For a minute there here in lower Michigan we had a drop in temps so immediate that I thought for sure I was late for winter. Burrr! (I hate being cold, mind you.) However, the temps bounced back and we are enjoying 80-degree days and warm September nights. It's a lovely thing, to squeeze out a few more weeks of summer. This week's "What's for Dinner?" post feeds my summer eats daydreams of enjoying fresh seafood by the seaside somewhere, but also brings me back to reality as an easy weeknight meal solution, especially for all the busy families getting into the rhythm of a new school year. Fried fish on a weeknight, you wonder...well, yeah! Think of it like fish sticks but made fresh, from scratch, not pulled from a bag in the freezer. Kids and adults alike will love it, and it only takes about 20 minutes. My tartar-sauce-inspired dill and caper potato salad, rounds out the meal and brightens up your plate (also, good for lunch leftovers!) So, skip the bagged freezer meals or take-out orders and make this delicious plate of food instead. And, enjoy summer while it lasts! Cheers!
I absolutely love poblanos. And, I am super excited to announce that this summer I have my first crop of poblanos growing in my garden. Which is what inspired this post, in fact! [Although so far I only have 2 and they are small so I wasn't able to actually use them to make this post. But alas, they are there and growing. #Winning!]
Anyway, I kinda go ga-ga for poblanos and my most fave thing to do is stuff them with big, bold ingredients. This also happens to be a great way to keep dinner interesting, which is the whole point of this blog! So, this week I pair up end-of-summer zucchini with spicy-sweet sausage and melty cheddar cheese. I mean, it's like a taco, sorta! Flavors here are on point, but also quite flexible, so use your favorite sausage (sweet, spicy, chicken, pork, chorizo, etc...) or make a meatless meal instead by subbing vegan sausage or more veggies! If kids are at your table, tone down the spice with sweet chicken sausage instead and let the spice-loving adults add their own hot sauce. The idea is to bring everyone to the table with an excitement to share dinner together, and this plate will bring people runnin'!
What's For Dinner: White Bean Veggies Burgers with Blue Cheese Slaw and Home-Fried Sweet Potato Chips
It's been awhile since I created a new veggie burger recipe. I was inspired by two recent events. First, ordering one at a restaurant while on vacation that was good in description, but I felt could have been a little better on actual flavor delivery, and second, having a client request veggie burgers for a recent event. I decided to take the inspiration from the restaurant version and create a veggie-burger my client (and I) would be excited about. Voila! Here you have it! The important things for me with a veggie burger are as follows - good flavor, good texture, not too dry and definitely not crumbly. And while I love that veggie burgers tend to be on the healthy side, I still like to feel like I'm eating something somewhat indulgent, like a real burger would be - hence my blue cheese slaw and chips on the side. Trust me, I've had my fair share of bad veggie burgers, but this one hits the mark. I love it! I hope you do, too!
Hi! I'm Emily, and this is the official blog of Guest Chef, my personal chef and catering business serving Metro Detroit. As much as I love to cook for people, I also love inspiring others to cook great food for themselves and their friends and family. Which is why I share recipes, tips and inspiration here. Follow along and let's cook something great together!