This week's post feels a little like cheating. There is very little cooking that goes into this flatbread meal, but what I lack in recipe detail I hopefully make up for with inspiration. Flatbreads are a great way to combine everyone's love for pizza with your favorite summertime ingredients, which is what I did here in two very contrasting combinations. The first is a popular favorite - tomatoes, basil and ricotta. Hard to go wrong with those flavors, am I right? The second is a little more out-of-the-ordinary - bbq sauce, goat cheese, cherries and arugula - but the pairing of sweet and savory is what makes it extra-ordinary! (Hahaha - see what I did there?) Anyway, feel free to use these ideas as guides, keeping in mind the most important part of dinner this week - enjoying fresh food you love without fussing too much in the kitchen. And have fun with it, 'cuz it's summer and we just can't take mealtime too seriously. Enjoy!
Hard to believe, but Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner! I get really excited this time of year for spring, for May, and for my favorite food holiday. Yep! Better than candy on halloween or turkey on Thanksgiving, tacos and all the close relatives are true cause to celebrate. Amen! Yessir!
This year, I return to an old favorite - the Mexican Pizza. While I doubt it is an official dish of Mexico, as a teenager who too-often frequented, dare I say, Taco Bell I hardly cared about it's legitimacy. Since I broke my TB addiction (I've been "clean" for over 15 years now) I decided to recreate my own version of the layered, crispy-tortilla dish. Over the years adding different creative flares, I love it now more than ever! One of my favorite parts about this recipe, in fact, is how versatile it is. So, if you are planning a little Cinco de Mayo Fiesta you can simply lay out all the fillings and toppings and let guests build their own combination. This is especially helpful when you are combining vegetarians and meat-lovers at the same gathering! To round out the meal, I made a play on the classic wedge salad using queso fresco instead of blue cheese and my kicked-up Jalapeno Ranch, which is seriously my new favorite thing. Make double!
The marriage of two no-brainer meals that everyone loves - lasagna and enchilada night - this meal combines both into one cheesy, creamy, bubbly casserole dish. With a Mexican spin on lasagna and a no-fuss easy rice and beans side dish, you get a fresh tasting, balanced meal to please all your diners. Even your Super Bowl guests! Comfort food at it's finest. Yet, as indulgent as this meal looks, it is gluten-free and can easily be made vegetarian. See PREP NOTES for other healthy modifications.
I mentioned in this previous post that I'm not much of a baker and how I appreciate simple recipes to satisfy my dessert or sweet cravings. Well, this post offers you two of the easiest ways to satisfy your sweet tooth. In fact, both are so simple it feels a little bit crazy to even call these recipes. Alas, let's get to it.
If you know me, you know I don't often bake. The precision, the focus, the waiting....it's just not my preference when it comes to time in the kitchen. So on the rare occasion when I do bake, it's gotta be pretty easy and the end result has to be really rewarding. Which is why I love this Rhubarb & Dried Cherry Crisp recipe. I served this for dessert at my recent Pop-Up dinner and it was a total hit, so by popular demand, I'm sharing the recipe here. Perfect timing for you to pick up some fresh rhubarb at the Farmer's Market this weekend and enjoy yourself a little sweet-treat!
I love bar food. What can I say? I spent a lot of time in bars when I was a kid?! Well, that's actually sort of true, but that's a whole other story. Anyway, I'm a self-proclaimed "Salt-Tooth". Not a sweet tooth, salt. Well, salt, fat, crunch, cheesy, creamy....you get the idea. I crave savory foods over sugary ones and I have always been that way for as long as I remember. I'm pretty sure as a kid had you given me a choice between French vanilla ice cream or French onion dip, I would have chosen the latter. So, what does this have to do with Super Bowl Sunday??
I love summer, I love fresh food and I love engaging with the city of Detroit. So, what better way to spend some free time this season than volunteering a few hours a week at an Urban Garden downtown. I connected with Labrosse Farm one day when I was visiting the Corktown Farmers Market located right out front of Detroit Institute of Bagels, (which I highly recommend, btw) and asked if they could ever use a helping hand. Dawn DeMuyt welcomed me with open arms and a new friendship has been born.
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!