Katie has shared a bit about our early struggles with grocery shopping, ingredient selection, and homemade cuisine while living in Santiago. She’s leading the way to figure out a rotation of home cooked meals that are both healthy and tasty, and she’s scratching together a MacGuyver-like cookbook that makes use of the best inputs available to accomplish the mission.
In one of our grocery stores, with humility, we’ve shopped a small section of shelving catering to our American ethnic tastes. Branded as American Classics, there’s a company hustling after our American proclivities. They’ve boiled down our culinary necessities to mac and cheese, pancake / waffle mix, potato chips, ranch dressing, syrup, peanut butter, ketchup, and mustard.
Note that back in the United States, we would not buy ranch dressing. We wouldn’t even keep it in the refrigerator on the chance we might need it. But in Chile, we saw it and had to have it.