Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Washes

These simple little tips are the secrets behind giving your breads shine and color. Find out more on today’s Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer!

Making bread dough can be a little scary to the novice.  All that proofing, mixing, kneading, punching, rolling, shaping, forming, lamenting and washing.  Washing?  Yeah, washing. Have you ever gone into a bakery and see those gorgeous golden loaves of breads?  They shine like glass. They have deep colors of golden brown. Want to know how that happens?  It’s honestly all about that wash.

So a wash in baking terms is something that is brushed on something prior to baking or immediately after it’s done baking to produce a specific desired outcome.  Typically this is an egg wash, milk wash, bun syrup or butter baste wash. They all are applied to the dough before baking and depending on what you use, the outcome differs.

Egg wash – An egg wash consists of either the whole egg beaten with a trace amount of water or just the egg white with some water. It’s beaten until frothy and then brushed on the dough prior to baking.  While it bakes it starts to produce a glorious shine. Now if you only use the egg whites you’ll get a clear shine.  If the yolks are used too you’ll get a more golden shine.

Give your dough a good wash for a beautiful result!

MVP Bars – Pretzel Crusted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Marshmallow Topping

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With these MVP Bars you’ll be the STAR of big game!  A peanut butter pretzel crusted chocolate chip cookie topped with the most incredible chewy peanut butter marshmallow popcorn topping!

Oh how I love football season!  The tailgating, the cheering on your favorite team, the yelling at the refs over calls you think are stupid (admit it – you do it too!), the game superstitions and the food.  OMG the food!  Let’s face it, if you’re not playing in the actual game, the food is the second most important thing.  You need proper eats if you want to be “the house” that every one wants to be at for the big game. You could literally put out milk crates or couch cushions for folks to sit on but as long as you have a killer tv and even better food you’re place IS the hot spot (well that is unless you’re actually at the game).

When the folks from Orville Redenbacher® wanted a new recipe featuring their AMAZING (seriously it’s ridiculously good!) Movie Theater Butter Popcorn for the Big Game I was stoked! You see I have a slight obsession with this popcorn and movie theater popcorn. Ever since I was little, going to the movies and getting my very own tub of popcorn was a huge treat.  All that butter and warm popcorn with a great movie – seriously perfect!  Popcorn to me meant happy times. It was something we’d share as a family bumping hands in the buckets of popcorn trying to get the ‘best pieces”.

Make these MVP bars and you will be the star of the food table!

Weekly Menu

Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the World’s Best Salad EVER  and Ultimate Eye of Round!

Hey TKW Family, happy Sunday!  How was your week?  Mine was pretty good though super busy.  I only got to post 2 posts last week (sorry) due to my being so busy. It’s funny as I have at least 200 recipes with photos that I need to post but it’s getting the point where I could really, REALLY use an assistant.  If you have college kids (or you are one) and are looking to get into social media let me know as I can work with their school to help with an internship.

Besides being super busy at work I’ve been having some issues with my photo shoots.  The past 4 shoots the pictures have come out grainy.  Now I shoot only in manual mode and while I’m nowhere near a professional photographer I still have to ‘think’ when it comes to ISO, Shutter speed, Aperture and the rest. It’s like I have this learning block that I just can’t get the hang of it.  However that’s one good thing about my being an engineer – I’m persistent.  I HAVE to master a task – pick it apart and understand the mechanics and foundations.  Once I master that then I desperately NEED to start delving into creating those 30 second-a minute food videos.  Again, this is where an assistant would be of HUGE value here.

Last week Mr. Fantabulous got the downstairs bathroom tile put down.  Tomorrow he’ll grout it and then we can finally start on the hardwood floors.  THAT should be a treat (as she rolls her eyes). He swears it’s a lot easier than putting down tile but I don’t know.  This damn kitchen floor tile almost caused us to get a divorce. Well not really but OMG did we fight. It got so bad we didn’t speak for 4 days.  I mean AT ALL.  And I didn’t cook once.  I know… it was bad. But he’s my best friend and I can’t stay mad at him for long.

Get your YUM on this week with these delicious recipes!

Bloomin’ Loaded Baked Potatoes

Your boring baked potato just got all kinds of sexy with this Bloomin’ Loaded Baked Potatoes recipe!  Crispy skinned potato wedges all covered in melty cheese and crispy bacon.  Yeah, life just got a whole lot tastier!

For all of you newbies that found your way recently to the TKW Family, WELCOME!  Now there are a few things you need to know about me and my personality.  The way I write my posts and describe my recipes is I envision you’re sitting with me in my kitchen either watching me cook/bake or you’re helping me.  We’re chatting and laughing like we’ve been friends for decades – like the kind of friends who don’t judge you if you wear your sweats pants on inside out, your hair is a hot mess or if you trip will laugh til they cry all the while helping you up. When I write I open up my home and life as I want you guys to relate to me and to feel like you’re with me as I’m cooking or doing something. You feel at home here, even if you’re half way across the world, you still feel like family.

Something else you need to know about me – my husband is Mr. Fantabulous who has the metabolism of 967 people.  No seriously it’s unreal. I, on the other hand, have a negative metabolism (if there’s such a thing) meaning I don’t even have to eat food to gain jiggle.  I’m obsessed with pigs but I love bacon.  My logic is simply this – bacon is made from ugly pigs, not the uber cutsie ones that are dressed up.  I want a mini teacup pig, a cat and a dog but since our house is still being remodeled (9+ years now – we’re doing it ourselves) it’s not safe to have pets. I loathe anything cherries – I mean we’re talking not even cherry lip gloss. Pizza is my all time favorite food and my favorite veggie is the potato.   Thus this recipe… an ode to the glorious spud.

I’m sure at some point in your lives you’ve had some facet of a “Bloomin’ Onion” either from Outback Steakhouse or some other restaurant.  And even if you haven’t, you’ve had to have heard of them. Right? So these bloomin’ onions were cut in a way that, when batter dipped and deep fried would ‘bloom’ in the hot oil thus making the onion to look like a blooming flower.
These potatoes will dress up any dish. Turn a bland tater into something mouth watering!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Sticking to your new year’s resolution

On this week’s Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer I’m sharing with you some simple tips to help you stick with your new year’s resolution of living a healthier lifestyle.

Okay one week done in the new year, bring on week 2.  How are you doing with your new year’s resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle?  Just remember take one day at a time.  I know it sounds cliche but honestly it works.  Now I know it can be frustrating at times especially when you go to the gym and you have to stand in line to take a class or use a machine.  It’s easy to say ‘forget it’ and give up but don’t.  The first 6 weeks of the new year gyms are RIDICULOUSLY packed however come week 7 it starts to thin out and by the end of February it’s back to the normal gym crew that chose to make a lifestyle change rather than a “resolution to lose a few pounds”. Hey I’m not knocking them – I’m all for exercise and making better choices but what I don’t want to see is you becoming another stat of those that cancel their membership come March. You go this!

Now before I go let me state that by no means am I a health expert nor in tip top shape.  I got jiggle and flubadub but I’m working on that – it’s a lifelong process but it’s one that’s in the right direction. So the tips I share with you guys are ones that work for me and have worked for the past 10 years.

Here are some of my tips that work for me and hopefully will work for you.!

You got this! Don’t give up!

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