Everything you need to know to cook!
Growing up, the name Betty Crocker was familiar to me only inasmuch as that I had seen products bearing her name, like cake mix, on my frequent visits to the supermarket. That changed in 2003, when Cari and I first started dating. The first thing I ever ate that she had cooked was a baked macaroni & cheese dish from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook.
Through the rest of our time in England, through our frequent visits to one another, and finally into our life as cohabitants, Betty Crocker’s macaroni & cheese has become a fixture. We’ve served it at numerous dinner parties and gatherings, and it has also been the perfect dose of comfort food on more than a couple occasions.
About a year ago, Cari’s mother handed over an extra copy of Betty Crocker’s cookbook and since then it has been a great guide for basic info like cooking time for hard boiled eggs, along with recipes for basic foods like chocolate cake, quiche and crepes.
A few weeks ago, Cari and I watched the trailer for Julie & Julia:
Based on a true story, the film is about a woman named Julie Powell (Amy Adams) who decides to shake things up by cooking all 524 recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I by Julia Child (Meryl Streep) over a period 365 days.
Now, Betty Crocker is hardly the gourmet chef that Julia Child was (heck, Betty Crocker wasn’t even a real person), but we liked the idea and thought it might be fun to try a similar exercise with this other cookbook that falls at the other end of the spectrum. It’s not that we are averse to gourmet cooking (in fact, quite the opposite). But Cari and I both agree that to evolve as cooks does require some level of going back and making sure we have a solid grasp of the basics.
Which brings us to Recipe #1: Waffles.
Waffles with Blueberry Sauce
This morning Cari cooked us waffles with a blueberry sauce, and we used Betty Crocker’s recipe – this time opting for the “lighter variation,” which used apple sauce in place of oil and egg whites instead of whole eggs. A nice, basic waffle recipe that was made even better by the blueberry sauce – made with frozen blueberries, orange juice, honey and corn starch to thicken it up a bit. Mmm…