I've decided to make this resolution into a challenge for 2009.....care to join?
The challenge - take one item from your pantry (or freezer) every month (that's just 12 items people :) and reproduce it from scratch. Soups, sauces, dressings, crackers....be creative (anyone have a recipe for pretzels?)
As much as possible use local sources for the ingredients of your homemade version as well as garden produce. But even if you don't have a garden, using fresh produce and no additives is a huge improvement over store brands.
Post on your blog (or email me) the recipes you used, photos of the process, and what kind of lessons you learned. I'll do a monthly recap with links to the blogs so we can all benefit....my evil plan here is to get recipes from people way smarter than me :)
Let me know if you care to join....anytime!
...and for those of you who already have a pantry full of homemade soups, sauces and snacks...feel free to join and share your success stories with us.
AMMENDED (with special thanks to Chorus for advice and encouragement)....I've decided to add house-cleaning and body care products to the challenge...hey, I keep my shampoo in the pantry!