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Aug 30, 2009 09:26 PM

Convenience foods you love?

I just discovered those plastic wrapped baked potatoes for the microwave. They are great and always perfect in 7 minutes! What's your favorite?

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  1. How is it different from a regular potato?

    I've seen these at the supermarket, but they just look like a regular potato that's already cleaned and wrapped in plastic.

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    1. re: cheesecake17

      Just regular Idaho "tater". It's just the ease and quick prep time. Baked potato in an instant!

      1. re: cheesecake17

        It's a different kind of potato they use-sweeter than most others and does not need much to give it any flavor (i.e., you can eat it just heated, without adding butter or any toppings). The plastic wrap ensures excellent thorough cooking.

      2. Philadelphia cheesecake filling in the tub.
        The raw flour tortillas you can cook on the griddle or pan at home.
        Sargento grated cheeses in the bag.
        Prego tradional sauce.
        Rhodes frozen roll dough.
        Bird's Eye stir fry veggie's w/ asparagus
        Catalina salad dressing.
        and a few others.............

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        1. re: mrbigshotno.1

          Hmmm -- the tortillas are actually raw raw? LIke uncooked? That sounds intriguing?

          I haven't seen them at my local store but bet they are there with the other tortillas.

          1. re: karykat

            I just found these yesterday, and they were in the "Mexican Cheese" section of the grocery store - with the queso fresco, crema, etc.

            1. re: shanagain

              And they are AWESOME. These are bumped to the top of my list. They win... everything. I bought Abuela's brand, burrito-size, and have to say, these are absolutely killer. They're thin "Sonoran" style, not fluffy/puffy, and finally, I can make breakfast burritos as well as the local place that charges 2.50 a piece. (Oh, but.. their hot sauce. Rats...)

              At any rate, I'm not sure how available these are outside of Texas or the SW, but wow, what a find.

              (If you've ever, as a fairly accomplished baker, cook & tamale maker, had the annoying experience of attempting Sonoran style tortillas FAIL over and over again, you'd understand this white girl's joy at finding these.)

              1. re: shanagain

                I buy them at our Costco and always have them on hand. They are FABULOUS!

          2. I was going to get all, "it's funny, but I guess I don't use as many as I thought... " then... deep shame = Zatarain's Gumbo Base. I make a pretty mean roux, but when push comes to shove on a busy Tuesday night, I love that stuff.

            ETA: I am also shamelessly addicted to the instant ramen (only the Nissan Cup Noodle) brand, chicken flavor, with a squirt of sriracha. I have this for lunch almost every day, and I'm kind of bummed because I just realized I don't have any right now.

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            1. re: shanagain

              ah yes, ramen. i used to add a scoop of peanut butter to the broth of mine (and the sriracha) to make a peanut sauce. Or break an egg in it. Or cook frozen veggies with the noodles.... college.

              i'm so craving some *right* *now*

              1. re: gexx

                The PB & sriracha trick is one of the best ever - it's the only way I can get a peanut sauce that isn't too peanutty. Gourmet fail.

              2. re: shanagain

                I love Zatarain's Gumbo Base too. I make a great roux and still like to add a couple of tablespoons of the base because of the extra taste and texture it gives.

              3. The Near East line of rice and couscous side dishes. I also have a fondness for Mahatma Yellow Rice.

                1. Nutella
                  Canned tomatoes
                  Amy's Frozen Burritos (non-dairy black bean and rice)
                  Amy's Frozen Lasagna
                  Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean burger

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                  1. re: nofunlatte

                    I'd probably be doomed without canned tomatoes :P