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Old 12-20-2006, 08:13 PM   #71
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I was watching TV the other night and there was a commercial for some show, or something ... the family was sitting around the table for dinner and the son asked the question, "Do we always have to have cuisine - can't we just have food once in a while?" - you heard the needle scrape across the record and the mother looked at him in horror!!!

Gimme a break - we don't all have the time to devote to preparing a 5-Star dinner "from scratch" every night!

Don't worry about it .... like Andy M's signature says, "If you want to create an apple pie from scratch - you first have to create the Universe."

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Old 12-20-2006, 10:00 PM   #72
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You design your kitchen to meet your needs. If you like deli food make your kitchen a in-home deli. If it's baked foods, go with that. Some people love breakfast foods enough to live on it all the while. Others want variety and choose seasonal foods.
Some people don't know about making bread from flour. They think it's slicing french bread and toasting it. I had a lady tell me that she made koolaid from scratch.
I found a recipe for marshmellows. It was so time consuming, difficult and needed pans that I did not have. I don't know why they are so cheap but I am not going to complain about people using commerical marshmellows ever.
I never make chinese food because we do not have the appropriate ingredients that are not canned and processed.
I don't see buying ready made pie dough, canned filling, etc and putting it together and baking it. Might as well buy a pie in the bakery. It takes several pounds of apples to make a pie or a cobbler and that's what I make when nobodys eating the fresh fruit.
All the "powdered sugar" contains cornstarch so it's the same thing as confectioners sugar.
We would be waiting a long time for a baseball game if those hot dog franks were homemade.
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Old 12-21-2006, 01:11 AM   #73
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I think what the way we are able to get a favorite stuff quickly and conveniently. We could do.
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Old 12-21-2006, 03:35 AM   #74
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Hello YT

I usually buy things, if I have not yet learned, how to make them.
Or if the packets look particularly nice.
Or if it is something, from my childhood, for nostalgic reasons.
Or something that brings back memories, from another country, also for nostalgic reasons.

But instant mashed potatoes??????????!!!!!!!!!!! Havent had them since i was a student, long before i learned how to cook. Even back then, when my taste in food was not in any way sophisticated, i did not like instant mashed potatoes. Maybe, they sell better quality instant potatoes, these days...

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Old 12-21-2006, 10:10 AM   #75
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Who on this forum has the wonderful Carl Sagan quote about making an apple pie from scratch? Of course if the definition of cheat is to open a can of... we all cheat.

I think I'd like a different phrase/term as the connotational value of 'cheat' is negative and the fact that we all use what is available to us to put good food on the table for our loved ones is not a negative.
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Old 12-21-2006, 12:08 PM   #76
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I think it is something like "To make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe". That may not be the exact wording, but similar.
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Old 12-21-2006, 12:40 PM   #77
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well "instant mash" was only used as an example, it could just as easily be a pack of boil in the bag savory rice or those instant noodles with flavour packet you see almost everywhere now, I was just curious that IF a recipe was posted that said "use the tomato pack from an instant noodle bag" or "add instant mash to the fish cake mix" etc, etc...

it wouldn`t be Frowned upon.

I`m a very Down-to-Earth sort of person, I like to go with whatever works rather than F*** about :)
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Old 12-25-2006, 04:51 AM   #78
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You do know that Julia always said we should keep our secrets in the kitchen! For a party a few months ago I bought frozen meatballs, then used home-made spagetti sauce and tossed them into a crock pot. Huge hit. When I told a young (twenty-something) friend that I used frozen meatballs and home-made sauce, he looked at me seriously and said, "All I heard was home-made." Yes, I believe in cheat, cheat, cheat.

By the way, instant mashed potato flakes (as opposed to buds) are a great thing to have on hand, even if you never (and I rarely do) use them for mashed potatoes. They make a great substitute for panko in breading and you can use them to thicken sauces if you have friends who have wheat allergies.
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Old 12-25-2006, 01:47 PM   #79
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I really can't abide the "instant" mashed potatoes. Yuck. However, one year I accidentally put too much milk in my real mashed potatoes and they were just plain soupy. ( I think I was tossing back a bit of the bubbly that year). Anyway, I added some instant and voila! Perfect, and no one knew the difference. I must confess, though, to recently discovering and using with great success, OreIda frozen mashed potatoes. Instead of those instant flakes, these are real potatoes, riced and frozen. Just add milk and butter. I have used them for at least 4 holiday dinners and no one was the wiser!
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Old 12-26-2006, 11:06 AM   #80
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Food cheats..

Originally Posted by YT2095
in the kitchen.

I`m sure I`m not the only one that does things in the kitchen that I`m a little ashamed to admit. Anyone here ever use Instant mash potato, the sort you just add boiling water to and stir? Time to Confess!
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Don't do the boil and stir thing.. use them in the microwave with corning ware set I purchased a few years ago. They come out perfect every time. Betty Crocker (I think it's them) has a Scalloped Potato thing that's fantastic and works quite well in the microwave as well. We just started using the Uncle Bens rice in the microwave. I purchased a rice cooker a yr ago but sometimes it gets a little time consuming or just annoying period to go through the hassle when you're doing dinner - we're to the point now with our schedules we want it simple and easy cook.

Use the minced garlic - keep a bottle of it in the fridge since we use it constantly; easier than working with the other in my opinion. Have been laxing off with the spaghetti sauce in making homemade so we're getting the store bought these days.

Tried that thing they were selling on tv - Pasta Express I think it was, does ok but doesn't cook as well as it should least in my husband's opinion. There's tons of other stuff that I purchase at the store and go with. When it all comes down to it in brass and taxes, the world we live in today isn't what we had many moons ago. No more are we in society of the June Cleaver traditional home maker. We have careers, family, and busy lives unfortunately the rest follows in tow.

I may have not said that in the best choice of wording but I can only hope it was taken with good intentions. I would love to stay home and cook a fantastic meal every day but I can't. Economy won't allow that to happen so we work with the capabilities that we have available to us. *shrug*


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