Barefeet In The Kitchen

Barefeet In The Kitchen
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Barefeet In The Kitchen

As a wife and mother of three boys, Mary has learned a thing or two about the balancing act between time and taste — a wisdom that only comes from years of managing meals for a busy family. Luckily for us, she shares such wisdom on her blog, Barefeet in the Kitchen, which features tips for scratch-made essentials and over a thousand recipes since its creation in 2011. With her approachable style and variety of dishes, ranging from Spicy Barbecue Sauce to Flourless Chocolate Brownie Cookies, Mary demonstrates how feasible it is to make family friendly, comforting food from scratch. If you appreciate homemade meals prepared effortlessly (and who doesn’t?), run, don’t walk, to Barefeet in the Kitchen. Head over to Barefeet in the Kitchen and say hello to Mary on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
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Barefeet In The Kitchen

As a wife and mother of three boys, Mary has learned a thing or two about the balancing act between time and taste — a wisdom that only comes from years of managing meals for a busy family. Luckily for us, she shares such wisdom on her blog, Barefeet in the Kitchen, which features tips for scratch-made essentials and over a thousand recipes since its creation in 2011. With her approachable style and variety of dishes, ranging from Spicy Barbecue Sauce to Flourless Chocolate Brownie Cookies, Mary demonstrates how feasible it is to make family friendly, comforting food from scratch. If you appreciate homemade meals prepared effortlessly (and who doesn’t?), run, don’t walk, to Barefeet in the Kitchen.
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Barefeet In The Kitchen

Many years ago when I first started blogging, I became a frequent visitor to Mary Younkin’s blog, Barefeet in the Kitchen.  Mary’s recipes have always been the kind you know will work, and they’ll taste amazing too, so be careful because you may want to make them all!  I’ve made many of her terrific creations over the years and am always thrilled with the results.
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Why I go barefoot in the kitchen is inextricably linked to why I cook in the first place. Cliché as it may sound, my small apartment kitchen is my sanctuary; it’s where I feel most comfortable and relaxed. When my day is hectic or I’ve got something on my mind, I always gravitate towards my kitchen. I’ll wash a bunch of kale, chop veggies, make a batch of quinoa, or slow-roast a tray of subpar tomatoes — anything to fall into that familiar rhythm of cooking.
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So, while I still advocate for cooking barefoot in the kitchen, I have a word of caution: Being carefree doesn’t mean you should be absent-minded. Cooking barefoot in the kitchen can be dangerous; sharp knives, heavy pans, hot liquids — all can pose a threat to your precious toes if you’re not careful. As long as you have this in mind while you’re doing your dance around the kitchen, you’ll be just fine.
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A natural extension of this sense of freedom and joy, then, is to be truly unencumbered in the kitchen. At the risk of sounding like a hippie in a field of wildflowers, there’s something about being barefoot that makes you feel grounded and connected to your environment; there’s no barrier between you and your surroundings. Going shoe-less is just how I roll in the kitchen. I’d never even thought twice about it until our lively discussion at The Kitchn retreat.
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The variation “barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen” has been associated with the phrase “Kinder, Küche, Kirche” (translated “children, kitchen, church”), used under the German Empire to describe a woman’s role in society. A comparable phrase, “Good Wife, Wise Mother”, emerged in the 1870s in Meiji Japan, and was used as a means of restricting female access to the public realm there, before spreading more widely in East Asian culture.
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Cherry Flop was my grandma’s claim to fame in the kitchen and it was her go-to dessert recipe. Grandma was not known for her cooking and baking skills, but she pulled this dessert together for company for more years than I can remember. As the story goes, Read More
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“ My goal is to give families great tasting recipes that will simplify meal times. Play in the kitchen, attempt something new, try not to stress it too much. Cooking from scratch doesn’t have to be complicated. ”
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This past spring, at The Kitchn team retreat, I sat around a table with my fellow editors and admitted something rather controversial: I don’t wear shoes in the kitchen. This admission sparked harrowing tales of severed toes and other knife-related atrocities, but I dug in my (barefoot) heels and stood by this cooking faux pas. Here’s why.

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