Italian Meringue Buttercream Frosting

Italian Meringue Buttercream Frosting is made from sugar, egg whites, and butter. Unlike American buttercream, it’s light, fluffy, and never cloying. This step-by-step tutorial includes options for vanilla, chocolate or strawberry buttercream, as well as suggestions for additional flavors. It may appear a bit daunting at first if you’ve only prepared American buttercreams, which are made from butter and confectioners’ sugar. However, if you can push yourself through those nerves and give this a try, you will never go back. Once you know this basic buttercream frosting recipe, the possible flavor combinations are endless!

Vanilla buttercream frosting in a bowl, prepared with egg whites, sugar, butter and pure vanilla extract.

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Warm Zucchini Salad

This post is a paid collaboration with Emmi USA. I’ve teamed up with them to bring you a warm zucchini salad that’s bursting with flavors and textures: lightly cooked zucchini mixed with toasted almonds, fresh parsley, and shaved gruyere, tossed with olive oil and lemon juice. This zucchini recipe is all about simple ingredients that produce spectacular results.

Lightly cooked zucchini mixed with almonds, parsley, and shaved gruyere, tossed with olive oil and lemon juice. Served on a plate.

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Twice-Baked Potatoes

Twice-baked potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes when I want something a bit more spruced up than standard mashed potatoes, but without any extra work. Packed with sour cream, butter, green onions, and fresh herbs, this twice-baked potato recipe will soon become a favorite in your house as well!

Twice-Baked Potatoes, golden brown on top from a hot oven, sitting on a baking sheet

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

This easy Buffalo Chicken Dip will be the star of your next party. The recipe uses rotisserie chicken for added flavor and tenderness. The results are savory, cheesy, and packed with flavor! Best of all, it’s ready in less than 30 minutes, and leftovers can be easily reheated.

This Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe is a total crowd pleaser. Shredded rotisserie chicken is used for added tenderness. It’s fast, easy, and the final results are cheesy, and loaded with flavor!

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Classic Yellow Cake

This classic yellow cake recipe is soft, buttery and moist, with a delicate crumb, and just the right amount of sweetness. Its simple vanilla flavor is perfect for showcasing your favorite frosting or enjoying on its own. Best of all? This easy yellow cake recipe is made entirely from scratch.

You don’t need to buy boxed cake mix! This yellow cake recipe is easy to prepare at home, and it tastes SO MUCH BETTER. It’s soft and moist, with a delicate crumb and the perfect level of sweetness. Use it with your favorite frosting recipe!

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Easy Homemade Tahini

Learn how to make this fast and easy tahini recipe that’s just as good as store brands (it’s even better, in my opinion). Included is a step-by-step photo tutorial on how to make tahini paste from scratch, as well as numerous suggestions for using it. There are so many ways to use this sesame seed paste aside from just hummus! 

A step-by-step photo tutorial on how to make tahini sauce from scratch, as well as many suggestions for using it (not just hummus!)

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Classic Tiramisu

This is the Tiramisu of your dreams: layers of coffee and rum-dipped ladyfingers surrounded by a rich, creamy custard and grated bittersweet chocolate. This classic Italian dessert is easier to make at home than you may think! Even better, my version skips the raw egg yolks found in many traditional recipes.

This is the Tiramisu of your dreams: layers of coffee and rum-dipped ladyfingers surrounded by a rich, creamy custard and grated bittersweet chocolate. This classic Italian dessert is easier to make at home than you may think!

I still daydream about my brief visit to Italy two years ago. It was a work trip that give me amazing yet torturously quick glimpses of Florence, Pisa and Rome, and I didn’t get nearly enough time to do that one thing I love to do when traveling: eat.

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