Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Thank you everyone who has joined me since July. It's been a fun time. For me at least. Here's to everything good that 2010 will bring us! Happy New Year!!!!!!

Potato Soup

I made potato soup the other night for dinner. This method is great because you can make this soup as figure friendly or rich and fattening as you'd like. The potatoes are cooked in vegetable broth to impart flavor and then pureed in the blender to thicken the soup to a thick and satifying comfort food. But you don't have to add any milk or cream or extra fat to it if you don't want to. Here is how I do it.

Potato Soup

Russet potatoes, I used aprox. 8 or nine medium sized, some were smallish, potatoes. Peel and wash
one shallot, minced fine. I love shallot, but use onion if you don't have shallots
half of an onion, diced or minced fine
2 cans of vegetable broth, or use chicken broth or a little beef broth with water
milk
cream
salt and pepper

for toppers:
shredded cheddar
sliced green onions
bacon crumbles
sour cream

Put the onion in a pot with a little oil and cook until transparent. Dice the potatoes, put in the pot with the onion and cover with enough veg broth to cover the potatoes. Add water to cover potatoes if you need to. Cook until potatoes are tender. Being extremely careful, put hot potatoes in the blender a ladle or two at a time. You might even want to make all dogs and children exit the kitchen if you are even a little bit nervous about this. It's easy but a little intimidating if you've never done it before. Take the middle thingy out of the top of the blender and cover with a kitchen towel while holding it with one hand and blend until smooth. Pour into the pot, keep adding more potatoes and liquid and add milk to blend. Do until you have desired smoothness or chunkiness. Add some heavy cream if you'd like additional richness. Heat until hot. Season. Taste and readjust the seasoning. Serve with toppers.

Menus for what's on sale for the week of Dec. 30-Jan. 5

I love the hymn "Ring Out, Wild Bells" or the text written by Alfred Tennyson that read or sing, "the year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, and let him die. The year is going; let him go. Ring out the false; ring in the true."

I am happy to see 2009 go. I usually have some mixed feelings when old years are dying and new ones are being born. I am pretty nostalgic about most things. And while 2009 had it's good moments there were excruciatingly painful ones for me and my family this year. And that's all part of some years and part of life and I realize that. I love that we have a fresh slate starting in 13 and a half hours. Although with my challenge to myself to clean out a drawer or cupboard a day in 2010, I finally realized this morning as I stood counting my cupboards and drawers in my kitchen, that it will take me 30 days alone just to get through my kitchen. That's not even counting a pantry. So grab hold of 2010. Tell those you love, that you love them. Apologize to those you need to apologize to. Forgive whom you need to forgive, even if it's yourself. Clean out a drawer that you need to. Hug your child. Hug your mother, if you still can. Make a new friend. Help someone. Take a bubble bath and listen to some really good music. Learn how to do something new. Read an inspiried book or short story. Watch a kid eat an ice cream cone to appreciate how one can savor the small joys in life.

Here it is:

$77.53
+$2.00 for the veg stock/broth I forgot to add in

$79.53

Breakfast
1-Oatmeal, fruit drink
2-Cold cereal, milk, fruit drink
3-Oatmeal
4-Cold cereal, milk
5-Toast, pear and apple slices with peanut butter
6-Oatmeal
7-Cold cereal, milk

Lunch
1-PB&J sandwich, tangelo
2-PB&J sandwich, strawberries
3-PB&J sandwich, snack crackers, apple
4-Bolgna sandwich, apple
5-PB&J sandwich, crackers
6-Bologna sandwich, snack crackers, whatever fruit you still have
7-Ramen noodles

Dinner
1-Hamburger Stroganoff, noodles, canned vegetable

2-Frozen Pizza, green salad (iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, green bell pepper, green onion)

3-Potato soup, baguette. Shredded cheddar, sliced green onion, bacon crumbles, sour cream dollop for toppers. Forgot to add two cans of vegetable stock into the total so add $2 to the total for that. I will post how I make Potato soup after this post.

4-Baked chicken breast, roasted red garlic potatotoes and roasted carrots.

5-Cobb salad, baguette. Use leftover chicken on top of iceberg, use green bell pepper, green onion, cucumber, hard boiled eggs, shredded cheese, bacon crumbles and whatever leftover veg you may have in your fridge.

6-Hamburgers, buns. Raw carrots and ranch dip. Add .75 to your budget and buy a bottle of 7 Up or A&W root beer if you want at Bashas.

7-Zucchini and Eggplant Parmesan, green salad. Make leftover hamburger buns into garlic toast or cheese toast if you want to. See http://formerchef.com/2009/08/24/grilled-eggplant-and-zucchini-parmesan/ for a recipe for Eggplant and Zucchini Parmesan.


Grocery List:
Bashas':
Boneless skinless chicken breast, $1.49 lb., buy 3 lbs. at $4.47
Bahsas milk, $1.58, buy 2
Red Baron pizza, $2.88
Tyson bacon, $1.99
Osare Mayer meat bologna, $1.99
Food Club cheese, 2/$3, buy 2, one cheddar, one mozzarella for the Eggplant thing
Food Club snack crackers, 2/$3, buy one
Sweet onions, .79 lb.
Crusty baguette, .99, buy 2
green onions, allowed for $1 for 1 bunch
eggs, allowed for $1.39

Fresh & Easy
Russet potatoes, .99 for 3 lbs.

Fry's
Minute Maid fruit drink, $1.88
Post cereals, $1.88, buy 2
Kroger sour cream, $1
Kroger cottage cheese, $1 (Use this instead of ricotta in the Eggplant thing to save $)
Kroger mini carrots, $1
American Beauty pasta, $1.25
Fry's hamburger buns, $1.25
Fry's instant oatmeal, $1.50, buy 2
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy 4
Kroger Value peanut butter, $1.49
Canned vegetable, allowed for .99
Jelly, allowed for $2.00
Kroger Value spaghetti sauce, $1.15
Parmesan, allowed for $3
Ramen noodles, allowed for .50 for two pkgs.

Sprouts
Iceberg lettuce, .69 each, buy 2
Large vine ripe tomatoes, .69 lb., buy 2 lbs.
Italian squash, zucchini, .69 lb.
Red or yukon gold potatoes, .69 lb, buy 2 lbs.
Large green bell peppers, 3/$1, buy one at .33
Large tangelos, .69 lb, buy 6 lbs. if you want
cucumbers, 2/$1, buy one at .50
Extra lean ground beef, $1.88 lb., buy 4 lbs. at $7.52
D'angou (organic) pears, .69 lbs, buy 4 lbs. if you want, at $2.76
Fresh eggplant, .69 each, buy 2
Washington Braeburn apples, .69 lb, buy 6 lbs. at $4.14

Items not on grocery list:
Mayonnaise
mustard
oil
sugar
flour

Other great buys this week:
gourmet 6 oz. stuffed salmon, $3.49-Sprouts, great for a grown up dinner to celebrate the New Year
Fresh pork butt, $1.99 lb.-Fry's
Boneless roasts, buy one, get one free-Bashas
Cantaloupes, 3 lbs./$1-Bashas (we can't elope, we're already married, LOL)
Martinellis sparkling cider, $1.99-Bashas
Large cheese deli pizza, $4.99-Bashas
Rancher's Reserve roast, $1.88 lb.-Safeway
Large cantaloupes, .99 ea.-Safeway
Orange juice, $1.99-Fresh & Easy
Del Monte bananas-Fresh& Easy
boneless skinless chicken breasts, $1.57 lb.-albertson's
Roma tomatoes, 2 lbs./$1-Albertson's
Coupons in ad for Albertsons:
mini carrots, .99 for 1#
Albertson's apples juice, .99 limit 2
Albertson's sandwich bread, .88, limit 4
Albertson's cr. cheese, .77, limit 2
Albertson's large eggs, $1.88, for 18 ct., limit 2

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Jalepeno poppers

These look great for snacking for New Year's Eve.

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/07/bacon-wrapped_j/

or this variation from her cookbook:

BBQ Jalapeno Poppers
from the Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook, pg. 14

18 fresh jalapenos
one 8 oz. package cream cheese
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 green onion, sliced
18 slices thin bacon, cut into halves
Bottled BBQ sauce
toothpicks
rubber gloves or plastic bags for working with the jalapenos

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.

Cut jalapenos in half legthwise, wish a spoon scrape out the seeds and membranes. If you want some heat, leave some seeds or membranes. Don't touch with your hands and then to your eyes after handling the peppers.

In a bowl, comine the softened cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and chopped green onion. Mix the ingredients together gently.

Stuff each hollowed jaapeno half with the cheese mixture.

Wrap bacon slices around each half, covering as much of the surface as you can. Be careful not to stretch the bacon too tightly around the jalapeno, b/c it will contract.

Brush the surface of the bacon with your favorite BBQ sauce. Chutney or apricot jelly works well, also.

Secure the jalapenos with toothpicks and pop them in the oven for 1 hour, or until the bacon is sizzling.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A challenge to myself

I hesitate to call it a New Year's resolution because I never get past the planning stages or maybe one or two days of execution with those. So I will call it a challenge. And if I write about it or let others know about it, it might actually become something more than a wish. My friend Sooz suggested that we make a deal with one another starting in a week. To go through one drawer, or box, or cabinet each day and organize and dejunk it by throwing or putting away the contents that are unused or unneeded. One a day until we've purged our homes/garages of all of the useless crap, junk, clutter or whatever that we have accumulated in five, ten, fifteen or twenty years. You know, that stray nail in the junk drawer, the flashlight that doesn't work but we keep it anyway, the bell or missing part to whatever that we are sure we will need or fix in the next five years. I am giving myself a little leeway on some of the bigger sites and will give myself two days if I need it so I won't get discouraged. You are all welcome to take the challenge with us.

Monday, December 28, 2009

A few things worth noting

A few things worth noting before ads and sales get back to normal. Or if you didn't get all of the things you need for the next few days when the sales were going before Christmas.

Sprouts has grapefruit for .19 each.

Fry's has Boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.57/lb.
Also Hass Avocados at Fry's for 2/$1. I want to try out my Foodsaver and freeze these for guac in the future. Never have done it before but hear it works beautifully to do it that way.
Also at Fry's, Dole Premium Classic salads, $1
Stouffer's Lasagne, or chicken enchiladas, $9.99(could be an easy dinner)
Lay's Potato chips or Doritos, 2/$4
Bar S jumbo meat franks, .99

At Fresh & Easy Mother's Joy Corn Flakes, .98
Iceberg lettuce, 2 bell pepper, l lb. tomatoes, or 2 lbs. of yellow onions, 2 lbs. of carrots, all .98 ea.
Beef slider patties for $2.99 and slider buns for .99
Farmland hot dog or Pantry Select hot dog buns for .88
Fresh & Easy popcorn chicken for $2.99
Farmer John Polish sausage or hot links, $2.99
Fresh & easy shredded or block cheese, $1.99

Safeway has sweet navel oranges for 3 lbs./$1
Also have the Hass avocaos for 2/$1
93% lean ground beef for $1.88 lb.
Dennison's chili for .69 can
Freshetta pizza for $3.99
Gala or granny apples for .99 lb.

So, you could have breakfast one morning for aproximately $2, assuming you already have milk. Five grapefruit(Sprouts) and a box of corn flakes(Fresh & Easy). Add on $2.29 for a gallon of milk at Fresh & Easy if you need milk.

You could do fresh oranges and toast one morning for breakfast on the cheap. Around $2 if you buy the navels at Safeway and the bread at Fry's (Kroger Value brand, .88)

You could have grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch or dinner for aproximately $2.88 if you get a block of cheese at Fresh & Easy and a loaf of bread at Fry's, Kroger Value, .88.

You could have hot dogs for lunch or dinner for under $2 using hot dogs and buns from Fresh & Easy. Add a bag of potato chips from Fry's for $2 extra if you want.

Grilled chicken and salad or grilled chicken salad for around or just under $5 with chicken and salad mix from Fry's.

Sliders for $4 with patties and buns from Fresh & Easy. There looks to be 6 patties and 6 buns in the packages.

You could have chili for dinner or lunch for aproximately $2 or under (3 cans will set you back $2.07. I feed my family of four on 3 cans. And one is a big teenage eating machine, however, you may need 4 cans, $2.76) using the canned Dennison's from Safeway. Or team up with grilled cheese sandwiches.

If you still have company and are tired of making "feasts" every few hours, go for the Stouffer's lasagne (or chicken enchiladas) for one night for $9.99 at Fry's. Add a bagged salad for $1 and boom, you're in business. It doesn't say on the ad whether it's Party Size or Family Size. I am assuming it's the larger sized lasagne. I may be wrong though. I havn't been to Fry's yet to check it out. If you have a smaller family this could also come off very economical for you when you figure that you can probably get 2 dinners out of this, and possibly some leftovers to use as take to the office lunches. Freeze what you don't eat the first night (or divide two equal portions to insure two meals, put in a smaller casserole, they may even think you may it from scratch that way) and microwave for the next lasagne dinner or freeze in individual portions in plastic wrap or tupperware for lunch or dinner for those who work late or have odd schedules in your family.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Red Velvet Cake Bread Pudding

I saw Paula Deen make this last week on one of her cooking shows and thought it sounded intriguing for people in love with Red Velvet Cake. Here is the link if this sounds like something worthy of putting on your Christmas menu.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/red-velvet-bread-pudding-recipe/index.html

Friday, December 18, 2009

Menu for what's on sale, Dec. 18-Dec. 24, but two week's worth of menus

I have a two week plan this time around because of how it is during the holidays. My computer is down, so here I sit at the library with 45 minutes left to my session hoping that my fingers work fast enough to get it all down. Here I go.

$172.85
But remember, this is for two weeks

And if you have a Fresh & Easy $5 off of $50 purchase use it at Fry's
If you have the other coupons from the internet for Fresh & Easy, use them also at Fry's
NOTE: 12/22, the competitor's coupons are no longer being honored at Fry's.

Breakfast
1-Corn Flakes
2-Waffles, cocoa
3-Corn Flakes, apple juice
4-Ham, egg biscuit
5-Pancakes, cocoa
6-Bagels, cream cheese
7-Christmas french toast bake, apple juice
8-Chocolate chip pancakes
9-English muffin egg sandwich
10-corn flakes, cocoa
11-Eggs, toast, apple juice
12-Egg biscuit, cocoa
13-Corn Flakes
14-New Year's brunch
Bagels, cream cheese, sausage links, eggs, fruit, cinnamon rolls, orange juice

Lunch
1-Tuna sandwich, orange, cookie
2-Quesadillas, apple
3-Ham sandwich, orange
4-Grilled cheese sandwich, cookie
5-Ramen noodles, cookie
6-Tuna sandwich, orange, or PB&J sandwich
7-Christmas
8-Turkey quesadillas, apple
9-Ramen noodles, orange
10-Leftover homemade pizza, clementines
11-Turkey sandwich, apple
12-Tuna sandwich, cookie
13-PB&J sandwich, clementine
14-New Year's brunch

Dinner
1-Ham, funeral potatoes, canned veg.
2-Ham and cheese omeletts
3-Baked potato with broccoli and cheese topping, sour cream
4-Spaghettic, bagette
5-Fish sticks, canned veg., jello/mandarin orange salad
6-Clam chowder, bagette, green salad
7-Christmas
Turkey
Stuffing
Mashed potatoes
Gravy
Green beans
Raspberry cranberry juice (add sprite for punch, I can't remember now where, Bashas for $1,I have 33 minutes left)

2 Sara Lee pies for $2.88 with coupon in ad, I did not include in the total

8-Leftovers or Turkey Cottage Pie
9-Homemade cheese pizza, make enough for lunch on the next day
10-Taco soup, sour cream, cheese, cornbread
11-Roast, potatoes, carrots, biscuits
12-Spaghetti, vegs.
13-New Year's Eve
Chicken cream cheese roll ups
Garlic mashed potatoes
frozen veg.
Smart Sunday rolls
14-New Year's dinner
Spinach salad with craisins, feta, raspberry vinniagrette and sugared pecans
Bagette

Dessert options:
ice cream
cake or cake mix cookies
cookies
buy apples for extra and make an apple crisp

Albertson's
Broccoli, .39 lb., buy 3 lbs.
Stove top stuffing, $1
Pictsweet vegs., .77, buy 2

Bashas
Cook's smoked ham, .97 lb., aprox. 10 lbs. at $9.70
10 lbs. russet potatoes, .97, you may need 2 lbs., see how much for your family
Clementines, $2.37
Norbest Prem. turkey, .49 lb., buy a ten lb. bird
Bashas milk, $1.59, buy 4
stokely's vegs, 20/$10, make sure one is corn for the taco soup, buy 4
Jello 2/$1, buy 2
Krusteaz corn bread mix, $1.99
Nestle cocoa mix, $1.50 buy 2
Bashas English muffins, .99
thomas bagels, $2.50, buy 2
Food Club grape jelly, $1.50
Food Cub pancake mix, $1.99
Bashas eggs, $1.39, buy 5
Food Club cheese, $1, buy 6, make sure one is mozzarella for the pizza
Daisy sour cream, 2/$3, buy 2
Betty Crocker cake mix, $1
Clams, allow for $3 for canned
Half and Half, allow for $3
Raspberry jam for vinniagrette., allowed for $3
You may want to buy a bag of rice for variety, I didn't allow for this.

Fry's
Ocean Spray Cran. juice, $1.88
Kroger cream cheese, .88, buy 2, NOTE (20 Dec. 09): buy 3, I didn't realize I would need 3, add an extra .88 to the total.
Kroger jumbo biscuits, .97, buy 3
Farmer John links, .97
Dreyers ice cream, $2.27
Hormel bacon, $2.99
Pillsbury cinn. rolls, $1.88
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy 5
Kroger Value apple juice, $1.29, buy 2
Kroger Value p-nut butter, $1.49
syrup, allowed for $2
tomato, 2 cans, allowed for $1.20, buy 2
tomato sauce, allowed for .50, buy 2
taco seas. .99
lettuce, allowed for $2
spinach, allowed for $3
craisins, allowed for $3
Ramen noodles, allowed for .20, buy 4
Kroger value, spag sauce, $1.19, buy 3
Fry's spag., .88 buy 2
Feta allowed for $3
pecans, allowed for $4
Kroger Value cookies, $1.19, buy 2
Orange juice, allowed for $3
chives, allowed for $2
carrots, allowed for $1
onion, $1

Safeway
Boneless beef chuck roast, $1.99, buy 4 lbs., have some ground for taco soup
Gorton's seafood fish sticks, 18 ct., $2.99
Kelloggs corn flakes, .99, buy 3
Nextle choc. chips, $1.89
Bush's black beans, $1

Sprouts
Navel oranges, .19 lb., buy 10 lbs., $1.90
Red or gold apples, .88 lb., buy 10 lbs., at $8.80
green beans, .99 lb. for Christmas dinner
chicken, $1.99, buy 4 lbs.

Walgreen's
Tuna, .69, buy 3 cans

Check everything carefully, I have 11 min. left, am going to check buy may have missed something. I did not look up recipes on the internet this time, google if you need to.
Sorry, this is lacking so much. A lot of basic inged. have not been added to the grocery list.

Happy Holidays to all


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
from Margie M.

1 cup white sugar
1 cup light Karo corn syrup
1 cup peanut butter, smooth or chunky
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

Topping:
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips

Instructions:
Spray a large bowl and a 9x13 pan with not-stick cooking spray.

Measure out the Rice Krispies into that large bowl.

Put sugar and Karo into a saucepan and cook on your stovetop over medium heat just until it comes to a rolling boil. Remove from heat immediately and stir in the peanut butter until melted and smooth. (The longer it boils the harder/tougher the treats).

Fold peanut butter mixture into the Rice Krispies until evenly incorporated. Then pour into the 9x13 pan. Gently push it to fill the pan and lightly even the top so it is level with the back of your mixing spoon. Do not pack tightly.

Melt the chocolate chips and butterscotch chips together. I put them into my 2-cup siz Pyrex measuring cup and microwave them on defrost until melted. Stir until well blended. Spread on the cooled peanut butter treats. Let the 'frosting' set up before cutting and serving. This can take a long time. I put the pan into my freezer for 5 minutes or so until the chocolate sets. Cut, serve and enjoy!

English Toffee

Hands down. This is my favorite English Toffee recipe ever. And my mother and aunt used to make an English Toffee recipe for years in an electric fry pan. I like this recipe a teensy weensy bit better than the electric fry pan version. I don't make it any more, can't keep it in the house because I end up eating it all. It doesn't help to freeze it, because I like it that way also. And of all the things that I hide from the family so they won't eat it in 30 seconds or less and then can't remember where I've put it, yeah, I know that I would remember where I hid the toffee. And to make it better or worse, depending on how you look at it, the year I made this to give as gifts my husband had bought a case of Dove candy bars at Costco. So that was the chocolate that I used on top of the toffee. oooooooooooooo........

English Toffee
from Kim P.

1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 teasoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
chopped walnuts
Cadbury bar or Hershey bar


Stir in heavy pot over medium heat until mixture turns the color of a brown paper bag (aproximately ten minutes). Pour the mixture over chopped walnuts that have been layed out and patted onto a baking sheet. The mixture will not cover the entire baking sheet, just a big circle of it in the middle. Place milk chocolate squares on top while still hot, let them melt and then spread the chocolate evenly over the toffee. This can be put in the freezer at this point to speed up setting a enjoying. Caution: Do not attempt to double this recipe. It doesn't work.

NOTE: While the mixture is boiling, and this is where it gets a bit quirky, I go to my cabinet and pull out a brown paper bag to match up the mixture to the bag so that I get it right. I also prefer pecans to walnuts, so that is the kind of nut I usually use with this. Also, I stored this in the freezer after it was made and put in gift bags to hand out. One batch got funny white spots on the chocolate from doing this. I'm sure it was just a cocoa butter thing and not some deadly freezer virus. It was a shame, I had to eat it, couldn't hand it out looking like that. So store at room temperature, I would think, unless you're saving it for you and like it frozen. Room temperature in winter in Phoenix. Not room temperature in spring, summer or fall in Phoenix. If you live elsewhere, your room temp. is probably fine all year long. I'm rambling. This stuff is good even when you mess up and it doesn't get to that hard crack stage and it's soft like a cookie.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Caramel Corn

Nora's Caramel Corn
from Nora N.

2 bags of popped microwave popcorn. After popping, put in a bowl so that the unpopped kernals go to the bottom and you can easily pull the popped popcorn out and away from them.

1 Cup brown sugar
1 cube butter
1/4 Cup corn syrup
1/4 tsp. baking soda
one brown paper grocery bag

Pop popcorn. In a deep glass bowl measure out and put brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, baking soda in bowl and microwave until boiling. I stirred a couple of times while cooking. Boil in microwave until sugar is no longer grainy and butter and other ingredients mix together. Put popcorn in a brown paper grocery bag (do this before the caramel is done), pour hot caramel on top, fold over top edges of bag and shake until well coated. Pour caramel corn out onto a Pam coated baking sheet and spread out so that it can cool and set.

Peanut Clusters



This is my easy no brainer treat for the holidays that my family devours

Chocolate Covered Peanut Clusters

1 package of chocolate coating, like for almond bark
1 can of salted peanuts or any nut you like (I tried it with cashew pieces and really liked it)

Melt the chocolate coating in the microwave in a deep bowl according to package directions. Stir well. Dump the nuts into the chocolate, stir, spoon out by teaspoons onto parchment or waxed paper. Let set for about an hour.

Wassail

I have a wonderful memory of our dear friends Judy and John bringing us this Wassail at Christmas time one year with a set of pretty cups

Wassail
from Judy D.

Boil 4 cups of water with 1 1/4 cups of sugar
Add 12 whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
4 whole allspice berries

Cover and turn off the heat and let stand for one hour.

Add 3 cups of frozen orange juice concentrate and 2 cups of frozen lemonaid concentrate.
Mix in 2 quarts of apple cider.

If this is too strong, you can add in more water (I think that I do when I make this up)



Sunday Afternoon Wassail

This is a lame recipe, measurement wise. It's an eyeball, test with a spoon kind of recipe. Which means that I haven't perfected nor written down measurements yet.

When I don't have apple juice or frozen lemonaid concentrate in the house and Wassail sounds good, this is what I make. And apple juice doesn't agree with some of us, but no problem with the dried stuff, so it works out great.

6-7 packets of spiced apple cider mix
6-7 cups of water
couple of glugs of reconstituted lemon juice
enough sugar to make it sweet enough
a splash or two of orange juice or the juice of one or two oranges, clementines, whatever is rolling around in the fruit bin
two cinnamon sticks
some whole cloves, about 5-6
some allspice berries, about 5-6

I put it all in a pan to warm on the stove and I test and taste and test until it tastes right to me, adding more lemon juice, sugar or maybe a half pack more of apple cider mix until it's perfect. Put leftovers in a jar or pitcher for the next day. It's better the next day, the spices have mulled together with the juices. Wonderful microwaved up to have with breakfast.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Rumaki

Bacon cut into fourths, water chestnut on top
Rolled and secured with a toothpick and lined
up on a baking sheet.
Top couple of rows have been dipped in BBQ
sauce and the rest haven't. Need to be dipped
and then go back into the oven for a second baking.


Rumaki

3/4 lb. of bacon
2 cans of water chestnuts
1 bottle BBQ sauce

I cut the bacon into fourths, then I wrap each water chestnut and secure with a toothpick. Put them on a baking sheet and cook at 450 degrees for 20-30 minutes until the bacon is almost done. Take out and carefully drain the grease off of the baking sheet. I then put the BBQ sauce into a small bowl a little bit at a time and dip each bacon covered water chestnut into the sauce and put back onto the baking sheet. Then cook another 5-10 minutes being careful not to burn. The more sugar in the BBQ sauce, the quicker it will cook. Remove from oven when bacon looks done. Let cool for a few minutes, then serve. Or make ahead, refrigerate and then microwave to heat when your guests arrive.

I am estimating that 2 cans makes aproximately 60 pieces. I didn't count but when I packed them up to take to the party they all fit into an 8x8 pyrex dish and didn't look like a lot. They got gobbled up fast also.

Your baking sheet will be nasty after baking. Pour some water on it and let it sit for a couple of hours before trying to clean it.

Asparagus Beef Roll Ups

Roast beef slices in halves, spread with horseradish
sauce and blanched cooled spears of asparagus layed
on top. Looks like a flag doesn't it? Or if you're LDS
I couldn't help but think of the Title of Liberty. LOL.

Those "five flags" all rolled up.

All of them, all bundled up in their roast beef
blankies, nestled together and ready to go out into the cold (45 degrees, I know it's laughable) to the party. The above picture is pretty much one and a half pounds of asparagus. When we do have leftovers of these, they make a pretty tasty cold lunch. My daughter would even like them in her lunch.

I guarantee you, if you serve these to a crowd where there are asparagus lovers that the plate will be clean in about 30 minutes.

Asparagus Beef Roll Ups
Jenni C.

Asparagus
Roast beef slices, deli style
horseradish cream or sauce

Rinse the asparagus and snap it at the stems to trim. Blanch or steam in water until crisp tender, drain. Then I just add ice cubes to the pan of hot asparagus to stop the cooking process. Then drain and put on paper toweling and blot dry. Lay out roast beef, cut slices in half or thirds, spread a little horseradish sauce on top, then lay an asparagus spear on top and roll up. In the picture it looks like I have spread a lot of horseradish sauce on. I made my own out of sour cream, lemon juice, and horseradish so it wasn't very hot. Beware of how much prepared horseradish sauce you put on the roast beef slices. Do remaining spears. Chill.

Budget menu for what's on sale Dec. 9-Dec. 15

I know what you're thinking. "I'm not going to six store to shop for a week's worth of groceries this week. I'm busy, I have to take the kids with me, in and out of car seats and stores." That's fine, you know best how you operate and some things just aren't worth going to one store to save 50 cents for. So you decide how best to do it this week.

Breakfast
1-Pancakes
2-French toast
3-Pancakes, Sunny D
4-Cinnamon toast
5-Eggs, toast
6-Cherry crepes, see http://www.bbonline.com/recipe/tudorose_co_recipe1.html
7-Pancakes

Lunch
1-Turkey or ham sandwich, apple, cookie
2-PB&J sandwich, orange, Cheez-its
3-Turkey or ham sandwich, orange, cookie
4-PB&J sandwich, apple, cookie
5-PB&J sandwich, orange, cheez-its
6-Cottage cheese fruit salad, leftover pizza if any
7-Cheese quesadillas, carrots, grapes

Dinner
1-Pork chops, canned vegetable of choice, roasted potatoes
2-Spaghetti, sourdough bread
3-Bear Creek soup, crescent rolls
4-Chicken thighs, canned vegetable, garlic mashed potatoes
5-Pizza from Bashas
6-Leftovers
7-London broil, Beef teriyaki and zucchini kebobs, Rice. Recipe for the Beef Teriyake Kebobs at the side.

Dessert possibilities:
Rice pudding, recipe at the side
apple crisp if you buy more apples, they are cheap this week, recipe at the side

$75.73

Albertson's
Red seedless grapes, .99 lb.
Albertson's butter, $1.47
Libby's vegetables, 2/$1, buy 2

Bashas'
Bashas half gallon milk, .97, buy 4
Bashas cottage cheese, .97
Bashas eggs, $1.29, buy 3
Food Club cheese, .99
Farmland assorted pork chops, .99 lb., aproximately 5 lb. packages, for $5
American Chef ham or turkey, $2.50
16 inch cheese pizza in the deli, $4.99
Food Club fruit, .99
5 lb. bag of butter gold or red potatoes, $2.50
Sourdough bread, $1.49
Rice, allowed for $2.50

Fresh & Easy
Comstock cherry pie filling, $2.79

Fry's
Hunt's pasta sauce, .88
Barilla pasta, .88
Keebler chips deluxe cookies, $1.88
Cheez-Its crackers, $1.88
Kroger mini carrots, $1.00
Sunny D punch, $1.00
aunt Jemima pancake mix, $2.99
Bear Creek soup mix, 2/$7, buy 1
Cresent rolls, $1.88
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy five or count and buy four if you think that's enough
Flour tortillas, I've allowed for $2.50
Kroger Value peanut butter, I've allowed for $1.49

Safeway
London broil, $1.77 lb., 2 lbs., $3.54
Chicken thighs, drumsticks or leg quarters, .99 lbs, buy 2 lbs.
Braeburn or Granny Smith apples, .47 lb.

Sprouts
Italian or yellow squash, .88 lb.

Items not listed:
syrup
jelly
mayonnaise
powdered sugar
soy sauce
molasses
spices, ginger, garlic
salsa if wanted for quesadillas

Friday, December 11, 2009

Wheat bread

My friend Laura makes the best wheat bread. She showed several of her friends how to do it before she went to live on an island in the Caribbean. For reals. So this week I've been making bread from her recipe and reconnecting with the grinding wheat, kneading bread part of myself. OK, OK, I'll fess up and tell you that I use a Bosch mixer. And an electric wheat grinder. This is really good bread. My picky eater kid loves it. And Laura wants me to tell you all that she swaps out sugar for the honey because food prices are so high on Stacia and sugar is cheaper than honey. She said that it tastes the same. Like I said before, I do this in a Bosch mixer and it's really, really full. It will makes funny noises, dough will swirl over the top of the dough hook and the lid will pop off occassionally but it will be fine. And now, because I made 3 batches in 3 days, which translates into 15 loaves, I now know that I can get 15 loaves of bread out of one #10 can of my food storage wheat.

Laura's White Wheat Bread
from Laura P.

6 C. warm water
1/3 C. honey (or same amount of sugar)
3 Tablespoons yeast

Combine above ingredients in your mixer, put the lid on and let it grow and eat and work it's magic for 15 or more minutes.

Then add:

2-3 Tablespoons dough enhancer (optional)
1/3 C. wheat gluten(optional)
2 Tablespoons salt
1/3 C. oil
14-17 C. Flour (flour ground from white wheat and some white flour)

I add the dough enhancer, wheat gluten, salt and oil and then I start adding the flour. You don't need to add dough enhance and wheat gluten if you don't have it or don't want to buy it. I think that it makes a difference but when I do it without, the bread is still yummy and light. Add half white and half wheat flour if you want a lighter loaf. I start adding the wheat flour. Laura's recipe calls for 14-17 C. but I don't think that I use that much. I add around 8 C. of the white wheat flour, then I mix. Then I start adding the white flour and mixing until the dough cleans the sides of the mixing bowl when turned onto the highest speed. Then I adjust and test by feeling the dough. If the dough is slightly tacky then I knead on highest speed for 5 minutes in the mixer. I test again after the five minutes or during to make sure that the dough is still the tackiness that I want it to be. I then turn it into an oiled bowl and flip it over so that the top is oiled also. I put plastic wrap on it loosely and allow it to rest for 10 minutes. I put oil on the counter and grease my bread pans with oil. Separate the dough into five portions, oil hands and shape the loaf by slapping the portion of dough onto the counter until flat and smooth. Then roll into a loaf shape, pinching off the bottom and the sides, lay it in the loaf pan and rub with oil to prevent drying. Cover loosely with plastic wrap or a tea towel and let rise, aproximately one hour. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes. Pull out of pan almost immediately onto a rack to prevent steaming in the pans. Rub the tops with butter while hot if desired.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Resonance Vocal Ensemble

Go to www.resonanceve.com and click onto events for concert dates through Dec. by Resonance Vocal Enemble. Some locations are free.

Menu with what's on sale for the week Dec. 2-Dec.8

I certainly hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. That was a nice little break after the holiday from the frenzy of grocery shopping, however the ads are up again and there are lots of great prices this week.

$76.72 total
-$5.00 if you have a $5.00 off of a $20.00 purchase from Fresh and Easy used at Albertsons
$71.72
-$5.00 if you have a $5.00 off of a $20.00 purchase from Fresh and Easy used at Fry's
$66.72
-$2.98 if you have other manufacturer's coupons this week. See http://www.couponsense.com/
$63.74 total after coupons

The $5.00 off of $20.00 purchase coupon came to me through an email from Fresh and Easy.
Leave a comment and the end of this post if you want me to have Fresh and Easy send you a coupon. I will need your email address but I will delete the comment once I send it to you. The coupon expires on Dec. 6.

Breakfast
1-Oatmeal, toast
2-Oatmeal, pear slices
3-Cold cereal, hot chocolate (If you want to save $1.99 from your total, omit the cold cereal and add another day of oats here.)
4-Oatmeal
5-Chocolate chip pancakes (made from Bisquick baking mix)
6-Oatmeal, toast, hot chocolate
7-Breakfast tacos

Lunch
1-Tuna sandwich, apple
2-PB&J sandwich, orange, cookie
3-Tuna sandwich, orange
4-PB&J sandwich, apple, carrot sticks
5-Tuna sandwich, clementines, cookie
6-PB&J sandwich, orange
7-Pork sandwich, cookie

Dinner
1-Spaghetti, salad (If you want to add Pomegranate to the salad, from Bashas, add $1.50 to the total)

2-Stuffed green peppers (four pepper halves stuffed with Rice A Roni and some ground beef if desired), steamed carrots

3-Crustless spinach quiche, vegetable. See http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Crustless-Spinach-Quiche/Detail.aspx for a recipe for Crustless spinach quiche.

4-Pork roast, scalloped potatoes, vegetable, cheddar biscuits (recipe on side, omit green onions)

5-Meat loaf, vegetable, mashed potatoes. Prepare Jell-O for tomorrow night's dinner while preparing tonight's meal if you can't do it in the morning.

6-Meat loaf sandwich, Jello salad (recipe below) (use some plain oats if desired for the meatloaf)

7-Lasagne, vegetable (recipe at side)

Dessert:
Cake mix cookies (recipe at side and below several posts)
Blackberry shortcakes (recipe for shortcakes on the box of the Bisquick mix)

Whipped cream Jello

1 6 oz. package of Jello gelatin, any flavor, I like strawberry or cherry
1 8 oz. container of heavy cream

Make up the package of Jello or gelatin according to directions on the package. Set until firm in the refrigerator. In another bowl, whip up the heavy cream with a wisk or hand mixer. Add sugar to taste and 1/2 to 1 tsp. of vanilla to taste. Break up the set gelatin by stirring gently with a spoon. Add the whipped cream and gently fold in. Return to refrigerator until time to serve.

Grocery List:
Albertson's
Ground beef, 93% lean with purchase of 5# or more, $1.77 lb. Buy 5# at $8.85
Albertsons large eggs, 10/$10, buy 2
Albertsons butter, $1
Farmland sausage, $1
Betty Crocker potatoes, $1, buy one scalloped or au gratin and one mashed at $2
Nestle hot cocoa mix, $1
Calidad tortillas, $1
Pillsbury cake mix, .79, buy 2
Libby's canned vegetables, .50, buy 4 at $2.00
Albertson whipping cream, .79, buy 2
Fresh carrots, 2# bag, $1
Fresh express spinach, $1.50

Total came to $24.51 so if you want to use a $5.00 off of a $20.00 purchase Fresh and Easy internet coupon, you can bringing the total down to $19.51

Bashas
California navel oranges, 3#/.99. Buy 8 lbs. at $2.64
Bashas milk, $1.58, buy 2, there is a limit of 2, $3.16
****General Mills cereals, $1.99, if you choose not to buy the Post cereal at Fry's
Hunt's Pasta sauce, .88, buy 3 at $2.64
American Beauty pasta, .88
Welch's jelly or jam, $1.58
Skippy peanut butter, $1.58
Bisquick, $2.99
Food Club lasagne noodes, $1.99

Fry's
Boneless 1/2 pork loin, $1.77 lb, buy aprox. 4 lbs. at $7.08
Cutie Clementines, $2.37 for 3# bag
Chicken of the Sea tuna, 20/$10, buy 3 cans at $1.50
Fry's cottage cheese, $1
Rice A Roni, $1
Jell-O gelatin, $1
Post cereal, $1.99 or General Mills cereal from Bashas for $1.99
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy 4 loaves at $3.52
Pears, $1 lb.
Kroger chocolate chips, $1

Total came to $21.46 You'll need a total of $20 to use the Fresh and Easy $5 off coupon at Fry's. It will bring the total down to $16.46

Sprouts
Oats, 2 lbs./$1, buy 3# at $1.50
Blackberries, .77
Green bell peppers, 2/$1, buy 2
Red delicious apples, .69 lb., buy 8# at $5.52

Walgreen's
Deerfield Farms cheese with in ad coupon, 2/$3, limit 4. Buy 3 shredded pkgs. at $4.50

Items not included in the grocery list:
Mayonnaise
sugar
vanilla
pancake syrup
oil


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Twice Baked Potatoes

Last year I made these to have for dinner Christmas day. I made up the whole bag of potatoes and froze them since my kids love twice baked potatoes. They didn't last that long but for as long as they did, my kids could pull a potato out of the freezer and pop it into the microwave for a quick snack or lunch during Winter break. So I'm thinking this year that I may make the twice baked potatoes a week ahead, freeze and if I can keep people from eating them before Christmas, my potatoes will be done and all I will have to do is warm them in the microwave or oven for Christmas dinner.

Twice baked potatoes

Potatoes, one per person (?)
sour cream
butter
chopped cooked bacon or bacon pieces
chopped green onion
shredded cheddar
garlic salt if desired
salt and pepper

Wash potatoes and pierce with a fork or knife and place uncovered on a baking sheet. Bake potatoes in the oven at 350 for about an hour depending on their size. While still hot but cool enough to handle, slice a part of the top of the potato off, scoop out flesh into a bowl and leave shells intact on baking sheet. Add some butter, milk, sour cream to flesh and mash with a masher. When desired consistency add bacon, cheese and green onion and salt and pepper. Fill into shells, top with more cheese and bake until hot or until cheese melts if they are already hot. You can freeze before baking if you want.

If you want to, instead of a whole potato for one serving, you could slice the potato in half after baking making two servings from one potato. Do this if the potatoes are big or if there are a lot of children you may be serving.

Bacon/Cheese Chicken Roll-Ups

This is what we usually have for dinner on Christmas Eve. The family loves it. I usually make double the amount b/c they love it cold or warmed up for lunches or for a leftovers night. I don't eat chicken so I make mine out of pork or veal. The recipe calls for "cutlets", thin style. I use a regular chicken breast or pork chop that I've pounded thin with a meat mallet between two pieces of plastic wrap to keep meat parts from flying all over. I think what I'm going to do this year is to pound the meat out a week or two ahead of time, then freeze flat between pieces of wax paper or plastic wrap then put in a ziplock bag. When I defrost for Christmas Eve, the main time element to the dish will have already been done. Big thing to remember in doing this dish is to not cross contaminate all of the ingredients while you are assembling since you will have chicken or pork fingers, so I pull out piles of the ingredients with clean hands and work from the piles. If I need more, then I go back with clean hands to the package of bacon, or stick of butter or package/tub of cream cheese.

Bacon/Cheese Chicken Roll-Ups
from Cooks.com

Boneless chicken breast (cutlets, thin style)
Cream cheese with chives (I use regular cream cheese and add chopped fresh chives if I can find them, if not dried, on top of the cream cheese)
Butter
Bacon

Lay out cutlets on working surface. Place in center of each cutlet approximately 2 tablespoons cream cheese and 1/2 talbspoon butter (in meatball shape). I also salt and pepper the cutlet before adding the cream cheese. I add chopped chives at this point b/c I hardly ever buy the chive cream cheese. Roll up cutlet around cheese and butter. Wrap 1 slice bacon around each roll (I might use 1 1/2 slices, try to cover all the chicken roll). Place, seam side down, in shallow pan. Bake in 400 degree oven approximately 40 minutes or until chicken is tender and juices run clear. Bacon should be golden. I sometimes turn the broiler on at this point to crisp up the bacon a little. This dish can be prepared ahead of time and baked just before serving.

You can serve with bread dressing, or a rice pilaf or plain rice, wild rice dish, or scalloped or cheesy potatoes, or buttered herbed noodles and a vegetable.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cranberry sauce


I made cranberry sauce for the first time ever this morning. Yay. It turned out great. I may never go back to the canned stuff. My daughter was eating it for breakfast and saying how yummy it was. I just followed the recipe for whole berry sauce on the package of the Ocean Spray cranberries.

Cranberry sauce
Ocean Spray recipe

1 C. water
1 C. sugar
One 12 oz. bag of Ocean Spray fresh or frozen cranberries

Bring water and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add cranberries and return to a boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring occassionally. Pour sauce into a bowl, cover and cool completely at room temperature. Refrigerate until serving time. Makes 2-1/4 Cups.

Cake Mix Cookies

If anyone is still with me this week, and not running around like a turkey with her head cut off...... I went to Albertson's last evening to get the Betty Crocker frosting and cake mixes on sale. If you buy five at a time, the cake mixes are .69. That is the lowest that I've seen cake mixes for awhile. Unfortunatley the rewards only work one per transaction. So today I will be back to Albertson's, and then tomorrow I will be back, and then the day after that.....maybe. Below is a recipe for Cake Mix Cookies. .69 and you can make cookies for your family. There is also a really good recipe on the "Chocolate Garden" blog on my sidebar for big and soft homemade oreo cookies with a buttercream and cream cheese frosting blobbed in the middle of two of those bad boys. See the cookie section of that blog. You'll need two chocolate cake mixes for that recipe.

Cake Mix Cookies
Recipe from Carrie B. off of the couponsense message board

1 (18.25 oz.) package yellow cake mix
1/3 C. vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 C. semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets. Pour cake mix into a large bowl. Stir in the oil and eggs until well blended. Mix in chocolate chips. Drop y teaspoonfuls onto the prepare cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from pan to cool on wire racks.

Carrie suggests different flavored cakes mixes, ie., chocolate cake mix with white chocolate chips, carrot cake cake mix with white chocolate chips. Or you could put cream cheese frosting on the carrot cake cookies. Lemon cake mix cookies with a lemon glaze, chocolate cake mix cookies with chocolate frosting, cherry chip cake mix cookies....possibilities to suit every taste and are endless.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Budget Menu for what's on sale Nov. 17-Nov. 26

Took me a long time this time. I get distracted easily and I was planning eleven days. Don't ask me why eleven. The ad this week runs until Thursday, the 26th, which is Thanksgiving day. And then I don't think that we will get an ad until Wednesday again. The following Wednesday, as in the first Wednesday in Dec. There might be some weekend specials though, to tide us over. So the total is twice as much. But there is a BIG Thanksgiving day menu and eleven days worth of food in there. Do as little or as much as you want. I think all recipes for this week are already on the left side. I am more scattered as usual as I'm writing this, so check your grocery list carefully with your final plan for your menu.

EDIT NOTE: I bought four packages of Oscar Mayer bacon at Fry's on Sat. and received two catalina print out coupons for $2 off of my next purchase at Fry's. Which I can use to purchase more bacon and freeze. makes the bacon really cheap. There was also a coupon in Albertson's ad Sunday for buy one Bar S bacon and receive two free that could be used at Fry's this week. I haven't figured out what the bacon would end up being per package with that deal. So, no excuses to go without pork fat this week.

$129.97


$129.95
- $5.00 from Sprouts coupon
- $5.00 from Fresh and easy coupon
$119.95

Breakfast
1-Egg biscuit, cranberry juice
2-Pancakes, bacon
3-Oatmeal
4-Ham and eggs, toast
5-Cold cereal, milk
6-Pancakes, sausage
7-Oatmeal, cinnamon toast
8-Pancakes, bacon
9-Cold cereal, milk, apple juice
10-Breakfast tacos
11-Egg biscuit

Lunch
1-PB&J sandwich, banana, cookie
2-Ham sandwich, banana
3-PB&J sandwich, apple, pretzels
4-Ham sandwich, wheat thins, apple
5-Turkey sandwich, orange
6-PB&J sandwich, wheat thins, cookie
7-Turkey sandwich, animal crackers
8-Bacon sandwich, cookie
9-PB&J sandwich, orange
10-Egg salad sandwich, apple
11-PB&J sandwich, cookie, apple

Dinner
1-Ham, scalloped potatoes, vegetable (freeze ham in portions for sandwiches and meals, then thaw accordingly)

2-Grilled cheese sandwich

3-Taco soup with sour cream and cheese as accoutrements

4-Thanksgiving Dinner
Cranberry juice
Potato chips, wheat thins, carrot/celery sticks, ranch dip(sour cream with garlic salt to taste, thinned with a little milk or water to desired consistency)
Turkey
Apple/Sage dressing
Mashed Potatoes
Gravy
Cranberry sauce
Vegetable
Green bean casserole
Pretzel jello salad
Yams
Crescent rolls
Pie, whipped cream

5-Turkey Cottage pie, leftover vegs/salads

6-Baked Potatoes with leftover taco soup on top, leftover vegetables from Thanksgiving dinner

7-Spaghetti, garlic toast

8-Turkey Quesadillas, vegetable

9-Salad, crescent rolls. Use any leftover Ranch dip from Thanksgiving as salad dressing if desired, by thinning down with a little more water or milk. Or leave thick if you like it that way. throw in some dried onions or minced fresh onion if you like.

10-Ham Fried Rice, vegetables

11-Frittata, leftover vegetables

Dessert:
Ice cream
cookies

Grocery List:
Bashas
Norbest Turkey, .29 lb with $50 purchase, a 15# bird will be $4.35
Cooks smoked Ham, .99 lb., aprox. $10
Apples, .49 lb., buy 10 lbs. at $4.90
Pumpkin or apple pie, $2.99
Bashas milk, $1.49, buy 3
Flav R Pac vegetables, .69, buy 5
Bashas eggs, $1.29, buy 3
Ocean spray juice, $1.99, buy 2
Food Club butter with shocker coupon and $25 purchase, .98
Blue Bunny ice cream, $1.48 with shocker coupon and $25 purchase
Ocean Spray cranberry sauce, $1.00
Stokely's vegs, .59, corn for taco soup
Food Club tomatoes, .69, buy 2
Princella yams, $1.50
Wheat thins, $1.88
Carrots, .49 for a lb. bag
Celery, .79
Black beans, allow for .99 for a can
taco seasoning, allow for .99 for a packet
Flour tortillas, allow for $2.99, buy 2
Tomato sauce, allow for .50, buy 2
Onion, allow for $1, buy 2
Strawberry jello, allow for $1.00
Frozen strawberries, allow for $3.00
Lettuce, allow for $1.50
Tomatoes, allow for $1.00
rice, allow for $1.50

Fry's
Russet potatoes, 5 lb. bag, .58, buy 2
Heinz gravy, $1.00
Cool whip, $1.00, buy 2
Kraft Phildelphia cream cheese, $1.00
sour cream, $1.00, buy 2
Kroger shredded cheese, .97, buy 2
Kroger bar cheese, .97
Lay's Potato chips, $1.77
Oscar Mayer bacon, $1.77, buy 2 (there is a killer coupon out there, taking $1 off, see http://www.couponsense/ for more info.)
Bananas, .39 lb., buy 5 lbs.
Farmer John pork sausage links, 10/$10, buy 2 (buy 3 or 4 if you want sausage in your bread dressing for Thanksgiving day dinner)
French's fried onions, $2.99
Pillsbury Grands, $1.88, buy 2
Krusteaz Pancake mix, $2.49
Kroger pancake syrup, $2.49
Pretzel sticks, $1.50
Swanson broth, .75, buy 2
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy 6
Fry's spaghetti, .88
Kroger Value pasta sauce, $1.15
Kroger Value cereal, $1.00, buy 2
Kroger Value cookies, $1.19, buy 2
Kroger Value animal crackers, .99
Kroger Value apple juice cocktail, $1.29
Pillsbury crescents, !.88, buy 2
Oats, allow for $1.50
Campbells cream of mushroom soup, .75
Kroger Value peanut butter, $1.49

Sprouts
Oranges, .33 lb., buy 10 lbs. at $3.30
Lean ground beef, $1.99 lb., buy 3 lbs. at $5.97

Other great deals:
Mrs. Cubbisons dressing, .99-Fresh and Easy
Farmer John half ham, .77 lb-Fresh and Easy
Stove top stuffing, $1.00-Fry's
C&H brown or powdered sugar, $1.29-Bashas
Lean ground beef, $1.99 lb.-Sprouts

Ingredients not listed:
brown sugar
spices
garlic salt
you'll need more butter most likely
oil
flour
sugar
Mayonnaise
jelly

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Parsnips

My mom always had to have Parsnips at our Thanksgiving table so now sometimes I do and sometimes I don't have them at ours, because I'm the only one who will eat them. Maybe my daughter does now, I don't remember. Anyway, I think of them and I think of thanksgiving. For those of you who are clueless as to what I'm writing about, parsnips are those strange white carrot looking veggies in the produce section. They have a sweet earthy taste somewhat like a carrot but different from a carrot. There, that was clear. The thing that is clear is that there are two distinct camps when it comes to parsnips, you either hate them or you adore them.

Here is how I do it, seems like a labor intensive dish and you'll use every cooking technique while making them, but you'll be in the kitchen anyway and they can be prepared a day or two before and warmed up when you serve.

Parsnips
this is a no measure recipe

Parsnips-probably 1/2 per person if you've never had them before
butter
brown sugar
salt and pepper

So scrape or peel the parsnips like you would a carrot. Cut off the ends and I cut into chunks about 5 or 6 inches long. Cover with water and boil until tender but not mushy. Drain.

When cool enough to handle, slice lengthwise so that you have nice long and thin slices. I then fry in butter until golden or a little color on both sides but not overcooked, season with salt and pepper.

Then transfer to a casserole and dot with butter and sprinkle all slices with brown sugar. You will then bake to warm. Or do what I do and heat up in the microwave because by this time you've cooked them to death anyway. They are dead, and safe to eat by now. You can tell that I always thought this was a funny recipe or steps to take for one mere vegetable. But I must admit, now that I'm older, I am hooked and will be buying these next week to boil, fry and bake.

Parsnips are also great in stews along with the carrots. Treat them as you would a carrot if putting them in stew.


Post your favorite non traditional sounding Thanksgiving dish or recipe if you want on the comments section of this post.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Leftover Turkey Ideas

I know, early to be thinking this way, but you have to plan what you'll need that is extra from the Thanksgiving dinner, so you can get it all at once. These recipes are great because they make use of several Thanksgiving dinner ingredients.

Turkey Cranberry Sandwich on Cranberry Foccacia
This is something that DH serves in the Deli
I am working on finding a place that would sell Cranberry Foccacia b/c his vendor does not sell to the public. A soft yeast roll or yummy white bread would work well also, I think.

Ingredients:
Cranberry foccacia or rolls or bread
Whole berry cranberry sauce
Cream cheese
Mayonnaise
Green leaf lettuce
Sliced turkey

Directions:
Slice roll or foccacia in half
Spread cream cheese on top half, then a thin layer of mayo
On bottom half spread whole berry cranberry sauce on the bread, thin turkey slices on top of that, and a leaf of green leaf lettuce on top of that.
Put together and enjoy. If using a foccacia round or square, cut into pie wedges or squares


Turkey Cottage Pie
From Sara Moulton

Ingredients:
1 cup finely chopped celery
1 cup finely chopped carrot
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup turkey gravy
1 cup chicken stock or broth
1 1/2 cups bite-sized cooked turkey pieces
1/2 cup cooked peas
1/2 cup cooked carrots
1/2 cup cooked pearl onions
salt and pepper
2 cups turkey stuffing
Melted unsalted butter, as needed

Directions:
In a saucepan sweat the celery, carrot, onion and garlic in the butter, covered with a buttered round of waxed paper and the lid (or pretend you didn't hear that waxed paper instruction and don't do it), over moderately low heat for 5 minutes. Add the flour and cook the mixture over moderate heat, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the gravy, stock or broth and cook over moderate heat, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add the turkey, peas, carrots, pearl onions, salt and pepper to taste, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Trasfer the mixture to a flameproof 1 1/2-quart baking dish, and with a spatual spread the stuffing over it. Drizzle the stuffing with some melted butter. Bake the pie in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 30 minutes, or until bubbling, and put it under a preheated broiler until the top is golden brown.

Turkey Quesadillas
I saw this on one of Sandra Lee's shows

Flour tortilla
diced turkey
leftover stuffing
shredded cheddar

In a dry skillet, place a flour tortilla, layer some cheese, some turkey, some stuffing, more cheese and top with a flour tortilla. Cook until hot being careful not to burn. Cut into wedges.


Post your favorite ideas or recipes for leftover turkey in the comments section.

Turkey Enchilada Casserole or Turkey Enchiladas
see Chicken Enchilada Casserole or Chicken Enchiladas under the recipe section
Switch out turkey for chicken. Should work out fine to do so.

Up and Monsters Inc.

Some coupons for movies you may be interested in. They expire in a day or so, so hurry.

Up
http://disney.go.com/disneyvideos/animatedfilms/up/couponoffer/

Monsters Inc.
http://momstayshomewithme.com/coupons/10-coupon-for-disney-pixar-up-monsters-inc/

Friday, November 13, 2009

Out of Turkeys

My friend tells me that they are out of turkeys at the Fresh & Easy on 12th/Northern Ave. So if that's where you were headed this afternoon or tomorrow, you may want to rethink your plan. She said that they told her if she was lucky she could maybe get one on Monday. I don't know what that means but I'm assuming that they are getting a new shipment in on Monday. You may want to call your Fresh & Easy first before going if it's not a convenient trip for you.

Green Bean Casserole

I love fresh green beans. I love Tyler Florence.

Tyler Florence's green bean casserole. What's not to love.
Right on top of the recipe, it says "video". Click onto that to see Tyler prepare the casserole from an old "Food 911" episode.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/green-bean-casserole-recipe/index.html

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sesame Street Cake pops

Clearly a woman with more patience than I have, but I thought it was fun to look at and read about. The Sunday, Nov. 8 entry is what I am "talking" about.

http://www.bakerella.com

Butterball Turkey Calculator

http://www.butterball.com/tips-how-tos/tips/calculators-and-conversions

Menu for what's on sale for Nov. 11-Nov. 17

Kids are gone (to school), dogs are resting, a load of sheets going in the washer, a load going in the dryer, the sink is empty, a load of dishes going in the dishwasher, insides of french doors have been windexed, bed made, I have the budget menus drafted and ready to type up. One would think I was organized. Nawwwwwwww. I can go one further and say that I am doing all of this wearing my dog print pj's. The ones my daughter picked out for me as a gift years ago. I'm pretty sure that the Flylady (http://www.flylady.com/) would not approve. But I do have a budget menu for the week planned for you.

If you scroll down further I also have a budget Thanksgiving Dinner menu planned out with items that you can buy this week, that are on sale for what I think are great prices in Arizona, that you can store until the big day. Wouldn't it be great to go get it and be all done with it? If you have the space in your pantry and freezer, that is. All for under $25. I'm thinking that it could possibly feed 10 adults. Certainly 6-8 quite well. You'll have to judge that one with who you have coming. At my Thanksgiving table no one ever eats yams except for two or three people and the same with the cranberry sauce, so I only have one can of each listed on the grocery list. The only thing is you may think that it's too early to buy fresh potatoes. I'm thinking that they may go on sale cheaper in a week or two anyway. That was the only perishable on my list. The only perishable that couldn't be frozen, that is.

Scroll down past the Budget Thanksgiving menu and there are links for recipes for ideas for foods for Thanksgiving if you feel like doing some of it from scratch. I love looking up recipes.

Here is the Budget Menu:
$68.27

$65.27 if you have a Fresh & Easy $3 off $30 coupon that you can use at Fry's this week.
$60.27 if you have a Sprouts $5 off $25 purchase coupon that you can also use at Fry's.

Breakfast
1-Cold cereal, milk
2-Instant oatmeal, apple juice
3-Blueberry pancakes, see recipe for pancakes under "recipes"
4-Cold cereal, milk, apple juice
5-Instant oatmeal
6-French toast
7-Egg biscuit

Lunch
1-Egg salad sanwich, clementine
2-Bologna sandwich, banana
3-PB&J sandwich, apple
4-Bologna sandwich, clementine
5-PB&J sandwich, banana
6-Meat loaf sandwich, grapes
7-Bagels and cream cheese, grapes

Dinner
1-Beef pot roast, potatoes, canned vegetable of choice
2-Spaghetti with Alfredo sauce, green salad
3-Meat loaf, mashed potatoes, canned vegetable of choice
4-Bear Creek soup of choice, biscuit
5-Ground beef quesadillas, green salad
6-Chicken, stuffing, canned vegetable of choice. If desired, buy a jar of apricot preserves/jam, for extra to current total, to make Apricot chicken, see http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Apricot-Chicken-II/Detail.aspx
7-Fish fillets, canned vegetable of choice, green salad

Desserts:
Pie ala mode
Ice cream

Grocery List:
Bashas'
Boneless cross rib roast, $1.88 lb., buy aprox. 5 lbs. at $9.40
Jumbo Red Globe grapes, .79 lb., buy 2 lbs. at $1.58
Iceberg head lettuce, .79 ea.
Food Club cheese, .99
Bashas' milk, 1/2 gallon, .88, buy 4 at $3.52
Food Club jumbo biscuits, .88, buy 2
80% lean fresh gound beef, $1.38 lb., buy 5 lbs. at $4.14
Dreyers ice cream, $1.48, limit one, with shocker coupon and $25 additional purchase
Sara Lee frozen Pie, limit one, $1.48 with shocker coupon and $25 additional purchase
Bar S meat Bologna, $1.28
Tree Top apple juice, $1.69
Total came to $25.75. You need $25 in purchases to buy the pie and ice cream using the shocker coupons so make sure the meat packages you pick out come to at least the totals I have listed.

Fry's
Total came to $37.17
If you have a Fresh & Easy coupon from Wednesday's ad for $3 off of $30 purchase, you can use it for a total of $34.17
There may also be a Sprouts coupon that was sent out in the mail with the Paradise Valley Mall coupons that you can use for an additional $5.00 off. I can't find mine right now to verify information and the expiration date, I know it expires soon though. So go check if you have it.

California Cuties Clementines, $2.47 for 3 lbs.
Fry's large eggs, .97, buy 2
General Mills cereal, $1.47, buy 2
Stove top stuffing, $1
Heinz gravy, $1
Bear Creek Soup mix, $2.99
Sara Lee bagels, $1.99
Fry's instant oatmeal, $1.50
Ragu cheese sauce, $1.58
Van de Kamps fish sticks or fillets, $4.99
Kroger cream cheese, $1
Fry's spaghetti, .88
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy 4
Boneless, skinless chicken breast, $1.57 lb, buy 3 lbs. at $4.71
Bananas, .39 lb., buy 3 lbs.
Onion, .50
Flour tortillas, I've allowed $2.99

Safeway
Green Giant canned vegetables, .39, buy 4 at $1.56
Sat. and Sun. only, Gala apples, .47 lb., buy 3 lbs. at $1.41

Sprouts
Blueberries, $1.50
Roma tomatoes, .88 lb., buy one lb.

Other great deals this week:
boneless 1/2 pork loin, $1.67 lb.-Fry's
Kroger Value sugar, .97-Fry's
apples, $1 lb.-Fry's
Fall squash, $1 lb.-Fry's
Bruce's cut yams, 3/$5-Fry's
Kroger or Pictsweet frozen vegetables, .88-Fry's
Fuji apples, .77 lb.-sprouts
Bosc and Bartlett pears, .77 lb.-sprouts
Navel oranges, .77 lb.-Sprouts
Jenny O turkey, .37 lb.-Fresh & Easy
Mrs. Smith's pies, $1.99-Fresh & easy
Cool Whip, .99-Fresh & Easy
Red delicious apples, $1.49 for a 3 lb. bag-Smart & Final
Asparagus, .99 lb.-Safeway
Sat. and Sun. only, hot do buns, .79-Safeway
93 % lean gr. beef, 5 lbs. or more, $1.67 lb.-albertson's
Farmer John franks or links, 5/$5-Albertson's
Del Monte vegetables, 2/.88, .24 a piece if you have a coupon, but the coupon expires on Sat.-albertson's
Celery, .99 ea.-Albertson's

Items not on the grocery list:
Peanut butter
ketchup
plain oats or crackers for the meat loaf
Butter
brown sugar
vinegar
Apricot jam/preserves
Pancake syrup
jelly
mayonnaise
salad dressing
salsa or taco sauce for the quesadillas
flour
baking powder
Pancake syrup

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thanksgiving Day Menu

To feed 6-8 people, maybe even 10 people, with what's on sale this week, for $24.39

Thanksgiving Day Menu
Roast Turkey
Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Yams
Cranberry sauce
Vegetables
Olives
Apple juice
Pie with whipped cream

Grocery List
Fresh and Easy:
15 lb. Jennie O Turkey at .37 lb., $5.55
Mrs. Smiths Pies, $1.99, buy 2
Cool Whip nondairy whipped topping, .99
Ocean Spray cranberry sauce, .99
Heinz gravy, .99

Fry's
Stove Top dressing, 10/$10, buy 2
Bruces yams, $1.66
Kroger or Pictsweet frozen vegetables, .88
Kroger Olives, $1

Safeway
10 lb. bag of russet potatoes, $2.97 (usually go cheap the week before t-giving if you want to wait)

Bashas'
Tree Top Apple Juice, $1.69, buy 2

Pumpkin Pie and other Pumpkin Recipes (Libby's)


Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Cranberry Bread, Pumpkin Roll, Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake, Pumpkin Carrot Cake.

http://www.verybestbaking.com/libbys/classic/

Click onto videos for step by step instructions on how to make Libby's Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Cake Roll and Pie Crust

California Candied Sweets (Yams)

http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/2128/California-Candied-Sweets82134.shtml

Apples and Yams

http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1850,154189-231193,00.html

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

I don't know why I always think that I need to have this for Thanksgiving, but I do. Yummy.

www.dianaskitchen.com/page/favorite/pretzel.htm

Sausage and Apple Dressing Recipe

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/sage-sausage-and-apple-dressing-recipe/index.html


This is a lot like what I do for dressing although I don't put in walnuts, eggs and I use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

cheap books

www.half.com

My sis-in-law just showed me this yesterday. You can buy paperback books for .75 in most instances. $3.99 shipping. Media mail takes 2 weeks or more. A friend told me that her son used this site for his college textbooks and spent 1/4 of what he would have at the college bookstore. With my son having to read a different book for school every 2 weeks, this site is certainly good news for us.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Menu for what's on sale the week of Nov. 4-Nov. 10

So, sitting here in my purple bathrobe working on this. It's a sight. Too bad you can't see it.


Here it is:


$71. 03 (and you can save $2-$3 on this price if you are a couponer)


$74.53 if you opt to have the s'mores ingredients added in. And we all want them.



Breakfast
1-French toast, sausage
2-Cold cereal, milk
3-Eggs, toast
4-Cold cereal, milk
5-Cold cereal, milk
6-Blueberry pancakes, see pancake recipe link on the left side
7-Cold cereal, milk


Lunch
1-PB&J sandwich, orange, cookie
2-Lunchmeat sandwich, orange, cookie
3-PB&J sandwich, apple
4-Lunchmeat sandwich, grapes, cookie
5-PB&J sandwich, orange
6-Pizza
7-Tacquitos


Dinner
1-Beef Teriyaki kabobs, mushroom and zucchini kabobs, Uncle Ben's rice mix. See below for Beef Teriyaki recipe. Add a dollar to the budget if you want a fresh pineapple for chunks from Albertsons with your skewers.

2-Broccoli and Cheese Frittata, hash browns, green salad and tomatoes. See http://www.mrbreakfast.com/superdisplay.asp?recipeid=638 for recipe

3-Spaghetti and sauce, baguette

4-Pork loin, Scalloped potatoes, canned vegetable of choice. If you wish to make Crockpot pork loin with cranberry sauce and Lipton onion soup mix, go to http://www.crock-pot-slow-cookers.com/recipes/creating-pork-loin-dishes-with-lipton-onion-soup/ for recipe and allow for $1 extra for a can of cranberry sauce at Albertson's and aproximately $2 for a box of Lipton onion soup if you don't already have it in the pantry.

5-Italian Cream cheese chicken over Uncle Ben's rice mix, canned vegetable of choice. See http://www.recipetips.com/recipe-cards/u--3788/italian-cream-cheese-slow-cooked-chicken.asp

6-Green salad with leftover pork strips, baguette

7-Leftovers

Dessert idea:
S'mores. Grahams, marshmallows and half a Hershey bar either warmed in the microwave for 30 seconds or the marshmallows roasted over hot coals or embers. yum.
*** marks the ingredients in the grocery list and they are extra added to your total this week if you opt to have it.



Beef Teriyaki Kabobs
taken from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, pg. 221


1 pound boneless beef sirloin steak
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons dry sherry or apple juice
1 tablespoon molasses
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 teaspoon grated gingerroot or 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 clove garlic, minced


Partially freeze beef. Thinly slice across the grain into long strips 1/3 inch thick. (I've also done chunks) For marinade, combine soy sauce, sherry, molasses, mustard, gingerrott, garlic, and 1/3 cup water. Pour over meat. Marinate for 15 minutes at room temperature.


Drain meat, reserving marinade. On 8 long skewers, (soak for an hour if bamboo or wood) loosely thread meat accordion-style.


Place skewers on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 3 inches from the heat 5 to 6 minutes or to desired doneness, turning and brushing occasionally with marinade. Makes 4 servings.


Grill directions: Cut, marinate, and skewer meat as above. Place on uncovered grill directly over hot coals 5 to 6 minutes or to desired doneness. Turn and brush with mariade often.


NOTE: Do not serve the marinade as it has been touching raw meat.

Grocery List:
Albertson's
Roma tomatoes, 5/$5, buy one lb.
TJ Farms shredded potatoes, 5/$5, buy one
Pork loin, $1.57/lb., so aprox. $6
Pillsbury flour, 5/$5, buy one
Cream cheese, 5/$5, buy one
Boneless skinless chicken breast, $1.57 lb., buy aprox. 3 lbs. at $4.71

Bashas
Boneless top sirloin, $1.99 lb, so aprox. $3.98
Navel oranges, .39 lb., buy 6 lbs. at $2.34
Bashas large eggs, .99, buy 2
Italian or yellow squash, .89 lb.
***Hershey bars, 2/$1, buy 2 if you opt to have s'mores

Fry's
Blueberries, $1.50
Fry's milk, $1.47, buy 2
Apples, $1 lb., buy 2 lbs.
Kroger butter, $1.88
Fry's cream of chicken soup, .88
French baguette, $1, buy 2
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy 3
Del Monte canned vegetables, .67, buy 2
Kroger Value peanut butter, $1.49
Fry's spaghetti, .88
Kroger Value spaghetti sauce, $1.19
Italian dressing mis, allow for $1
Land O Frost lunch meat, 10/$10, buy 3
***Kroger marshmallows, 10/$10, buy one if you opt to make s'mores
***Grahm crackers, I've allowed for $1.50 if you opt to make s'mores

Fry's mega 10 event
1-Kellogg's cereals, $1.99
2-Kellogg's cereals
3-Tombstone pizza, $1.99
4-Keebler Fudge Shoppe cookies, .99
5-Kraft shredded cheese, $1.99
6-Jose Ole tacquitos, $1.99
7-Betty Crocker scalloped potatoes, .99
8-Brown and serve sausage, .89
9-Uncle Ben's rice mix, .99
10-Uncle Ben's rice mix

Safeway
button mushrooms, .99
Red seedless grapes, .88 lb.

Sprouts
Hass avocados, 3/$1, buy one at .33
Lettuce, red, green or romaine, .88, buy 2
Apples, .88 lb., buy 3 lbs.
Broccoli crowns, .99 lb.

Other great deals:
Cucumbers, 2/$1-Sprouts
Pears, $1 lb.-Fry's
Vegetable oil, $1.99-Fry's
Food Club brown or powdered sugar, .88 with shocker coup and $25 purchase-Bashas
Nestle choc. morsels with shocker coup and $25 purchase-Bashas
Hershey bars, 2/$1-Bashas
food Club stuffing mix-.99-Bashas
Kraft buy 3 deal, buy 3 Kraft products listed on ad coupon and get a Capri Suns box free
Del Monte pineapple 5/$5-Albertsons
Stove top stuffing, 5/$5

Items not on grocery list:
soy sauce
molasses
pancake syrup
jelly
spices-ginger
check closely, I feel as though I've forgotten a lot this week.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Be patient with me

Well, I had hopes of getting the new budget menu for the week up before my company came into town, but it didn't happen. I will try to do it tonight once things settle down. In the meantime if any of you see my husband galavanting around town with another woman in the next couple of days, it's not him, but his twin brother. So you don't have to worry about whether you have to tell me or not. You may be laughing, but it's happened before. It took the poor woman two months before she told me.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Joy

And time to ponder on what we are grateful for.

http://www.thejoymovie.com/

My friend Carolyn sent me the above link. Thanks.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Mashed Potatoes

Check out this video by Alton Brown on how to make perfect mashed potatoes http://www.foodnetwork.com/altons-mashed-potatoes/video/index.html

However. If you don't have a food mill you have my permission to use a potato masher. We happen to like rustic style lumpy mashed potatoes over here and that's what I'll be using come turkey day.

Mashed potatoes can be put in the crockpot on low to keep warm or you can put the covered bowl over a pot of water that has come to the boiling point(turn heat to low or off) for about an hour. Or put hot foods in an ice chest to hold until dinner. I wouldn't do this for longer than an hour or two though.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

Check out this blog for Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle. This recipe looks interesting and yummy. I haven't tried it, but it may be something new and good for the fall, Halloween or Thanksgiving for someone out there. And I had a thought. If you didn't have time or want to make the gingerbread, crushed store bought gingersnaps (we like Bashas Food Club brand the best) might make an interesting layer between the pumpkin mousse. What do you think? Would give flavor as well as crunch. Depending on how long it sat in the mousse. Could work. Could work nicely.

http://dineomite.blogspot.com/2009/10/pumpkin-gingerbread-trifle.html

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Menus with what's on sale Oct. 28.-Nov. 3

Did I actually just write November down like it was really going to be here in less than a week? Can't be so, say it isn't so and that my life isn't racing past me.

Some smokin deals this week, especially if you will be able to hit Fry's Moonlight Madness sale tomorrow, Thursday, from 3 to 9p.m. Gala apples for .99 a 3 lb. bag. At first I read .99 and assumed that meant per pound, and thought to myself, "what's so special about that?", then I went back and saw that is was for a 3 lb. bag. That's .33 lb. kids! And there is a limit of 4 bags, so you could buy 12 lbs. of apples for $4 and put them in the fruit section of the fridge and be set for a couple of weeks.

I wanted to tell you about something. Even at risk that the world will know what a slob I am. Our drinking glasses had this film on them. The "glass" glasses and the plastic glasses. I would hand wash them and they still would look bad and the "glass" glasses had spots on them still. I just thought that I wasn't washing them good enough. Well, the lightbulb finally went on in my little head Monday while I was in the kitchen and after washing and drying the same glass a second time, holding it up to the light and it still didn't look good, I thought to myself, "those are hard water stains." DUH. I know, it takes me awhile sometimes but with most things or some things, I eventually get it. So I pulled out the vinegar and poured it into a glass, then got out more glasses and poured some in, then pulled out more glasses and poured the vinegar already in glasses into them and poured some vinegar on my wash cloth and scrubbed the outsides as well as the insides. Then after washing and drying and holding up to the window to inspect I was so happy. I now have the most sparkling looking glasses in the world. My husband and daughter both pointed out to me that I could have run vinegar through the dishwasher with most probably the same results, but oh, well. Caution: Use gloves if you have any kind of small cut on your hands. Not that I did, but if your hands are not in good shape it will hurt, and will hurt bad. Vinegar is fast becoming my most used food stuff for cleaning. I put a splash in the bottom of my canner and the pot that had the lids in it after a canning session and it removes the calcium build up and I occassionally soak a cloth around my kitchen faucet with hot vinegar to remove the hard water stains on the countertop. And on the water/ice dispenser for the fridge.
EDIT: If you do put vinegar on your granite countertops, or anything else, please rinse off thoroughly with clear water as granite is porous, as you know, and vinegar IS an acid.

Here it is:

$70.96

Breakfast
1-Cereal, milk and cantaloupe chunks
2-Oatmeal, Sunny D juice
3-Cereal, milk, hot cocoa
4-Oatmeal, Hot cocoa
5-Oatmeal, apple juice
6-French toast, sausage links
7-Waffles, bacon, juice or cocoa, whatever is left

Lunch
1-PB&J sandwich, apple
2-Lunch meat sandwich, cheez-its crackers, carrots
3-PB&J sandwich, granola bar, grapes
4-Lunch meat sandwich, cheez-its crackers, apple
5-PB&J sandwich, cheez-its crackers, granola bar
6-Mac & cheese, apple
7-Tacquitos, grapes, Pepsi

Dinner
1-Mac & Cheese, broccoli, pear crisp/vanilla ice cream for dessert. see http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/10/pear-crisp-with-vanilla-ice-cream/ for a recipe for pear crisp.
2-Pizza, green salad
3-Food Club skillet dinner, squash(buy a roast, ask the butcher to grind 2/3 into ground beef for the skillet dinner and chili dogs and cut up 1/3 into chunks for stew)
4-Spaghetti and red sauce, french baguette
5-Chili dogs or hot dog, buns, chips and dip. see http://food.aol.com/experts/tyler-florence/chili-dogs-with-creamy-coleslaw Or if you want to trade out the Cheez-its or something else for a can of Hormel chili for .89 at Fry's, then do that.
6-Baked chicken, mandarin orange green salad with a sweet dressing, Rice A Roni
7-Beef stew with onions, carrots, potatoes and cheddar garlic biscuits

Snacks:
Microwave popcorn

CHEDDAR GARLIC BISCUITS
I don't remember if I got this from the Bisquick box or a magazine

2 C. bisquick
1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese
sliced/diced green onion to taste
2/3 C. milk
1/4 C. butter or marg., melted
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

In a bowl, combine the biscuit mix, cheese and onion. Stir in milk until a soft dough form; stir 30 seconds longer. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Combine butter and garlic powder; brush over biscuits. Serve warm.

MANDARIN SALAD
from Woman's Day, 8/8/95, I've modified it though

Dressing:
1/2 C. veg. oil
1/4 C. cider vinegar
1/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. salt

Mix in a jar or tupperware container by shaking it. Tear lettuce, slice green onions and add drained can of mandarin oranges. Toss with dressing.

If you wish to add sugared almonds put 1 cup of sliced almonds in a small pan over mdium heat with 1/3 cup of sugar. When sugar melts and starts to carmelize and almonds are very lightly toasted, put in a non plastic bowl or turn out onto parchment paper to cool. Break apart when cool. Can use in the salad if you wish. But I didn't allow for almonds in the grocery list. Or try it with cashews, pecans, walnuts sugared. Better yet, sugared pecans in the salad with some chunks of blue cheese in it! yummmmm.

Grocery List:
Albertsons
Whole fryer, .48 lb., buy aprox. 3 lbs. at $1.44
John Morrell meat weiners, .49 with in ad coupon from Wed. paper, buy one
Dreyers vanilla ice cream, $2.27

Bashas
Boneless cross rib roast, $1.87 lb., aprox. 3 lbs. for $5.61(you might need 4 lbs., you are using this for 3 meals, possibly)
slicing tomatoes, .77 lb.
Food Cub dip, .99
Kellogg's cereals, $1.88, buy 2
Pepsi 2 liter, with shocker coupon from Wed. ad, .49, limit 1
Hillshire Farms deli selects, $2.88
Food Club skillet Classics, 10/$10, buy 1
Bisquick, 2/$5, buy 1
Food Club Mac & Cheese, 2/$1, buy 3
Food Club oats, $1.99
Eggs, I've allowed for .99 for 1 doz.
Rice A Roni, $1, buy 1
Lettuce, I've allowed for $1.50
Potatoes, .59 lb., buy 1 lb.
green onions, I've allowed for .89 for 1 bunch
Bashas milk, $2.19, buy 2
Bakery hot dog buns, .99, buy 1
beef broth, I've allowed for .75, buy 2

Fry's (use a Fresh and Easy $3 off of $30 purchase here, or your Albertson's $10 off of $100 purchase coupon)
Fry's mega 10 deal
1-Sunny D citrus drink, .89
2-Banquet brown and serve sausage links, .89
3-Tombstone pizza, $1.99
4-Cheez-its crackers, .99
5-Dole mandarin oranges, .49
6-Kraft shredded cheese, $1.99
7-Jose' Ole' Taquitos, $1.99
8-Swiss Miss cocoa, .79
9-Quaker granola bars, $1.49
10-Lay's Potato chips (for dip), $1.77

Regular sale items
Fresh baked french baquette, $1.00
Bartlett pears, .49 lb, buy 3 lbs. or 4-5 pears at $1.47
Kroger mini peeled carrots, $1
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy 3
Kroger Value spaghetti sauce, $1.15
Fry's spaghetti, .88
onion, I've allowed for .50
Kroger Value Peanut butter, $1.49

Fry's Moonlight Madness sale from 3-9p.m. on Thursday
Langers Apple juice, .88, buy 1
Pop Secret popcorn, .88, buy 1
Gala apples, .99 lb., 3 lb. bag, buy 3 (albertson's also has 3 lbs. for .99)
Bar S/Kroger Value bacon, .97 (Albertson's has bacon for .99)

Sprouts
Cantaloupe, .97 ea
Seedless grapes, .97 lb, buy 2 lbs.
Acorn squash, .69 lb., buy 2 lbs.

Other great deals:
Dole bananas, .39 lb-Albertsons
red or Granny apples, .99 for a 3 lb. bag-Albertsons
Northwest gala, .49 lb.-Fry's
chicken drums or thighs, .88 lb.-Fry's
Bulk foods, save 25%-Fry's
Moonlight madness-Doritos, $1.48-Fry's
Moonlight madness-Nestle candies, $1.88-Fry's
Moonlight madness-Wonka candy, $1.67-Fry's
Kroger semisweet baking chips, .97-Fry's
Split chicken breast, .87 lb.-Bashas
M&M/Mars or Hersheys fun size candy, $1.48 with shocker coupon-Bashas
Langers 3 liter apple juice or cider with shocker coupon, $1.48-Bashas
Lay Potato chips, $1.88-Bashas
Bar S meat franks, .99-Bashas
Mi Ranchitos tortilla chips, .99-Bashas
Hunt's diced tomatoes, .99-Bashas
Mott's applesauce, 2/$3-Bashas
Yams, 99 lb.-Bashas

Items not on the grocery list:
ketchup
butter
brown sugar
syrup
flour
almonds
chili powder
mayonnaise
mustard
waffle syrup or powdered sugar
jelly
garlic powder
cider vinegar
veg. oil
cinnamon

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mincemeat


Posting this recipe for Mindy. And the rest of humanity as well. At least for the non raisin hating part of the species. Beware, Mincemeat is an acquired taste, most people are not crazy for it. I am one of those people, despite growing up with it in mincemeat pies at Thanksgiving and Christmas. The husband's family grew up with it also. I do like my version of it though. And have I mentioned before how good it makes the house smell? Like Christmas potpouri that you can eat. The hardest thing about this was keeping the kids, or one kid whom I will not name, from drinking the apple cider that I needed for the recipe. Why make mincemeat? If you can find it in the grocery store in a jar to make a homemade pie out of, it is $7 plus for it. And it was expensive to make from scratch but still probably cheaper than $7 for one pie. Let me start with the recipe that I used as a guide and then I will give you my altered version.

Brandied Mincemeat
from the Ball Blue Book guide of preserving, pg. 86

Yield: about 4 quarts

2 quarts diced, peeled, cored tart apples (about 8 large)
4 Cups cranberries (about 1 lb.)
1 (14 oz.) package golden raisins
1 (14 oz.) package dark raisins
1 (11 oz.) package currants
1 (12 oz.) package figs, chopped
1 1/3 Cups ground and seeded oranges (about 2 medium)
1 Cup ground and seeded lemons (about 2 large)
1/2 cup minced candied orange peel
1/2 cup minced candied lemon peel
2 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons allspice
2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
1 quart apple cider
1/4 cup brandy
1/2 cup dry sherry

Combine all ingredients, except brandy and sherry, in a large saucepot. Simmer 1 hour, stirring occassionally. Remove from heat; stir in brandy and sherry. Return to heat; simmer 30 minutes. Ladle hot mincement into hot jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Ad just two-piece caps. Process 30 minutes in a boiling-water canner.

NOTE: I actually added 5 minutes to the canning time as Phoenix, AZ is 1,100 ' above sea level. The 30 minute time is for sea level to 1000' above sea level. You'll need to adjust the time according to how far above sea level you are where you live.

If you're not into canning I imagine that you could freeze this. A quart may make one pie. I haven't done it before. And mincemeat is a strong flavor. You might want to add more apples when you actually make the pie.


Mincemeat
My version

About 16 large granny smith apples
1 (14 oz.) package of golden raisins
1 (14 oz.) package of dark raisins
1 (11 oz.) package of currants
zest from one orange
2 oranges, peel cut from them, sliced, then diced finely
zest from one lemon
2 lemons, peel cut from them, sliced, then diced finely
2 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons allspice
2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
1 quart apple cider, plus more as the juice cooked out. Or add water.

Then I followed the cooking and canning instructions for the above recipe. I got aproximately 7 pints, possibly close to 8 out of my recipe.

NOTE: I left out the candied lemon and orange peels b/c I hate them. I left out the cranberries b/c DH hates them. I left out the figs, just because, for no real good reason. I left out the brandy and sherry b/c we don't have or use them. So go crazy with your version of this. Whenever I left out a fruit, I upped the apples and when I left out a liquid, I upped the cider. I think that it turned out great.