Friday, November 23, 2012
Mama Masha's Kitchen - the devil is in the details
We don’t all have personal chefs to cater for us on a daily basis. We can’t always go to that place everyone raves about and get the freshest, most delicious hand-made pasta ever. We don’t all get champagne lunches delivered to our front door. That said, even a limited food budget needs to have some room for things that give your home cooking a more luxurious feel, those little somethings that make you close your eyes and go “mmmmm” when you take a bite. So, let’s talk about that – the things you shouldn’t skimp on. Before we go any further, let’s agree on one thing: your mind must be open to the notion that you and your family deserve to have fun interesting and healthful meals. Which means you may need to skip a couple of McDonald’s trips or go in favor of no ice cream for a week to leave room in your grocery budget for some quality additions to your pantry. Dressings and marinades I have no idea why large food manufacturers insist on pumping their salad dressings and marinades so full of sugar and preservatives. I suppose because it’s cheaper. Anyway… Research places like Scottish Gourmet, Bittersweet Herb Farm and Cooking Enthusiast and get your dressings or a good organic store, if you have one in the area and get them there. Yes, it will be more expensive. However, having a couple of bottles of truly good balsamic balsamic vinegar or Italian is much more worth it than having a shelf-full of stuff you have tasted once and cringed, but feel forced to finish because you have already bought it and it was inexpensive.