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Old 09-13-2008, 08:04 PM   #1
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OK....fess up!!!

What is YOUR semi-homemade dish?

What is a semi-homemade dish that you make that always gets rave reviews and requests but no one knows its Semi-homemade??

Mine I would say is my.....ssshhh don't tell anyone.....my spinach dip! Make the recipe off the Knorrs pkg!! But I add a dash of seasoning salt.
People die over this stuff and I just sit there and smile thinking....if only you knew!!


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Old 09-13-2008, 08:13 PM   #2
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my chili. canned legumes & stuff, instead of dried legumes & fresh 'tomaters.

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Old 09-13-2008, 08:33 PM   #3
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my chili using brick chili. makes a very deep flavored dish. i do the beans from scratch and add onions put in ground beef. so it is very much semi-home made.
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Old 09-13-2008, 09:46 PM   #4
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I add a package of McCormick Thick and Zesty spaghetti sauce seasonings to
my spag sauce. shhhhhhh
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Old 09-14-2008, 01:43 AM   #5
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I often used jarred tomato sauce for lasagna and bolognese.
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Old 09-14-2008, 07:27 AM   #6
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I'm so glad I'm not the only one!! lol

These are great keep em comin!!
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Old 09-14-2008, 07:37 AM   #7
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I dont like to look at them as semi homemade for 2 reasons.

#1 I dont like the term

#2 Either way you are putting in an effort. Somepeople cant make there own tomato sauce and jar it.

Its not like buying a premade pie and then heating it and calling t your own. There are some "short cuts" that everyone takes.

but ill admit to the following:

I use:

Canned beans
Jarred tomato sauce - I make my own with fresh but only during the summer
canned tomatos
dip mix for dip

Things I do "from scratch" that I give myself credit for

Make my own stocks (chicken and beef)
Grow my own herbs
Have a nice garden
make my own dog treats when I can (they eat them too fast)
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Old 09-14-2008, 08:15 AM   #8
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I often use canned tomatoes for sauces, soups and stews and sometimes soup powders.
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Old 09-14-2008, 09:24 AM   #9
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I used canned things all the time in my stuff. As GRK said, just because it isn't jarred or grown by you, does not make it less homemade. Is bread not homemade if you didn't make the yeast or flour, no. If it didn't come premade by someone else, you added all ingredients from raw to cooked, it's homemade to me.
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Old 09-14-2008, 09:55 AM   #10
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I use more convenience foods than I used to because I'm not physically able to do the things I used to.

As for my most acclaimed "semi-homemade" dish, spaghetti is one. I've found that if I simmer a good jarred sauce with half/half ground chuck and Italian sausage, it takes on a great flavor that everyone brags on...even my friend who says she'd never eat jarred sauce. (shhhh....don't tell her!)

Another popular one is my sausage and noodles, which uses cream of mushroom soup, bulk pork sausage, noodles, canned mushrooms, pimentoes and good ole' Velveeta Cheese.

My husband has also found a good brand pre-breaded solid codfish filets, about 1" thick, that only need to be heated in the oven for fish sandwiches.

We get by with a little help from our friends
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