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helena1's picture

We did it again. Once again, we managed to invite people over for dinner who apparantly hardly eat a thing. It's one of MArco's coworkers and his wife, and the wife eats (and I quote) 'very little, few things, she likes salmon, spaghetti and linguine. She will eat sauce but only if it's served on the side and has no suspicious ingredients'. Heeeeellllp!! What in the world do we cook now? I'd prefer to make a linguine with a creamy sauce that includes the salmon, but of course, I have searched all the books I have and there's no such thing. Can anyone help me out please?

Marie Louise's picture

(post #33983, reply #44 of 93)

I don't think they sell that in the Bay Area-at least I've never noticed it.

Rioja's picture

(post #33983, reply #46 of 93)

Hello,


 Do you have Braising With Molly? I love this cookbook! She has a recipe I tried last week that just might work for you and it is absolutely delicious! Braised halibut steaks with creamy leeks. Molly suggests subbing salmon or swordfish. I used salmon fillets. If leeks are too "weird" for her she can have the salmon plain. Perhaps you could introduce her to a new pasta shape. Orzo maybe? She may eat a plain baked potato. My sister doesn't get invited to dinner anymore because of her aversion to my weird foods. I got tired of the whats in this?, I'm not eating that, curled lip thing from a fifty year old. Example...Ewww nasty, I don't like pine nuts. Have you ever had them? No, they look weird. 


P.S. How the heck does she use that chicken sauce without chicken?

KarenP's picture

(post #33983, reply #51 of 93)

I don't think they sell that in the Bay Area-at least I've never noticed it.


  Oh, they have it, it's just not on the outer circumference of the store, so you'd miss it.  I have a coworker who likes that crap.


  edit:  Jean called the location, sorry to repeat!


Edited 3/3/2007 1:06 pm by KarenP

Heather's picture

(post #33983, reply #52 of 93)

I'm a circumference shopper too and I've never heard of that product or seen an ad for it.
Does she just eat the sauce?

helena1's picture

(post #33983, reply #54 of 93)

Apparantly she does. It really is yucky stuff. It tastes as if it's loaded with chemicals (and it probably is)

Marcia's picture

(post #33983, reply #47 of 93)

Good grief - I've never seen THAT!!!

ashleyd's picture

(post #33983, reply #48 of 93)

Some people must have very fine filters, claiming no knowledge of "Chicken Tonight". There have been a series of adverts on the TV over the years, often a big display in the supermarket, and its presence on the shelves is hard to miss. Now it's not something I would ever contemplate using, but even I'm aware of the product and I don't even live there!


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Risottogirl's picture

(post #33983, reply #49 of 93)

I know I have a serious filter because there have been other things I have been completely unaware of until I went looking and then...duh...how could I have missed THAT?


I don't watch much television at all so there are many ads I miss. I also think stuff like this could be arranged in certain aisles in the regular supermarket. I don't go to the regular supermarket very often and I'm betting I don't end up on those aisles either. I mostly shop at  local family owned produce and specialty markets, Trader Joe and also Whole Food to a more limited extent.


Edited to say that I am headed over to Shaw's (regular supermarket chain) to buy some Uncle Ben's Converted Rice. Perhaps the Chicken Tonight is nearby :)



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Edited 3/3/2007 12:38 pm ET by Risottogirl


Edited 3/3/2007 12:40 pm ET by Risottogirl

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Jean's picture

(post #33983, reply #50 of 93)

You miss that kind of stuff when you shop the edges. :)



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MadMom's picture

(post #33983, reply #53 of 93)

When my mother was ill and had caregivers staying with her and cooking for her, they cooked pretty simple stuff, often using prepackaged ingredients.  Since I did the grocery shopping, I am intimately familiar with Hamburger Helper, Chicken Helper, and all the various sauces, baked dishes, etc., which you could buy and, if you chose, add meat to and WOW! you had a meal.  I agree with you that even if you don't buy this junk and shop the perimeter of the store, surely you've seen it on TV.  Of course, if you don't watch TV, what can I say?



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Marcia's picture

(post #33983, reply #65 of 93)

You remind me of a time I was getting things up for a Thanksgiving basket and Stovetop Stuffing was on the list - I looked all over the store, but now I know it's with the bread. LOL

Marie Louise's picture

(post #33983, reply #56 of 93)

I do about 90% of my shopping here: http://www.rockridgemarkethall.com/

I'm really quite certain they don't carry it, LOL.

Risottogirl's picture

(post #33983, reply #67 of 93)

I just returned from a trip to Shaw's, a run-of-the-mill supermarket, much like Safeway in that they vary considerably depending on where they are located. I don't shop there much at all, running in occasionally for something at the last minute. Today I went in for Uncle Ben's converted rice, which I like for some dishes and a regular supermarket is the only place I have seen it.


I didn't see the Chicken Tonight jarred sauce, so I asked and was told they don't carry it at Shaw's. Not sure if that means ALL Shaw's locations or just this one. Maybe it IS regional.


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

drussell's picture

(post #33983, reply #68 of 93)

Never seen Chicken Tonight in either of the two Shaw's markets here in the L-A East,(Lewiston-Auburn Maine not to confuse with LA, CA. LOL), nor in the two Hannaford markets. I also have never seen it advertised on tv.   

Risottogirl's picture

(post #33983, reply #69 of 93)

Okay, Chicken Tonight has a Wikipedia entry!!! It apparently failed here but is still popular in Australia, The Netherlands and the UK! And the UK also has Beef Tonight! ROTFLMAO! Maybe Sandra Lee is a Brit :)


It says:


Chicken Tonight is a Unilever brand (launched in the US in 1992 and the UK and Australia in 1993) of sauce that is added to chicken pieces in a skillet, available in flavors such as Apricot Chicken, Mustard Chicken and Thai Green Curry Chicken.


The associated advertising slogan is "I feel like Chicken Tonight". In one series of television ads, these words were sung by actors as they 'flapped' their arms in a movement similar to the chicken dance. This dance and song was performed by The Simpsons family in the episode "Lady Bouvier's Lover", as a parody of the effects on popular culture from persuasive television advertising.


The American version of the product quickly failed but it is still popular in Australia, The Netherlands and very popular in the United Kingdom where they even have a spin-off product Beef Tonight.


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Syrah's picture

(post #33983, reply #70 of 93)

Oh yes. Apricot chicken.. even thinking about that combination makes me want to heave. We had that every week for 6 months when I was growing up. I still have not forgiven my mother for that travesty.

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Marie Louise's picture

(post #33983, reply #72 of 93)

I make this version of apricot chicken sometimes-I like it. I think I usually add red pepper flakes to this:

Apricot Glazed Grilled Chicken

1/2 cup apricot jam (chopped if needed)
1 to 2 tbsp. minced green onions
2 tbsp. dry white wine or dry sherry
2 tbsp. soy sauce
salt & pepper to taste
2 tbsp. minced fresh ginger
2 tbsp. minced garlic
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Syrah's picture

(post #33983, reply #77 of 93)

I should give her your recipe. I fear that I have been scarred by the experience though, it's a not a pleasant taste combo in my head.

"god, I'd love to turn this little blue world upside down", Tori Amos

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Marie Louise's picture

(post #33983, reply #71 of 93)

Oh, NOW I remember it. Aaauuughhhhh, how could that jingle still be in my head, 15 years later.

helena1's picture

(post #33983, reply #78 of 93)

As a Dutchie, I am *not* proud of that fact ;o)

Marcia's picture

(post #33983, reply #64 of 93)

I swear I've never seen it, but I don't watch much TV. There are other disgusting products of which I have knowledge, but not direct - there is or used to be something called Saucy Susan. My GYN, of all people, mentioned it to me, and so I looked and there it was on the shelf - all icky and sticky looking it was, too.

wonka's picture

(post #33983, reply #66 of 93)

Me neither. I like things from scratch so I never bother looking too hard in areas of the grocery store that contain all the junky sauces and additives.

Lee's picture

(post #33983, reply #55 of 93)

Wow, how yummy is that! :( 


What the heck is in this stuff?  Hide it quick before word of it gets out to Sandra Lee!

soupereasy's picture

(post #33983, reply #58 of 93)

Sandra probably has stock in the company.

Lee's picture

(post #33983, reply #60 of 93)

LOL -- Sandra probably invented the stuff.

soupereasy's picture

(post #33983, reply #61 of 93)

Nah, she couldn't have done it from scratch!lol

Lee's picture

(post #33983, reply #63 of 93)

Of course not!  What was I thinking?

Syrah's picture

(post #33983, reply #59 of 93)

We have it here too. My mother used them when they first came out. They were incredibly salty and bleh. No idea what they taste like now, I walk straight past that aisle.

"god, I'd love to turn this little blue world upside down", Tori Amos

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

JillElise's picture

(post #33983, reply #75 of 93)

sure looks suspicious to me

Jill Elise Vancouver BC

helena1's picture

(post #33983, reply #45 of 93)

Yeah, me too! And no, that's not food to me either, ha!