Retro Sundays

I created the Retro Sundays series to help newer readers easily navigate the very best of this blog's enormous back catalog of content. Each Retro Sundays column serves up a selection of the best articles from this week in history here at Casual Kitchen.

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This Week in History at Casual Kitchen:

The Crockpot: How I Admitted I Was Wrong in a Cooking Debate (January 2007)
I used to view slow-cookers as relics of the 1950s until I discovered what incredibly effective tools they could be for the time-challenged cook. Also, be sure to check out this post's sequel for an incredibly useful list of crock pot recipes, resources and cooking sites.

Fake Maple Syrup (January 2007)
I've always been hesitant to consume any food additive that I can't spell or pronounce. And fake maple syrup, which features an ominous-sounding chemical called sodium hexametaphosphate, is a textbook example. Read--and eat--at your own risk.

Three Easy, Delicious and Inexpensive Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes (January 2008)
An enormously popular post that changed forever how CK readers view store-bought salad dressing. Once you try these laughably easy and laughably cheap homemade recipes, you'll never go back to the overpriced store-bought crap again.

Easy Sopa de Lima (January 2009)
With its delicious, summery flavors and associations of wonderful warm weather, this recipe is quite simply the perfect meal to counteract a depressingly cold winter night. Check out the companion recipe for my incredibly delicious homemade tortilla chips!

Vegan Potato Peanut Curry (January 2010)
One of the most easy and exotic recipes in Casual Kitchen's history, and a runaway favorite among readers. Better still, it costs just 70c a serving and takes just 25 minutes to make.

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1 comment:

Sally said...

1. I use my slow cooker all the time. I make soup once or twice weekly, and it's usually made in the slow cooker. I cook my dried beans in the slow cooker -- in fact, I'm cooking pinto beans now to make refried beans for a dip to eat during the football games later (I'll also make my own tortilla chips!). I make stews and pot roasts in it.

2. I don't remember when I stopped buying fake maple syrup and started using the real thing, but there's no turning back. I'd rather go without than eat the fake stuff.

3. I make almost all my own salad dressings. My favorite recipe comes from Going Local ( 3 parts oil, 2 parts vinegar and 1 part sweetener (can be honey, maple syrup, sugar or brown sugar). The original used olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey.

The salad dressings I buy come from the farmer's market or winter market and are made with real ingredients. I only buy a couple and I just can't seem to duplicate them at home.