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randyjl Aug 30, 2009 09:26 PM

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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    cheesecake17 RE: randyjl Aug 31, 2009 07:34 AM

    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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      randyjl RE: cheesecake17 Aug 31, 2009 11:25 AM

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

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        Cathy RE: cheesecake17 Sep 2, 2009 05:40 PM

        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. mrbigshotno.1 RE: randyjl Aug 31, 2009 09:11 AM

        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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          karykat RE: mrbigshotno.1 Aug 31, 2009 01:12 PM

          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.

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            shanagain RE: karykat Aug 31, 2009 02:10 PM

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

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              shanagain RE: shanagain Sep 1, 2009 06:35 AM

              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.)

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                FlyerFan RE: shanagain Sep 1, 2009 05:39 PM

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

          2. shanagain RE: randyjl Aug 31, 2009 11:25 AM

            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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              gexx RE: shanagain Sep 1, 2009 07:40 AM

              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*

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                shanagain RE: gexx Sep 1, 2009 07:52 AM

                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.

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                bayoucook RE: shanagain Sep 5, 2009 02:47 AM

                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.

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                Janet from Richmond RE: randyjl Sep 1, 2009 06:41 AM

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

                1. nofunlatte RE: randyjl Sep 1, 2009 06:43 AM

                  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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                    Popkin RE: nofunlatte Sep 5, 2009 08:09 AM

                    I'd probably be doomed without canned tomatoes :P

                  2. iluvcookies RE: randyjl Sep 1, 2009 07:33 AM

                    frozen brown rice you steam in the bag in the microwave... huge timesaver!
                    Barilla pasta sauces
                    shredded cheese and refirgerated tortillas = instant quesadilla!

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                      cheesecake17 RE: iluvcookies Sep 1, 2009 07:42 AM

                      I love the Steamfresh brown rice! Great for a last minute dinner

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                      gexx RE: randyjl Sep 1, 2009 07:38 AM

                      Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pie - especially the creamy mushroom one. When I was working on school papers it was my dinner and a treat from ramen.

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                        ginnyhw RE: randyjl Sep 1, 2009 02:45 PM

                        Carolina Yellow Rice in a tube.
                        Trader Joe's Italian Starter Sauce in a box.
                        From the freezer at Trader Joe's white or brown rice, petite peas, white corn and steel cut oatmeal. Stouffer's chipped beef with some of those peas from TJ's on toast

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                          Rhee RE: ginnyhw Sep 1, 2009 04:08 PM

                          Girard's Champaigne Salad dressing. I put it on most of my salad. The secret ingredients are msg and tamarind.

                        2. Elora RE: randyjl Sep 1, 2009 06:14 PM

                          Sylvia's makes a fantastic ready mix coating for chicken, and one for fish. The one for chicken is particularly fantastic. I don't know what it is about it, but every time I use it for boneless, skinless chicken breasts, the fried chicken comes out so moist and juicy that I'm shocked. And it tastes great too.

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                            baseballfan RE: randyjl Sep 1, 2009 06:21 PM

                            Organic chicken stock in a box. I buy the 6 pack from Costco. It's so great to able to use what you need, put the cap on and stick in the fridge. No more wasting half a can or freezing the remainder.

                            1. hungryann RE: randyjl Sep 2, 2009 05:33 PM

                              Canned tuna ans salmon; so convenient when you don't feel like cooking and want something fast and healthy.

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                                Smileelisa RE: randyjl Sep 3, 2009 03:47 AM

                                Mine would have to be Maruchan Yakisoba Teriyaki flavored noodles. Not so good for you but once in awhile.......

                                1. kubasd RE: randyjl Sep 3, 2009 05:25 AM

                                  Amy's breakfast burritos (so great with cholula!) Smartlife "chicken" tenders, Simply asia spicy kung pao quick noodles, all of amy's canned soups (i've said on here before, best canned soups ever), and seapoint farms lightly salted edamame. Oh and annie's green garlic salad dressing

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                                    cheesecake17 RE: kubasd Sep 3, 2009 07:49 AM

                                    I love the Amy's soups. I usually buy the low sodium ones if possible.

                                    I like the chunky tomato bisque with some cheese mixed in or with some roasted corn on top.

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                                      kubasd RE: cheesecake17 Sep 3, 2009 09:58 AM

                                      i love the vegetable barley one with some cholula stirred in, or the tom kha phuk (sp?) it looks gross before being heated, but is a delicious chunky veg coconut curry soup. oooh oooh and the split pea! A couple winters ago i ate that split pea soup 5 days a week for lunch. Also, i forgot, amy's spicy chili. Best veg chili you can buy (prepared, i mean).

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                                      marietinn RE: kubasd Sep 4, 2009 07:56 PM

                                      I love the Amy's soups too. Lentil is my favorite, but vegetable barley is a close second.

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                                      small h RE: randyjl Sep 3, 2009 05:59 AM

                                      Streit's soup mix, lentil or mushroom barley. Makes a half gallon of soup in 40 minutes, for $1.19. No MSG, low fat, good stuff.

                                      1. viperlush RE: randyjl Sep 3, 2009 09:08 AM

                                        Instant mashed potatoes are my favorite comfort food. Quick, easy, and can mix in stuff. Love real potatoes, but I don't keep them in the apartment because I never use them before they get mealy or sprouted.

                                        Salad in a bag. Don't have the fridge space or money to buy individual greens. Loved growing my own when I was younger, but don't have space to do it here.

                                        Near East pilafs and couscous. For those times I want a quick side. And perfect for mixing in left overs.

                                        1. KayceeK RE: randyjl Sep 3, 2009 09:47 AM

                                          I'm going to fess up to enjoying the smoothness of velveeta in making mac 'n' cheese!

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                                            pitterpatter RE: randyjl Sep 5, 2009 09:20 AM

                                            From the Asian market I buy frozen dumplings and cans of spicy soups from Thailand, then heat up the dumplings right in the soup. Sometimes I'll throw in some shrimp or a piece of fish, a handful of chives, whatever is on hand. This is my "comfort" food.

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                                              EWSflash RE: pitterpatter Sep 5, 2009 02:06 PM

                                              Krafy mac & cheese (blush)

                                              Dosirac noodle bowl, mushroom flavor, self contained with seasoning and some pelletized other stuff. Add shredded black fungus and wakame, pour in simmering water, steep for 3-5 minutes, stir, eat.

                                              Trader Joe's frozen spinach pie in phyllo. Really yummy. It isn't all that fast, but it sure is easy

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                                              Cameraman RE: randyjl Sep 5, 2009 07:56 PM

                                              Bisquick pancakes anc cobbler are quick and easy ways to punch my button.

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