Fig Caprese Flatbread

Flatbread topped with melted mozzarella, fresh figs, cherry tomatoes, basil, mixed greens, roasted walnuts, and a drizzle of honey. This fig caprese flatbread is delicious and perfect as a meal or an appetizer to share with others.

Fig Caprese Flatbread | Cooking with a Wallflower

Happy Monday!

I am sooo soooo excited for this week to start! I think it’s because there’s so much going on towards the end of this week.

I’m taking this Friday off from work so that I can attend the Brit+Co Remake Summit, where you can learn from and meet some of the most successful creative entrepreneurs. Different keynote speakers will be there including Tyra Banks, Sophia Amoruso, Amanda Haas, and a few others. I really can’t wait!

Normally, I would go to the Saturday event, which is the Brit+Co Remake Festival. There are a ton of freebies and crafting workshop stations. If you’re in the city, you should definitely go. It’s free! But this year, I’ll be missing it. But that’s okay, there’s always next year.

One of my closest friends, Kim from SweetKimplicity, will be getting married Saturday! Her wedding will consist of DIY decorations and games that she and her fiancé have made together over the past year.

It’s definitely going to be an exciting week!

Fig Caprese Flatbread | Cooking with a Wallflower

So, can we talk about this fig caprese flatbread for a sec?

I’m just kinda, sorta obsessed with the simplicity of flatbreads. It’s crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. They’re simple to make and require no yeast! Which is definitely a plus for me because let’s be honest, I almost have no patience for waiting for my food. And most of the time, yeast makes me wait!

All you have to do is bake the flatbread, top with your favorite ingredients, and then place the flatbread back into the oven for an additional few minutes until all that mozzarella is warm and melted.

And I put a lot because I love warm melted cheese.

Seriously, all 8 ounces of fresh mozzarella. Sooo good.

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Wallflower Weekly Finds, 85

Sometimes I feel it’s hard to resist buying random things for my blog and for my recipes because they look like they would fit so well. Sometimes it’s a plate or a bowl that I found while walking through the aisles of a store. Sometimes it’s a linen napkin.  Or a fork. Or a wooden spoon.

In this case, when I stumbled across Sweetapolita’s shop, I knew I was going to have to buy at least one variety of her sprinkles. I love how colorful they are and they’re so perfect for decorating cupcakes and candies. Don’t they look so festive and happy? So many options to pick from too.

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Creamy Spinach Artichoke Soup

A comforting creamy fall soup filled with spinach, artichoke, celery, mushrooms, onions, and carrots. This creamy spinach artichoke soup will be perfect for chilly autumn days.

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Soup | Cooking with a Wallflower

It’s fall! It’s fall!! It’s fall y’all! Fall is finally here!

Ahhh! I’m soo excited. It’s officially fall now. As if you can’t tell, right?

It’s time for pumpkin spice lattes, salted caramel everything, butternut squash, apple ciders, warm comforting soups.

And the best part! How could I forget? The leaves turning into gorgeous golds, reds, and oranges!

Well, at least, if you live in an area where you actually experience seasons. One of these days, I want to travel to places like Aspen or up to Washington and Oregon just to see the fall foliage.

What are you looking forward to this fall?

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Soup | Cooking with a Wallflower

 

One of the best parts of fall is that I can happily indulge in all things warm and comforting, like soups.

Especially when it gets colder.

Wrapped in a plaid blanket scarf, wearing knee high socks, and eating a bowl of soup. Doesn’t that sound perfect?

So it can’t be a surprise that I couldn’t wait to share this creamy spinach artichoke soup with you!

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Soup | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Sweet and Spicy Chili Lime Dipping Sauce

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An Asian inspired dipping sauce that is sweet, tangy, and spicy and can be made in just a few minutes. This sweet and spicy chili lime dipping sauce is perfect for eggrolls or your favorite appetizers.

Sweet and Spicy Chili Lime Dipping Sauce | Cooking with a Wallflower

We are already heading towards fall! Can you believe it?

Sometimes I feel time passes by so quickly. And I have no idea where it all goes.

But with fall just a few days away, I feel it’s time to get ready to celebrate!

Sweet and Spicy Chili Lime Dipping Sauce | Cooking with a Wallflower

There are so many reasons to gather and celebrate this season!

It could be that your favorite sports team is playing and you’re having a watch party with family and friends. It could be that someone you know is celebrating a birthday. It could be that Halloween is just around the corner. It could be that you’re planning your Thanksgiving dinner.

I know, it sounds like it’s far away, but it’s coming up soon.

My family is already thinking about what we’re making for Thanksgiving. Not kidding.

Sweet and Spicy Chili Lime Dipping Sauce | Cooking with a Wallflower

Since I come from an Asian family, we always have a mix of foods, a combination of American and Asian foods.

And one of my favorites? Eggrolls with a sweet and spicy chili lime dipping sauce.

There’s something about the crunchiness of eggrolls loaded with vegetables, shrimp, chicken, or pork that’s just so addicting.

And how can I eat my favorite appetizers and snacks without a dipping sauce, right?

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Farmer’s Market Summer Grain Bowls

Red rice, wild rice, and quinoa topped with mushrooms, sweet peppers, mixed greens, figs, and peaches. These farmer’s market summer grain bowls are loaded with fresh ingredients and taste absolutely delicious.  

Farmer's Market Summer Grain Bowls | Cooking with a Wallflower

Only a few days left of summer before it’s officially fall!

I’m going to miss all that summer produce especially the berries and peaches, but, I’m excited for fall!

Fall has to be my favorite season. I just love seeing the leaves change colors and the ground covered in golds, reds, and oranges. So pretty and picturesque!

Farmer's Market Summer Grain Bowls | Cooking with a Wallflower

But before we officially let summer slip away, I wanted to share with you this farmer’s market summer grain bowls.

I’ve been obsessed with bowl foods lately. There’s something about having all these fresh ingredients in the same bowl waiting to be mixed and eaten that just does it for me.

Farmer's Market Summer Grain Bowls | Cooking with a Wallflower

This particular bowl is loaded with mixed grains and vegetables then drizzled with honey balsamic vinaigrette. It’s sooo good and so filling! Plus, you can save the leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch too. Which means you can cook once and have multiple meals. Yay!!

And just like most of my recipes, you can easily substitute the ingredients listed here with ingredients you already have on hand or prefer instead.

What would you add to your grain bowls?

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Wallflower Weekly Finds, 84

Last week, I spent a couple days at the California Dental Association convention to take some classes and to look at the different vendors.

And since I was in the area, I finally got to try Lemonade, a restaurant originally from L.A., which serves seasonal foods in a rainbow of colors.

Lemonade 1

The food is sold a la carte style and tasted amazing, but a little pricy since it’s sold per portion.

Plus, you know my obsession with lemonades. And they have so many different flavors. I tried the blood orange lemonade and the guava limeade. Can’t wait to try the rest.

Lemonade 2

Oh, it’s fall! I haven’t quite let go of summer yet so for at least the next couple of weeks you’ll still see a mix of summer and fall recipes.

But if you’re ready for all things fall, here are some recipes I stumbled across this week that I can’t wait to try for myself.

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Overnight Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding

Overnight chia pudding made with chia seeds, coconut milk, and a little sugar then topped with fresh strawberries and shredded dried coconut. This overnight strawberry coconut chia pudding is simple and delicious.

Overnight Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding | Cooking with a Wallflower

I’ve been dreaming of frozen butterbeer since coming back from our trip to Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Does anyone know how to make butterbeer? Because I really really want to learn how to make them. That way I can indulge in them whenever I want rather than wait to go back to Southern California. =)

Overnight Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding | Cooking with a Wallflower

I don’t know what I’d do without chia puddings to start my early mornings.

That’s not to say that I eat chia puddings every single morning. I don’t. Some days, it could be chia pudding. Other mornings it could be a muffin, a croissant, a scone, a giant chocolate chip cookie, or even better a peanut butter, jelly, and banana toast.

But chia puddings are so easy to make and customize. I can just grab a small jar of chia pudding from the fridge, a spoon from the drawer, and walk out the door to catch my bus to work.

Breakfast on the go is a huge part of my life these days. Can you tell?

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Peach Mint Salad

Yellow peaches tossed with chopped mint, honey, mozzarella, and lemon juice. This peach mint salad is delicious and refreshing, the perfect way to use the last of this season’s peaches.

Peach Mint Salad | Cooking with a Wallflower

Whenever we go on vacation, or even on a day trip, we’re usually looking for the best places to eat.

Sometimes, it’s the popular brunch spot all the locals rave about, sometimes it’s the farm to table restaurant with the freshest ingredients. Other times, it’s that dessert spot with the most amazing mouthwatering macaron ice cream sandwiches.  Somehow, our vacations always revolve around the food we want to try. Not too surprising, right?

Peach Mint Salad | Cooking with a Wallflower

It’s so much fun eating at these local restaurants. Not only do I get to try delicious food that locals are so excited about, but I also love savoring each bite and turning it into a game of “What’s in this dish?” I like trying to figure out the ingredients in some of my favorite meals and then attempting to make my own version at home.

Because as much as I love some of the dishes that I eat, it’s way too far to make a trip back just to satisfy a craving.

So why not get inspiration and create my own at home?

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Wallflower Weekly Finds, 83

It is so ridiculously difficult to go back to work after vacation.

During Labor Day weekend, my sister and I went to Southern California to celebrate her birthday.

Our trip was filled with lots of food, of course. But the best part was visiting Universal Studios for the first time in over 10 years. And! We got to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Universal Studios | Cooking with a Wallflower

I think I could have stayed in that part of the theme park forever.

The buildings were so detailed. And it just felt magical, especially if you enter Hogwarts to ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

I’ll share more photos at a later time. I still have to sort through all of them!

Universal Studios | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Watermelon Fig Salad

Mixed greens tossed with diced watermelons, fresh figs, and chopped walnuts. This watermelon fig salad is cool and refreshing, the perfect meal for a hot summer day.

Watermelon Fig Salad | Cooking with a Wallflower

It finally feels like summer in San Francisco!

Every year, the weather warms up around September for a few weeks, a little change from our almost year round foggy days and overcast skies.

As much as I love the sun and the warmth, we’re definitely not equipped for the heat. No air conditioning since we don’t normally need it, which makes it uncomfortably warm for us at home.

Watermelon Fig Salad | Cooking with a Wallflower

But with the heat, and also because I just came back from vacation, I feel ridiculously uninspired to cook. All I want to do is bask in the sun and take naps. lol. Does anyone feel the same way?

Maybe what I need is another vacation, one that’s longer than a weekend.

Watermelon Fig Salad | Cooking with a Wallflower

In the meantime, I’m making simple dishes for my meals. Something cool and easy to prepare.

Like this watermelon fig salad.

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