a yellow table topped with bowls of food
By prettypracticals April 27, 2023

As a home and garden design professional with 20 years of experience, I know firsthand the importance of creating a welcoming and comfortable space to call home. And what better way to do that than through delicious and easy-to-make recipes that can be shared with family and friends? Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a novice in the kitchen, these recipes are sure to impress.


One of my favorite recipes is a classic macaroni and cheese. It’s a dish that’s easy to make and always hits the spot. To start, boil a pound of macaroni noodles until they’re al dente. In a separate pan, melt four tablespoons of butter and add four tablespoons of flour to create a roux. Slowly whisk in two cups of whole milk and let the mixture simmer until it thickens. Add in two cups of shredded cheddar cheese and a pinch of salt and pepper. Combine the cheese sauce with the cooked macaroni noodles and bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Serve hot and enjoy!


Another recipe that’s a crowd-pleaser is a classic tomato soup. In a large pot, sauté one chopped onion and two cloves of minced garlic in two tablespoons of butter until they’re translucent. Add in two cans of diced tomatoes, two cups of vegetable broth, a pinch of sugar, and a bay leaf. Let the mixture simmer for 20 minutes before removing the bay leaf and blending the soup until it’s smooth. Stir in one cup of heavy cream and serve with a side of grilled cheese sandwiches for the ultimate comfort meal.


If you’re looking for a healthy option, try making a quinoa and vegetable stir-fry. Cook one cup of quinoa according to the package instructions. In a separate pan, sauté one chopped onion, two minced cloves of garlic, and one diced bell pepper until they’re tender. Add in two cups of chopped broccoli florets, one cup of sliced mushrooms, and one cup of shredded carrots. Cook until the vegetables are tender and add in the cooked quinoa. Season with salt, pepper, and a tablespoon of soy sauce. Serve hot and enjoy a nutritious meal.

In conclusion

Whether you’re cooking for one or hosting a dinner party, these recipes are sure to impress. With a little creativity and some basic ingredients, you can create delicious and easy-to-make meals that are sure to become a staple in your recipe book. So next time you’re in the kitchen, try one of these recipes and enjoy the delicious results!