Liz Mervosh

Restaurant-quality salmon at home is a cinch with this slow-bake method, which relies on a low temperature and a foil-covered water bath to get to a perfectly pink medium in the center. This recipe goes the extra mile to draw flavor from the fish with a compound butter made from turmeric and cumin which infuses each bite with spiced buttery flavor. You’ll serve this alongside a lemony spinach and a rice pilaf that has juicy pops of golden raisins throughout and a gentle aroma of cinnamon. It’s elegant enough to serve for company, and quick enough to throw together on a weeknight.
By Liz Mervosh
A delicious chicken dinner in under 30 minutes? Yes, it’s possible, and in the case of these crispy, breadcrumb-coated cutlets, you’ll be licking the plate to get every last bite. What makes this dinner recipe so quick is the smart strategy. Instead of pan-frying the cutlets, you’ll bake them while the asparagus roast on a second pan. To get the golden-brown crust just right, you’ll broil the chicken right at the end. All that’s left is a lemony dressing made from briny artichoke hearts, fresh parsley, and salty Parmesan. It’s a killer weeknight dinner that you’ll be returning to again and again.
By Liz Mervosh
This skillet lasagna is basically a lazy cook’s dream come true. Rather than meticulously layer the noodles withcheese and sauce, you’ll create a layered version that has all the classic ingredients of a standard lasagna, plus baconfor maximum deliciousness. The key to the dish still feeling like lasagna is maintaining distinct layers in the pan.First, there’s a layer of spicy bacon-infused onions, then broken lasagna noodles, a layer of basil-infused tomatoes,and finally, a generous amount of ricotta and shredded cheese. The result is nothing short of perfection, and best ofall, it comes together in under an hour.
By Liz Mervosh
File this one under “Why haven’t we thought of this before?” Portobello mushroom caps stand in for meat in thisvegetarian take on patty melts, which will satisfy even the staunchest meat lover. First, smoked paprika draws outthe umami in the mushrooms, which become juicy and caramelized after a quick roast in the oven. Next, the caps getlayered between slices of tangy sourdough bread, a blanket of fontina cheese, and a layer of peppery arugula leaves.Finally, the sandwiches are grilled for extra decadence. It’s sophisticated yet comforting, aka perfect for a weeknightdinner after a long day. If you’re looking for something to serve alongside, oven fries or sweet potato wedges wouldbe a delicious pairing.
By Liz Mervosh
Crunchy romaine and cucumbers, juicy shrimp, and a creamy soy-mayo dressing are just a few of the reasons you’lllove this delicious dinner salad recipe. It comes together in just 15 minutes, yet packs in tons of flavor. In fact, thedressing might just become your go-to dipping sauce for everything from crudites to grilled salmon. Make sure togently fold everything together so that the pieces of avocado stay intact. Shopping tip: Cooked shrimp is easy to findand cuts down on prep time for this recipe, but if you want to poach your own, this simple method is a homerun.
By Liz Mervosh
Three beloved treats becoming one in this easy recipe, which unite the buttery crunch of popcorn, the chunky delight of trail mix, and the gooey deliciousness of marshmallow crispy treats. It’s a salty-sweet delight, perfect for a bake sale, packing for an afternoon snack, or bringing on a hike. (Seriously, try breaking one of these babies out after climbing a mountain.) The combination of nuts and dried fruit is easily customizable, so feel free to use what you have on hand. Pro tip: Spray your hands with cooking spray before pressing the bars into the pan.
By Liz Mervosh
Parmesan crisps meet perfectly popped corn in this easy snack recipe. You’ll coat the popcorn in a salted rosemary-infused butter, and then bake with Parmesan until each piece is covered in melty, cheesy goodness. Even though it’ll be tempting to start eating right after the tray comes out of the oven, it’s worth waiting the full recommended 15 minutes, which is the key to crisp, snack-worthy bites. Looking for ways to serve the crisps? These are great piled on an app platter, served as is with drinks, or even in place of croutons in a salad or on a bowl of soup.
By Liz Mervosh
Here’s an easy recipe for the best breakfast ever: Turn cornbread mix into pancakes, then fold in juicy corn kernels and crunchy popped corn. It’s toasty, triple-corn deliciousness, aka the stuff weekend dreams are made of. Up the salty-sweet quotient by serving with bacon and salted butter. Or, for a decidedly savory rendition, fold in chopped scallions and some cheddar. The possibilities are endless with this simple yet decadent recipe. Shopping tip: Don’t forget to pick up the ingredients listed on the back of the cornbread mix, you'll need them!
By Liz Mervosh
To call this the easiest-ever jambalaya is an understatement—what normally can be an all-day affair takes no time at all, thanks to this shortcut recipe. The andouille is already cooked, the chicken is shredded rotisserie, and the white rice is quick-cooking, but the real time-saving star of the show is a jar of salsa. Yes, salsa. It might seem strange to use jarred salsa in this Creole classic, but it contains two of the three “holy trinity” vegetables essential to a real jambalaya: onions and peppers. After 20 short minutes of cooking, dinner is ready, and there’s only one dish to clean up. A major weeknight win.
By Liz Mervosh
You might be wondering, why add salsa to your butter? But after trying this recipe, you might be wondering why wouldn’t you add salsa to your butter? Mixed in alongside the salsa are fresh cilantro, lime zest and juice, plus cumin and garlic. Adding a pat of this flavorful compound butter can do a lot: melt it onto mashed potatoes, slide it between the folds of a freshly baked biscuit, or slather it onto toast and top with a fried egg. The possibilities are endless.
By Liz Mervosh
Here’s a clever way to upgrade a standard box mix of cornbread. Jarred salsa and a spicy hit of pickled jalapeños add just the right amount of heat without going too far. And while salsa isn’t a classic cornbread batter ingredient, it’s a welcome one. It makes the texture epically moist, plus, the bits of vegetables in the salsa add a nice texture. If you want to take the spice even further, sub pepper jack cheese for the Monterey Jack cheese. Serve with BBQ or alongside chili.
By Liz Mervosh
Move over chicken fingers, honey mustard has a new best friend: popcorn! Fresh popped kernels are perfect for sopping up the spicy-sweet combination of fiery Dijon and sweet honey. Add in the richness of nutty brown butter and you’ve got a seriously addictive snack on your hands that takes little time and effort. Just serve with napkins and queue up the rom com. Pro tip: To ensure the butter mixture evenly coats the kernels, spread the butter mixture around the sides of a glass or ceramic bowl. Add the popcorn and toss to coat.
By Liz Mervosh
Is there any better food in the world than melted cheese? Well, maybe fondue, which is really just souped up melted cheese, served here with a swirl of spicy Dijon mustard to cut through the intense richness. Classic Swiss fondue is traditionally made with Gruyère and Emmentaler cheeses, but here it gets a delicious Dutch twist with Gouda cheese. To turn this into a heartier meal, steam up some waxy potatoes like fingerling or Yukon golds to dip alongside the toasted bread and crudités. Want to sip like the pros do? Serve with a dry white wine to cut through the richness of all that melted cheese—Swiss legend says that beer will cause the cheese to seize up in your stomach.
By Liz Mervosh
Use the jar of spicy Dijon mustard in your fridge to balance out a jammy blackberry sauce, creating a trifecta of savory, sweet, and spicy that’s surprisingly versatile. Serve it alongside pork instead of applesauce, or slather on top of grilled bread with ricotta. Need more ideas? Why not sandwich the sauce with turkey cold cuts (think upgraded cranberry sauce) or melt into a grilled cheese. Shopping tip: Make sure to get the smooth, not grainy, style of Dijon mustard.
By Liz Mervosh
This Instant Pot Pho recipe allows you to enjoy all the delicious flavors of the traditional Vietnamese noodle soup but with less hands-on time to prepare it.
By Liz Mervosh
If your go-to pasta order is fettuccini alfredo, you’ll quickly fall in love with this creamy, cheesy chicken spaghetti casserole. The nutty, salty Asiago cheese makes for a rich and decadent sauce, but a squeeze of lemon juice and a handful of fresh herbs keep the flavors balanced. Because it finishes under the broiler, the dish is easy enough for even the busiest of weeknights. Serve with garlic bread or a simple side salad, and a glass of crisp white wine for the adults. If you want to try a different protein, opt for cooked shrimp or crab instead of rotisserie chicken.
By Liz Mervosh