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Layered Crockpot Beef

One pound of ground beef4 Tablespoons diced, cooked bacon2 small diced onions2 small cans tomato sauce1/2 cup water1 teaspoon chili powder1/2 teaspoon garlic salt and pepper1 1/3 cups uncooked rice.1 can corn, drained, or a little over a cup and a half of frozen corn (or cauliflower)1 cup chopped bell peppers Crumble ground beef evenly […]

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Ground Beef Enchiladas

Filling: 1 pound lean ground beef 1/2 of medium onion 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic 1/2 tablespoon fiesta chile powder a can mild green jalepeno peppers, or use spicier version if you prefer 1 teaspoon cumin salt and pepper to taste 8 ounces freshly grated cheese   Sauce corn tortillas (you could try it with these, […]

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Baked-in Beefburger

In between efforts to plink away at the squirrels in our backyard,tracking deer, a knifefight with an aggressive raccoon, and his regular school work, my 13 year old son made this for supper on Thursday. It takes a long time to fix, so he did it in two parts. Essentially, it’s a kind of meatloaf […]

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Risotto with Butternut Squash

Risotto:with butternut squash 1 medium butternut squash (1. 5 pounds) peeled, seeded, cut into 1/2 inch cubes)1 T. olive oil18 sage leaves, 12 left whole, 6 finely shredded.1/2 t. saltfreshly ground black pepper to taste7 cups vegetable broth or water (could use tea ready hot water tap?)3 T unsalted butter1 T. olive oil1 medium onion […]

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Frugal OJ for Cooking

I do not generally buy juice for drinking.  We drink water, milk, tea, and coffee (and I fight off an unfortunate carbonated beverage addiction with occasional Zevias, which I fund by selling them to my son for twice the going rate). But sometimes a recipe calls for OJ, like this one for Mole Sauce, or this delicious […]

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Food Stamp Challenge Meal Ideas, 2

Last week I chose to share recipe and cooking ideas matched up to the sales flier for a grocery store in the W. Virginia area– a Kroger’s, I think.  This week I chose Food Lion in the Maryland area- again, I mainly chose this area because I am assuming it’s more expensive.According to the online flier, […]

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Orange Glazed Pork Chops

Orange glazed pork chopssalt and pepper chops, brown in pan, flip, cover, brown briefly, set aside in covered bowl or platter (covering is important).Add some oil, garlic, and fresh squeezed orange juice from an orange or two to the pan, simmer until slightly thickened. Then uncover chops and put them and the drippings that should […]

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Egg Drop Soup

Egg Drop Soup 4 cups chicken stockOR soybean stock Bring stock to a boil in a large saucepan. 2 green onions, julienned3 thin slices fresh ginger root, julienned2 Tbsp soy sauce1 cup fresh or frozen green peasOR green beans cut into pea-sized pieces, presteamed 3 to 5 minutes. Add ingredients to stock and mix well. […]

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Food Stamp Challenge Meal Ideas

chicken breasts .99 a pound organic. celery $1, 8 pounds oranges for $5, cheese 2.99 # Turkey is .79 pound At random, I looked up Kroger sales fliers and found this one in Clarksburg, West Virginia. I mainly picked the area because I am assuming it’s going to be more expensive. That’s where the above […]

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"Pumpkin" Shake

I totally got this idea from Created by Diane. It’s a delicious idea. I made some changes, but they are the sort of changes like using whole, raw milk instead of skim milk, and whole milk yogurt instead of non-fat. And, since I like mine sweeter, I added maple syrup (the real stuff).  Vegetarians could […]

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