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post #5236 of 15121
I don't get why my department director has hired managers he obviously doesn't trust. He had knee replacement surgery yesterday, and he called to check in while he was still in the recovery room. Then he called again this morning. He does the same thing any time he's away from the office - vacation, illness, etc. - and it's often multiple calls per day. Given he's the director, I can understand the need to check in if he's going to be out for long stretches, but if you can't trust the managers under you to run the office for a couple of days without being checked up on, you made a poor decision at some point along the way.
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I think we have discussed this before. I disagree with the whole Mcdonald's is cheaper and faster than making a salad and others agree and disagree with that.

There is no way making pasta takes a lot of time in the hamburger helper example. In fact, I would guess hamburger helper is more expensive and takes just as long as doing it yourself after you get good at it.

I don't think you and I have the same definition of "from scratch."
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Originally Posted by MrG View Post

Time. Making things from scratch, while healthier and better tasting, takes an enormous amount of time relative to stuff from a box. A lot of people just don't have that luxury.

Also, there's a good bit of fixed cost/cost for entry to making things from scratch. I don't doubt that it comes out positive in the long run, but, for people without a lot of money, the up-front cost is prohibitive. If I have $X/month to spend on groceries, and buying groceries and the stuff I need to do things from scratch costs $X+1, I'm never going to have the means to acquire what I need to enter the "from scratch" market.

Some form of homemade pasta with ground meat vs. Hamburger Helper? I mean, with HH you have to brown the ground meat and then simmer the noodles. If you do it homemade style it actually takes less time as you can brown the ground meat while you boil the pasta. Additionally, HH box is what? $3 bucks or so and has how much pasta? A box of pasta and some tomato sauce will make 2-3 portions of HH and the ground meat is a wash as both recipes will need it.

I think people often perceive things as you've posted here but I think a moment's thought shows much of this is not reality. Sure, nothing is faster than Ramen noodles or opening a can, but I think many similar dishes are about the same.

Maybe we can blame Big Advertising? wink.gif
post #5238 of 15121
What is hamburger helper?
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

You don't want to know.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamburger_Helper

Thanks for that. I knew the commercials, but not the concept. In the end they talk about preparing Chicken Helper with canned chicken instead of fresh. I imagine this is among those things you don't understand, but WTF is canned chicken?
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Some form of homemade pasta with ground meat vs. Hamburger Helper? I mean, with HH you have to brown the ground meat and then simmer the noodles. If you do it homemade style it actually takes less time as you can brown the ground meat while you boil the pasta. Additionally, HH box is what? $3 bucks or so and has how much pasta? A box of pasta and some tomato sauce will make 2-3 portions of HH and the ground meat is a wash as both recipes will need it.

I think people often perceive things as you've posted here but I think a moment's thought shows much of this is not reality. Sure, nothing is faster than Ramen noodles or opening a can, but I think many similar dishes are about the same.

Maybe we can blame Big Advertising? wink.gif

Ah, I think I misunderstood your point, as we seem to have different definitions of "from scratch." I'm pretty sure I'm with you on the point you were making. To me, "from scratch" means you buy all the raw ingredients and create what you're going to cook, so I was thinking you expected people to do that, rather than cook decent pre-made stuff. I couldn't fathom how you thought a poor single parent was going to buy the gear they'd need to make pasta and then find the time to do it.
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Originally Posted by itsstillmatt View Post

but WTF is canned chicken?

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Is it local?
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Originally Posted by itsstillmatt View Post

Thanks for that. I knew the commercials, but not the concept. In the end they talk about preparing Chicken Helper with canned chicken instead of fresh. I imagine this is among those things you don't understand, but WTF is canned chicken?

Damn, missed that. Canned chicken? Wonder if it's like canned tuna?
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Originally Posted by MrG View Post

Ah, I think I misunderstood your point, as we seem to have different definitions of "from scratch." I'm pretty sure I'm with you on the point you were making. To me, "from scratch" means you buy all the raw ingredients and create what you're going to cook, so I was thinking you expected people to do that, rather than cook decent pre-made stuff. I couldn't fathom how you thought a poor single parent was going to buy the gear they'd need to make pasta and then find the time to do it.

Lol, yeah, that would be OTT. I guess there's levels and then there's levels.
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Is it local?

And uber free range and organic. His name was Peter, and he had lots of friends.
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Originally Posted by itsstillmatt View Post

Thanks for that. I knew the commercials, but not the concept. In the end they talk about preparing Chicken Helper with canned chicken instead of fresh. I imagine this is among those things you don't understand, but WTF is canned chicken?

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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Damn, missed that. Canned chicken? Wonder if it's like canned tuna?
Lol, yeah, that would be OTT. I guess there's levels and then there's levels.

post #5247 of 15121
i'm guessing canned chicken exists because companies know that some idiot soccer mom is going to see it on a shelf and think "omg! This must be what one uses to make chicken salad! I should get some."
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I love these threads where all the people with no kids talk about how lazy all the people with kids are.
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I love these threads where all the people with no kids talk about how lazy all the people with kids are.

I LOVE MY DOG JUST AS MUCH AS ANYONE WOULD LOVE THEIR OWN CHILD!!!
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I love these threads where all the people with no kids talk about how lazy all the people with kids are.

Breeders are such fucking VICTIMS!
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