I yap enough about Betty Crocker (favorably) that you would think General Mills would have contacted me by now to try out stuff or send me coupons or whatever. Alas, it is not to be. I am, however, undaunted by their repeated snubs, and plan to give you my honest review about their new Macaroni and Cheese product.
Well, it was very good.
Oh. Maybe that’s why they haven’t contacted me. I will try harder.
Initially, I would like to point out that Mr. L and I have been attempting to transition to organic, non-GMO foods. It is extremely difficult. For one thing, let’s talk prices. Last week we sampled an organic macaroni and cheese mix from the Abundant Life store (you get my drift) and it was also very good. Unfortunately, it was $2.29. Betty’s box was $1.50. I succumbed. I acknowledge there will be slippage in my quest to feed my family more healthily.
I nearly screwed up when I made Betty’s box. Assuming it was like Kraft's version, I put a pot of water on to boil, and later planned to throw in butter, cheese, and milk, once the noodles were drained. Whoops. Betty wants you to boil the whole shebang together and stir for a very long time. Twelve minutes seemed like a long time. HGTV' s "House Hunters" was a repeat.
Mr. L noted that it wasn’t as “tangy” as Kraft’s version. I felt it was a little al dente, which is an Italian descriptive phrase, meaning “kinda chewy.” Twelve minutes may have been a little too Italian for me. I’m an American; I like fifteen minutes.
However, along with our baked chicken and broccoli, we ate it all. Have we ever let Macaroni and Cheese go to waste? Nope. Coincidentally, Miss Scarlett mentioned last week that she needed comfort food. She prepared Sponge Bob Square Pants –shaped Macaroni and Cheese and noted she felt much better afterwards.
Betty’s new mac and cheese also comes in “pizza” and “grilled cheese” flavors. I will leave it to you to review. Please report back. Mahalo.
--Cruel Ironing, long snubbed by General Mills
I started to write this post and upload the picture of this banana bread but had to stop. Wait. Didn't I already write about it? Where was the post? The photo? I make it frequently, so couldn't believe I hadn't written about it, before. I was reminded that I really need to build a search button for this site, but that's a project for another day.
Mr. L. grows beautiful bananas. He also grows a lot of them. So, when I did some searching on-line for a new banana bread recipe, I was pretty excited about this one from Two Peas and Their Pod. The texture is more like a pound cake -- and I love pound cake. I think the secret must be the buttermilk. Do yourself a favor and check out their great site!