Scratch vs Shortcut

Melissa’s series that takes a familiar store-bought food and shows you how to make it at home, comparing the nutritional and cost differences.

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Oatmeal: Scratch vs. Shortcut:

| March 13, 2012 | 10 Comments
Oatmeal: Scratch vs. Shortcut:

Oh, oatmeal. There you sit on the shelf in your wholesome brown packaging, looking all grainy and natural. You wear the “healthy” badge like a prize and make even the most time-pressed citizens feel virtuous when they rip open your packaging and pour steaming water over you. Who can resist the siren call of your […]

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Red Velvet Cupcakes: Scratch vs. Shortcut

| February 14, 2012 | 16 Comments
Red Velvet Cupcakes: Scratch vs. Shortcut

Until I went to culinary school, I’m nearly positive I didn’t realize “from scratch” cakes were not only in the repertoire of the general public but also that most people had consumed one in their lifetime. Having been raised on box cake mixes and making mostly only intricate and complicated cakes in my limited exposure […]

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Scratch vs. Shortcut: Just Like Mom Used to Make

| January 24, 2012 | 4 Comments
Scratch vs. Shortcut: Just Like Mom Used to Make

Did you grow up in a home where the scent of yeast or melting butter hung in the air? Maybe some fresh tomatoes mixed with herbs and garlic gurgled happily on the stove? Opening the refrigerator meant a feast of tempting and multi-colored stews, soups or casseroles to greet the eye? No? Well, me either. […]

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