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Several times a month I post a “Bargain Meal” either a full meal or an entree with wiggle room for sides. For five years, it was $5.00 (more or less) for four servings. Starting in 2015 I’m shooting for under $7.50. Sometimes the cost is averaged between two meals – a more expensive main meal and a cheaper secondary one. At times a meal serving more people might cost more, yet “per serving” fit into this category…You’ll probably notice that many of the “Standard American” recipes run higher than ones inspired or based on on those from other cultures or vegetarian meals, and might not offer the nutritional bang for the buck – regardless, I’ll show you shopping “miracles” to keep your cost down.

Drunken Fried Rice

Drunken Fried Rice! Yes, there is such a thing and I’m soooo happy to know it! See, my baby sis just told me she was having leftover take out Drunken Noodles for lunch and a craving hit. Maybe even a touch of jealously. But poor me, no takeout, no noodles in the cupboard. I was planning on making Fried Rice, though, and made extra rice last night with dinner just so I’d have rice ready for it.

Drunken Fried Rice

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Pork Fried Rice

Does it seem that time is just slipping by faster and faster or is it just me? I meant to post this for you as an option for leftovers from the Country Style Ribs in the Slow Cooker. I made that recipe months ago! At long last, here’s my favorite home-cooked better than take-out Pork Fried Rice. And I’m posting it right along with my newer Drunken Fried Rice, so you’ll have two options.

Pork Fried Rice from Leftover Pork Shoulder or any other type of pork you’d like to use

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Swedish Pancakes “Pannkakor” with Blueberry Compote

Awhile back, I made the most marvelous Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes for Mother’s day. They were awesome. They were fabulous. But they set off some kind of deep seated craving for more brunch! More and more brunch! I want brunch all the time, now! Do you ever get like that – just go on a kick like a runaway train?

Swedish Pancakes with Blueberry Compote

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Three Cheese Chicken Casserole

We’ve been having the dreariest, dark, cold, wet weather all week. How about you? I know it’s good for the plants but I get feeling a little blue. I want to get outside and DO things! Instead, we’ve tucked in and made something warm and comforting and creamy and cheesy! Three Cheese Chicken Casserole!

Three Cheese Chicken Casserole

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Enchiladas con Pollo

Years and years ago my sister gave me a cookbook called Women of Great Taste from the Junior League of Wichita, Kansas. It wasn’t a big cookbook, but I used it a LOT. Their Enchiladas con Pollo became a family favorite. Talk about cheesy creamy deliciousness!

Enchiladas con Pollo with a Green Chile Sour Cream Sauce

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Pork & Mushroom Ragu

Hi guys! I try not to post more than once a day, but today I wanted to hook you up with one of the dishes I make from the marvelous Sweet & Sour Country Style Ribs I put out earlier. This Pork & Mushroom Ragu is a beautiful thing. The flavor is intense, the sauce lovely and silky and the mushrooms and pork are so flavorful.

Pork & Mushroom Ragu

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Sweet & Sour Country Style Ribs – Slow Cooker, Instant Pot or Oven

Hi ya’ll. Are you getting ready for Ursa? The winter blizzard that’s already hit New Mexico, Colorado & Wyoming and is sweeping through the Midwest? Crazy. Well, here’s a great recipe to make and cook long and slow while you’re waiting out all that snow. Sweet & Sour Country Style Ribs.

Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Country Style Ribs

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