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Old 05-22-2006, 07:50 PM   #31
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I very much appreciate this site.

Because people are so kind and helpful.

If someone wants to start a thread about, OK, let us say Velveeta recipes, great to me.

I can, or not as I choose, read it.

But let those who, and I may well be among them, choose to participate do so.

And for those who wish to start a thread about, oh, Gjetost cheese, well go ahead. I will post, but will probably be one of the few who will (love the stuff, but it is an acquired taste, to say the least).

Have learned many things on this site from the great posters, at times even when I was not particularly intrigued by the topic.

We try to keep an open mind.

And thanks to all the folks who have taught me so much.

Hope this site continues in that manner.

Take care and God bless.

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Old 05-22-2006, 08:06 PM   #32
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I liked velveta when I was a kid, but my tastes have changed and I think velveta is way to salty for me. I prefer a good sharp cheddar like cracker barrel brand. Velveta is definately economical, I guess it's healthy according to what people on here have said. I think the biggest expense for me at the grocery store is in the produce section. Here in Maine, produce can be so expensive since we have a short growing season and much of our produce is imported during the off season. Obviously it's less expensive to buy produce that is in season, but boy I love tomatoes year round, so they are really expensive when imported.

As far as buying "processed" foods, just check the labels. If you dont like what it contains, dont buy it. Bottom line is, what we spend on food depends on our finances, and how many people we have to feed. Obviously everyone would like to eat healthy, but eating healthy is very expensive for most.

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Old 05-22-2006, 08:07 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by bethzaring
...I expect a certain level of competence from people contributing to some threads in these forums. If you have a computer and time to read this forum, you probably are not struggeling to put a meal on the family table. I have a great deal of respect for the people who post here and like to challenge their thinking. I just found it very incongruous to be talking of high quality ingredients and velvetta in the same sentence ... judging by what is sold in grocery stores, most Americans make poor food choices. We can make a difference in our purchasing power if we choose unadulterated, wholesome foods with our food dollar votes. I am all about education, reading, thinking, questioning.
Well, Beth, I congratulate you for finding a way to do what you do. As a full time teacher, there is no way I could ever hope to make all that I think my family should have. My little garden does great by me ...

In response, no, we're not struggling to put food on the table now but there was a time when we were - that was my point. Growing up in the grocery business, I know what people buy and I know what people can afford.

Finally, while I have not always agreed, I respect every person I have ever met on this site - I think every thought and idea each of us brings to the "table" is valid and has the right to be heard openly. I truly do not appreciate the condesending tone to which you have responded to so many of us who have responded to your thread. If you did not what a discussion, why start it? And no, fresh eggs do not need to be refrigerated.
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:37 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by mudbug
Doesn't make you right or them wrong, or vice versa. But I detect a whiff of condescension in your views that I do not agree with.
Amen, Amen, Amen!!! One of my all time favorite things is a Broccoli Casserole made with (you guessed it) Velveeta.

And yes, I only wish I had the time to make all my stuff from scratch - but if I knew the chickens & cows, I could never eat them, so it's just as well that they remain anonymous to me.

Unfortunately, I have to work outside the home for a couple reasons so I do the very best I can. I'm not ashamed of the processed foods I use if the end result tastes good - that's all I'm after! Tastes great & I'm happy! Besides - I don't think I could make mayo as good as Hellman's does!

I'm all about the food!
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:51 PM   #35
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I haven't had Velveta in a very long time but I do remember it was salty...and to add to all this

I like Spam......LOL but thats another can of worms to open.
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:54 PM   #36
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Shhh, dont tell anyone Dove, but I like spam too lol, fried spam with eggs is great....mums the word. :)
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Old 05-22-2006, 09:22 PM   #37
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Just as a note to you all posting in this thread may I congratulate you for remaining appropriate and not descending to personal attacks about various preferences. Thank you from the Helpers and Admins, we appreciate it when a semi controversial thread can remain open to all posters.

Oh, and while I am certainly not in the upper echelon of gourmet chefs on this site, I do know my way around the kitchen and feel I have a lot to offer in terms of advice, and on the flip side, lots to learn from all of you. And I too, like Velveeta.
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Old 05-22-2006, 09:22 PM   #38
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The main reason I don't purchase really high quality foods is that they simply aren't available in the grocery stores available where I live. Up here in small town USA, on the Canada border, our growing season is very short and fresh produce is hard to come by, limited in variety, and expensive, often costing as much as meat. And good cheese is also very expensive, say 8$ per pound. And to get the good stuff, I have to travel to Ontario from Michigan. And due to environmental concerns, the greater variety available on the Canadian side of the border can not be taken accross the border. So I do the best I can with the ingredients available to me.

Yes, I do love good food and quality ingredients, but am not willing to give up the majesty of Lake Superior or our incredibly beautiful Northern forests, mosquitoes, snow, and all of the inconveniences of our Northern winters to get the abundance of foods, or fine restaurants available, say, in Detroit.

Besides, how much better can it get than freshly caught brookies or wild blueberries (now that's some quality food!).

I can't even get San Marsano tomatoes in our markets. So, am I living a deprived life? If you could have watched my children sledding in the winter snows, or swimming in pristine waters, or fishing, or canoing, and all of the things I did with them as they were growing, well that was far more important than having the perfect food available to me.

Would I love to have better foods available, I believe anyone who knows me on this site could answer that question without hesitation. But it's just not possible, so I make the best of it with what is available. I truly believe that if one is to be happy, one must enjoy the bounty that is provided, in whatever form it takes, wherever we are.

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Old 05-22-2006, 10:41 PM   #39
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IMHO - I don't think that the demonization of Velveeta is representative of if someone is feeding their family a generally healthy diet or not ... unless it consists entirely of Velveeta cheese. I ate it frequently when I was a child ... my children ate it on occasions ... none of us have Velveeta induced health issues. Yep, we also ate SPAM, fried bologna ... fried SPAM with Velveeta, fried bologna with Velveeta ... sometimes with BBQ sauce.

Velveeta has it's place ... as all cheeses, or cheese products, do. I don't know of any one single cheese that I would like to eat all the time, exclusively. That would make for a pretty dull world.

I also would not like to eat only one meat, one vegetable, etc ....
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Old 05-23-2006, 02:41 AM   #40
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Is it safe to say how much I HATE spam?!!! It had become a staple in the UK during the war, I believe. We had rationing until mid-50s for some things (no, I don't remember those days..!!!) and it became a standby for sandwiches etc - and was still being pushed onto the public well into the 60s. (Wonder if it's still for sale here? Can't remember when last I saw a can!)

I remember my school used to make spam fritters - slices of spam, dipped in batter and deep fried... That unnaturally PINK meat just made me shiver. I used to dread when it was fritter lunch as the nuns at my school insisted that we all clear our plates, in spite of the fact that so few of us liked the stuff... and still they kept cooking it!

And does anyone else remember the Monty Python 'Spam' sketch?

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