Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Perfectly Crumbled Ground Beef

No longer do you have to fight the wooden spoon or spatula to get perfectly crumbled pieces of ground meat when you use this handy trick. Put down the spoon and reach for the potato masher!

Taco Tuesday’s are a real thing whether you stuff ’em with ground beef, sautéed veggies, seafood or dessert (fyi… ice cream tacos rock!) but for me I always kind of secretly hated making the meat filled ones as I never could get those perfect little pieces. I was the one that had inconsisent chunks of meat. A few perfect uniform pieces with about 486 mamouth chunks thrown in. Mine certainly didn’t look picture worthy even though the flavor was spot on.

So I figured while I was in Mexico last month I’d ask the authorities.  While I was with a few chefs I said “So I have an embarrassing question to ask as I can’t figure something out in Mexican cooking. How do you get your cooked meats for tacos so perfectly uniform? I make it and it’s tough and I’ll go from boulders to pebbles in meat size!”

The chef giggled and said “Oh seniorita I cannot share that. That’s an old Mexican secret.”  Before I could respond he said “Nah it’s so simple, all you need is a potato masher.”  Wait, what?  Potato masher?  Like as in the thing I use to um…mash my potatoes?

Grab your potato masher for Taco Tuesday!

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 Classic Monte Cristo and Ice Cream Sandwich Torte!

Happy Sumday TKW Family! How are things in your world? Mine are rather boring I’m afraid as I’m still pretty much isolated to the recliner. I’m pretty bored as there’s nothing on tv and I pretty much surfed the entire Internet.  One can only watch so many cute animal videos on YouTube and look at food pics. The latter actually depresses me as I want nothing more than to be out in the kitchen cooking and baking but one-handed makes it rather difficult for me. Yes I tried and after I got scolded from Mr. Fantabulous I gave up.

While I’m not a big tv watcher I have no choice but to surf the 1000+ channels we get. So why is it I get almost a 200+ sports channels, 100+ science, 200+nature/history, 14 variations of Fox/Cnn, and only 2, yes two, food-related shows??? C’mon Comcast get with the times! And if it’s not them, then someone start another foodie-centric channel! Oh don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Food Network and The Cooking Channel but I want to see actual cooking shows, not 47 competitions. Enough with the “Real Chef vs Joe Schmo”, “Kids Cooking blah blah blah” or “wars”. I want to learn, see how these multi-million dollar paid chefs make things, Teach me something instead of how to use a rake while scrambling eggs.

Everything is a competition anymore. Enough already. Hey about a show where these multi-million dollar chefs visit real people’s homes (like mine) and you cook with them. Let them cook for you while you tutor or give insight. Empower your audience with knowledge; useful knowledge.

Do you have a favorite cooking show where they actually cook?

Sunday Brunch Toffee Coconut Crunch Cookies

A crispy, chewy cookie packed with toffee chips, coconut flakes, oats and other deliciousness make this cookie the perfect treat to kickstart your week! You owe it to yourself to have a batch of these in your house today!

Okay so let’s be real here when it comes to Sundays…they are both awesome and sad at the same time. How so? Well awesome in the fact that most of us get to sleep in and not have to deal with that stupid alarm clock. You get to snuggle a bit longer, you don’t have to deal with Monday traffic, work or putting on real pants. You can chill out all day in front of the TV or head out on all day hike. So what’s the downside? Um hello, the next day is Monday. You have to get up at some ungodly hour to the most annoying sound (alarm), you sit in traffic, deal with a million emails and do that whole work thing. And there’s that whole wearing real pants thing.

Now for me, my Sundays are spent mixed between laundry, yard work, and creating new recipes. And I can’t forget to mention the photo shoots, TKW administration stuff and oh yeah, “me” time.

these cookies will rock your week a little sweeter!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Keeping your cauliflower white during cooking!

Love cauliflower but hate how it loses its beautiful white color during cooking? On today’s Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer I’m going to share with you how to keep your cauliflower white during cooking!

Growing up if we were served cauliflower, it was a punishment. I hated that funky thing. It looked like a brain and tasted like mush. And it was a yucky, dingy color when cooked. However throughout my travels and cooking experiences I learned a trick along the way that will help you when you’re cooking cauliflower to retain its beautiful white coloring. And with this method you can actually amp up the natural sweetness of it too!

Cauliflower, in the past 3 years, really became popular in the food world. With the rise gluten-free, grain-free and other items cauliflower because the new ‘it’ veggie. It was used in lieu of mashed potatoes, as a pizza crust, as rice, as a puree and about 37 other items. But one thing they all had in common was they all didn’t have that beautiful cauliflower white color any longer when boiled.

Are you a cauliflower fan?

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 Crock Pot Italian Style Pot Roast and Butterscotch Sweet Potato Raisin Muffins!

Happy Sunday TKW Family!  I’m 2 weeks post-op. If you’re reading this portion now it means I’m still not able to sit at the computer and type (one handed) these posts. I’m still recupperating from surgery. What I’ve done is write up a few posts before going out on surgery in case I still not recovered enough to post. Please forgive me but I didn’t want you guys to go with out a weekly menu.

Have an amazing week and hopefully by next Sunday I’ll be well enough to set at the computer and write up a real post instead of a pre-scheduled one.

Love you!

♥ Monday – Easy Frittata
♥ Tuesday – Chunky Portabella Veggie Burgers
♥ Wednesday – Lasagna Roll Ups
♥ Thursday –  Sunrise Breakfast Taters
♥ Friday – French Bread Garden Pizza with Herbed Oil
♥ Saturday – One Pot Pastabilities
♥ Sunday – Crock Pot Italian Style Pot Roast
♥ Dessert of the week – Butterscotch Sweet Potato Raisin Muffins

 

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