Look in any family style cookbook, published from the 1950′s on, and you will likely find recipes for casseroles that call for a can of cream of something soup.
It isn’t that these casseroles did not exist before 1950, in many cases they did, but home cooks made their own sauces to use in them. It takes a little time (and I do mean a little) and a recipe. It adds an extra step to your cooking. The benefits are enormous both in healthiness and taste of your food. Continue reading
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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
Here is where we see how many of you really love me.
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
Yeah.. you are gonna hate me. I am about to ruin your hamburger habit. Ground beef? Let’s chat.
Did you know that the FDA actually notes a difference between hamburger and ground beef? Hamburger can have up to 30% added beef fat (from any source…trimmings, etc) while ground beef cannot have added fat; only what is in the particular cut that is being ground.
Home ground beef... I know what's in that!
Your favorite fast food place, those convenient frozen patties and the fresh hamburger in the cheap plastic rolls in the store. Gastronomic Roulette, right there. Continue reading