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My Cheatin' Heart 
Feb. 21, 2010 7:16 pm 
Updated: Feb. 27, 2010 5:39 pm
I have always prided myself on my the kitchen that is.  I love to cook from scratch and have been rather vocal about my ability to cook or bake anything without mixes or pre-made ingredients. I turn my nose up at bakery cakes....or even canned frosting. YIKES! Frozen pie crust would never enter my grocery cart. The tubular rolls or cookies in the dairy case have never been allowed in my home. I do admit to the occasional lapse with a salad dressing in a jar or pickles or jam when I haven't canned or frozen enough. But by and large, you would look in my cupboards and find only the most basic of ingredients to cook with.
As I was cooking dinner tonight, I decided it is time to owe up to my cheatin' ways. My husband wanted spaghetti and meatballs. So I looked up Jenn's meatballs from AR and proceeded to mix and shape the meatballs. Now here's the cheatin' part.  I dropped those tasty little balls into two jars of simmering Prego sauce. Eek! Some years past, I would simmer a marinara all day and thought of it as a labor of love and surely the best marinara on the planet. I don't know when I discovered my appreciation for Prego, but it has been a guilty secret ingredient for all my marinara dishes for quite a few years now.....and I like it, I really, really like it. I know you Italians out there are surely swooning about now. Forgive my lapse in taste as I cross myself.
So I was thinking there must be other kitchen aficionados out there who have some cheatin' ways too and just maybe we could all spill our guts on our little cooking secrets. So there ya go. I am throwing down the Prego gauntlet and asking you to share your cheatin" ways with the rest of All Recipes. What say folks?
Feb. 22, 2010 7:44 am
you know, LOL, as I am reading this blog, I go back to one of my dishes that I make with jarred alfredo sauce, shrimp or chicken, fresh veggies and gorganzola melted in. I do make it from scratch, but there are those days, when I'm hung-over or just plain sore with arthritis, that I do use the jarred sauce. And you'll never see me rolling out a pie crust in this RV galley....I do buy the premade.
Feb. 22, 2010 10:19 am
I, too, refuse to buy frozen pie crusts (I started off because of cost, but nowadays it's out of pride for my awesome crusts - ha!) but I'll admit to using jarred spaghetti sauce on more than one occasion. I'll usually dress it up with some of my own herbs, but sometimes it goes straight from the jar onto the spaghetti. I also use "cream of" canned soups like no one's business (I am Southern, after all!) Keep up with the homemade pie crusts!!
Feb. 22, 2010 7:13 pm
Even angels fall from grace occasionaly. We all cheat ever now and again! Like you I try and make everything from scratch, but sometimes I come across the odd recipe that requires a little cheating. I am sure as long as its not all the time, we will be forgiven...
Feb. 24, 2010 7:44 am
witchy woman......I don't think I have ever seen anything that doesn't look other than delicious coming out of your kitchen. If you could just send along the smells with your pictures, it would be so appreciated :)
Feb. 24, 2010 7:45 am
Nashville Nosher.....I forgot about the cream soups. Yikes I have more confessions that I knew about cuz I use them too.
Feb. 24, 2010 7:46 am
apple strudel.....Thanks for the encouraging words, but in case you haven't noticed.....I am far from an angel :)
Feb. 24, 2010 11:44 am
I have been known to take help from the store, but not often. When I do get help I change and add to it so you couldn't tell its storebought. S
Feb. 24, 2010 3:26 pm
That's EXACTLY how I feel an think. Drives me crazy shopping or baking at other people's houses cause they'll use premade, cheatin' YUCK. I realize I should be grateful, as I don't pay the groceries..but it just stricks a nerve with me every time. But confessions I do have!! ~~I use canned beans, canned tomatoes, packaged granola bars!!! Some out of ease, others because I know how many calories I'm consuming..*sigh*
Feb. 27, 2010 5:39 pm
maui, that is hilarious! I'm glad you came clean with that horrendous confession. LOL
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I have been married for 43 years to the most amazing man on the planet. He is quiet and deliberate and I am NOT. We have one grown son (and his partner) that we adore. Because they work for the airlines they drop in on a flight frequently and we feel so lucky for that. We retired after 30 years at our careers from our native Olympia to Maui and now most recently retreated to Las Vegas to try to ride out this horrendous economy. We bought a small home here and I gutted it and am putting it back together, so I spend most of my time fine tuning the decorating and now I am plunging into a full tropical landscaping to remind us of our beautiful Maui. I miss the PNW, but NOT the weather. Miss the razor clams and the wild beaches of Washington and Oregon. Miss my friends too. Happy to have my friends from Allrecipes though. The four legged critter you see on my profile is a five year old yorkie/bichon who is the greatest little (9 lbs) girl ever. Quiet and calm, but so excited about life.
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My mother used to like to make a big deal out of almost any holiday, so I have followed through with that tradition. Valentine's Day, Christmas, St. Paddy's day, Thanksgiving, Easter, Oscar night are just a few of my favorite cooking traditions. Birthday parties for all my loved ones are something I love to do too.
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The first time I mastered sauce bearnaise, or raviolis from scratch or my first perfect cheesecake or my first wedding catering job or meeting Julia Child (about 25 years ago).
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(See above) Well....Julia was so cranky and rude it ruined my love of I sold all my Julia Child cookbooks (some of them signed) at a garage sale for $1.00 apiece. Now I wish I would have kept them of course. I guess Julia was just having a bad day:( & I was foolish of course.
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