.......as "made from scratch." To me, that means that each ingredient begins in the simplest and most natural state available to the kitchen
Sounds good on the face of it, Buckeye. But the question remains: where do you draw the line?
There are people, even some on this list, who do, indeed, mill their own flour, for instance, and who make their own condiments (i.e., ketchup, mustard, mayo, harissa, curry paste, etc.). Does that mean buying a bag of flour excludes you from scratch cooking?
Carl Sagen used to say, "If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, first create the universe." Overstating it? Perhaps so. But the point is valid.
On the other hand, there's the complaint voiced by my former daughter-in-law who recieved a copy of the Gourmet Menu Cookbook as a wedding gift. She hated it, because "in order to make something, you have to make other things first." She wouldn't use the book, but wouldn't give it to me, either. Which tells you more about her than you care to know. But I digress.
Ultimate, what anyone uses in the kitchen is a matter of personal choice. What I get tired of (and, I suspect, this is what KK ran into re: not using tomato paste) are the cooks who proclaim their moral superiority based on their choices vs someone elses.
Now, if I could figure out where I set the Lipton Onion Soup mix,
Do I have to do everything for you? It's right there in the lower cupboard, right behind the cans of tuna.
Edited by KYHeirloomer - 10/17/10 at 10:25am