The Chef Next Door

Raspberry Crumb Bars

Celebrate spring with these delicious Raspberry Crumb Bars! This easy to make dessert has a buttery crust and topping, with plenty of fresh raspberries in between, and gets finished off with a dusting of powdered sugar. Dessert perfection!
Celebrate spring with these delicious Raspberry Crumb Bars! This easy to make dessert has a buttery crust and topping, with plenty of fresh raspberries in between, and gets finished off with a dusting of powdered sugar. Dessert perfection!
Now that spring has finally arrived I'm really into fruity desserts. To me, citrus fruits and berries = warm weather. Not that you can't enjoy these things in the winter, but something about them makes me extra happy in the spring and summer. After making these Raspberry Crumb Bars I was ready to break out my flip flops and go sit on my deck! Maybe not just yet, but soon.

The combination of buttery dough, reminiscent of shortbread, and sweet raspberries makes these bars one of the best desserts I've ever had. The bars are extra soft and full of flavor, and super easy to make. Plus they can feed a crowd, so they're perfect for any spring gatherings, Easter, or a summer barbecue (once the time is right).

Lemon Cheesecake with Shortbread Crust

Light and luscious, perfectly sweet and tart, this Lemon Cheesecake with 
Shortbread Crust is the perfect addition to your spring menu!
Light and luscious, perfectly sweet and tart, this Lemon Cheesecake with Shortbread Crust is the perfect addition to your spring menu!
Happy first day of spring my friends! I'm really excited that spring is here, but also baffled at how quickly it came. It seems like we just started a new year, and here we are already in a new season. I mean, I'm not complaining. Even though we had a very mild winter I'm happy to put it behind me and move on. But it just seems like the older I get, the faster time goes. Anyone else feel that way? My "baby" has just two short months of high school left before he graduates, and my oldest has just a few weeks left of classes before he finishes his junior year in college. I honestly don't know where these years have went!


Glazed Lemon Cookies

For all the lemon lovers out there, these Glazed Lemon Cookies are for you! 
They are bright, fresh, and delicious, and so easy to make!
For all the lemon lovers out there, these Glazed Lemon Cookies are for you! They are bright, fresh, and delicious, and so easy to make!
It may not feel like it, but spring really is just around the corner! The first official day of spring is this coming Monday, but as I sit here and type this there is snow falling and it's about 30 degrees outside. Maybe Mother Nature is confused. Doesn't she know that it usually rains in the spring, not snows? Living in Michigan I never expect anything because well, it's Michigan. Weather can change hourly here.

Baked Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

Easy, cheesy and over the top delicious, these Baked Pepperoni Pizza Sliders 
will be the hit of your next get together or party!
Easy, cheesy and over the top delicious, these Baked Pepperoni Pizza Sliders will be the hit of your next get together or party!
March is one of my favorite times of the year! If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I am a HUGE college basketball fan. If you're a fan too, then you know that March is tournament time! Time to fill out your brackets and see how far you can go before it gets busted. For me, it's typically the first weekend 😂 But I do it anyway just for fun and I love getting competitive with my boys. We have a group bracket that we all just finished filling out and everyone is already talking big about how they're going to be the champion. Fun times for sure.

Chocolate Stout Floats #StPatricksDay

Here's a super fun and really easy recipe that's perfect for St. Patrick's Day. Stout beer and
chocolate sauce are poured over creamy vanilla ice cream to create one amazingly delicious float!
Here's a super fun and really easy recipe that's perfect for St. Patrick's Day. Stout beer and chocolate sauce are poured over creamy vanilla ice cream to create one amazingly delicious float!
Happy Friday, friends! St. Patrick's Day is just one week away and I'm over here making all sorts of goodies to celebrate. Even though I'm Irish I don't go too crazy, but I do love me some Soda Bread and anything that's flavored with Irish Cream. And then of course there's corned beef and cabbage. I'm all in for the beef but not overly excited about the cabbage. Call me crazy, I know.

Sprouted Wheat Blueberry Yogurt Muffins

These healthy Sprouted Wheat Blueberry Yogurt Muffins are the perfect quick breakfast 
or snack and they’re ready to eat in just 30 minutes. What's not to love?
These healthy Sprouted Wheat Blueberry Yogurt Muffins are the perfect quick breakfast or snack and they’re ready to eat in just 30 minutes. What's not to love?
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Friends, I've been craving muffins like crazy lately. I don't know why, but I've just really been in the mood for muffins morning, noon, and night. They are the perfect on-the-go breakfast or quick snack, and they even work as a healthy alternative to dessert. These Sprouted Wheat Blueberry Yogurt Muffins are my newest creation and I have to say, they are the best blueberry muffins I've ever made.

Strawberry Frosted Baked Cardamom Donuts #SundaySupper #FLStrawberry

These cardamom donuts are light and fluffy, baked not fried, and topped with a simple 
and sweet strawberry frosting. They are perfect for spring!
These cardamom donuts are light and fluffy, baked not fried, and topped with a simple and sweet strawberry frosting. They are perfect for spring!
I absolutely love fresh strawberries. Whether I'm eating them by the handful, as a topping for my yogurt, or buzzed into a smoothie, there is nothing better than the taste of those fresh berries. Lucky for us, it's Florida Strawberry Season! Florida Strawberry season runs from November to April. The unique growing conditions during the Florida winter results in the sweetest, juiciest strawberries. Did you know that one cup of whole strawberries has just 46 calories? Plus they are full of vitamin C! They make the best snack any time or day of the year. Even though I live in Michigan, I can enjoy fresh Florida strawberries throughout the entire winter. If you're lucky enough to live in Florida, you and your family can enjoy a day in the strawberry fields at a U-Pick farm! Find locations and helpful tips here