Category Archives: We Can Do It Better

We Can Do It Better – How to Make a Homemade Shamrock Shake!

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and people are gearing up for the one day of the year they can get away with getting drunk at 10:00AM. However, for many others, the season of St. Paddy means something else (and I’m not just talking about non-stop listening to their Dropkick Murphys/Flogging Molly playlist). Of course, I’m referring to the almighty Shamrock Shake!

Photo Credit: Todd Van Hoosear

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We Can Do It Better: Taco Bell Cheetos Burrito

It’s been a while since we last took on one of Taco Bell’s stoner-esque mashups, mostly because it’s been hard to keep up with them. Unfortunately for them, seems like their recipe devs may have hit a wall of some sort, given their latest limited edition menu item, the taco-burrito.

It’s just a rice-less burrito with some tortilla chips in it. Well done, lads.

A few of their other recent special products were a bit more inspired, however, such as the Cheetos burrito from mid-late 2016. For whatever reason, a bunch of random Cheetos mashup foods appeared on fast food menus, like the Cheetohs mac ‘n’ cheese sticks at Burger King, and Taco Bell also put out a Cheetos crunchwrap too. The burrito version meanwhile is the easiest to put together at home, provided you have some of the cheesy corn snacks on hand.

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We Can Do It Better: Glazed Pineapple Cookies

So, I fully intended to remake these cookies a lot sooner than this.  However between Christmas, a string of birthdays, and then Easter it’s kind of been dessert overload over here for the past few months.  Only now that most of the dessert baking occasions have passed did I really feel inspired to give these cookies another go.

If you remember from the original Test the Recipe post, following that recipe the cookies came out fine, but weren’t really very pineapple-y and the glaze was kind of a disaster.  So my mission was to bring more pineapple to the cookies while also improving the glaze.  Luckily this was kind of a two birds with one stone type situation.  So, what changes did I make?


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We Can Do it Better: Loaded Fries

As much as we may try to eat healthy, sometimes we all just crave some good old fashioned junk food.  If you’re like us that usually occurs sometime around 1 in the morning.  But time of day isn’t really that important.  The main point I’m trying to make is that when you do have that junk food craving, try to resist the urge to go out and buy the junkiest food from a restaurant or fast food place.  Because you can, actually make junk food yourself at home that, while not necessarily healthy, will certainly still be better for you than something you purchase out.

Homer Simpson is sometimes everyone's spirit animal.

Homer Simpson is sometimes everyone’s spirit animal.

This brings us to loaded fries.  I will fully admit that some places have awesome loaded fries.  But there are also a lot of less than great loaded fries out there.  Between soggy, limp fries and questionable cheese sauces, ordering loaded fries can be very hit or miss.  Luckily they’re super easy to make at home.  And while they’re never really going to be good for you, when you make them yourself you have control over what all gets added to them, and that’s always a good thing.

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We Can Do It Better: How To Make Homemade Chicken Fingers

If there is one universally loved menu item I’m willing to bet everyone enjoys, a food so beloved by people from different races, creeds, and backgrounds, one thing we can all agree is just sooooo frigging tasty from the time we’re capable of eating solid food, to the time we’re no longer capable of eating solid food…

Oh man…

It’s chicken fingers. Seriously, everybody likes chicken fingers. You can’t dislike them. They’re perfect. They’re crisp and tasty and moist, have just enough flavor yet go great with a variety of condiments… There’s no reason to not eat them, diet permitting. Okay, so maybe they’re not the healthiest food out there, but as we’ve already established, fried foods aren’t necessarily bad for you so long as you fry them correctly. That’s especially true when you make your own fried foods at home. So, well, why the hell not?


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