Two elk burgers on a wooden board.

Elk Burger Recipe

Elk burgers are a lean but flavorful alternative to a traditional beef burger. Whether you purchase your elk meat from the store or you have it ground fresh, you can make them juicy and delicious with just a few simple steps!

Famous food from Montana, including elk burgers and Hasselback potatoes.

Famous Food from Montana

Explore the Big Sky Country with famous food from Montana! This guest blog post by Erica Trey uncovers the history behind elk burgers, Hasselback potatoes, and huckleberry cheesecake!

Garlic Parmesan Hasselback Potatoes Recipe

Garlic Parmesan Hasselback Potatoes are crispy on the outside, soft and buttery in the middle, and deliciously flavored! And with a few simple tricks these potatoes are easy to make!

Half a loaf of craberry cream cheese bread, with a few slices stacked and butter on one slice.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Bread Recipe

Cranberry Cream Cheese Bread is a moist quick bread that is perfect for breakfast or snack! Its sweet and tart flavor profile is addicting and will have you wanting to eat every last crumb!

easy menu plan: bowl of pad thai

Menu Plan: November 23-27

You are probably going to be cooking a lot the week of Thanksgiving, so the rest of your meals need an easy menu plan. Each of the dinners this week (except on Thanksgiving Day) require 15 minutes or less of prep time! Delicious meals, in no time flat!

2 cranberry old fashioned cocktails

Cranberry Old Fashioned

This Cranberry Old Fashioned puts a delicious spin on a classic cocktail! Homemade cranberry-orange simple syrup is easy to make and adds a beautiful flavor that is balanced with the spice of bourbon.

Slices of gooey butter cake on plates.

Famous Food From Missouri

Guest post by Melinda Paulsell Missouri is a beautiful state with a vast topography that ranges from the mountainous region of the Ozark Plateau to the rolling northern hills, with lots of flat farmland and river bluffs in between.  Approximately 66% of the state is

Plate of toasted ravioli with a bowl of marinara

Toasted Ravioli Recipe (3 Ways)

Toasted ravioli is a delicious appetizer that can also be a main dish! But it actually isn’t toasted at all! These tasty bites, crispy on the outside, with soft and gooey cheese on the inside, are actually fried! And in this recipe, I will also show you how to make toasted ravioli in the air fryer, as well as baked in the oven. Simple, crunchy, cheesy, and delicious!

Close up of a piece of gooey butter cake, with more of the cake in background.

Gooey Butter Cake Recipe + 6 Variations

Gooey Butter Cake is a St. Louis tradition of a yellow cake crust topped with a gooey cream cheese filling. Here I share the classic recipe as well as some delicious Ooey Gooey Butter Cake variations!

Bowl of cheesy rigatoni with Italian sausage.

Menu Plan: November 16-20

Flavor abounds in this week’s menu plan! We kick off the week with an easy stovetop pasta. It is my son Levi’s new favorite meal! We have an easy Mexican dish for Taco Tuesday and the best biscuits you’ll ever eat on Wednesday! By Thursday,

One pan thanksgiving dinner

One Pan Thanksgiving Dinner

Turkey, stuffing, and three side dishes, all cooked up on a sheet pan. In just 2 hours (cooking time included) your abundant one pan Thanksgiving dinner will be ready to serve. So kick back, relax, and enjoy your Thanksgiving!

plate of biscuits and gravy, with basket of biscuits.

Famous Food From Mississippi

In the heart of the Bible belt, sits a little state called Mississippi. This state was once home to a greater variety of Native American tribes than any other state in the nation! And it was the native tribes who gave Mississippi its name. The

5-layer Mississippi Mud Pie with a slice out of it.

Mississippi Mud Pie Recipe

Mississippi Mud Pie is a decadent layered dessert that starts with an Oreo crumb crust. Next comes a fudgy chocolate cake that is smothered with a layer of chocolate mousse. Piles of fluffy whipped cream top this incredible dessert! A chocolate lovers dream! This post

Skillet of sawmill sausage gravy with a black serving spoon.

Sawmill Gravy Recipe With Sausage

Nothing says “weekend morning” quite like biscuits and gravy! This sawmill gravy recipe is fast to whip up! In about 10 minutes you will have a creamy, rich gravy that is the perfect accompaniment to buttermilk biscuits! This post may contain affiliate links. This means

basket of old fashioned buttermilk biscuits.

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

When you begin your morning with a breakfast of old fashioned buttermilk biscuits then you know it is going to be a great day! You will be amazed at how quickly you can make these tall, flaky buttermilk biscuits. But don’t limit yourself to breakfast!

Bowl of Mexican rice with cilantro and tomato in the background.

Menu Plan: November 9-13

We are traveling the world this week, from Mexico, to Greece and China! This week offers up a diverse mix of flavors that will leave you feeling like you have been on the best adventure! Monday, November 9 Sage & Browned Butter Ravioli Perfect Winter

Close up of taco hotdish

Famous Food from Minnesota

Guest post by Sara Ecklin Minnesota, the lands of 10,000 lakes. Did you know that Minnesota actually has more shoreline than California, Florida, or Hawaii (if we are looking at lakes and ocean)? Even without having oceans, Minnesota wins! I grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota;

Individual serving of skillet apple crisp with ice cream. Apple peel ribbons and cinnamon sticks on the left.

Cast-Iron Skillet Apple Crisp Recipe

Cast-iron skillet apple crisp is the perfect fall dessert! Apples are briefly caramelized on the stovetop and then topped with a brown sugar-cinnamon and oat topping. It is so easy to make that you will find yourself wanting it again and again! I met my

Bowl of Mexican wild rice topped with cilantro and chopped tomatoes, with a wooden spoon on the side.

Mexican Wild Rice Recipe

Mexican wild rice is a delicious alternative to a traditional Mexican rice recipe. The warm spices of the Mexican seasonings are complimented by the slightly nutty flavor and chewy texture of the wild rice. What is Wild Rice? How to Cook Mexican Wild Rice Step

Mexican stuffed quinoa peppers.

Menu Plan: November 2-6

It’s getting dark early now, and with the time change, I think that a week of comfort food is in order! On the menu this week we have simple recipes that are rich and flavorful! Monday, November 2 Lemon Garlic Butter Flank Steak with Mushrooms

Two coney dogs, a famous food from Michigan, along with French fries.

Famous Food from Michigan

Guest post by Tera Rowe Detroit is the epicenter of the auto industry, Michigan’s largest city, and the birthplace of both of our recipes of famous food from Michigan. Henry Ford’s high $5 a day was a huge draw for African American immigrants during the

Rows of paczki in a pan.

Paczki Donut Recipe

Paczki is a Polish donut that was invented as a way to use up lard and sugar before Lent. Traditionally enjoyed only on Fat Tuesday, this sugar-covered donut can be filled with a variety of delicious fillings. It is an indulgent sweet treat! While it

Coney Dogs Recipe

Coney dogs are steamed hot dogs smothered with all-beef chili, and topped with minced onions and mustard. The chili is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Invented in Michigan, these coney dogs are a real American treat! Did you think that coney

Brushing melted butter onto crab cakes.

Menu Plan: October 26-30

Whole30 may be over, but we are still working to eat fueling foods. This week serves up a meatless Monday meal, lightened-up pasta, and several easy dinners. Lots of fruits and veggies round out these delicious dinners! Monday, October 26 Mediterranean Orzo and Chickpea Stuffed

Clam chowder, a famous food from Massachusetts.

Famous Food from Massachusetts

Massachusetts, also known as the Commonwealth, is one of the 13 original colonies.  There are many towns that are rich in history and the center of pilot moments in American history.  Numerous historical routes, battlefields, and colonial homes line the streets of Massachusetts. In addition, you

One wholeEasy Boston Cream Pie recipe on a cake plate.

Easy Boston Cream Pie Recipe (Using Cake Mix)

Boston cream pie is a yellow buttery sponge cake with creamy custard filling this is topped with a fudgy chocolate ganache glaze. This recipe keeps it easy, using a cake mix for simplicity, but with a quick technique that keeps the sponge cake texture. The

A fluffernutter sandwich with a bite out of it. Two more sandwiches stacked behind.

Fluffernutter Sandwich Recipe

This simple Fluffernutter sandwich is a delightful treat! A New England favorite, creamy peanut butter and marshmallow fluff are spread over white bread. It is a favorite of kids and adults alike! There are so many good things about the sweet and salty combination of

Bowl of clam chowder, topped with bacon pieces and oyster crackers.

Boston Clam Chowder Recipe

Creamy Boston Clam Chowder is loaded with tender potatoes and clams, and topped with crispy bacon. It is a comforting bowl of soup for any time of year! About This Soup Boston clam chowder and New England clam chowder are one and the same. Chowder

Whole30 Menu Plan Week 2: Bowl of thai basil beef with brown rice.

Whole30 Menu Plan Week 2

Here is our Whole30 Menu Plan Week 2! This mini reset has been so good! In just these two short weeks I am sleeping better and feel more focused. It really is incredible the impact that food has on our well-being. While we will continue

Famous food from Maryland, crab cakes, piled on a plate.

Famous Food from Maryland

Guest post by Nichole Little When you hear “Maryland,” most people think of the Chesapeake Bay and steamed crabs. Which is fine because that’s what we’re known for. Crabs are the most famous food from Maryland! But what non-residents are shocked to find is that

Smith Island Cake on a cake stand with 2 pieces on plates in front of it.

Smith Island Cake Recipe

A Smith Island Cake is one of the moistest and most decadent cakes you will find. 8-12 layers of yellow cake are enrobed in fudge frosting that seeps down into the cake. It is an impressive cake that is a must-try for any chocolate lover!

Two crab cakes on a dark grey plate, 2 lemon wedges in front and a ramekin of cocktail sauce in the back.

Oven-Baked Crab Cakes Recipe

This oven-baked crab cakes recipe skips the heavy oil but delivers a delicious flavor and texture. Big chunks of lump crab, a light cracker filler, and the authentic flavors of Old Bay seasoning make this crab cake recipe extraordinary! Ingredients Eggs: This is the binding

Whole 30 menu plan week 1 includes this pot of red curry.

Whole30 Menu Plan Week 1

If you have followed me for any length of time you know that I love to indulge. Our weekly state dinners always have a dessert and are filled with decadence. But too much of that and you are left feeling sluggish and miserable. That’s where

Coconut chicken strips piled on a plate with ramekin of ranch.

Coconut Chicken Strips Recipe

These coconut chicken strips are crunchy on the outside but juicy on the inside! Easy to make, they are a recipe that both kids and adults will love! You can easily make them Paleo/Whole 30 approved by using almond flour. It’s the perfect weeknight meal!

Famous food from Maine: Two lobster rolls with fries, mayo, and lemons.

Famous Food from Maine

Close your eyes and picture Maine. Do you see waves crashing against a rocky coast with a lighthouse nearby? Maine is a classic New England state, picturesque with tall pine trees and fishing harbors. It is through these harbors that we receive the primary ingredient

Four Maine Whoopie Pies. One is on its side and has a bite out of it.

Maine Whoopie Pies Recipe

Whoopie Pies are a fluffy cake-like chocolate cookie sandwich with gooey marshmallow filling in the middle. They are a popular treat in the northeast United States. Our Maine Whoopie Pies recipe is the classic version, but there are so many ways to customize! I will

Side view of lobster rolls on a pan with fries and condiments.

Lobster Rolls Recipe

Lobster rolls are a New England delicacy, made with fresh and simple ingredients. A buttered and toasted bun provides the perfect texture contrast for the star of the show, tender and succulent pieces of lobster! There are both warm and cold versions of the lobster

One pan chicken fajitas on a plate with cauliflower Mexican rice and jicama tortillas

Menu Plan: October 5-9

This week we are celebrating the season with a salad that is a perfect welcome to fall! Plus some ultra-comforting flautas and a couple of healthy and easy one-pan recipes. And our week wraps with a rich and hearty gumbo! Monday, October 5 Kale Caeser

Square image of pumpkin bread with 3 slices on the side, stacked offset.

Applesauce Pumpkin Bread (Or Muffins) Recipe

I love applesauce pumpkin bread on a crisp fall morning! There is something spectacular about the tender moist bread, with warm spices in every bite. When paired with a cup of coffee it is my dream of a perfect morning! My original pumpkin bread recipe

Bowl of gumbo Louisiana hot sauce, for the famous food from Louisiana dinner.

Famous Food from Louisiana

In order to truly understand the significance of the famous food from Louisiana, we first have to understand a little bit about the rich culture that lives in this state. The territory known as Louisiana once covered the entire middle of what is now the

Beignets with Pecan Praline Sauce Recipe

Beignets are like a little donut pillow. A soft dough, cut into squares and fried until it puffs up and is golden. Delicious warm and with powdered sugar, we kick things up a notch with a delicious sauce. These pecan praline beignets are a delectable

Bowl of louisiana gumbo with a ball of rice in the middle. Spoon is scooping up a piece of shrimp.

Louisiana Gumbo Recipe

Gumbo is a melting pot of rich and flavorful stock, the Holy Trinity of vegetables, and a variety of meat. It is hard to classify what makes a truly authentic Louisiana gumbo recipe because there are about as many variations of gumbo as there are

Two steaks in a cast iron skillet, bathing in butter with rosemary across the top.

Menu Plan: September 28 – October 2

I am in full-on fall mode! This week we have comfort food, autumn vegetables, and a pulled pork that is perfect for enjoying during the Thursday night football game! Our week rounds off with a flavorful garlic-rosemary steak. Perfection! Monday, September 28 Kentucky Hot Brown

Derby Pie with nuts sprinkled on side.

Famous Food From Kentucky

Kentucky was the first US state west of the Appalachian mountains. Over the next 150 years, explorers and natives would build what has become a very rich culture in Kentucky. From bourbon to bluegrass, Kentucky has given many gifts to our nation. Our dinner of

slice of chocolate walnut pecan pie with ice cream on top and caramel drizzled all over.

Bourbon Chocolate Walnut Pecan Pie

The title “Bourbon chocolate walnut pecan pie” is a mouthful! But I wanted to include all of what makes this pie so delicious! Warm bourbon, rich chocolate, and wonderful complexity brought by two different nuts in the pie! This bourbon chocolate walnut pecan pie is

Close up of a Kentucky hot brown sandwich. Two tomatoes on top, and 2 pieces of bacon in a cross pattern.

Kentucky Hot Brown Recipe

The Kentucky hot brown is an open-faced sandwich that is the ultimate comfort food. There is a creamy sauce, crispy bacon, and underneath that is a foundation of soft and pillowy bread. This sandwich was invented by the owner of The Brown Hotel in Louisville,

3 cups of berry mint juleps on a tray, with mint in the background.

Berry Mint Julep Recipe

The mint julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. When we had our Kentucky State dinner I wanted to mix things up just a little bit, so we created berry mint juleps. They were so good! The fruit takes away some of the

Two bowls of Thai cashew chicken with small bowl of cashews

Menu Plan: September 21-25

Easy, cozy, and fun! That sums up this week’s menu! Monday, September 21 Loose Meat Sandwich Recipe Kettle Chips Plums Tuesday, September 22 Sheetpan Jerk Pork Nachos Apples Wednesday, September 23 Skillet Chicken Piccata Angel Hair Pasta Asparagus Nectarines Thursday, September 24 Oven Pot Roast

Loaf of wheat bread. Knife and butter resting on one slice.

Honey Wheat Bread Recipe

Honey wheat bread is one of the first recipes that I learned to make. My mom had an electric wheat mill and she would buy giant bags of whole wheat. I have very vivid memories of pouring the wheat into the mill cup by cup,

Plate of roast beef with carrots, potatoes & mushrooms. Sunflowers and cookbooks in background.

Famous Food from Kansas

I was born in Topeka, Kansas, so it was especially exciting for me to put together our dinner of famous food from Kansas. The nostalgia was great, but actually finding authentic Kansas food was a little tricky. My brother says “Kansas is not really a

4 parfait glasses with pudding topped with Oreos. Gummy worms and flowers on top, and Oreos stacked on the side.

Dirt and Worms Recipe

Dirt and Worms is a fun family-friendly dessert that is easy to make and decadent to eat! You may know this as Kansas Dirt Cake or Dirt Pudding, but my kids think calling it Dirt and Worms is way more fun! Crushed Oreos, cream cheese,

Plate of roast beef with potatoes, carrots and mushrooms piled on top

Oven Pot Roast Recipe

Pot roast has long been considered a classic American Sunday meal. It is perfect because you can do all of the work to prepare it, then walk away and come back a few hours later to your meal complete and ready to serve! Pot roast

bowl of enchilada soup topped with fried tortilla strips, cheese and sour cream

Menu Plan: September 14-18

I get a whole new energy for meal planning when the weather changes. Fall dishes are exciting and cozy! But with the temps still pretty moderate, we are combining light and summery with warm and hearty for this week’s menu. Monday, September 14 Whole Roasted

Loose meat sandwich with 2 pickles, condiments in background

Loose Meat Sandwich Recipe

Depending on where you live, the loose meat sandwich is called different things. In Iowa, it is a Maid-Rite. In other midwest states, it is called a Nu-Way, steamer, Big T, loose hamburger, Tastee, or even a tavern sandwich. So many names, and some slightly

Square of strawberry salad on a plate, with pan of jello salad behind it.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad with Fresh Whipped Cream

Strawberry Pretzel Salad is a popular dish in the midwest. Some serve it as a side dish, and others as a dessert. It is a hit with adults and children alike! The pretzel-crust is addicting with its salty-sweet crunch! And the creamy middle layer and

Famous food from Iowa, Loose Meat Sandwiches in a Basket with Chips, corn above

Famous Food From Iowa

Iowa is a midwestern state that was once a part of Louisiana. It was purchased by the United States in 1803 as a part of the Louisiana Purchase. Some see it is a flyover state, as it has over a million acres of cropland. But

peanut thai curry on a plate with fork

Menu Plan: September 7-11

One of the very first recipes on the blog was Peanut Thai Chicken, and it is the first recipe to get a makeover! I have added some additional ingredient guidance and new photos and added it to the Thursday night menu. It is a great

Simple Steak Tacos on plate with a bowl of chips

Menu Plan: August 31-September 4

Our week starts off with a delicious spatchcocked grilled chicken recipe. This is an easy way to cook a whole chicken on the grill. It makes it so juicy, crispy, and flavorful! We are making the most of our grill with simple steak tacos on