Next-Level Rice Krispie Treats

The classic 3-ingredient Rice Krispie Treats recipe is kicked up an irresistible notch with brown butter, toasted marshmallows, a splash of bourbon (if you’d like), and an extra pinch of sea salt. Crazy good! Raise your hand if you grew up loving rice krispie treats! ♡ These 3-ingredient wonders from the back of the Kellogg’s […]

The classic 3-ingredient Rice Krispie Treats recipe is kicked up an irresistible notch with brown butter, toasted marshmallows, a splash of bourbon (if you’d like), and an extra pinch of sea salt. Crazy good!

Raise your hand if you grew up loving rice krispie treats! ♡

These 3-ingredient wonders from the back of the Kellogg’s box were a total family fave in our house growing up, and also one of the very first recipes that I proudly learned to make “all by myself” as a kid.  But while the classic recipe will forever and always be a nostalgic fave — guys, I’m here today to tell you that they can be so much tastier with a few simple tweaks!

First, we’ve gotta brown that butter.  This step only takes an extra few minutes and adds the most delicious, rich and nutty flavor to these treats.  Second, why not toast those marshmallows?!  It literally takes less than a minute to broil marshmallows in the oven, and that extra roasty toasty flavor (as charred as you prefer) tastes just as amazing as you would think in this recipe.  Third, you’ve gotta add some extra sea salt.  In my opinion, it is notably lacking in the original recipe and serves to balance out the sugary-sweet flavor of the marshmallows.  And finally — perhaps most importantly — I’m a big believer that you need to add slightly less Rice Krispies than the original recipe calls for.  I love my rice krispie treats soft and chewy, not hard and dry, which can be solved by adjusting the cereal ratio a bit and lightly pressing (rather than firmly packing) the mixture into your baking dish.

If you would really like to kick these up an extra notch, I also love adding a good splash of bourbon to the melty marshmallow mixture, which is just as delicious as you would imagine but optional if you would rather not.  And, of course, you’re also welcome to add in extra peanut butter, chocolate chips, vanilla or sprinkles if you would like too.

Bottom line — these extra few steps only add about an extra 10 minutes or so to an already speedy prep time for these treats, and kick the flavor up a majorly delicious notch.  So if you’re feeling nostalgic and want to make a batch, give this version a try!

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Carne Asada

My favorite Mexican carne asada recipe — made with a simple and flavor-packed carne asada marinade, and easy to cook on an outdoor grill or on the stovetop. Perfect for tacos, burritos, nachos, fries, and more!  Raise your hand if you love carne asada as much as I do! ♡ This traditional Mexican grilled steak […]

My favorite Mexican carne asada recipe — made with a simple and flavor-packed carne asada marinade, and easy to cook on an outdoor grill or on the stovetop. Perfect for tacos, burritos, nachos, fries, and more! 

Carne Asada (Mexican Grilled Steak)

Raise your hand if you love carne asada as much as I do! ♡

This traditional Mexican grilled steak has always been one of my favorite things to order at restaurants and street taco stands over the years.  I love it served hot off the grill with a side of fresh lime and avocado, or incorporated into everything from carne asada tacos to fries, burritos, nachos, fajitas, quesadillas and more.  But what I really love is when the steak is made with a bold, citrusy, and zesty marinade.

Traditional Mexican carne asada (which translates to mean “roasted” or “grilled meat” in Spanish) can run the gamut in terms of seasoning, sometimes made simply with just salt, pepper and oil.  But in most regions in Mexico, it is customary to let the steak marinate for a few hours in a bright and citrusy marinade before searing it on a blazing hot grill — which, in my opinion, is a very very good idea and kicks the flavor up a mega notch!

Here at home, I like to make my own carne asada marinade with a bold blend of fresh orange juice, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño and a few dried seasonings.  And while I highly recommend charring the steak on an outdoor grill if you have one, I can vouch (after having lived in Barcelona without a grill for a few years) that this recipe still tastes fantastic when seared on high heat in a grill pan or cast-iron skillet on the stove too.  Feel free to tinker around with the marinade and ingredients and find the blend that works best for you.  Then serve it up however you love best — the options for carne asada dishes are deliciously endless.

Alright, fire up that barbacoa (which means “barbecue” in Spanish) and let’s grill some steak!

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Blueberry, Corn and Avocado Chopped Salad

This Blueberry, Corn & Avocado Chopped Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, tossed with a lemony dressing and lots of fresh basil, and perfect for summertime! Friends! I have the perfect summery salad for all of us to make this weekend. ♡ It’s loaded up with juicy blueberries, fresh sweet corn, creamy avocado, […]

This Blueberry, Corn & Avocado Chopped Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, tossed with a lemony dressing and lots of fresh basil, and perfect for summertime!

Blueberry Corn and Avocado Chopped Salad

Friends! I have the perfect summery salad for all of us to make this weekend. ♡

It’s loaded up with juicy blueberries, fresh sweet corn, creamy avocado, tender greens and fresh basil that are all deliciously in season right now.  Then I’ve also added in some toasted almonds and red onion for extra crunch, a generous sprinkling of crumbled feta for a bit of creamy tang, and tossed everything together with a quick lemon dressing to bring everything together.

It’s a vibrant, feel-good, crowd-pleaser of a salad that’s easy to whip up in just 20 minutes.  And it tastes like the absolute best of summertime.  Let’s make some!

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Fresh Salsa Verde

This fresh tomatillo salsa (salsa verde cruda) recipe is easy to make in 5 minutes with 100% raw ingredients, and it tastes refreshingly light, sweet, and full of fresh flavors! A few years ago while we ate our way around Mexico City for the first time, I fell head-over-heels in love with the city’s salsa […]

This fresh tomatillo salsa (salsa verde cruda) recipe is easy to make in 5 minutes with 100% raw ingredients, and it tastes refreshingly light, sweet, and full of fresh flavors!

A few years ago while we ate our way around Mexico City for the first time, I fell head-over-heels in love with the city’s salsa verde cruda.

As in, green salsa made completely with raw (“cruda”) ingredients. ♡

By contrast to most salsas verdes that you find in the States, which are almost always made with roasted tomatillos, the raw salsas verdes that we were served in Mexico City tasted ultra-light and sweet and refreshing.  Lucky for us, salsa verde cruda was served at almost every restaurant that we visited.  But our hands-down favorite was the salsa verde from Contramar.

I actually bought a copy of Chef Gabriela Cámara’s cookbook after our meal just so that I could learn how to make this salsa when we went home.  As it turns out, her recipe is incredibly simple.  But it does include one fun trick to make the texture of this salsa even more light and crisp — adding in a bit of lettuce!  We made a batch of it this week with and without the lettuce and can vouch that it really does make a lovely difference.  And when served up with a batch of salty tortilla chips (or drizzled on tacos, burgers, kabobs, french fries, you name it), I’m telling you, this vibrant salsa verde is downright irresistible.

So bring home a bag of fresh tomatillos, and let’s blend up a quick batch together!

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Homemade BBQ Sauce

This Kansas City-style homemade BBQ sauce recipe is super quick and easy to make, and full of the best tangy, smoky and slightly-sweet flavors that everyone is sure to love! Friends, have you ever tried making homemade BBQ sauce? If not, it’s time. ♡ And as a KC girl, I’m going to vote that you […]

This Kansas City-style homemade BBQ sauce recipe is super quick and easy to make, and full of the best tangy, smoky and slightly-sweet flavors that everyone is sure to love!

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

Friends, have you ever tried making homemade BBQ sauce?

If not, it’s time. ♡

And as a KC girl, I’m going to vote that you make this Kansas City-style bbq sauce recipe!  It’s super-easy to make — just stir everything together and simmer for about 15 minutes — and it’s full of that famous tangy, smoky and slightly-sweet blend of flavors that we all love in Kansas City.

We use this sauce regularly in our house to make traditional bbq chicken, pulled pork, ribs and baked beans.  But it also works great as a pizza sauce (hello, bbq chicken pizza ♡) and as a glaze (on meatballs, meatloaf, etc).  And of course, you’re welcome to get creative and add it into everything from soups to salads, tacos, burgers, casseroles and more.

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Favorite Lentil Salad

My favorite lentil salad recipe is made with French lentils, cucumber, sun-dried tomatoes, onion, fresh mint and a zippy lemon dressing.  Super simple to make, and so light and refreshing! I didn’t know I could love a lentil salad so much until I met this one. ♡ Like, seriously.  It’s just about the simplest salad […]

My favorite lentil salad recipe is made with French lentils, cucumber, sun-dried tomatoes, onion, fresh mint and a zippy lemon dressing.  Super simple to make, and so light and refreshing!

Lentil Salad Recipe

I didn’t know I could love a lentil salad so much until I met this one. ♡

Like, seriously.  It’s just about the simplest salad in the world to make, but something about the combination of cool, zesty, healthy ingredients here just works.

We’re talking lots of tender protein-packed lentils, refreshing cool cucumber, zesty red onions, rich sun-dried tomatoes, lots and lots of chopped fresh mint, and a bright and zippy lemon dressing that brings it all together.  It’s easy to make in the time that it takes you to simmer a batch of lentils.  It’s naturally vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.  It works great as a side salad or main dish (especially for healthy meal prep lunches!).  And it tastes so refreshing and delicious!!

Barclay and I keep saying that it tastes like springtime in a bowl, and it’s making me seriously happy right now.  We’ve been making it on repeat around our house and can’t get enough of it lately.  So if you’re also craving all things light and healthy and spring-y right about now, trust me — you’re going to love it!

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Ultimate Chili

My ultimate chili recipe is simmered with all of the classic ingredients we know and love, plus a few secret seasonings that make this chili extra-memorable and a total crowd fave. Believe it or not, this is actually the very first classic stovetop chili recipe that I have posted here in 10 years of blogging. […]

My ultimate chili recipe is simmered with all of the classic ingredients we know and love, plus a few secret seasonings that make this chili extra-memorable and a total crowd fave.

The BEST Chili Recipe

Believe it or not, this is actually the very first classic stovetop chili recipe that I have posted here in 10 years of blogging.

I’ve blogged about just about every other kind of chili imaginable — especially various kinds of vegetarian and chicken chili recipes, which are my usual go-tos.  But over the years, you all have continued to send in requests for an outstanding classic beef chili recipe here on the blog too.  One that’s guaranteed to be a crowd favorite at game day parties or around the table for cozy weeknight dinners.  One that can be simmered in a big pot on the stovetop, or made even easier in the Crock-Pot or Instant Pot as well.  One that’s rich and hearty and doesn’t skimp on the best ingredients needed to achieve the very best flavors.  And most importantly of all, a chili recipe that’s delicious enough to win the whole dang cook-off.

Well, here you have it.  Friends, meet the best classic chili recipe I’ve ever tried. ♡♡♡

It’s full of all of the classic beef chili ingredients that we all know and love.  But there are also a few extra special flavors simmered in there that — I’m convinced, at least — make this chili recipe ultimately stand out above all the rest.  It’s a chili recipe that’s big and bold and doesn’t shy away from some smoky heat.  But it’s still incredibly easy to make and, of course, pile high with as many of your favorite toppings as possible.  (You know my mantra — more is more when it comes to chili toppings!)

As always, I’ve also included lots of tips below for how to customize this chili recipe exactly the way you prefer, including how to make it spicier or milder, heartier or brothier, gluten-free or lightened-up, etc.  Plus, I’ve also included tips for how to store and/or freeze this recipe, if you would like to save the leftovers for easy meal prep for the month ahead.

Bottom line — I’m convinced this chili recipe is a winner and sincerely hope you love it too.  So let’s make some!

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Tortellini Pasta Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Artichokes

This tortellini pasta salad recipe is quick and easy to make anytime of the year, and full of the best savory flavors! Meet my new anytime-of-the-year tortellini salad recipe. ♡ This one initially came about as I was trying to come up with a festive red-and-green dish to bring to a Christmas party.  But it […]

This tortellini pasta salad recipe is quick and easy to make anytime of the year, and full of the best savory flavors!

Tortellini Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Artichokes

Meet my new anytime-of-the-year tortellini salad recipe. ♡

This one initially came about as I was trying to come up with a festive red-and-green dish to bring to a Christmas party.  But it ended up being so delicious that it’s for sure going on our regular pasta salad rotation from here on out.

Mainly, I love this tortellini pasta salad recipe because it’s made with super-simple pantry and refrigerated ingredients that are easy to source year-round.  (As in, no need to settle for watery fresh tomatoes or lackluster fresh veggies this year when they’re not in season!)   Instead, just reach in your pantry for a jar of artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes, pick up a few packages of fresh tortellini and baby arugula the next time you’re at the store, toast up a a handful of pine nuts and whisk together a quick vinaigrette.  Then in less than 15 minutes, the most flavorful easy pasta salad will be yours to enjoy this holiday season or anytime of the year.

Serve it up cold or warm, use it as an appetizer or main dish, make it gluten-free or vegan if you’d like — the options to customize this versatile recipe are pretty endless.  Let’s make a quick batch!

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Whiskey Lemonade

This whiskey lemonade recipe is easy to make with just 3 ingredients and tastes so refreshing! When life gives you lemonade… …I vote we make whiskey lemonade cocktails for happy hour! ♡ This simple 3-ingredient whiskey cocktail has long been one of my faves, especially for summertime entertaining.  I love it because it always tastes super refreshing, especially […]

This whiskey lemonade recipe is easy to make with just 3 ingredients and tastes so refreshing!

Whiskey Lemonade Cocktail

When life gives you lemonade

…I vote we make whiskey lemonade cocktails for happy hour! ♡

This simple 3-ingredient whiskey cocktail has long been one of my faves, especially for summertime entertaining.  I love it because it always tastes super refreshing, especially served up on the rocks with a hint of fresh rosemary or mint.  It can be made with either homemade or store-bought lemonade, and adjusted to taste as sweet or as tart as you prefer.  It’s also an absolute breeze to make in less than 5 minutes, whether you’re mixing up a single serving or batching a big pitcher for a crowd.  And mostly, it’s just delightful!

If you are a fan of bourbon (or really, any type of whiskey) and lemonade, I highly recommend giving this one a try.

Let’s make some cocktails!
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Homemade Lemonade

Learn how to make lemonade from scratch with this 3-ingredient homemade lemonade recipe — naturally sweetened with maple syrup or honey, and easy to make as tart or sweet as you prefer.  (This post contains affiliate links.) Is there anything more refreshing in the summertime than an ice-cold glass of lemonade?! Actually, yes — an […]

Learn how to make lemonade from scratch with this 3-ingredient homemade lemonade recipe — naturally sweetened with maple syrup or honey, and easy to make as tart or sweet as you prefer.  (This post contains affiliate links.)

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Is there anything more refreshing in the summertime than an ice-cold glass of lemonade?!

Actually, yes — an ice-cold glass of this freshly-squeezed, naturally-sweetened, 100%-from-scratch homemade lemonade! ♡

I mean, first of all, nothing beats the flavor of freshly-squeezed lemon juice in my book.  I can taste the difference it makes in a batch of lemonade every single time.  (And with a good handheld citrus juicer, it only takes a minute or two to juice enough lemons for an entire pitcher!)  I also love making lemonade homemade because it gives me the option to choose natural sweeteners like maple syrup or honey, instead of the gobs and gobs of white sugar that usually come with the store-bought varieties.  And of course, when making homemade lemonade, I appreciate being able to control how much sweetener is added.  So I can make mine as zingy and tart (my preference!) or as mild and sweet as a group of friends might prefer.

More than anything, though, I just love making homemade lemonade from scratch because it’s a breeze!  All you need are 3 easy ingredients to make a batch.  And when naturally sweetened with maple syrup, there’s no need to simmer a simple syrup on the stove to dissolve the sugar.  Just juice your lemons, stir in the maple syrup and water, and a big pitcher can be ready to go in just 5 minutes or so.  So simple, and so delicious.

So whether you have kiddos who are hoping to host their own little lemonade stand this summer, or you just happen to be craving a nice cold pitcher to serve with dinner tonight, gather up a batch of fresh lemons and crank up the Beyoncé and let’s make a batch together!

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