Sadly, many people don't make a lot of things from scratch anymore. Everything comes pre-made in a box or a bag. Lemme tell you something: ALL of that stuff has additives and preservatives and Yellow Number 5 or Red Number 40 or whatever, and NONE of that is good for us!
When you make it yourself with great ingredients, you know exactly what goes into whatever you're making.
Here is an old Southern favorite. Simple and quick to make. Banana pudding. It's as "scratch" as it can be until you get to the cookies. (Maybe I can find a recipe for those...!)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup corn starch
1/2 tsp salt
4 1/2 cups milk
4 tsp butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 package vanilla wafer cookies
Mix cornstarch, sugar and salt together in a saucepan. Add 1 cup of milk and stir on medium heat until ingredients dissolve. Add eggs and whisk well. Add remaining milk. Stir constantly until thick. Add butter and stir. Let cool. Add vanilla, stir. Layer cookies, banana slices, and pudding in a bowl or dish... (I don't like mushy cookies, so I put mine in right before serving.) Chill completely before serving.
"Food is never just food. It's also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, & who we want to be." -- Molly Wizenberg