Monday, July 29, 2019

Bakery Style Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Muffins

The classic bakery-style chocolate chip muffin topped with sea salt.

The classic bakery-style chocolate chip muffin topped with sea salt.

I tried several recipes out to find the best bakery-style muffin recipe I could. Some didn't work out too well, some were alright, and some met that bakery-style muffin expectation I had hoped for!

The difference in those recipes from the average and not so great recipes was the BAKING TEMPERATURE. To get that almost crispy outside to the muffin while it's soft in the middle is blasting the muffins with high heat for the first 5 minutes and then cooling down the temperature to make sure the muffin is cooked through in its entirety. Check out this video below to see the step by step process!





I don't know the science behind why this works and not interested in finding out too much, I just know it does work and it made a real difference! Hope you find this useful and enjoy an American favorite!

The classic bakery-style chocolate chip muffin topped with sea salt.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

King's Hawaiian Rolls Copy Cat Recipe

King's Hawaiian Rolls copy cat recipe that brings an American dinner favorite to your table as the perfect side. 



Have you ever met anyone that didn't love a King's Hawaiian Roll? I don't think so. Actually, scratch that, i know so. Frankly, if I met someone that doesn't love their rolls, I would disregard anything they said, thought, did, created, etc.



They're just flat out, stinking, good. I tried several Hawaiian Roll recipes and this was by far the closest to the real thing. The recipe turned out moist, fluffy, and had layer upon layer of mildly sweet goodness to them.

King's Hawaiian Rolls copy cat recipe that brings an American dinner favorite to your table as the perfect side.
We had leftovers from every recipe we tried, but this was the only recipe where the leftovers were nearly as good as having them fresh out of the oven. The other recipes, the rolls were almost rocks the next day. These remained ULTRA soft and fluffy. And of course they maintained their beautiful flavor as well throughout the proceeding days after baking conception.

Try this recipe out at home and instantly make your family happy! The real pineapple in the dough does wonders for the bread and makes these as compatible to the real thing as you'll find out there. Enjoy!

Keaton

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Homemade Honey-Roasted Creamy Peanut Butter

Peanut butter consisting of only three whole ingredients with that sweet-roasted taste we all love!


Homemade peanut butter made of whole ingredients and very quick!

Don't get me wrong. I love a good helping of classic Jif creamy peanut butter, BUT it does leave you feeling a little heavy and gross. Maybe that's just me. Whatever the case, this pantry staple couldn't be easier to make from your own home!

Forget the hydrogenated oils, sugar, and molasses that the standard, store, shelf peanut butters have. You really only need a couple of ingredients to make great tasting and WAY more wholesome peanut butter. All you really need are peanuts and salt. To make this "honey-roasted", I of course added some honey.

Homemade peanut butter made of whole ingredients and very quick!
The first step you take is to lay out the peanuts on an aluminum foiled pan, squeeze a healthy amount of honey over the peanuts, salt them, and place into oven.

Bake at 250°F for 20-25 minutes until tint of peanuts has darkened like pictured below.

Homemade peanut butter made of whole ingredients and very quick!

Blend in food processor for several minutes until creamy and boom! You're done! It really is that simple. This peanut butter is healthier and much tastier (imo) then shelf peanut butters. Enjoy!

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Monday, June 3, 2019

One Bowl Sweet Corn Spoon Bread

A good ole' southern comfort food recipe and side fit for any cookout, reunion, or any family outing.

Sweet corn spoon bread, a classic southern comfort food recipe and side dish

There are those certain recipes that call you home and speak to your soul. Any sweet corn recipe does this for me. We are a born and bred North Carolina family and have been to our share of Southern family, church, and community gatherings and potlucks.

Although this side is one of my all time favorite fixin's, it does not and has not frequented our table at home much. This dish almost seems wrong to eat other than for gathering purposes! Take note that I said ALMOST. This is a great side for almost any family dinner, but it is dangerous! Make sure you have plenty of people to share it with or make it in a smaller quantity because I nearly ended up eating half the pan by myself in a matter of minutes!

Sweet corn spoon bread, a classic southern comfort food recipe and side dish
Be the soul everyone will call blessed by bringing this traditional southern side to your table or gathering!

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Gordon Ramsay's Perfect Steak

Gordon Ramsay's simple but beautifully flavored method in making his steaks.


Gordon Ramsay's Steak Recipe, simple and perfect tenderness and taste for steak


Sometimes it is intimidating to me to buy steak. It is a temperamental piece of meat that needs vigilant watching while cooking. It also isn't cheap! We don't buy steak often, but when we do, there is no way I will waste it by improper cooking! It's hard to imagine anything Gordon Ramsay does ever being second rate, and that is no exception when it comes to a little steak tutorial he has had on YouTube for several years. It is pretty full proof and I wanted to share in recipe form with you all!
Gordon Ramsay's Steak Recipe, simple and perfect tenderness and taste for steak

1) Make sure your steaks are completely thawed. Remove them from the fridge and allow them to sit outside fridge for AT LEAST 20 minutes.

2) Put a pan over medium-high heat. Season thawed steaks with a good amount of large grain salt (sea salt) and ground pepper, rub bottom of steaks with excess salt and pepper that has fallen onto table.

Gordon Ramsay's Steak Recipe, simple and perfect tenderness and taste for steak

3) Once pan begins to smoke drop 1-2 Tbsp of olive oil in and coat pan in it. Lay steaks away from you into pan and let sear for one minute on each side. There should be three sides you sear (top, bottom, and fat side). Render the fat throughout all the cooking. To render fat, tilt pan up and and lean steaks against far edge of pan as you see below.

Gordon Ramsay's Steak Recipe, simple and perfect tenderness and taste for steak

4) Crush some fresh garlic, pinch off some fresh thyme, grab another Tbsp of olive oil and add it to pan around steaks while continuing to turn the steaks every minute.

5) Add 2 Tbsp of butter to hot pan and baste the steaks by scooping melted butter on top of the cooking steaks.

6) Gordon tells you to check tenderness by equating the tenderness of your palm to rare, top of the wrist as medium, and just below that as well done. It is difficult for me to use that method so I use cheek as rare, chin as medium, and forehead as well done.

7) Continue basting and turning steaks on the minute until steak is at desired tenderness! Brush steaks with garlic. Remove from heat and place on cutting board and let rest 5-10 minutes, serve and enjoy!

Gordon Ramsay's Steak Recipe, simple and perfect tenderness and taste for steak


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Saturday, May 18, 2019

A Master Guide to Ingredient & Recipe Substitutes

The last list of recipe, cooking, and baking substitutes you may need!

                           
I couldn't tell you how many times I've been midway through a recipe, scrolled down to read the rest of the ingredients, only to realize I'm missing an integral ingredient. I'm sure the vast majority of you actually read through the recipe all the way before you begin making it (I'm getting better at this), but I typically have not and it has gotten me into some trouble. Needless to say, I have become familiar with substitutes!

This list is intended to be a go to and a master directory of sorts for baking and cooking substitutes you may need. I have hyperlinked as many as I can think of and for which have frequently needed substitutes. If I'm missing any you'd like me to add, please comment below!



Baking Ingredients                                 


apple cider vinegar                                   
baking powder                                           
baking soda                                               
brown sugar                                               
cornmeal                                                   
corn starch                                                 
flour                                                            
powdered sugar                                                      
red wine                                                         
granulated sugar                                       
vanilla                                                       
white vinegar                                                                     
white wine                                                 
yeast                                                         
                                                                   
                                                                   
                                                                 
                                                                   
Dairy                                                         
                                                                     
butter                                                              
buttermilk                                               
cream cheese                                       
cheddar cheese                                     
cottage cheese                                     
eggs                                   
evaporated milk                                                      
greek yogurt                                         
half & half                                                          
heavy cream                                                       
mayonaise                                             
milk                                                       
mozzarella cheese                                           
powdered milk                           
sour cream                                                                                              
sweetened condensed milk                                             
whipped cream
yogurt                                           

Seasonings                                               

pepper                                                           
salt                                                               

Condiments, sauces, & dressing

au jus
barbeque
caesar
cocktail
cranberry
fish sauce
stir fry sauce
hoisin
hollandaise
honey mustard
horseradish
ketchup
lemon juice
lime juice
marinara
mustard
pineapple juice
ranch
relish
salsa
soy
sriracha
steak sauce
sweet & sour
tartar
teriyaki
tomato sauce
worcestershire

Miscellaneous

chicken broth
beef broth

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