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Old 12-16-2006, 08:34 AM   #1
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Red face Do you Cheat in the kitchen?

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!

(it can be Anything)

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Old 12-16-2006, 09:10 AM   #2
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Oh yeah! If there is an easy way to do something and it is good, I go for it. I used to make all my salad dressings from scratch- one night - in a pinch - I used a bottle of balsamic vinegarette - it tasted just like what I made. I haven't made mine since!
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Old 12-16-2006, 09:13 AM   #3
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My food tastes 'off' if I cheat by using canned chicken broth. I hate it when I run out of the homemade.
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Old 12-16-2006, 09:16 AM   #4
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If my daughter is here and we are having rice(she hates it) We have the "wall paper paste" potatoes for her..
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Old 12-16-2006, 10:28 AM   #5
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I have jars of both chicken and beef soup base in the fridge. They're life savers when I've used up all of the real thing.
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Old 12-16-2006, 10:38 AM   #6
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Using prepared foods is considered cheating?
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Old 12-16-2006, 10:42 AM   #7
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it is when it comes down to instant Mash when you already have potatos in the house but just couldn`t be bothered. I personaly feel a little guilty when I do that :)
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Old 12-16-2006, 10:44 AM   #8
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Who, me?

Actually, yes I do sometimes. I do like the real thing better, but I always make gravy and eat the potatoes mixed with a bite of vegetable or meat anyway, so the instant potatoes aren't half bad.
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Constance, I`m glad you mentioned gravy! :)

I know how to make all different sorts from scratch, but confess to having several (Chicken, beef, onion) gravy granule containers that I use just out of laziness more often than I should <hangs head in shame>.
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Old 12-16-2006, 11:27 AM   #10
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Love food and cooking but also have a life. Would love not to have to worry about making a few shekels every day and deal with all of the concerns we all live with. But that is the way of the world. And when I leave for work before 5 AM and don't get home for twelve hours or so, as I have for the last 3 weeks straight, am in no mood to prepare coq au vin.

So, when I don't have the time, or, particularly, the energy to make a sauce, peel and cook some spuds, put together a batch of stuffing, you name it, I open a can or box.

And do so unabashedly.

Julia championed the use of canned chicken broth and Andre Soltner in his Lutece cookbook mentions using canned broths at home.

I don't look upon opening a can or box as cheating. I look upon it as a choice.

I remember an article by Scott Joseph, restaurant critic, food writer, for the Orlando Sentinel in which he said he sometimes would just like to be able to stay at home and enjoy a bologna sandwich.

Sometimes I just want to relax and open a can of chili (maybe over some elbow maccaroni), fry up some canned spuds, or make some really quick egg drop soup with canned broth. I could go on.

Just my take on it. And am sorry I mentioned the coq au vin, am getting a longing for it and right now just have too much else to do.
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