one of our favorite Italian summer salads.  It’s delicious and takes five minutes to pull it together and looks really pretty when it’s assembled. Plums are a great substitute for tomatoes if you’re craving Caprese […]

Spicy pickled carrots in a mason kerr canning jar top down view with a sichuan dried chili pepper floating on top.

Sichuan Flower Pepper Pickled Carrots (花椒 Mala Pickled Carrots)

These Pickled Carrots add a delicious crunchy numbing bite to all kinds of favorite dishes and they’re simple and quick to make. One of my favorite things is to making pickles – all kinds! And if you’re familiar with fragrant Sichuan numbing peppers (aka da hong pao or Sichuan flower […]