Category Archives: frugal

Turkey or Chicken Leftovers

Turkey Soup, of course (see here), using your turkey carcass. Frugal, nourishing, and something good cooks have been doing for millennium. Broth made from bones such as your turkey carcass will contain minerals in a form the body can absorb easily—not just calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals as well as […]

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Brazilian Rice and Beans

Brazilian Rice and BeansServes 8-10 You want about five or six cups of cooked beans.  If you cooked ahead, you have plenty of frozen, cooked legumes in your freezer.  Otherwise, you soak 2 cups of pinto or kidney beans overnight. Shortly before meal time, continue with the rest of the recipe: Dice four cups of […]

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Cooking Beans

First, here’s how we cook our beans most of the time: I don’t measure them.  I put them in a colander and rinse them, then I put them in a huge pot- about half way to the top, and then fill the rest of the pot with water and leave them out to soak overnight.The […]

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Crusty Mexican Bean Bake

This tasty combination of ground beef, beans, and cheese baked up in a casserole with a warm crusty topping is from the More with Less Cookbook It serves 6 The crust can be made a day or two in advance, or prepared along with the rest of the meal Combine:  1/2 cup flour- I do […]

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Hoppin’ John

Here’s one recipe for Hoppin John: * 4 slices of bacon, snipped into pieces with a good pair of kitchen shears * 1 cup diced onions, * 3/4 cup chopped celery (save the leaves, and snip them up, too) * 2 cloves garlic, crushed * 3 cups cooked black-eyed peas (if you get frozen, start […]

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Poor Man’s ‘Asparagas’

I haven’t tried this, but I am cleaning out some old cooking magazines, and this looked interesting: Cauliflower leavesboiling salt watersalt and pepper to tastebutter or cheese sauce Cook the leaves in salt water until tender, then drain.  Salt and bepper to taste, dot with butter or top with cheese sauce.  Serve hot. Share this […]

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"Budget Bundles"

This recipe is adapted from one found in Home Cooking, the August, 1981 edition.  The original recipe calls for boxed, prepared stuffing mix and cream soup, which I find not very budget friendly.  This version uses typical holiday leftovers. Leftover dressing or stuffing, about 1 1/4 cupsevaporated milk1 pound ground beefleftover gravy (or a can […]

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Creamy White Bean Soup

Creamy Bean Soup,  based on a recipe from the Country Beans cookbook: Run four cups cooked white beans (navy) or two cans of prepared white beans through the blender- adding enough liquid to puree it and keep it a ‘soup’ consistency. Pour into saucepan and reheat, adding 2-4 Tablespoons bouillon (or cook the dried beans […]

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Biscuit Mix

The Biscuit recipe comes from The More-With-Less cookbook by Doris Janczen Longacre. You can omit the powdered milk, but if you add powdered milk to the mix, then you only need to use water for the liquid in the recipes. 10 cups all purpose flour- we use freshly ground whole wheat pastry flour6 T baking […]

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Turkey Stuffing Casserole

Turkey-Stuffing Casserole= The first year we were married I participated in a ‘secret sister’ program at our church. For those unfamiliar with church ‘secret sisters,’ you exchange names and, keeping your identity a secret, you give little gifts, cards, and notes to your secret sister, and you remember her in prayer regularly. Lou-Anne, the sister […]

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