Don’t buy it, make it!  Three easy recipes

I often go to parties and I find it difficult to believe that people would buy a Pina Colada mix rather than making it themselves. The real thing tastes so much better!

Alas, it seems life has gotten too convienent. It’s almost as if people have forgotten the taste of real food. ‘

I decided to list here, three easy recipes for items I see people commonly buy. When you see just how easy it is, you’ll never go back to the store bought:

Pina Colada

The Piña Colada blends the flavors of coconut and pineapple. It has become a favorite among those who enjoy tropical cocktails.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • cracked ice cubes
  • 2 parts white rum
  • 1 part dark rum
  • 3 parts pineapple juice
  • 2 parts coconut cream
  • pineapple wedge for garnish

Preparation:

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the cocktail into a tall frosted glass. Garnish with pineapple wedge.

Coconut cream is a common staple in most supermarkets, or, your local bodega. I’m sure you have seen the can listed in this post many times.

Alfredo Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups soft or melted sweet butter
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Cook the noodles in a large quantity of boiling salted water until tender, according to package directions. Drain well. Place noodles in hot casserole over low heat. Add butter, cheese, and cream, a little at a time, tossing gently after each addition. Season with freshly ground black pepper to taste.

As easy as it is to make the real thing, why would you ever eat that store bought stuff again. It simply is awful.

Guacomole

Ingredients:

  • 2 avocados
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

  1. Cut the avocados into halves. Remove the seeds, and scoop out the pulp into a small bowl. Use a fork to mash the avocado. Stir in lemon juice, onion, salt, and olive oil. Cover the bowl, and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

There is nothing like a fresh Guacomole. But that can only be made if the avocados are ripe.

With recipes these easy to make, I can’t understand why any one would settle for less. My brother always said, as corny as it is, “Life is too short for bad food”. I couldn’t agree more.