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Old 10-24-2010, 10:26 AM   #21
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I blame it on schools, going up we had Home ecomnomics, where you we were taught to cook, plan a party, clean a house right down to ironing a shirt proper making beds doing laundry etc.. Handle a household buget. Preparing a shopping list and learned how to shop. Now days a button falls off they throw it out and buy new. Pants that need to be hemmed on a women in a suit isn't - she looks nice till you get to the botom and the pants are to long - ripped and frad from her heals. They buy frozen package stuff or bring home the Mcdonald or the burger king or have you ever driven down a street during the day of garage pick up and noticed the pizza boxes, as no one has shown them how to cook anything, half the time they can't even read a recipe.
It is the schools cutting the budgets and they is one that they should bring back.
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:31 AM   #22
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I would love to teach a cooking basics class, just to show how easy and inexpensive cooking can be if you know how to cook from scratch, instead of a bag, box or bottle.
I think this is something that should be offered, even required of, all food stamp recipients. I don't want to see anyone go hungry, but I've stood in line behind some people using food stamps, and some of them have no idea about nutrition.
I also think food pantries should offer sheets of printed recipes using the foods they have to offer. The only cost would be the ink and the paper. I'm sure they could find someone to volunteer to make them up.

I know, I know...I've been told I'm naive, but I still think it would be a good idea!
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:37 AM   #23
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And haven't you noticed that some of these are the most fantastic dishes and so rare because you can't really duplicate them because the ingredients are what you have left over at that particular time.

GLOP. I love that. Somehow it sounds tastier.
YES! And Shrek tells me to, "write it down next time" There's nothing to write down...I'm not measuring it!

I've also called it Dishrag Soup, since I'm cleaning the fridge shelves as I cook.
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I've also called it Dishrag Soup...
Dishrag Soup!!!
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...As a teenager, I tried to imitate Hamburger Helper by cooking noodles, browned hamburger and a can of whatever cream of soup we had. Different spices for different tasting dishes and I ended up with a whole repertoire of meals. It tasted better and was just as easy. I had so much fun making simple stroganoff (just add some sour cream and maybe a small can of mushrooms) and the like, that I found out that cooking was creative and could be easy. We named the recipe GOOP. I still love to make simple one dish meals/casseroles.
As a Boy Scout, we used to cook GLOP on camping trips. Hamburg, onion, potato, cream of mushroom soup and some peas and/or corn. I still make it from time to time.
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Before Shrek retired, he worked for W@lm@rt. Employees there are given a card (and one for their spouses) that when presented, give them 10% off their purchase. It wasn't until just a couple of years ago that the discount applied to fresh produce. They could buy all the junk they wanted and get 10% off, but not on fresh produce...go figure.
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As a Boy Scout, we used to cook GLOP on camping trips. Hamburg, onion, potato, cream of mushroom soup and some peas and/or corn. I still make it from time to time.
I remember Boy Scout camp...they were across the lake from the Camp Fire camp. Once during camp the boys would come over and cook GLOP, we were responsible for the S'mores.
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...They could buy all the junk they wanted and get 10% off, but not on fresh produce...go figure.

The junk food probably has a higher markup on it than fresh produce.
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The junk food probably has a higher markup on it than fresh produce.
Exactly!
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The junk food probably has a higher markup on it than fresh produce.
Addendum: As a high profile employer (any employer, really), they have a vested interest in the health of their employees. Most employees already spend the bulk of ther paychecks in the store and in my opinion, they (the company) could handle the hit to their bottom line and offer healthier choices to their employees, at the same discount.

I was in the store yesterday, checked out the produce dept...limp broccoli, dried out asparagus. I walked away and spent more money at a local-owned grocery.
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