Step away from the box... (French Fridays with Dorie Quatre-Quarts)
I have probably ranted about this before, but there is an ongoing
battle "spirited debate" in my house regarding what things should be made from scratch and what fall into the "use a box" category.
There may be an instance or two of slight hyperbole in the text below. I tried to keep it to a minimum - and only for dramatic effect. Pause...
I am by no means a purist - hey, let's face it - sometimes life happens and convenience wins out. I do try to make that the exception rather than the rule. (For example: Kraft Macaroni & Cheese - I think The Karate Kid would revolt if I ever permanently banned that from the house. Sometimes, you have to know which battles to fight.)
There is one item that most commonly is at the center of the great "scratch" or "box" debate.
With the exception of King Arthur Flour's Chocolate Indulgence Cake Mix, it is a very rare that a box mix can be found around the house. I have been known to be a little passionate about my cakes. (The last time I can remember using a box was for a last minute batch of cupcakes that one of the girls needed for a sporting event - said child expressed their severe disappointment in my use of that box & a tub. Lesson learned. Kind of.)
Despite the concurrence of the Chief Cook & Bottle Washer (me) and The Peeps that cakes are one of the easiest from scratch items you can make, The Dude still doesn't understand why anyone would spend
the extra five minutes "all that time" pulling out ingredients when you can dump a packet out of a box, add oil & water then bake.
It almost brings me to tears. Actually, I think it has once or twice.
Apparently, taste and quality of ingredients don't bear into play.
You would also think the glare of three offended females would alter the opinion on this one.
At the end of the day, it all gets eaten and I am left wondering "what up with that?"
Let them eat cake... right?
Especially if it is vanilla cake with a healthy topping of berries.
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