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Frugal Foodie
Interests: cooking, food, recipes, healthy, Julia Child, Joy of Cooking
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I am attempting to make Irish soda bread from scratch since today is St. Patrick's day. The recipe is here: We shall see if it turns out. I used organic sugar. I almost never buy the cheap white kind anymore. I wonder if that will make a difference or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2012 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
What you do is this: After you soak the sweetbreads in water for a couple of hours, you have to separate them by hand from the membrane. Wash your hands really, really well after doing this or wear gloves if you have them. There is a definite squick factor here,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2012 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
I will be attempting to make braised sweetbreads from Mastering the Art of French Cooking tonight. These can be hard to find. You may need to look for them at butcher shops or specialty meat shops. Average, run-of-the-mill grocery stores don't carry them anymore because the demand isn't there. It's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2012 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
I bought a package of chicken wings because they were less expensive than chicken breasts at the time. Here is my recipe (very loosely based off a Good Housekeeping recipe for chicken breasts). You will need: Butter or olive oil 1 shallot, finely diced 1 orange, peeled 1 tsp. lemon... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2012 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
This is best made in a crockpot. Stone soups are a great way to use up leftovers. 3 cups pre-cooked rice (just use your leftovers) 1 1/2 cups pre-cooked diced chicken (just use your leftovers) 1/2 cup diced onions 1/2 cup diced mushrooms 1/2 can corn 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2012 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
Baking bread can be frugal. It all depends upon the ingredients you use and the method you use. Here is a photo of a freshly-baked loaf that I made this morning. I used a box mix that cost a couple of dollars. Whole-wheat bread can cost over $3.00 in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2012 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
Think making ratatouille is something best left to professional chefs? Think again. Remember, this dish in the Disney movie with the rat was something mother used to make the aforementioned professional chef. This recipe is a sort of combination of the Juila Child & Joy of Cooking recipes. You will... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
Let's say you have some leftover chicken. What do you do with it? The easiest thing is to make chicken and rice. Take 2 cups of brown rice. Add 2 cups of water and one can cream of mushroom (or celery) soup. Add one cup of chopped chicken. Add some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2012 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
If you like to cook, you may have noticed that canned stock generally tastes all the same. If you make it yourself, you can customize it a bit based on seasonings for a recipe. Generally I follow the Julia Child recipe for stock, which is, take a couple packages of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2012 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
I decided to try to make curry beef according to Joy of Cooking's Quick Meat Curry recipe on pg. 105. However, no apples or raisins were handy. So I decided to try something a little different and added some frozen butternut squash. Use 4 tbsp. of your chosen cooking oil.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2012 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
Using the Shea Butter I got from I added it to a saucepan along with a piece of beeswax: And some avacado oil. You could substitute olive oil if that's all you have on hand, or coconut oil, or whatever floats your boat. I melted everything together in a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2012 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
Split Pea Soup can be made in one's crockpot. What you do is this: Fill the crockpot halfway with water. Add a couple l0w-sodium bouillion cubes. Add the bag of split peas. Add a frozen bag of veggies containing peas & carrots. Get a couple of pre-diced ham packages from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2012 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
Turn on your oven. Pre-heat to 400 degrees. Stick a potato on the top rack. You do not need to put it in anything unless your oven is extremely dirty or something. I repeat, just stick the potato on the top rack. This is a tip I got from, I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2012 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
I got some shea butter from Cost me $5 for the container. I got some coconut oil from Trader Joes. Also cost me about $5. Add a couple spoonfuls of coconut oil to the shea butter, and stir. Some people like to use blenders. I don't have a big... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
This is called "white" chili because there are no tomatoes. One large pot, filled 1/2 way with water. Couple of chicken breasts, diced & defrosted in microwave. One onion, diced, About 5 pieces of garlic, finely minced. (That's the, uh, petals...) 3 cans white beans of your choice. One can... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
One thing I would like to experiment with to save a little money is making my own skin care products. Part of the reason is that I'm allergic to artifical scents. As I find recipes, I will post them here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2012 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
Month 1 is halfway over. As you can see, it's going swimmingly. Yes, you're supposed to leave the bits in until it's done. That's how the flavor gets extracted. No, that's not an ant floating in it. It's a piece of vanilla bean. I'm keeping it in a covered jar... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
I am attempting to make moussaka tonight via Joy of Cooking's recipe, 75th anniversary edition, pg. 274. Sadly, am all out of eggs, so can't make the sauce, but it is at least smelling good. I suspect will be tasty. Also, had to substitute ketchup for tomato paste. I figured... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2012 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
I've recently begun trying other cooking oils besides olive oil. I was surprised to find out that other types of cooking oils also have health benefits. Some of these have been previously demonized by the health food nuts. What seems to be the common finding is that you must look... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2012 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
I made Vanilla Coconut Shrimp from Joy of Cooking, 75th Anniversary Edition, pg. 388 for my New Year's Dinner this year. Shrimp is getting to be a tradition, as I did Shrimp Thermador the other year (lobster is just too expensive for my budget). Here are some pics. One interesting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2011 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
Ingredients used: 1 pound ground beef, pre-browned (I used it to make gravy this morning) 1/2 bag frozen mixed veggies containing peas, carrots, and corn 1 can lentil soup 1 medium red onion, diced 1 turnip, peeled & chopped 1 potato, chopped 3 celery stalks, chopped 1 tbsp. fresh ginger,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2011 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
I got two vanilla beans for the coconut-vanilla shrimp I'm planning to make for New Year's (Joy of Cooking recipe). So what to do with the spare? Well, I found this recipe online for vanilla extract: Mix 1 ounce (30 grams) of chopped vanilla beans per 1 cup (250... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2011 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
The wine-infused bread was a success. If you're wondering, the pre-packaged mix I used was Hodgson Mill's 9-Grain and I added just under 1/4 cup of red wine. Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2011 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
I have a bread machine that was a gift, and once in a while I actually use it. There is nothing on this Earth as good as freshly-baked bread and the scent it creates. I'm experimenting with this whole wheat package I got at the grocery store. Those generally turn... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2011 at Frugal Foodie's Blog
Chestnuts are a very seasonal item. Needless to say, if you want to go about cooking them, you will have to peel the shells from them first. The easiest way is to soak them overnight, then take a little paring knife and make an incision near the edge. That way,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2011 at Frugal Foodie's Blog