I realized recently how much prepared food my wife and I eat. We have a kitchen full of all the appliances and gadgets: blender, stand mixer, food processor, Instant Pot, waffle iron, etc., not to mention a cupboard full of good ingredients, but while they do get used, I feel like we should be using them more, cooking stuff from scratch.
Living in a heavily Hispanic neighborhood, I decided to get with the program and make some simple Latin American foods from scratch. A few weeks back I made empanadas from scratch, using up a bunch of accumulated vegetables from our CSA, and mixing up the dough was super easy in the food processor. I just tossed in the ingredients in the order the recipe instructed, pulsed a few times and it magically became dough! They came out so good, I got my wife into it and we made apple empanadas for an office party she was having and they were well received.
The other day I found a 5 lb bag of Maseca in the cupboard that we had bought for reasons I can’t even remember years ago and used only like half a cup out of, so I dumped some of it in a bowl, mixed it with water and a little salt and made tortillas, using the instructions printed on the bag. They didn’t come out so great; they tasted good but were too thick and tended to fall apart during the transfer from flattening to the pan, but I’ve done some research on the internet (and questioned my neighbors) and I’m pretty sure I know where I went wrong (I didn’t let the dough rest). I ordered a tortilla press that should be arriving tomorrow and I’m going to give it another go this weekend.
I kind of want to try pasta after that. It seems intimidating, but from what I’ve seen and read, it shouldn’t be that difficult.
What items/dishes have you cooked from scratch? Would you make it again?