April 18, 2014

Salted Dulce De Leche Brownies

I am obsessed with the combination of salty and sweet. Specifically dark chocolate and sea salt. It is SO. GOOD. And I know it's a big craze everywhere right now. I'm constantly seeing different treats at the store with this combo.

Since I was on a salty and sweet kick, I decided to revamp an old brownie recipe. I really brought it to the next level by swirling thick and creamy Dulce De Leche in the batter, then topping it with coarse sea salt. 

These brownies are amazing and come with a warning: they are highly addictive and you may be tempted to eat several in one sitting! 

April 17, 2014

Foodie Friends Friday...Easter Party!

Welcome to Foodie Friends Friday!


Please take a moment to read through the rules before getting started, Thank You!

*By linking up you agree that you read these rules and all photos/recipes are original and belong to you. You agree to allow Foodie Friends Friday and any of it's affiliated websites or publications (Social Girls Media, LLC) to use photos, links, and recipes for reprint and/or republishing and distribution without monetary compensation to you. If photos & recipes are used, proper link backs to you will be included.

foodie friends friday, rules

April 15, 2014

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips

Hello friends, I'm back from vacation! Did you miss me? I know I missed you all! We had a fabulous week in Clearwater Beach, Florida but it feels good to be home. If you follow me on social media at all then you got to catch a glimpse of my trip. If not, don't fear! I'll be sharing an overview later this week along with some pics just so you can see what I was up to!

For now, let's talk Mexican food. Do you love it or hate it? I am a HUGE fan! Honestly, I could eat a Mexican dish every day for the rest of my life. Tacos, enchiladas, burritos...you name it, I love it.

This month is Mexican month for the Blogger Recipe Challenge group. I can't wait to share some of my favorite recipes with you! This first one isn't your traditional Mexican dish. I created a delicious fruit salsa and paired it with cinnamon sugar tortilla chips. Everyone has a traditional salsa and chips recipe, so I wanted to mix things up a bit!

The fruit salsa is fresh and sweet, but not too sweet, and pairs perfectly with the cinnamon sugar chips. My kids devoured a bowl and almost all of the chips in just one sitting. I hope you will enjoy this as much as we did!


Be sure to check out more awesome Mexican recipes from the other bloggers in my group at the bottom of this post!

April 14, 2014

#LetsMingle Monday Social Link Party #29


Welcome to #LetsMingle Monday Link Party #29! If you’re stopping by for the first time, #LetsMingle Monday is a social link party where bloggers can connect and grow their audience on various social media outlets.


Here’s a few things you should know:
  • Every other week you can link up your Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+ links! More chances to meet more blog friends!
  • The party will go live Monday morning at 8am ET on my blog.
  • If you’d like to sponsor a giveaway on #LetsMingle Monday, we’d love to have you! Please send me an email at thechefnextdoorblog@gmail.com.
  • If you follow me, leave me a comment so I can return the favor! 
Meet your #LetsMingle Monday Hosts!



Shauna from The Best Blog Recipes | Kendra from Kreative Creationz 

Jamie from Bugs and Beans | Maggie from The Love Nerds | Sarah from Mama's Got It Together

 Sandra from A Dash Of Sanity | Sarah from The Chef Next Door

Plus, this weeks' Guest Host is Jessica from Savory Experiments!


We also have a surprise for you this week...a $80 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!
Use the Rafflecopter below to enter! a Rafflecopter giveaway

April 6, 2014

Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Sourdough Parmesan Croutons


I love all kinds of soups but find that I rarely make them homemade. I have a few favorite recipes that I created long ago that I make often, but other than those few I don't venture out to try new things at home.

A few weeks ago I got a beautiful head of cauliflower in my weekly organics delivery box. (I use Door to Door Organics here in Michigan and I LOVE it!) I rarely cook with cauliflower and honestly I wasn't quite sure what I was going to make at first.

April 3, 2014

Foodie Friends Friday...Favorite Childhood Foods Party!

Welcome to Foodie Friends Friday!

Do you have a favorite food or dish that makes you happy? Something that really makes you smile? Well that's what we want to see this week!




Please take a moment to read through the rules before getting started, Thank You!

*By linking up you agree that you read these rules and all photos/recipes are original and belong to you. You agree to allow Foodie Friends Friday and any of it's affiliated websites or publications (Social Girls Media, LLC) to use photos, links, and recipes for reprint and/or republishing and distribution without monetary compensation to you. If photos & recipes are used, proper link backs to you will be included.

foodie friends friday, rules

April 1, 2014

Rice Wraps Slice of Rice #Giveaway!

Guess what? I've got a surprise for you! Not only did RiceWraps send the members of our Blogger Recipe Challenge some goodies, they are also sponsoring a giveaway!



Use the giveaway tool below and enter to win a month supply of RiceWraps products, plus a rolling mat!


You can learn more about RiceWraps by visiting their website, or find them on Facebook and Twitter

Disclaimer: I received products from RiceWraps for review at no charge but was not monetarily compensated for this review. All opinions, as always, are my own.