Thursday, April 26, 2018
Taste Test

Taste test: Rating hollandaise sauce mixes

On my first day of cooking school, we stirred for several hours trying to make hollandaise sauce. We mixed melted butter, egg yolks and lemon juice over and over again until we got it right. Most of us ended up tossing out several pans of sauces that separated because of overheating or overstirring. The lingering arm pain from that day was enough to convince any cook that hollandaise sauce is just as good when it starts as a powder packet from the local grocery store. Our panelists plan to serve the classic butter sauce over eggs Benedict or vegetables like asparagus this Easter season. We found three brands that whipped up on the stove top in minutes.

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Taste test: vanilla wafers

Taste test: vanilla wafers

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Taste test: citrus-flavored sparkling water

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Taste test: cocktail sauce

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Taste test: Hawaiian sweet rolls

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