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Old 07-19-2013, 08:43 PM
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This is one of my goals now that I am staying at home. I was talking with my mother about from scratch "cream of" for bases. Can someone post a good one to try for a first timer?
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:04 PM
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Making a base is pretty easy, all you need is a roux and once you get the hang of it you can customize as needed.You can also use a roux to make cheese sauce for homemade mac and cheese. Heres a quick little recipe for cream of chicken from about:

2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup low-fat or fat free milk
salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in flour; keep stirring until smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat and add the chicken broth and milk, a little at a time, stirring to keep smooth. Return to heat. Bring sauce to a gentle boil; cook, stirring constantly, until it thickens. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed to taste.
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:12 AM
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I also cook from scratch as much as possible. I just think it tastes better and I like knowing what is going into the food that myself and family are eating. I also have a small veggie garden and cucumbers just taste so much crisper and fresh home grown.
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:00 AM
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I try to cook most things from scratch. It makes me feel so much better knowing what is in the food my family is eating plus you can always adjust the flavor.
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:19 AM
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One thing that really helps is to have equipment. I still have the CHOP-RITE #10 grinder my parents bought in the 1950s. Then when there's a good price on beef or pork, I'll buy, grind, and freeze.



I'll grind a whole pork shoulder, with all the fat, and there's still far less fat than in commercial sausage.
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:48 PM
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In recent years I've been leaning more and more towards cooking from scratch especially certain dishes. It's just healthier and I like knowing what is in the food I'm eating....for the most part.
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Old 11-02-2013, 06:49 AM
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Absolutely! Not only is the food better for my family (like home made bone broth vs store bought stock) but my kids love to help. The garden is a big hit with them every summer. I have a few tomatoes left from the garden that HAVE to get used. I'm thinking tomato basil soup for lunch or dinner today.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:05 AM
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I can't claim to cook everything from scratch, but I hardly ever eat packaged food if I can make it. I admit to a love for pot pies and hot dogs, though. I tried making my own pot pies -- just not the same.

I actually love the process of making a dish from scratch. My roommate has a house full of appliances to chop, slice and dice everything. I prefer to do it myself with a really good knife. I find the actual preparation of ingredients relaxing and almost therapeutic. For example, for my vegetable soup it can take up to an hour just to chop everything that goes into it, but I love doing it. It somehow makes it taste better to me. I realize that is old-fashioned, but cooking everything by hand is old-fashioned. Maybe going back to basics is not such a bad thing.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:07 AM
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Originally Posted by avonlady916 View Post
Not only do I cook from scratch, I try to grow what I cook (well, veggies anyway)

Ive been watching the cooking videos on swagbucks and its taught me SO much. First thing I did was buy my first set of SHARP knives.
Have no idea how I got along without them!

Then I bought a pasta machine and made my very first homemade pasta (its FUN) Also tastes so much better! Especially in homemade soup

Dang.... now Im hungry, hehe

Bonnie
I am starting to grow my own veggies again. I used to grow almost all of them, but life threw some curves, so I couldn't do that anymore. It feel so good to know that my food comes right out of my back (or front) yard and that I control the process.

I'm not big on pasta, so I just buy what I do use, but the sauce is always homemade.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:10 AM
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i agree... cooking from scratch does taste much better... only problem is that you need to keep HEAPS of herbs and spices on hand...
Try Nature's Seasons and Mrs. Dash. Keeps you from having to keep so many herbs. I use Nature's Seasons for almost everything.
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