Modern Homecooking with a Midwestern Heart

A Spooktacular Halloween Party

Throw a spooktacular Halloween Party with this easy menu of snacks, sweets, and drinks. Or, see how easy it is to convert any of your favorite recipes into their scariest version! If you don’t feel…

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The Best Apple Recipes for Your Orchard Haul

Crisp fall air. Rosy cheeks. Cozy flannel shirts and jeans. Wool mittens. Frost crunching under the heels of your boots. This is fall, friends, and this is prime apple picking season! Every Midwestern fall when…

30 minutes
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30-Minute Meals for Busy Nights

Chicken Milanese

It takes just 30 minutes to crisp up restaurant-quality Chicken Milanese and toss together a bright and citrusy arugula salad. This Italian chicken recipe is a company-worthy meal you can totally ace on even a…

30 minutes
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Hawaiian Fried Rice

Hawaiian Fried Rice is neither Hawaiian nor Chinese, but it’s definitely delicious! Salty ham and sweet pineapple make an addictive combination, and dinner is done in 20 minutes or less.

20 minutes

Baked Salmon

This easy Baked Salmon is flavored with lemons and herbs, baked in foil, then broiled until crispy. There is minimal prep work involved and it’s ready in 20 minutes or less!

25 minutes

Easy Goulash

Busy days call for a recipe like Easy Goulash, a rewarding one-pot masterpiece that practically cooks itself. It’s cheesy, meaty, and 1000% delicious. My mom made this all the time when I was growing up…

25 minutes

Mexican Chicken Soup

Leftover Rotisserie Chicken gets put to work in this amazing, fresh Mexican Chicken Soup. It’s good for what ails you, even if it’s just a case of the Monday blues. Serve Mexican Chicken Soup with…

45 minutes

The Best Sloppy Joes

When it comes to easy homemade dinners, it doesn’t get any better than the best Sloppy Joes, my family’s most requested recipe. Every bite is meaty, messy, and delicious. Sloppy Joes take me back to…

30 minutes

The Best Tuna Salad

I never get tired of an excellent tuna salad recipe, and of the hundreds of versions I’ve made, this version is the best. Serve on toast, crackers, a bed of greens, or grilled as a…

5 minutes

Sausage Tortellini Soup

A hot bowl of rustic Sausage and Tortellini Soup is the best thing in the world at the end of a long, chilly day. Ready in about 30 minutes; proof that the most satisfying dinners…

30 minutes

Chicken Stroganoff

Delicious comfort food lightened up with chicken! Chicken Stroganoff over buttered noodles has all the classic flavors and is on the table in under 30 minutes. Serve Chicken and Mushroom Stroganoff over Buttered Noodles or…

25 minutes

Mini Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze

This mini meatloaf recipe with balsamic glaze is sure to please. I love the idea of mini meatloaves because they are pre-portioned, making them easier to serve. The meatloaf mixture is simple and light, with…

30 minutes

What to Cook in October

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

A cherished Polish recipe for amazing Stuffed Cabbage Rolls makes a perfect dinner for a leisurely weekend. Seasoned ground beef and rice fills cabbage leaves to bursting, then everything is simmered in a tangy, fragrant…

2 hours 15 minutes

White Bean and Kale Soup

This homemade White Bean and Kale Soup recipe is affordable, easy, and the epitome of comfort food no matter what season you serve it. My simple soup recipe proves that you can coax loads of…

30 minutes

Sweet Potato Hash with Bacon

Bacon-loaded Sweet Potato Hash is all you need for dinner tonight. Well, along with a fried egg or two, and a slice of grilled bread to mop it all up. Breakfast for dinner never had…

1 hour

The Best Cabbage Soup

The Best Cabbage Soup recipe is packed with unexpected flavors (hello, pickle juice!) and tastes way better than you think it will. It’s accidentally healthy but so delicious, you’ll want to make it all year…

1 hour

Crispy Kale Chips

Quick and easy Crispy Kale Chips are the tastiest way to eat more greens! You need just two ingredients and 20 minutes to make these healthy vegetable chips.

30 minutes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes need only herbs, butter, and just a touch of brown sugar to really shine. This one-pot recipe always delivers delicious results, and is a perfect side to work into your weeknight routine.…

45 minutes

Roasted Butternut Squash

Oven-roasted Butternut Squash makes a delicious side dish any night of the week (or on your holiday table!) or toss into salads for a healthy lunch.

45 minutes

Cream of Broccoli Soup

This easy Cream of Broccoli Soup recipe is rich, decadent, and full of fresh broccoli florets. It’s an absolute classic and perfect for cold weather! One of the best features of attending Culinary School is going…

45 minutes

Beet Salad

Full of color and texture, this easy Beet Salad is loaded with goat cheese, almonds, and a delicious lemon vinaigrette. Save time with store-bought roasted beets or roast them yourself.

10 minutes

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

These easy Pumpkin Bars are moist, delicious, and loaded with cream cheese frosting. They are perfectly spiced without being too sweet.

1 hour 10 minutes

Pumpkin Cheesecake

If you’re looking for the best Pumpkin Cheesecake, all recipes are not created equal. This beautiful pumpkin cheesecake with a graham cracker crust is rich, smooth, and made from scratch using a few indispensable tips…

2 hours 25 minutes

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin muffins, made from scratch, are the perfect treat for fall and all through the holidays. Nothing beats the scent of pumpkin spice coming from your kitchen. This version of pumpkin muffins is a classic…

50 minutes

How to Set a Table

Whether it’s a quiet supper for one or a dinner party for 12, setting a pretty table makes the occasion even more special. Break out your best china and polish the glassware; here’s a breakdown…

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Pumpkin Fest

The Best Pumpkin Pie

The Best Pumpkin Pie is the one that’s easiest to make! Start with a store-bought crust, whisk together a tasty filling, and bake to pumpkin pie perfection. With so many other dishes on your menu…

3 hours
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Apple Walnut Salad

Whether you need a fresh lunch idea, a new favorite summer salad, or a tasty way to eat foods that make you feel great, this easy Apple Walnut Salad checks all the boxes. It’s a…

20 minutes
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Curried Chicken Salad

This easy Curried Chicken Salad makes the perfect sandwich, wrap, or low-carb lunch on a big bed of greens. This delicious, flavorful recipe uses almonds and fresh grapes, for just the right balance of crunch…

15 minutes
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Chickpea Salad

This easy Chickpea Salad is quick to make and delicious to eat. It’s like a Greek salad but with chickpeas so it’ll keep you fuller, longer. Perfect for meal prep!

20 minutes
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Halloween Walnuts

These easy, adorable Halloween walnuts are coated in colorful candy melts and make a wholesome sweet treat. Add candy eyes for scary monsters or candy-coated chocolates for pumpkin stems. Your kids will definitely want to…

30 minutes
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A Spooktacular Halloween Party

Throw a spooktacular Halloween Party with this easy menu of snacks, sweets, and drinks. Or, see how easy it is to convert any of your favorite recipes into their scariest version! If you don’t feel…

Prime Rib with Mustard Cream Sauce

Learn how to cook the perfect Prime Rib with step-by-step instructions and photos. This prime rib recipe will be the star of your holiday table, and it’s even better with a drizzle of mustard cream…

5 hours 10 minutes

Mulled Cider

Mulled Cider is warmed apple cider infused with brandy and spices. It’s the perfect hot beverage for a cold day, especially around the holidays. Hot Mulled Cider Day is officially September 30, but I usually…

40 minutes