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Jan 10, 2014 06:29 PM

I love to cook from scratch but every now and then I can't resist...(insert name of convenience food here)

Kraft Dinner

Sloppy Joe's made w Manwich

Instant Ramen Noodles

Campbell's Tomato Soup

The Superbowl dip made with Ro-tel and the seemingly soon-to-be-extinct (or at least hard to find!) Velveeta

What about you?

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  1. *Nathan's hot dogs

    ... With bacon, sauteed mushrooms, caramelized shallot, spicy relish, ketchup, mustard, and cheddar cheese.

    ...Or with dennison's chili, relish, raw onion, and lots of cheddar cheese.

    *Hot links

    *Juanita's tortilla chips with Philadelphia cream cheese and Mrs. Renfro's salsa

    *Pops cereal

    *McCormick country gravy

    *That one weird processed cheese ball that has almond sliced all over it (with club crackers of course!)

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    1. re: WishyFish

      ...and you've reminded me:

      Hebrew National's

        1. re: Siegal

          With a little Worcestershire sauce mixed in!

          1. re: Siegal

            I make a clone of Lipton onion soup mix, which makes it cooking from scratch, right?

            Am I the only person who remembers when the dip was called California Dip? I swear it was printed on the boxes that way.

            1. re: DuffyH

              What blend do you use for your faux-Lipton? I've seen a few but haven't gotten around to trying any. Partially because I still have a few boxes of Lipton to get through.

              1. re: Kontxesi

                <What blend do you use for your faux-Lipton?>
                Here it is. Enjoy. :)

                ¼ cup minced onion
                2 tablespoons beef bouillon granules
                ⅛ teaspoons onion powder
                ⅛ teaspoon celery seed
                ⅛ teaspoon sugar

                4 tablespoons = 1 packet of Lipton

                I like low sodium or regular bouillon, ideally half/half, but do not attempt it with sodium free. It's just not worth the trouble.

                Also, the original recipe calls for 5 tablespoons to equal one packet, but I found that a bit too strong for dip. YMMV.

                EDIT - I found a real made-from-scratch California Dip on a blog. Not sure what the rules are for pasting in comments from blogs, so follow the link and read Susan's comment:
                It sounds quite delish.

                1. re: DuffyH

                  I get the Simply Organic French Onion Dip packets - tastes as good as Lipton's but without the additives. Still perfect with Lay's Ripple potato chips!

                  1. re: janeh

                    I learned to make the clone when I was gluten free (long story short, they now think it was h. Pylori) and found that I prefer it for several reasons:

                    1. It's cheaper
                    2. No additives
                    3. It takes less than 5 minutes to mix a huge batch
                    4. I always have the ingredients on hand, for those dip emergencies, which is a big honking deal with 4 grandsons frequently around. :)

                    1. re: janeh

                      Glad to hear you like that packet, I haven't read the best reviews so never tried it. I've seen it at Whole Foods is that where you buy it?

                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                        There's no Whole Foods w/in 100 miles! I buy it at the local natural foods store. The only other thing I use it for is in a brisket recipe. A true Lipton's aficionado might taste the difference, but I'm happy with it.

                    2. re: DuffyH

                      I use this same recipe without the sugar and it tastes just like lipton. Sometimes I will throw in Penzey's toasted onion instead.

                      1. re: DuffyH

                        I've made an 'emergency' onion dip with dried onion bits, sour cream and-- soy sauce! Yes, that does work to give that traditional onion dip taste! I have to admit though that I read about it elsewhere- didn't come up with that myself.

                        1. re: janmcbaker

                          This reminds me of the time I was newly wed and living halfway around the world... I roasted a turkey and when it came time to make gravy I was not having the success my mother did. Time differences kept us from connecting via phone so I was searching the cupboards and came across soy sauce. I added a bit to the pan gravy and voila, it was perfect. Later my mother called me back and I explained that, at the last minute I remembered her trick of adding soy sauce. It was then she reminded me that the only time she ever used soy sauce was on new year's day when she made the most inauthentic chop suey in the western hemisphere... every January 1st.... oh, well, it worked. I haven't needed it since but I know it's there!

                    3. re: DuffyH

                      I remember and still think of it that way.

                    4. Trader Joes : Frozen hash brown potatoes with eggs, Italian country salad with meat or fish.And their frozen spinach pizza.

                      1. The masala burgers from trader joes, or that premade kale/spinach salad they have.
                        I also cave in and buy those amy's frozen indian meals here and there- i have never figured out how to make indian quite right.
                        And do french fries count? Randomly i'll have to have those.....(after a long night of drinks!)

                        2 Replies
                        1. re: Ttrockwood

                          Oh yes, for sure to the french fries!!

                          1. re: Ttrockwood

                            Yes - those Amy's Indians are good.

                          2. Blue box/Kraft dinner

                            Frozen mozzarella and spinach ravioli from Costco

                            The frozen salmon burgers from Costco with a bit of the basil mustard spread from ikea.

                            3 Replies
                            1. re: autumm

                              Basil mustard......?!?! I am a mustard junkie, might have to make the 45min ea way trip to ikea just for this!!

                              1. re: Ttrockwood

                                I hate mustard and this stuff is pretty great. It's closer to a mayo/mustard combo with a note of basil in the background. It's great with fish. Kinda reminds me though totally different of the mustard at Joe's Stone Crab in Miami beach. (which was my first positive mustard experience)

                              2. re: autumm

                                I'm crazy about those spinach raviolis from Costco (and the funny cheese blend you sprinkle on). Even though I make it a point to always have a nice hunk of Parmigiano-Reggiano in my fridge, that crumbly frozen cheese mix just gets me.