My mom wasn't much of a cook when I was growing up and still to this day doesn't really enjoy cooking. So as a result she never really did a lot of experimenting or making anything new for us kids. One of my most vivid memories was when my mom would add things to boxed meals, particularly hamburger helper. She liked to toss in a can of vegetables or slice up an onion and call it a day.
Now that I'm a Mom myself I do a lot more home-made cooking and will on occasion get the odd request for a boxed meal. Particularly from my son. For some reason this riles me a bit as I pride myself on being a pretty good cook. So in an effort to appease both him and myself I will make the occasional boxed meal. Funny in my effort to "juice" it up I will add fresh components to make it more tasty.... I sometimes catch myself from doing too much of a "Sandra Lee" on something that is best left in its original boxed state....
Anyone care to comment or add their two cents from their childhood experiences? Am very curious to see if anyone else had a Mom that didn't really like cooking.