Korean Inspired Kimchi Burger with Spicy Mayo

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Are you looking to change things up a little? Need something extraordinary for your Memorial Day festivities? This Korean Inspired Kimchi Burger with Spicy Mayo is a hot ticket to excitement for dinner. Get your hands on some gochujang and kimchi and get ready for a flavour explosion!    I'm a big old kimchi lover. Love the funk, love the spice, love the slight effervescence of an older batch. It's fair to say I like the hardcore stuff. BUT -and this is a big but- I know not everyone is. I teach a kids' cooking class called gross foods. The idea behind it is to take foods that have a reputation for being odd, unpalatable, or otherwise 'yucky' and show the kids that they're quite good in the right context. It's my mission to make adventurous eaters. Unless there is a legit food allergy, one prerequisite to taking the class is the willingness to try at least one bite of everything prepared in class and to keep an open mind while doing it. It takes a certain personality to sign up for a class called "Gross Foods", so I am starting with an advantage, but I don't hold back on these kids. I survey them before the classes start to find out which foods they think they dislike. I try to work any common suspects on the surveys into class, but I also bring out what I like to think of as the big guns in the kid world: bleu cheese, onions, and kimchi. The kids are asked to touch, smell, and try each item straight up. Then I remind them of the scene in "Ratatouille" where Remy has his … {Read on...}

Honey Mustard Pulled Pork Sliders

Honey Mustard Pulled Pork Sliders. Now that's a sandwich! foodiewithfamily.com

Can you think of something that would be more fun and crowd-pleasing for Memorial Day than a giant platter of Honey Mustard Pulled Pork Sliders on pretzel buns? I surely can't! Tender, juicy, tangy, sweet, ever-so-slightly spicy pulled pork on a pretzel roll with a bed of young lettuce and some thinly sliced sweet onions. Use Honey Mustard Pulled Pork Sliders to kick off the unofficial start of summer in real style! Would you like to know what I intend to do this Memorial Day Weekend? Ab.So.Lute.Ly NOTHING! That's right. I not only have no plans, I plan to do nuttin'. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Lay around in a hammock with my feet up stirring only to refill my iced tea and sternly remind the kids from time to time that they should a)stop doing that, b) cut it out, c) knock it off, d) cease and desist, and e) otherwise behave. Also, I will probably at one point or another have to mention that f) people frown on that behaviour, g) there are nudity laws, and they must observe them, h) emergency room visits are expensive, so if they would like to avoid kicking in their allowance for the next several months they should see a, b, c, d, and e. Good times, people. That's what I want. I also want food. Lots of food. But cooking just might cramp my bank holiday, four day weekend style. The solution is lots and lots of recipes like this: Honey Mustard Pulled Pork Sliders. Served on paper plates, because PEOPLE? I am not penciling in doing dishes either. The beer or wine will be in … {Read on...}

Slow-Cooker Honey Mustard Pulled Pork

Slow-Cooker Honey Mustard Pulled Pork. Easy, spectacular, #MemorialDay food!

Are you wondering what to make for Memorial Day Weekend? Look no further than Slow-Cooker Honey Mustard Pulled Pork. It doesn't get much easier or more budget friendly than this, friends. Simple sauce ingredients, a pork shoulder, and a little time are all that's needed to turn out enough tender, juicy, tangy, sweet, gently spicy Honey Mustard Pulled Pork to feed a crowd or freeze leftovers in serving size portions for a few meals for entertaining, everyday meals, camping, and picnics. If you are anything like me, you happily anticipate Memorial Day Weekend. There's something so lighthearted about the unofficial start of summer. It calls for parties and picnics and frisbees and cold beer and lawn chairs and hammocks and sitting on the porch listening to my husband and sons play the guitar. We often rotate between hosting and being guests ourselves. I have a major dread of scaring people from inviting us to functions because we'll destroy their food budget, so I ALWAYS try to bring something tasty, versatile, and crowd friendly with us. The latest addition to my list of fabulous dishes to take to pass is Slow-Cooker Honey Mustard Pulled Pork. It is every bit as easy as my popular Slow-Cooker Cuban Pulled Pork and Slow-Cooker Cola Pulled Pork, but adds a tangy, sweet, spicy honey, mustard, and an ever-so-mild jalapeño tweest. I don't think I'd be stretching the truth at all to say that I'm a pretty popular lady when I walk through the door with a giant pan full of … {Read on...}

Water Bottle Organization LifeHack

How to Organize your Re-usable Water Bottles. A summer #Lifehack from foodiewithfamily.com and JCP.com

Disclaimer: This post and giveaway are sponsored by JCPenney. All opinions and ideas remain my own. Is there a mom alive who doesn't simultaneously love and despise reusable water bottles? Water bottles have saved me from the horror that is watching my children try to drink from public drinking fountains without contracting the plague more times than I can count. I love them so much that each person in my family has at least two to their name: one for using plus one in the wash. Even I have a couple of them: one for home and one for barre and Pilates classes at the studio. But OH MY WORD, the clutter. They have fallen on my head after rolling off of the top of the refrigerator (bad place to try to keep them, FYI). More than one has clanked and slammed down the stairs to its untimely squished death after a storage basket upended because kids were wrestling near it. I shoved them all over my kitchen counter waiting for the insides to become bone dry after a trip through the dishwasher because I have a serious fixation with not putting a lid on a wet bottle. No more wire hangers? No. I'm fine with wire hangers. No more wet water bottles with lids in place so they can fester and grow bacteria ever! And I'm not going to even TRY to count how many water bottles have been retired because their extra proprietary, funky shaped lid went missing in our black hole of a kitchen catch-all drawer. I tried everything I could think of to organize them: wine racks, shoe holders, laundry … {Read on...}

Make your Own Frozen Patties for Grilling Hamburgers

Make Your Own Frozen Patties for Grilling Hamburgers. #Lifehack foodiewithfamily.com

There's no denying the convenience of frozen patties for grilling hamburgers, but they're often made of sub-par meat or have questionable additives. Solve the problem by using home-ground beef or ground beef from a butcher or a store you trust and make your OWN frozen patties for grilling hamburgers! Bonus: You can take advantage of meat sales to save money! I love the convenience of frozen patties for grilling hamburgers. I seldom like the texture or flavour, though, of commercially purchased patties... they're all a little like old boot if we're being honest. Part of the issue at hand is user error: we don't always finesse frozen patties for grilling the way we do handmade ones. The bigger parts of the problem, however, are the quality of the beef used in the ones that are sitting in your grocer's freezer and the way the beef is handled that goes INTO the patties. It's the meatball phenomenon. It's hard to love taking the time to hand form a bajillion meatballs, but the ones made by hand are always superior in texture to the little floor hockey pucks sold in the freezer section. It's the light touch that makes a difference. That's why I often make a double or triple batch of meatballs to freezer for later meals. This same logic applies to making your own frozen patties for grilling hamburgers. Are you prepping burgers to grill? It's not much extra effort to make a double batch of patties and freeze half for a fast meal further on down the road. Simple, … {Read on...}