Destination: Muir Woods

Happy 4th of July!

Do you have any plans for the 4th of July? With family or friends? Or do you have any annual traditions?

I was away this past weekend and had soo much fun. Some photos from my trip are posted on Instagram, but I’ll share photos and stories of my adventures on the blog sometime soon.

Destination - Muir Woods | Cooking with a Wallflower

In the mean time, I’m sharing photos from another adventure a couple weeks back.

Just outside of San Francisco, huge redwood trees loom above, covering the skies, at Muir Woods National Monument. Some redwood trees are much older with gigantic trunks and roots, while others are younger and skinnier but just as impressive.

Destination - Muir Woods | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Roasted Asparagus Mushroom Quiche

Cheesy quiche in a buttery crust loaded with roasted asparagus and mushrooms. This roasted asparagus mushroom quiche is easy to make and so delicious, perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Roasted Asparagus Mushroom Quiche | Cooking with a Wallflower

Happy Sunday!

I’m actually away this weekend. Just a little getaway to the Monterey area to explore new places and visit friends. And of course, how could I resist good food? Especially when it’s fresh seafood?

But let’s talk about this quiche. And I promise I’ll share photos when I’m back from my mini vacay. Or you can always take a look at my Instagram page for sneak peeks.

Roasted Asparagus Mushroom Quiche | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Wallflower Weekly Finds, 122

The other day I stumbled across a little free library near my work. Of course, all libraries are free. But I love that this is a tiny little box in front of someone’s house where you can take a book and return either the same book or add a different book. Have you seen one before?

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft chewy cookies filled with milk chocolate chips and dried cherries. These cherry chocolate chip cookies are easy to make and perfect as a snack for roadtrips.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies | Cooking with a Wallflower

Only a few more days until the weekend!

I’m actually leaving early on Saturday morning to visit my friend for the weekend in the Monterey area. I don’t look forward to waking up super early in the morning to catch my train on the other side of the city, but I do look forward to a weekend getaway. Plus, Monterey and Carmel are supposed to picturesque and have amazing seafood. I’m so ready for the weekend!

But I think I’m going to need a little pick me up to get me through a few more days of work.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Roasted Garlic Creole Asparagus

Tender asparagus tossed in olive oil and creole seasoning, roasted with minced garlic, and topped with sliced almonds. This roasted garlic creole asparagus is delicious and perfect as a summer side dish.

Roasted Garlic Creole Asparagus  | Cooking with a Wallflower

Happy Monday!

There’s only a week left until the 4th of July weekend, and I’m so glad! I’ve been working extra days these past few weeks, and I’m ready for a break. But I wish I had planned ahead and noticed that I had extra days off for the 4th of July. Then I would have made plans for a longer getaway, like Philadelphia where one of my friends is currently living while she’s doing her residency.

But I’m soo excited that I still get to have a weekend getaway to the Monterey area to visit my friend Kim. If you remember Kim, we did a little cruise trip back in February. Sadly, I have never been to the Monterey and Carmel area before, but I hear they have amazing seafood and views of the coast. So I seriously can’t wait!

Roasted Garlic Creole Asparagus  | Cooking with a Wallflower

Since it’s asparagus is in season, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to feature asparagus as a dish! For this particular recipe, I roasted the asparagus, but you can definitely toss them on the grill instead for your 4th of July BBQ. That way you won’t have to deal with your kitchen overheating during hot summer days.

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Tomato Basil Mozzarella Tart

A buttery crust filled with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, and mozzarella. This tomato basil mozzarella tart is delicious and perfect for summer.

Tomato Basil Mozzarella Tart | Cooking with a Wallflower

Happy Summer!

You know what that means!

For me, summer means warmer days, sunshine, and an abundance of stone fruits, berries, and fresh vegetables at both the local farmer’s market and at the supermarket. But supermarket fruits and vegetables don’t have that same fresh taste that you get from produce that you buy from the farmer’s market. So of course, I’m going to use all those fresh ingredients while I can.

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Dragon Fruit Layered Overnight Chia Pudding

Overnight almond chia pudding topped with a blend of dragon fruit and bananas and garnished with frozen blackberries and mint. This dragon fruit layered overnight chia pudding is delicious and perfect as a summer breakfast or snack.

Dragon Fruit Layered Overnight Chia Pudding | Cooking with a Wallflower

Happy Sunday!

It’s been absolutely gorgeous weather here in the Bay Area these last few days, and I have been soaking up all that warmth. I’m so glad that I didn’t have to work yesterday! So I had the whole weekend off to enjoy the sunshine.

Dragon Fruit Layered Overnight Chia Pudding | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Wallflower Weekly Finds, 120

Happy Friday!

Just one more day until it’s the weekend!

I’m actually really excited. Most weekends for me are really laid back. I use weekends to rest up for the following week. But tomorrow, Christina Lane from Desserts for Two will be in SF for a book signing and a cooking demo, and I can’t wait to attend.

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