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Old 01-09-2010, 08:15 AM   #1
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What is your favorite convenience food shortcut?

In another thread I mentioned my favorite canned tomatoes for a quick red sauce (since I find jarred sauces way too sweet). Another is that there are several Indian foods that I buy (I think my favorite brand is Kitchens of India for the basic food, then Patak's for condiments). Which convenience products do you use for a shortcut when you don't have hours (or all day) to chop and simmer and bake, and how do you dress them up to make them your own?

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Old 01-09-2010, 10:55 AM   #2
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Hmmm. I think I use far too many convenience foods to name them all. I think my favorite shortcut is the packaged bearnaise/hollandaise sauces. I use them in a LOT of different ways. I buy the International foods brand. Its usually just a buck or so and lasts forever.

I don't dress it up much though Claire. I just use it in different places than folks normally use bearnaise. We use it on tortellini, and occasionally on gnocchi. Not just for meat.
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:04 AM   #3
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If I am feeling tired after work and theres nothing in the freezer, I will be known to.....

... snatch a box of KD from the cupboard :( I know.... let the flaming begin.
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By far, my favorite are the stocks etc. from More than Gourmet. These days, the only one I regularly make from scratch is chicken. MTG is just too convenient. and such a high quality product.
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If I am feeling tired after work and theres nothing in the freezer, I will be known to.....

... snatch a box of KD from the cupboard :( I know.... let the flaming begin.
KD?
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:50 PM   #6
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Kraft Dinner. And Saphellae, no flaming allowed. KD rocks HARD.
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:14 PM   #7
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I keep a bag of frozen ravioli in the freezer, which I buy already made from the grocery store. I also keep my homemade spaghetti sauce frozen.

So my favorite shortcut is to put my sauce on their ravioli. Dinner in 7 minutes!
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Since my hands tend to cramp if I chop and cut to much I buy already chopped onions, I love oven roasted tomatoes but buy canned in winter,Kraft dinners here are a must for quick lunches for my grand kids. I'd love to make my own stock, but being tied up with exchanges it is hard to do, so I buy stocks.And I'm know to purchase pastry dough but have resolved to try my hand at making my own.
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Kraft Dinner. And Saphellae, no flaming allowed. KD rocks HARD.
That still doesn't help me. Is it some type of canned, or otherwise shelf-stable, entree?
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Kraft Dinner is known as Macaroni and Cheese down here in the States, jet.
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