The NYT has this great article today about outting the old and inning the new, and I'm all for it! Just check out some of the stuff they covered:
I've made my own croutons before and they really are better than all get-out. Give this one a shot.
I may still stick with my cartons of stock cause, hey, it's easy and I'm lazy.
Vicky changed over to olive oil in a hand pump and it's terrific. Try this!
Gotta start making my own salad dressing. I think this is a great idea!
Lemons! Yes! Fresh!
Now buying fresh spices (or fresh-er spices, at least) is always a good idea but it's also a pricey one. Hmmmm...
They also mention using dried beans. Oddly enough, I'll use these whenever I make a special dinner, like a big pot of chili, but I used canned beans the rest of the time. Why is that?
That said, I'm not buying fresh vanilla beans. Dude, that costs!
They had me on the real cheese until the whole "scrape the mold" line... next!
Frozen veggies - yep. Vicky and I have made that switch. Better to go fresh, of course.
I'd love to find tomato paste in a tube. Anyone?
No comment on the pie crust because, seriously, we'll just buy the pie. (Did I mention I'm lazy?)
Sherry vinegar? Hmmm... must try...
Real rice. Seriously, folks. Real rice.
As good as natural maple syrup might be, my sweet tooth craves that crap at IHOP.
They list quite a few other things, too. Worth a gander.