Thursday, July 28, 2016

Korean Barbecue Sauce {a.k.a. THE Sauce}

Sweet, tangy, garlicky, slightly spicy Korean Barbecue Sauce - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com
Let's dive right into this awesomeness today. This sweet, tangy, garlicky, slightly spicy sauce? It is a game changer. As my friend Rebecca says so well, Korean Barbecue Sauce can go just about anywhere regular barbecue sauce can go, but is also wonderful with stir fries, lettuce wraps, fried rice; this sauce is an instant flavor boost to almost any food. I've made this Korean Barbecue Sauce several times over the past year and I couldn't agree with that description more.

I was lucky enough to do some recipe testing for Rebecca while she was writing Not Your Mama's Canning Book. Basically, that means that I got my hands on all the awesome deliciousness in sneak peeks. From my first taste of this sauce until today, it has made frequent appearances on our dinner table. I have impatiently waited for the release of her book and I am beyond excited to share this recipe with you today.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Scottish Oatcakes with Brie and Sweet and Spicy Jam

Savory oat crackers topped with creamy brie and sweetly spiced jam is a snack no one can resist! - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com
Savory oat crackers topped with creamy brie and sweetly spiced jam has been my go-to snack for the past few days. I can’t get enough of this simple combination.


For the latest bit of deliciousness in my partnership with Walkers Shortbread, I want to tell you about Walkers Highland Oatcakes. (Heads up, they’re labeled as Highland Oat Crackers in the U.S.) Scottish Oatcakes are savory crackers, but they can also be made into a sweet treat depending on how they are served. Imagine a cracker with loads of oat flavor, hearty enough to be topped with any number of sweet or savory bites.


I have a well-known love of cheese and charcuterie; making meat and cheese boards for snacking is our thing on most Friday nights at home. I stacked these oatcakes along with some brie and sweet and spicy pepper jam on one of our boards a few weeks ago and I could hardly believe how much everyone loved those savory crackers when topped with a generous smear of brie and a dollop of jam.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Weekly Meal Plan for July 25 - July 31

  10 great bloggers bringing you a full week of recipes
including dinner, sides dishes, and desserts!
Weekly Meal Plan featuring recipes for Grilled Tri-Tip, Slow Cooker Cuban Pork, Easy Chicken Curry, Enchilada Pie, Grilled Salmon Kabobs, Smoked Pulled Pork, Cranberry Apple Coleslaw, Copycat Olive Garden Salad, Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake, and No Bake Berry Pretzel Dessert!
Happy Saturday, my friends! How has the summer been treating you so far? Phoenix hasn't felt nearly as crazy hot as usual for mid-July and for that I'm exceedingly grateful. Once again, I survived our annual family camping trip. While it's a fairly well-known fact that I may not always enjoy the "camping" portion of our annual get togethers, there is nothing better than seeing my family gathered together in the same place every year. The greatest gift my mom has ever given me is the plethora of siblings that I'm lucky enough to call my friends today.

Today's Little Things Newsletter should already be in your inbox. (Here's the link for the super easy sign up, if you aren't already getting my emails. I don't want you to miss out!) If you're on Snapchat, please come say "hi" over there this week. I love connecting with you!

This week's meal plan features recipes for Grilled Tri-Tip, Slow Cooker Cuban Pork, Easy Chicken Curry, Enchilada Pie, Grilled Salmon Kabobs, Smoked Pulled Pork, Cranberry Apple Coleslaw, Copycat Olive Garden Salad, Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake, and No Bake Berry Pretzel Dessert!

I hope that these recipes inspire you, as you answer the never-ending question, "What's for Dinner?" I would love to know if you try a new recipe this week!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Roasted Garlic and Bacon Guacamole

Roasted Garlic and Bacon Guacamole - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com
The other night, my husband came home from work and couldn't believe it when he saw I had made guacamole. Right after he sampled it, he told the kids that it was a sign I loved them very much. I have a long history of gagging at even the thought of smashed up avocados. Maybe it's a texture thing, a flavor thing or just the funky green color. (Although, really? I eat and drink green things every day. I doubt that's it.)

There had been a sale on avocados and I bought a bunch of them for my avocado loving family. I went on a search for avocado recipes and I ran across this unique guacamole. I knew that between the bacon and the roasted garlic (yum!) if there was ever a chance of my liking guacamole, this was the recipe to try. That was an excellent decision.

Yes, I made guacamole and I LOVED it. There is a long-running joke in my family that I won't touch guacamole. To tell the truth, I just might have had nicknames for the nasty green goop when I have been offered it in the past. It had been years since I even tasted it. Maybe my taste buds have finally grown up.

I was on the phone with my sister while I was making this guacamole. She burst out laughing when I told her what I was doing. She asked if I was planning to taste it and when I told her I already liked it, she couldn't believe it. When I texted her the next day to tell her that I'd polished it off and eaten a ridiculous amount of it for lunch, she was as shocked as I was. This guacamole really is THAT good.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Weekly Meal Plan for July 18 - July 24



10 great bloggers bringing you a full week of recipes
including dinner, sides dishes, and desserts!
Weekly Meal Plan Week 53 – 10 great bloggers bringing you a full week of recipes including dinner, sides dishes, and desserts!

Happy Saturday at last! Has this week felt as long for you as it has for me? I'm ready for some downtime and some delicious eats.

Today's Little Things Newsletter should already be in your inbox. (Here's the link for the super easy sign up, if you aren't already getting my emails. I don't want you to miss out!) If you're on Snapchat, please come say "hi" over there this week. I love connecting with you!

This week's meal plan features recipes for Pork Chops with Blackberry Peach Sauce, Coconut Chicken Tenders with Spicy Orange Marmalade, Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad, Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pulled Pork, Summer Israeli Couscous Salad, Cheeseburger Salad, Fruit Salad in Pineapple Bowls, Roasted Cauliflower with Cilantro Cashew Pesto, No-Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Pie, and No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Salad.

I hope that these recipes inspire you, as you answer the never-ending question, "What's for Dinner?" I would love to know if you try a new recipe this week!