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Processed fast food made to look “home made”

Never really shared a news link before but thought this was interesting… just goes to show the best option is to make it yourself!

http://grist.org/list/fast-food-giants-make-their-food-look-imperfect-so-youll-forget-its-hella-processed/

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Homemade Ketchup

Finished Product – made 1.5 jars

So a caveat before I start…I hate ketchup.  Absolutely.  Positively.  No doubt about it.  When I have a choice, I always try to get a different condiment instead of ketchup.  When I was a kid, I loved it, but now, it’s just some bland, red paste that I douse in hot sauce to try to give it some taste.

With that said, I saw this recipe on the Food Network a little while ago and thought that I would try it out…maybe fresh, homemade ketchup would make me like ketchup again…
the finished product definitely has some kick, and makes me want to dip it into some fresh french fries…

Ingredients:

  • 1 28 oz can chopped/diced Tomatoes (if you have fresh tomatoes on hand, even better)
  • 1 6 oz can Tomato Paste
  • 1 large Onion, chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tspn allspice
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • Sprinkle of Salt & Pepper
  • Diced Jalapeno Pepper (optional)

Directions:

  1. Put everything in a saucepan over medium heat to a simmer, and lower temperature slightly.
  2. Stir occasionally while simmering for 30-45 minutes, until reduced by half
  3. Remove from heat, and let cool for a bit, then take an immersion blender and process (you could also put in a blender or food processor) until smooth, and place in a jar

Inspiration for this recipe

My Best Friend (in the Kitchen)

Somewhere last year, a co-worker started bringing cupcakes on an almost daily basis to work…she was testing different recipes for her sisters wedding and I got to sample just about every one…

It was at that point I realized that I should start baking…if I actually wanted to think of myself as something serious in the kitchen, my desserts had to consist more of just

  1. Something from Costco
  2. Ice Cream

I started researching baking and realized it looked pretty easy (haha)…not someone to take something half-@$$ed, I decided to go all-in and buy a heavy duty stand mixer.  So many models to research and figure out.  On Black Friday, I bought one on sale from Costco USA (in the guise of a Christmas present from Rumsters) – and it’s been love ever since:

KitchenAid 550 HD Professional
It doesn’t look like much, but this bad boy has been awesome ever since.  It`s a KitchenAid 550 HD Professional (fancy name).  I haven’t given him a name yet, although I figure I probably should.  It came with a whisk, dough hook, and paddle.

Once I finally allowed myself to open it at Christmas, I’ve made quite a few things I never thought of making before myself:

  1. Cakes
  2. Icing
  3. Pizza Dough
  4. Focaccia
  5. Naan Bread*
  6. etc etc etc

* – next on my list is trying to make Roti & Paratha dough since I have no interest at all kneading atta like Mom used to do every day for dinner when I was a kid.

There are a ton of accessories you can buy for him, but I’ve been pretty good and not breaking down and buying any…but I broke down last week and bought the ice cream attachment.  Hopefully I’ll be posting an ice cream review sometime next week…

Hello world!

It’s been forever since I’ve had a blog of any type…so why start now?

I just felt like starting one again…a lot’s changed from my original website way back in the day.  I used to password protect my website and upload photos for friends to look at and comment…then Facebook and the rest of the Social Media gang came along and rendered me obsolete

My only real hobbies are golf and cooking…I didn’t think a golfing blog would be of any use but cooking…now that might have some uses.  At the very least – I can make an online cookbook for myself…maybe some friends (or strangers) will randomly find this site and use a recipe and keep it for themselves.  That would be cool too.

Some recipes will be mine, others from cookbooks I own, or recipes I learned while watching Food Network at home.  (Chef Michael – I know you’re out there!)  I’ll try to make it step-by-step with pictures for those of you that aren’t kitchen-friendly, or those who learn with their left brain!