France C

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A lover of all foods; recipe developer; kitchen experimenter; food photographer. I'm a 47 yr old foodie currently living in Aurora, IL. I'm very fortunate that I have plenty of friends and family who will try everything I make, and I'm constantly using them as my guinea pigs, even on my wild experiments! I have lived in many different areas of the US and Canada and thus been able to learn various regional styles of cooking. Born and raised in Canada in a French Canadian family, I grew up eating a lot of traditional French Canadian foods. My parents have always inspired me to try new things, so you're likely to find me playing around with new ingredients or trying new restaurants. HUGE PET PEEVE: overcooked food!!! There's nothing worse than mushy vegetables and dried-out meat.

Roasted Broccoli Soup

Roasting broccoli enhances its flavor, allowing nutty and sweet flavors to develop. Blended up with cream cheese and vegetable broth, this makes a simple, yet delicious soup. Chop the stalks no thicker than 1/4-inch to ensure the pieces cook in the allotted time.

Air Fryer Parmesan Tilapia

Moist and flavorful fish, ready in minutes, with the help of your air fryer. Serve with rice pilaf or roasted veggies.

Sheet Pan Cajun Butter Shrimp

Homemade Cajun seasoning and butter are the main stars in this simple dish. Serve with rice or grits drizzled with the pan sauce, or serve as an appetizer. Also delicious tossed with buttered noodles.

Shortcut Sous Vide Vanilla Extract

Making vanilla extract at home is much cheaper than buying it, but it takes months to make. By using the gentle heat of a sous vide circulator, you can extract more flavor quicker and have it ready in hours. Use Grade B Madagascar vanilla beans for the best flavor. You can also use bourbon instead of vodka.

Green Beans and Chicken

Rating: 5 stars 1
Crisp, fresh green beans and tender chicken make for a flavorful and easy weekday meal. You can even prep everything ahead of time so it's ready to go at dinner time. Serve with steamed white rice for a complete meal. Top with sesame seeds or green onion if desired.

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Rating: 5 stars 1
The perfect side dish during the Holidays (or any time for that matter!) all cooked in the air fryer to free up oven space. Make sure you chop the bacon in big enough pieces so it doesn't fall through the air fryer basket.

Kombucha Mule

This tart and fizzy version of the Moscow Mule uses ginger-flavored kombucha instead of ginger beer for a less sweet alternative.

Kombucha Margarita

These fizzy and tart margaritas use kombucha for a modern twist! I normally use citrus-flavored kombucha (such as GT's Synergy California Citrus), but experiment with different flavors - you can't go wrong!

Roasted Acorn Squash with Sriracha Butter

Rating: 5 stars 3
Roasting squash brings out its natural sweetness, then topping it with a slightly sweet, slightly spicy butter sauce takes it to the next level!

Air Fryer Smoked Salmon Wontons

These savory little bundles have just four ingredients. While a little time-consuming at first, these come together quickly once you get the hang of them! Perfect as an appetizer for a large crowd. You can also make these ahead of time (see Cook's Notes).

Quick Red Wine Vinaigrette

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Throw all the ingredients into a jar and shake, and you have a tasty vinaigrette that is ready in minutes! For extra tangy flavor, add an extra tablespoon of red wine vinegar. This tastes even better the next day. Also works well as a marinade for chicken.

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Tenders

Rating: 5 stars 4
These pretzel-coated tenders bake up crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Dip into the honey-mustard sauce for the perfect salty-sweet combo.