Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

How to make Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese with tender chicken in a creamy, spicy 3 cheese Buffalo sauce + bacon and blue cheese.

Dinner | September 12, 2019 | By

Easy, creamy, spicy Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese recipe ~ lightly seasoned with ranch, blended with 3 kinds of cheese for maximum creaminess and cooks all in one pot.

Buffalo chicken, meet macaroni and cheese. It really is a match made in heaven. This is one recipe my kids both love. The last time I made it when they were over, one daughter stood at the stove and ate it right out of the pot with barely a breath between bites.

The other has been “encouraging” me to make it again but only a weekend so she can come by and have some, too. I can’t argue with that logic.

Bottom line, if you love classic spicy buffalo wings and creamy mac and cheese, this is your recipe. But don’t wait for someone to make it for you ~ learn how to make Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese yourself. Cheesy, creamy and spicy.  A must for mac lovers. 

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Best Salisbury Steak

the best salisbury steak and rich mushroom gravy over creamy mashed potatoes

Dinner | September 8, 2019 | By

Best Salisbury Steak recipe ~ seasoned ground beef patties seared then simmered in rich mushroom onion gravy. Serve over mashed potatoes or egg noodles for an easy any night comfort meal.

Homemade Salisbury Steak is a total comfort food favorite at my house. I first shared this recipe almost 3 years ago and it’s been tried and loved by many readers since. If you’re already a fan of it, don’t worry ~ I haven’t changed a thing. It’s still classic, comfort cuisine

This is not the Salisbury Steak of your childhood, provided you grew up like I did. That said, I actually liked those TV dinners in divided foil trays. Making sure my food didn’t touch was a big thing then (still is).

This version comes complete with seasoned ground beef patties pan seared for extra flavor then slathered them in rich mushroom gravy. If that says comfort to you, read on and check out the video that shows how to make Salisbury Steak.

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Marry Me Chicken with Pasta

marry me chicken with pasta closeup on grey platter

Dinner | August 26, 2019 | By

Marry Me Chicken with Pasta ~ tender chicken in a creamy irresistible sauce with tangy sun dried tomatoes, earthy mushrooms and fresh herbs blended with fettuccine. This easy 30 minute recipe loaded with flavor.

What the heck is Marry Me Chicken? I’ll admit when I first heard the name I wondered too but at the same time thought hey ~ the 1950s called and wants their recipe back. 

The original Marry Me Chicken recipe (not to be confused with Ina Garten’s Engagement Chicken) pairs bone-in chicken thighs with a creamy sauce. The photos looks delicious but my first thought was that a sauce so amazing it had so many people talking practically begged to be served over pasta.

That version is also a slower cook method requiring more time. Marry Me Chicken with Pasta in 30 minutes? Challenge accepted. 

This is my 30 minute version making it a great weeknight option that’s (trust me on this) gourmet enough to entertain with.

So where did the name came from?

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Air Fryer French Fries

small silver bucket of golden fries

Dinner, Side Dish | August 23, 2019 | By

Air Fryer French Fries ~ the BEST hand cut air fried crispy French fries using just one teaspoon of oil are easy to make. Less fat, less calories, more flavor.

Do you have a special fondness for French fries from the fair or amusement park? Crispy, golden outside, fluffy inside, salty. Mmmm. 

This post is all about how to make French fries in an air fryer including how thick to slice the potatoes, how long to cook them and tips for getting the golden, crispy fries we crave. 

Air Fryer French Fries cook in just a few minutes in just one teaspoon of oil. I seasoned mine with ranch (which I personally think should have its own food group), but if you’re going for a classic taste, just season with salt. 

Read on for all this must-have kitchen appliance can do! From French Fries to Chicken Taquitos to spicy wings and lots of other game changing meals, party snacks and even desserts.

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Basil Chimichurri

grilled chicken skewers with basil chimichurri drizzled over top

Dinner | August 12, 2019 | By

Basil Chimichurri ~ delicious bold fresh herb sauce made in the blender. The ideal topping to take your chicken, seafood and steaks to the next level.

If you’ve reached a point this summer and gotten a little bored with burgers and dogs then I have the solution. This Basil Chimichurri with its fresh, bold flavors will ramp up grilled shrimp, fish, chicken or steak taking them from ho-hum to “where have you been all my life?”.

Maybe the best part of this recipe is that the main ingredients (parsley and basil) can be found at your local farmer’s market – one of my favorite places to wander on a Saturday morning with a big to-go cup of coffee. So grab a cup of your favorite beverage, hit up some farm stands and make this show stopper Basil Chimichurri.

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How to Grill Pizza

Dinner | August 6, 2019 | By

How to Grill Pizza ~ thin, lightly crispy-charred crust topped with tangy tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, farm stand tomatoes and homegrown basil. Learn how to make grilled pizza to tastes like the wood-fired from your favorite restaurant.

I’m going to tread lightly on the topic of pizza because I know most of us have very strong opinions when it comes to what (and who) makes the best pizza.

I only started making homemade pizza about 4-5 years ago when I bought my first pizza stone and had never even  taken my oven to 500°. Grilled pizza on our Weber without the stone came later. 

The intimidation factor of grilling pizza is what took me so long to give it a try but it really is easy. I’m not a trained chef but a home cook like you who also happens to be a food blogger. That means I cook a lot ~ and I’m willing to make mistakes in my kitchen so that you’ll have success in yours. I learned how to grill pizza and with the instructions and tips below you can too.

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Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos

3 chicken taquitos on a plate drizzled with avocado crema and topped with fresh salsa

Dinner | July 12, 2019 | By

Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos ~ better than fried ~ spicy shredded chicken and cheese packed into corn or flour tortillas air fried until golden and crispy.

We eat a lot of Mexican food in our house but we’re creatures of habit, usually going with enchiladas or tacos until we stumbled on an out of the way, authentic Mexican restaurant in Florida and ~ gasp! ~ threw caution to the wind and ordered . . . Taquitos

Beef, chicken, cheese ~ we devoured every last one with total abandon. I had them again recently at a wine stroll they served with a fruity Spanish wine. Maybe you’ve seen them on the menu as flautas. Deep fried and delicious but if you’ve been trained to think that’s the only way to flavortown, think again. 

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Grilled Honey Sriracha Chicken

grilled chicken breasts with honey sriracha glaze and a side of grilled asparagus

Dinner | June 29, 2019 | By

Grilled Honey Sriracha Chicken ~ starts with a bold, sweet-spicy marinade and basting sauce and includes tips for how to grill juicy chicken.

This easy Grilled Honey Sriracha Chicken recipe is making a comeback – for a simple reason: it’s that good. It’s from way back in the day – so far back I had forgotten about it until a reader made it and posted photos on her Instagram page. Thank you!

A little sweet, a little spicy and some fresh citrus flavor equal seriously deep, bold flavor + tips for how to grill juicy boneless chicken. Bonus: a quick and easy (optional) mango salsa recipe to top the chicken with or just serve with tortilla chips as an appetizer. A bright, festive

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Grilled Marinated Flank Steak

thin sliced grilled flank steak on a cutting board with bright colored grilled bell peppers

Dinner | June 17, 2019 | By

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak ~ tender, juicy and loaded with flavor this marinated steak grills in under 10 minutes!

I love the simplicity of summer and laid back entertaining. Potluck is always fun (and delicious) because let’s face it, it’s always our goal to bring an A-game dish to share.

The host (you and me) handle what may look like the heavy lifting (meat and fresh fruit sangria) but the reality is that this part is actually easy and effortless because this flank steak grills in under 10 minutes.

Today I’m not only sharing a marine recipe that leaves you with melt in your mouth flank steak loaded flavor, but my best grilling tips and I’m taking the mystery out of  “slicing against the grain”. 

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Margarita Chicken Fajitas

Dinner | May 1, 2019 | By

Easy 30 Minute Margarita Chicken Fajitas ~ tequila-lime marinated chicken seared and served up with caramelized vegetables. Grill or sauté the whole meal in one skillet indoors.

Today started as many do in our house with my husband asking shortly after breakfast, “what’s for dinner?”. When I said Margarita Chicken Fajitas he asked, “well, is it chicken or a margarita?” Everyone loves a comedian.

The fact is, it’s chicken marinated in the ingredients of a margarita (including tequila!). There result is deep, rich delicious flavor. So naturally, a batch of margaritas is the perfect sidekick for this dish.

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