Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Chili Glazed Grilled Pork Belly Strips

How To Grill Pork Belly {Sweet and Spicy Marinated Pork Belly Strips} recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
There is so much more to pork belly than bacon. (Not that bacon is ever a bad thing, right?) Grilled Pork Belly is like bacon on steroids. Marinated in a sweet and spicy sauce, this Chili Glazed Grilled Pork Belly results in juicy, flavorful meat with crispy grilled edges.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Flourless Chocolate Turtle Cookies

Flourless Chocolate Turtle Cookies {naturally gluten free recipe} by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Flourless Chocolate Turtle Cookies are crisp and chocolatey with plenty of chewy caramel throughout each bite. The original Flourless Chocolate Brownie Cookies are awesome cookies that can be stirred together in just a few minutes. When I saw the caramel bits at the store, I couldn't resist picking them up to see if I could create a turtle cookie. The additional caramel and pecans in this recipe turned out to be a fun variation that my whole crew voted two thumbs up.

I chopped up some of the remaining Chocolate Turtle Cookies and added them to a batch of vanilla ice cream. Turtle Cookie Ice Cream might have been my best idea this week. (Although, I won't be recreating that dangerous combination again any time soon!)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Elote {Hot Mexican Corn Dip}

Elote {Hot Mexican Corn Dip} recipe from Elote Cafe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Elote {Hot Mexican Corn Dip} is made with roasted corn in a creamy sauce of spicy mayonnaise, lime and cotija cheese. This dish is the creation of Chef Jeff Smedstad, the chef-owner at Elote Cafe in Sedona, AZ. On a weekend getaway in Sedona this past spring, my first taste of this corn had me purchasing a copy of Jeff's cookbook.

We wound up going back to Elote Cafe the very next night, because we couldn't stop talking about this dish. We spent our weekend in Sedona hiking, wandering, and eating (of course!) and this simple dish was the food highlight of our trip.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Dark Chocolate Orange Ice Cream

Dark Chocolate Orange Ice Cream recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Rich, dark, ultra-smooth, and creamy chocolate meets a hint of orange in a sweet ice cream like no other you've ever tasted. If you're skeptical of the chocolate and citrus combination, one taste will be all it takes to convince you.

What is it about being on vacation that allows us to indulge a little more? We forget about the calories, and dive into each meal, not caring about how many extra minutes it might cost on the treadmill or whether or not we really should be eating ice cream after both lunch and dinner. There's something ultra-relaxing and peaceful in the vacation mindset.

While we were vacationing this summer, we ate a lot of ice cream, a heck of a lot of ice cream. There is so much evidence of that in my Instagram photos, it's kind of laughable. I wanted to remember each flavor and each wonderful place we visited; and as a result many pictures were taken.

We tried a Chocolate Orange flavored ice cream while we were in Montreal and Sean declared it the best one he tried throughout our vacation. It really was fantastic. So, naturally, I couldn't resist trying my hand at recreating it. Four (maybe it was five ?) batches later, this ice cream has been declared one of Sean's all time favorites.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Montreal-Style Poutine with Bacon, Peppers, Mushrooms, and Onions

Montreal-Style Poutine with Bacon, Peppers, Mushrooms, and Onions by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Crisp hot fries are piled high with bacon, peppers, mushrooms, onions, and cheese curds before being smothered in a hot brown gravy to recreate our favorite poutine from Montreal. Prior to our trip, I'd never even heard of poutine. (pronounced pooh-tin) As I was researching foods to try while we were in the city, I kept hearing about poutine and especially about a little restaurant called laBanquise.

As it turns out, one of my favorite foods we tried in Montreal was the poutine. You can buy poutine all over Canada, it's available in almost every restaurant, and even the fast food chains serve versions of it. However, poutine loyalists and Montreal locals could not be more vocal over the fact the restaurant laBanquise is home to the best poutine in Montreal. I lost count of the number of people that told us not to bother trying any other restaurants, to go directly to laBanquise. To say that the city is proud of their poutine doesn't begin to describe it.

I can assure you that the hype surrounding the little restaurant is well-earned and deserved. I've never tasted anything like their poutine. We headed to there for dinner our very first night in the city and despite the crazy long list of places we wanted to try, we went back again before leaving Montreal. The poutine was that amazing and I am giddy over the fact that I've recreated it at home. (I actually danced across the kitchen floor with glee after tasting the first bite!)

I was not alone in my love of this meal, the whole table was silent with happy eating. All three of our boys gave it two thumbs up and said, "I'll never doubt you again, you can pour gravy on the fries whenever you like!" To seal the proof of their happiness with this meal, my oldest son has officially made this his birthday meal.
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