Author: Kelli

Side Dishes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Try Garlic Mashed Potatoes for an updated version of a classic dish. Parmesan cheese, sour cream, and of course, garlic, add amazing flavor to a blank canvas. Y’all — when my mom sees a mashed potato recipe on this blog, she is going to lose her mind. You see, I don’t actually care for mashed […]

Fish & Seafood

Slow Roasted Cod with Pesto

This slow roasted cod is the perfect centerpiece for any dinner party or holiday gathering. The fish is perfectly cooked, the pesto adds great texture, and the whole dish comes together in about 30 minutes. Fish main courses can be a bit of a risk for a dinner party, it can also be a genius […]


Herb Corn Muffins

Adding a few ingredients to an unassuming box of corn muffin mix creates an easy side dish. Try these Herb Corn Muffins on the side of your favorite chili, turkey dinner, or even for breakfast. (PS this post is NOT sponsored, but does contain affiliate links.) My love and nostalgia for Jiffy Corn Muffin mix […]

Beans & Lentils, Side Dishes

Fresh Cranberry Beans with Greens

Fresh cranberry beans celebrate some of nature’s most beautiful plants. Though the pink and purple hues fade with cooking, the prep work is like opening dozens of tiny gifts. A few weeks ago, I was just walking through the farmer’s market near my office, when something caught my eye. There was a giant mount of […]

Side Dishes

Green Beans with Mushrooms and Shallots

These dairy-free green beans with mushrooms and shallots will quickly replace the heavy green bean casserole on your table. Familiar flavors come together, but the dish still resembles a healthy vegetable on the plate. Look, I don’t have anything against green bean casserole. I think green beans are delicious, but when they get “casseroled”, it […]

Breakfast & Brunch

Five Spice Banana Bread

The familiar flavor of banana bread meets some spices not typically found in this twist on a classic recipe. Confession: I am not a baker. Though I can appreciate the scientific nature of the craft, I find it difficult to stick to an exact recipe. But sometimes the stars align and you have leftover bananas […]

Bowl of squash soup with pepita seeds
Instant Pot, Soup, Stew, & Chili

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

My version of Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup gets some extra heat from red pepper flakes and hot peppers and great depth of flavor from cumin and turmeric.  I actually love cold weather. Breathing in chilly air, wearing cozy sweaters, and expanding my scarf collection are some of my favorite things. Colder weather means it’s […]