Chris Loves Julia Potato Salad

I’m not really a traditional potato salad guy. They can be kind of gummy and flavorless with very little texture other than a little bit of celery. But I do love potatoes (I’m from Idaho after all), and I wanted to give this side a chance to redeem itself by creating a potato salad that […]

All summer long, I want something fresh and cold, and frozen desserts just win every time. Italian ice is a classic dessert that was created in the United States by Italian immigrants but it was likely inspired by Sicilian granita. (This article from Saveur is an amazing deep dive into Sicily’s contributions to the world […]

Raise your hand if you keep one bottle of olive oil on hand and you use that one bottle for all of your olive oil needs. That’s how many of us start out, me and Jules included. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to explore the nuances of olive […]

The Ultimate Hot Dog Bar

For someone who loves to cook things from scratch, you might be surprised to learn that hot dogs are my favorite food. There, I said it. And I stand by it. What really makes hot dogs fun are the toppings you can add to them – endless combinations, and a great way to serve a […]

This post is sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement You know those projects that sort of linger in the background until someone is coming over? Like for instance, we knew we were going to eventually clean our outdoor patio furniture and prep the backyard for pool season. But it wasn’t until we had a date on the […]


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