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PamMehnert

Hi, I'm Pam Mehnert

As Outpost's general manager, Pam's work keeps her at the office, in meetings, or in front of her computer more than a simple 40 hours each week. However, her passion as a foodie has driven her to take on this challenge for the culinary experience of…
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Week 36 - Homemade For The Holidays

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert January 1, 2011

If any time of year was ripe for reliance on convenience foods, I’m declaring that it’s the week before Christmas.

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Week 35 - Do Try This At Home

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert January 1, 2011

I can still feel the weight of the door as it opened up to reveal the sweet fragrance of sugar and spices, as well as I can still hear my grandma calling out, "I heard noise that - what are you kids up to?"

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Week 34 - A Place For Convenience Foods

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert December 20, 2010

Traveling via air is wrought with convenience stops from check-in to landing, whether it’s coffee kiosks, coolers filled with pre-wrapped sandwiches, fast food joints, or the tiny (and I mean tiny) bags of pretzels you get on the airplane.

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Week 33 - Warming Up For The Holidays

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert December 15, 2010

The cold winter winds have finally arrived and today is our first snowfall of the season. That means the holidays are so close you can smell the gingerbread and feel the heat coming from the kitchen.

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Week 32 - Ever So Thankful!

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert December 3, 2010

I’m here to tell you that having a non-traditional side like I had this year, caused me to think fondly about all the foods I’m truly thankful for, convenient or not.

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Week 31 - Say Yes To Turkey Leftovers

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert December 3, 2010

I submitted the recipe to one of my favorite recipe websites, 12 Tomatoes, and it won their Thanksgiving recipe contest for which I won a gift card to Williams Sonoma! You can check out that recipe here.

http://12tomatoes.com/2010/11/thanksgiving-recipe-contest-winners.html

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Week 30 - The Price of Convenience

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert December 3, 2010

For a while now I’ve been meaning to do a comparison of a number of the foods I now make from scratch, with their ready-to-eat counterparts...

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Week 29 - My Cheating Heart And Some Chili Atonement

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert November 10, 2010

I cheated - oh yes I did – in fact I cheated two days in a row. And while I felt a bit guilty at the time I would have either lost my sanity or gone hungry had I not allowed myself the choice of convenience foods.

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Week 28 - Dia de los Muertos Dinner

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert November 1, 2010

To cook for our Dia de los Muertos celebration, I was finally going to have to come to terms with the fact I needed to make corn tortillas.

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Week 27 - Did I Mention There Were Dishes?

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert October 25, 2010

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Week 26 - Half Way There

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert October 19, 2010

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Week 25 - Tomatillos; The Gift That Keeps On Giving

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert October 11, 2010
That’s my story for week 25 – unexpected tomatillos. We believed the small batch of salsa in week 18 would be our only batch, since somewhere around week 20 or 21, said tomatillo plant was “gleaned” by other friends.
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Week 24 - Boxed Mix Not Included

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert October 5, 2010

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Week 23 - Another Year Older And Wiser

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert September 28, 2010
Some people receive a bouquet of flowers on their birthday or special occasions. I received a bouquet of chips.
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Week 22 - "Stocking" Up For Winter

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert September 21, 2010
Ahhh, the downstairs freezer. It was only a few short months ago I was cleaning out all of the frozen pizzas, burritos, packaged Indian meals, pasties, and store bought hamburger buns to get ready for my year of inconvenience.
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Week 21 - Waking Up To Pancakes

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert September 13, 2010
I finally figured out that the reason I don’t like the boxed mixes is because there isn’t much about them to like.
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Week 20 - Living the Life O'Riley

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert September 8, 2010
When we pulled into their driveway last Saturday, we were greeted by two of their “temporary” residents named Christmas and Thanksgiving. Yes those were turkeys - I kid you not.
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Week 19 - The Secret Is In The Sponge

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert August 31, 2010
The sponge is my new friend indeed - and really when it comes down to it – the sponge is the reason anyone can bake bread at home and get something that is not only delicious, but a great replacement for anything you might buy from the grocery store.
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Week 18 - Tomatillos and Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert August 24, 2010
I’ve estimated that recently, on average, I’m spending about 8-10 more hours each week on food prep (and this project) than when I was eating conveniently.
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Week 17 - Take Your Pick Of Tomatohhs

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert August 18, 2010
What better time to pick to stand over a boiling pot of water and skin those little “apples of paradise” as my German Grandmother would have called them.
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