Cook-offs

Crepes – how does the store bought brand stack up against homemade?

Crepes – how does the store bought brand stack up against homemade?

I was in the grocery store the other day buying strawberries (they are in season) and noticed  a couple ‘strategically placed items’ by the strawberry display. These are items that stores place next to certain products as a suggestive purchase. If you’re in the strawberry aisle it usually includes packaged crepes, fruit glaze or packaged(…)

Cook-off: Mushroom risotto

Cook-off: Mushroom risotto

This taste test involved preparing three types of mushroom risotto using three different methods: From scratch, from a package over stove top and instant using a microwave. We also tried making a ‘lower fat’ version (using margarine instead of butter and chicken stock instead of wine).  Mushroom risotto (cooked from scratch) by Lucy Waverman –(…)

Cook-off: Pulled pork – slow cooker vs. oven method vs. store bought from frozen

The pulled pork taste test involved cooking three different types of pulled pork using three different methods: Oven roasted, slow cooker or prepared from frozen. Here are the recipes that we used for each one. Oven roasted pulled pork This is the most authentic method way of preparing pulled pork other than using a barbecue(…)

Cook-off: Buttermilk pancakes – made from scratch, from a mix or frozen

Cook-off: Buttermilk pancakes – made from scratch, from a mix or frozen

Buttermilk pancakes from scratch Recipe from: The Joy of Cooking Whisk together in a large bowl: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3 Tbsp sugar 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt Combine in another bowl: 1 1/2 cups buttermilk* 3 Tbsp butter, melted 2 eggs (1/2 tsp vanilla extract) Mix the(…)

Rice pudding – Homemade vs. store bought

Rice pudding – Homemade vs. store bought

One of my favourite desserts is rice pudding. I’ve heard that it’s really easy to make yet I always buy it pre-made at the grocery store. I’ve been hooked on Kozy Shak rice pudding for years. It’s so convenient and I find it really tasty. Is rice pudding that easy to make and am I(…)

Mulled wine – it’s never worth taking short cuts when wine is involved

Mulled wine – it’s never worth taking short cuts when wine is involved

This holiday season I made mulled wine for the first time and loved the result! I consider it the winter version of sangria in that it helps to warm you up on a chilly night and has all these lovely festive, hearty flavours that one associates with winter. I started talking about mulled wine at(…)

Food lab: Mulled wine

For this experiment we prepared mulled wine using three different methods. Mulled wine made from scratch Ingredients: 1 750ml bottle full-bodied red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz 1 cup apple cider 4 tablespoons honey 2 fresh rosemary, plus extra for garnish 3 cinnamon sticks 3 whole cloves 3 whole peppercorns 1 orange, sliced(…)

Cook-off: Guacamole

Cook-off: Guacamole

My coworkers and I decided to do a guacamole taste test featuring four different types of guacamole. Here is some information about each type: Homemade A (made with a few simple ingredients) Cost : ~ $3/250 mL Ingredients: 2 very ripe avocadoes 1/4 small onion, diced juice of 1/2 lemon 1/4 tsp salt Directions: Mash(…)

Food Lab: Custard (powdered or canned vs. from scratch)

Food Lab: Custard (powdered or canned vs. from scratch)

For this experiment, I prepared five different types of custards. One was made from scratch, two were canned (Irresistible’s and President’s Choice brands) and two were prepared from powder (Bird’s and Horne’s). I must say, I am intrigued by all the different forms of custard on the market. Canned and powdered? Why even bother making(…)