This light and tender lemon blueberry cake is filled with fresh blueberry preserves and frosted with silky lemon buttercream.
Lemon and blueberry is one of those classic flavor combinations that make baked goods shine. And oh my, this cake shines bright.
There’s plenty of lemon flavor in the cake layers and creamy frosting, and the blueberry filling is a surprise burst of berry flavor. All together this cake is light and fresh, and so beautiful! Keep it simple and serve it as is, or dress it up with lemon wedges, fresh blueberries, and chamomile flowers.
Share this lemon blueberry layer cake with friends at your next dinner party, family gathering, or backyard cookout. (I’m actually planning to turn it into a wedding cake next month!) Regardless of the occasion, it will be a crowd-pleaser for sure! (more…)
This quick and flavorful Italian pasta salad is filled with pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and basil is perfect for potlucks and parties!
What’s a potluck or barbecue without a pasta salad? You almost can’t have one without the other. Pasta salads are great because they’re easy, can be made ahead of time, and feed a crowd. But not all pasta salads are created equal, however. I’ve had my fair share of bland soggy noddles and vegetables and it’s always so disappointing when a pasta salad doesn’t live up to it’s eye appeal.
Thankfully, this Italian pasta salad is anything but disappointing! There’s so much going on here— mini pepperoni, veggies like tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, and both fresh mozzarella and grated Parmesan. Toss it all in a crazy simple homemade Italian dressing, add some chopped basil, and you have a pasta salad that is loaded up with flavor and texture. Put it out on the buffet table and watch it disappear! (more…)
Homemade lemon curd is a rich, bright, and zesty topping for everything from biscuits to cakes!
Since I made my first batch of homemade lemon curd a few years ago I have been obsessed. I love to make it in the spring and slather it on practically everything, and even enjoy it straight from the jar with a spoon.
This recipe has been on my site since 2010 and it’s never failed me. The lemon curd is smooth, creamy and saturated with bright lemony flavor. If you’ve never had lemon curd, or have never made it at home, it’s definitely something you need to try! It’s actually quite quick and easy, and only requires 4 ingredients. (more…)
Topped with quick and easy homemade chili, plenty of cheddar cheese and sour cream, these nachos are sure to be a big hit!
Nachos are an appetizer I never regret ordering at a restaurant or making at home. They’re perfect for sharing, they usually feed a whole bunch people, and they always, always hit the spot. You just can’t beat a stack of tortilla chips piled high with melty cheese and lots of toppings!
These chili cheese nachos are simple, yet satisfying. There’s not a whole lot going on— just easy homemade chili, cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions and cilantro— but it’s everything you’ll ever need from a plateful of nachos. Make a batch today, invite some friends over, and watch them disappear! (more…)
This delicious chicken salad is filled with shredded chicken, chopped pecans, diced apples, dried cherries, and a creamy rosemary-scented dressing.
I’ve been sitting on this chicken salad recipe for 7 years and I feel rather bad about it because IT IS THE BEST CHICKEN SALAD EVER! I first made it for our coed baby shower before our oldest was born and it’s been a favorite ever since. It’s adapted from this recipe that I found through my friend Heidi’s blog Foodiecrush. I make it for visiting guests, picnics in the park, or whenever I need to satisfy the craving. It hits the spot every single time!
This chicken salad recipe filled with pecans, apples and dried cherries is both sweet and savory, creamy and crunchy and full of great flavors you don’t always find in a more traditional chicken salad. It’s simple enough that you can throw it together for a quick lunch any day of the week, but it’s also refined enough to serve at bridal showers, baby showers, and other special gatherings. (more…)
This classic but elegant french toast is rich and flavorful, and a few small upgrades makes it the best ever!
French toast is a breakfast menu item that I typically gloss over in favor of a stack of waffles or biscuits and gravy, but when a really good plate of french toast crosses my path— wow! And I wonder why I don’t have it more often.
For me, the best french toast must be thick and fluffy, have great flavor, and be piled high with lots of great toppings. This upgraded classic fits the bill and then some, so be sure to keep reading for my tips for making your next batch of french toast the best ever. I highly recommend serving it with whipped cream, fresh berries, and maple syrup. Everyone will love it! (more…)
These easy Mexican street tacos filled with spiced shredded chicken, chopped onions, avocado, and cilantro are sure to become a favorite with everyone!
Who doesn’t love tacos? They’ve got to be one of my favorite foods, and I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s the same for you. So, these shredded chicken street tacos are for me, you, and everyone out there who loves a quick and easy (and delicious!) meal.
Street tacos are one of my favorite dishes to order at Mexican restaurants and cafés, and I love that they’re simple enough to make at home. My kids gobble them up as fast as I can put them together, and I admit that I have a hard time not devouring three or four (or more) in a single sitting. We just love these shredded chicken street tacos! (more…)
These “magic” cookie bars made with a graham cracker crust, baking chips, nuts, and coconut are always a hit!
A friend recently asked me if I had a recipe for 7 layer “magic” bars on my blog, and I confessed that I had no idea what they even were. But you can bet that I googled it immediately! And then made sure to purchase all of the ingredients the next time I went to the grocery store.
For those of you unaware like me, these bars are made up of 7 ingredients— graham crackers, butter, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, nuts, coconut and sweetened condensed milk. All that’s required is to layer these ingredients in a baking dish and pop into the oven, and they magically bake up into these irresistible bars! They’re so simple, and dangerously addictive. The perfect make-ahead treat for parties, picnics, potlucks and more. (more…)
Classic deviled eggs made with mayonnaise, mustard and fresh chives and dill are a simple but irresistible appetizer.
Does the world need another deviled egg recipe? Probably not. And this particular recipe isn’t earth-shattering but it’s my absolutely favorite and I can’t resist sharing it with you.
There are thousands of recipes out there for deviled eggs with variations of all kinds, but in my opinion “simple is best” when it comes to this crowd-pleasing appetizer. You can keep your fancy toppings and crazy mix-ins, all I’m craving are these fresh herb deviled eggs. They couldn’t be easier— just mayonnaise, a little mustard, salt and pepper, and fresh chives and dill. And they’re perfect for Easter, picnics and potlucks. I have trouble not devouring these deviled eggs all by myself, and the whole tray is usually gone in minutes! (more…)
This honey-butter glazed ham recipe made with just 5 ingredients is sweet, dripping with flavor, and only requires a few minutes of prep!
This recipe is sponsored by Challenge Dairy.
If you’re looking for the easiest way to impress a crowd, then a spiral glazed ham is the best solution. This honey-butter glazed ham is the perfect stress-free centerpiece for Easter, Christmas, or any large gathering with friends and family!
Starting with with a fully cooked spiral-cut ham makes this dish a breeze, and smothering it with a homemade glaze of real butter, honey, fresh rosemary, and crushed garlic makes this ham completely irresistible. My family already loves my citrus spice glazed ham, and now we’ve all fallen for this honey-butter glazed ham too! (more…)