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Crispy Greek Salad on an oval platter.

Greek Salad (Easy 15-Minute Salad With Video)

This Greek salad recipe is so easy and delicious we eat it all year long, not just in the summer months! With just 8 ingredients (one of which is a ‘secret flavor bomb’ add-on) plus a simple homemade Greek dressing, this healthy salad recipe ticks off all the right boxes […]

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 […]

A Japanese Pork Bun BLT on a vintage Italian plate with gold trim.

The Best BLT Bao Buns (Japanese-Style BLTs on Homemade Buns)

If you love BLTs and Japanese pork buns as much as we do, I think you’ll love this ultimate and very delicious BLT. One part American classic and two parts Asian deliciousness makes one of the best BLTs ever. Super-soft homemade bao buns, slathered with a quick sesame-soy spicy mayo, […]

a tray with four pork buns each with two pieces of braised pork belly, quick salt and sugar pickled cumbers, sesame-soy-mayo, hoisin sauce, and scallions topped with a little shredded lettuce

The Fluffiest Homemade Pork Buns (Tangzhong Pork Buns)

This Momofuku & Ippudo-style pork bun recipe includes the best, most tender soft homemade bao buns (Gua Bao or Baozi) with slow-braised pork belly. The brined pork is basically a set-it-and-forget-it pork belly with otherworldly deliciousness. As for the bao (the buns), I use a special ingredient combined with the tangzhong […]

two long pieces of golden brown braised pork belly in a white ceramic casserole dish

Easy Japanese Braised Pork Belly (Momofuku & Ippudo Style)

This easy braised pork belly recipe is perfect for making Japanese-style pork buns, but you can also use it as a topping for homemade tonkotsu ramen, or as a delicious side to your eggs for brunch. Brined overnight and slow-braised until super tender, you’ll never need another pork belly recipe. […]

closeup of a super shiny single soft boiled caramel colored ramen egg resting in a ramen spoon in an empty ramen bowl

Perfect Jammy Ramen Eggs (Ajitsuke Tamago 味付け卵)

Learn how to make perfectly jammy soft-boiled ramen eggs at home with just 3 ingredients (4 if you want to get fancy). Also, known as Ajitsuke Tamago, Nitamago, or Ajitama, these caramel-colored umami-rich eggs are a favorite addition to homemade ramen or eaten as a snack. When cooked well, ramen […]

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad (Homemade Dressing w/Parm Croutons)

If you’re a fan of Caesar Salad, (like Chili’s Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad circa the late 90s and early aughts), I think you’ll love this homemade grilled chicken Ceasar Salad recipe. Each component is incredibly simple to make from scratch — homemade Parmesan and herb-coated (featherlight) crispy croutons, umami-rich Caesar […]

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 […]

bright green mushy peas with whole peas dotted on top

Easy Creamy Mushy Peas Recipe

Sweet, creamy, buttery mushy peas make any meal (or fish and chips) even better. These peas are so delicious that the first time I made them, we immediately made them again for dinner the same night, and then two days later we had them again after we went back to […]

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, […]

perfectly pan seared long carrot slices glistening with olive oil on a white platter

Perfect Pan-Seared Sweet Carrots

Pan-searing is one of the easiest (and most delicious) ways to bring out the natural sugar in carrots. In just 10 minutes you can have a side of perfectly blistered, super sweet cooked carrots without ever turning on your oven. We love pan-seared veggies around here and using this quick-cooking […]

3 perfectly golden brown sautéed cornbread dressing cakes in a cast iron skillet with a crispy sage leaf in the middle

Leftover Thanksgiving Cornbread Dressing Cakes

Crispy savory cornbread dressing cakes can be made in minutes using leftover cornbread dressing from your Thanksgiving dinner!  Southern Cornbread Dressing is a favorite holiday side dish in our family and we always make enough to have leftovers. If you get tired of smothering it with giblet gravy and swiping […]

a cast iron skillet with golden brown southern cornbread resting on a white linen tea towel with vegetable and fruit pattern in sage green and terra cotta earth tones

How to Make Southern Buttermilk Skillet Cornbread

This homemade Southern Cornbread recipe is buttery and full of sweet toasty corn flavor. It’s crispy on the bottom, sides, and top with a buttery, pillowy crumb in the middle.  And from start to finish, it takes less than 30 minutes to make. This means it can be made just […]