Interstellar Adventures

April 3, 2007

Culinary Delights

Filed under: Mr. Wonderful,Real Good Food — by InterstellarLass @ 7:31 am

So maybe I am a snob. In this case, I don’t really care what implications that may have. I just know that I don’t like to eat food out of a box if at all possible. My great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother have all influenced to think that if you have the time, make it right. And in most cases, that means from scratch. We don’t use Bisquik for our pancakes or biscuits! (Not that there’s anything wrong with that…) 

Of course there are exceptions. While I can make a damn good cake from scratch, time usually dictates that I use a box cake mix. I’m still working on my pie crusts (my mom won’t tell me her secret), and so in an emergency situation, I’ve purchased frozen pie crusts. I’m not experienced with bread, so those little crescent rolls are a lifesaver, and Elle loves to help roll them up, plus it’s fun to make the can pop.

But when it comes to my meals, I like to use fresh ingredients. I’ve never found a dinner from a box that had a natural flavor I could identify, and they are so salty they make my fingers swell. And so, last week, when I hurt my foot, and it was raining and we had to stop by the store to get food for dinner, my dear, sweet, darling Nick went in to forage.

And he came out with Tuna Helper, canned ravioli, and boxes of macaroni and cheese. Just thinking of it now makes me ill. Canned ravioli! I didn’t even like Chef Boyardee when I was a kid. Kraft macaroni and cheese I can deal with on occasion, but I don’t think he got the Kraft brand. I know, I know, store brand is supposed to be the same…but it’s worse. And Tuna Helper? Macaroni and cheese with tuna? I bust out with this for dinner last Tuesday and he comes out with canned ravioli and Tuna Helper?*

Is this a defective gene men have? Maybe a throwback to his bachelor days? You know, back when Top Ramen was a delicacy? And is it all related to the problem they have with matching socks? What? They’re both white…never mind that one has a gold toe and heel and the other has green stitching and is a tube sock.

*I am not an ungrateful wench. I’m just a picky eater that’s just a little more than grossed out by most foods from a box. I do appreciate my husband and his efforts, and the kids loved the canned ravioli. I had to look away while they ate it though.

What is the one thing you absolutely will not eat? Do you have a love for all foods boxed? What’s the secret to making them edible?


  1. Here’s how a man shops. I’m cold. I go to the store, buy a coat. I’m not cold anymore. Now apply that to just about any situation, including this one.

    Comment by Nick — April 3, 2007 @ 8:11 am |Reply

  2. haha, this is funny. when i was 13 my mom broke her leg and my dad had to do all of the grocery shopping. he bought these weird cans with black and white labels that i don’t even know if they make any more. i had never actually seen them before, so i have no idea where he got them. in fact, nothing he bought was name brand or at all edible. my sister and i starved for weeks until i finally talked him into letting me do the shopping.

    as a grad student, i buy many many things that come in a box, can, etc. cereal is a necessity to survival. and i like to buy couscous by near east. they are cheap, quick, and easy to prepare, and definitely a step up from ramen noodles or mac & cheese.

    Comment by crystal — April 3, 2007 @ 9:33 am |Reply

  3. I certainly have no problems not making things from scratch…but ummm…. canned ravioli? YACK.

    And I absolutely, positively will not under any circumstances eat a pickle. Never.

    Comment by True Jersey Girl — April 3, 2007 @ 10:45 am |Reply

  4. So here’s my dirty secret…I’m 27 (well past the ramen days of college) and I actually like the canned ravioli. Oh the shame! I can appreciate food from a nice restaurant with the best of them. I enjoy escargots, duck a l’orange, coq au vin, you name it. But that doesn’t stop me from liking that strangely orange concoction that comes in a can!

    Ah, it feels good to get that off my chest! 😉

    Comment by Optimist Under Siege — April 3, 2007 @ 4:12 pm |Reply

  5. My children make and eat their own mac and cheese (kraft ONLY thank you!), but you’d be hard pressed to get ME to eat it. Unless I’m totally craving it and it has cut up vienna sausages in it. Yeah, gross…but it’s from my childhood. Little hot dogs, we called em.

    Ironically, I will NOT eat deviled ham, which is essentially ground-up vienna sausages. Except you’re supposed to smear it on bread. *shudder*

    Ok I’m no longer hungry. ICK!

    HEY I need to talk to you! Cheerleading tryouts…and I’m a mess! Not me, the 13 yr old! I’ll email ya!

    Comment by TSM-truth, sincerity, madness — April 3, 2007 @ 5:46 pm |Reply

  6. You have a nice blog!

    Lately I’ve been really making an effort not to eat processed foods if at all possible. I don’t posess the cooking gene. I mean, my family won’t starve, but my husband is a way better cook than I.

    Comment by Cece — April 3, 2007 @ 5:58 pm |Reply

  7. Yea, I’m not much for eating from a box except under duress or extreme hunger. I’d rather just go for a sub or pizza instead.

    Warm tuna….that is just cat food to me most of the time.

    Comment by carnealian — April 3, 2007 @ 7:13 pm |Reply

  8. Yes, it is genetic and no, you can’t change it. Luckily your kids liked it. It doesn’t mean though that they don’t appreciate your cooking, as from the looks of it, who the heck wouldn’t? Some of us just have the love and joy of cooking while others aren’t so picky. 😉

    Comment by writerchick — April 3, 2007 @ 7:52 pm |Reply

  9. Looking on the bright side, your hub was taking the work out of the food prep for you both while you needed to rest your tushy.
    Think it must be salt which affects my hands too, since i’ve eaten more cheesy things too.
    Wish I made more time or had the time to properly prepare freshly made meals.

    Now what makes me chuckle most are the Breakfast in a tin jobbies..if you don’t mind it all mushed together in tomato sauce!! yukky doo, yes I’ve had em but the heartburn after ain’t worth it:>)

    Comment by wisbo — April 4, 2007 @ 3:11 am |Reply

  10. As you know, I firmly believe in cooking the right way. It just gives me pleasure to feed people with food I know is good. I would die before putting that boxed crap into my cart (I actually have frozen “emergency” casseroles in the freezer just in case).

    Comment by Jay — April 4, 2007 @ 4:53 am |Reply

  11. I’d like to be able to say I don’t do food from a box, but I can’t! My lunch every weekday comes from a box — WW meals. Ah well.

    Comment by Gypsy — April 4, 2007 @ 12:32 pm |Reply

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