There are some things most of us take for granted in the kitchen.
Take aprons, for instance. Have you ever made your own apron? Maybe you have, but most of us buy them premade from the store. Or, have you ever made a spatula? Probably not (but if so, please tell me where you found a spatula mold!)
The same goes for food. Most of us have never made our own cereal, whipped up yogurt from scratch or sifted through seas for caviar. Oftentimes these things come prepackaged for us, and we don't think twice about it. Though there are many things we simply can't make or find on our own (like the caviar, for instance, unless you're a real go-getter), there are also many things we can make -- we just haven't made them yet.
For me, it was crackers. So when I decided to make these Blue Cheese & Walnut Crackers on my blog a while back, I knew I was entering into uncharted territory, one where I would forever leave behind buying prepackaged crackers from the store (most of the time. I have my lazy days). Making these crackers was so much easier than I anticipated -- just mix the dough, roll it up and refrigerate, slice and bake. Then, voila! You've got yourself a pretty platter of homemade snacks.
These crackers don't have to be made with blue cheese and walnuts, if that's not your cup of tea. A combination of cheddar and chives works well, too, or parmesan and thyme. And they taste even better with a homemade spread or dip. You can make a whole tasting plate full of foods you've never made before, until today. Crackers are just the first step. Next step: Homemade spatula.
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