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Old 09-20-2007, 02:40 PM   #31
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When I lived in Germany, I never used the packaged sauce mixes. Believe it or not, you could get the fresh sauces in the refrigerated section and they weren't make with preservatives. Boy do those Germans know what they are doing. :) They have an all-natural ketchup that dd sorely misses.

Life is too short to eat processed, artificially-colored, chemically-preserved, genetically-modified food. Or maybe that IS why life's too short.
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Old 10-03-2007, 10:26 AM   #32
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I tried the roasted chicken gravy it was pretty good.

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Old 10-03-2007, 10:59 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by Jeekinz View Post
I always make my own sauces from scratch, whether it being a cream based, tomato based or pan sauce. Lately, being in a creativity funk, I decided to pick up a few different sauce mixes from Knorr.

Last night I used the Creamy Pesto sauce with penne, sausage, onions and peppers. (should have used chicken, but the sausage was defrosted)

I decased the sausages and cooked them in a sautee pan breaking up into pieces as it cooked. Strained it and placed to the side. Added a couple tablespoons of OO and sauteed the onions and bell pepper. Deglazed with a 3/4 cup of white wine, and reduced to half. Since there was liquid still in the pan, I altered the liquid for the sauce mix. Instead of 1 c. milk and 1/4 cup EVOO, I used about 3 T OO and a coup of milk. Whisked until the sauce began to thicken, then added the sausage and a 1/2# of penne. Mix together over med heat until the sauce completely thickened and serve.

The dish came out great, so instead of buying all the ingredients for a homemade sauce, I spent $2.50 on the mix.
Very creative/clever, Jeeks. Your dish sounds delish. I tried the pesto and remember when it was about 50 or 99 cents(?) a packet. The leek soup is another I would like to 'play' with.


Has anyone tried the Baked artichoke dip?
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Old 10-03-2007, 12:21 PM   #34
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Thanks, Amy. Haven't tried that one yet. I did, however try the Alfredo sauce.....not too good though.

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