Cutting Corners When You're Cooking
Okay, I know it's the 21st century, but what's wrong with being old fashion anyway? I guess I'm really old fashion when it comes to cooking. I don't need all the frills of the 21st century.
How do you cut corners when cooking?
I've been doing it for years. When it comes to recipes, that's the easiest because a lot of times through the years, we lived out in the boonies and I didn't have the ingredients I needed, so I learned what works, and what doesn't work.
No Baking Powder in Russia?
But did you know that in Russia they never heard of baking powder? They never use it, and I can't seem to be able to bake anything without it! So that was an interesting thing to learn while I was there.
I don't think the colonists used all these ingredients in their cooking either, however, they did love spices, which were hard to get back then. But this is why I like the old time recipes. Read what the Colonists ate for breakfast.
Different Ingredients for Cooking
Anyway, if a recipe calls for chocolate chips, you don't have to put chocolate chips in it if you don't want to. The kids are not really going to care. A cookie is a cookie.
Most of the pages on my Easy Cooking website are divided by a certain type of recipe. For instance, on the Butter Cookies page, there are all different ways and recipes for making butter cookies. Like sometimes I didn't have eggs, so I used the Butter Cookies No Eggs Recipe. Or if I was out of baking powder, I could make Easy Butter Cookies.
The point being that you can make a recipe and if you don't have all the ingredients, there is a different way of making the same thing.
Cooking for Large Families
Since there were six in our family, I found myself cooking for an army every night. Because of this I tried to simplify my cooking in anyway that I could. Out go the gourmet dishes, in come the casseroles and stews.