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Ain't that Somethin'? re Cool Whip (tm) 
Sep. 3, 2010 9:27 pm 
Updated: Sep. 6, 2010 6:04 am
A reader requested help, from more than myself here at AR I would suspect... living in S. Africa, wondered just what "CoolWhip" is, and could there be substitutions?  Well folks, I hardly ever buy the "stuff," preferring freshly whipped heavy cream (hey, they make pills for cholesterol!)  Got to wondering, if whipped cream would work...  I came up empty on that one, have never tried it, but did, however stumble across a link, leading me to "Mock Whipped Cream!"  the rec. as follows...

3/4 tsp unflavored gelatin
1 tbls cold water
1/2 C nonfat dry milk powder
1/2 C ice water
2 tbls confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar)
1 tsp vanilla

Combine gelatin and 1tbls cold water in heat proof measure cup or bowl
Place in a pan of simmering water, only until gelatin dissolves, about 4 mins
Combine in a small chilled mixing bowl, dry milk powder, ice water, and confectioner's sugar
Whip with chilled beaters on med speed, till foamy
Continue beating, and add gelatin mixture down side of bowl (to prevent spatter)
Beat on med speed an additional 7-10 mins until it resembles  whipped cream
Add vanilla, and beat until incorporated.

Use, or refridgerate immediately.  It may "deflate" some, simply beat again until light and fluffy

I found this at (no offense AR!) The rec may have been contributed by "mastercook," I'm unsure, but do wish to give credit as deserved! 
So, while crazy cook didn't fuss in the kitchen much, after a rather busy afternoon, and finding some leftover pork bbq for sandwhiches and opened a can of pork&beans (which I did dr up a tich) guess it was interesting to spend a bit of time on the crazy computer, to solve a curiosity!

So, I sat this afternoon, dreading heading out into 100&miserable heat, to go to the grocery, on a major buying trip.  Did well at sticking to my list, with only a few exceptions...  Decided to grab a head of lettuce, figuring what I had on hand must be getting low, and may not be edible, even, as it's been in the crisper for I don't know how long!  While hunting for pretzles (since J left I've wanted make some ChexMix tm) and that was just about the only item I didn't have on hand... and snatched a bag of wavy potato chips... conveniently placed directly next to the darn pretzles!  Made it thru a store that I'm not all that familiar with (as to what's in which isle...)  without too much back tracking, I'm pleased to say - as my cart got fuller, and fuller...  I did notice tho' that I'd missed a couple produce items, just wasn't that critical to back track to where I began (I'm wanting to get to Sprouts "farmers market" anyway!)  Didn't pay a whole lot of attention, by time I was checking out, the lines were getting longer, and longer, at the checkouts.  I assisted the "bag clerk" in stuffing some items into my AR shopping bags, plus a few others...  Made SURE that the cashier got my numerous coupons before hitting that always "scary" TOTAL button!  I held my breath a moment...  So, my grand total, after the "dust settled" as it were, was $75.61 on my check card.  Prior two trips "out" totalled about $65, guess to feed and beverage two adults, isn't that hateful, in this day and time...  So, "drumroll please," final coupon/on sale items $53.86, for a total savings of 42% according to my sales slip!  I JUST LOVE when I do better than, say, 30%!!  Guess it made it worth "schlepping" in the long run, not to mention that the pantry is "full and happy," at least for the time being.  Once I had cooled off, put all away, as usual  (for me, anyway,) I began the "next" grocery list, with the "missed" items, and a few more, that as I pondered... "shoulda got..."  Seems with all of my planning, and forethought, that IS the routine, so guess I might as well get over it, and take it as a "given!"

Well, all, despite the hour (early for me...) think I need to sit back and relax some.  I imagine I'll get a second wind, as I often do this time of day, but the old back and shoulder muscles are moaning at me...  Hope you are all well, happy, and cookin' crazy over the holiday weekend!  Will check in later...
Sep. 4, 2010 2:59 am
Thanks for the researched find. That will likely help lots of folks who cannot get Cool Whip where they are. // Congrats on the savings. My DD is looking at coupon shopping, too, as a way to bring the costs under control. Happy Labor Day!
Sep. 4, 2010 7:26 am
I need to get in on the coupon thing. Sounds like I'm missing the boat.
Sep. 4, 2010 6:53 pm
oh my stevie, you have been busy, wow you saved a bunch....always a good thing...ttyl judy
Sep. 4, 2010 6:59 pm
oh i forgot...nice job on the cool didn't know about that...sub for cool whip...great job stevie...ttyl ...judy
Sep. 6, 2010 6:04 am
Good blog as always, Stevie. Always look forward to hearing about your crazy kitchen. You've been very helpful to me. Cool whip is bad stuff!! But check out what gelatin is made of....
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Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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