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  1. #1
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Are you cooking more or less than you used to?

    I was thinking about this. Although there have been convenience foods for
    as long as I can remember, the types of convenience foods I buy and consume
    have changes.

    As a child, my mom did cook some but they bought a lot of precooked things
    or packaged things. Like Rice A Roni, Noodle Roni, Kraft Macaroni and
    Cheese, Hamburger Helper (didn't come onto the market until I was older),
    boxed puddings, Shake N'Bake, canned soups, frozen fish sticks, frozen
    slices of turkey in gravy and of course the dreaded TV dinners. Our
    vegetables mostly came from cans. I did grow some in our garden but we have
    such a short growing season here. So we didn't get a lot from it. We did
    almost always have a salad with dinner but it was almost always just iceberg
    lettuce. My mom doesn't like a lot of other stuff on her salad. And she
    doesn't eat dressing. Her spaghetti sauce came from a little packet that
    you added water to. Perhaps there was meat added as well. I don't
    remember. She didn't make it often as we certainly didn't like it. The
    taco seasoning also came from a packet and that wasn't well liked either.
    We did like tacos. Just not the stuff from the packet. She never seemed to
    cook it long enough or something and it came out watery. We always had
    frozen berries which were often picked by us during the summer. We did have
    fresh fruit. She did bake cookies but often they were the packaged kind.

    Then I got my first apartment. At first what we ate was a mishmash of
    things. Partly because we didn't have a lot of money and partly because of
    our different cooking styles. I had a roommate. I considered his mom to be
    a very good cook, but she did cook things much differently than my mom did.
    We did eat some things out of packets because they were new to us. And some
    things were just bad! We did eat a lot of frozen pot pies. They certainly
    weren't good but they were cheap!

    That roommate moved out and the next one wasn't into cooking at all. I had
    a series of roommates after that. Most just let me do the cooking. One was
    very picky with her money and cooked only for her and her friends, although
    she did let me try a meal once. One was Jewish and had to keep to his own
    dietary stuff for that and some other reasons. He was a bit of an oddball
    and his mom was on the Pritikin diet. I never got into the whys or
    wherefores of his diet. I just allowed him to have his own spaces in the
    kitchen.

    So anyway... I guess I developed my own style of cooking.

    At first I made everything from scratch when I could. Pizza dough, bread,
    pasta, even ravioli. I did cook meats on occasion for friends but I myself
    was a vegetarian. Of course there were times when money was tough. Like
    the month that I ate spaghetti (from a package) and tomato sauce (I did make
    that myself) for the entire month because I couldn't afford much more.

    I did eat Carnation Instant breakfast bars for breakfast most mornings. I
    guess I felt they were loaded with vitamins or something. If I wasn't
    eating those I had hard boiled eggs. And there was the time that Safeway
    was closing out the Linda McCartney frozen meals. I believe they were vegan
    but they might have been vegetarian. They were not something I bought very
    often because they were normally not cheap. But at the closeout price,
    you'd be a fool not to buy them. Unless perhaps you didn't like vegan
    meals. My freezer was stuffed with them!

    There were other times that I did stupid things because I thought I was
    saving money. Like the time I bought the cart full of chicken flavored
    Ramen noodles. I don't even think there was real chicken in that stuff. It
    was Campbell's brand. I was sick when I bought them. I thought chicken
    soup would be good for me. I'd never had Ramen noodles before. And I
    quickly learned I didn't like them all that much. Heh.

    When I got my microwave, I made all sorts of things in it. Muffins, pudding
    from scratch. I even attempted to cook meats but I didn't care for how they
    came out.

    Now today it seems I am cooking less than ever. My pasta is dried. My
    sauce from a jar. My polenta from a tube. I buy frozen chicken nuggets,
    fish sticks and other fish. Frozen cooked hamburger and black bean patties.
    Pre-cooked turkey and chicken. Pre-cooked roast beef. I do buy occasional
    frozen meals like tamales, cheese enchiladas and other things for Angela,
    like lasagna. I know lasagna is easy, but time consuming to make. My
    problem with it is the egg. I always put egg in my cheese. And now I can't
    have egg. I've been afraid to try it without for fear that it won't come
    out well. But I can find a gluten free boxed single serve of lasagna for
    her. And the other day I found an organic meal of chicken and rice for her.

    So it would seem now that I am only making a meal at home about three times
    a week. Once or twice I double the amount so we will have leftovers. We
    don't really like leftovers but Angela has to take dinner to the dance
    studio at least twice a week. I may only be cooking from scratch once a
    week. And some weeks not even that! If I make pizza I start with a
    pre-made crust and use a canned sauce. Macaroni and cheese comes from a
    box. Some nights the meal is as simple as pre-made hummus with baby carrots
    and some olives and other raw veggies. Or a bowl of cottage cheese with
    canned pears.

    I find I am not cooking so much simply because I don't have to! Yes there
    are countless frozen meals on the market these days. Mostly I don't even
    look at those because we are allergic to something in them. And of course
    most are very high in carbs. But once in a while I will find something
    suitable.

    It's just that there are so many ingredients that are made up already. I
    can get sliced onions, chopped tomatoes, strips of pepper all cut up. I
    don't often buy these things but they are there. If I make meatloaf I
    always add veggies and I do get those from the salad bar so I can buy just a
    small quantity. It seems it is just so much easier these days to come up
    with a good, balanced meal without having to do a lot of work.

    So... Do you find that you are cooking more? Less? Or about the same as
    you used to?



  2. #2
    W. Baker Guest

    Default Re: Are you cooking more or less than you used to?

    Julie Bove <[email protected]> wrote:
    : I was thinking about this. Although there have been convenience foods for
    : as long as I can remember, the types of convenience foods I buy and consume
    : have changes.

    : As a child, my mom did cook some but they bought a lot of precooked things
    : or packaged things. Like Rice A Roni, Noodle Roni, Kraft Macaroni and
    : Cheese, Hamburger Helper (didn't come onto the market until I was older),
    : boxed puddings, Shake N'Bake, canned soups, frozen fish sticks, frozen
    : slices of turkey in gravy and of course the dreaded TV dinners. Our
    : vegetables mostly came from cans. I did grow some in our garden but we have
    : such a short growing season here. So we didn't get a lot from it. We did
    : almost always have a salad with dinner but it was almost always just iceberg
    : lettuce. My mom doesn't like a lot of other stuff on her salad. And she
    : doesn't eat dressing. Her spaghetti sauce came from a little packet that
    : you added water to. Perhaps there was meat added as well. I don't
    : remember. She didn't make it often as we certainly didn't like it. The
    : taco seasoning also came from a packet and that wasn't well liked either.
    : We did like tacos. Just not the stuff from the packet. She never seemed to
    : cook it long enough or something and it came out watery. We always had
    : frozen berries which were often picked by us during the summer. We did have
    : fresh fruit. She did bake cookies but often they were the packaged kind.

    : Then I got my first apartment. At first what we ate was a mishmash of
    : things. Partly because we didn't have a lot of money and partly because of
    : our different cooking styles. I had a roommate. I considered his mom to be
    : a very good cook, but she did cook things much differently than my mom did.
    : We did eat some things out of packets because they were new to us. And some
    : things were just bad! We did eat a lot of frozen pot pies. They certainly
    : weren't good but they were cheap!

    : That roommate moved out and the next one wasn't into cooking at all. I had
    : a series of roommates after that. Most just let me do the cooking. One was
    : very picky with her money and cooked only for her and her friends, although
    : she did let me try a meal once. One was Jewish and had to keep to his own
    : dietary stuff for that and some other reasons. He was a bit of an oddball
    : and his mom was on the Pritikin diet. I never got into the whys or
    : wherefores of his diet. I just allowed him to have his own spaces in the
    : kitchen.

    : So anyway... I guess I developed my own style of cooking.

    : At first I made everything from scratch when I could. Pizza dough, bread,
    : pasta, even ravioli. I did cook meats on occasion for friends but I myself
    : was a vegetarian. Of course there were times when money was tough. Like
    : the month that I ate spaghetti (from a package) and tomato sauce (I did make
    : that myself) for the entire month because I couldn't afford much more.

    : I did eat Carnation Instant breakfast bars for breakfast most mornings. I
    : guess I felt they were loaded with vitamins or something. If I wasn't
    : eating those I had hard boiled eggs. And there was the time that Safeway
    : was closing out the Linda McCartney frozen meals. I believe they were vegan
    : but they might have been vegetarian. They were not something I bought very
    : often because they were normally not cheap. But at the closeout price,
    : you'd be a fool not to buy them. Unless perhaps you didn't like vegan
    : meals. My freezer was stuffed with them!

    : There were other times that I did stupid things because I thought I was
    : saving money. Like the time I bought the cart full of chicken flavored
    : Ramen noodles. I don't even think there was real chicken in that stuff. It
    : was Campbell's brand. I was sick when I bought them. I thought chicken
    : soup would be good for me. I'd never had Ramen noodles before. And I
    : quickly learned I didn't like them all that much. Heh.

    : When I got my microwave, I made all sorts of things in it. Muffins, pudding
    : from scratch. I even attempted to cook meats but I didn't care for how they
    : came out.

    : Now today it seems I am cooking less than ever. My pasta is dried. My
    : sauce from a jar. My polenta from a tube. I buy frozen chicken nuggets,
    : fish sticks and other fish. Frozen cooked hamburger and black bean patties.
    : Pre-cooked turkey and chicken. Pre-cooked roast beef. I do buy occasional
    : frozen meals like tamales, cheese enchiladas and other things for Angela,
    : like lasagna. I know lasagna is easy, but time consuming to make. My
    : problem with it is the egg. I always put egg in my cheese. And now I can't
    : have egg. I've been afraid to try it without for fear that it won't come
    : out well. But I can find a gluten free boxed single serve of lasagna for
    : her. And the other day I found an organic meal of chicken and rice for her.

    : So it would seem now that I am only making a meal at home about three times
    : a week. Once or twice I double the amount so we will have leftovers. We
    : don't really like leftovers but Angela has to take dinner to the dance
    : studio at least twice a week. I may only be cooking from scratch once a
    : week. And some weeks not even that! If I make pizza I start with a
    : pre-made crust and use a canned sauce. Macaroni and cheese comes from a
    : box. Some nights the meal is as simple as pre-made hummus with baby carrots
    : and some olives and other raw veggies. Or a bowl of cottage cheese with
    : canned pears.

    : I find I am not cooking so much simply because I don't have to! Yes there
    : are countless frozen meals on the market these days. Mostly I don't even
    : look at those because we are allergic to something in them. And of course
    : most are very high in carbs. But once in a while I will find something
    : suitable.

    : It's just that there are so many ingredients that are made up already. I
    : can get sliced onions, chopped tomatoes, strips of pepper all cut up. I
    : don't often buy these things but they are there. If I make meatloaf I
    : always add veggies and I do get those from the salad bar so I can buy just a
    : small quantity. It seems it is just so much easier these days to come up
    : with a good, balanced meal without having to do a lot of work.

    : So... Do you find that you are cooking more? Less? Or about the same as
    : you used to?

    I have always cooked using few prepared producs. I dotend to use jarred
    spaghetti sauce for convenience, but stil would do up a home made one
    usign canned tomatoes and fresh other vegetables. My mother only used
    boxed puddings and Kojel, a kosher jello, but we both have always made our
    own salad dressings. I generally cook from scratch, but no longer do much
    baking. Even now, that I am alone, I still cook frm scratch, but I do
    keep some packages of turkey, in case I don't feel like cooking a dinner
    and can make either a turkey salad or sandwich on low carb bread. I have
    trouble gettign quantities right, both in buying and cooking , but am
    doing some soups and stews which I use for several days and freeze for
    future meals. Aside from the occasional frankfurter, or other deli item,
    I woudl never consider using a precooked meat in any form. Vegetables are
    generally fresh. Just this week I pressure cooked a large number of beets
    adn have been eating them for several days. I like beets and, for some
    reason, they do not spike me.

    I eat out a bit more than I did before Syd died, as it is just too lonely
    eating in the dining foyer alone all the time. I have always cooked form
    scratch and enjoy, both the doing and the eating of my own cooking.
    That's not to say that I don't like beign asked out t somenes
    house:-)(hint, hint hint!)

    I enjoy making some of my family's traditional recipes and plan to make a
    single, rather than a double batch of the honey/ginger candy that was my
    great grandmother's recipe and who knows how much further back, for
    Passover this year. I am, no longer physically able to make the
    traditional Seder meal, so will be with my older son for the first night
    and a close friend the second.

    Wendy

  3. #3
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Are you cooking more or less than you used to?


    "W. Baker" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:il9i9m$gj0$[email protected]..
    > Julie Bove <[email protected]> wrote:
    > : I was thinking about this. Although there have been convenience foods
    > for
    > : as long as I can remember, the types of convenience foods I buy and
    > consume
    > : have changes.
    >
    > : As a child, my mom did cook some but they bought a lot of precooked
    > things
    > : or packaged things. Like Rice A Roni, Noodle Roni, Kraft Macaroni and
    > : Cheese, Hamburger Helper (didn't come onto the market until I was
    > older),
    > : boxed puddings, Shake N'Bake, canned soups, frozen fish sticks, frozen
    > : slices of turkey in gravy and of course the dreaded TV dinners. Our
    > : vegetables mostly came from cans. I did grow some in our garden but we
    > have
    > : such a short growing season here. So we didn't get a lot from it. We
    > did
    > : almost always have a salad with dinner but it was almost always just
    > iceberg
    > : lettuce. My mom doesn't like a lot of other stuff on her salad. And
    > she
    > : doesn't eat dressing. Her spaghetti sauce came from a little packet
    > that
    > : you added water to. Perhaps there was meat added as well. I don't
    > : remember. She didn't make it often as we certainly didn't like it. The
    > : taco seasoning also came from a packet and that wasn't well liked
    > either.
    > : We did like tacos. Just not the stuff from the packet. She never
    > seemed to
    > : cook it long enough or something and it came out watery. We always had
    > : frozen berries which were often picked by us during the summer. We did
    > have
    > : fresh fruit. She did bake cookies but often they were the packaged
    > kind.
    >
    > : Then I got my first apartment. At first what we ate was a mishmash of
    > : things. Partly because we didn't have a lot of money and partly because
    > of
    > : our different cooking styles. I had a roommate. I considered his mom
    > to be
    > : a very good cook, but she did cook things much differently than my mom
    > did.
    > : We did eat some things out of packets because they were new to us. And
    > some
    > : things were just bad! We did eat a lot of frozen pot pies. They
    > certainly
    > : weren't good but they were cheap!
    >
    > : That roommate moved out and the next one wasn't into cooking at all. I
    > had
    > : a series of roommates after that. Most just let me do the cooking. One
    > was
    > : very picky with her money and cooked only for her and her friends,
    > although
    > : she did let me try a meal once. One was Jewish and had to keep to his
    > own
    > : dietary stuff for that and some other reasons. He was a bit of an
    > oddball
    > : and his mom was on the Pritikin diet. I never got into the whys or
    > : wherefores of his diet. I just allowed him to have his own spaces in
    > the
    > : kitchen.
    >
    > : So anyway... I guess I developed my own style of cooking.
    >
    > : At first I made everything from scratch when I could. Pizza dough,
    > bread,
    > : pasta, even ravioli. I did cook meats on occasion for friends but I
    > myself
    > : was a vegetarian. Of course there were times when money was tough.
    > Like
    > : the month that I ate spaghetti (from a package) and tomato sauce (I did
    > make
    > : that myself) for the entire month because I couldn't afford much more.
    >
    > : I did eat Carnation Instant breakfast bars for breakfast most mornings.
    > I
    > : guess I felt they were loaded with vitamins or something. If I wasn't
    > : eating those I had hard boiled eggs. And there was the time that
    > Safeway
    > : was closing out the Linda McCartney frozen meals. I believe they were
    > vegan
    > : but they might have been vegetarian. They were not something I bought
    > very
    > : often because they were normally not cheap. But at the closeout price,
    > : you'd be a fool not to buy them. Unless perhaps you didn't like vegan
    > : meals. My freezer was stuffed with them!
    >
    > : There were other times that I did stupid things because I thought I was
    > : saving money. Like the time I bought the cart full of chicken flavored
    > : Ramen noodles. I don't even think there was real chicken in that stuff.
    > It
    > : was Campbell's brand. I was sick when I bought them. I thought chicken
    > : soup would be good for me. I'd never had Ramen noodles before. And I
    > : quickly learned I didn't like them all that much. Heh.
    >
    > : When I got my microwave, I made all sorts of things in it. Muffins,
    > pudding
    > : from scratch. I even attempted to cook meats but I didn't care for how
    > they
    > : came out.
    >
    > : Now today it seems I am cooking less than ever. My pasta is dried. My
    > : sauce from a jar. My polenta from a tube. I buy frozen chicken
    > nuggets,
    > : fish sticks and other fish. Frozen cooked hamburger and black bean
    > patties.
    > : Pre-cooked turkey and chicken. Pre-cooked roast beef. I do buy
    > occasional
    > : frozen meals like tamales, cheese enchiladas and other things for
    > Angela,
    > : like lasagna. I know lasagna is easy, but time consuming to make. My
    > : problem with it is the egg. I always put egg in my cheese. And now I
    > can't
    > : have egg. I've been afraid to try it without for fear that it won't
    > come
    > : out well. But I can find a gluten free boxed single serve of lasagna
    > for
    > : her. And the other day I found an organic meal of chicken and rice for
    > her.
    >
    > : So it would seem now that I am only making a meal at home about three
    > times
    > : a week. Once or twice I double the amount so we will have leftovers.
    > We
    > : don't really like leftovers but Angela has to take dinner to the dance
    > : studio at least twice a week. I may only be cooking from scratch once a
    > : week. And some weeks not even that! If I make pizza I start with a
    > : pre-made crust and use a canned sauce. Macaroni and cheese comes from a
    > : box. Some nights the meal is as simple as pre-made hummus with baby
    > carrots
    > : and some olives and other raw veggies. Or a bowl of cottage cheese with
    > : canned pears.
    >
    > : I find I am not cooking so much simply because I don't have to! Yes
    > there
    > : are countless frozen meals on the market these days. Mostly I don't
    > even
    > : look at those because we are allergic to something in them. And of
    > course
    > : most are very high in carbs. But once in a while I will find something
    > : suitable.
    >
    > : It's just that there are so many ingredients that are made up already.
    > I
    > : can get sliced onions, chopped tomatoes, strips of pepper all cut up. I
    > : don't often buy these things but they are there. If I make meatloaf I
    > : always add veggies and I do get those from the salad bar so I can buy
    > just a
    > : small quantity. It seems it is just so much easier these days to come
    > up
    > : with a good, balanced meal without having to do a lot of work.
    >
    > : So... Do you find that you are cooking more? Less? Or about the same
    > as
    > : you used to?
    >
    > I have always cooked using few prepared producs. I dotend to use jarred
    > spaghetti sauce for convenience, but stil would do up a home made one
    > usign canned tomatoes and fresh other vegetables. My mother only used
    > boxed puddings and Kojel, a kosher jello, but we both have always made our
    > own salad dressings. I generally cook from scratch, but no longer do much
    > baking. Even now, that I am alone, I still cook frm scratch, but I do
    > keep some packages of turkey, in case I don't feel like cooking a dinner
    > and can make either a turkey salad or sandwich on low carb bread. I have
    > trouble gettign quantities right, both in buying and cooking , but am
    > doing some soups and stews which I use for several days and freeze for
    > future meals. Aside from the occasional frankfurter, or other deli item,
    > I woudl never consider using a precooked meat in any form. Vegetables are
    > generally fresh. Just this week I pressure cooked a large number of beets
    > adn have been eating them for several days. I like beets and, for some
    > reason, they do not spike me.
    >
    > I eat out a bit more than I did before Syd died, as it is just too lonely
    > eating in the dining foyer alone all the time. I have always cooked form
    > scratch and enjoy, both the doing and the eating of my own cooking.
    > That's not to say that I don't like beign asked out t somenes
    > house:-)(hint, hint hint!)
    >
    > I enjoy making some of my family's traditional recipes and plan to make a
    > single, rather than a double batch of the honey/ginger candy that was my
    > great grandmother's recipe and who knows how much further back, for
    > Passover this year. I am, no longer physically able to make the
    > traditional Seder meal, so will be with my older son for the first night
    > and a close friend the second.


    Gee... I don't think my family has any traditional recipes. I have a
    recipe from my one grandma for Coca-Cola cake. I never liked it. Have a
    recipe from my other grandma for something she called Cherry Jazz. I now
    know that other people call it Dump Cake, but her recipe had no nuts. Just
    canned cherry pie filling, Jiffy Cake mix and then melted butter on top. I
    did like that, not that I can eat it now. But nobody else likes it so I
    quit making it.

    I did not care for my paternal grandmas cooking very much. She would not
    cook anything she considered to be foreign. Seemingly her German Potato
    Salad was not foreign. She did make that a lot but I don't think I ever
    tried it because my dad warned me not to. I remember her making a lot of
    ham for Sunday dinner. I never liked ham. She served canned green beans
    cooked to death with bacon added. I did like those, but hardly what I would
    call cooking. Mostly she liked to eat out. We often dined a restaurant
    called Spears. It's no longer there. Or we went to some place that served
    fried chicken. Not KFC. Some other place, kind of far away. I didn't like
    it. I do remember that. Sometimes we went to a buffet at the mall.

    My maternal grandma had 8 kids. And most of those kids had a lot of kids.
    Then there were more distant relatives. We would all gather on their farm
    for a meal. She always made ice cream. I do remember that. Old crank
    freezer and we kids had to sit on the lid if we were not old enough to help
    crank. I never liked ice cream.

    They did BBQ stuff. Probably hot dogs and hamburgers. I don't remember.
    There was always a lot of watermelon. They grew it. Neither of my
    grandparents would eat watermelon. I hated it as well. Something about the
    mealy texture. I've been told that this grandma didn't like to cook so she
    turned it over to her daughters when they were young. Perhaps this is why
    my mom didn't learn to cook a lot of things. This grandma did like to make
    candy and bake things. She was a large woman. But AFAIK, not a diabetic.
    Her brother was though.

    When I stayed with her, she often took me out to eat. Or I had cereal. One
    when my mom was in the hospital, she came to stay with us and made what she
    called Spaghetti Red. It was just macaroni, beef and tomatoes. Because she
    had known a lot of poverty she took once pound of ground beef and added
    enough tomatoes and macaroni to feed us this dish for the entire week. My
    dad kept trying to give her money to buy more groceries but she insisted we
    eat this stuff. I think it was a good long time before we ate that again.

    Sooo... No real fond food memories from my childhood. I do remember my
    maternal grandma coming to stay with us when my mom had her hysterectomy and
    my dad then broke his leg in the hospital after fainting from what he said
    was an ether smell. I was 12 so it's doubtful to me that it was in fact
    ether. Anyway, I was old enough to cook by then so likely it was me that
    did the bulk of the cooking. I do remember her making the Cherry Jazz then.



  4. #4
    Storrmmee Guest

    Default Re: Are you cooking more or less than you used to?

    i cook as little as possible, the DH does most of it, but being here in the
    hotel, with everything going on i occasionally go on cooking binges and prep
    binges so he can put it together when we are ready, for example yesterday i
    made chicken soup, puritst look away NOW

    we are avoiding buying any spices because of space contstraints, so
    seasoning is a challenge, i chopped up the remains of a rot. chicken, in
    with a can of traditional progresso soup, a can of diced tomatoes from
    costco, and a sixteen ounce bag of parisian vegetables from meijer, i
    simmerred this for a while until i was sure the veggies were done, then put
    it off the stove to cool and into the frigg, that will be today's lunch

    I also made a fakey pasta sauce, which consisted of six ounces of frozen
    broccoli that dh had cooked the whole bag for another meal, eight ounces of
    that fake crab meat and a can of progresso clam chowder, dh will get some
    multi grain thin noodles from barrilla or ronzoni and that will be dinner
    tomorrow.

    and the meal where we cooked the broccoli was a pork steak we split i cooked
    in a frying pan with butter, potato pancakes i totally screwed up and that
    other half of the broccoli...

    I also made fake lobster salad using one of those eight ounce packages and
    boiled eggs from the hotel's breakfast bar, and i understand these are some
    pre done eggs they buy from the store,

    sorry for going on so long but living here has certainly put the creativity
    need up a notch, Lee
    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:il9gvi$omg$[email protected]..
    >I was thinking about this. Although there have been convenience foods for
    >as long as I can remember, the types of convenience foods I buy and consume
    >have changes.
    >
    > As a child, my mom did cook some but they bought a lot of precooked things
    > or packaged things. Like Rice A Roni, Noodle Roni, Kraft Macaroni and
    > Cheese, Hamburger Helper (didn't come onto the market until I was older),
    > boxed puddings, Shake N'Bake, canned soups, frozen fish sticks, frozen
    > slices of turkey in gravy and of course the dreaded TV dinners. Our
    > vegetables mostly came from cans. I did grow some in our garden but we
    > have such a short growing season here. So we didn't get a lot from it.
    > We did almost always have a salad with dinner but it was almost always
    > just iceberg lettuce. My mom doesn't like a lot of other stuff on her
    > salad. And she doesn't eat dressing. Her spaghetti sauce came from a
    > little packet that you added water to. Perhaps there was meat added as
    > well. I don't remember. She didn't make it often as we certainly didn't
    > like it. The taco seasoning also came from a packet and that wasn't well
    > liked either. We did like tacos. Just not the stuff from the packet. She
    > never seemed to cook it long enough or something and it came out watery.
    > We always had frozen berries which were often picked by us during the
    > summer. We did have fresh fruit. She did bake cookies but often they
    > were the packaged kind.
    >
    > Then I got my first apartment. At first what we ate was a mishmash of
    > things. Partly because we didn't have a lot of money and partly because
    > of our different cooking styles. I had a roommate. I considered his mom
    > to be a very good cook, but she did cook things much differently than my
    > mom did. We did eat some things out of packets because they were new to
    > us. And some things were just bad! We did eat a lot of frozen pot pies.
    > They certainly weren't good but they were cheap!
    >
    > That roommate moved out and the next one wasn't into cooking at all. I
    > had a series of roommates after that. Most just let me do the cooking.
    > One was very picky with her money and cooked only for her and her friends,
    > although she did let me try a meal once. One was Jewish and had to keep
    > to his own dietary stuff for that and some other reasons. He was a bit of
    > an oddball and his mom was on the Pritikin diet. I never got into the
    > whys or wherefores of his diet. I just allowed him to have his own spaces
    > in the kitchen.
    >
    > So anyway... I guess I developed my own style of cooking.
    >
    > At first I made everything from scratch when I could. Pizza dough, bread,
    > pasta, even ravioli. I did cook meats on occasion for friends but I
    > myself was a vegetarian. Of course there were times when money was tough.
    > Like the month that I ate spaghetti (from a package) and tomato sauce (I
    > did make that myself) for the entire month because I couldn't afford much
    > more.
    >
    > I did eat Carnation Instant breakfast bars for breakfast most mornings. I
    > guess I felt they were loaded with vitamins or something. If I wasn't
    > eating those I had hard boiled eggs. And there was the time that Safeway
    > was closing out the Linda McCartney frozen meals. I believe they were
    > vegan but they might have been vegetarian. They were not something I
    > bought very often because they were normally not cheap. But at the
    > closeout price, you'd be a fool not to buy them. Unless perhaps you
    > didn't like vegan meals. My freezer was stuffed with them!
    >
    > There were other times that I did stupid things because I thought I was
    > saving money. Like the time I bought the cart full of chicken flavored
    > Ramen noodles. I don't even think there was real chicken in that stuff.
    > It was Campbell's brand. I was sick when I bought them. I thought
    > chicken soup would be good for me. I'd never had Ramen noodles before.
    > And I quickly learned I didn't like them all that much. Heh.
    >
    > When I got my microwave, I made all sorts of things in it. Muffins,
    > pudding from scratch. I even attempted to cook meats but I didn't care
    > for how they came out.
    >
    > Now today it seems I am cooking less than ever. My pasta is dried. My
    > sauce from a jar. My polenta from a tube. I buy frozen chicken nuggets,
    > fish sticks and other fish. Frozen cooked hamburger and black bean
    > patties. Pre-cooked turkey and chicken. Pre-cooked roast beef. I do buy
    > occasional frozen meals like tamales, cheese enchiladas and other things
    > for Angela, like lasagna. I know lasagna is easy, but time consuming to
    > make. My problem with it is the egg. I always put egg in my cheese. And
    > now I can't have egg. I've been afraid to try it without for fear that it
    > won't come out well. But I can find a gluten free boxed single serve of
    > lasagna for her. And the other day I found an organic meal of chicken and
    > rice for her.
    >
    > So it would seem now that I am only making a meal at home about three
    > times a week. Once or twice I double the amount so we will have
    > leftovers. We don't really like leftovers but Angela has to take dinner
    > to the dance studio at least twice a week. I may only be cooking from
    > scratch once a week. And some weeks not even that! If I make pizza I
    > start with a pre-made crust and use a canned sauce. Macaroni and cheese
    > comes from a box. Some nights the meal is as simple as pre-made hummus
    > with baby carrots and some olives and other raw veggies. Or a bowl of
    > cottage cheese with canned pears.
    >
    > I find I am not cooking so much simply because I don't have to! Yes there
    > are countless frozen meals on the market these days. Mostly I don't even
    > look at those because we are allergic to something in them. And of course
    > most are very high in carbs. But once in a while I will find something
    > suitable.
    >
    > It's just that there are so many ingredients that are made up already. I
    > can get sliced onions, chopped tomatoes, strips of pepper all cut up. I
    > don't often buy these things but they are there. If I make meatloaf I
    > always add veggies and I do get those from the salad bar so I can buy just
    > a small quantity. It seems it is just so much easier these days to come
    > up with a good, balanced meal without having to do a lot of work.
    >
    > So... Do you find that you are cooking more? Less? Or about the same as
    > you used to?
    >




  5. #5
    Storrmmee Guest

    Default Re: Are you cooking more or less than you used to?

    just make that double batch and send it along here, Lee,

    hint for recipe
    "W. Baker" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:il9i9m$gj0$[email protected]..
    > Julie Bove <[email protected]> wrote:
    > : I was thinking about this. Although there have been convenience foods
    > for
    > : as long as I can remember, the types of convenience foods I buy and
    > consume
    > : have changes.
    >
    > : As a child, my mom did cook some but they bought a lot of precooked
    > things
    > : or packaged things. Like Rice A Roni, Noodle Roni, Kraft Macaroni and
    > : Cheese, Hamburger Helper (didn't come onto the market until I was
    > older),
    > : boxed puddings, Shake N'Bake, canned soups, frozen fish sticks, frozen
    > : slices of turkey in gravy and of course the dreaded TV dinners. Our
    > : vegetables mostly came from cans. I did grow some in our garden but we
    > have
    > : such a short growing season here. So we didn't get a lot from it. We
    > did
    > : almost always have a salad with dinner but it was almost always just
    > iceberg
    > : lettuce. My mom doesn't like a lot of other stuff on her salad. And
    > she
    > : doesn't eat dressing. Her spaghetti sauce came from a little packet
    > that
    > : you added water to. Perhaps there was meat added as well. I don't
    > : remember. She didn't make it often as we certainly didn't like it. The
    > : taco seasoning also came from a packet and that wasn't well liked
    > either.
    > : We did like tacos. Just not the stuff from the packet. She never
    > seemed to
    > : cook it long enough or something and it came out watery. We always had
    > : frozen berries which were often picked by us during the summer. We did
    > have
    > : fresh fruit. She did bake cookies but often they were the packaged
    > kind.
    >
    > : Then I got my first apartment. At first what we ate was a mishmash of
    > : things. Partly because we didn't have a lot of money and partly because
    > of
    > : our different cooking styles. I had a roommate. I considered his mom
    > to be
    > : a very good cook, but she did cook things much differently than my mom
    > did.
    > : We did eat some things out of packets because they were new to us. And
    > some
    > : things were just bad! We did eat a lot of frozen pot pies. They
    > certainly
    > : weren't good but they were cheap!
    >
    > : That roommate moved out and the next one wasn't into cooking at all. I
    > had
    > : a series of roommates after that. Most just let me do the cooking. One
    > was
    > : very picky with her money and cooked only for her and her friends,
    > although
    > : she did let me try a meal once. One was Jewish and had to keep to his
    > own
    > : dietary stuff for that and some other reasons. He was a bit of an
    > oddball
    > : and his mom was on the Pritikin diet. I never got into the whys or
    > : wherefores of his diet. I just allowed him to have his own spaces in
    > the
    > : kitchen.
    >
    > : So anyway... I guess I developed my own style of cooking.
    >
    > : At first I made everything from scratch when I could. Pizza dough,
    > bread,
    > : pasta, even ravioli. I did cook meats on occasion for friends but I
    > myself
    > : was a vegetarian. Of course there were times when money was tough.
    > Like
    > : the month that I ate spaghetti (from a package) and tomato sauce (I did
    > make
    > : that myself) for the entire month because I couldn't afford much more.
    >
    > : I did eat Carnation Instant breakfast bars for breakfast most mornings.
    > I
    > : guess I felt they were loaded with vitamins or something. If I wasn't
    > : eating those I had hard boiled eggs. And there was the time that
    > Safeway
    > : was closing out the Linda McCartney frozen meals. I believe they were
    > vegan
    > : but they might have been vegetarian. They were not something I bought
    > very
    > : often because they were normally not cheap. But at the closeout price,
    > : you'd be a fool not to buy them. Unless perhaps you didn't like vegan
    > : meals. My freezer was stuffed with them!
    >
    > : There were other times that I did stupid things because I thought I was
    > : saving money. Like the time I bought the cart full of chicken flavored
    > : Ramen noodles. I don't even think there was real chicken in that stuff.
    > It
    > : was Campbell's brand. I was sick when I bought them. I thought chicken
    > : soup would be good for me. I'd never had Ramen noodles before. And I
    > : quickly learned I didn't like them all that much. Heh.
    >
    > : When I got my microwave, I made all sorts of things in it. Muffins,
    > pudding
    > : from scratch. I even attempted to cook meats but I didn't care for how
    > they
    > : came out.
    >
    > : Now today it seems I am cooking less than ever. My pasta is dried. My
    > : sauce from a jar. My polenta from a tube. I buy frozen chicken
    > nuggets,
    > : fish sticks and other fish. Frozen cooked hamburger and black bean
    > patties.
    > : Pre-cooked turkey and chicken. Pre-cooked roast beef. I do buy
    > occasional
    > : frozen meals like tamales, cheese enchiladas and other things for
    > Angela,
    > : like lasagna. I know lasagna is easy, but time consuming to make. My
    > : problem with it is the egg. I always put egg in my cheese. And now I
    > can't
    > : have egg. I've been afraid to try it without for fear that it won't
    > come
    > : out well. But I can find a gluten free boxed single serve of lasagna
    > for
    > : her. And the other day I found an organic meal of chicken and rice for
    > her.
    >
    > : So it would seem now that I am only making a meal at home about three
    > times
    > : a week. Once or twice I double the amount so we will have leftovers.
    > We
    > : don't really like leftovers but Angela has to take dinner to the dance
    > : studio at least twice a week. I may only be cooking from scratch once a
    > : week. And some weeks not even that! If I make pizza I start with a
    > : pre-made crust and use a canned sauce. Macaroni and cheese comes from a
    > : box. Some nights the meal is as simple as pre-made hummus with baby
    > carrots
    > : and some olives and other raw veggies. Or a bowl of cottage cheese with
    > : canned pears.
    >
    > : I find I am not cooking so much simply because I don't have to! Yes
    > there
    > : are countless frozen meals on the market these days. Mostly I don't
    > even
    > : look at those because we are allergic to something in them. And of
    > course
    > : most are very high in carbs. But once in a while I will find something
    > : suitable.
    >
    > : It's just that there are so many ingredients that are made up already.
    > I
    > : can get sliced onions, chopped tomatoes, strips of pepper all cut up. I
    > : don't often buy these things but they are there. If I make meatloaf I
    > : always add veggies and I do get those from the salad bar so I can buy
    > just a
    > : small quantity. It seems it is just so much easier these days to come
    > up
    > : with a good, balanced meal without having to do a lot of work.
    >
    > : So... Do you find that you are cooking more? Less? Or about the same
    > as
    > : you used to?
    >
    > I have always cooked using few prepared producs. I dotend to use jarred
    > spaghetti sauce for convenience, but stil would do up a home made one
    > usign canned tomatoes and fresh other vegetables. My mother only used
    > boxed puddings and Kojel, a kosher jello, but we both have always made our
    > own salad dressings. I generally cook from scratch, but no longer do much
    > baking. Even now, that I am alone, I still cook frm scratch, but I do
    > keep some packages of turkey, in case I don't feel like cooking a dinner
    > and can make either a turkey salad or sandwich on low carb bread. I have
    > trouble gettign quantities right, both in buying and cooking , but am
    > doing some soups and stews which I use for several days and freeze for
    > future meals. Aside from the occasional frankfurter, or other deli item,
    > I woudl never consider using a precooked meat in any form. Vegetables are
    > generally fresh. Just this week I pressure cooked a large number of beets
    > adn have been eating them for several days. I like beets and, for some
    > reason, they do not spike me.
    >
    > I eat out a bit more than I did before Syd died, as it is just too lonely
    > eating in the dining foyer alone all the time. I have always cooked form
    > scratch and enjoy, both the doing and the eating of my own cooking.
    > That's not to say that I don't like beign asked out t somenes
    > house:-)(hint, hint hint!)
    >
    > I enjoy making some of my family's traditional recipes and plan to make a
    > single, rather than a double batch of the honey/ginger candy that was my
    > great grandmother's recipe and who knows how much further back, for
    > Passover this year. I am, no longer physically able to make the
    > traditional Seder meal, so will be with my older son for the first night
    > and a close friend the second.
    >
    > Wendy




  6. #6
    Storrmmee Guest

    Default Re: Are you cooking more or less than you used to?

    ok how about a funny food memory?

    when i was five or so, my mom asked me if i would like another brother or
    sister, i said fine, my older brother said not really, my mom asked me which
    i would prefer, i said a sister, my older brother said he didn't care...

    time passes, my mom is gone, my dad comes home, and says, ok for dinner we
    are having grilled cheese tomato soup and spinach, great, my favorite meal,
    next morning my dad fixes pancakes with real syrup my mom evidentally made
    a bit earlier in the week, and fresh strawberries... grandmother arrives
    few days later my mom brings home a sister for us...

    sixteen no maybe less than that mom again says, would you like another
    brother or sister, i say not really but whatever, older brother says no
    thanks... but if you have to have one what do you want, we both say
    brother,... time passes, we come home from school, dad is there he has made
    another favorite meal, it has canned peas, c/mushroom soup tuna and toast,
    no mom... next morning we get bacon toast and hard fried eggs... off to
    school, home and other grandmother arrives... then mom is home in a few days
    with younger brother...

    they are only thirteen/sixteen months apart... after that when my mom would
    say lets grill, and i knew my dad was cooking i freaked out thinking i would
    be getting another sibling...

    until this i had no idea my dad could even turn on the stove, i find out
    years later not only can he cook i find he is excellent about it,

    Lee, who has lots of hillarious food stories about her family
    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:il9jlh$2do$[email protected]..
    >
    > "W. Baker" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:il9i9m$gj0$[email protected]..
    >> Julie Bove <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> : I was thinking about this. Although there have been convenience foods
    >> for
    >> : as long as I can remember, the types of convenience foods I buy and
    >> consume
    >> : have changes.
    >>
    >> : As a child, my mom did cook some but they bought a lot of precooked
    >> things
    >> : or packaged things. Like Rice A Roni, Noodle Roni, Kraft Macaroni and
    >> : Cheese, Hamburger Helper (didn't come onto the market until I was
    >> older),
    >> : boxed puddings, Shake N'Bake, canned soups, frozen fish sticks, frozen
    >> : slices of turkey in gravy and of course the dreaded TV dinners. Our
    >> : vegetables mostly came from cans. I did grow some in our garden but we
    >> have
    >> : such a short growing season here. So we didn't get a lot from it. We
    >> did
    >> : almost always have a salad with dinner but it was almost always just
    >> iceberg
    >> : lettuce. My mom doesn't like a lot of other stuff on her salad. And
    >> she
    >> : doesn't eat dressing. Her spaghetti sauce came from a little packet
    >> that
    >> : you added water to. Perhaps there was meat added as well. I don't
    >> : remember. She didn't make it often as we certainly didn't like it.
    >> The
    >> : taco seasoning also came from a packet and that wasn't well liked
    >> either.
    >> : We did like tacos. Just not the stuff from the packet. She never
    >> seemed to
    >> : cook it long enough or something and it came out watery. We always had
    >> : frozen berries which were often picked by us during the summer. We did
    >> have
    >> : fresh fruit. She did bake cookies but often they were the packaged
    >> kind.
    >>
    >> : Then I got my first apartment. At first what we ate was a mishmash of
    >> : things. Partly because we didn't have a lot of money and partly
    >> because of
    >> : our different cooking styles. I had a roommate. I considered his mom
    >> to be
    >> : a very good cook, but she did cook things much differently than my mom
    >> did.
    >> : We did eat some things out of packets because they were new to us. And
    >> some
    >> : things were just bad! We did eat a lot of frozen pot pies. They
    >> certainly
    >> : weren't good but they were cheap!
    >>
    >> : That roommate moved out and the next one wasn't into cooking at all. I
    >> had
    >> : a series of roommates after that. Most just let me do the cooking.
    >> One was
    >> : very picky with her money and cooked only for her and her friends,
    >> although
    >> : she did let me try a meal once. One was Jewish and had to keep to his
    >> own
    >> : dietary stuff for that and some other reasons. He was a bit of an
    >> oddball
    >> : and his mom was on the Pritikin diet. I never got into the whys or
    >> : wherefores of his diet. I just allowed him to have his own spaces in
    >> the
    >> : kitchen.
    >>
    >> : So anyway... I guess I developed my own style of cooking.
    >>
    >> : At first I made everything from scratch when I could. Pizza dough,
    >> bread,
    >> : pasta, even ravioli. I did cook meats on occasion for friends but I
    >> myself
    >> : was a vegetarian. Of course there were times when money was tough.
    >> Like
    >> : the month that I ate spaghetti (from a package) and tomato sauce (I did
    >> make
    >> : that myself) for the entire month because I couldn't afford much more.
    >>
    >> : I did eat Carnation Instant breakfast bars for breakfast most mornings.
    >> I
    >> : guess I felt they were loaded with vitamins or something. If I wasn't
    >> : eating those I had hard boiled eggs. And there was the time that
    >> Safeway
    >> : was closing out the Linda McCartney frozen meals. I believe they were
    >> vegan
    >> : but they might have been vegetarian. They were not something I bought
    >> very
    >> : often because they were normally not cheap. But at the closeout price,
    >> : you'd be a fool not to buy them. Unless perhaps you didn't like vegan
    >> : meals. My freezer was stuffed with them!
    >>
    >> : There were other times that I did stupid things because I thought I was
    >> : saving money. Like the time I bought the cart full of chicken flavored
    >> : Ramen noodles. I don't even think there was real chicken in that
    >> stuff. It
    >> : was Campbell's brand. I was sick when I bought them. I thought
    >> chicken
    >> : soup would be good for me. I'd never had Ramen noodles before. And I
    >> : quickly learned I didn't like them all that much. Heh.
    >>
    >> : When I got my microwave, I made all sorts of things in it. Muffins,
    >> pudding
    >> : from scratch. I even attempted to cook meats but I didn't care for how
    >> they
    >> : came out.
    >>
    >> : Now today it seems I am cooking less than ever. My pasta is dried. My
    >> : sauce from a jar. My polenta from a tube. I buy frozen chicken
    >> nuggets,
    >> : fish sticks and other fish. Frozen cooked hamburger and black bean
    >> patties.
    >> : Pre-cooked turkey and chicken. Pre-cooked roast beef. I do buy
    >> occasional
    >> : frozen meals like tamales, cheese enchiladas and other things for
    >> Angela,
    >> : like lasagna. I know lasagna is easy, but time consuming to make. My
    >> : problem with it is the egg. I always put egg in my cheese. And now I
    >> can't
    >> : have egg. I've been afraid to try it without for fear that it won't
    >> come
    >> : out well. But I can find a gluten free boxed single serve of lasagna
    >> for
    >> : her. And the other day I found an organic meal of chicken and rice for
    >> her.
    >>
    >> : So it would seem now that I am only making a meal at home about three
    >> times
    >> : a week. Once or twice I double the amount so we will have leftovers.
    >> We
    >> : don't really like leftovers but Angela has to take dinner to the dance
    >> : studio at least twice a week. I may only be cooking from scratch once
    >> a
    >> : week. And some weeks not even that! If I make pizza I start with a
    >> : pre-made crust and use a canned sauce. Macaroni and cheese comes from
    >> a
    >> : box. Some nights the meal is as simple as pre-made hummus with baby
    >> carrots
    >> : and some olives and other raw veggies. Or a bowl of cottage cheese
    >> with
    >> : canned pears.
    >>
    >> : I find I am not cooking so much simply because I don't have to! Yes
    >> there
    >> : are countless frozen meals on the market these days. Mostly I don't
    >> even
    >> : look at those because we are allergic to something in them. And of
    >> course
    >> : most are very high in carbs. But once in a while I will find something
    >> : suitable.
    >>
    >> : It's just that there are so many ingredients that are made up already.
    >> I
    >> : can get sliced onions, chopped tomatoes, strips of pepper all cut up.
    >> I
    >> : don't often buy these things but they are there. If I make meatloaf I
    >> : always add veggies and I do get those from the salad bar so I can buy
    >> just a
    >> : small quantity. It seems it is just so much easier these days to come
    >> up
    >> : with a good, balanced meal without having to do a lot of work.
    >>
    >> : So... Do you find that you are cooking more? Less? Or about the same
    >> as
    >> : you used to?
    >>
    >> I have always cooked using few prepared producs. I dotend to use jarred
    >> spaghetti sauce for convenience, but stil would do up a home made one
    >> usign canned tomatoes and fresh other vegetables. My mother only
    >> used
    >> boxed puddings and Kojel, a kosher jello, but we both have always made
    >> our
    >> own salad dressings. I generally cook from scratch, but no longer do
    >> much
    >> baking. Even now, that I am alone, I still cook frm scratch, but I do
    >> keep some packages of turkey, in case I don't feel like cooking a dinner
    >> and can make either a turkey salad or sandwich on low carb bread. I have
    >> trouble gettign quantities right, both in buying and cooking , but am
    >> doing some soups and stews which I use for several days and freeze for
    >> future meals. Aside from the occasional frankfurter, or other deli item,
    >> I woudl never consider using a precooked meat in any form. Vegetables
    >> are
    >> generally fresh. Just this week I pressure cooked a large number of
    >> beets
    >> adn have been eating them for several days. I like beets and, for some
    >> reason, they do not spike me.
    >>
    >> I eat out a bit more than I did before Syd died, as it is just too lonely
    >> eating in the dining foyer alone all the time. I have always cooked form
    >> scratch and enjoy, both the doing and the eating of my own cooking.
    >> That's not to say that I don't like beign asked out t somenes
    >> house:-)(hint, hint hint!)
    >>
    >> I enjoy making some of my family's traditional recipes and plan to make a
    >> single, rather than a double batch of the honey/ginger candy that was my
    >> great grandmother's recipe and who knows how much further back, for
    >> Passover this year. I am, no longer physically able to make the
    >> traditional Seder meal, so will be with my older son for the first night
    >> and a close friend the second.

    >
    > Gee... I don't think my family has any traditional recipes. I have a
    > recipe from my one grandma for Coca-Cola cake. I never liked it. Have a
    > recipe from my other grandma for something she called Cherry Jazz. I now
    > know that other people call it Dump Cake, but her recipe had no nuts.
    > Just canned cherry pie filling, Jiffy Cake mix and then melted butter on
    > top. I did like that, not that I can eat it now. But nobody else likes
    > it so I quit making it.
    >
    > I did not care for my paternal grandmas cooking very much. She would not
    > cook anything she considered to be foreign. Seemingly her German Potato
    > Salad was not foreign. She did make that a lot but I don't think I ever
    > tried it because my dad warned me not to. I remember her making a lot of
    > ham for Sunday dinner. I never liked ham. She served canned green beans
    > cooked to death with bacon added. I did like those, but hardly what I
    > would call cooking. Mostly she liked to eat out. We often dined a
    > restaurant called Spears. It's no longer there. Or we went to some place
    > that served fried chicken. Not KFC. Some other place, kind of far away.
    > I didn't like it. I do remember that. Sometimes we went to a buffet at
    > the mall.
    >
    > My maternal grandma had 8 kids. And most of those kids had a lot of kids.
    > Then there were more distant relatives. We would all gather on their farm
    > for a meal. She always made ice cream. I do remember that. Old crank
    > freezer and we kids had to sit on the lid if we were not old enough to
    > help crank. I never liked ice cream.
    >
    > They did BBQ stuff. Probably hot dogs and hamburgers. I don't remember.
    > There was always a lot of watermelon. They grew it. Neither of my
    > grandparents would eat watermelon. I hated it as well. Something about
    > the mealy texture. I've been told that this grandma didn't like to cook
    > so she turned it over to her daughters when they were young. Perhaps this
    > is why my mom didn't learn to cook a lot of things. This grandma did like
    > to make candy and bake things. She was a large woman. But AFAIK, not a
    > diabetic. Her brother was though.
    >
    > When I stayed with her, she often took me out to eat. Or I had cereal.
    > One when my mom was in the hospital, she came to stay with us and made
    > what she called Spaghetti Red. It was just macaroni, beef and tomatoes.
    > Because she had known a lot of poverty she took once pound of ground beef
    > and added enough tomatoes and macaroni to feed us this dish for the entire
    > week. My dad kept trying to give her money to buy more groceries but she
    > insisted we eat this stuff. I think it was a good long time before we ate
    > that again.
    >
    > Sooo... No real fond food memories from my childhood. I do remember my
    > maternal grandma coming to stay with us when my mom had her hysterectomy
    > and my dad then broke his leg in the hospital after fainting from what he
    > said was an ether smell. I was 12 so it's doubtful to me that it was in
    > fact ether. Anyway, I was old enough to cook by then so likely it was me
    > that did the bulk of the cooking. I do remember her making the Cherry
    > Jazz then.
    >




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    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Are you cooking more or less than you used to?


    "Storrmmee" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >i cook as little as possible, the DH does most of it, but being here in the
    >hotel, with everything going on i occasionally go on cooking binges and
    >prep binges so he can put it together when we are ready, for example
    >yesterday i made chicken soup, puritst look away NOW
    >
    > we are avoiding buying any spices because of space contstraints, so
    > seasoning is a challenge, i chopped up the remains of a rot. chicken, in
    > with a can of traditional progresso soup, a can of diced tomatoes from
    > costco, and a sixteen ounce bag of parisian vegetables from meijer, i
    > simmerred this for a while until i was sure the veggies were done, then
    > put it off the stove to cool and into the frigg, that will be today's
    > lunch
    >
    > I also made a fakey pasta sauce, which consisted of six ounces of frozen
    > broccoli that dh had cooked the whole bag for another meal, eight ounces
    > of that fake crab meat and a can of progresso clam chowder, dh will get
    > some multi grain thin noodles from barrilla or ronzoni and that will be
    > dinner tomorrow.
    >
    > and the meal where we cooked the broccoli was a pork steak we split i
    > cooked in a frying pan with butter, potato pancakes i totally screwed up
    > and that other half of the broccoli...
    >
    > I also made fake lobster salad using one of those eight ounce packages and
    > boiled eggs from the hotel's breakfast bar, and i understand these are
    > some pre done eggs they buy from the store,


    When I was living in a motel, I didn't have any way to cook. I managed to
    eat healthy meals but I certainly got sick of eating that way!

    Next month is when we will likely be staying in a hotel. I can get a
    refrigerator if I ask, but there will be no way of cooking anything. And I
    am not going to buy anything for heating food because there will be no time
    to do that. So I have to come up with things that are shelf stable. I have
    some things, but need to get more.

    We will have a quick breakfast in the room. I bought a box of cereal that
    we both like. I will have to take lunch with us. I will probably have
    peanut butter stuffed pretzels and maybe applesauce. We will have one
    dinner in the room. We will have only enough time to dash back to the room
    and then wolf down some food. Will probably be some canned beans, canned
    green beans and maybe some fruit for Angela. I am not looking forward to
    it!




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    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Are you cooking more or less than you used to?


    "Storrmmee" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > ok how about a funny food memory?
    >
    > when i was five or so, my mom asked me if i would like another brother or
    > sister, i said fine, my older brother said not really, my mom asked me
    > which i would prefer, i said a sister, my older brother said he didn't
    > care...
    >
    > time passes, my mom is gone, my dad comes home, and says, ok for dinner we
    > are having grilled cheese tomato soup and spinach, great, my favorite
    > meal, next morning my dad fixes pancakes with real syrup my mom
    > evidentally made a bit earlier in the week, and fresh strawberries...
    > grandmother arrives few days later my mom brings home a sister for us...
    >
    > sixteen no maybe less than that mom again says, would you like another
    > brother or sister, i say not really but whatever, older brother says no
    > thanks... but if you have to have one what do you want, we both say
    > brother,... time passes, we come home from school, dad is there he has
    > made another favorite meal, it has canned peas, c/mushroom soup tuna and
    > toast, no mom... next morning we get bacon toast and hard fried eggs...
    > off to school, home and other grandmother arrives... then mom is home in a
    > few days with younger brother...
    >
    > they are only thirteen/sixteen months apart... after that when my mom
    > would say lets grill, and i knew my dad was cooking i freaked out thinking
    > i would be getting another sibling...
    >
    > until this i had no idea my dad could even turn on the stove, i find out
    > years later not only can he cook i find he is excellent about it,
    >
    > Lee, who has lots of hillarious food stories about her family


    My dad has tried to cook. Probably the worst thing he did was a Weight
    Watcher's recipe. He only did it because my mom refused to. It was Sweet
    and Sour Liver with Pineapple Chunks. Has to be the worst food we have all
    ever tasted. We went to McDonalds that night. No Supersize stuff or kid's
    meals in those days.

    Once he made poppyseed cookies and he reckoned that he really liked
    poppyseeds. So he put in waaaay too many. They came out black.

    He can do simple things like hamburger patties, salads, relish trays and
    heating stuff from cans.

    But his sandwiches? I swear he used to do this on purpose. He would invite
    all the neighborhood kids over for lunch. Then he would make little finger
    sandwiches on white bread with the crusts cut off. I believe they were
    peanut butter, jelly, mayo, bananas and lettuce. Want to see kids run home
    in tears in very quick fashion? Just serve them that!

    Once we went camping and we were out in some remote area with no stores or
    restaurants nearby. We had no extra food. My mom made the infamous
    Spaghetti Red. The only seasoning she put in there was chili powder. Well
    she lost control of the can and dumped waaaay too much in. That stuff had a
    bite to it! We all went to bed hungry that night.



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