17 January 2011 @ 09:20 pm
The Foodie in me...  
I'm not sharing this because I think it's a good idea.  I am sharing this because I think it's nasty.  I cook because I don't want to eat grody things.  I make things from scratch more than I make from mixes because I can control what goes into what we eat that way.  It's one of the things I'm liking less and less about Dream Dinners, because some of the ingredients they choose are sometimes less than desirable. Some people say that makes me a food snob.  I say it just means I'm aware of what food does to us and for us, so why eat things that can be harmful if there are no benefits?

Using Coffee Mate in frosting

My first thought when reading this was, "Ew? Who does this?" and then I realized, probably a lot more people than I'd think. I know I'm in the minority here. I used to be the person who would use Accent as an ingredient and would buy frozen dinners or packaged meals. What's a little MSG or extra and entirely unnecessary sodium? How about a little high fructose corn syrup and some partially hydrogenated oils to go along with all the chemicals we can't pronounce? Thanks, but no thanks.

I could go on forever. Believe me.

Don't get me wrong. I love all sorts of ingredients that are bad for me, like butter and sugar and salt. I use them frequently, and often together. I will even buy things that have nasty ingredients in them like high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oils. Usually, this is because it's a crucial ingredient to my recipe that can't be altered. However, people are using artificial cream instead of milk? What?

Of course, I know there are flavored creamers that do not have high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oils. I don't remember what ingredients are in those creamers because we don't buy them. Who knows, they could be perfectly normal ingredients. I probably overreacted, but whatever. It bothers me that a large percentage of the people who read this article will think, "Hey, what an awesome idea! I'm going to do that!" and they'll start taking their cupcakes to work and passing them around and people will be dropping dead like a bunch of flies left and right. Now all I'm going to think when I see cupcakes brought in is, "Ew, did you use that nasty Coffee Mate in your frosting?" and worry about catching the cancers or dropping off from a heart attack.

Ok, not really. I'll probably forget about it after posting this, to be honest. Sometimes my initial reactions are a little strong.

But only a little... ;)
 
 
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Louisa Annlouenn on January 18th, 2011 08:41 am (UTC)
Why would people do that sort of thing? I mean, to make frosting all you really need is water and icing sugar, surely?
sm00bssm00bs on January 18th, 2011 11:25 am (UTC)
It depends on the frosting as well as the item being frosted. I probably wouldn't put royal frosting on cupcakes, but I might put it on a bundt cake...
Calla Flower: Sandwichcallita623 on January 18th, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
do people really call you a food snob because you make things from scratch? mostly people say they don't understand how i have the time to do such things. i don't know why people don't put more effort to making things for their family that taste better and are better for them.
sm00bssm00bs on January 19th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
I think they call me a food snob more for the ingredients I choose than for making things from scratch. I tend to buy organic or natural foods. Eh... Who knows why people think the things they think....
Queen Mab of Critique: You make me smile. :)aellwynde on January 18th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
I'm with ya. I do cut corners on some things, but when I can- aka, when I have the physical strength and energy, these days- I make from scratch when I can.

And I cannot imagine using creamer in frosting. Blech.
sm00bssm00bs on January 19th, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)
Cutting corners is perfectly normal, I think. There are lots of things I could make but choose to buy instead, like boxed mac and cheese (Back to Nature brand is our favorite). I only mention this because I just found out Sophie doesn't like baked mac n cheese.... What?! She's nuts!

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