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Back To Basics – What Would Laura Ingalls Wilder Do?

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I’ve been very food obsessed as of late (Editor’s Note: Gretchen is always food obsessed). Most of my days are consumed with the buying and making of food, reading recipes and restaurant reviews, and of course eating it. I’ve been inspired by farmer’s markets, Julia Child, and Laura Ingalls Wilder, and discouraged by big agribusiness, GMOs, and Monsanto. Ultimately, I’d really like to take as much processed food out of my diet as possible. I never have ketchup in my fridge, but a recipe called for 2 tbsp of it, so instead of going to the store and buying a bottle of ketchup, I made my own out of what I already had at my house. 

And yesterday, I had a craving for my grandma’s wild rice casserole. Now it is not a healthy dish by any means, but her recipe calls for canned cream of mushroom soup and canned asparagus (blech). I read the soup label only to discover MSfuckingG in it.

Are you kidding me?! I thought that shit was banned by now. Regardless, the basic ingredients were simple, so why couldn’t I make it from what I already had in my kitchen: butter, flour, seasonings, broth, milk and mushrooms?

Homemade Canned Cream of Mushroom Soup
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1/2 cup broth
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup mushrooms, diced small

Melt the butter.
Whisk in the flour, one tbsp at a time.
Add poultry seasoning.
Whisk in broth.
Whisk in milk.
Stir in mushrooms.
s+p to taste.
Heat until desired thickness.

You’ll have the same amount in a can of Campbell’s without the extra crap you don’t need like vegetable oil, modified food starch, dried whey, soy protein concentrate, yeast extract, and monosodium glutamate! Plus, it tastes better and took less than 5 minutes to make. It made me think: what other processed shit can we just make ourselves?

You can find more of Gretchen’s musings about food, as well as recipes, at her blog Wild, Fresh + Tasty.

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