Asparagus & Cheddar Quiche and Polder's Giveaway!

Tender, fresh asparagus and sharp cheddar cheese are a tasty combination in this quick and easy quiche! 
Asparagus and Cheddar Quiche | The Chef Next Door

Our Blogger Recipe Challenge group was lucky enough to be sponsored by Polder's Old World Market this month! Polder's makes handmade wooden kitchenware that is absolutely beautiful. From measuring cups to spoons to spatulas, every single piece is stunning.

Each of the bloggers received an item to review. I chose the Ultimate Cooking Spoon and quickly fell in love! It's a gorgeous cherry color and is long and lean. I used it to saute my asparagus for this recipe and know I will be continue to use it for many years to come.

Carrot Banana Pecan Bread

A moist and tender banana bread filled with little carrot and pecan jewels!

I love banana bread. Seriously, I'm a self-professed banana bread junkie. During the fall and winter I definitely make a loaf every couple of weeks. I mean, what's not to love about it? 

First off, the scent of fresh baked bread in the kitchen is incredible. Breads with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg especially. It literally perfumes the entire house. A perfect time to bake is when you have company coming over. No candles needed, just the delicious aromas of banana bread wafting through the air.

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Caribbean Chicken Burgers with Red Gold Tomatoes

This isn't your ordinary burger! Tender, juicy and full of flavor, this burger will have you dreaming of the beach!

Recently I was sent a Red Gold Tomatoes Party Kit that included 6 cans of Red Gold diced tomatoes and the cutest little apron I've ever seen! 

Red Gold is currently running their Summer Grillin' Party contest on Facebook, where you have a chance to win a pack of their products, a Big Green Egg grill, and a Red Gold apron! They have been holding random drawings each week with a total of 4,000 winners, and one grand prize winner will win a Big Green Egg Grill. The last day to enter is today, so hurry and enter now!  

Roasted Tomato and Ricotta Flatbread

A crispy flatbread topped with roasted cherry tomatoes and creamy ricotta cheese is the perfect summertime lunch!

I'm always looking for new lunch ideas, especially during the summer with my kids home. I like to change things up a bit during the week, and it's always nice to make something with fresh veggies included.

This flatbread "pizza" has quickly become a favorite in our house. Creamy Ricotta cheese is mixed with rosemary and roasted garlic, and a bit of red pepper flakes for a kick, and slathered on top of a delicious Naan bread. Add simple roasted cherry tomatoes, bake until crispy, and you have a delicious, and healthy, lunch. This would make a perfect light dinner as well, paired with a salad. 

Roasted Tomato and Ricotta Flatbread 
Recipe written by The Chef Next Door
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1/2 cup yellow grape tomatoes
1 garlic clove, whole, peeled 
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup Ricotta cheese
Dash of red pepper flakes
3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves picked 
1 flatbread, either store bought or homemade
Salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place the tomatoes and garlic on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt and pepper and gently toss to combine. Roast in the oven for 10 minutes.

In a small bowl mix the Ricotta with the red pepper flakes, rosemary leaves and a pinch of salt and pepper. Take the roasted garlic clove and smash it with the back of a knife until it becomes almost a paste. Add the smashed garlic to the Ricotta mixture and blend well.

Spread the Ricotta mix evenly over the top of the flatbread, then add the roasted tomatoes. Place the flatbread directly on the top rack of the oven and cook for 10 minutes, until the bottom is crispy and the toppings are warmed through. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before cutting into quarters.

Bon Appetit!

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Sweet Cherry Bundt Cake

Fresh Michigan Sweet Cherries fill this light and tender vanilla Bundt cake, making one delightful summer dessert!
Sweet Cherry Bundt Cake | The Chef Next Door

I picked up a big bag of fresh Michigan sweet cherries at the market last week. My kids and I love to just snack on them as is, but I had so many that I knew I wanted to bake with them as well. After taking suggestions from my fans, and thinking long and hard about what to make, I came up with this cake.

This Bundt cake is light, tender and fluffy and has hints of vanilla. The bites of sweet cherries throughout the cake give it a wonderful little pop. I felt that no icing or drizzle was necessary, but a dusting of powdered sugar would be good if you wish. I left mine as is and it was truly delicious. A little slice of summer on your plate!