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Old 05-28-2010, 05:47 PM   #11
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I am not at all pretentious about food, but I do like to make stuff from scratch as much as possible.

I use a cake mix for a certain torte recipe, since I have to slice it into thin layers, the mix has a more sturdy structure, making it easier. After copious amounts of whipped milk chocolate ganache and enrobing it in poured dark chocolate ganache, nobody has a clue that the cake layers are from a mix.

I keep jarred spaghetti sauce in the pantry, I have a store brand favorite that is excellent, and I use that when I run out of homemade stuff in the freezer.

I use mostly dried herbs. I can't be bothered with the expense or hassle of fresh for most recipes, I end up wasting more than I use. There are certain dishes where only fresh will do, but for the rest, dried. Garlic is mostly fresh unless I am making a rub, then garlic powder.
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Old 05-28-2010, 05:55 PM   #12
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Gosh - I don't consider ANY of the previous posts "sins". Not a one. And I can cook from scratch with the best of 'em - from roast goose to a crocembouche.

But I too enjoy Zatarain's rice mixes, boxed mac & cheese, canned tomato products (now that's REALLY not a sin), etc., etc.

Frankly, I don't really think there is such a thing as a "sin" when it comes to cooking if you enjoy the end product.
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Old 05-28-2010, 06:58 PM   #13
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Ill think of more later, but the first one that comes to mind is :
Everyone thinks im the greatest cook in the family and everything i make is great, but what they dont know is how many of my ' failures' wind up in the garbage, over the fence or fed to the chickens. If they only knew
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Old 05-28-2010, 07:28 PM   #14
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We won't tell, larry ...but take heart, you're not alone.
Benjamin Franklin said, "I didn't fail the test, I just found
100 ways to do it wrong". And look how great he was.
You're family is right


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Old 05-28-2010, 07:56 PM   #15
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i too use boxed cake mixes, dressed up of course. i have a pound cake that is awesome . it uses a yellow butter cake mix. no one ever knows, unless they ask for recipe.
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Old 05-28-2010, 08:02 PM   #16
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Ill think of more later, but the first one that comes to mind is :
Everyone thinks im the greatest cook in the family and everything i make is great, but what they dont know is how many of my ' failures' wind up in the garbage, over the fence or fed to the chickens. If they only knew
Sounds like you think you're the only one that happens to. Not so.
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Old 05-28-2010, 08:17 PM   #17
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We won't tell, larry ...but take heart, you're not alone.
Benjamin Franklin said, "I didn't fail the test, I just found
100 ways to do it wrong". And look how great he was.
You're family is right


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I love quotes from Uncle Ben, as my family likes to call him. No kidding, he really was my (can't remember how many greats), Uncle!! Very cool, I think.
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Old 05-29-2010, 12:53 AM   #18
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Her are my sins:
I use mostly dried herbs, canned and frozen vegetables and canned beans. I buy fresh for special meals and recipes. If I bought all fresh so much would go to waste as life often gets in the way of best laid plans. As far as baking, I love to search recipes and only keep and share the good ones. I just love telling people, eat another piece, it is made from scratch and has no preservatives so it won't keep long. hehehehe
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Old 05-29-2010, 01:15 PM   #19
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I like Spam.

I feel dirtier for the confession.
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Old 05-29-2010, 01:31 PM   #20
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"Dirty"? Because you like Spam? Boy, you guys must be a really high-falutin pristine lot.

I LOVE Spam - & will never feel "dirty" for admitting it. I particularly like "Turkey Spam" when it's available. Less salty than the original version, & one my non-red-meat-eating husband can also enjoy.

I also have a commerotative "Monty Python & The Holy Grail Spam-O-Lot" (from the Broadway theatre run) can of Spam that I've been saving until I can figure out a way of using it & then turning the can into a pencil holder - lol!!!
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