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Happy Labor Day!

September 1, 2014 2:21 pm

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BEST Football Recipes!

August 30, 2014 2:02 pm

Football is back! Here are some amazing recipes for game night!

Queso Blanco Dip
1 1/4 (1.25) lb block White American Cheese (Land O'Lakes brand preferred), cut into 1-inch cubes
1/4 cup diced green chiles, from a can
2 pickled jalapenos, chopped
1 ounce pickled jalapeno juice
2/3 cup whole milk
1/2 cup cold water
pinch of cumin (optional)

Toss all ingredients into a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 5 minutes, stopping to stir after every minute. The mixture might seem watery during the first few stirs, but should come together as a nice runny dip after all the cheese is melted.

Serve immediately as a dip with tortilla chips or as a sauce over your favorite Mexican dish.

*Recipe Note: White American cheese is found at most deli counters in your local grocery store.
*Reheat Instructions: Store any leftover cheese dip in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until creamy and hot.

For more info on this recipe, visit Seeded at The Table.

Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn
5-6 slices of bacon
Nonstick cooking spray
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cups white granulated sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons fine sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and lay bacon side-by-side. Transfer baking sheet to hot oven and cook bacon for 15 minutes, and until crispy and brown. Remove and place on paper towels to drain. When cool, cut into dice-sized pieces.

2. Lightly coat two large heatproof rubber spatulas and a large mixing bowl with nonstick cooking spray. In a large saucepan or pot with a lid, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the popcorn kernels, cover, and keep the saucepan moving until all of the kernels have popped, about 4 minutes. Transfer the popped popcorn to the large prepared bowl, removing any unpopped kernels.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the baking soda and cayenne pepper. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, salt, and 1/2 cup water. Cook over high heat, without stirring, until the mixture becomes a light golden-yellow caramel, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and carefully whisk in the baking soda mixture (the mixture will bubble up). Quickly fold in bacon bits. Pour the caramel over the popcorn and toss, like a salad, until all of the popcorn is evenly coated with the caramel.

4. Pour the popcorn onto a large baking pan and quickly flatten and separate it into small pieces while it is still warm. Cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes. Once it is cool, store it in a well-sealed airtight container.

5. Caramel popcorn will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

For more info on this recipe, visit A Cozy Kitchen.

Crockpot Beer Carnitas

serves at least 6 generously with leftovers

5-6 pounds pork shoulder roast (or butt)
1 tablespoons canola oil
8 ounces of your favorite beer
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
for serving: corn tortillas, guacamole, fresh cilantro, freshly chopped mango.

Combine seasonings together in a bowl and mix until combined. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add oil. Once hot, add pork and sear on all sides until golden brown (about 2 minutes per side).

Add pork to the crockpot and sprinkle seasonings all over. Pour in beer, then cook on low for 10-12 hours. Check once or twice if possible and if needed, add more beer (I did not add any). Before serving, use forks or kitchen tongs to shred pork. Let sit on low or warm for another 20-30 minutes before serving.

Jalapeno Lime Sour Cream
1 cup sour cream
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
juice of 2 limes
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
a pinch of salt and pepper

Whisk all ingredients together then serve. Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

For more info on this recipe, visit How Sweet It Is.

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New to Cooking? Learn These Must-Know Culinary Terms!

August 29, 2014 5:02 pm

If you’re an aspiring at-home chef who wants to learn a bit more about cooking, becoming familiar with the proper terminology is a great place to start. Here are a few must-know kitchen terms for both baking and cooking.

  1. Baste. To baste something, like a turkey or a chicken, means to moisten the foods with their own pan drippings or sauces to add extra flavor while cooking. This also prevents your foods from drying out in the oven. Basting is usually done with a long plastic tube with a rubber bulb at the end, which can help you to easily suck up liquids and spray them over the meat.
  2. Cream. Creaming involves softening a fat, like butter or shortening, by beating it at room temperature. Oftentimes ingredients like butter and sugar must be creamed together to create a sweet and fluffy paste.
  3. Dice. Many people use the same technique whether a recipe calls for dicing, chopping, or mincing, but it’s important to know the difference between these cutting styles. To dice something like onions or vegetables means to cut them into small cubes of similar shapes and sizes.

Glossary of Basic Cooking Terms [Les Petites Gourmettes]
Cooking Terms [Recipe Goldmine]
Glossary of Cooking Terms [UMN]
Glossary of Cooking Terms [Better Homes & Gardens]
Culinary Terms [About.com]

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