I like to cook and bake from scratch, but I admit some things you just have to buy. I cannot for the life of me make a loaf of french bread as you'd get from the bakery. I can make dinner rolls, but I cannot get hamburger rolls to come out either. Soups from the store have a lot of sodium in them and they are so easy to make why not make them from scratch? I've made ice cream and had great results that are just as good as the store bought version without all those added ingredients.
So when Jennifer Reese lost her job as a book editor for Entertainment Weekly, she set out on an ambitious, often outrageous, culinary journey. Is “doing it yourself” always cheaper? Jennifer had her doubts.
Make The Bread, Buy The Butter Cookbook tells the often hilarious stories surrounding these kitchen-related experiments and offers a full picture of what is involved in a truly homemade life. Reese asks a handful of practical questions about each item to decide whether to make or buy: What’s the ultimate cost? How much of a hassle is it to make? And what about sustainability and animal welfare – what value should we place on knowing that our eggs came from happy chickens. Is it somehow ennobling to slaughter your own Thanksgiving Day turkey? Each recipe she tells you whether it's best to make it or buy it, or even both. Here are some suggestions:
Ice cream cones
Jennifer Reese has been a professional journalist all of her adult life, working mostly for national magazines, and has been an avid, adventurous home cook for even longer, which she blogs about at the Tipsy Baker (tipsybaker.com) as well as for online publications like Slate. Reese also teaches cooking classes in Marin County, California, where she lives with her family.
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Well having gone gluten free myself, I decided to make her Chicken and Rice Soup. She says it's best to make it homemade. It's so simple, makes a lot and send a wonderful aroma throughout your home as it simmers away on the stove. Simple boil a whole chicken with onion (I threw in some carrots and celery for added flavor), simmer it for 2 hours, then add rice, a couple of eggs and lemon juice. It is delicious and perfect for our rainy day we had.
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