Friday, October 24, 2014

20 Essential Cooking Techniques

20 Essential Cooking Techniques you need to see!
Poaching eggs, enhancing spices, clarifying butter, blanching and shocking vegetables,  making stock, working with chicken, pork, fish, and shellfish: these are just a few of the techniques shared in Brendan McDermott’s new online Craftsy class, 20 Essential Cooking Techniques. Did you know that you can de-vein a shrimp in about 3 seconds? (We just won’t talk about how long it’s taken me in the past.)

I would have LOVED to have this kind of class and teaching at my fingertips as a young and often struggling cook. I had no idea how to cook meat, eggs, vegetables, pretty much anything beyond pasta was past my skill set. Rather than wasting ingredients and time with a trial and error approach, I love taking a quick class from qualified instructors, knowing the approaches demonstrated will work.

Heads up! Craftsy is offering this class at a huge discount to Barefeet In The Kitchen readers for this week only. Right now, you can enroll in the class for just $14.99. You really don’t want to miss this, sign up now and lock in that price! The class is yours to watch, ask questions, and re-watch as many times as you like. You don’t need to take the class today, but you do need to sign up now to get that special discount.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Buckeye Fudge

Buckeye Fudge {creamy peanut butter and dark chocolate layered fudge recipe}
Buckeye Fudge is what happens when you combine creamy peanut butter fudge with smooth, rich, dark chocolate fudge. This was my answer to a craving for buckeye candy on a day when I simply didn't have time to play in the kitchen. Buckeye Candy is a classic for a good reason; those cute balls of peanut butter fudge, dipped in a chocolate coating are everybody's favorite. Most of the time though, I just don't have time or motivation to roll and dip all of them!

My kids absolutely flipped for this fudge, and I kept going back for just one more taste. I finally resorted to sending the rest of the fudge off to work with Sean, so that I wouldn't eat the whole batch myself. Buckeye Fudge is going on our Christmas baking list and it's sure to be a favorite for years. I love finding shortcut and simplified methods to re-make our favorite recipes!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Slow Cooker Pork Roast with a Sweet Tangy Glaze

Slow Cooked Pork Roast with a Sweet Tangy Glaze ~ recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Over the past year and a half, this roast has become one of my favorite crock-pot meals. The sweet and tangy glaze takes this roast from tasty to fantastic. This slow cooked pork roast is both company worthy and also perfect for a lazy weeknight dinner. I've served this pork with potatoes, over rice, and stuffed into soft rolls.

This roast was a delicious surprise the first time I made it. I'd originally planned to oven roast the pork in a more traditional style. However, in the interest of not spending my weekend evening working in the kitchen, I decided to put it in the crockpot that morning instead.

I did not expect the meat to cook so quickly and be falling apart at dinnertime, but it was absolutely perfect and I wouldn't change a thing. The sweet, tangy glaze takes just a few minutes to simmer and whisk together and the resulting meal is well worth the extra moment to make it special!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dill Pickle Soup

Creamy, potato chowder style soup, loaded with dill pickles and a heck of a lot of flavor, Dill Pickle Soup is unforgettable!
Creamy, potato chowder style soup, loaded with dill pickles and a heck of a lot of flavor, I can pretty much guarantee that you've never tasted anything like this!

Every so often, you run across a recipe that grabs your attention and simply doesn't let go. The first time I saw Dill Pickle Soup mentioned, I did a double-take and wondered what on earth it would taste like. Then I heard some friends raving about this soup and decided I needed to try it myself.

Cathy from Noble Pig created this recipe and it is truly the most unique soup I have ever tasted. We are almost entirely a family of pickle lovers and this soup is a dream come true for pickle lovers. My oldest son took his second bite of this soup and declared this soup to be his new lunch choice for his birthday meal. This is a BIG deal in our house, because on your birthday you get to choose all the meals for the day. Lots and lots of thought goes into these choices all year long.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fluffy, Creamy, Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Fluffy, Creamy, Not-Too-Sweet, Absolutely Perfect Whipped Chocolate Frosting recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
This Fluffy, Creamy, Not-Too-Sweet, Absolutely Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is truly the best chocolate frosting I've ever tasted. Given the chance, I could have done some serious damage to the bowl without even slathering it on the cake. This is everything I wanted in a perfect chocolate buttercream.

We are smack in the middle of "birthday season" in our house these days. (We have birthdays in September, October, November, and December.) As you might guess, this adds up to plenty of cake and lots of special requests for meals. My middle boy turned 9 this weekend and requested his favorite white cake with lots of "fluffy" chocolate icing.

I played with a couple different ideas for the frosting before I realized that the flavor I wanted was only going to happen with melted chocolate versus cocoa powder. (I should have remembered that from the chocolate ice cream recipes this summer. Real chocolate makes everything better!) Not that frostings made with cocoa powder aren't delicious, but they simply weren't resulting in the ultimate creamy and fluffy frosting that I imagined.

This is such an easy frosting, you might wind up grinning every bit as big I am did when you taste it for the first time. This is going to be my go-to chocolate frosting for years to come!

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