As trends go, the kitchen is one of the most trending places to chase on the internet. All kinds of glorious pictures, and what is not to like gazing upon a kitchen eye candy. These in your face photos make you spend lots of money on replicating the perfect kitchen. Some spend upwards of $100,000 to get that magazine look. Then they fill their dream kitchen with all the chotchkies and gadgets for the total trendy package. Turns out they never use it, it is just for show, a status symbol or something. That is sad and wasteful.
Have I got good news for all you kitchen owners! Step inside your kitchen, you can make things happen…delicious things. The load can be lightened by having someone join you. A family member, a friend, or even a child.
My mother cooked meals on a regular basis. Sundays were popcorn in front of the TV for supper which was a nice break for her and I can relate. When I got out of the house I realized my mom never taught me to cook. I just showed up for meals. Now that I am more seasoned I realized the effort of my mother, even when it was something not cooked but reheated out of a can.
So I am here to prevent cooking inept children (and adults). I like to keep it simple and fun. Take a salad for instance. I try to have this a couple times a month especially on hot summer days, it is crisp cool and refreshing. If you children turn up their noses at this, as parents you make them do what they won’t. Keep at it and they will come around, don’t give up.
So today we are serving salad. I make my own dressing and because Ketchup is one of the main ingredients, the youth love it!
This recipe is adapted to taste like Kraft Catalina Salad Dressing (a.k.a. french)
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- dash of paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- grated onion to taste (you can also use dried minced onion but the flavor is not a good)
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 2/3 cup ketchup
- 1 cup canola oil
I have a shaker specifically for this dressing cocktail. If you do not, use a mason jar or something with a lid that will not spill while shaking. This will last a long time if you leave it in the refrigerator. The vinegar is a nice preservative. You will have to shake the dickens out of this the first time you mix it to get the sugar from sticking to the bottom of your shaker. You can use and taste immediately.
Construct your salad. We sometimes have chicken nugget salad which is easy, child friendly, and delicious. I have also done lunch meat salad (as shown above.) Take a couple slices of lunch meat and tear it with your fingers or cut it with a knife. Cherry tomatoes because they are small are also a child favorite. Adding a hardboiled egg is yummy. Another protein we add is kidney beans (yup, kidney bean salad night at my house.) Have fun with your salad. Enjoy your new dressing recipe!
With the fast pace life of today, some cooking traditions are falling by the way side. Fast is first, taste is second, and healthy is dead last. So, I have created a blog accidentally. The food published on this site is intended for a homemade cookbook, scrapbook style for my youth to use, dine in, and enjoy.