Caesar Salad

This Caesar salad recipe is guaranteed to impress dinner party guests! It's topped with homemade croutons, extra veggies, and a rich, tangy dressing.

If there’s any recipe that’ll convince someone that they love salad, it’s this Caesar salad recipe. Its base is chopped romaine lettuce and crisp veggies, but shaved cheese, homemade croutons, and a bold, creamy dressing fill it with so much flavor and texture that it hardly feels like you’re eating a plate full of vegetables! This Caesar salad recipe would be a fantastic side dish for a holiday dinner party, but, lately, we’ve even been loving it as a meal on its own. It’s the perfect fresh, yet still satisfying, break from the holiday rotation of appetizers and sweets. Pretty,…

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Homemade Caesar Dressing

This homemade Caesar dressing recipe will blow any store bought version out of the water. Made with just 7 ingredients, it's creamy, savory, and rich.

Purists will tell you that you can’t make a good Caesar dressing without an egg yolk, anchovies, and Worcestershire sauce. But here’s the thing: what I love about Caesar salad dressing is that it’s creamy, briny, tangy, and rich. I thought there had to be a way to make a dressing that checked all those boxes with totally vegetarian ingredients (and no raw eggs). Turns out, I was right! This homemade Caesar salad dressing recipe is every bit as delicious as the traditional version, and it’s so easy to make. It calls for just 7 simple ingredients, and you don’t…

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50 Easy Party Appetizers

These 50 easy appetizers will blow guests away at your next party! With everything from dips to finger food, you're sure to find one you'll love.

Do you have any go-to easy appetizers? When I’m entertaining, I often turn to a simple, seasonal crostini or cheese board, but at this time of year, when we’re hosting or attending parties more often, I start to crave new appetizer recipes. If, like me, you look for fresh, inventive party appetizers around the holidays, check out the list below. With 50 appetizer ideas ranging from reimagined classics to new, creative appetizer recipes, you’re bound to find something you (and your guests) will love! Happy holidays! Dip Appetizer Recipes Butternut Squash Hummus (pictured above) One of my favorite holiday appetizer…

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Stuffed Mushrooms

These easy stuffed mushrooms will knock the socks off guests at your next party! The savory, crispy filling is delicious over juicy roasted mushrooms.

Stuffed mushrooms are a contentious item in our house. Here’s why: Whenever I take a batch out of the oven, I choose one to sample. I take a bite, savoring the crisp, umami topping over the juicy roasted mushroom. Then, I reach for a second, but in all likelihood, the rest have already vanished! Jack can’t get enough of most mushroom recipes, and these stuffed mushrooms are no exception. But honestly, I can’t blame him. The filling – a savory mix of panko bread crumbs, pecorino, pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, parsley, and garlic – offers the perfect crunchy contrast for…

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Baked Brie with Pomegranates

Prepare to fall in love with this baked brie recipe! The rich, buttery cheese is delightful topped with sweet, crunchy pomegranates and pistachios.

This baked brie recipe might just be the best holiday appetizer out there. Of course, it’s delicious. What could be better than rich, melty brie piled onto golden brown baguette with honey, fruit, and nuts? It’s also visually stunning, with a festive mix of red, white, and green colors. And finally, it’s simple. Baking time included, it takes 10 minutes to put together. It would be perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s parties, but it’s so good that you’ll want to serve it at gatherings all winter long! My Baked Brie Recipe When I’ve eaten baked brie in the…

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Oven Roasted Potatoes

Looking for a simple, tasty side dish? Try these easy oven roasted potatoes! They have crispy edges, creamy centers, and bright, bold flavor.

Today, I’m making the case for roasted potatoes. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it seems like mashed potatoes and potato gratin are all the rage. Sure, these classic potato recipes are tasty, but oven roasted potatoes offer something totally different and equally delicious. If you’re looking for a last-minute holiday side dish that your guests will love, this recipe is the one for you. Here’s why: Crispy potato skins. Is there anything better than crisp, puffy potato skins straight out of the oven? Creamy middles. Those crave-able, golden brown edges give way to super creamy centers, so each bite…

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Rosemary Focaccia Bread

You won't believe how easy it is to make great focaccia bread at home! Topped with rosemary and roasted garlic, it's rich, savory, soft, and chewy.

Nine times out of ten, if we’re making bread at home, we’re making focaccia. When Jack first started baking bread, he made lots of rustic ciabatta loaves. The ingredients were simple, and the bread came out delicious, but it required hours of rising and kneading. So when we discovered how easy it is to make really good focaccia bread at home, we didn’t look back. Since then, this focaccia recipe has become our go-to. It comes together in just 2 hours, rising time included, and the bread is rich and savory, with a yummy chewy texture. Because rosemary and focaccia…

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Rice Pilaf with Pomegranate Arils

This rice pilaf recipe will brighten up any fall or winter meal! Studded with pomegranates, pistachios & herbs, it's a stunning, fresh holiday side dish.

How pretty is this rice pilaf? If you’re looking for an easy holiday side dish that doesn’t skimp on flavor, this recipe is just the thing for you. It’s simple, you can prep most of it ahead of time, and it’s richly flavorful. A spiced citrus dressing coats the hearty rice, nuts add crunch, and herbs give it fresh, aromatic flavor. Last but not least, a sprinkle of pomegranate arils takes it over the top! Today, we’re partnering with POM Wonderful because Jack and I love pomegranates! He likes to snack on them (especially out of the convenient POM POMS…

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50 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Whether you're seeking classic Thanksgiving recipes or something totally new, you're sure to love one (or more!) of these 50 Thanksgiving side dishes.

Roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie may have permanent spots on your Thanksgiving menu, but if you’re anything like me, you like to throw new Thanksgiving side dishes into the mix every now and again. If you’re looking for new Thanksgiving recipes, read on to find over 50 of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. With ideas ranging from classics like mashed potatoes and green bean casserole to inventive stuffings and soups, you’re sure to find a dish (or two!) you’ll love. Potato Thanksgiving Side Dishes Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes I make these creamy mashed potatoes without any sour cream…

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Thanksgiving Stuffing

I can barely resist devouring this stuffing recipe straight out of the pan! Made with grainy bread, herbs & veggies, it's a delicious Thanksgiving side.

I enjoy green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and creamed spinach, but without question, my favorite Thanksgiving side dish is the stuffing. I’ve always loved my mom’s stuffing recipe. She never makes it from a box, but uses fresh bread, lots of butter, onions, and celery. It’s richly flavorful, soft in the middle, and crisp on top, and it’s always the first dish I reach for at Thanksgiving dinner. Her Thanksgiving stuffing recipe inspired this one. I keep the traditional celery, onions, stock, and crusty bread, but I use a generous amount of olive oil instead of butter, which adds robust…

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Maple Roasted Acorn Squash

This roasted acorn squash recipe is a simple, elegant fall side dish. Seasoned with maple syrup and cozy herbs, it's deliciously sweet and savory.

Today, I’m sharing this maple roasted acorn squash recipe in the spirit of simplicity. As the holidays approach, I’ve been thinking more and more about how the best things in life are the simplest. It’s easy for the end of the year to become a rush of gift giving and to feel like every moment has to be perfect, losing sight of the fact that the simple things about the holidays, like spending time with loved ones, are really the best. So let’s make this easy roasted acorn squash! Instead of having my usual stuffed acorn squash on repeat this…

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Hello, we're Jeanine and Jack.

We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.