|Homemade Doritos - a new wonderful/terrible discovery thanks to Lara Ferroni's new book - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
|Sweet and savory options from Real Snacks - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
Yes, there's more effort involved in following the recipes to the letter, preparing the homemade seasonings ahead of time, but it's a good middle ground if you want to remove the mystery preservatives from your lifestyle but not give up your favorite guilty pleasures. There are a few recipes like the homemade Cheetos which require special equipment like a food dehydrator -- I don't have that -- but I realize a lot of people have those newfangled gadgets and if so, congratulations, you're on your way to homemade cheese puff bliss. But there's plenty of basic recipes that don't require fancy gear that I'm already marking off to become this year's edible holiday gifts. This is a great book as both a gift and a source for making homemade goodies to give away -- because who's going to say no to a batch of homemade Oreo cookies? If you're shaking your head "no," shame on you. Why do you hate America? Why do make bald eagles cry? You'll eat those homemade Oreos and love them.
The homemade Doritos gave me a reason to live that weekend. You're sick, you lose a lot of motivation and energy, and worst of all, food is just so lackluster when your senses are dulled by the Sickness of Evil. But the recipe was simple enough and I had most of the ingredients handy. I made some modifications -- I baked the tortilla wedges because gadzooks almighty, I hate to fry. A little brushing of cooking oil and baking the wedges until crispy at about 350 degrees in the oven is just dandy, even if it takes a little longer than throwing them into oil. The seasoning mixture I put together was minus the homemade onion powder -- I blame being lazy and not feeling well, but I mostly wanted salty and spice, so I added more salt and cayenne pepper. I even put a bit of cumin powder to add another layer of flavor. Mostly, I just wanted something salty, crispy and to remind my tastebuds there was a reason to live. I tossed the baked tortilla triangles in the powder, let the oven set the flavoring for a few minutes, and I seriously ate the whole batch over the weekend. I could not stop, I turned into the Doritomonster, barreling through the population of Doritotown with abandon, leaving nothing but sorrow and Dorito-emptiness in its ravaged wake. But I could afford to be callous and selfish -- I was really hungry and I knew I could make this again easily enough.
|An apple pastry a day keeps the munchies away - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
I never liked jams or jellies growing up. I didn't even like fruit pies. So for a long time, Pop Tarts weren't on my radar, as a strawberry filling sounded about as thrilling as a punch in the face. But when the cinnamon-sugar flavor came out, I gave it a whirl and I was addicted to those Diabetes in a Box morning treats. Common sense kicked in at some point and I said goodbye to Pop Tarts forever, but I liked the notion of homemade cinnamon-apple toaster pastries. The leftover apples were just enough to make a filling for two batches of the homemade Pop Tart recipe. It's basically a pie filling, but I cooked down the apples until they were almost applesauce, as I wanted it to be that smooth, gooey texture I remember from those Pop Tarts of yore.
|The Great Pop Tart Caper - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
I added the frosting once the tarts were cooled, but you could easily go without, maybe sprinkle some finishing sugar over the tarts before baking, to give it a little decoration. Once the frosting is on, it doesn't really make the tarts toaster-friendly, I think the frosting would burn, but I was just lightly reheating each one in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Any more than that, and the heat will literally make the frosting boil. There's no need to reheat them at all, but there's just something extra-good about a warm mini apple pie. It felt like a Food Circle of Life to give my friend some of the apple Pop Tarts made with fruit from her tree. Simba, I am your Father.
|Darth Vader just wanted apple pie and homemade Pop Tarts. And Love. - Photos by Wasabi Prime|