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theferlyone | Sep 10, 2008 12:05 PM

OK, I'm probably going to be banned for life for asking this, or at least have to deal with an onslaught of comments about my complete lack of taste, but here goes...

Why is cheating (i.e. - using prepackaged mixes, or processed foods, or anything you didn't grow yourself on your own acre of land in Tuscany) so widely disparaged? Perhaps it's a lack of experience on my part...I'm an intermediate cook at best. There are some things I do really well (and from scratch, mind you), but there are some times when you're in a rush getting home from work, or you need to bring something to a party you forgot about, and cheating is the simplest answer. Now, I do try to cook from scratch and use organic ingredients whenever I can, but my husband and I both work full-time. We don't have time to be traipsing about from the farmer's market to the fishmonger to the butcher to put dinner on the table every night. Don't get me wrong, I love Chowhound, and I've learned a lot here, but at the same time, I'm getting sick of logging off and feeling like crap for having condensed soup in my pantry. What gets me is that there are threads on here where people secretly admit to loving spray cheese and spinach dip. Why does something simple automatically have to suck? Aren't we all here for the love of food? Does something have to have an unpronounceable ingredient and be cooked by a celebrity for people to be willing to discuss it? Am I wrong for wanting to stand up about proudly say that the secret ingredient in my creamy tomato soup is spicy V-8? Please, someone tell me I'm not crazy...or at least explain to me why I am.

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