Thai Curry Shrimp and Noodles

I love when a little game of what do we have in the pantry goes really right. I have made Thai red curry noodle dishes before, and this one is not claiming to be authentic, but it’s inspired by the amazing flavors of the dishes I have made and what I know about Thai cooking….

Whole Blood Orange Cake (gluten-free!)

This one started how a lot of my recipes have started over the years. Something I bought at the store was going to go bad soon and I didn’t want it to go to waste. I had 3 blood oranges that were in danger of turning soon if I didn’t so something with them. I…

Jalapeño Popper Dip

I am totally a dip person, and if I could choose just one dip for to eat for the rest of my life, it would be this one. It’s that good. I first discovered several recipes for jalapeño popper dip while perusing Pinterest several years ago and got inspired to make my own. Over the…

Levain Bakery Inspired Cookies (Gluten Free!)

If there’s one Instagrammable cookie that has always caught my eye it has been the iconic NYC Levain Bakery cookie. Every time this or any copycat-type cookie pops up on my feed I am in awe of how thick and humongous it is while looking like it’s maintaining all of the textures that a chocolate…

Turkey Taco Mac Skillet

Google defines comfort food like this: “Food that provides consolation or a feeling of well-being, typically any with a high sugar or other carbohydrate content and associated with childhood or home cooking.” Wikipedia’s definition is similar but even more detailed: “kinds of food that provides a nostalgic or sentimental value to someone, and may be characterized by its high caloric…

How to Build the Perfect Simple Charcuterie Board

But first, a charcuterie board story Traditionally, a charcuterie board is a Willis family Christmas Eve Tradition. In fact, it’s such a firm tradition that I refused to stop dipping little clementine orange slices in chocolate for our 2013 board as I was in active labor for our second child. In my defense, I wasn’t…

Turkey Tamale Pie

When I think of hearty, warming winter dishes, this one is definitely on the top of my list. There is something about that hearty turkey chili layer topped with a thick layer of cornbread that just says comfort to me. I’m totally not into making a bunch of side dishes on a weeknight, so the…

Frosted Cranberry Moscow Mule

I’m kicking your normal mule up a notch with the holiday flavors of sugared cranberries and fizzy ginger beer that’s both festive and refreshing. Did you know that if you’ve overindulged in the holiday sweets, the ginger in this drink can actually soothe your tummy? Of course, you have to use ginger beer with real…

Grandma Monkey’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

You’re not seeing things. That’s a full sized Reese’s Cup in the middle of that cookie. Why? Why not? The first time I laid eyes on this cookie was at a family Christmas at my husband’s grandma’s house. I soon came to know these cookies as a staple at Willis family holiday gatherings year after…

Candy Cane Cookie Ice Cream Pie

This post is in partnership with MI-DEL®. All concepts and content are my own. Is it ever too cold for ice cream? And all the people said…NEVER! Especially when that ice cream is chocolate and vanilla layered with hot fudge, cookies, and candy canes, in the form of a PIE. It takes a little planning ahead,…