There are some things that you think, "Why bother making this, when I can get it from the store?" Like, why would I make my own sausage when it comes in all these delicious flavors in the meat case? Or, why bother making my own crackers when Ritz makes one fine butter cracker? It's these questions that I plan to answer. Is it worth making your own?
Using all of your suggestions, the 2012 calendar has been prepared and the challenge is ready. The Wilde Kitchen presents...
Why Bother? Challenge 2012
January 12 - Chicken Stock & Vegetable Stock
January 26 - Soft Pretzels
February 11 - Fondant
February 23 - Flavored Bagels
March 8 - Fat-Free Yogurt & Greek Yogurt
March 22 - Buffalo Sauce
April 12 - Potato Chips (baked & fried) This challenge beat me & I'm still working out the recipes!
April 19 - Salad dressing (creamy & vinaigrette)
May 3 - Hamburger & Hot Dog Buns
May 24 - Ketchup & Mustard
May 31 - Pickles
June 14 - Ricotta Cheese
June 28 - Gnocchi
July 12 - Canned Jam (strawberry-lemon & ginger-pear)
July 27 - Corn Tortillas & Flour Tortillas
August 9 - Mozzarella Cheese
August 23 - Sandwich Bread (Whole Wheat & Pesto Swirled White Bread)
September 6 - Thai Chili Sauce & Coconut Milk
September 20 - Homemade Sodas (Strawberry Cream Soda & Raspberry-Lime Rickey)
October 4 - Pasta (Sun-dried Tomato Ravioli and Basil Cream Sauce)
October 18 - Almond Milk
November 15 - Nut Butters
Bronchitis Struck the Wilde Household! The following challenges have been pushed into the new year!
January 3 - Granola Bars (Granola Bar Muffins & No-bake, Chewy Granola Bars)
January 17 - Crackers (Thin Wheat Crackers & Ginger-Curry Crackers)
January 31 - Flavored Soft Cheeses (Honey-Cinnamon Cream Cheese & Sun-dried tomato-Basil Cream Cheese)