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Old 01-11-2010, 01:37 PM   #41
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Jet, I don't see where you are from, but here rather than looking for the chopped onions and peppers in the produce department, for some reason they're in the meat refridgerator. I don't use them myself (I cheat, if I don't feel like it my husband will step up to the bar) but have a lot of friends who do. Some friends also use grocery store salad bars when they need fresh produce in small amounts, already cut.
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:50 PM   #42
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Jet, I don't see where you are from, but here rather than looking for the chopped onions and peppers in the produce department, for some reason they're in the meat refridgerator. I don't use them myself (I cheat, if I don't feel like it my husband will step up to the bar) but have a lot of friends who do. Some friends also use grocery store salad bars when they need fresh produce in small amounts, already cut.
I guess my "thriving" Midwest metropolis of 150,000 is not big enough to have pre-chopped onions. I've seen grocery stores with salad bars, but none close enough to shop at on a regular basis.
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:34 PM   #43
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Some friends also use grocery store salad bars when they need fresh produce in small amounts, already cut.
I've been known to get a carton of the baby spinach off the salad bar at my local grocery store. The salad bar is 2.99/lb vs. 3.99 for a 12 oz bag of baby spinach!
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:42 PM   #44
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Kitchen Basics Chicken Stock

My single favorite convenience item is Kitchen Basics Chicken Stock. My one hit on the product is that the salt content is very high, but I simply omit all salt in the recipe when I use it. I know there are lower salt versions for other brands, but this stock has a richness in both taste and color that I cannot get without making stock myself.

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Old 01-11-2010, 08:20 PM   #45
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I love Manischewitz pea soup mix.
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Old 01-12-2010, 08:52 AM   #46
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After boasting about not having much in the way of prepared foods, canned soups and some rice mixes, DH came home with an armload of Stouffer's frozen items. LOL! He discovered their lasagna a while back and he says he needs some variety. Before, variety meant adding ketchup to his hot dogs. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks! :)
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:30 AM   #47
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Thumbs up Kitchen Basics Unsalted Chicken Stock

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My single favorite convenience item is Kitchen Basics Chicken Stock. My one hit on the product is that the salt content is very high, but I simply omit all salt in the recipe when I use it. I know there are lower salt versions for other brands, but this stock has a richness in both taste and color that I cannot get without making stock myself.

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Old 01-12-2010, 09:38 AM   #48
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There are places that sell pre-chopped onions?!?!
YES, two supermarkets (RALEYS and SAFEWAY) in our small town (pop. 13,000) sell the cup-size cartons of chopped onions. They offer both chopped red onions and chopped yellow onions in the produce section.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:46 AM   #49
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Rotisserie chickens picked up on the way home from work are nice and quick, and I'll also pick up the the pre-prepared scalloped potatoes and (are you sitting down?) the multi-colored jello with whipped cream in it. Yeah. I'll mix up frozen corn/lima beans for a succotash, and my family loves it. I try not enjoy it (expensive, high chemical load, and lots of salt), but I actually do.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:58 AM   #50
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They offer both chopped red onions and chopped yellow onions in the produce section.
What? No chopped white onions? Those barbarians!
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