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Once you make peanut butter at home, it will be very difficult to get excited about storebought peanut butter ever again. Not that eating peanut butter of any kind would ever be a chore because I love it so, but homemade peanut butter is a delicacy. And a nearly effortless delicacy at that. It’s akin to savoring a piece of high-end dark chocolate that’s rich and pure, uncomplicated by fillers, additives, or ingredients that have no place being in chocolate; and then grabbing a milk chocolate bar in the checkout line at the grocery store, which is likely a combination of tasteless, grainy, and waxy.
Hmmm, ranch seasoning. Tangy, versatile, and goes with everything. I could eat cardboard if you slathered it in enough ranch. So the other day I tootled into my kitchen to make my version of Baked Ranch Crackers, the perfect snack for anyone wanting a handful of something savory, and I happened to flip over the packet of ranch seasoning mix and took a peek at the ingredients list. Let's see here....Sodium, sodium, and whoa that's a lot of sodium...Monosodium Gluta-what? Is that MSG?
One more fake food comes off my list of guilty pleasures. I’m a sucker for nachos with cheese sauce. I’ve had the “cheese” sauce in jars and in cans. Have you ever read the ingredients in those things? Some of them don’t list a single dairy ingredient. That’s so nasty.
One of the things I love the most about having a food blog is the sense of fearlessness it often brings me when it comes to trying new twists on vegetarian recipes. Take this one, for example. Yes, I totally miss “real” hot wings, especially during football season. Yes, I miss making things with buffalo sauce because it’s just so delicious. But, in an effort to decrease my intake of all things processed (and yes, I know there are some buffalo sauces out there that are riddled with preservatives and additives…I actually tried a new one from Whole Foods this time..
So we've seen this recipe all over the internet and figured we'd give it a try. I was feeling all nostalgic about my Dunkaroos days and Casey thought the recipe sounded amazing. And it totally helped that it wasn't very many Points. We made two versions- a regular version and a gluten free version (because Casey requires a gluten free diet).
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We keep it pretty minimal when it comes to toys for our kids on Christmas but yet somehow I feel like there’s STUFF everywhere! Anyone else feel this way? We’re swimming in Legos over here and just when I think I’ve cleaned up the last of them, I’ll step on one or one of my boys will drop their ships and Lego pieces go flying everywhere. I think my husband spent 6 straight hours on Christmas helping them build Legos. Seven layer dip is one of my favorites. But after a few people have dipped (hopefully not double-dipped), it starts to look like mush.
I think some of the first words out of my son's mouth were "fruit snacks!" My son easily goes through a box of fruit snacks a week.... or more (don't worry, I brush his teeth religiously). He can't get enough of them!
If french fries and onion rings ever got married and had a baby, I think it would be something like this…a potato ring.
Last week, it was pointed out to me that among the 750 recipes in the archives , there is but a single recipe that utilizes broccoli . Just one! (It’s a great one , though.) For comparison, there are 11 recipes that use cauliflower and 26 with mushrooms .
These weren't as crazy amazing(cramazing?)
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: sometimes the best creations are the ones you don’t set out to create!
On Fridays, I teach cooking classes to two kids in our neighborhood.
Active time: 30-45 min; Total time: 2 hr 15- 2hr 30 min (a bit longer if making extra toppings)
I LOVE LOVE LOVE when some of the most yummiest treats are also the most easiest to make.