The Chef Next Door

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.
Bursting with fresh blueberries, these muffins are light, tender, and simple to make!
These muffins are perfect for a quick breakfast, to serve at brunch, or even as snack. They take just minutes to whip up, so they can be on your table in no time!
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Easy Blueberry Muffins

prep time: 5 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 35 M

ingredients:

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • Vanilla sugar, for topping (you can use regular sugar as well)

instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12 cup standard muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the mixer alternately with the milk. Fold in the blueberries.
  4. Fill the prepared muffin tin with the batter, about 2/3 full. Sprinkle vanilla sugar over the tops of the muffins. Bake the muffins for approximately 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the muffins from the tin and cool on a wire rack at least 15 minutes before serving.
  6. Bon App├ętit!
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Bursting with fresh blueberries, these muffins are light, tender, and simple to make!

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!

Weeknight Meatball and Pepper Skillet


This post is sponsored by Farm Rich, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

This easy Weeknight Meatball and Pepper Skillet is a quick and flavorful meal that's ready in less than 30 minutes!
This easy Weeknight Meatball and Pepper Skillet is a quick and flavorful meal that's ready in less than 30 minutes!
Hello friends! I know it's been a little quiet around here lately and I apologize for that. You see, I started a new job the first of the year which has rocked. my. world. I love the job and love what I do but it is extremely busy. I've been working 9+ hour days and still keeping up with the normal mom/family/animal/household stuff, which has left me a bit tired haha. I finally feel like I'm getting into a nice routine and am excited to be recipe developing, cooking and photographing once again. What that means for you is new recipes...yeah!