I try my very hardest to cook with natural ingredients in unprocessed states.
In fact, someday I hope to:
- have a small garden where I can pick my very own herbs, tomatoes, carrots, onions, and snap peas.
- live within walking distance of a farmer's market that sells locally-grown produce.
- linger over cooking completely homemade meals (no boxes, cans, or powders).
Food is just better when it's fresh and local. There's nothing better than homemade bread right out of the oven, light pancakes made with homemade batter, and apples picked right off of the tree.
That said, it's not always feasible to cook like that when the grocery store is 10 minutes away and when you have a 2-year-old (and you're pregnant, to boot!). I do cook healthfully, but I sometimes have to resort to using boxes and cans.
If you are also a "semi-homemade" kind of cook, then you might appreciate Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade Cooking Cook's Cards. The box comes with 55 recipe cards in five categories:
- Appetizers and Snacks
- Salads and Soups
- Dinner, and
Choose between recipes like Carrot Coconut Muffins, Chicken and Baby Spinach with Raspberry-Balsamic Vinaigarette, Lemon Herb Butter-Basted Chicken, Cheesesteak Subs, Lasagna, and Cherry Crumble. There is one recipe on each card - flip it over and there's a corresponding picture (one of the best features of this set!).
I like to think that I fall in the Mostly Homemade category instead of the Semi-Homemade category so I wouldn't want to use these recipes every single night. That said, these recipes really are fast and easy...and I don't know very many moms that would turn those two qualities down.
YOUR TURN: How about you? Are you a semi-homemade cook, a mostly-homemade cook, or a make-everything-from scratch mama?
One winner will receive Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade Cooking Cook's Cards (Quirk Books, $16.95). To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Sunday, November 16
at midnight (don’t forget to follow the rules
). * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
Farmer's Market @ Verrado
*UPDATE* The winner is #152 Carolyn Walsh. Congratulations!
I need some new Ideas it is hard to find a good recipe
I'm a mostly-homemade cook.
I try to be a mostly home-made cook, but I find myself at times being semi home-made! Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!
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I am a semi-homemade cook.Wish I had the experience to be a homemade cook.The cards are nice.Thanks for the giveaway
You mean all meals don't come from box or can? Bummer. I'm missing out on something...
I am semi-homemade, but I would like to be mostly homemade.
I am homade mom i enjoy cooking but sometimes i would like to be more semi homade its a lot quicker
I am semi-homemade, but I would like to be mostly homemade.
Semi homeade works for me...single mom...full time job..have to same time : )
I dont cook anymore...I am too old!!...but I certainly was all homemade, and prefer to eat that way too! But, I'd like to try these recipes. Easier creations would be good now that I am slower
I preferr home made
Semi homemade and loving making things from scratch
I am a semi-homemade cook. Most of my recipes are from prepared foods but I like to have a few truely homemade items a week in the menu.
I am a mostly homemade mama but I do resort to being semi homemade when matters necessitate.
I love Sandra Lee. 70% store bought, 30% homemade works perfectly for me!
I'm semi-homemade, used to be mostly home-made.
im probably Semi-Homemade :(
Definitely a mostly-homemade cook. I love cooking :)
I'm a semi-homemade cook, and a make-everything-from-scratch baker.
I am mostly home-made, but I would love to learn how to become a semi-home cooker. Please enter me!
I am a Semi-Homemade cook.
Mostly homemade, except when I am too sick, then it is semi- homemade by the little diva's or all take out.
We do what we can.
I make everything from scratch.
I'm a home-cooker but I would love to learn how to become a semi-home cooker. Please enter me!
I'm a mostly homemade cook. I like to know what is in my food. Sometimes even cooking everything myself I don't know.
Haha...my husband cooks but I prefer truly homemade meals
I am definately a semi-homemade cook.
I'm mostly a make everything form scratch type.
I vary between semi-homemade and mostly-homemade, depending what else is going on and how busy I am. I would like to be more and more from-scratch though!
I am for sure semi-homemade; however I would like to become more made from scratch!
I try to be mostly homemade, but working full time with 2 kids and crazy extra curricula activities, I sometimes have to rely on more packaged foods and doctor them up with as much veggies and fresh protein. I try, at all costs, to stay away from processed meats.....they are gross!
Thanks for hosting this great giveaway.
Been trying to eat out less and cook more at home.
Ever since my husband got put on a special diet--we're a mostly homemade house.
Used to be a mostly homemade but now after 35 years of cooking a semi homeade. Rather be on my computer than cook. Wood rather clean a bathroom than cook.
I try to be mostly homemade, but lately, working full time while being pregnant with two small children, I tend to be semi-homemade.
I am not even a semi-homemade cook!! I need all the help I can get with cooking!!
Semi-Home all the way!
I am mostly home-made. I love to make things form scratch but sometimes it eaier to just pop something in the microwave.
I am a mostly-homemade mom. It saves a lot of money and is just plain healthier to make it from scratch
I'm definitely only semi-homemade so I'd love to have these. Maybe I can make my way up to mostly homemade.
I would love to try these and have been wanting to for some time!
I am almost always a semi-homemade cook.
I am a semi homemade cook--we have a small garden, and I love harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables, such as rhubarb, strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes, and peas. We are eating strawberries hrvested in the beginning of November (mid Atlantic Region)! That's a first for us, but then, we did move them into our small greenouse at the end of October.
It all depends on how much time I have, but usually I try to make everything from scratch! Thanks!
i love watching her tv show
Sandra Lee is great, perfect for those of us who aren't necessarily Susie Homemaker.
deidre_durance at hotmail dot com
I'm a mostly homemade cook, but some days I revert to semi-homemade out of necessity!
I love to make homemade food. I just don't seem to have the time to do it. I would love this cookbook!
I am definitely a semi-homemade cook. I would like to be a mostly homemade cook but right now that's just a dream.
am trying to be a from scratch cook but right now mostly an order dinner in one...
I'm a mostly-homemade cook
I would say that I am mostly home-made. In my rich fantasy life I would be an all from scratch, my garden, etc but doubt I'll ever achieve that.
I'm definitely semi homemade...i get all my fruits, veggies and meats from the market to keep things fresh, but I definitely cheat a bit when it comes to potatoes and other sides! And bottled marinades are a savior of mine!
I'd love some fresh ideas!
I am a semi-homemade cook.
Yes, I am a semi-homemade type of cook lately. I do cook sometimes from scratch, but with a 4 year old and 18 month old, I often don't have time to prepare a full meal from scratch. These cards sounds wonderful!
I am mostly a make-everything-from-scratch mama. =) But I'd love to get some of Sandra Lee's ideas to save time.
I am Definitely semi homemade kind of person
My idea of how to spend time in the kitchen.
Definately a Semi-homade cook 75% of the time. I don't know what I would do without boxed cake mix.
I am a semi-homemade cook! There are just too many other things to do! Thanks!
I would say I'm mostly semi-homemade. I like to cook, but I also like the ease of using pre-made items in my cooking. I think Sandra Lee has some great ideas, and I love to watch her shows! Great giveaway - thanks for offering!
Due to lack of time I have become more of a semi-homemade mom. Before having kids I loved to make things from scratch but as each child was born that became less possible. Thanks for the chance to win this.
I'm a semi-homemade cook. I enjoy Sandra Lee's shows.
I'd consider myself to be semi-homemade. I do have a garden and can a lot of the things I grow. I also shop local and use whole foods but can't resist a pizza from the bakery either! :)
I am semihomemade. I don't seem to have time for anything else.
I alternate between a semi-homemade and a mostly home made cook We are lucky enough to grow out own veggies and fruits so have lots of things canned and frozen--
Bonnie in FL
After cooking for five kids,trust me I'm a semi-homemade cook. I can cook from scratch, but its been years.
I am as semi-homemade as they come. I love Sandra Lee. Her TV show gives me great ideas. I also have one of her books. I would love to add this to my collection. Thanks!
a little bit of both!
i am a mostly homemade cook
I love her show! I am a "semi-homemade cook" - I love taking short cuts by buying a few things already made!
I guess I would be semi-homemade. I make some stuff from scratch but not other stuff.
I'm semi homemade its so much easier thanks .
Semi homemade all the way, although I'd love to have the time to make many more things from scratch!
Are you kidding? :)
I make a couple of almost-home made meals a week.
Love the show and would love this.
I am a semi homemade cook except when it comes to baking - then it is from scratch.
Semi-homemade is a stretch. We get a lot of quick snacks at WaWa rather than actually cook anything!! I should try though
I'd say I'm a semi-homemade cook moving toward (or at least wanting to move toward) a mostly-homemade cook. Thanks for the chance to win!
I am a 90% from scratch cooking wife and mom.
For desserts, I believe nothing comes close to
But I unlike most moms, have the time to cook from scratch, as I am a fulltime stay at home mom of 2.
It's a win~win Situation....
you feel good giving it away...
I feel humbly & Thankfully good winning it,
so go ahead, make both our days,
and make me a winner! lornnslady(@)sweeps.ws
I love semi-homemade but recently began the SB diet do now I am a do it mostly from scratch cook..
I think I'm a semi-homemade cook. Sometimes I do it all from scratch, sometimes it's the opposite, but mostly it's somewhere in between.
I'm a semi-homemade cook and would love to win this. Thanks!!
I don't really do the cooking, my wife does and she makes most everything from scratch.
I'm a 'make everything from scratch' homemaker.
I am semi-homemade, but trying to be more hmoemade. Never seem to have the time though.
I'm another semi. I really enjoy making things from scratch but I so rarely have the time!
Semi homemade and loving it. Not everything requires a gazillion ingredients from the rain forest to be great. I love tweaking recipes to our taste.
I would call myself a semi-homemade cook. Anything that saves a little time.
I am mostly semi-homemade.
I am semi homemade cook.
i hope i win
Mostly homemade, but some nights it's more semi-homemade.
ktgonyea at gmail.com
I am a semi-homemade kind of girl. I have to jazz everything up with spices to my liking, but other than that...why not take a few shortcuts?
I'm a mostly homemade cook, but of course it depends on how much time I have. I do have a small herb & vegetable garden and we live near a fruit orchard so that helps, but I wish we lived near a farmer's market.
I am a mostly homemade cook (so you don't need to include me in the drawing for the cookbook - she's not my style) mainly because I love to cook, and we love to eat healthily. Produce prices have made it more of a challenge these days to stay within the budget, but our CSA helps keep fresh fruits and vegetables on the table without the exhorbitant grocery store prices.
I just spent the weekend prepping many freezer bags of carnitas to have at-the-ready for those nights where time is of the essence.
A mostly-homemade cook here, but nothing too risky - boooring.
Unfortunately, I'm a semi homemade cook. I'd love to do more cooking from scratch, but I don't usualy get home until sometime between 7:30 and 8:00. I need something quick for dinner.
I'm a make-it-from-scratch mamma!
I am a semi homemade cook. I do like to bake bread from scratch.
I am so busy with the kids that I am a semi-homemade cook. I would love to have more time but it just isn't there so I need recipes that come together fast.
I have to say that I am a semi-homemade chef at home. I try to make all my desserts from scratch but I am definitely not ashamed with having three kids running around the house to say that I buy store-bought items too.
Thanks for a great giveaway :)
I am a semi-homemade cook becoming a mostly-homemade cook, because I am enjoying cooking my own meals more and more ever since I started losing weight and trying to save money!! Thank you for the contest!
I'd like too think i'm atleast semi homemade.. maybe this would help me to be more homemade and less fast food all the time
This would be just perfect for my daughter or my sons girlfriend - they are both "starter" cooks
I am a mostly homemade papa...does that count?
I'm a mostly homemade cook. But, I'm all for cutting corners on those busy evenings.
I'm a mostly home-made cook. I do use cake and cookie mixes, pastas and salsas, but I've been working on going more to scratch so I can control what's in my food. But in a time crunch, I have no problem moving to semi home-made. Thanks for the chance to win.
I am a mostly homemade cook/baker.
I am a semihomemade cook. I feel more relaxed when I have this kind of help in the kitchen.
I would have to say I am a semi-homemade cook. Although I do use products from my local farmers market I do use things that make my cooking time a lot quicker.
I am a mostly homemade cook. I sometimes use help for the side dishes like pasta mixes and such. I try to make all my own spaghetti sauce, salsa, and things like that. I try so hard not to use overly processed food.
I am a semi-homemade cook who is slowly converting to a mostly homemade cook now that I am a stay at home mom. Thanks for the chance.
I am almost a completely packaged cook. I need these recipe cards to help me to progress to semi-homemade. Thanks for the chance!
Right now I'm a semi-homemade... we're moving in less than a month so ... that's my excuse, lol! But hopefully soon to be all homemade :)
I am definitely a Semi-Homemade kinda gal. I like to take pre-packaged things and then doctor them up with fresh ingredients. Why reinvent the wheel on some basics?
I am a semi-homemade cook, I would love to cook more homemade meals.
I am sorry to say I am semi-homemade. I love the convenience and easy cleanup of boxes and cans.
smchester at gmail dot com
a make-everything-from scratch mama
I actually border the line of a semi-homemade cook,and a mostly-homemade cook. It really depends on my time.
Am a mostly-homemadecook but enjoy Sandra Lee's program and do use some of her recipes.
I am a a semi-homemade cook.
Sometimes I cook from scratch but on the days I don't have time then I am semi one.
janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com
I am a semi-homemade cook for life.
I am a semi-homemade cook papa
I am a semi-homemade cook. That and professional take-out orderer. Thanks!
mostly homemade. would be neat to get some ideas though from it and pass it on to someone who needs alot more help
I'm definitely a semi-homemade person. After being married 45 years and raising three kids with home made, I now need a break and semi home made it it!!
Mostly homemade but as the season gets busier, I am turning into a semi-homemade cook. Would love this cookbook.
A semi-homemade. I'm struggling so much with cooking right now. It's so hard to hear the kids whining night after night that they don't like anything I make. I need all the help I can get.
make everything from scratch
im a mostly homemade cook
Semi-homemade! This is a working girl's best friend!
I'm definitely semi-homemade and not ashamed of it. It's an ideal way to get a good meal in less time.
I love to make things semi-homemade!! With my work schedule, it is hard to make things totally homemade & anything to save time & ingredients helps!!!
I make everything from scratch, except bread.
I guess I'm semi-homemade.
This Arizona heat sure makes gardening difficult. I usually have some basil and parsley and I attempt tomatoes every year...to no avail. In the next few years I hope to have more success...by calling on the epertise of my local garden mentor.
Used to be homemade, now a days semi-homemade if that! LOL! Thanks for the review and giveaway!
mostly homemade, I do use cake mix, spagetti sauce in a jar and a few other things
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I am trying to be more homemade! Plus I really want to make the baby's food. I don't want to buy them, I mean I already buy organic veggies, so why not...but I have until March.
Oh by the way..how interesting. I use to live in Phx, in Buckeye to be exact. We moved to Des Moines for my hubby's job, and will move again in Apr to Boise! I so miss Verrado!
I am trying to become mostly home-made. I love having our garden in the summer it makes it much easier to make healthier choices. I believe my kids are also enjoying our family time at the dinner table instead of just running thru a drive-thru. Just need to set aside time to meal plan. That always make the weekday meals go smoother.
Thanks for sharing!!!
Mostly home-made. I love to can and we have our own garden. Our first garden was all in pots on the front porch. Bumper crop but took lots of watering. Boxed foods are gross. Though, we use a some canned, processed products. Love all Muir Glenn canned products including spaghetti sauce and tomatoes. Also go to rice dishes in the Lipton Sides packages for a quick lunch. Our family loves the Red Beans and Rice.
I try to be a mostly home-made cook, but right now, with a preschooler, a toddler, and pregnant as well, I'm content with being semi home-made! (In fact, if we're eating at home, I'm happy!) I'm trying to plan and make more doubled meals for freezing, so that I don't have to rely so much on convenience on those nights when home-made just isn't going to happen!
How about not a cook at all? LOL! Hubby is the cook and I would say he's semi-homemade. I would also love to live close to a farmer's market.
I am mostly home-made. We do have our own garden in the summer and I LOVE being able to go pick veggies and have them that night. But mainly, because I am home all day with the kids, it is one more activity that they get to help me with. I think it is very important that kids know where their food comes from and how it is made, and I love sharing that with them!
I am trying to be more "mostly-homemade." I'm juggling a lot right now, but life will settle down in a couple of months, and my goal is to really get back to the basics.
We live in the desert and as a result the gardens I try to not succeed. I loved tomatoes and corn from the garden growing up. I am always looking for new recipe ideas and want to cook more healthily for my husband, son and soon to be daughter.
During the summer I'm a mostly homemade cook now that we're getting into fall I'm going back to my semi-homemade mode... One of these days I'd love to be an all homemade cook :)
I love Sandra Lee. I am a semi-homemade cook. I like to make some things from scratch but also find it very helpful to use prepared items. Thanks!
I'm totally going to admit that I'm a semi-homemade cook! Don't get me wrong -- I love fresh ingredients and from scratch meals and would love to get better at making them. But right now, because of money, time, and physical limitations, having something on the table that our family can share together is more important than not having anything at all! And if you knew my abysmal cooking skills, you know why my family welcomes a few canned/boxed items from time to time :)
Our yard is really tiny, so I don't have a garden. I do however grow my own herbs! I frequent the farmers markets when it is around and take full advantage of those wanting to get rid of their extra produce! I love to make healthy, delicious meals for the family...using the freshest ingredients possible. I love buying the homemade jams and jellies too! Yum!
I am far less homemade than I'd like to be right now. We're semi-homemade. That said, we do eat a meal made at home together every night. It may not always be box- and can-free, but it's not purchased from a fast food place or a restaurant, and it's not on the go. We enjoy our family meal time at the table, no matter what the state of the meal placed in front of us. Thanks for the review!