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Dark Chocolate Waffles with Cherry Syrup #SundaySupper

Rise and shine with these decadent Dark Chocolate Waffles with Cherry Syrup! It feels like you're eating dessert 
for breakfast, which is perfectly fine in my book. It's an indulgent way to start your day!
Dark Chocolate Waffles with Cherry Syrup | The Chef Next Door #SundaySupper
We all know how much I love breakfast, so I'm not going to bore you with my thesis on weekend breakfast making. It's not like you haven't heard it before. What I will say is this - I love having sweets for breakfast. Whether it's pancakes or French toast or waffles, I typically make sweet dishes over savory. But that's the sweet tooth in me taking over. She really likes sweet treats.

These Dark Chocolate Waffles with Cherry Syrup are hands down my favorite waffles at the moment. I mean, who wouldn't love chocolate for breakfast? It's like you're eating dessert for breakfast, and that is perfectly acceptable to me. Don't you agree?

BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizzas

These simple and tasty BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizzas come together in no time at all. 
Perfect for lunch, dinner, or even a snack, they're a treat the whole family will love! 
BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizzas | The Chef Next Door
Let's celebrate, it's officially summer! No more school for the kids! We can stay up late and sleep in! {Well the kids can, not me} No more packing lunches every day! You know what though? Even though there aren't any more lunch boxes to be packed, lunch still needs to be made. What a bummer, huh? I was hoping to let that one slide, but the kids didn't really agree. Haha! 

I like to serve different things for lunch, not the same ole', same ole'. That can get pretty boring and eventually the kids get a little antsy for something new. These BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizzas are our new favorite. They are simple to make and super delicious, which makes them the perfect summertime meal.

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Frosting

These Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Frosting are the perfect summer treat! 
Light and airy cupcakes loaded with fresh strawberries, then topped with a chocolate hazelnut frosting that's 
whipped to perfection. What could be better?
Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Frosting | The Chef Next Door
I'm a huge peanut butter lover and Peanut Butter & Co. is my absolute favorite brand. With varieties like White Chocolate Wonderful, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, and Mighty Maple, I'm sure you understand why.  You can only imagine my excitement when I heard about their new product, Chocmeister, a delicious chocolaty hazelnut spread. Chocmeister is made with 25% less sugar and more protein than the leading brand of chocolate hazelnut spreads. I recently got my hands on a jar of the Chocmeister Milk Chocolatey Hazelnut Spread and haven't looked back!

This spread is fabulous on toast, spooned over ice cream, and on fruit. Lately I've been adding a little dollop to my strawberries for an afternoon snack! As a member of the Peanut Butter & Co. Yum Squad, I was tasked with creating a fun recipe to share with you all. Since I'm a passionate baker, I knew I wanted to make a delicious dessert, which is exactly what I did. 

Ham & Cheddar Cheese Ball

A perfect snack to serve at any party or family gathering, this Ham & Cheddar Cheese Ball 
is a crowd-pleaser. Bonus, it's super simple to make!
Ham & Cheddar Cheese Ball | The Chef Next Door
Let's be honest here, who doesn't love a good cheese ball? Truthfully, it's been years since I made a cheese ball myself. Now that I have, I'm questioning my life choices and wondering why I didn't do it sooner! It's really the perfect appetizer for any occasion, and I think it fits in nicely at family gatherings and summer BBQ's. Plus, it's super simple to make!

If you've been reading my blog for awhile then you know I've been a partner of the United Dairy Industry of Michigan for a few years now. I absolutely love the organization and what they represent, and I love my partnership with them. Plus, my family consumes a lot of dairy. Milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, we love it all! In honor of June Dairy Month, I was partnered with a Michigan dairy farmer to interview, and then create a recipe inspired by her. I was really excited to be partnered with Cathy McCune of the McCune Centennial Farm as I've actually had the opportunity to meet Cathy in person! I really enjoyed getting to know more about her, her family, and her farm. Plus, this delicious Ham & Cheddar Cheese Ball was inspired by her!

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Everyone loves the classic Chicken Parmesan. My version is a bit different as it's not breaded and fried, but it IS smothered in marinara and covered in cheese! And the best part? It can be on your dinner table in 30 minutes!
Skillet Chicken Parmesan | The Chef Next Door
Everyone should know by now that I am the queen of quick weeknight meals. With everything that we all have going on, I need to get something on the table fast, but I also want it to be delicious and good for us. Lately my slow cooker has been my best friend, but I also really love skillet meals. One dish, less mess, everything cooks in one pan. Skillet meals are also great this time of year because I hate turning on my oven when it's hot out!

So I recently discovered the new Tyson® Individually Frozen Thin Sliced Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts at Walmart. There are so many things that I like about them, but for starters I love the fact that you can take out whatever you need and just toss the rest back in the freezer. Plus, they don't need to be thawed! You can throw them on the grill or in your skillet in their frozen state and they cook up beautifully. They also boast 21 grams of protein and are all natural.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie #SundaySupper

 This classic Strawberry Rhubarb Pie is the perfect summer dessert for any picnic or gathering. 
The combination of sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb just can't be beat!
My Dad's favorite dessert has been Strawberry Rhubarb Pie for as long as I can remember. My grandma grew rhubarb in her backyard and honestly I never liked it as a kid. It looked different and when she had me taste it a few times, I thought it was very sour. As with many foods that I disliked as a child, little did I know that one day I would end up falling in love with rhubarb!

Since Father's Day is right around the corner, I decided to surprise my dad with a homemade strawberry rhubarb pie. I actually had to look up how to buy and clean rhubarb since I'd never worked with it before! Surprisingly enough it was quite easy, and my pie turned out perfectly.

Dad's Favorite Recipe #SundaySupper Preview

This week #SundaySupper is celebrating the Dads in our lives!
In honor of Father's Day, which is right around the corner, our #SundaySupper Tastemakers are sharing Dad's Favorite Recipes.

My dad's favorite dessert is Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. My grandma used to make it all the time using fresh rhubarb from her garden. I had never made it before, but decided to give it a try a few weeks ago and surprise my daddy.