Homemade Mac and Cheese

This creamy homemade mac and cheese recipe uses under 10 ingredients, so it's super easy to make. I add dollops of pesto and peas to brighten it up.

As I was planning what to post this fall, I realized that I’d never shared an easy, homemade mac and cheese recipe. Growing up, my sister and I devoured mac and cheese out of the box. And though that too-yellow, powdered variety of mac and cheese is now a thing of the past for me, I still enjoy a good homemade mac and cheese on occasion. It was high time I shared a recipe here. Luckily for me, the Two Peas & Their Pod Cookbook just came out. I’ve been friends with Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod for years so…

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Homemade Pizza Sauce

Once you try this homemade pizza sauce recipe, you won't go back to the pre-made type. With just 5 simple ingredients, it's fresh & full of flavor!

Once you’ve made homemade pizza dough, what do you make next? Homemade pizza sauce, of course! Yesterday, I wrote about how making pizza dough from scratch is easier than it seems, and luckily, making pizza sauce is even simpler than that. Made with 5 pantry ingredients, this pizza sauce recipe is more cost-effective than using store bought tomato sauce, and it tastes ten times as good. Aside from baking it on the pizza, I don’t cook this sauce, so it retains a lovely tomato flavor that makes any homemade pizza feel fresh and light. We’ve loved this sauce with all…

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Homemade Pizza Dough

Learn how to make pizza dough with our go-to easy pizza dough recipe! The crust comes out delicious - chewy on the edges & crisp in the middle.

For years, I rarely made homemade pizza dough. I loved coming up with delicious veggie pizza toppings, but I’d always pile them onto fresh dough I’d pick up at the store. Making homemade pizza dough seemed fussy, but then, Jack started baking bread and even pretzels, so pizza dough seemed like a natural next step. Over time, we discovered how easy making homemade pizza dough really is. We’ve tried a number of crust recipes over the years, and this one is our favorite. It only requires a handful of basic ingredients, and it’s chewy on the edges and crisp in the middle –…

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Easy Dinner Ideas

On busy nights, it pays to have a few easy dinner ideas up your sleeve. Here are my go-to strategies for getting a healthy dinner on the table in no time.

If you’re like me, coming up with easy dinner ideas in the summer is simple. In summer, so many peak-season veggies and fruits are delicious raw, or they require little cooking to make them a delicious meal. Once fall arrives, though, my dinner cravings change. I want heartier, warming dishes, but I don’t have the time – or the energy – to spend an hour over the stove each night. On busy evenings, I have 5 healthy dinner strategies that I turn to: Make a 30-minute recipe. Meal prep something that will keep well on the weekend, and enjoy it…

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Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Stuck in a breakfast rut? Find over 60 healthy breakfast ideas below! With sweet, savory, easy & make-ahead options, we have something for everyone.

And just like that, it’s back-to-school time! I’m lining up the fall recipe calendar, getting ready to test, shoot, and share a slew of new ideas. For us, this season will be busy, and I know that it will be for many of you too. Today, I’m sharing my favorite healthy breakfast ideas to get these jam-packed days off to a great start. You’ll find ones that are perfect for making ahead and taking on the go, ones that are quick & easy to whip up in the morning, and even a few for days when you have a bit more…

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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.