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Packaged Mixes, Sauces, Spices & Boxed Items You Use

Hidden Valley original ranch dressing packets.

Make dressing according to package direction, but put in a food processor or blender. Add in a small handful of rough chopped watercress & blend. Fantastic.

Only trouble, watercress is very seldom seen in my area.
Try this, you will like it.

2 days ago
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How do you dress up a bowl of Top Ramen?

Shin Ramyun noodle soup - gourmet spicy

Best ramen there is !!

Got a package several months ago at Wal Mart & just now got around to trying it. Hope they have a lot more, don't know if there are different flavors, but this one is super spicy & has all kinds of things in it.

Seems to me it was not where the other ramen soups were, but on the Asian isle.

Apr 14, 2014
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Packaged Mixes, Sauces, Spices & Boxed Items You Use

I bought a box of Zataran's red beans & rice a long time ago & it was a complete flop, the red beans stayed shriveled & the taste was not good at all, but maybe it was an old box or something.

The yellow rice looks so good, but have not tried that.

Apr 13, 2014
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Packaged Mixes, Sauces, Spices & Boxed Items You Use

Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce - I always doctor it up so it is not too sweet. Add in juice of 2 lemons plus the rinds, finely chopped onion, splash of vinegar, maybe some picante V8 juice to thin down a little & some butter. Cook slow & taste as you go until you have the flavor you are looking for.

Apr 13, 2014
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Packaged Mixes, Sauces, Spices & Boxed Items You Use

You will need extra broth since the chicken breasts will not provide much juice.

Also there are some very good chicken & wild rice soup recipes out on the internet. I will try to find the one I use.

Apr 13, 2014
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Packaged Mixes, Sauces, Spices & Boxed Items You Use

Panko Bread Crumbs - use on top of all kinds of things plus use as fillers in meat balls, meat loaf, salmon patties
& on & on.

Anyone else Zataran's boxed mixes?

Apr 13, 2014
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Packaged Mixes, Sauces, Spices & Boxed Items You Use

White country gravy - I sometimes add a little canned cream instead of the boiling water it calls for, just makes it more flavorful.

Apr 12, 2014
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Packaged Mixes, Sauces, Spices & Boxed Items You Use

Canned beef vegetable soup to be used in meat loaf. Tastes better than it sounds. Oh my.

Apr 12, 2014
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Packaged Mixes, Sauces, Spices & Boxed Items You Use

Uncle Ben's Long Grain & Wild Rice mix - oh yes!

Here's my recipe that everyone loves - so simple.

Cornish Game Hen with wild rice stuffing
(one bird will serve 2 people)

Wash & split the bird down the back & breast so you have 2 halves. Place skin side up in a smallish glass casserole dish, room enough for both halves plus enough room to spread the rice around the birds without covering them with the rice. Oil skin all over with olive oil & a bit of softened butter. Season with paprika, Krazy Jane salt or whatever seasonings you like.

In the mean time empty rice & seasoning mix in a sauce pan with one can of chicken broth. I use Swanson's. Add some pats of butter, finely chopped celery plus leaves, poultry seasoning, chopped green onion tops & cook to where almost all liquid is absorbed, but want to leave kinda moist so rice does not dry out during baking. Spoon rice around the birds & bake in 350 degree oven. Check to see if rice is drying out, if so, can add more water or broth. The birds will give off some wonderful juices to blend into the rice mixture too.

Serve with cold whole cranberry sauce & roasted asparagus spears, glass of wine & some crusty bread. Ambrosia is good for dessert, but after this meal, I am stuffed.

Apr 12, 2014
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Packaged Mixes, Sauces, Spices & Boxed Items You Use

tI was wondering if anyone else buys the package salad dressings & doctors them up with fresh herbs or other things. Seem like they would be a good base to start out with.

Apr 12, 2014
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Packaged Mixes, Sauces, Spices & Boxed Items You Use

I use Morrison's pancake & cornbread mix. Have seen several Krusteaze products but have never tried them. Do you use any other krusteaze products?

The Cheddar Bay biscuit mix sounds mighty good too.

Apr 12, 2014
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Packaged Mixes, Sauces, Spices & Boxed Items You Use

I know some of you don't like to touch these items because of all the additives & preservatives, but sometimes I think it helps the budget to purchase them on occasion.

I heard Knorr hollandaise sauce is good. I sometimes buy the spaghetti sauce package & packaged corn bread mix that makes one batch since I do not eat cornbread very often & having a large container of cornmeal sitting around would take forever for me to use.

Also, instant potato flakes can be added to thicken different things, although have not tried it.

Seems to me if we stuck to the name brands, it would not be too bad.

Italian blend seasoning is a big help to me - no need to buy individual bottles of each individual herb.

What do you purchase to save time & money?

Apr 12, 2014
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Jane's Krazy Mixed Up Salt & other homemade seasonings

I have never tried the Knorr Hollandaise, will get some the next time I am in the store. Do you like any other products by Knorr?

I guess I was unrealistic when I decided to try & duplicate Krazy Jane's mixture.

I think I will start another thread about what packages people are buying "ready made" instead of making them up from scratch. See everyone over there. Don't want this one to get sidetracked - moderators like to keep us focused.

Come join me over there, everyone.

Apr 12, 2014
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Menu Planning

I did not know this, thanks for sharing about high fructose & bees - guess I'll stick to rotten bananas & such.

Apr 04, 2014
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Menu Planning

Oh gosh, bears - I thought I had problems with coons, possums, skunks & porky pines.

I still put out the sweet stuff since it is usually gone by night time before the creatures start moving around.

Apr 04, 2014
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Menu Planning

Visited that site & got some good ideas. Thanks.

When I have dregs of jams or jellies, I just spoon them out in a dish & set the dish out for the honey bees or butterflies. They love it.

Apr 04, 2014
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Menu Planning

TDQ - ha ha, we are our own worst enemies. I too had a list on the fridge with a magnet, worked OK, but after awhile, got lazy in updating the thing. End of story.

Apr 04, 2014
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Need instructions for Whipped Jello (not Cool Whip recipes)

I remember some recipes in the sixties called "seafoam" jello. Perhaps you could google that. I do remember having a few at someone's house & it was really good.

Apr 02, 2014
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Menu Planning

Yeah, when I get home from the store I am in no mood to start prepping a bunch of food. Just finding room in the fridge & getting everything out of the grocery bags into their respective places is so exhausting. I end up making a sandwich & calling it good.

My problem is not so much menu planning, but a need to keep my fridge items organized so I can see what is actually in there. The other day I found 3 types of leftover moldy cheese, each on a different shelf, pushed behind something else. Big waste going on in that box that I must get a handle on.

If I knew what I had on hand, I would be more efficient at planning what to cook.

Apr 02, 2014
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Menu Planning

Planning for two or three meals per week - that is about perfect since so many variables enter into the week. Planning too far in advance causes waste of food, Yes, we can all do the plan ahead for the week, try to stick to a ridged menu plan, but I am here to tell you "it ain't gonna happen".

Get past those 3 days & plan for another 3 or 4, budget stays pretty well in order & after 3 meals, you are ready to shop again for the remainder of the week. Winding down to a week end starts very flexible menu plans, no heavy meals, maybe a night out & few items to get the next week started. Simple & not too stressful.

Mar 30, 2014
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Frozen supermarket fruits & veggies better than fresh supermarket?

Frozen mashed sweet potatoes - great idea.

Wonder if you could just peel & slice the sweet potatoes & flash freeze them ( I see them sold as sweet potato fries).

Mar 30, 2014
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Frozen supermarket fruits & veggies better than fresh supermarket?

Frozen Brussel's sprouts - I have learned to get a cast iron skillet very hot, add a little butter & olive oil & immediately add the frozen sprouts. Keep temp on high & keep stirring around & they will get browned all over. At the last minute before serving, I add some crushed garlic & kosher salt & they taste good to me.

If you keep the temp on high, it evaporates the moisture coming out of the veggie. I also do this for frozen green beans.

Mar 28, 2014
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Frozen supermarket fruits & veggies better than fresh supermarket?

Birdseye steamfresh broccoli - thanks

Mar 26, 2014
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I AM NEVER ATTEMPTING PIE CRUST AGAIN!!!!!! (unless you help me)

Do I order the long or extra long spatula?

I put in the order for an extra long one but have enough time to change it.

Mar 26, 2014
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Frozen supermarket fruits & veggies better than fresh supermarket?

I agree with you about the frozen broccoli being mushy. The only way I use it is in soups & casseroles. Same thing for cauliflower.

Mar 26, 2014
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I AM NEVER ATTEMPTING PIE CRUST AGAIN!!!!!! (unless you help me)

Boajonajovi - by golly, I think your process may actually work for me. I stopped reading all these replies & discussions since I was going crazy trying to keep up with who was doing what besides, so much conflicting info.

Not to say these folks were wrong - it is ME ME ME with the problems. Sometimes I do not think I am destined to make a decent piecrust in this life time. Bad karma or something. But I am willing to give it another shot, just in case.

Waiting for the round pizza peel to get here plus the grill spatula.

Thanks for the very detailed post. Will let you know how it turned out. I have not lost faith.

Mar 26, 2014
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Frozen supermarket fruits & veggies better than fresh supermarket?

Fruit salsa - just the thing I would love to eat now. Thanks so much for the recipe.

Going shopping tomorrow for all the ingredients.

Mar 26, 2014
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Coping With Cancer, Chemo, Radiation & Food Changes

Ruthie789, thanks for your kind words. Yes, I have a shoebox full of pills, nausea meds work once in a while.

I started this thread to get some ideas of recipes that we might share to get through the bad days when nothing tastes good. After hearing that everybody is so unique in their appetites, I guess we have to fight this on a one to one basis.

Jello or little pudding cups might help. Also, I try to keep a little something that is sweet or savory, bland or spicy to get all bases covered.

Yes, the cancer people are all fighting - please, no one give up.

Mar 26, 2014
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Coping With Cancer, Chemo, Radiation & Food Changes

Sometimes friends or family try too hard to help out, but we must remember that it is stressful for them too & sometimes their intentions are misguided.

Food is a lifeline & the other person gets a feeling of helping their loved one through food. It is life changing situation for all involved & hard for each to cope with feelings they have never experienced before.

Your advice to her was very good.

Everyone, just be patient & give love & understanding as much as possible.

Mar 24, 2014
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Coping With Cancer, Chemo, Radiation & Food Changes

email is charlottestout7@gmail.com

Mar 24, 2014
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