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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Homemade is Best

I just bought a new cookbook that I'm really excited about.  It's called The Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila.  I think that this is a cookbook we all should own.

Let's face it.  We all buy a lot of stuff in the grocery store.  We buy some things because they're staples like milk, eggs, flour, and butter.  Other things we buy because they're convenient, things like granola bars, cookies, and Bisquick.   These items are not always the best example of whatever they are.  But there they are, just waiting to be plucked off the shelf and dropped into our shopping carts.  Often these items full of all the bad stuff we should all be avoiding: preservatives, stabilizers, sodium, and sugar.  And, often, these packaged foods are far more expensive than the sum of their ingredients.  Moreover, these "store bought" foods are rarely as tasty as something you make in your own kitchen, where you really can control the quality of your ingredients.

I know.  This is amusing coming from me.  I'm no slave to healthfulness, but I'm also not stupid.  (Although Kate would argue otherwise.)  What I am, is a slave to what tastes good, It only follows that foods made with fewer ingredients and chemicals would be better for you and would taste better.  Imagine that.

I've never quite figured out who Williams Sonoma is selling $18 Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic Simmering Sauce to.  And that's just for the sauce.   You still have to add the chicken!  The point is that with a little effort we can all eat better tasting, healthy for, and (much to Ted's pleasure) maybe save a few bucks in the process.

And that's where The Homemade Pantry comes.  This cookbook is filled with recipes for all kinds of things like jam, breads, crackers, condiments, and snack foods.  All are very easy to make and you'll know what you're eating.

Here's the thing.  We all know that in almost every case the thing you make at home is going to be better for you.  And, it's probably going to cost less than buying it.  Let's start a trend.  Homemade is best.

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