I love popovers; these puffy baked treats are an absolute favorite of mine! The eggs in the batter help them billow up over the edges of the tin to create tall, crispy exteriors and a custardy inside. I love to make them for holiday brunches, and this version with sharp cheddar and fragrant chopped chives, makes a delightful pairing for a big hearty bowl of stew. They can be finicky to master though, so I’ve laid out a few tips for success below, along with my favorite recipe version from my cookbook. read more

I have a handful of go-to baking recipes I rely on because I’m a bit of a hurried baker, and this simple shortbread cookie recipe is a fool proof favorite – I can always throw these together with little effort! I shared the recipe with a lemon zest twist in my cookbook, and this version gets tinted green for a sweet shamrock treat to enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day! This recipe makes a fun, buttery, sticky dough and is a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen—have them help shape the dough into a ball and roll it out before you stamp out the cookies with cookie cutters.
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I have lived in New England for 20 (!) years but did you know I’m originally a New Yorker? This fact usually comes up when the topic of pizza is on the table, as it’s one of my most passionate facets of my New Yorker birthright. There’s a few pizza places near where I grew up that make these tasty little bite sized pizza rolls. They’re made from pizza dough, usually stuffed with pepperoni and cheese, and perfect for dipping in warm marinara sauce. One bite of these and I’m back home. I’ve been craving them lately and decided to make my own at home ahead of Super Bowl snack celebrations, and tested them in my air fryer for an extra speedy cooking time of just about 10 minutes. Get the recipe below, and give it a save for the big game!  read more

It’s no secret that I love a good Trader Joe’s shortcut (see my frozen gnocchi recipes!). On a recent spin around my Trader Joe’s store, I was hunting for some Super Bowl snack inspiration and got an idea to dress up their frozen mini party meatballs. They’re delicious, crowd-pleasing, bite-sized meatballs  (any mini frozen meatball will work!) and I spiced them up with a sauce that combines their Jalapeño sauce with some zesty ranch. They’re a fun alternative to the traditional buffalo chicken flavors we usually have during a Super Bowl viewing party, the jalapeño packs a spicy punch and the ranch gives it a cool balance. Just three simple ingredients that combine for a flavor-packed game day bite! Get the easy recipe below:  read more

I do not care one bit about football, but I love the Super Bowl. It’s always such a fun night to cozy up on the couch, indulge in tasty snacks, and have some fun with my family. To inspire your own game day menu and festivities, I’ve rounded up tons of recipe ideas from my archives and a few fresh ones from this year! You can build your game day menu with everything from savory appetizers to sweet football desserts – scroll down and get inspired! read more

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Kicking off the new year with some better eating habits after a LOT of indulging over the holidays. I’m starting by giving our taco night a healthier spin with these tasty taco bowls made with Laura’s Lean Beef! Laura’s Lean 92% lean or 96% lean is lower in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol than most other beef products, making it a great source of clean, lean protein for our family meals. To make these bowls, I skipped the usual taco shells and cheese, and made them instead with tons of fresh, wholesome ingredients like quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes, chopped up avocado, crunchy green spinach, Pico de Gallo and some Laura’s Lean Beef mixed with some taco seasoning – yum! read more

Tis the season for baking some tasty holiday cookies! I took my basic shortbread recipe (one of my favorite buttery cookie recipes) from my cookbook and gave it a seasonal twist by dressing them up with chopped pistachios and dried cranberries. The red and green colors are perfectly on theme, and the sweet and savory flavors a delightful complement to the buttery cookies. Get the recipe below! read more

One of my favorite posts of the year — my annual Thanksgiving recipe round up! I’ve got 50 (!!) recipes from my archives with all of the tasty inspiration you need to get for cocktail hour, the best side dishes, sweet desserts, and all the advice you need to make every part of your holiday meal delicious. Scroll down to get inspired and build your Thanksgiving menu with fresh ideas: read more

My very Trader Joe’s inspired Thanksgiving recipe series wraps up today with an easy, no-bake, three-ingredient Thanksgiving dessert: Gingersnap Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles!  Using a layers of chopped up frozen pumpkin cheesecake, crushed ginger snap cookies and whipped cream I created a delightfully simple but flavor-packed trifle to serve for holiday guests. Get the how-to below!
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Continuing our Trader Joe’s Thanksgiving hacks series this week with another tasty, four-ingredient appetizer that’s just about as easy as pie to make: Cranberry Pecan Crostini! I took a ciabatta baguette (any baguette will do!), sliced it into rounds and arranged them on a baking sheet. Give them a little drizzle with olive oil and toast them up in the oven. When they’re golden brown, take them out and give them a dollop of cranberry sauce, a crumble of cranberry stilton cheese and finish them off with a few candied pecans – delicious! read more

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