Spicy Mushroom Melt

Crispy grilled cheese sandwich filled with sautéed mushrooms and onions and pepperjack cheese. This spicy mushroom melt is the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.

Spicy Mushroom Melt | Cooking with a Wallflower

I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend! What did you do to celebrate?

We ended up not planning a BBQ since so many of us were absent. It was very low key for my family.

Anyways… All I could think about all weekend though was a grilled cheese sandwich. I know. I’m weird.

I’ve been craving a grilled cheese sandwich lately. It’s one of those comfort foods that you’ll want every once in awhile, the one that brings back all of those childhood memories. But I don’t want just any grilled cheese sandwich. I want a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. In other words, a grown up version.

So of course, that means we’re going to have to take the classic grilled cheese sandwich to the next level by spicing it up.

Spicy Mushroom Melt | Cooking with a Wallflower

In this particular grilled cheese sandwich, I added sautéed mushrooms and onions seasoned with a little bit of salt and crushed red peppers. I used pepperjack cheese to give this sandwich an extra spicy kick. Savory and spicy, this grilled cheese sandwich is so delicious. Each bite is filled with warm melted cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and slightly crunchy onions.

How can you resist?

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Parmesan Ranch Corn on the Cob

Fresh corn on the cob brushed with melted butter, ranch seasoning, parmesan, and paprika. This savory parmesan ranch corn on the cob is delicious and perfect for summer gatherings.

Parmesan Ranch Corn on the Cob | Cooking with a Wallflower

Summer means so many fresh produces. And one of my favorites, aside from peaches, nectarines, and strawberries, are fresh corn on the cob.

I almost always have corn on hand. If it’s not in season, I keep corn kernels in the freezer in case I want to add them to my soups. It gives soup a natural sweetness. Carrots do the same thing. But nothing beats fresh corn. I love the taste of it, so sweet and juicy.

Parmesan Ranch Corn on the Cob | Cooking with a Wallflower

Sweet corn is perfect all by itself, but with a little seasoning, the flavor of corn is enhanced. You get the savory flavor of the ranch, the creaminess of melted parmesan, the sweetness of the corn.

I love that each bite is bursting with flavor. And these are so simple to make and prepare, you’ll want them for your 4th of July celebrations.

What will you be eating this weekend?

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Very Berry Acai Bowl

Acai blended with strawberries and coconut water then topped with goji berries, blueberries, and strawberries. This very berry acai bowl is refreshing and tasty, the perfect way to start your morning.

Very Berry Acai Bowl | Cooking with a Wallflower

 

Can you believe that it’s the end of June already? Where has all the time gone?

I feel like it was just yesterday that I announced summer arrived. And now we’re already part way through it.

The weather has been warm lately, and I want nothing but cold food to keep me feeling refresh. What better way to start your morning than with a delicious acai bowl filled with superfruits?

I absolutely love acai bowls. I’ve made so many in the past. They’re filled with nutrients and taste oh so delicious. This particular acai bowl is sweetened with strawberries and a touch tropical from the coconut water. Then it’s topped with goji berries, blueberries, and strawberries. How much more tasty can breakfast get?

Very Berry Acai Bowl | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Strawberry Lavender Lemonade

Lemonade infused with fresh strawberry puree and the light floral flavor of lavender. This strawberry lavender lemonade is the perfect summer beverage.

Strawberry Lavender Lemonade | Cooking with a Wallflower

Did I mention that my latest obsession is with lavender? No? Well, now you know.

You can blame that on the Farmer’s Market. Ever since last weekend, when I brought home a bundle of lavender from the Farmer’s Market, I’ve been making lavender this and lavender that nonstop. Like, back to back to back. I’ve been playing with different ingredients to see which complements lavender well. The house smells absolutely amazing, but I think we’re all lavendered out. Yes, I know. Lavender isn’t a verb. But seriously, ask my sisters. I think we’re done with lavender for awhile.

But no worries. I’m not bombarding you with lavender everything. It’ll be a gradual thing. And I hope you’ll like the lavender recipes as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Strawberry Lavender Lemonade | Cooking with a Wallflower

What I love most about this beverage is the subtle taste of lavender paired with sweet strawberries and tart lemonade. Who would have thought that this combination would work, right? But it really does. This is basically a strawberry lemonade with a hint of lavender. But that hint makes a huge difference.

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Farmer’s Market Vegetable Noodle Soup

Delicious soup filled with zucchini noodles, summer squash noodles, tomatoes, carrots, onions, and corn. This Farmer’s Market Vegetable Noodle Soup is filled with fresh ingredients bought straight from the Farmer’s Market.

Farmer's Market Vegetable Noodle Soup | Cooking with a Wallflower

Summer is when I’m absolutely obsessed with seasonal vegetables and fruits. So during my recent splurge at the Farmer’s Market, I decided to utilize all the ingredients I bought and turn it into a tasty soup.

I love vegetable soup because not only is it healthy, but it’s super easy to make. You only need one pot to make this soup so there aren’t too many dishes to wash up afterwards. Perfect since California is still in the middle of its four year drought.

This soup is both vegan and gluten free since the noodles are made completely from zucchini and summer squash. I used this spiralizer to make the noodles, but you can use a large grater or mandolin. You don’t even have to make them noodle-like. =)

Farmer's Market Vegetable Noodle Soup | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Fresh lavender blossoms grounded and baked into shortbread cookies. These lavender shortbread cookies are delicious and perfect with tea.

Lavender Shortbread Cookies | Cooking with a Wallflower

I love summer when so many fruits and vegetables are in season. My sister and I went to the Farmer’s Market to buy a few items and ended up with a lot more than we planned. Does that happen to you too?

What I also love is the array of fresh flowers. So many pretty flowers, bright and fully blooming. We decided to buy a bunch of fresh lavenders for the aromatherapy. With my sisters studying for midterms, we thought we could use a little calm in the house. The vendor told me when I asked, that these lavenders were culinary quality, which means I could use them to make drinks and bake.

You know what that means =)

Lavender Shortbread Cookies | Cooking with a Wallflower

The first of very likely many recipes to come, at least until the lavender blossoms are gone, is this: lavender shortbread cookies.

I love that these shortbread cookies are buttery, slightly sweet, and lightly aromatic from the lavenders. Just the tiniest hint of lavender because too much would probably remind you of a bottle of air freshener. These cookies are delicate, buttery, and perfect for those afternoon tea parties.

Lavender Shortbread Cookies | Cooking with a Wallflower

This recipe make about 15-18 cookies. It really depends on how you roll them out and how big you cut them. As you can see, I totally fail at cutting straight equal cookies. But my cookie cutter is way too big for this batch so I had to make do with cutting them into imperfect rectangles.

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Poached Eggs with Roasted Vegetables over Smashed Tater Tots

Poached eggs and roasted vegetables topped with salsa over smashed tater tots. Served with a side of sausage and sliced avocado, these poached eggs over smashed tater tots are the ultimate breakfast.

Poached Eggs with Roasted Vegetables over Smashed Tater Tots | Cooking with a Wallflower

Oh my god. This has to be the ultimate breakfast, and it’s just in time for Father’s Day.

A couple weeks ago, Casper, a mattress company which creates body conforming memory foam mattresses, has been putting an emphasis on creating breakfast in bed recipes for Father’s Day. The theme is a manly breakfast in bed. I thought it would be a fun challenge to take on. When I think of “manly” breakfasts, I think of eggs, meat, and potatoes. Which are all included in this recipe.

Poached Eggs with Roasted Vegetables over Smashed Tater Tots | Cooking with a Wallflower

Just picture smashed tater tots topped with roasted vegetables and poached eggs. Cut into the poached eggs and the yolk will ooze out. Sliced sausage and avocados on the side complete the hearty breakfast. You can also add bacon if you prefer that. How amazing does that sound? Of course, you can always take away the sausage for a meatless version.

What are you doing for Father’s Day?

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