The Chef Next Door

Beet Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Soft and fluffy, not too sweet, and chocolate chunks in every bite, these 
Beet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are just as beautiful as they are delicious!
Soft and fluffy, not too sweet, and chocolate chunks in every bite, these Beet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are just as beautiful as they are delicious!
Baking is my love language. It's truly  my favorite way to show my friends and family how much I care about them. Don't get me wrong I enjoy cooking too, but baking is my true passion. With the holidays quickly approaching I've been in the kitchen baking up some old favorites as well as a trying out a few new treats. These Beet Chocolate Chunk Cookies just happen to be one of the new recipes that I can't get enough of!

Pressure Cooker Beef Carnitas Tacos

This post was sponsored by Fissler. All opinions, as always, are my own.

This Pressure Cooker Beef Carnitas Tacos recipe is juicy, flavorful and delicious, and so quick and easy to make!
This Pressure Cooker Beef Carnitas Tacos recipe is juicy, flavorful and delicious, and so quick and easy to make!
If you've been around here for awhile then you already know how much I love Mexican food. Taco Tuesday? That doesn't exist around here. I want tacos EVERY day! We often have our usual quick and easy ground beef tacos during the week and I reserve making my favorite chicken for nachos or beef or pork for carnitas for the weekends since that's an all day adventure as I slow cook the meat in the oven for hours. **Spoiler alert** I've cut my cooking time down to an hour! You heard me right...ONE HOUR...from start to finish. That means I can have carnitas any day of the week, even on busy weeknights!

Easy Blueberry Muffins

Bursting with fresh blueberries, these muffins are light, tender, and simple to make!
Bursting with fresh blueberries, these muffins are light, tender, and simple to make!
I love me a good muffin. I mean, who doesn’t love a fresh baked muffin? Especially one that's filled with fresh, juicy blueberries. For starters, the smell of muffins baking in the house is intoxicating. And then biting into one of these muffins, fresh from the oven, is just heaven. I love using fresh blueberries as often as I can, especially locally grown, but frozen will do the job as well.

Crumb Topped Banana Muffins

These light and tender banana muffins are topped with a crunchy cinnamon crumb 
topping that makes them simply irresistible. Bake a batch on the weekend 
and individually wrap them for a quick and delicious breakfast on the go! 
HELLO, friends! It's been awhile since I've been here. How have you been? I hated being away for so long, but 2018 really got the best of me. I've had quite the hard time finding the right balance between my full time job and the blog. OK let's be real here, there hasn't been any balance! My job keeps me busy 9-10 hours a day so there isn't much time left for me and blogging once you throw in cooking, cleaning, walking the dog, exercising, seeing my kids....you get the drift. But I've come up with a plan for 2019 so that I finally have some BALANCE and can work and blog. It's a work in progress so bear with me, but I'm hoping to start posting one to two new recipes per week starting in January. I'm setting a goal to do a minimum of one but I'd love to do two. Baby steps, that's what I keep reminding myself.

Pumpkin Chili #PumpkinWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with PumpkinWeek . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions, as always, are mine.

This Pumpkin Chili is loaded with veggies and two kinds of beans, and is a hearty and delicious vegetarian chili recipe. It's perfect for those chilly Fall days!
This Pumpkin Chili is loaded with veggies and two kinds of beans, and is a hearty and delicious vegetarian chili recipe. It's perfect for those chilly Fall days!


Strawberry Bread Pudding #BrunchWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor 
companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

This beautiful and decadent Strawberry Bread Pudding is a delicious twist on classic 
bread pudding and is perfect for breakfast or brunch!
This beautiful and decadent Strawberry Bread Pudding is a delicious twist on classic bread pudding and is perfect for breakfast or brunch!
Happy Saturday! It's been a long week and I am thrilled that the weekend is finally here. I had a crazy week at work, then my laptop decided to die on me. It's been in the shop for a few days and I finally got it back last night, but unfortunately that meant I missed a few days of brunch week. I'm so bummed I didn't get a chance to share a couple of my favorite recipes with you, but I'm very excited to end the week with this amazing Strawberry Bread Pudding! A twist on traditional bread pudding, it's full of fresh strawberries and strawberry preserves, making it the perfect dish for breakfast or brunch.

Ham & Artichoke Strata #BrunchWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies 
to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

This Ham & Artichoke Strata is hearty and flavorful and perfect for any occasion. 
Plus it can be prepped the night before then baked in the morning, which cuts down on brunch stress!
Welcome to #BrunchWeek 2018 hosted by Love and Confections and A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures! This year is even bigger and better than ever! Thirty eight bloggers from around the country are showcasing their best brunch dishes. We have so many delicious recipes for you to enjoy throughout the week (over 150!!) including cocktails, appetizers, pastries, tarts, main courses, and plenty of desserts! Our BrunchWeek Sponsors are helping us give away some great prizes. Thank you so much, Sponsors, for your generosity. We have an incredible giveaway below and we’d love if you would take a moment to read about it and what you can win!