For some unknown reason my children like… actually like… convenience foods. My son, Chris, used to tell me that when he grew up he was going to eat nothing but Wonderbread and NEVER eat my icky homemade bread again.
Can I just say now that he is 27, in Japan, and in the Air Force he eats my icky homemade bread every chance he gets. And, just to give hope to all of your frustrated moms out there – he cooks for himself and creates very healthy meals from fresh produce, lean proteins, and the occasional bag of Sour Patch Kids.
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Buttermilk is that substance that maintains life and is the foundation of nearly every recipe in the South. It runs through our veins and finds its way into almost every recipe. It is good stuff. really good stuff, although you would not have convinced me of that when I was a kid.
My dad drank it. In a glass. With salt and pepper. It was not appetizing. The end.
Somewhere in my adult life, when I learned to cook, buttermilk became a staple ingredient. It makes pancakes fluffier, chicken tenderer, cakes rise higher, and frosting takes on a tang. It is also really healthy stuff. Buttermilk is one of those cultured dairy products, like yogurt, that contains probiotics. Continue reading
Nearly everyone likes applesauce. For most of us it is one of the first flavors we ever had in our mouths after breast milk or formula. And, if you want to get a real scent of autumn in your house all you need to do is begin a batch of applesauce simmering on the stove; pretty soon the whole house smells better than a Yankee Candle.
Making applesauce is something that few people do anymore. After all, it is quick, cheap, and readily available at the grocery store. That is sad, too. People who never make it will miss out on one of the most comforting scents and flavors ever created. Plus, although some commercial applesauces contain acceptable ingredients you had better read the label. There can be a host of other ingredients such as: Continue reading
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Chicken nuggets are convenient little pieces of boneless fried chicken that can be found everywhere from your local fast food establishment to the freezer section of the grocery store. Many of them contain one ubiquitous ingredient that we have briefly discussed but not in great and glorious detail until today.
Yes my friends THAT is mechanically separated chicken. It goes into your hot dogs… into bologna… into all kinds of yummy things that we scarf down without gagging. Or even thinking. Continue reading
You have all seen the commercials, and I bet you have picked up those handy packages of frozen waffles in the store. I mean, you pop them in the toaster and crispy blissalicious are on your plate in minutes.
If you have kids it may mean an extra hour of sleep, and who doesn’t need that?
You know we all do. In fact, in light of the potential extra sleep, aren’t the ingredients worth it?
I looked at the ingredients in a two common brands of frozen waffles… The brand that rhymes with Lego and those made by an Aunt. Continue reading