Applesauce As Replacement For OilHave you ever used applesauce instead of the oil in a recipe for baked goods? I've done this for recipes in the past, but just the other day I read that you should add an extra ½ teaspoon of baking powder to make up for the loss of leavening power. Why have I not heard that until just now?? Especially since I love cooking tips/advice and have read tons of them.
Read The Directions!I had a disappointment last week because I wasn't paying attention... I attempted to make bean soup in the slow cooker, but when we got home it didn't look right. I tasted it and it wasn't done at all. I forgot that bean soup needs to simmer to properly rehydrate those dry beans. Last time I made it, it cooked in a pot on the stove on a weekend afternoon, which I had completely forgotten about. So a couple days later I got the soup on the stove in the morning to simmer for an hour and let it finish in the slow cooker all day. It turned out fine, but that was really frustrating, especially since I was looking forward to soup for dinner that night. We ended up having a frozen Jack's rising crust pizza instead, which made Husband Jeff happy.
I'm Currently Reading...Right now I'm reading The Science of Good Cooking from Cook's Illustrated magazine. This book is hefty but a really good source of information. It's a good primer on why things cook the way they do but without being too in depth in the science and over my head. I love books like this because I like understanding a recipe, mainly so I know how to modify it since I can't seem to make a recipe as written.
So Much Cereal!Yesterday I counted 12 unopened boxes of cereal at home! I figure you've gotta get it when it's cheap and it's usually pretty cheap at Target, so when I was there last week I picked up a few boxes. And this weekend the grocery store was having a 4/$10 special. You don't have to buy four boxes (unless specified) but I figure why not go for four, it lasts forever! So now we have a lot of cereal hanging out. Only a few boxes fit in our pantry at one time, so the rest is stacked precariously on the basement stairwell shelves Husband Jeff built for me a couple years ago, among the canning supplies, stand mixer, bread machine, etc.
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