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.

In this short video, I'll show you how to find the grain of the meat and how to slice it, in order to get the most tender bites possible.

Check out these recipes to make the most of that perfectly sliced beef!

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???

Friday, November 21, 2014

Green Bean Gratin

Green Bean Gratin recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Roasted green beans are smothered in a creamy cheese sauce and then broiled until crispy to make this Green Bean Gratin. Barely 15 minutes from start to finish and I was scooping these cheesy beans onto our plates. There will be plenty of sauce left on the pan, so be sure to pick up some crusty bread to make the most of it!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Millionaire Bars {traditional and gluten free recipes}

Millionaire Bars {traditional and gluten free recipes} like a Twix bar, only better!
Millionaire Bars begin with crisp buttery shortbread, then they are layered with chewy caramel and dark chocolate. I could probably stop right there and you'd be convinced to make these bars. However, I need to tell you that these bars taste just like a Twix, only better. Why? Because the shortbread is more flavorful, the caramel is richer, and the chocolate is darker. So yes, much better.

These bars were absolutely irresistible. I sliced them for the photo and then I slivered them into bite size pieces. This was not the wisest move, because every single time I opened the refrigerator for the next day I popped another piece in my mouth.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Favorite Things Giveaway ~ Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons! {48 Hour Flash Giveaway}

Enter to win an 8 Pieces Set of Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons!
After years of using plastic scoops that broke when scooping peanut butter or melted in the dishwasher, I'm loyal as can be to stainless steel measuring spoons and cups. Because they are one of my favorite things, I'm giving this set of Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons to one lucky winner today! These measuring tools would make a fabulous stocking stuffer for any cook or baker in your life.

I have at least 3 different sets of cups and 4-5 sets of spoons in my kitchen drawer right now. I'm a firm believer in not having to stop and wash something midway through a baking or cooking project. So, even if you already have a great set, you probably need another one. Just call me the enabler of easier baking days!

What's on YOUR baking (or cooking) list this holiday season?

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