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Hi, I'm the Mollie, the Frugal Hausfrau. In a moment of insanity I decided to put my two cents worth out there and start this blog about frugal shopping and cooking. I’ve always been frugal, sometimes out of necessity, sometimes out of habit, but I'm also interested in nutrition, wholesome foods, the latest trends and old fashioned methods. I’m a little Grandma, and a touch of Cook’s Illustrated with a dash of Bon Appetit thrown in, always with an eye toward the practical application of cooking and tending a family; after all I’ve been doing it since I was tall enough to pull up chair to stand at the counter, sink and stove - almost 50 years! This is what I'd like to pass down to my own daughter and son...

Radish Top Pesto

If you’re throwing out your radish tops or other random greens, like a little spinach or kale, stop! Mix them up into a Pesto like or Green Sauce to dress salads, pasta, spread into a sandwich and more.

Pesto with Radish tops, basil & parsley
This Pesto was made with radish tops, a little basil and some parsley.

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Maid-Rite Sandwiches – Instant Pot or Stove-top

and then paste this after the imagemaid rite sandwiches, sometimes called Tavern Sandwiches or Sloppy Joes

I grew up in the Midwest in the 60’s eating various and assorted “loose-meat” sandwiches, mainly Maid-Rites or Tavern Burgers. I never heard the word Sloppy Joe until I was an adult and moved away, and then no-one seemed to know what a Maid-Rite was!

Maid-Rite Sloppy Joe Tavern Burger old Church Cookbook recipe
This is the old family, Church Cookbook recipe for the Maid-Rite made with Campbell’s Chicken Gumbo Soup.

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The Best Salad in the World

the Best Salad in the World - loaded with good stuff & a surprise: Salami instead of Bacon. Fantastic dressing makes this a great salad to riff with your favorite things.

I had it from a grocery store deli. The Best Salad in the World. Seriously, that’s what it was called – and I agree!

Best Salad in the World: Broccoli, bell pepper, red onion, cheese & salami sausage. It really IS excellent.
The Best Salad in the World. A mixture of almost everything! Broccoli, Bell Pepper, Red Onion, Cheese & Salami. So good!!

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Chicken Tacos with Cherry Chipotle Salsa

Shredded Chicken Tacos with Cherry Chipotle Salsa

Here’s a recipe to fall in love with – Chicken Tacos with Cherry Chipotle Salsa.

Chicken Tacos with Cherry Chipotle Salsa
Chicken Tacos with Cherry Chipotle Salsa

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Leftover Steak

Leftover Steak: Is it a thing? Maybe not often, but if yours is sitting there in the fridge, mocking you, saying “I’ll never be as good as the 1st night,” here are some fun, creative ways to refashion that steak into something marvelous.

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Swiss Steak with Mushroom Gravy – Instant Pot

Super Easy Instant Pot Swiss Steak with Mushroom Gravy

So it all started when I asked the folks what they wanted for dinner. That’s like usually like pulling teeth, but there we were in August: temperature 96 degrees. My Dad immediately said “Swiss Steak.”

Swiss Steak Mushroom Gravy
Swiss Steak with Mushroom Gravy

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Cold Asian Peanut Noodle Salad

Cold Asian Peanut Noodle Salad by Frugal Hausfrau

With the holiday coming up, I’m craving what seems to be commonly dubbed Cold “Asian” Peanut Noodle salad. This is a great dish for a party, cook out or a potluck, Really, you never know who might show up at a party and this is popular with vegetarians and meat eaters, alike.

Cold Asian Peanut Noodle Salad
Cold Asian Peanut Noodle Salad

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