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Sun May 23, 2021, 08:00 PM

Thanks Marie Callender!

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Your Beef Shepard's Pie is a favorite, "goto" meal. Probably 4-5 times a month, I reach into the freezer and pull out this fantastic meal. Bake at 375 degrees for 55 minutes and I am good to go. My only complaint is, I wish you made it in larger proportions. It's always finished before I want to stop eating it, but 2 would be too much. As a 68 YO single guy, it is a fantastically delicious meal....every time.

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Reply Thanks Marie Callender! (Original post)
OAITW r.2.0 May 2021 OP
Aristus May 2021 #1
brewens May 2021 #6
Aristus May 2021 #10
FuzzyRabbit May 2021 #22
Aristus May 2021 #23
FuzzyRabbit May 2021 #25
True Dough May 2021 #2
OAITW r.2.0 May 2021 #5
FoxNewsSucks May 2021 #7
True Dough May 2021 #9
OAITW r.2.0 May 2021 #11
dweller May 2021 #3
Scrivener7 May 2021 #12
dweller May 2021 #13
Shermann May 2021 #4
brewens May 2021 #8
flying rabbit May 2021 #14
asiliveandbreathe May 2021 #15
OAITW r.2.0 May 2021 #16
asiliveandbreathe May 2021 #17
OAITW r.2.0 May 2021 #18
asiliveandbreathe May 2021 #19
OAITW r.2.0 May 2021 #20
OAITW r.2.0 May 2021 #26
OAITW r.2.0 May 2021 #27
asiliveandbreathe May 2021 #28
OAITW r.2.0 May 2021 #29
asiliveandbreathe May 2021 #30
OriginalGeek May 2021 #31
lillypaddle May 2021 #21
zanana1 May 2021 #24
OriginalGeek May 2021 #32

Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Original post)

Sun May 23, 2021, 08:03 PM

1. They closed the only Marie Callender's in the region a number of years ago.

I love their salad bar. It was a great place for family get-togethers.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #1)

Sun May 23, 2021, 08:17 PM

6. I ate at the Spokane Marie Callender's I think two days before all those guys showed up for

work and found out they didn't have jobs. Must have been 8 years or so ago. Is that the one?

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Response to brewens (Reply #6)

Sun May 23, 2021, 08:22 PM

10. No. Federal Way.

But it's about that long ago that the FedWay one closed...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #1)

Sun May 23, 2021, 11:59 PM

22. I knew a guy who was working at the Seattle Marie Callendar's when they came in to close it.

No notice, no phone call, corporate people just walked in and ordered everyone out right now. There were several people eating dinner and a birthday party was going on. Everybody was told to get out, including the staff. One of the staff "liberated" the pies on his way out and handed them to everyone who wanted one.

People showed up for work the next day and saw a sign on the door telling them the restaurant was closed and they no longer had a job.

I recall that someone told me that the restaurants and the frozen foods were two separate companies.

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Response to FuzzyRabbit (Reply #22)

Mon May 24, 2021, 08:34 AM

23. Any idea why the closings were so abrupt?

n/t

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Response to Aristus (Reply #23)

Mon May 24, 2021, 01:05 PM

25. The corporate bigwigs probably thought if they gave the employees any warning

then the employees would steal everything they could.

A sporting goods store I worked in (decades ago) was sold to another company. On the last day every store had security guards closely watching every employee. The only reason I can think of is that management was projecting, that they thought the employees were as dishonest as management was.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Original post)

Sun May 23, 2021, 08:07 PM

2. I haven't tried it

but I looked it up and right on the https://www.mariecallendersmeals.com/ website, the beef shepherd's pie only gets 2.3 out of 5 stars! More people rated it a 1 out of 5 (65 reviewers) than any other singular score!

Here's a sample:

Terrible
Hardly any vegetables and like a bowl of mush. Will not be buying it again.


Gross
Tastes like dog food, mushy and tasteless. Meat is horrible. Threw it away.


Absolutely disgusting!
Bought this tonight, and the consistency is like dog food, I was instantly grossed out. MC usually has good quality entrees, but this wasn't one of them.


I didnít see this on the ingredients.
Very watery, good flavor but there was a bone or tendon about 2.5 x .75 x .25 inches in it. Actually Iím not sure what it is. Would have given 3-4.

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Response to True Dough (Reply #2)

Sun May 23, 2021, 08:12 PM

5. LOL, there's no accounting for individual tastes!

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #5)

Sun May 23, 2021, 08:18 PM

7. Those are probably written by Swansons employees

Marie Callendar frozen things have always been very good, by the standard of frozen dinners

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #5)

Sun May 23, 2021, 08:21 PM

9. That's true

I just hope you never chomp down on a bone or tendon in one of those future frozen dinners!

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Response to True Dough (Reply #9)

Sun May 23, 2021, 08:25 PM

11. Wouldn't be the first time that's happened!

But, in fairness, to MC....it never occurred in the Shepard's Pie dinner.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Original post)

Sun May 23, 2021, 08:07 PM

3. I've got the chicken version

in the freezer ... might break it out tonite

✌🏻

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Response to dweller (Reply #3)

Sun May 23, 2021, 08:35 PM

12. That's my guilty pleasure!

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Response to Scrivener7 (Reply #12)

Sun May 23, 2021, 08:47 PM

13. Cool

Something to look forward to ... I opted for chicken Marsala w/ fettuccine as it was quicker
The chicken Shepardís pie will be on the menu this week

✌🏻

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Original post)

Sun May 23, 2021, 08:08 PM

4. Now this is my kind of cooking thread!

Pop one of those bad boys from the freezer into the oven. Or microwave.

I've had their chicken pot pie, but not the shepherd's pie. Those are pretty good but kind of smallish as well.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Original post)

Sun May 23, 2021, 08:19 PM

8. Those are the best as far as frozen dinners go. I went full on whole food home cooking

and haven't had any for a couple years. Now I'm going to have to find a Shepard's pie recipe and blow Marie away!

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Original post)

Sun May 23, 2021, 09:10 PM

14. Their chicken pot pies are my fave.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Original post)

Sun May 23, 2021, 09:28 PM

15. Oh for heavens sake..cook up some hamburg..at least 85%....

Mash some potatoes, and yes, you have to peel them first..and heat up a can of corn.put the cooked hamburg in a casserole dish, then put the corn on top of the hamburg, plop your mashies on top (make peaks if you wish)..couple pats of butter on top of mashies, put in oven 25 minutes at 350..68 ain't old..

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Response to asiliveandbreathe (Reply #15)

Sun May 23, 2021, 09:35 PM

16. Well, when you spend 7 hours outside moving 2 cubic yards of topsoil to your raised beds....

then mow a 1/2 acre of hill.....I really wasn't excited to spend a lot of time prepping a meal, tonight. Plus I had to watch the Bruins beat the Caps.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #16)

Sun May 23, 2021, 09:42 PM

17. That's funny...well we moved 10 ton of pebble gravel between the two of us,

He is 68 too.. and I'm not tellin ya' how old I am...1/2 acre..MOW??? ride on I suppose..I didn't have a ride on when I had a 1/2 acre...now we have a postage stamp size lot..and I had to get a hair cut today..and color my hair when I got home..and then cook and clean..don't even get me started on that!!

No sympathy from me...

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Response to asiliveandbreathe (Reply #17)

Sun May 23, 2021, 09:52 PM

18. I've been using a 22" 5 HP pushmover....and that's only 1/2 of the grass. Plus, I have a

separate area at the front of the property that I need to mow....so about 2 acres of grass entirely.


I bought a Ryobi sit-down mower tonight, battery powered. Should handle the entire mowing on a single charge....I hope.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #18)

Sun May 23, 2021, 10:07 PM

19. Yep..22" 5hp push mower sounds about right..many years ago when we had

grass..now stone in AZ..I am so proud of you for buying a ride on..now you have NO excuse for not cooking your own shepherds pie.. I will admit, Marie Callenders Lemon Meringue Pie is a hit ..why bake when you can just defrost and serve..enjoy ..

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Response to asiliveandbreathe (Reply #19)

Sun May 23, 2021, 10:17 PM

20. My thoughts exactly!

But, I have 50 acres that I want to landscape. Means lot of tree trimming and woodchipping. So, it might be awhile before I get around to cooking...at least until late fall.

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Response to asiliveandbreathe (Reply #15)

Tue May 25, 2021, 12:23 AM

26. You have shamed / inspired me into making my own, from scratch, Sheppard's Pie, later today..

Keying off your post! Will be subbing canned pealed potatoes....because, time to recycle. Gory details to follow!

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Response to asiliveandbreathe (Reply #15)

Tue May 25, 2021, 07:17 PM

27. My Shepard's Pie just went in....

Fried up onions, shallots, a large clove of fresh garlic, a little 'whats this here' sauce, A-1. When cooked lightly, added 1 lb of hamburg.

Boiled up fresh carrots, frozen corn and peas. Boiled and drained 2 cans of sliced potatoes.

Return the potatoes to the pot....add sour cream, couple of splashes of 1/2 and 1/2, butter, chive, and seasonings. Smashed...not whipped. Layer the burger in the bottom of my casserole dish. Added 2 jars of Heinz Bistro au Jus. Add the veggies, and top with the potatoes.

My dinner menu is locked for the next 4 days....

Your post inspired me!

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #27)

Tue May 25, 2021, 08:56 PM

28. Not only do you know HOW to cook..you know all the ins and outs of

seasoning and veggies..to make one of the best Beef Shepherds Pie EVAH!..I didn't want to scare you away from cooking...WOW!!!! You fooled me with MC's cook and serve..

Enjoy, you earned it!!!

- for your next inspiration, tonight I baked 2 large potatoes, washed, and salt and peppered with butter in foil..375 for about 2 hours.. - once done, split the potato down middle and coarsely smash, butter lightly, top with Ham cubed (cooked in fry pan on low with brown sugar and maple syrup), couple pieces of bacon, broken up into bits, sprinkled shredded cheese on top and drizzled the brown sugar, maple syrup from the ham cooking - baked at 350 another 15 minutes or so, until cheese is melted...Oh my -

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Response to asiliveandbreathe (Reply #28)

Tue May 25, 2021, 09:07 PM

29. OMG.....book-marking this convo to my recipe links. That sounds wonderful.

Actually, I am tasting that in my mind. Gonna try that soon!

BTW, the SP came out great. I amazed myself....the potatoes held up in the bake nicely and had a fantastic flavor that complimented everything else. 5 more servings to go!

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #29)

Tue May 25, 2021, 09:42 PM

30. So glad to hear your SP was so flavorful - my compliments to the chef..

The baked potatoes are like a Thanksgiving dinner..just like your SP, be prepared for a nap...

BTW..bought a MC Lemon Meringue Pie today...still frozen in freezer..maybe tomorrow..

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Response to asiliveandbreathe (Reply #15)

Wed May 26, 2021, 04:44 PM

31. my wife and her family always want corn in their "shepherd's" pie

I never understood that. I like it but my mom always put green beans in it. She knew we wouldn't eat it with peas in it but green beans were ok.

We compromise now though - My wife makes it with no veggies and then nukes a can of corn and a can of green beans and we can plop the finished pie on top of veggie of choice. (or both!)

I don't think the Iron Chefs are worried about losing their jobs to any of my family.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Original post)

Sun May 23, 2021, 10:40 PM

21. Thanks for the hint

Sounds good.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Original post)

Mon May 24, 2021, 12:22 PM

24. I'm also a Marie Callender devotee.

I love her Chicken Alfredo, Mac n' Cheese and lasagna. However, they always leave me wanting more. Her Chicken Pot Pie is good, too, and has more to it.

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Response to zanana1 (Reply #24)

Wed May 26, 2021, 04:46 PM

32. we always have a Costco pack of MC Chicken Pot Pies

in the freezer. Sometimes ya just don't wanna cook and those are good.

I often make 2 for me. The way I see it, I'm getting twice the vegetables so hooray for healthy me!

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