Some of the best family memories occur in the kitchen or over a meal. Meals bring loved ones together and offer a time to enjoy each other’s company. With that being said, we would like to introduce Lauren Perez and her wonderful and delicious recipes she has shared with us. Enjoy!

One of the New Year’s resolutions I make each year is to try something different when it comes to food. This year, I decided to create a delicious recipe that would be perfect for weekend get-togethers or a relaxing night at home.  After reviewing my previous recipes and countless foodie photos, I finally decided on what would make for a fresh five star dinner combination to kick off the weekend. My savory flatbread topped with cheese and plump tomatoes is sure to please everyone at the dinner table; while the sweet and smooth chocolate pie will cure any sweet tooth craving.  Grab your pots and pans and let’s get cooking!

Margherita Flatbread



1 lb. fresh pizza dough

½ cup flour

¼ cup olive oil

1 tablespoon dried parsley



¼ cup water

1 can whole peeled tomatoes

14 oz. pizza sauce

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper


16 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese

Fresh basil

3 large tomatoes

2 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Create a workspace to roll out the flatbread dough
    (You can use large baking sheets and add cooking spray)
  • Slowly add flour to dough and begin to roll out dough with a rolling pin
  • Be sure to knead dough until very thin; this step typically takes about 10 minutes
  • Spray a medium baking sheet with butter or cooking spray
  • Add dough to pan
  • Brush dough with olive oil
  • Sprinkle dough with salt, pepper and parsley
  • Bake for 15 minutes
  • Remove from oven


  • Add water to a medium sauce pan until the water begins to boil
  • Turn down the temperature to a low heat
  • Add in peeled whole tomatoes and begin to stir for 5 minutes
  • Add pizza sauce, minced garlic, salt and pepper to the tomatoes, stir and let simmer for 5 minutes


  • Once flatbread dough is removed from the oven, spread sauce evenly on top of the dough
  • Cut mozzarella cheese into thick slices
  • Cut the tomatoes into thin slices
  • Arrange tomatoes and cheese evenly on top of the flatbread
  • Add fresh basil on top of the flatbread
  • Bake for 10 minutes
  • Remove from oven
  • Drizzle balsamic vinaigrette on top of the flatbread
  • Bake for an additional 5 minutes
  • Remove from oven to cool
  • Enjoy!

Chocolate Pie


Pie Crust

2 cups finely ground graham crackers

3 tablespoons sugar

6 tablespoons melted butter


1 tablespoon butter

1 cup heavy cream

2 cups milk

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

¼ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

2 eggs

2 cups fresh strawberries

Powdered sugar


Pie Crust

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Crumble graham crackers into a fine consistency
  • In a mixing bowl combine graham crackers, sugar and melted butter
  • Spray a clear pie pan with butter or cooking spray
  • Align pan with mixture
  • Press down to make sure that the pie pan is covered evenly
  • Bake for 8 minutes
  • Remove and let cool


  • Preheat oven to 315 degrees
  • Combine heavy cream, milk and butter in a large sauce pan
  • Put the sauce pan on medium heat on the stove top and stir
  • Add chocolate chips to the sauce pan and continue to stir
  • Add salt and sugar to the sauce pan and continue to stir
  • In a separate bowl, scramble the two eggs until you have reached a smooth consistency
  • Add eggs to the sauce pan and continue to stir until smooth
  • Remove filling from heat and pour into the pie pan on top of the graham cracker crust
  • Bake for 20 minutes
  • Remove from oven and let cool for at least one hour
  • Slice strawberries and decorate the top of the pie
  • Lightly sprinkle powdered sugar on top
  • Enjoy!

You can find more food inspiration on Lauren’s website and Instagram @laurenperezkitchen.