Monday, December 14, 2009

Warm Delights

Warm Delights is a cake product from Betty Crocker. It is the type of product my students rave about. Being that I am the consummate student, I decided to try this product and see what all the fuss was about.

So I headed off to my local grocery store and purchased one package of molten caramel flavor Warm Delights mini. I was amazed that the bagger was so enthused about my purchasing this product. With a great deal of enthusiasm, she told me this was a totally great product. When asked what was so good about this product, her response was “It is quick and easy”. I thought, gee, she said nothing about the quality of the product, nothing about the flavor, texture, just quick and easy.

I brought my package of Warm Delights back for a taste test. Luckily, I work with a group of people that are always willing to subject themselves to taste tests. My sous chef, 10-year old Carson actually made the cake. It was simple. Remove the mountain of packaging material. Dump the cake mix into the bowl and add 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of water and stir. Next squeeze the caramel packaging 10 times, now that’s precision for you. Squeeze it over the cake and microwave for 30 seconds. Wait 2 minutes and ‘enjoy’.

We passed the cake around for our customary taste test. Carson, the 10 year old, stated “It’s okay”. My chocoholic coworker stated that “It is without structure”. Now how scientific is that. It was generally agreed that it was okay, but not great. Even though I wasn’t overly excited about the product, it did exceed my expectations and I am amazed at the amount of science required to develop this product. The development team was a group of brilliant scientists. It’s too bad they weren’t brilliant cooks.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Grilled Sandwich a la Paula Deen

I was watching Paula Deen make a grilled cheese sandwich. Paula was out of butter. I know it’s hard to believe Paula Deen would ever run out of butter. But according to her, she was out of butter. However, this little fact did not stop her from making a grilled cheese sandwich. She simply switched the butter to mayonnaise. I was shocked AND eager to see if it really worked. One day I was out of ideas for lunch and decided to make grilled cheese the way Paula did. I spread my mayonnaise on the outside, added the cheese, and heated up the pan. I must tell you it worked! I ended up with a nicely crisp sandwich and melted cheese. Now, I don’t think it was quite as flavorful as butter would have been. Mayonnaise may never replace butter, but in a pinch, I say try it. Be warned, mayonnaise contains a lot of fat. If you try this with a reduced or nonfat product, it may not work.