I've written before about whether not using spice packets counts as cooking from scratch, and whether or not it even matters if I'm cooking from scratch or not.
For a while, Safeway had breaded chicken fried steak at their meat counter. The kids and hubby and I love chicken fried steak, and sometimes it would be on just enough of a sale that I could justify it. I don't make chicken fried steak from scratch and hubby, who makes the best chicken fried steak ever, only does stuff like that on his day off.
They haven't had it at all for months. I've been making special trips to check.
What they did have on sale was cube steak. I can handle an egg wash and seasoned bread crumbs from a canister... now the teenager claims I'm cheating for using cube steak instead of pounding the heck out of it myself with the meat tenderizer and loosening the top of our dining room table. (Now that I think about that, maybe I should be pounding meat and kneading bread and dreaming up some other table weakening recipes...
I do need to find out how to make gravy from scratch instead of relying on hubby to do it for me. That would be worth the learning curve... anyone know a good tutorial?