Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce

Want to learn how to make bbq sauce? You won’t believe how easy it is! Simply whisk a few ingredients together in a saucepan, and then it’s ready after just 15 minutes of simmering. The flavors of this barbecue sauce recipe are sweet, tangy, and the slightest bit spicy. It’s amazing with chicken!

Easy homemade barbecue sauce in a jar that is prepared in 15 minutes.

Barbecue sauce is one of those things that people have very strong opinions about (right up there with pizza, chili, and how to properly load a dishwasher). It’s serious business.

When it comes to what makes a good [BLAH], I’m a firm believer that if you love something, that’s all that matters. It doesn’t matter what other people think about your favorite pizza place. If you love it, the rest is just noise. Opinions are not facts. (Is it becoming obvious that I’ve gotten into the “opinions vs. facts” debate with people a lot recently?)

There are many different varieties of barbecue sauces, and I prefer certain types for different applications. As far as I’m concerned, there is no one right or wrong way.

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Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs with Lemon and Garlic

These Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs with Lemon and Garlic are juicy and tender on the inside and crisp on the outside. They’re easy to prepare with only a few simple ingredients, making this baked chicken thigh recipe a fabulous dinner for any night! 

A photo of baked chicken thighs

When it comes to chicken, I have two favorite varieties: roasted whole chickens and bone-in skin-on thighs. I also like boneless skinless thighs (my mother’s barbecue chicken is broiled, and in some ways it actually works better with them).

Chicken breasts aren’t necessarily bad, but they’re definitely lacking in flavor and juiciness when compared with the latter. (Note: If you want to get the best results from breast meat, buy bone-in skin-on chicken breasts.)

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Salmon Chowder

Love fish chowder? Then you’re going to love this salmon chowder recipe! It’s a hearty, one-pot dinner that’s perfect all year long. The recipe is easy to prepare and bursting with flavor. It highlights fresh salmon, bacon, and yukon gold potatoes. 

A photo of salmon chowder in a dutch oven, garnished with a sprig of fresh thyme

If you’ve spent any time in New England, you know how seriously the locals take their fish chowder. Everyone has a secret recipe. To make things even more interesting, these recipes are rarely written down, and they often don’t rely on amounts. It’s “a handful of this” and “a little bit of that.”

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White Hot Chocolate

Sweet, decadent and creamy, this white hot chocolate is a cozy treat all year long. For a special adult touch, try adding a splash of liqueur like Baileys, Kahlua or Rumchata. For this hot chocolate recipe, you’ll only need three ingredients: good quality white chocolate, milk, and vanilla. The rest is optional! 

This white hot chocolate comes together in minutes and is absolutely decadent! For an extra treat, try adding a splash of liqueur such as Kahlua, Rumchata, or Baileys!

I often hear people say that they don’t care for white chocolate. Trust me, I understand. It wasn’t long ago that I also considered myself to be kind of a hater. The truth is that, just like with many other foods, not all white chocolate is created equal.

And if I’m being perfectly blunt, most white chocolate is kind of gross. Good quality white chocolate, on the other hand, is fantastic. Ultimately, the type of chocolate you use in this white hot chocolate recipe is what will make all the difference.

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Voraciously: My New Venture with The Washington Post

I’ve been working on an amazing side project since last summer, and I’m so excited to finally share it with all of you! Allow me to introduce you to Voraciously. Please note: this is a paid project for the Washington Post.

Jennifer Farley of Savory Simple, preparing Salt & Pepper Cashews for Voraciously.
Photo Credit: Katherine Frey / The Washington Post

This past year I’ve been scaling back on my more advanced recipes, and returning to my roots: simple recipes that use classic techniques. Some recent examples include my homemade cashew butter, tomato bisque, and candied pecans.

When The Washington Post reached out to me about writing a newsletter based on a similar concept, the timing could not have been more perfect.

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Teriyaki Sauce

This homemade teriyaki sauce is both sweet and savory, and it comes together in no time! It’s perfect for marinating as well as serving alongside chicken, beef, seafood, tofu, noodles, and assorted vegetables.

Make this homemade Teriyaki sauce for Asian-style recipes using a few simple ingredients like soy sauce, garlic and sugar.

Recently, I’ve been making an effort to prepare more fast and easy weeknight dinners, since Jeff and I are often both wiped out in the evenings. Weekends are for preparing bulk freezer meals like my Cincinnati chili, which we’ll often have for dinner.

If I’m going to cook something from scratch, it needs to involve minimal effort, otherwise we’re probably having a frozen pizza instead (and I don’t mean my homemade frozen pizza, unless there’s already one ready to go).

This teriyaki sauce recipe comes together in just a few minutes, and works as both a glaze and a standalone sauce. I especially love using it with salmon and chicken (be sure to check out my teriyaki salmon recipe).

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Classic Cheese Fondue + Fondue Party Tips

This post is a sponsored collaboration with Emmi USA, who I’ve teamed up with to bring you a simple, decadent cheese fondue recipe as well as some of my favorite tips for how to host a fondue party! Classic Swiss cheese fondue is quick and easy to prepare, with just a few basic ingredients.

This Classic Swiss Cheese Fondue Recipe uses Emmentaler and Gruyére cheese, and it’s PERFECT for fondue parties. When you get the recipe, be sure to also check out my fondue party tips!

In my opinion, melted cheese is one of life’s great joys, and there’s no better way to appreciate it than with a classic cheese fondue. I only wish I had realized sooner how easy it is to prepare at home!

Fondue brings back so many memories. My college town had a fondue restaurant on the main drag, and it was the perfect place for us to gather in circular booths, catch up, and try various combinations and dippers.

We loved the experience because it was more fun than a traditional restaurant, and that’s exactly why hosting a fondue party is such a great idea. It’s fun, sometimes humorous, and always a tasty crowd pleaser!

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Creamy Cashew Butter

Learn how to make this easy, all-natural, creamy homemade cashew butter with step-by-step photo instructions! There are no unnecessary ingredients- just cashews and a bit of salt. It’s vegan, healthy, and it comes together in minutes.

Want to know how to make homemade cashew butter? It’s so easy and it comes together in no time! Learn how with this step-by-step photo tutorial.

Like so many others from my generation (still not sure if I’m technically Generation X or Millennial), I grew up on peanut butter. Nut allergies weren’t as prevalent in the 80s, so I was all about the PB and jelly sandwich. Alternatives like almond butter weren’t around yet, at least not on a mass market scale.

At some point, “peanut” became sort of a dirty word due to the deadly allergies, and almond butter became a thing. I’ve always been just ok on almond butter. It’s fine; I do like it. Just not as much as peanut butter. The day I discovered cashew butter, I never looked back.

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Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake

You’re going to love this decadent Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake. No stand mixer required! Blood oranges add a beautiful visual element, but regular oranges can easily be substituted.

This Olive Oil Cake Recipe is soft and moist with tons of flavor! No stand mixer is required, and regular oranges may be substituted if you can't locate blood oranges.

When I received blood oranges in my farm box last week, I immediately knew I wanted to bake a cake. Lately I’ve been opting for more simple recipes– classics like bread pudding, tomato bisque, and chili.

However, when I see blood oranges, I always love to think outside the box. Why not create something that highlights that gorgeous color as much as possible? For example, check out my Blood Orange Gin and Tonic.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Spiced Pistachios

This butternut squash soup is a perfect treat for cold weather months, with subtle warming spices that aren’t overpowering. The squash purees into a creamy soup without any actual cream. The pistachios add flavor, crunch, and make for an eye-catching garnish. 

This rich, creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup takes things to the next level with a quick and easy Spiced Pistachio garnish! The nuts are totally optional, but they add tons of texture and flavor.

If you’re a fan of butternut squash, then you know what a versatile vegetable it can be. Whether it’s diced and roasted for my butternut squash galette, baked into macaroni and cheese, or pureed into a silky soup like my butternut lobster bisque, the results are always fantastic.

While this is true for all varieties of winter squash, the seasonal widespread availability of butternut makes it an obvious choice more often than not.

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