Today, Gentle Readers, the Practical Cook is declaring independence from a few kitchen crutches. Ironically, I almost landed on actual crutches thanks to the over-exuberance of my faithful hound. Those frozen baby peas do make an excellent ice pack. But I digress, here are 3 things from which I’m attempting to declare my kitchen independence.
1. Boxed Cake Mix. I will admit that I’ve leaned on these too heavily over the years. Inspired by my baking friends, I’m going to try to wean myself. However, in a pinch this July 4th, I would totally throw some Sara Lee on the grill, top it with grilled peaches, and smile a big Southern smile while doing it. (Confession within a confession.)
2. Bottled Salad Dressing. Again, I’m not proud. Though I choose olive oil and balsamic vinegar for my daily work salad, my fridge contains at least 4 flavors of the bottled stuff due to family demand. It’s cheap, and it gets the salads eaten, but dressings are pretty easy to whip up. So there, I’m going to start trying to make only fresh.
3. Boxed Macaroni and Cheese. Truthfully, though I’ve eaten my share of this stuff, I don’t love it. I prefer the baked custardy style, or the super-creamy style. (For a serious picnic/potluck punt, add some extra cheese to the frozen Stouffer’s. It’s delish.) Again, I am guilty while confessing. Hmmmm. You can see why this is a work in progress. And a cheesy sauce is easy to make, as witnessed below.
Hope everyone is having/had a happy and safe Fourth of July! Send your declarations of independence into the comments box, or on Twitter.
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On deck tomorrow, Golden Sherry Squash, Mushrooms, and Onions.