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Beef Stock

Making your own stocks saves money on your grocery bill. The bone of the roast are used, after it has been roasted and most of the meat removed. It is fine to leave small pieces of meat on the bone. The finished product may be frozen in ice cube trays, and then placed in a […]

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Homemade Vegetable Stock

By not having to purchase canned vegetable stocks, you’ll save money on your grocery bill.  Use the peels and ends of the vegetables from your cooking ventures, along with some pieces of whole vegetables, if necessary.  Herbs may also be used. Nothing has to go to waste completely. The finished product may be frozen in […]

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Homemade Chicken Soup

When my siblings, cousins, and I were young, our Nan had a standard chicken soup she would sometimes make. If one of us was sick and wanted her to make a soup, she would cater it to our particular likes. Did you have someone who would do the same for you? While chicken soup is […]

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Our Favorite Cheesecake

This is a favorite at all holiday and sabbat celebrations in our home. Everyone loves it, even though it’s not your traditional cheesecake. Anyone can make it, even a child. It is quick and easy to make, and tastes so good. This recipe is for two cakes, but you can halve everything for one if […]

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Simple Chicken Soup

This is the easiest soup ever, and is made when I am low on food and funds during a given week. The base: 1 pre-cooked roaster chicken, on the bone, with the skin on, remove the string holding the legs together. water Place a pre-roasted chicken in the slow cooker, and cover with water. Cover […]

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Festive Hot Cocoa

Every so often, even I like to have a treat. Now that the autumn holidays are over, I am craving hot cocoa. I wont have it often, but once in a while I will sit to relax and watch a movie, with a hot cocoa. This simple recipe is what I  usually use. Depending on […]

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Citrus Water

I never peel the lemons and limes before placing them in the pitcher, but I have always peeled the orange. I have no idea why, it is just something I have been doing all along. Today I did not peel the orange it. I quartered it, and halved two of the quarters. The other two […]

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What to Eat During the Very Lean Weeks

It is easy for me to say “Eat healthy. It is the best way to stay healthy.” I’m aware that this isn’t always possible for everyone, not even myself. My income is just enough to cover rent and a phone during the winter months, with very little left over to cover food. Last winter was […]

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Zucchini Bake

Vegetable based bakes are easy to create. They do not take much time, and can be served as the main component of a meal or as a side dish. The best vegetable to use are organic heirloom variety that you grow yourself. The amount of each ingredient needed will depend on the size pan you […]

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Chicken Soup with Noodles

My friend Gale makes a variation of this that is utterly delicious. She used to make some especially for me. Once she did so because I was sick, bless her heart. After trying that recipe, I decided to add a little to it. Gales uses more than one type of pasta at a time. This […]

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A Few Days Before Shopping

I have a few days left before I go grocery shopping, and am using up things to make room for what I need to purchase. I  have $10.00 set aside for if I need to pick a few things up to make what food is left stretch, but there is not a lot left this […]

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Pancakes

Once in a while, I enjoy a few pancakes for breakfast. Sometimes, I enjoy them for dinner. They are filling, and may be made with a variety of add-ins. What are your favorites? My favorite add-in is chocolate chips 🙂 This recipe makes about 8 pancakes. Ingredients 1 cup flour 1 tbsp baking powder 1 […]

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Basic Roasted Potatoes

This is a simple way to prepare roasted potatoes to use as a side dish, or a snack. I don’t use a special type of potato for any of my recipes. Whatever is on hand at the time that I need them is what I go with. Ingredients potatoes extra virgin olive oil sea salt […]

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Pineapple Kielbasa Soup

I love soups on chilly days, and this is an easy one to prepare. Look for sales on the kielbasa, as it can be expensive. You can easily throw a bunch of packages of this meat into the freezer for later use. Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits to cook with. Ingredients 1 large […]

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Easy Apple Tuna Salad

It is coming upon that time of year again, when we start eating more salads and lighter fare than we do during the autumn and winter months. I will start posting new salad recipes as I create them, but wanted to share one that my daughters liked when they were young. Ingredients 1 can water-packed […]

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Tuna Fajitas

These are very easy to make. Some people like to mix their tuna with mayonnaise or another dressing. I do not. Prepare these however you like. They may be warmed in the oven until the cheese is melted, but this is not necessary. These fajitas are easy for children to make. Ingredients tortilla shells 1 […]

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The $3.15 Garden

Yes, it can be done. There are ways to do it. This type of garden is not generally used when trying to eat in the healthiest manner possible, because it doesn’t account for organic seeds. But it will feed a family on significantly less money than what would be spent on the same produce at […]

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Use Those Odds and Ends

Odds and ends are not necessarily considered leftovers. They are those foods that you find at the bottom of a pan or left on a platter when everything else has been eaten. They may be a tablespoon of some type of vegetable, or a few pieces of meat. Perhaps there is a quarter-of-a-cup of rice. […]

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How-To Store Food Odds and Ends for Future Use

There are a couple of methods for storing odds and ends when picking up after meals. Either method may be used with success, and will enable you to save a little money on your grocery bill each year. What are food odds and ends? Food odds and ends are simply the small amounts of food […]

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Chocolate Fondue Plate

Zowie and I enjoyed a nice treat the other night, as she is home on a break from college. We love fruit and chocolate, so once in a while we combine the two. This  treat is simple to prepare, and will feed two people well. There will be leftover “fondue”. NOTE: I used Hershey’s Special […]

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Using and Storing Cooking Liquids

I have mentioned that the liquids leftover from making roasts may be used to make stocks and broths, but other liquids may also be saved and used when cooking. There really is no need to let these types of liquids go to waste. Consider, if you will, that many people must pay every time they […]

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Using The Liquid That Meat Is Cooked In

Image via Wikipedia In my blog post series about stocks and broths, I mention starting these types of items with fresh water. I do not always make my broth and stock this way. I usually start with the liquid from the roasting pan, after I am done cooking. Any type of meat can be used […]

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