Herb-Marinated Goat Cheese Jar

Herb-Marinated Goat Cheese Jar | Goat cheese is marinated in herb-infused olive oil here for an easy, make-ahead appetizer. Spread on baguette, crostini, or crackers.

I am a big fan of appetizers, especially if they are low-key to make and give you a slightly high-brow result. And bonus points are given for being easy to transport and not taking up precious fridge space! This is a jar of herb-marinated goat cheese and it is good. It’s like the super flavorful […]

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THE BEST Chipotle Chicken Marinade

THE BEST chipotle chicken marinade! Everyone will ask you for this recipe! It is perfect for jazzing up your summer grilled chicken. Chipotle peppers in adobo give this easy marinade a hot and smoky kick.

Our favorite marinade for grilled chicken! This is a very easy recipe that also feels really special and unique. It’s a go-to for summer get-togethers because it’s easy to make a huge batch and people LOVE IT. Every time I’ve made this for people, they have asked for the recipe. Which I think is the […]

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Roasted Grape Tomatoes in Garlic Olive Oil

Coming at you with a PSA that grape tomatoes are very good roasted! Roasting tomatoes somehow makes them even more tomato-y. Their fresh tomato flavor gets more concentrated, their skin bursts, and they get all nice and charred, which makes them very easy to eat in a variety of ways. To make them even easier […]

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Classic Chocolate Cake with Homemade Chocolate Buttercream

My whole life I have been living a lie. Thinking I was not a cake person, when really, I maybe just wasn’t eating the right cake. And THIS. This is the cake that is making me a cake person. The texture never fails to achieve that perfect midpoint between dense and fluffy; not even the […]

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Basil Cream Sauce

For as much as I love every individual ingredient in pesto, combine them all together and it is just a BIG swing and a miss for me. I’m pretty sure it’s a texture thing. I want it to be creamy! but it is always sort of gritty and I don’t want grit on my pasta. […]

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Cucumber Salad

With all of the really good summer cucumbers, it is feeling like the right time to be eating a lot of this salad. Salads where non-lettuce items get some time to shine are a favorite of mine. Not only because they automatically feel different and refreshing, but because they are generally way quicker to make. […]

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Sloppy Joes (from scratch!)

Let’s take a minute to acknowledge the sheer quantity of sloppy joes we have consumed in the Jackson household this summer in pursuit of the perfect joe. IT HAS BEEN A LOT. I would say we are bordering on being joe-d out, but I just don’t think that’s possible. Sloppy joes are the perfect summer […]

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Creamy Cilantro Honey Lime Dressing

A simple, homemade salad dressing that will add a big kick to your salad! Lime juice, cilantro, honey, and jalapeño give this salad dressing lots of fresh flavor, and a ripe avocado makes it super creamy! It’s an easy, healthy way to dress your favorite salads.

A go-to for all summer salads! This is citrusy, sweet, and has a spicy jalapeño kick and lots of cilantro flavor. I have made this dressing probably upwards of 30 times over the last several summers, but since my usual method is throwing things into a blender and sampling until it is how I want […]

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Mexican Chicken Stew

Mexican Chicken Stew | Chicken thighs get baked with pinto beans and salsa in a Dutch oven for easy, hearty Mexican comfort food.

Something about summertime makes me crave all the mexi-style comfort food. Maybe because Mexican is so fresh while still being a filling, comforting meal. Maybe because we now have air conditioning so effective that it has me reaching for foods that are HOT even on 80 degree days. Whatever the reason, this Mexican chicken stew […]

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Fruit Pizza

Sitting here thinking how we have come up with ways to make pizza out of just about everything and how there is no pizza that I dislike. Veggie pizza=good, regular pepperoni pizza=great, fruit pizza=VERY FESTIVE AND VERY GOOD. Truly, my favorite 4th of July food. A winner in both the taste bud and patriotism categories. […]

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