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Old 01-04-2008, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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I really like to cook from scratch, but sometimes I just dont have the time or energy. Looked for a thread, so if I missed it, my bad!
So, that being said, whats your favorite cheater methods for getting dinner on the table, and making it taste like you made it from scratch?
I like to use roasted garlic alfredo sauce, add some crumbled gorgonzola cheese and chopped flat leaf parsley, put it over pasta from the fridge case at the grocery store, salad, and garlic bread sticks from the freezer case. Tastes like you worked all day on dinner!
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Old 01-04-2008, 07:13 PM
 
Location: huh?
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oh my goodness. when i first saw your thread title i thought it had to do with relationships! (how to successfully cheat on your spouse!)
my husband likes to add a bunch of junk to his frozen pizzas!

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Old 01-04-2008, 07:22 PM
 
Location: makin' bacon
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oh my goodness. when i first saw your thread title i thought it had to do with relationships! (how to successfully cheat on your spouse!)
LOL! I thought the same thing at first, and of course had to check it out.

There aren't too many discriminating palettes in my house, so I generally don't make anything too complicated. Cakes are my cheat. I like to add cream sherry to butter recipe cake mixes and just dust with powdered sugar when done. Very simple, but tastes great.
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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LOL! I thought the same thing at first, and of course had to check it out.

There aren't too many discriminating palettes in my house, so I generally don't make anything too complicated. Cakes are my cheat. I like to add cream sherry to butter recipe cake mixes and just dust with powdered sugar when done. Very simple, but tastes great.
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oh my goodness. when i first saw your thread title i thought it had to do with relationships! (how to successfully cheat on your spouse!)
my husband likes to add a bunch of junk to his frozen pizzas!
OMG, y'all aint right, I am wiping tears off my face from laughter!
Sorry, its just a boring thread about food!
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Old 01-05-2008, 10:54 AM
 
Location: In a house
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Okay people, where are our minds at?? Just kidding. When I make spaghetti sauce I start with a bottled brand like Classico, add some Italian sausage, spices, ground round, bell peppers, garlic and onions. Tastes like I worked on it all day!!!
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Old 01-05-2008, 10:59 AM
 
Location: makin' bacon
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Okay people, where are our minds at?? Just kidding. When I make spaghetti sauce I start with a bottled brand like Classico, add some Italian sausage, spices, ground round, bell peppers, garlic and onions. Tastes like I worked on it all day!!!
That sounds good and would go great with some of those frozen stuffed shells(thawed and cooked of course).
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:11 AM
 
Location: huh?
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why not also add some bacon?
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Okay people, where are our minds at?? Just kidding. When I make spaghetti sauce I start with a bottled brand like Classico, add some Italian sausage, spices, ground round, bell peppers, garlic and onions. Tastes like I worked on it all day!!!
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:14 AM
 
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Favorite food cheats. my kinda subject!!!

buy a rotisserie chicken. Come home tear off the meat and add it to salad. Save the bones and a little meat and toss it into a pot for soup..add noodles and salt.

and or/ take the meat and add it to a "skillet" type pasta dish. (frozen).

Best italian cheat i know is to goto Carrabas, order , take it home and put it on a plate. Hide the boxes. then put a little garlic in a pan and heat it up so that your home smells like garlic...when your guests are amazed you can admit it..or
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:16 AM
 
Location: makin' bacon
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Favorite food cheats. my kinda subject!!!

buy a rotisserie chicken. Come home tear off the meat and add it to salad. Save the bones and a little meat and toss it into a pot for soup..add noodles and salt.

I have done the salad thing also, and it is very good

and or/ take the meat and add it to a "skillet" type pasta dish. (frozen).

Best italian cheat i know is to goto Carrabas, order , take it home and put it on a plate. Hide the boxes. then put a little garlic in a pan and heat it up so that your home smells like garlic...when your guests are amazed you can admit it..or
Now that's my kinda cheat!
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:20 AM
 
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Yes, I had to open this thread to get some points on cheating too, lol!

It is hard for me to cheat because I'm allergic to soy, and prepackaged foods most often contain soy. And we don't like pasta, so I don't really need to cheat for anything to do with pasta. However, I do buy Preggo tomato sauce which I will sometimes add to things like soups or stews, and the once-a-year pasta dish I managed to force on my hubby. LOL Basically we just cook a lot of grilled foods, and have a potato or rice dish, along with veggies. If I'm in a hurry and need to cheat, we'll have frozen McCain's fries. Otherwise, I don't cheat, I have to make everything from scratch.
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