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Waiting On Martha’s Build-Your-Own Charcuterie Board

With my very first ever designed product I wanted to put the easy back in entertaining!
Filed Under > "Hostess with the Mostest"

In the 8 years that I’ve had my Blog I’ve written a lot of great posts, I’ve had a lot of amazing partnerships, and I’ve traveled to a lot of dreamy places. Truly, this blog has allowed me to do, see and experience things I never would have imagined in a millions years. But today my Friends, today is one for the books. Today, I’m thrilled to be sharing my first ever designed product; a Build-Your-Own Charcuterie Board. Yep, you heard me right I’ve created a map to the perfect meat and cheese board.

With my first EVER designed product I wanted to put the easy back into entertaining! And there’s nothing more entertaining than a great charcuterie board, but easy they are not. Especially lately when it seems boards are becoming larger and more intricate than ever. So I thought, why not create board that had it all laid out, a map if you will. So thats just what I did, with a little help of course.

First we started with my favorite board that we sell at Waiting On Martha Home, a beautiful 30 x 10 maple wood board from Maple Leaf Designs Texas. We then had the map hand stamped/engraved on to the board in our handwritten font that was made just for Waiting On Martha.

Finally, we had the board fired in the kiln until it reaches a deep walnut brown coloring and finished off with butcher block conditioner. While I originally wanted to keep the board its original light maple color I quickly realized it gets messy. By darkening this thermal ash board you can lay everything directly down on the board then simply wash it away at the end of the night keeping it as functional as it is beautiful.

And that’s it, simply follow the step by step instructions engraved on the board and you’ll have the perfect appetizer board every time! And trust me when I say it will be perfect as I tested it many, many times even measuring out cheese wedges to try to make everything the perfect size. And if you consider yourself an expert we’ve got you covered too. The engraving is easily covered up as so you can feel free to get creative. However, you will find plenty of suggestions and definitions on our map such as: olives, vehicles (with suggestions for different crackers & breads), stinky cheese (with a listing of some of our favorite stinky cheeses), honey, sliced fruits (with suggestions of different fruits), salami with definition of salami, seasonal (with some ideas for seasonal foods), hard cheese (with a listing of some of our favorite hard cheeses), jam,  (with suggestions for different crackers & breads), soft cheese (with a listing of some of our favorite soft cheeses), nuts,  and prosciutto with definition of prosciutto.

This really is the perfect gift to give to yourself or to the host you love the most this holiday season. And from the bottom of my heart thank you to all that have supported me on this journey. It’s been a ride! xo, MKR

Easy Korean Ground Beef & Rice

An under 30 minute meal for any day of the week
Filed Under > 30 Minute Meals

A few weeks ago I had the immense please of partnering with Schumacher and Williams Sonoma Home to share their new, exclusive tabletop and home collection. And trust us, it’s a jaw-dropper so please check it out if you haven’t had the chance yet.

But what would any amazing tabletop be without an equally amazing recipe or two. Lucky for us, this Korean Ground Beef recipe is as easy to make as it is delicious.

Ground beef browns with a perfect combo of sweet and spice through sesame, soy, brown sugar, and Sriracha. Then cooled down by a topping of green onions and cilantro creating the perfect bite. We love this easy Korean Ground Beef for a dinner date for two, or when hosting a few friends. And this is definitely one of those recipes that tastes better the next day, so save those leftovers if there are any!

Check out the recipe below, and please tag us on Instagram or Facebook if you make it. We love to see what recipes of ours you’re whipping up! Truly, MKR


Easy Korean Ground Beef Recipe
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups white rice
  2. 1 pound lean ground beef
  3. 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  4. 6 cloves garlic minced
  5. 1 teaspoon fresh ginger minced
  6. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  7. 1/2 cup lite soy sauce
  8. 1 1/2 teaspoon sriracha
  9. 1 bunch green onions chopped
  10. 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (for garnish)
  11. Fresh chopped cilantro (optional)
Instructions
  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot.
  2. Once boiling add rice and a few pinches of salt.
  3. Let the rice come back to a simmer, cover the pot with a lid and reduce the heat to low. Keep cooking on low for 15 minutes.
  4. After 15 minutes, remove from heat, using a fork mix it around, and put the lid back on to let it continue to cook for 5 minutes or so.
  5. While the rice is cooking, begin browning the ground beef.
  6. Spray a large pan with no-stick spray (I use sunflower, sesame, or avocado oil) then heat over medium high heat.
  7. Brown the meat with sesame oil, garlic and ginger.
  8. Drain the majority of the fat, add brown sugar, soy sauce, and Sriracha.
  9. Cook until the liquid has reabsorbed and not soupy.
  10. Spread over the rice, top with green onions and sesame seeds, and serve.
Notes
  1. **Rinse rice before cooking, it will remove extra starches that can make the rice too sticky**
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Homemade Pimento Mac & Cheese with Tillamook

A new take on a Southern Staple
Filed Under > Everyday Dinner

Spending a lot of time out on the West Coast I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying Tillamook more times than I can count. But finding it in the South has always been difficult. So when I heard Tillamook made their move to Southern distribution I jumped in the car and made a beeline to my nearest Publix and loaded up on their ice cream and all of the cheeses. I’m talking blocks, slices, and pre-shredded, it’s that good y’all.

For those not familiar with Tillamook let me give you a cliff notes version of why they’re the best. Based in Oregon, Tillamook has been around for over 100 years and through that entire time they’ve been farmer owned, made up of about 80 farming families. They’re committed to the best practices and stewardship, and are guided by the belief that everyone deserves real food that makes them feel good every day. And feel good is what their food does. It really is the absolute best.

In celebration of Tillamook now being readily available in the South they partnered with Sweet Auburn BBQ on an event called Melty Fest. If you saw my stories on Instagram the other night you would have seen just how amazing the event was, if you missed it you can check out my highlight reel. Anyway, Sweet Auburn has been using Tillamook since the beginning in their Pimento Cheese Stuffed Won Tons. Yep, you heard that right, Pimento Cheese Stuffed Won Tons. We even had the opportunity to create a few of our own.

Wanting to get in on the action, and being inspired by all things Tillamook and Southern I decided why not combine two of my personal favorites; pimento cheese and mac & cheese. Wow, I’m so glad I did.

The idea that homemade mac & cheese could never get any better was immediately flipped on its head with the addition of pimento cheese. The ooey-gooey flavor we’ve all come to love from mac & cheese was simply enhanced by the classic Southern Staple of a recipe. The pimentos, hot sauce and Worcestershire gave it a subtle bite that you’ve come to expect from pimento cheese, but combining it with the noodles and even more Tillamook cheese and then baking it with breadcrumbs, well there really are no words!

Below you’ll find the recipe that may or may not change your life for the better. A few things to note; you absolutely can make a lot of this ahead of time, but the key really is in moving quickly with the rue and stirring like crazy with the cheese addition on the stovetop. So make sure you have all of your ingredients ready to go and your oven pre-heated. Enjoy friends! Truly, MKR

Tillamook Pimento Mac & Cheese

Ingredients:

1 pound pasta (cooked with 2 tablespoons salt, drained and set aside)

1 qt. whole milk

9 tablespoons salted butter

6-8 tablespoons flour

1 package Tillamook extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded 16oz.

1 package Tillamook colby jack cheese shredded, (you can also buy the Tillamook Farmstyle Thick Cut shreds as well)

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

1 tablespoon hot sauce

2 tablespoons salt

1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper

2 cups panko breadcrumbs (I prefer Italian)

1 jar diced pimentos drained

2 bunches of fresh chives or green onions finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

In a large dutch oven, cast iron skillet or deep pan melt butter over medium/high heat.  Once melted, reduce heat to medium low add flour, Worcestershire, and hot sauce whisking constantly until you have a rue formed. 

Once rue is formed increase the heat to medium/high and gradually whisk in the milk, bringing it to a low boil and continue to whisk and cook for 5 minutes.  

Turn the heat down to low and add in cheese, lemon, pimentos, salt and pepper. Continue whisking until it’s a cheese sauce consistency. Once it’s at the desired consistency cover and turn off the heat.

In a small bowl melt 1 tablespoon butter in the microwave and mix in panko breadcrumbs. 

Add cooked pasta to a large baker of your choice and fold in cheese sauce. Top evenly with panko breadcrumbs. Cover with tin foil.

Bake in the oven covered for 15-20 minutes. Turn the oven to broil and uncover the dish. Broil until breadcrumbs form a crust and turn golden brown.

Remove from oven, top with chives and enjoy.

Photography Rustic White Interiors | This is in partnership with Tillamook, a brand I love and adore. All opinions, recipes, and photos are 100% my own.

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