#321B How to Eat at Home Every Night: Save Time, Save Money, Save Your Sanity

#321B How to Eat at Home Every Night: Save Time, Save Money, Save Your Sanity

Are you tired of trying to figure out “what’s for dinner” every night? Today Kathi is chatting with Tiffany King, the creator of Eat at Home meal plans where she shares recipes and cooking tips to help busy moms get dinner on the table.

In this episode you will learn:

  • practical meal tips from Kathi and Tiffany
  • how preparing meals at home can save your family time and money
  • how spending a little bit of time planning can free you up for the rest of the week

From September 12-19th Clutter Free Podcast listeners will get 30% off meal plans at Eat at Home and listeners can get the first 5 recipes from Tiffany’s cookbook here.

Plus, every weekday morning at 9:30 AM Pacific from September 12-19th, Kathi will be cooking one of Eat at Home’s wonderful meals on Facebook Live. Come get ideas about what to cook at that night!

 

Check out day one!

 

Win a copy of Tiffany’s new cookbook!

Leave comment for your chance to win Eat at Home Tonight: 101 Simple Recipes for Busy Families

What is your favorite “I didn’t have time to cook, throw it together quick” recipe? 

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Meet Our Guest

Tiffany King

Tiffany King

Tiffany King has cooked over ten thousand meals for her husband and four kids. Her recipes have been developed in a real kitchen for her busy family and tested by millions of readers on her blog, Eat at Home. She also shares recipes and demonstrates cooking techniques on weekly live videos on her popular Facebook page. Over the years, she’s learned what works and what doesn’t for getting dinner on the table fast. When she’s not cooking, you can find her curled up with a library book.

Eat at Home’s mission is to encourage families to cook and eat at home together so they can leverage dinnertime to build a strong family.

Recipes to Crave: Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Recipes to Crave: Goat Cheese Bruschetta

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This bruschetta recipe is proof that not all yummy things are hard to make. Goat cheese bruschetta is a fantastic appetizer for a lunch with friends, or for a refreshing dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette sliced
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh herbs, such as dill, parsley, basil
  • Goat Cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler to high. Combine balsamic vinegar and herbs. Place bread slices on a broiler pan. Char bread on each side under hot broiler. You can also grill bread if you prefer. Drizzle the balsamic vinaigrette over slices of toasted baguette and spread with goat cheese. Finish with another drizzle of vinaigrette. Garnish with thyme.

Boom! Done.

Episode #199-Six Chicks Freeze and Fix-Making and Freezing Meals for a Decluttered Dinner

Episode #199-Six Chicks Freeze and Fix-Making and Freezing Meals for a Decluttered Dinner

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ListenNowWouldn’t it be great to come home from a busy day and know that dinner is already planned and prepped? 

With a little work ahead of time, meals can be A LOT easier and less stressful.

In this episode,  Erin and I talk about delicious meals and easy ways to have a freezer full of meals ready to go, including LOOP (Left Overs On Purpose) and the Six Chicks Freeze and Fix co-op strategy.

Mentioned in the episode: King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese

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Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes Sure To Be Gobbled Up

Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes Sure To Be Gobbled Up

There is enough drama around Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner that it’s best to keep some things very simple. The funny thing is, four of the five super simple recipes listed below are the ones that we get requests to make (and for the recipes… I end up emailing at least a couple of my kids or their friends the recipes every holiday season.

So here are  5 Quick Dishes To Make (or Bring) for Thanksgiving or Christmas. whether you’re hosting at home, or bringing these on the road, you’ll be thankful for a few appetizers and deserts you can make (mostly) ahead.

 

Artichoke Dip

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 c. Parmesan cheese – shredded
  • 1 c. mayonnaise low-fat or fat-free is acceptable (pantry)
  • ½ t. dill weed
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 can artichoke hearts drained and chopped (pantry)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cream the cream cheese, add the Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, dill weed  and garlic. Mix well.
  3. Fold in the chopped artichoke hearts and then spoon mixture into a 9×9 pan.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Serve with crackers, toasted baguettes, or toasted pita points. Serves 8 as an appetizer

 

Goat Cheese Bruchetta

Ingredients

  • 2      tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2      tablespoons chopped fresh herbs such as dill, parsley, or basil
  • Toasted baguette
  • Goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Add the balsamic vinegar and herbs together. Drizzle over slices of toasted baguette or other bread and spread with goat cheese. Finish with another drizzle of vinaigrette. Garnish with thyme.

 

Drive By Cheese Plate

For those last minute party invites. Just grab a plate and cheese knife from home. You can assemble once you arrive. (Or, if you’re like me, in the backseat of the car while your hubby is driving…)

Ingredients

  • Camembert  or other artisan cheese
  • Carr Water Crackers
  • 1 bunch of green grapes

Instructions

  1. Grab at the store:

Roger’s Pumpkin No-Bake Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of cream cheese
  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ Cup Pumpkin pie filling
  • Pre-made graham cracker crust

Instructions

  1. Blend until creamy and fluffy
  2. Pour into graham cracker crust.

Recipe Notes

Garnish with Cinnamon sugar  (makes it look baked) Shaved white chocolate Refrigerate for a few hours

Roger’s Cranberry No-Bake Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of cream cheese
  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 Cup Whole cranberries in jelly
  • Pre-made graham cracker crust

Instructions

  1. Blend until creamy and fluffy
  2. Pour into graham cracker crust

Recipe Notes

Garnish with any (or all) of the following: The remaining whole cranberries/jelly.  I put this just on the outside edge of the pie. Orange peel zest Shaved white chocolate Refrigerate for a few hours

And don’t forget the TURKEY!

Here’s my recipe that you’re sure to love!Turkey in the Oven

 Now it’s your turn. Tell me your can’t miss, so simple it’s embarrassing, recipe that you pull out for the holidays in the comments below.

The Beginner’s Guide to the Perfect Holiday Turkey

The Beginner’s Guide to the Perfect Holiday Turkey

Yikes! It’s almost time to cook the holiday turkey!

Do you have turkey-phobia?

It can seem like a daunting task to make the perfect turkey, but I promise you, it isn’t. Try my turkey recipe and follow my instructions, and you’ll have a table full of guests licking their fingers and begging for more. But beware, this turkey is so good, there may not be any leftovers for turkey sandwiches.

Turkey in the Oven recipe

Kathi's Brined Turkey


Ingredients

  • 1 gallon water - cold
  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon crushed dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 3 oranges cut in half

Instructions

  1. In a large garbage bag, combine the all the ingredients.
  2. Wash and dry your turkey. Make sure you have removed the innards. Place the turkey, breast down, into the brine. Make sure that the cavity gets filled. Place the bag in a roasting pan and in the refrigerator overnight, turning once.
  3. Remove the turkey carefully draining off the excess brine and pat dry. Discard excess brine.
  4. Cook the turkey as desired reserving the drippings for gravy. Keep in mind that brined turkeys cook 20 to 30 minutes faster so watch the temperature gauge.
How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

Vanilla-Extract

 

 


I am a mass consumer of vanilla extract.

I have vanilla on my oatmeal every single morning. The problem? I can absolutely tell the difference between vanilla extract and imitation vanilla. And the real stuff? It’s not cheap.  At our grocery store, the good stuff is $3 an ounce. Our family joke was that it would be cheaper for us to take a Baja cruise and get of in Ensanada to buy cheap vanilla than for me to get it at Costco.

So when I saw recipes floating around the web for homemade extract, I gave it a try. It is super easy (the hardest part is waiting the six weeks for the beans to masticate in the vodka.

Want to make this cheaper (and oh so delicious) version?

This is all you need:

1.75 liter bottle of Vodka

25 Vanilla Beans (If you want to just try this recipe out you can buy 25 beans here. If you want to go into mass production, here is where you can buy beans in bulk.)

 

1. Cut the beans lengthwise down the middle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(This will open up the beans and let all the good “vanilla dust” soak into the vodka.)

 

 

 

 

2. Put the cut vanilla beans in the vodka bottle. Replace the lid and shake the bottle. Store the vodka bottle in a cool, dark place and shake the bottle once a week for the next six weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If giving as gifts, you can order these adorable brown bottles off of Amazon. fill each bottle with four ounces of your six week old vanilla extract.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add a cute label. (Anything can be elevated with a cute label.) This is an Avery kit with all sorts of pre-designed labels. All you have to do is add your verbiage and you are good to go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The world’s cutest gift. With a personalized label:

Lipp Private Reserve
Vanilla Extract
Bottled 2014

Delicious and about 10% of the cost of store bought vanilla.

I’ve given vanilla extract to all of my kids and they have all demanded refills!