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12/19/11 4:56 P

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I apologize for the misunderstanding. I am still learning many things myself. Last night, I just bought some panko-which are simply breadcrumbs. Never heard of them. There is a built in assumption that the ingredients are relatively common, but, in reality, they are not. There is a geographical difference which needs to be factored in. Discovering all of the details is quite a challenge. You have set a tremendous goal for yourself. If I can help in any way, please don't hesitate to comment.
Do you have a television program called food network? They have all kinds of cooking shows,
They also have an extensive website www.foodnetwork.com.
I hope you find the answers you are looking for.
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12/19/11 4:46 P

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I'm not sure what I'll be making for dinner, but I plan on making some desserts for Christmas.

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12/19/11 4:34 P

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Thanks, HungryWoman2.
I really am not intending to whine.

But, when I say I don't know what's involved in pre-made bought stuff - that's exactly what i mean.
I literally mean: I found out that "marinara' means some sort of tomato dressing.
So "alfredo", or any of these things - I'm lost.

I'm more than happy to make my own sauce, and that will include my tweaks for seasonings etc.
But you lost me already with your reply: "Taco seasoning", "Mrs Dash".

I do agree with you, however, the recipes can be tweaked just that wee bitty, to make them your own or for your family.
Once I gradually discover what these various sauces and canned ingredients are - I'll then be able to work out ingredients and make some of the recipes myself!

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12/18/11 3:37 A

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It isn't always necessary to use pre-packaged foods. There are many things you can substitute. Sometimes it calls for a bit of creativity, and may change the nutritional balance a bit depending on what you are using. I know that when I made the salsa chicken, I did not want the sodium from the taco seasoning. I had previously bought some Mrs. Dash herb and garlic which tasted mostly like cumin. I used that instead and it worked for me! Some things are a matter of taste and others dietary or availability. That is one thing I like about these recipes is that they can be altered a wee bit as needed. emoticon

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12/16/11 6:56 P

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I've been thinking today that I'll need to have a look through the recipes and see what i can incorporate into my menu planning for the next few weeks.
This will involve several days, just DH and me; several days DH, both sons and me; possibly a few days DS younger, DH and me - or just DH and me again; an unknown number of days at MIL's, trying to give her some treats that she'll not cook for herself now she's on her own, then ensuring she has enough liquidised goodness (she's getting a load of teeth out, 4 Jan).

I'd love to use some recipes from the book cos I think it could simplify my life a wee bit.
It's just - when the recipes call for things like ranch dressing, or other pre-made/bought stuff, I get really lost and give up. I don't buy pre-made jars, etc, and I don't know what the American things are.
I've discovered that "marinara" is just a tomato sauce. But ranch dressing, alfredo, etc - I don't know what's in these sauces and adds, so I can't even work out how to replicate.

Let us know what you've tried for parties.
I'll certainly report back as and when i try recipes.

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I just made a yummy dill dip, using Chef Meg's Ranch Spice Mix in The Cookbook, for my boys Taekwondo party. My 6 year old son will be getting his blue belt. I am so proud of him.

What SparkPeople Cookbook Recipes will you prepare for upcoming events?



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