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Basic Pie Crust

Plain pastry Single crust 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour1 teaspoon salt2/3 cup shortening5 to 7 Tablespoons cold water Sift flour and salt together; cut in shortening with pastry blender till ieces are the size of small peas.  (For extra tender pastry, cut in half the shortening till like ecornmeal.  Cut in remaining shortening till like […]

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Oatmeal Muffins, using leftover oatmeal

Not for beginners.  Click on the picture to enlarge.  If your muffin tin was new when you got it, and it doesn’t look like this one- you probably should not attempt this recipe yet.   This money-saving recipe comes from one of my great-grandmother’s many cookbooks, this particular cookbook focused on saving money on the […]

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Winter Rice Salad

We always use leftover rice for this (and I cook extra just so I have ‘leftovers’), so it only takes a few minutes to make. Chinese Style Vegetable Rice Salad 4 cups brown rice, cooked and cooled2 scallions, green onions, leeks, onions- very thinly sliced and/or diced1 large carrot, grated2 ribs celery, finely diced1-2 turnips […]

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Pasta E Fagioli Casserole

I used to make this a lot, but haven’t made it for quite a while now (perhaps years). I’m cleaning out my recipe boxes and clippings (it would be embarrassing to tell you that when organized properly they probably fill five very fat three ring binders, so I won’t tell you that), and found it […]

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1973 Frugalities

From a 1974 Family Circle magazine article on frugal eating.  Yam chips and Pepper Slaw Yam chips:2 large yams, ice water to cover (.19)1 tablespoon salt2 cups vegetable oil reused for potatoes three times (.10) Peel yams and slice in paper thin, uniform rounds (I find a vegetable peeler makes the thinnest slices).Soak in several […]

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Quick Bread Variations

I’ve had this since my freshman year in high school- my home ec teacher passed it out. That was, um, so long ago it won’t be polite for you to ask how long ago for another three decades. I’ve used it often. Baseline Recipe2 1/2 cups flour1 cup sugar1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder1 […]

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Imitation Crab Soup

We have made this a couple of times, and it’s tasty enough, but not very filling. We are hearty eaters at The Common Room.  You need substantial side dishes- hearty rolls or biscuits to go along with this. 2 cups imitation crab meat, flaked2 cups whole milk2 cups half and half3 tablespoons butter2 lemon peel […]

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Wise Woman Pot Pie

The Wise Woman looks well to the ways of her household. She uses what she has. She is not wasteful. She does not show contempt for God’s bounty by throwing it in the garbage because she let it go bad in her refrigerator. She makes soups, shepherd’s pies, stews, and pot pie. Make a pie […]

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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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