Crepes – how does the store bought brand stack up against homemade?

I was in the grocery store the other day buying strawberries (they are in season) and noticed  a couple ‘strategically placed items’ by the strawberry display. These are items that stores place next to certain products as a suggestive purchase. If you’re in the strawberry aisle it usually includes packaged crepes, fruit glaze or packagedContinue reading “Crepes – how does the store bought brand stack up against homemade?”

The barbecue sauce cook off

My Nordstrom Friends and Family Cookbook has a recipe for homemade barbecue sauce. I have to admit that I was intrigued by the description. It says ‘I’m going to do a little boasting here. I’ve spent a lot of time around grills, and I have yet to find a sauce, prepared or homemade, that beatsContinue reading “The barbecue sauce cook off”

There is no such thing as two minute risotto

Mushroom risotto is an item that’s been on my ‘taste test list’ for awhile. Intrigued by all the ‘just add water’ risotto mixes that are available on grocery store shelves, I wondered if it’s really that much easier than making risotto from scratch. Risotto is actually not that difficult to make, but it does requiredContinue reading “There is no such thing as two minute risotto”

Pulled pork – the art of BBQ…or not

I have a confession to make, I have never made pulled pork – ever and yet it seems so popular these days. For some reason I always thought it was really complicated, involved advanced skills or fancy cooking equipment. In fact, the first time I tried pulled pork from the grocery store (and not atContinue reading “Pulled pork – the art of BBQ…or not”

You can buy frozen pancakes, really?

I grew up on Eggo waffles which my family would buy in the frozen section of the grocery store. They were quick and easy you all you had to do was pop them in the toaster. It was great. I can understand why people would choose to buy frozen waffles, because not everyone has aContinue reading “You can buy frozen pancakes, really?”

Cook-off: Buttermilk pancakes – made from scratch, from a mix or frozen

Buttermilk pancakes from scratch Recipe from: The Joy of Cooking Whisk together in a large bowl: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3 Tbsp sugar 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt Combine in another bowl: 1 1/2 cups buttermilk* 3 Tbsp butter, melted 2 eggs (1/2 tsp vanilla extract) Mix theContinue reading “Cook-off: Buttermilk pancakes – made from scratch, from a mix or frozen”

Rice pudding – Homemade vs. store bought

One of my favourite desserts is rice pudding. I’ve heard that it’s really easy to make yet I always buy it pre-made at the grocery store. I’ve been hooked on Kozy Shak rice pudding for years. It’s so convenient and I find it really tasty. Is rice pudding that easy to make and am IContinue reading “Rice pudding – Homemade vs. store bought”

Mulled wine – it’s never worth taking short cuts when wine is involved

This holiday season I made mulled wine for the first time and loved the result! I consider it the winter version of sangria in that it helps to warm you up on a chilly night and has all these lovely festive, hearty flavours that one associates with winter. I started talking about mulled wine atContinue reading “Mulled wine – it’s never worth taking short cuts when wine is involved”