Did you just get an Instant Pot during Amazon Prime Days? Looking for some new recipe ideas to make the most of your new gizmo? This balsamic pork tenderloin is a snap – and a classic. You’ll find yourself coming back to it over and over again, trust me.  

And for those days when you really need to relax with an adult beverage (Hello, back to school!), whip up this fun, refreshing and spicy blackberry-orange margarita. All margaritas are great, but this one has an extra kick. 

Bon Appetit!   

Oh summer, how we’ve missed you. I think now is the perfect time to highlight a couple of simple recipes that perfectly reflect the lazy days of summer. Need a quick appetizer for pre-dinners or backyard patio parties? Try these caprese salad skewers. They take literally minutes to make, and they’ll go fast. And did you know that you can make s’mores at home without a campfire or a fire pit? Yep. These skillet s’mores are delicious, and they’re always a hit. 

Bon Appetit! 

This month, I’m taking into consideration the fact that many of us are incredibly busy. Whether you’re camped out at the ball park, running around to and from school (or teaching!), or just busily planning your summer vacation, these recipes will hopefully make feeding everyone a bit easier.  

I’m still crazy about my Instant Pot. I’m constantly coming up with new ways to use it, and this gumbo is excellent if I do say so myself. If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, I’ve also included a slow cooker and a traditional method, too. 

Have you tried pudding cake before? It’s basically like having two desserts in one. This chocolate pudding cake will be a hit, I promise.  

Bon Appetit!  

Happy spring! I hope everyone had at least a little bit of a spring “break” this past month. If you just went to the beach, you know – it’s almost time for swimsuit season. That likely means you’re buckling down on your diet. Well, I’m here to help!  

This month, I’m all about New Orleans. I just have the Mardi Gras spirit, I suppose. So, along those lines, I’ve offered up two of my favorite NOLA-inspired dishes. Red beans and rice is a classic dish, and it isn’t difficult to make. Just make sure you use the right seasoning (see below) and you’ll be just fine. And who knew you could make bananas foster pizza-style? Yep. Try this one and watch everyone’s faces light up when they dig in. 

As always, bon appétit! 

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope all of you had a great holiday break, but it’s time to get back to the grind now. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but after the holidays, I often want something different in January. This chicken saltimbocca is a perfect choice, and the sausage and cheese soufflé is a mouth-wateringly great option for breakfast, brunch – or any time, really. Both these dishes, in fact, are quick and easy to make.  

Bon Appetit! 

Happy Holiday season, DCL readers! For this month, I thought I’d give you an easy one. This slow cooker beef tips in gravy is a flash to prepare and serve. This time of year, I’m always so thankful for my slow cooker. And these cheddar bay biscuits are a perfect compliment to a hearty, seasonal meal. From my family to yours, have a wonderful Christmas. 

Bon Appetit!  

November is such a wonderful month, as we usher in the holiday season. And yes, I’m busily preparing for our annual feast, but I also enjoy making meals the rest of the month, too. This sweet and spicy chicken is perfect for those busy weekdays, and you can make it as spicy as you like. And yes, I’m aware there are several big football games this month, not the least of which is the Iron Bowl. Whether you’re heading to tailgate on the Quad with friends or throwing a home watch party, whip up this corn and black bean salsa/dip and watch it disappear. 

I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and bon appétit!

Fall is most certainly in the air now, and on that note, I thought I’d give y’all one of my favorite Italian recipes – one that everyone should love. And to finish off a great dinner at home? How about a blueberry lemon cake? Have a great October, everyone, and as always, Bon Appetit!  

Now that school is starting back, you can draw everyone to the table for a little family time – using what else? Food! If you’re in the mood for a delicious entrée, but you don’t have a ton of time, this salsa Verde chicken is the way to go. And if you’d like to make a great dessert OR a tasty breakfast treat, these mini pecan sticky rolls are sure to please.

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