Thursday, February 3, 2011

How it all started (or I could make this shit myself!)

A while back I attended and then hosted my own 'tasting' party by a certain unnamed company. I'm not knocking said unnamed company. Their stuff is delicious. How could there be anything wrong with sitting around with your friends eating free cheese dip and salsa and getting free stuff for doing it? I ended up with a fridge full of leftovers, four free jars of seasoning and a half price frying pan. Totally worth it.

But when I read the catalogue, the tightwad Ukrainiun in me was a little horrified by the prices. Six bucks for a tiny little jar of that? I COULD MAKE THIS SHIT MYSELF!

Being the very obsessive person that I am, that very night I started creating my own mixes and compiling them into a cookbook. Drinks, soups, seasonings, curries, salad dressings. I got out my filthy notebook full of kitchen creations, pages falling everywhere and I tested and tried and modified and then wrote it all down. It didn't take me long before I had quite a few mixes.

None of us have a lot of time on our hands, but all of us eat. We're stuck with so few options when we're in a hurry, and because take out isn't affordable 365 days a year we're forced to try other short cuts. The grocery store is teeming with jars and packets of sauces and mixes- just add meat, just add vegetables, just add water. But what are you adding them to? Usually a whole lot of MSG. So then the fancier yet healthier versions are put out by overpriced pyramid scheme corporations like unnamed company. Which saves you from eating the MSG from the three dollar bottle at the grocery store by charging you six dollars for a jar with half as much.

But what if you could make all of these in advance, store them in your cupboards and whip up quick meals and snacks whenever you wanted? What if they were not only additive free, but even less expensive than the unhealthy grocery store versions? My collection of recipes makes that possible.

This blog will let people test out my mixes, give feedback and enjoy my creations as I complete my cookbook. I'll test out my recipes and write about them, and you can try them too.

Happy mixing.


  1. This is great Lisa! Looking forward to watching you mix it up! :)

  2. I hope to try your recipes - the butter chicken sounds great!

  3. Hey Lisa.. great ideas! (name for your first cookbook –“You can make this great shit too!!”)

  4. Hey Lisa, this is way cool! I totally understand Sera; whenever Nadia makes french fries I start screaming just like she does! I'm going to try some of your recipes and will let you know how they turn out.

  5. I just discovered your blog, and as I love the products from a certain unnamed company, I am POSITIVE I will LOVE trying out your mixes! Thank you!

  6. Looking forward to trying a lot of this! I also want to give several of these mixes as Christmas presents this year. :)