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The Perfect Coffee Recipe

Kate Jennemann

It seems simple but for those of us who like our coffee with some sort of a combination of either cream and or sugar it can be difficult to marry your tastebuds with the most healthy option. I love coffee. I love making it at home, I love it at Starbucks, I love it at every independent hipster coffee shop. I even sort of love it from Dunkin’ Donuts or 7Eleven in a pinch or on a long road trip.

Now that I’ve painted a picture for you, you can probably imagine that my coffee preferences include some condiments that go beyond a simple black coffee. I love a dirty chai, a vanilla latte, and the list goes on. My search for healthy creamers and sweeteners has never panned out. Either the almond creamer had too many additives, sugars, or it didn't make to the coffee taste good. It was always off. Bulletproof coffee…ever heard of it? Its grass fed butter or ghee, added to your coffee to add creaminess, healthy fats, but quite frankly, it tastes like you are drinking butter. No thank you.

I started seeing a nutritionist to help me make some eating changes to cure some nagging health issues. Among other genius insights, she suggested my new go-to coffee add ins which give me both the creamy consistency of half-and-half and also the sweetness of sugar, all the while staying super healthy AND the benefits of the healthy fats just like the bulletproof coffee method!

  1. 1 tbsp COCONUT CREAM

  2. 1 tsp RAW HONEY

  3. 1 NESPRESSO LUONGO POD or BLACK COFFEE

You can experiment with the amounts of coconut cream and honey for desired level of creaminess and sweetness. This recipe as listed is all under 100 calories and is the perfect way to start your day.

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Foodie Gift Guide

Kate Jennemann

Happy holidays and peace to everyone reading this, near and far. I am so happy to be able share a peak into my culinary world with you and I am very grateful that you take the time to visit my blog. I was thinking of gift ideas for my family and loved ones and I started to think of all of the wonderful cooking related gifts that are out there. Check out my Holiday 2018 Foodie Gift Guide! Nothing on here is sponsored, it’s all things that I, myself, have and really enjoy using.

NESPRESSO AEROCCINO 4   This versatile and easy to use milk frother offers four options: Two types of hot foam, cold foam, and steamed milk. Skip the coffee shop and make your fancy coffee drinks at home. Bonus points, it’s easy to clean and dishwasher friendly!

NESPRESSO AEROCCINO 4

This versatile and easy to use milk frother offers four options: Two types of hot foam, cold foam, and steamed milk. Skip the coffee shop and make your fancy coffee drinks at home. Bonus points, it’s easy to clean and dishwasher friendly!

LORD JONES LIMITED EDITION HIGH CBD ALL NATURAL HOLIDAY GUMDROPS   Lord Jones introduces limited edition gumdrops that make the perfect holiday gift. Two custom flavors - Sugarplum and Mango Chili - are exclusively available on our website from November 1 through December 31. Fragrant, fruity and delicate, the Sugarplum Gumdrop is a stone fruit lovers dream of ripe juicy perfection finished with the slightest hint of crystallized ginger. For the more adventurous palate, the Mango Chili Gumdrop is the perfect combination of spicy-sweet deliciousness; tangy mango with hints of lime and ancho chili create a symphony of flavor. Each gumdrop contains 20mg of CBD with no artificial colors or flavors.

LORD JONES LIMITED EDITION HIGH CBD ALL NATURAL HOLIDAY GUMDROPS

Lord Jones introduces limited edition gumdrops that make the perfect holiday gift. Two custom flavors - Sugarplum and Mango Chili - are exclusively available on our website from November 1 through December 31. Fragrant, fruity and delicate, the Sugarplum Gumdrop is a stone fruit lovers dream of ripe juicy perfection finished with the slightest hint of crystallized ginger. For the more adventurous palate, the Mango Chili Gumdrop is the perfect combination of spicy-sweet deliciousness; tangy mango with hints of lime and ancho chili create a symphony of flavor. Each gumdrop contains 20mg of CBD with no artificial colors or flavors.

JOULE SOUS VIDE   Chef Steps presents Joule, the ultimate sous vide tool. Joule provides a bridge between the technology of today with the classic French sous vide technique. Joule is controlled by an app, compatible with all iOS or Android systems aka your smart phone. After a very short learning curve you will be able to cook proteins to the perfect doneness without a care in the world. I love using mine for a large number of soft boiled eggs or Beef Tenderloin - you don’t wanna mess that one up! If you have someone in your life that loves cooking and technology this is the perfect gift!

JOULE SOUS VIDE

Chef Steps presents Joule, the ultimate sous vide tool. Joule provides a bridge between the technology of today with the classic French sous vide technique. Joule is controlled by an app, compatible with all iOS or Android systems aka your smart phone. After a very short learning curve you will be able to cook proteins to the perfect doneness without a care in the world. I love using mine for a large number of soft boiled eggs or Beef Tenderloin - you don’t wanna mess that one up! If you have someone in your life that loves cooking and technology this is the perfect gift!

TEXAS ROCKIN’ RUM CAKE   If you don’t know, now you know. I’ve never tasted something so incredibly delicious as this rum cake. Formerly known as Sho’ Nuff Rum Cakes and now Texas Rockin’ Rum Cakes, this family owned East Texas institution has been a part of our family’s holiday for longer than I can remember. Year after year we order these rum cakes in their festive holiday cake tins and give them out to all of our friends.

TEXAS ROCKIN’ RUM CAKE

If you don’t know, now you know. I’ve never tasted something so incredibly delicious as this rum cake. Formerly known as Sho’ Nuff Rum Cakes and now Texas Rockin’ Rum Cakes, this family owned East Texas institution has been a part of our family’s holiday for longer than I can remember. Year after year we order these rum cakes in their festive holiday cake tins and give them out to all of our friends.

NINJA PERSONAL BLENDER   The Ninja Personal Blender is the perfect gift for the smoothie obsessed. I got mine when I started having smoothies every morning and it has been such a great gadget. It’s easy to use, and the vessel in which you throw everything in to make the smoothie is that which you use as the cup. It’s all-in-one design leaves little clean up and makes for a great travel cup. It’s a must have gadget for smoothie making as well as other small jobs like pesto and sauces.

NINJA PERSONAL BLENDER

The Ninja Personal Blender is the perfect gift for the smoothie obsessed. I got mine when I started having smoothies every morning and it has been such a great gadget. It’s easy to use, and the vessel in which you throw everything in to make the smoothie is that which you use as the cup. It’s all-in-one design leaves little clean up and makes for a great travel cup. It’s a must have gadget for smoothie making as well as other small jobs like pesto and sauces.

COMPACT DIGITAL FOLDING THERMOMETER   This is such an underrated and underutilized tool. I think this is one of those things that people don’t necessarily want but something that they need. It’s a must have item for meat eaters, grilling enthusiasts or anyone who cooks meat or poultry on a regular basis.

COMPACT DIGITAL FOLDING THERMOMETER

This is such an underrated and underutilized tool. I think this is one of those things that people don’t necessarily want but something that they need. It’s a must have item for meat eaters, grilling enthusiasts or anyone who cooks meat or poultry on a regular basis.

STAUB DECORATIVE DUTCH OVENS

If you follow my on Instagram, you know that I’m a big fan of my Staub Pumpkin. It is my absolute go-to stove top cookware for anything fall or holiday related or even just a regular Tuesday night chili. I recently purchased the tomato which I just used yesterday to make Tomato Bisque. These dutch ovens are not only practical but they really have that wow factor which makes it the perfect foodie gift. You’re welcome.

PADERNO SPIRALIZER   This is a great gift for those #healthspo #paleo #Glutenfree friends of ours. It is such a time saver in the kitchen when it comes to vegetable prep. Keep the Paderno Spiralizer in mind for the creative foodie in your life.

PADERNO SPIRALIZER

This is a great gift for those #healthspo #paleo #Glutenfree friends of ours. It is such a time saver in the kitchen when it comes to vegetable prep. Keep the Paderno Spiralizer in mind for the creative foodie in your life.

LOCAL RAW HONEY WITH A  HONEY POT AND WOODEN DIPPER   I absolutely must have local raw honey on hand, at all times. I buy my honey from a trusted source at my local farmers market and you can too! Package your jar of honey with this rustic honey pot and wooden spoon, et voilà! You have the perfect hostess gift.

LOCAL RAW HONEY WITH A HONEY POT AND WOODEN DIPPER

I absolutely must have local raw honey on hand, at all times. I buy my honey from a trusted source at my local farmers market and you can too! Package your jar of honey with this rustic honey pot and wooden spoon, et voilà! You have the perfect hostess gift.

Bone Broth is Life

Kate Jennemann
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It’s Fall y’all.

That means Bone Broth is back in the rotation. I used to spend beaucoup bucks going down to Belcampo on Third Street, getting my 16 ounce bone broth and spending more than any fancy latté drink at Starbucks. Let’s do it ourselves, shall we?

Wait, but why are we drinking Bone Broth? Besides the obvious deliciousness factor it has going for it, Bone Broth is packed with collagen which protects joints and helps you maintain beautiful and young looking skin. It’s also good for gut health which we all could use some help with. And lastly, it aids in speeding up your metabolism, supports immune function, and helps you detox, etc, etc.  

Let’s get started, shall we.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 pounds Grass Fed Beef Bones

    • (Oxtails, Knuckles, Shortribs, Neckbones)

    • When in doubt, ask your butcher

  • 3 Carrots

  • 4 Celery Stalks

  • 2 Onions

  • 3 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother)

  • 1 Bay Leaf

  • 12 cups water

FOR GARNISH:

  • Pinches of Garnish Salt for taste

  • Chopped Parsley

  • Hot Sauce, I like Cholula

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  • Lay out the bones on a sheet pan and put into a 400 degree preheated oven, roast for 1 hour.

  • Turn the bones about half way through and continue to cook until the bones are browned and crispy.

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  • Meanwhile, combine roughly chopped vegetables, ACV, & water into a slow cooker with a lid.

  • Add in the roasted bones, set on LOW heat, and cook for 18-24 hours or even longer. Low and slow and see ya tomorrow.

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  • Remove the bones, veggies, and other scraps with a spider tool from the broth.

  • Pour the broth through cheese cloth or a fine mesh sieve and store in Mason Jars. Allow the broth to cool and scoop off the top layer of fat.

  • Give it a taste and adjust the seasoning using Garnish Salt. Add chopped parsley and Cholula hot sauce and enjoy.

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How to Cook with a Pink Himalayan Salt Block

Kate Jennemann
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Cooking with your Pink Himalayan Salt Block is an easy and fun way to prepare a healthy meal. Use my tips and tricks for a successful Salt Block cooking experience and you’ll use it again and again.

  1. Preheat, start low, then medium, then high…ready to cook!

    • I place the block of salt onto a cold grill top, This is much easier to control with a gas grill, otherwise oven use or direct stove top heat will do. Start with the lowest possible heat, you do not want to shock the salt block and cause it to crack, low and slow, gradual heat. An easy rule of thumb: 25 minutes on low, then 25 minutes on medium, and finally 25 minutes on high. When your salt block reaches around 500 degrees
      (checked by an infrared thermometer) or sizzles when you sprinkle a few drops of water on it, it is ready to cook.

  2. Let it cool completely and scrub off the residue with little to no water.

    • Scrub off the residual cooked on crispies with a metal spatula. Next barely wet steel wool, no soap, and scrub until clean. Wipe dry with a clean, dry towel.

  3. Keep it dry!

That’s it! Enjoy cooking anything your heart desires with this all natural, beautiful, flavorful, cooking tool. Note: Once you begin using it, it will never look the same as when you first brought it home. Discoloration and small cracks may develop the more you use it and that’s normal.

Recipe Prep for the Week

Kate Jennemann
ROASTED CHICKEN  or a STORE BOUGHT ROTISSERIE CHICKEN  RECIPE OPTIONS: Grab and Go Chicken Salad, Roast Chicken Dinner, Chicken Noodle Soup, Chicken Bone Broth, Chicken Tzatziki Salad, Chicken Burrito Bowl.

ROASTED CHICKEN or a STORE BOUGHT ROTISSERIE CHICKEN

RECIPE OPTIONS: Grab and Go Chicken Salad, Roast Chicken Dinner, Chicken Noodle Soup, Chicken Bone Broth, Chicken Tzatziki Salad, Chicken Burrito Bowl.

CHOPPED HERBS, SLICED LEMONS, MINCED GARLIC.  Many recipes call for minced garlic, chopped herbs and lemon. I like to have these items prepped and on hand just like salt and pepper. Do it ahead so you don’t have to stop to chop.

CHOPPED HERBS, SLICED LEMONS, MINCED GARLIC.

Many recipes call for minced garlic, chopped herbs and lemon. I like to have these items prepped and on hand just like salt and pepper. Do it ahead so you don’t have to stop to chop.

MIREPOIX  aka diced Onions, Carrots, & Celery. This classic combination is the foundation of many a recipe. I love to prep a large amount of each ingredient and store them in separate containers so when I start cooking I don’t have to stop and chop.  RECIPE OPTIONS: Turkey or Classic Bolognese, Soups, Vegetarian Lettuce Cups, Braised Lamb Shank.

MIREPOIX

aka diced Onions, Carrots, & Celery. This classic combination is the foundation of many a recipe. I love to prep a large amount of each ingredient and store them in separate containers so when I start cooking I don’t have to stop and chop.

RECIPE OPTIONS: Turkey or Classic Bolognese, Soups, Vegetarian Lettuce Cups, Braised Lamb Shank.

BAKED WILD SALMON  I love having perfectly cooked Salmon in the refrigerator for salads or a cold quinoa bowl. Eat it warm, room temperature or save some in the fridge for tomorrow’s lunch. My kids even love it!  RECIPE: Glazed Baked Salmon

BAKED WILD SALMON

I love having perfectly cooked Salmon in the refrigerator for salads or a cold quinoa bowl. Eat it warm, room temperature or save some in the fridge for tomorrow’s lunch. My kids even love it!

RECIPE: Glazed Baked Salmon

ROASTED BEETS  Prep this make ahead ingredient for a chilled beet salad. I always order beet salads when I go out and it turns out it’s easy enough to make at home.  RECIPE OPTIONS:  Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese, Micro Greens, and an Orange Glaze , Roasted Beets with a Balsamic Glaze, Chopped Kale and Roasted Beet Salad.

ROASTED BEETS

Prep this make ahead ingredient for a chilled beet salad. I always order beet salads when I go out and it turns out it’s easy enough to make at home.

RECIPE OPTIONS: Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese, Micro Greens, and an Orange Glaze, Roasted Beets with a Balsamic Glaze, Chopped Kale and Roasted Beet Salad.

18 Essential Home Chef's Tools

Kate Jennemann

Other very necessary kitchen tools:

  • Ceramic, non-stick sautée pans, one large, one medium, one small.

  • Citrus press.

  • Au Gratin bakeware

  • Sieves and Colanders.

  • Sheet pans!

  • Ramekins