The Chef Next Door

Mama's Favorite Southern Fried Chicken #SundaySupper

This Southern Fried Chicken recipe is my mama's favorite. It's crispy on the outside, extra tender and 
juicy on the inside, and full of flavor. It's the perfect dish for any potluck or picnic!
Mama's Favorite Southern Fried Chicken | The Chef Next Door #SundaySupper
Having family in the South, I've eaten a lot of southern food over the years. My grandma made the best fried catfish and hush puppies, and she canned like a queen. Her bread and butter pickles were to die for! I learned so much about cooking from her, and of course from my mom, too. 

My mom's favorite food is definitely chicken. Growing up, I'm pretty sure we had some sort of chicken dish for dinner at least 4-5 times a week. My dad and I would tease her because we'd ask what's for dinner, but we already knew the answer! Don't get me wrong, mom is a fantastic cook. This fried chicken recipe is proof of that!

Blueberry & Toasted Pecan Mixed Greens Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Fresh blueberries, toasted pecans, and salty feta cheese are the perfect mix of ingredients to top this mixed greens salad. 
The light and lively orange vinaigrette is like the icing on the cake!
Blueberry & Toasted Pecan Mixed Greens Salad with Orange Vinaigrette | The Chef Next Door
I love a good salad, especially this time of year when fresh fruits and veggies are becoming abundant. Blueberries are a favorite around my house, whether baked into a dessert, on top of a yogurt parfait, or just eaten by the handful, the kids and I sure do go through a lot of them! 

I eat salads often but am always trying to change things up a bit so they don't get boring. Adding fresh fruit is a great way to perk up your salad and give it tons of flavor. This Blueberry & Toasted Pecan Mixed Greens Salad with Orange Vinaigrette has quickly become one of my new favorite salads, and I'm pretty sure I ate it 5 days in a row for lunch! You get a crunch from the toasted pecans, a little salty bite from the feta, a sweetness from the blueberries, and then there's the vinaigrette. Oh yes, this orange vinaigrette is amazing! I can see it being a staple in my frig all year long.

Black Bean, Corn & Pepperjack Quesadillas

These black bean and corn quesadillas are cheesy, a bit spicy, and oh so delicious. 
Trust me when I say, the whole family will be asking for these again and again!
Black Bean, Corn & Pepperjack Quesadillas | The Chef Next Door
We all know I have a deep love for quesadillas, and so do my kids. From bean and cheese to steak to apples and cheese, there are a million different ways to make em'. My current obsession is this new vegetarian version - black bean, corn and pepperjack cheese. Yum, yum, and YUM! They are a breeze to make and perfect for a weeknight meal or even for lunch. They are packed full of flavor as well as fiber and protein to give you all the energy you need for a long night of homework, baseball games, or whatever else you might have going on.

Key Lime Bundt Cake #BundtBakers

Key lime pie lovers will rejoice when they feast their eyes on this luscious Key Lime Bundt Cake! 
It's tender and sweet, and has the most delicious tart key lime glaze on top. It's feeling like summer already!
This Spring weather has definitely got me in the mood for citrus lately! First it was lemon bars, now it's this Key Lime Bundt Cake. Next thing you know I'll be getting into the oranges and grapefruits! Seriously though, Spring really is the perfect time for citrus flavors. It just reminds me of fresh, light foods that go so well this time of year.

This months' #BundtBakers theme is Retro Desserts Recreated as Bundts. Such a fun theme, am I right? There are so many retro desserts that came to mind, but Key Lime Pie has always been a favorite, and one that I associate with my childhood. That's how the Key Lime Bundt was born!

Food Wine Conference 2016 #FWCon

Connect, Inspire, and Empower, and make a difference around the “Family” Table!
The Food Wine Conference brings together bloggers, small business owners, winemakers, chefs, 
media, brands, and so much more. All in beautiful Orlando, Florida!
I am beyond thrilled to be attending my first ever Food Wine Conference next month! This year marks the Fourth Annual Food Wine Conference, which takes place May 13 - 15, 2016 at the gorgeous Rosen Shingle Creek hotel and resort in sunny Orlando, Florida. I'm not only excited for the educational experience, but also to be in a place where I can get together with other bloggers face to face! Oh, and the food. There will be lots of delicious food! You know how we food bloggers roll!
As a Brand Ambassador for the conference, I'm so excited to offer you a $50 discount on your conference ticket! Register for the conference now and use the code ChefNextDoor during checkout!

Meyer Lemon Bars #SundaySupper

Welcome Spring with these bright and delicious Meyer Lemon Bars! They're sweet, 
they're tart, and they are the perfect ending to any meal!
Meyer Lemon Bars | The Chef Next Door #SundaySupper
I love lemons. And I especially love cooking with lemons. Whether I'm pan frying chicken and making a glorious lemon sauce to go over the top, or making a delicious lemony dessert, lemons are definitely my favorite citrus fruit.  Meyer lemons are even better, as they have a rich lemon flavor, but they are sweeter and not so tart.

These Meyer Lemon Bars have a buttery shortbread crust and are topped with a luscious lemon filling. Dusted with a little powdered sugar {OK, a lot of powdered sugar!}, they’re as beautiful as they are delicious.

Sweet Potato and Brown Rice Bowls

These Sweet Potato and Brown Rice Bowls are hearty, nutritious, and bursting with flavor! 
It's definitely comfort food in a bowl, plus they are so easy to make!
I've always been a big fan of Mexican food. Like, an I could eat it every night of the week type of fan. Tacos, enchiladas, nachos, burritos...you name it and I love it. One of my new favorite meals is a burrito bowl. It's everything you love in a burrito, but without the tortilla and in a bowl instead. I love piling mine high with rice, beans, chicken, lots of different veggies, salsa and sour cream. The thing is huge by the time I'm done with it! My boys have really gotten into these bowls too, and enjoy building their own with their favorite toppings.

Recently I decided to do a riff on that burrito bowl by making it a bit lighter and going vegetarian style. I adore sweet potatoes, especially roasted, and thought they would be perfect to star in their own creation. That's when these Sweet Potato and Brown Rice Bowls were born!