Banana Cream Jelly Roll
An Affair from the Heart
by Michaela Kenkel
1w ago
This Banana Cream Jelly Roll Cake showcases a delicate sponge cake, lovingly rolled around luscious banana pudding, and enveloped in a Dream Whip topping. Finished with a sprinkling of toasted coconut, it’s an irresistible dessert you won’t want to miss. The first time I posted this recipe was back in 2014. I was asked to do a post about my mom and one of her recipes. I jumped at the chance because anytime I get the opportunity to sing her praises, I do!  My Mom had me young, just two days 19 years old. I am sure I am biased, because everyone has something great to say about their Mom, a ..read more
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Marinated Vegetables
An Affair from the Heart
by Michaela Kenkel
2w ago
Looking for a good salad to brighten up your dinner table? This fresh vegetable salad, bursting with beautiful colors, is not only the perfect side dish but has become a go-to recipe in homes all over. Packed with crisp, wholesome ingredients, this Marinated Vegetables recipe has been a family favorite of ours for decades and I know your family will feel the same! Marinated Vegetables Looking back to when I was a little girl, whenever we had people over for a picnic or a big get-together, I could almost always bet that my mom would make one or all of my favorites; either her Macaroni Sal ..read more
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Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper BBQ Ribs
An Affair from the Heart
by Michaela Kenkel
3w ago
These Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper BBQ Ribs aren’t just delicious – they’re a viral sensation! With over 300,000 shares, this 3-ingredient wonder is about to revolutionize your BBQ game.  Country Style Pork Ribs are slow-cooked in Dr. Pepper, then baked or grilled to caramelize the Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce. This recipe is quick and easy for anyone to enjoy! I am what you would call a fair-weather winter person.  Growing up in the Midwest, it doesn’t seem right not to have snow on the ground at Christmastime, but by the time mid-January hits, I am tired of the dreary grey skies and the co ..read more
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Chicken & Doritos Casserole
An Affair from the Heart
by Michaela Kenkel
1M ago
Layers of refried beans, saucy shredded chicken, cheese, and crushed Doritos make this Chicken and Doritos Casserole perfect for the whole family! If you’re looking for easy recipes, this cheesy casserole is calling your name. The first time I ever made this casserole was back in 2013 and ever since then, this casserole has been a favorite of ours. I’ll never forget when I told the kids what we were having for dinner. I was picking them up at school and one of the first things they always asked was “What’s for dinner?” I said “DORITOS!!” They said, “Sure, Mom…what’s really for ..read more
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Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza (with Kraut)
An Affair from the Heart
by Michaela Kenkel
1M ago
It doesn’t get much easier or tastier than this simple BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe! Thin and crispy pizza crust, your favorite barbecue sauce, grilled chicken, two kinds of cheese, plus a tangy topping twist — BBQ kraut, make this one epic way to get dinner on the table, and in your tummy quickly! Summer is here and grilling season is in full swing! I don’t know about you, but there is just something special about cooking outdoors. As much as I love a good burger or hot dog, I love coming up with new recipes to make on our Traeger and our gas grill. There is a place we love to eat that make ..read more
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Fresh Rhubarb Cake
An Affair from the Heart
by Michaela Kenkel
1M ago
Moist and buttery, this homemade Rhubarb Cake is made with sweet and tangy rhubarb and a crunchy topping made of cinnamon sugar and coconut, a fluffy cake that is perfect for dessert, but makes a fantastic brunch option, too! A few years back I asked my readers what their favorite way to enjoy Rhubarb was. The recipes flooded in, but one recipe from April particularly caught my eye. The first time I made it, we ate it so fast I never even snapped a photo, but that was okay, that meant I got to make it again and share it with my readers. Since then, I have made this cake every summer, the firs ..read more
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Broccoli Cheese Soup
An Affair from the Heart
by Michaela Kenkel
1M ago
Tender broccoli simmered in a rich, creamy cheesy broth makes this easy Broccoli Cheese Soup a family favorite. Prepared in just a few minutes, this flavorful soup is ideal for busy weeknights.  I am a creature of habit. Whenever I eat at Panera Bread, I always order the pick two: Broccoli Cheese Soup and a Greek Salad. My kids all love the broccoli cheese soup too, so when they were little, I came up with this recipe so we could enjoy it at home. It’s an easy recipe, that turns out well on the stovetop or your slow cooker. This was one of the soups I made every year that ..read more
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Crock Pot Chicken Marsala
An Affair from the Heart
by Michaela Kenkel
1M ago
Tender mushrooms and juicy chicken simmer for hours in a rich marsala wine sauce in this Crock Pot Chicken Marsala. Easily made ahead, this meal is perfect for a busy weeknight but fancy enough for a dinner party. Serve over pasta, rice, risotto, or all on its own, everyone will love this delicious meal! I love a good slow cooker recipe, don’t you? I have many crock pot recipes here on my website and it’s one of the categories I turn to first when I am pinched for time, yet I still want to get a wholesome meal on the table. Fix it and forget it until dinner time. We eat a lot of chicken ..read more
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Chicken Linguine Carbonara
An Affair from the Heart
by Michaela Kenkel
2M ago
This Chicken Carbonara recipe features juicy tender chicken breasts tossed in a milk and parmesan cheese-based sauce. Garlic, shallots, and bacon are thrown in for a savory yet creamy pasta dish that is ready in about 30 minutes and perfect for those busy weeknights.  I can always use a new pasta recipe in my recipe box, you?  It seems like when I don’t know what to make for dinner, or if I am in a rush, we always turn to pasta.  I get dinner on the table and everyone loves pasta, so it’s a win-win situation. Years ago, I found a recipe in a HyVee Meal Solutions Magazine for Ca ..read more
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Sweet and Smoky Chicken
An Affair from the Heart
by Michaela Kenkel
2M ago
Summer’s finally here and it’s time for some serious grilling! This juicy and tender Sweet and Smoky Chicken is the perfect recipe to throw on the barbecue. It has a delicious marinade made with balsamic vinegar and spices and sweetened with both brown sugar and pure maple syrup. It’s easy to make and so delicious. Ah, sweet summertime. Memorial weekend is upon us and with that, folks take to their backyards and barbecue grills. It is the official kick-off weekend of summer. I have lots of grilling recipes here on my site, but I am always excited to share a brand-new one, and this grilled chi ..read more
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