Modern Homecooking with a Midwestern Heart

Antipasto Platter

For a snack dinner or Italian appetizer idea, you can’t beat this easy Antipasto Platter. It takes just 20 minutes to build a feast of cured meats, cheeses, olives, and more.

20 minutes
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By the Pool

Sips and snacks to keep you refreshed!

Strawberry Margarita

This easy-breezy Strawberry Margarita is made with just 5 ingredients and a blender. Add a salted rim and have it on the rocks or frozen. Either way, its delicious!

5 minutes
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Homemade Chex Mix

Make Homemade Chex Mix in the microwave in 10 minutes or less! Adapted from the original Chex Party Mix recipe (but I use more butter). I grew up with Chex Mix. My mom would make…

10 minutes

Puppy Chow

Also known as muddy buddies, this classic Midwestern dessert is my go-to no-bake treat for bake sales, parties, and food gifts. If you like peanut butter cups, you’ll love this easy dessert recipe.

15 minutes

Ranch Oyster Crackers

At my house, the Best Snack Award goes to Ranch Oyster Crackers. This easy, no-bake recipe is little more than crispy crackers tossed in butter, herbs, and spices, but even a big bowl disappears in…

3 hours 5 minutes

What to Cook in June

Take advantage of seasonal fruits and veggies with these produce-focused recipes!

Cherry Clafoutis

You can thank the French for coming up with cherry clafoutis: the easiest, most delicious dessert you’ll ever make. Even if you’ve never been a great baker, this foolproof recipe is so forgiving and simple…

35 minutes

Farro Salad with Peas and Feta

This delicious Farro salad has peas, arugula, feta, and a juicy lemon dressing. It’s light, fresh, and ready in 30 minutes or less! Farro is a specific type of wheat that has been used in…

30 minutes

Mango Salsa

A little sweet, a little spicy, and tons of flavor, this recipe for Mango Salsa will become your all-time favorite! Easy to mix together in minutes, it’s perfect as a dip for tortilla chips or as…

45 minutes

Roasted Green Beans

These easy Roasted Green Beans are loaded with garlic and lemon and roasted to perfection. They’re simple to make any night of the week, but special enough for holidays, too. Oven-roasted string beans have to…

25 minutes

Taco Stuffed Tomatoes

Taco Stuffed Tomatoes make a perfect, unfussy end-of-summer meal, when the nights are still hot and good tomatoes are plentiful. This easy low-carb recipe comes together in under half an hour, all in one skillet,…

25 minutes

Baby Bok Choy Salad with Sesame Dressing

Turn the ramen in your pantry into Baby Bok Choy Salad, a crunchy, good-for-you recipe loaded with vegetables, almonds, toasted noodles, and a killer sesame soy dressing. Faster to make than a bok choy stir…

30 minutes

Corn on the Cob (4 ways)

Few things are as wonderful as fresh corn on the cob on a beautiful summer night. Here are four different cook corn on the cob recipes, depending on what you have going on in the…

15 minutes

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Pretty, pink, and refreshingly sweet, Watermelon Agua Fresca makes drinking water feel like a party! The watermelon version is perfect during the summer months when watermelon is in peak season. Low in calories and high…

10 minutes

Blackberry Cobbler

It’s summer, and that can only mean one thing: berries! Blueberries, raspberries, and deep, dark, gorgeous blackberries. What better way to celebrate than by baking up an easy, made from scratch Blackberry Cobbler recipe tonight?…

1 hour 10 minutes

Asparagus Salad

This delicious, colorful Asparagus Salad has red peppers, bacon, dried cranberries, and almonds. It’s crunchy, a little sweet, and totally addictive.

30 minutes

Strawberry Shortcake

You don’t need to be a pastry chef to make Strawberry Shortcake Recipe from scratch, just a love of luscious summer berries and a little biscuit know-how. This recipe shows you the steps, all the…

20 minutes

Potato Leek Soup

As cozy as it is comforting, Potato Leek Soup is just the remedy for a cold, dreary day. Leeks and garlic add a subtle layer of flavor to the earthy and noble potato. My recipe…

45 minutes

Red Wine Vinaigrette

This Red Wine Vinaigrette is easy and fabulous. 5 pantry ingredients (including salt!) is all it takes for the easiest vinaigrette, ever.

2 minutes
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Spring Salads

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Easy Garden Salad

Don’t underestimate the charm of an easy Garden Salad, made with lots of leafy greens and crunchy, colorful vegetables. No matter the season, you can toss up a simple green salad in minutes with a…

15 minutes
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Fresh Fruit Tart

Loaded with a lush assortment of seasonal berries and other fruit, there’s nothing quite as lovely as a Fresh Fruit Tart. You’ll also learn some baking basics, like a tart crust and pastry cream, along…

3 hours
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Brownie Pizza

Want to wow all your chocolate-loving friends? Tell them you’re serving brownie pizza for dessert! With a chewy brownie crust, sweet cream cheese frosting, colorful fruit toppings, and an apricot glaze to finish, it’s a…

1 hour 10 minutes
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How to Stock a Bar Cart

Learn how to stock a bar cart that is perfectly tailored to your personal taste and the cocktails you love to make. Staying in just got a lot more fun! Whether in a cupboard, cabinet,…

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The Ultimate 4th of July Cookout Menu

Inspired by all of my childhood barbecue favorites, this 4th of July potluck is a pure taste of summer. Featuring hot dogs, all the salads, cookies, and more, the only thing missing is a big…

How to Blanch Broccoli

Learn how to blanch broccoli to tame its raw, bitter taste. Then you can sauté it for stir-fries, add it to pasta salads, or pile it on your next vegetable platter.

20 minutes

Fried Green Tomatoes with Remoulade

Traditional Fried Green Tomatoes are soaked in buttermilk and fried in cornmeal. Serve with a side of homemade remoulade, and meet your new favorite recipe! It took me 35 years and a formal culinary education…

30 minutes