Modern Homecooking with a Midwestern Heart

The Ultimate Oktoberfest Menu

Craving a reason to celebrate between Labor Day and Halloween? Set up a spread of my best Oktoberfest recipes for German food and drink to commemorate the largest “volksfest” or people’s festival in the world.…

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30-Minute Meals for Busy Nights

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
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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

Lemon Pepper Chicken

Easy Lemon Pepper Chicken is great on the grill, on the stove, or in the oven. If you have a jar of this citrusy, peppery seasoning somewhere in the pantry, put it to use tonight.…

30 minutes

The Best Turkey Tacos

Ground turkey shows up where you least expect it, in the best Turkey Taco you’ve ever had. This recipe has a few tricks up its sleeve to make sure every bite is juicy and perfectly…

15 minutes

Cheeseburger Quesadillas

Enjoy three restaurant copycat recipes in one 30-minute meal! Savor the flavors of a fast food cheeseburger in my easy Cheeseburger Quesadillas, then pair with a crisp wedge salad drizzled with special sauce. If you…

30 minutes

One Pot Chicken Alfredo

One Pot Chicken Alfredo is comfort food at its finest, and this recipe is the easiest, creamiest, most comforting version out there.

30 minutes

Loose Meat Sandwich (Maid-Rite Copycat)

The most popular item on the Maid-Rite menu, these Loose Meat Sandwiches taste as good as the Iowa-famous diner classic. This easy ground beef recipe cooks in just 10 minutes! Not quite as sloppy as a sloppy…

10 minutes

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

Pesto Cavatappi (Noodles & Company Copycat)

There’s so much to love about springy pasta, creamy pesto sauce, and bright diced tomatoes, so it’s no wonder Pesto Cavatappi is Noodles and Company’s most popular dish. Here’s the perfected copycat recipe that’s faster,…

15 minutes

Shrimp Scampi

Quick and easy Shrimp Scampi is on the table in 30 minutes! So buttery and delicious, the whole family will love it. Great with pasta, rice, or bread.

15 minutes

What to Cook in September

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

Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon and Parmesan

Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Lemon cooks up crispy and caramelized in 40 minutes or less. It’s easy and delicious, the perfect weeknight side dish! I grew up thinking that cauliflower was served best swimming…

40 minutes

Mexican Street Corn (Elote)

I’m betting that this Mexican street corn, known as elote, will be your new favorite way to eat  corn on the cob this summer, even if you’re a purist in the corn department. The cobs…

30 minutes

Eggplant Parmesan

This recipe for Eggplant Parmesan uses the high heat of the oven for crispy breaded eggplant without the mess of a deep fryer. Add my 10-minute quick tomato sauce or your favorite jarred sauce and…

1 hour 35 minutes

Hot Corn Dip

For a hot dip recipe that will please a crowd, try this easy, cheesy Hot Corn Dip. This make-ahead appetizer idea can feature frozen, canned, or fresh corn so you can share it any time…

45 minutes

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

Peach Cobbler

Not too sweet and perfectly spiced, there’s no better summer dessert than a warm peach cobbler, fresh out of the oven, with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. No need to grab a box…

1 hour 15 minutes

Apple Crisp

Fall is in the air, and for some that only means one thing: homemade Apple Crisp. This glorious dessert, made from scratch with a buttery oatmeal streusel topping, is the easiest, most outstanding way to…

1 hour 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

Apple Harvest

The Best Apple Pie

Tried and true, this recipe for the best Apple Pie is ready in just one hour. All you need is your favorite apples and a few basic ingredients. Store-bought pie dough makes it even easier…

1 hour 5 minutes

Bloody Mary Bar

Lazy weekends and holiday mornings call for a Bloody Mary bar with homemade mix and all the savory pickled stuff you can find. It’s a total crowd-pleaser; from the purists to the meal-in-a-glass folks, everyone…

2 hours 10 minutes
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Chipotle Burrito Bowl

Tonight, stay in and build your own Chipotle Burrito Bowl with the copycat recipes you know and love. Fluffy rice, black beans, tender chicken, sweet corn salsa, tomato salsa, and lots of guacamole. It’s great…

50 minutes
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Easy Acai Bowl

This easy Acai Bowl, is just 5 ingredients (plus toppings) and ready in minutes! It’s a healthy homemade spa-day treat that tastes as good as it looks. You start by making a smoothie with the…

5 minutes
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Mediterranean Buddha Bowl

This easy Mediterranean Buddha Bowl is full of colorful veggies, nutritious quinoa, and roasted chickpeas. Top with hummus for an epic power lunch! Before you fall off the wagon of your January resolutions, in case…

40 minutes
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Apple Cider Donuts

Overflowing with the flavors of fall, these homemade Apple Cider Donuts are baked, not fried, and then rolled in a cinnamon-sugar mixture for extra crunch.

1 hour

Brown Fried Rice

Brown Fried Rice is a delicious, easy way to put your leftover brown rice to work. It only has 6 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish.

10 minutes

Charro Negro

Based on the “black cowboy” of Mexican folklore, the Charro Negro cocktail is made with tequila, Coca-Cola, and lime juice. It’s ubiquitous at Mexican celebrations such as baptisms, weddings, and birthday parties.

2 minutes