Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Southwest Turkey Chopped Salad

When we're looking for an alternative to the turkey sandwich or yet another plate of leftovers, this Southwest Turkey Chopped Salad is one of our favorite meals to make. Crisp vegetables, plenty of roasted turkey, black beans, pine nuts, cheese, and crunchy tortilla chips are tossed with a spicy ranch dressing in this very flavorful and easy to make meal.

Often, when using the leftover turkey in different meals, the turkey flavor overpowers everything else in the dish. The turkey in this salad is mixed with so many other great flavors, the flavors balance nicely. This salad gets two thumbs up from Sean and all three kids every year.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Favorite Things Giveaway ~ $50 Amazon Gift Card!

It's my favorite time of the year and I'm having a blast sharing my holiday excitement by giving away more of my Favorite Things! Today is extra special, because if you love finding the perfect gift even half as much as I do, this $50 Amazon Gift Card is going to make your day.

Whether you are shopping for yourself, family, or a friend, here are a few great kitchen tools to inspire your fun shopping spree!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Korean Beef Bulgogi

Korean Beef Bulgogi - recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Flavorful marinated strips of fork-tender beef are served with crisp hot onions and peppers in this recipe for Beef Bulgogi. Bulgogi is one of the most well-known Korean foods and I've been trying to make it at home for years now. I've tried some ridiculously complicated recipes with tons of special ingredients and nothing tasted right. I finally asked my friend, Shinae, if she had a bulgogi recipe for me to try and sure enough, her recipe was perfect!

Similar to the way that Jap Chae makes my heart go pitter pat, Bulgogi is Sean's favorite Korean food. When I first tasted this beef, as it was coming out of the hot skillet, I almost squealed with happiness. I grabbed a fork and ran a bite to Sean's office for him to try. We both loved it. Sean followed me back to the kitchen and kept sneaking bites from the waiting bowl as I finished cooking the rest of the meat. I've made this a couple of times now and our kids love it every bit as much as we do.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

How To Slice Meat Against The Grain

"Slice the meat against the grain" is found in the instructions for many recipes. You've probably seen that written countless times and if you didn't know how to find the grain, you might have guessed and crossed your fingers. When I was a newlywed, I remember flipping the meat over about ten times trying to figure out where and what the grain was.

When working with most beef, it is important to slice the meat across (or against) the grain of the meat. The meat is made of long muscle fibers all lined up in a row. You want to slice across the muscle fibers (also called the grain of the meat) and break them into the smallest sections possible. By slicing across those fibers, the meat won't be tough at all and it will be wonderfully tender.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Millionaire Ice Cream

Millionaire Ice Cream recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Creamy vanilla ice cream swirled with rich caramel sauce, filled with chunks of crisp shortbread, chewy caramel candy, and dark chocolate. This ice cream is perfect for a warm summer night, a dinner party with friends, or as a grand finale for Thanksgiving night.

Inserting rant here --> Why do we only share ice cream recipes in the warm months? Does everyone stop buying ice cream in the winter? Does homemade ice cream no longer trump every single carton on the shelf mid-winter? Heck no. I might not recommend eating this on your front porch if you are in Michigan, New York, Minnesota, or anywhere else that isn't 60+ degrees most of the winter! But why not eat ice cream in front of a cozy fire?

Help me out here, my friends who live in places that actually see snow. I know I live in Phoenix and our winter months aren't really winter at all, but do you really not eat ice cream in the winter???

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