Put your money where your mouth is…literally


Some of the more common complaints I hear about “good-quality” food is that it costs too much. Hmm. To that I say, reconsider your budget. How often are you going out to eat? How much to you spend, per person, at the restaurant (including tip)? What about the gas to get there? How about the time to round everyone up, drive to the restaurant, wait for the service, pay and leave. Are you still sure that you couldn’t have cooked a much better, healthier meal, for a lot less at home? If the answer is yes, then I am rather concerned about your choice of restaurants. ;)

Now, don’t get me wrong! I love eating out—I do! But, I only eat out for food that I cannot make at home, due to lack of equipment, ingredient quality, etc. I do some shopping at local restaurant depots; if you’ve never been, take my word for it—the food restaurants are serving you is WELL below sub-par. It’s downright frightening. I like to buy fresh milk, butter, flour, sugar and other basic staples at the depot. But, the food I pass includes things like frozen cheesecake slices, frozen mozzarella sticks, frozen pizza appetizer bits. Each time I see them, my mind floats to restaurants that charge $8.95 for a plate of these preservative-filled air pockets, while making a huge profit off of my laziness.

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It takes good taste to notice good flavor

I’ve noticed as I’ve abstained (and avoided like the devil!) corn syrup and other major preservatives that I can spot them a mile away when I am served something (and I mean served, that I am not able to get to the label to make sure it’s what I really want). But, that’s all fine and good. My greatest thrill (er, accomplishment?) is when my hubby drank some of the new chocolate milk I bought him (sans corn syrup). He chugged it down and said, “hey! I don’t have that same belly-ache that I usually get from chocolate milk. Is that because this doesn’t have any corn syrup?” Of course, at the time, I was so excited that he recognized that it didn’t have corn syrup, but now I realize that anyone who has ever come in contact with me knows that I don’t allow the stuff in the house. Still, I’m thrilled. :D

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OCD, meet the metric system. You will be the best of friends!

If there is one thing I’m known for, it’s getting my way. No, not by screaming and throwing tantrums, just by using my intuition and generally OCD to my advantage, instead of giving up and settling. I loathe settling. My husband always says to me, “where there’s a will, there’s a KitchenNut.”

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Baked From Scratch