Category Archives: frugal

Egg Rolls

This is a terrific cookbook. I picked my copy up at a yard sale or thrift shop a couple years ago, but I only this month really curled up with it and gave it a good read. It’s a treasure. The Thursday Night Feast and Good Plain Meals Cookbook by Sigrid M. Shepard is an […]

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Chinese Cabbage and Tofu

I know a lot of the health food blogs I read really object to tofu, unless it’s been fermented.  They say it’s not a traditional food and has all kinds of problems- it’s usually genetically modified, that kind of thing. I can’t make up my mind about it, partly because I just love it, and […]

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Oatmeal Casserole

Here’s another favorite oatmeal standby- I first discovered the original about 18 years ago in the big family newsletter Bill and Mary Pride’s family published (I cannot think of the name right now, but it was full of helpful, practical advice and recipes from other larger than average families). The original recipe used butter or […]

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Here’s our granola recipe:Skillet Granola- this recipe is quicker to make than most granola recipes (you can mix it up, cook it and eat it in less than half an hour), but it doesn’t store for as long because it’s moister than the oven dried granola. This does not matter to us because we eat […]

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Slow Cooked Grains for Breakfast

Breakfast (you must begin this the evening before) : Slow-cooker Cereal1 c. oat groats1 c. millet1/4 c. unflavored tvp (tvp is available at your health food store and is sold as texturized protein granules. You can make this without the tvp, but you will probably be hungry again sooner. TVP is a protein, and most […]

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Leftovers: Dumplings from Stuffing (or Dressing)

Stuffing DumplingsCombine: two cups of stuffing 3 lightly beaten eggs sage or other herbs, chopped (a couple teaspoons fresh, one teaspoon dried) 1 teaspoon minced garlic Combine in bowl, mixing well (you may want to use a plastic bag over your hands and knead it. Shape into balls and drop into simmering soup (or put […]

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Leftovers; Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Mix stuffing with diced apples and nuts, then use it to stuff acorn squash, bake as usual. AND:Use leftover cranberry sauce in cranberry bread, muffins, on toast, combine with cream cheese and spread on toast or roll up in pancakes. Leftover rolls:Use leftover bread/buns/rolls for apple charlotte– scroll down for the recipe, or bread strata for a main […]

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Leftovers: Turkey With Winter Vegetables

Turkey With Winter Vegetables makes use of things that are typically in season after Thanksgiving. This recipe adapted from Mom’s Best One-Dish Suppers: 101 Easy Homemade Favorites, as Comforting Now as They Were then by Andrea Chessman 2 potatoes, peeled and diced1 rutabaga, peeled and diced2 Tablespoons oil3 cups diced cooked turkey2 leeks, sliced2 carrots, diced2 minced […]

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Leftovers, ‘Turkey Helper’

Homemade “Turkey Helper” First some preaching- it makes me gnash my teeth in frustration when I am reading (or hearing) some account of living through hard times and the narrator talks about  Hamburger Helper (the boxed convenience food) as a way to get through those hard times. Hamburger Helper may seem like ‘slumming it’ to […]

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Leftovers: Shepherd’s Pie

The first time I had (or remember hearing of) Shepherd’s Pie was when we were young marrieds stationed in New Mexico.  We’d been invited for dinner to the home of another young military couple from church, as broke as we were.  They were from South Carolina.  During the course of our friendship, they shocked us […]

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