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I'm not somebody who makes things at home just for the sake of having it homemade. For me, a homemade recipe has to offer at least one of these benefits:
- It's cheaper than store bought.
- It's yummier than store bought.
- It's healthier than store bought.
1. Make your own Taco Seasoning.
- 1 Tbsp Chili powder
- 1/4 tsp each garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes and oregano
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 Tbsp of flour
2. Make your own salad dressings.
There are hundreds of recipes for tasty salad dressings to experiment with, but my personal favorite is both simple and delicious. This recipe sounds too simple to be good, but it is REALLY good. Do try it!
Combine approximately equal amounts of your favorite sweet chili sauce and some good balsamic vinegar. Add a splash of white vinegar. Taste and adjust quantities until it has your preferred balance of zingy, sweet and delicious.
3. Make your own marinade.
I use this marinade for steak, kabobs, veggies, and pretty much anything else I want to barbecue.
Combine equal amounts of:
- olive oil
- balsamic vinegar
- soy sauce
- Worcestershire sauce
- minced garlic
- and a squeeze of Dijon mustard
4. Make your own vanilla icing.
In stand mixer, beat:
- 1 cup of butter
- 3 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 1 tsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- a pinch of salt
5. make your own croutons.
Put a couple teaspoons each of oil and butter in a frying pan. Fry some minced garlic in it. Sprinkle with some rosemary and kosher salt. Add slightly stale cubed bread. Fry and stir until bread is a little crispy on each side. Taste and add more salt if needed.
What do you like to make at home? Is it to save money, improve flavor or eat healthier?