Friday, October 31, 2014

Spicy Caramelized Cauliflower

Spicy Caramelized Cauliflower is sooooo good, you have to taste it to believe it! recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Spicy Caramelized Cauliflower - you simply have to try it, in order to understand how crazy good this is. Cauliflower that leaves you reaching for just one more bite? How is that possible? Well, this cauliflower does just that and we love it.

What do you call the cauliflower that you simply can not stop eating? This recipe was completely impulsive and it turned out absolutely amazing. I demolished half the pan just minutes after it finished cooking! I served this cauliflower with Simple Skillet Pork Chops and the whole time I was waiting for them on the stove, I kept reaching over for another piece of this cauliflower. Cauliflower is a great vegetable both for roasting and for combining with other unexpected flavors. The texture holds up well and it is almost a blank canvas for whatever flavors you like best.

I was putting away groceries earlier this week when my eye hit the cauliflower I was planning to roast. I saw my newest favorite barbecue sauce sitting in the refrigerator and wondered how it might work as a glaze or a marinade. I am so glad I tried it! I've made this cauliflower three times already and my kids are very happily eating it, despite the fact that they'd all previously declared cauliflower "not a favorite food." Ha, barbecue sauce for that win.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sweet and Spicy Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Sweet and Spicy Homemade Barbecue Sauce, tastes like Sweet Baby Ray's!
Sweet, tangy barbecue sauce with just enough heat to linger in your mouth. I've been slathering this sauce on darn near everything in my kitchen for a few weeks now! It's perfect on chicken, as a dipping sauce for potato wedges, with steak bites, and mixed into ranch dressing for a spicy kick. Best of all, not only can you pronounce all the ingredients, but you can whip it together in your own kitchen in less time than it would take to check out at the grocery store.

Barbecue sauce at the end of October? Yes, please! I have a fantastic new recipe to share tomorrow and you'll want to have a jar of this sauce waiting in the refrigerator. Of course, even if you don't believe me and you wait until tomorrow to see that recipe and then make the sauce, it will only take a few minutes to stir it together.

I'm told that this sauce tastes just like Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce, but in all fairness to Sweet Baby Ray, I think this sauce blows the store-bought version away. I actually went and bought a bottle of the original sauce, just to compare the flavors. The store bought sauce was really tasty, but the flavors here are deeper and I prefer them. (Of course, I can't think of many instances where a homemade version won't trump store-bought!)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Don't Put Your Memories On Hold

Don't Put Your Memories On Hold - If we have a less than perfect house today, there will be plenty of time for a spotless home in the future.Living in the moment. We’ve all heard that, right?

The day my son pushed my phone out of my hands was huge. We’ve never used our cell phones at the table or been overly addicted to them by my standards, but clearly they had become a big part of my life, if at two years old, he knew that when my eyes were on that screen, I wasn’t paying attention to his words.

There was the day that my toddlers were leaning on the gated doors to their bedrooms as I was mopping the floors and cleaning the bathroom across the hall sighing, and asking WHY I had to clean everyday... Asking me when we could just snuggle.

“Treasure these moments,” “They’re only young once,” “They will be grown before you know it,” There were days when those words made me want to snap at the perfectly nice woman behind me at the grocery store. It’s hard to treasure those moments, when your baby has colic, or when the reflux has trashed yet another outfit and the acidic smell of stomach juices have permeated every inch of your home.

Now, speaking with just ten years hindsight on that child, I’d give almost anything to have that smelly newborn on my shoulder with his knees tucked up almost to his chest. I didn’t grasp just how fleeting those days would be. That there would come a time when that boy would be almost as tall as I am and so independent I simultaneously smile with pride, while shouting on the inside for time to slow down.

I rushed through so many years wishing that they could buckle themselves into the car, or get their own drinks, or button their shirts and pants. Looking back I realize that the moment they can buckle their own seatbelt is almost exactly the moment they won’t want to be carried and boosted into the car. I know now that I can still get an extra snuggle from my youngest as I lift him into the car, I wish I’d known that with his older brothers.

When my oldest turned 9 and we joked that he was halfway to adult, it stopped me in my tracks. Halfway done, knowing that I will never again do so many of the “firsts,” I am determined not to rush through another one. I missed too many things, as I checked off my daily to-do lists. I didn’t actually listen as my children told me stories and shared their excitement with me.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Korean Jap Chae {or Chop Chae} with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Korean Jap Chae {or Chop Chae} recipe with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Jap Chae is a classic Korean dish, made with glass noodles, crisp vegetables, and a perfect sticky sauce. Served in restaurants both with and without meat, I love everything about this meal.

For the longest time, my middle son's favorite dish was Korean Jap Chae, (pronounced chop-chay). Last time my husband was out of town, he took my oldest son along with him and I wanted to make some of the younger boys' favorite foods to make our weekend special as well. So, I played with this version of his favorite "noodle dish."

The dinner was a big hit and my kids ate enormous servings. As it turned out, I like this broccoli and mushroom filled Jap Chae even more than the original. The tiny broccoli florets are a GREAT addition to this dish and my son is always in heaven with so many mushrooms on his plate.


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hearty Italian Jack Chili

Hearty Italian Jack Chili recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Hearty Italian Jack Chili is filled with both hot and sweet Italian sausages, plenty of white beans, green chile, a splash of whiskey, and plenty of Mexican spices to create a thick and hearty, sweet and spicy chili. The shot of whiskey adds an unexpected depth to the chili. If you're not a fan of whiskey, feel free to leave it out, the chili is delicious without it as well.

My whole crew enjoyed this chili for dinner the first time I made it and within a couple weeks, we'd eaten the extra from the freezer as well. Definitely a sign of a great new recipe!

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