The Chef Next Door

Blueberry Galette

This gorgeous and rustic Blueberry Galette is so simple to make that you can have it on your table in no time! 
As delicious as it is beautiful, your family will devour it in no time!
This gorgeous and rustic Blueberry Galette is so simple to make that you can have it on your table in no time! As delicious as it is beautiful, your family will devour it in no time!
Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a fabulous weekend and the sun is shining in your part of the world this morning. Remember last week when I talked about my current obsession with blueberries? And I promised another new recipe was coming your way? Well today is that day! I've been having a blast in my kitchen eating and baking all the blueberries lately, and today I'm sharing this gorgeous Blueberry Galette.

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake with Coffee Cream Cheese Glaze

If you're looking for an over the top breakfast treat or dessert, then you've come to the right place! This Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake with Coffee Cream Cheese Glaze is decadent and delicious and equally as beautiful.
If you're looking for an over the top breakfast treat or dessert, then you've come to the right place! This Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake with Coffee Cream Cheese Glaze is decadent and delicious and equally as beautiful.
If you follow me on social media, you may have seen my pics and InstaStories a few weeks ago about a meal kit challenge I received from Milk Means More. You see, they sent me a box of surprise ingredients and in true "Chopped" fashion, I had to come up with a couple of dessert recipes using those ingredients. I was sent eight ingredients that were split into two groups, one group for each recipe. 

My first challenge was to use cream cheese, chocolate chips, instant coffee and maple extract. After playing around in the kitchen a little bit, I decided to make a coffee cake. Not just any coffee cake though. This coffee cake has a hint of maple for extra flavor and is loaded with chocolate chips. To take this cake to the next level, a coffee cream cheese glaze is generously drizzled over the top. Did that get your attention? 

Dinner Divas Weekly Menu Plan - Week 1

Happy Friday, friends! This week I'm kicking off something new to the blog. I've collaborated with a few of my fab blogger friends to bring you a week's worth of dinner ideas! 

How it works: Every Friday morning a new menu plan will be posted on the blog. (It can also show up in your email, just sign up here!) It will consist of 5 dinners plus 2 extras. Those two extras could be side dishes, dessert, drinks, etc. 

The menus will feature (mostly) healthy, seasonal foods that don't take all day to prepare. Getting the meal plan delivered to your inbox on Friday morning gives you the chance to make your shopping list and get organized for the week ahead! With everything you've got going on this spring, and with summer just around the corner, this weekly menu plan will provide inspiration and make life a little bit easier.

Lemon Blueberry Scones

These Lemon Blueberry Scones are light and tender and packed with sweet juicy blueberries. 
The light drizzle of lemon glaze puts them over the top!
These Lemon Blueberry Scones are light and tender and packed with sweet juicy blueberries. The light drizzle of lemon glaze puts them over the top!
I absolutely adore blueberries. Do you love blueberries? I hope so, because I've got a few new blueberry recipes up my sleeve that I'll be sharing with you over the next couple of weeks! I'm a sucker for those blue and purple gems. So soft and sweet, and perfect to eat in so many ways. My friends at Wish Farms sent me over some of their fresh blueberries and I've been having way too much fun baking up some yummy treats. Plus, I've been eating them by the handful. I can't help myself, they're just too good!

Rustic Ham, Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart

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This Rustic Ham, Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart is flaky and delicious 
and will be the star of your spring brunch menu! 
This Rustic Ham, Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart is flaky and delicious and will be the star of your spring brunch menu!
I don't know how the weather is in your part of the world, but the last week or so has been absolutely beautiful here in Michigan. We've finally been getting lots of sun and warmer temperatures, and by warm I mean in the 60's. Which is warm for us Michiganders. 😎 I've been watching my cherry blossom tree go from tiny little buds to full on bloom in just a matter of days, and the trees and other bushes are blooming with new leaves, too. This my favorite part of spring!

Chicken and Corn Empanadas with Roasted Red Salsa

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These Chicken and Corn Empanadas with Roasted Red Salsa are fun and easy to make,
and are the perfect handheld treat for your Cinco de Mayo celebration!
These Chicken and Corn Empanadas with Roasted Red Salsa are fun and easy to make, and are the perfect handheld treat for your Cinco de Mayo celebration!
Happy Monday, friends! So Cinco de Mayo is just a few weeks away and I don't know about you, but I'm getting excited! You all know how much I love Mexican food, and each year I got all out and plan a big celebration for my family and close friends. We eat delicious food, drink, talk, laugh, and just straight up have a good 'ole time. It's definitely one of my favorite days of the year!
Cinco de Mayo falls on a Friday this year which gives us even more reason to celebrate. We can keep our party going all night long! I've already started menu planning and have been experimenting with some new recipes lately. These Chicken and Corn Empanadas were a hit with my kids and they've received a top spot on my Cinco de Mayo menu. They are simple to make and are so flavorful and delicious. And no forks are required to eat them, so that's a bonus!

Beer Braised Brisket Sandwiches

Beautiful beef brisket gets braised until tender in an easy sauce with beer, mushrooms, and onions. The meat is 
sliced and piled high on toasted bread to make delicious sandwiches that the whole family will love!Beautiful beef brisket gets braised until tender in an easy sauce with beer, mushrooms, and onions. The meat is sliced and piled high on toasted bread to make delicious sandwiches that the whole family will love!
My kids have always loved sandwiches, especially my oldest son. Put anything between two pieces of bread or a bun and he's one happy guy. Whether I grill chicken, make a pork tenderloin, or even make a pot roast, he loves it more if it's made into a sandwich. Who can blame him? You can pretty much turn anything into a sandwich and it will rock!

A couple of weeks ago I picked up a gorgeous Certified Angus Beef brisket flat from my local Meijer store. I wanted to create a sandwich that was hearty and full of flavor, so I slow cooked the brisket in the oven with beer, onions, and mushrooms. Of course there were a few other ingredients, but those were the main components.