Monday, January 26, 2015

Creamy Lemon Pasta

Creamy Lemon Pasta with Vegetables - easy, quick, and delicious!
This pasta with a creamy lemon sauce and just a hint of heat has been my lunch and dinner for a couple of days now. I'd been craving Brussels sprouts for a while and I chose to load the pasta with them; feel free to use whichever vegetable you might happen to be craving. This dish keeps well in the refrigerator and reheats nicely, so it is a great option for lunches too.

The entire meal comes together in very little time at all, making this my favorite kind of recipe. The lemon keeps this pasta fresh and light, while the pepper adds just a bit of unexpected heat. If you aren't a fan of much heat in your recipes, start with a tiny pinch of the pepper flakes and add more after tasting it.

As the main Brussels sprouts fan in our house, I loved every single bite of this dish. However, the rest of my crew enjoyed their pasta without my beloved Brussels sprouts. So, feel free to tweak the recipe however you like. Mushrooms and tomatoes would be great with this pasta, as well as asparagus tips, broccoli, or almost any other vegetable you love. This is an extremely versatile recipe and will work well with almost any vegetable.

Friday, January 23, 2015

How To Make Laffa Bread

How To Make Laffa Bread - recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
I tasted Laffa Bread for the first time while visiting my sister over the holidays and it was bread-love at first bite. Chewy and elastic, laffa bread reminds me of both naan and pita bread, with a better flavor and chew. It is amazing to me that we are able to bake so many different breads, crackers, tortillas, and more, using the same basic ingredients.

The grilling method used for cooking this bread gives it a unique flavor. Laffa bread is typically served with Middle Eastern foods and flavors, although, I'd happily eat this on its own or with just about anything. We served our laffa bread with hummus as it was coming off the hot pan and then piled on some awesome toppings flatbread-style. (recipe for that will be coming next week!) My boys slathered peanut butter on the leftover pieces and devoured them in an instant.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Lemon Crinkle Cookies recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Lemon Crinkle Cookies with crisp edges and a chewy center are one of my favorite lemon treats. Lemon desserts are always a great thing in my world, but these cookies are truly sublime. (I don't use that word lightly either!) Perfectly crisp around the edges, with a soft center, even three days later.

Just a heads up, these cookies are even better after a day or two. (Can you believe I managed to make them last that long, to test this?!) So, feel free to double the recipe, and trust me, these cookies will get eaten.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Asian Steak Bites

Easy Asian Steak Bites - recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Crisp on the outside, hot and juicy on the inside, steaks bites are a hit every single time I make them. This is one of my favorite ways to cook beef. It only takes a few minutes and the result is bite-size pieces of the juiciest steak you will ever eat!

Last time I made steak bites, I tried this quick honey soy marinade and WOW. The whole family went crazy for these and they disappeared in just a few minutes. I've served these with Roasted Red Potatoes, Spicy Caramelized Cauliflower, and Salad Skewers. This is a quick dinner that everyone loves and these juicy steak bites work well with almost any side dish.

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Day Instagram Made Me Cry #LoveMyLaughLines

Love My Laugh Lines Project, embracing the beauty of aging gracefully.

I shared this photo along with some of my thoughts on Instagram late one night a couple weeks ago. I woke up to a flood of truly amazing comments (that made me cry!) and that inspired me to begin the #lovemylaughlines project.

I spent last week at a photography workshop and as homework for the first session, I was asked to journal about myself and who I am. Then, brace yourself, take a self portrait (with the real camera) that represents that AND print the photo (8x10 size) and bring it with me for the first session.

I thought about it a bit and almost didn't do it. That's when I realized that I am no longer that person. The person I am now is not worried about what people think. I actually like the lines on my face because they are proof of laughter. I didn't edit my photo to smooth any wrinkles. I'm comfortable in my skin for the first time in my life and that amazes me. I think aging works for me.

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