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"Supermarket" Food You Can Make Yourself

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We all know that chocolate chip cookies, spaghetti sauce, and macaroni and cheese taste better when they’re homemade. But what about all the other foods that we routinely grab off the supermarket shelf? Many of them are also easy to make.

For items like salad dressing, hot cocoa mix, applesauce and croutons, you may think, “why bother?” As with most homemade food, the answer is obvious: because they taste better, are less expensive, are better for you, and are also incredibly fast and easy to make. Best of all, you don’t need to be a chemist to recognize any of the ingredients.

Stock up your pantry with some of these quick and easy recipes:

Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
In a screw-top jar add: 1/4 -1/3 cup course grain mustard, 1/4 cup salad or olive oil, 1/4 cup 
lemon juice, 1/4 cup honey, 2 cloves minced garlic. Cover and shake until combined.
Makes 1 cup. (recipe: Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook)

3 small tomatoes seeded and finely chopped to make 3/4 cup,1/3 cup finely chopped red onion, 
2-4 fresh jalapeño chili peppers seeded and finely chopped, 1/2 tsp. salt, 4 cloves minced
garlic, 2 T. lime juice, 2 T. chopped fresh cilantro. Stir together and refrigerate.
Makes about 2 cups. (recipe: Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook)

Cranberry Sauce
1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup orange juice, 2 cups fresh cranberries. In a medium saucepan, bring the water, orange and sugar to a boil to dissolve the sugar, then boil for 5 minutes. Carefully add the cranberries, return to boiling and reduce the heat. Boil gently, uncovered until the skins break, stirring occasionally. Simmer for about 5 minutes, then remove from heat and refrigerate. It will thicken as it cools. Makes 2 cups. (recipe: SJ Wilson)

“Instant” Gravy
1 ½  cups of low-salt beef or chicken broth, 1/2 stick of butter, 1/4 cup of flour. On low heat
in a medium saucepan, melt the butter and stir in the flour, and cook for about 2 minutes. Add
the broth about a 1/4 cup at a time and whisk until it's well-blended after each addition of broth.
(recipe: SJ Wilson)

Hot Cocoa
1 T. baking cocoa powder (the ingredients will say 100% cocoa), 1 T. sugar, tiny dash of salt,
2 T. water, 1 cup of milk, 1/8 tsp. vanilla. In a small saucepan, heat the water and dissolve the
sugar, salt, and cocoa. Add the milk, heat until warm, stirring often, then add the vanilla.
(recipe: SJ Wilson)

4 large apples, peeled, cored and quartered, 1/2 cup water, 4 T. sugar, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon. In a 
medium saucepan, bring the water and apples to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer uncovered,
stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes until the apples are soft. Remove from heat and
mash with a potato masher. Add the sugar and cinnamon, and stir well.
Makes about 3 and 1/2 cups. (recipe: SJ Wilson)

Bakery bread, soft butter, grated parmesan cheese, herbs. Cut any bread into 1/2 inch slices,
and spread with soft butter. Sprinkle lightly with cheese, herbs, onion or garlic powder-whatever
you like-then cut into 1 inch cubes. Cook in a large, un-greased skillet until golden brown.
(recipe: SJ Wilson)

Pancake Mix
1 ¼  cups flour, 1 T. baking powder, 1 T. sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt. This measures out to about 1
and 1/3 cups of mix. Store in airtight container.
Add 1 egg and 1 cup milk to make 8 big pancakes. (recipe: SJ Wilson)

What “Supermarket” staples do you make at home? 


About SJ Wilson

SJ Wilson  has been writing novels for many years, including the recently published, The Soul of Fenway. She loves spending time with her family, especially at the beach. Her hobbies include genealogy, photography, American history, and baseball.