Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Semi-Homemade

Here are a few quick tips for making basic food taste better!

First, if you are using an instant pancake mix, which I do often, snazz it up a little bit by adding some cinnamon and some chopped apples. When you pour your pancakes on your griddle, sprinkle some chopped walnuts or pecans on top before you flip them. They will settle in nicely and cook up a bit with the pancake, releasing it's oils and making it extra yummy. We usually serve these pancakes with some applesauce that has been mixed with cinnamon and heated up, or we spread strawberry preserves across the top. It is very good. If you like maple syrup, this pancake almost tastes like apple pie with it drizzled over the top.

Next, we all make mac and cheese from a box, right? Come on. Everyone does. Next time you start making it try this: When you dump in your noodles to your boiling water, add some salt to season the noodles and set your timer for six and a half minutes. Stir your noodles. When it beeps, your noodles will be perfectly al dente. I seriously hate mushy mach and cheese. Next, when you are dumping in your butter and cheese powder, substitute sour cream for the milk. Add a few spoon fulls, depending on your desired consistency. Season with pepper and you've got yourself creamy goodness.

Lastly, I found this package mix of oatmeal cookies in the baking aisle. One of those "add water" and that's it. Well, I jazzed up the mix by adding a handful each of mini chocolate chips, craisins, and chopped walnuts. I also added a small handful of dried oats just to make it more homemade looking. Follow package instructions to bake and if any of these cookies make it to your friends or neighbors, they'll be begging you for the recipe. Yup. They are that yummy.

Hope you try out these semi-homemade tricks. I'd love to hear your semi-homemade tricks of the trade.

8 comments:

BrittanyLane said...

Great tips. Thanks. Lets see... I always add a half package of maple flavored sausage to a jar of store bought spaghetti sauce. It makes it taste amazing! My husband used to add a can of corn to everything. It was really wierd. Chile and corn, salsa and corn, spaghetti sauce and corn... not the best idea by the way.

BrittanyLane said...

ps (Cook the sausage first by the way)

Jen Sue Wild said...

fun tips..

When I do boxed mac I allways add 4oz of Cream chees. It's so good.

I love boxed browines but to jazz them up I add Ande mints choped and frost them..

kdaygirl said...

I like the pancake tips.. If u want fun and different packcakes or waffles try adding the flavored creamer. we really like the hazlenut and vanilla/carmel ones. They jazz up our pancakes and the kids love it....

I like to add it to my granola to. it gives it a fun flavor.

I'm Always Rite said...

I use olive oil instead of butter when I make boxed mac and cheese. The flavor is so much better! I'll have to try the sour cream too! :)

Those pancakes sounds yummy!!!! I know what I'm making Saturday morning!

The Girls' Mom said...

sweet tips! we add vanilla as well to our pancake mix.

Stacey said...

Thanks for the great tips!! Never thought to add sour cream to mac and cheese. :)

The Crockett's said...

Thanks for the tips! My kids like it when I add a can of chili to the mac and cheese (after you add the butter/milk/cheese) to make chili mac. It's a quick and easy meal.