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Saturday, August 29, 2015
Makin' it from scratch…
HALLIE EPHRON:Recently there was
a piece in the New York Times with recipes for things you should make not buy.
Here’s the list.
Take the test: how many do you make not buy?
2.Chocolate chip cookies
5.Mac and cheese
Now I consider
myself a fussy cook and I like to think that I cook healthy, thriftily, and mostly from scratch. But from scratch I make only 8 of the things on this list. Seven since I tried my Stop ‘n’
Shop’s upscale store brand “Nature’s Promise” marinara sauce.(The ingredients list has nothing I can't pronounce and it tastes really as good as mine, if not better.)
I used to make my own hummus, too. And have never made a from-scratch cake that tasted as good as Duncan Hines Devils Food. I do make my own cake icing. It's easy and store-bought is gross. And I make my own pie crust, same reason.
But ketchup or mayo or mustard? I am devoted to Caine's and Heinz and Grey Poupon. But here are a few of the easy things I make as from as "scratch" as I get.
Mix together mayo
and your favorite pickle relish.
Mix together that
tartar sauce you just made with ketchup.
And a quick Hollandaise
sauce that really is from scratch.
1/2 stick butter
Juice of half a
STEPS (there are a few):
Melt the butter in
a small heavy-bottomed sauce pan over low heat.
Whisk the egg with
the lemon juice and add to the melted butter.
low/medium heat (WATCH IT! Or you'll end up with scrambled eggs) until it thickens.
Add cayenne to taste.
salmon, asparagus, or broccoli; or add some chopped fresh tarragon (a little goes a long way) and it’s great on a
grilled steak or lamb chops.