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Food for Thought: Try the recipes on the back of the box

Aug 7, 2019

I told Nancy Leson about the years of flops I'd had with a certain complicated, hard to follow and very chancy lemon meringue pie recipe. Then one day in the supermarket, I saw a better way on the back of a can of Eagle sweetened condensed milk: a recipe both simple, sensible and foolproof. Now I'll never make LMP any other way.

This week Nancy and I talk about the wealth of good recipes available right on the box, can or bottle.  And by the way...

Nancy wondered about the difference between sweetened condensed and evaporated milk. It's just the sugar. The sweetened has it, the evaporated doesn't. Other than that they're the same thing.

Nance loves Old Bay's steamed shrimp and crab recipes as shown above. She also mentioned the Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafer Ice Box cake at a friend 's family gathering. Just the thing for these hot days when you'd rather not turn on the oven.

Nabisco famous chocolate wafer icebox cake.
Credit Nancy Leson / KNKX

KNKX Sound Effect producer Gabe Spitzer rightly asked "Who could forget Rice Krispie treats?"  Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick loves the Quaker Oats oatmeal drop cookies.  

Fun fact: One of America's all-time favorite back of the box recipes,  Baker's German chocolate cake, has nothing to do with Germany. It was developed for them in the mid 1800s by an American, Mr. Samuel German, and named for him.

"Place Velveeta, butter, chocolate and corn syrup in a large microwave bowl..." From the Kraft Velveeta Fudge recipe.