Red Beans & Rice

Years ago, my son and I had Red Beans and Rice in New Orleans – and if you’ve had that experience, you know how the flavors of that dish can literally haunt you; you’ll think about it, taste it again in your mind, and not be satisfied until you have it again. Luckily, its only a food or I’d sound like some kind of crazy stalker…

Red Beans & Rice
Red Beans & Rice

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Chipotle White Bean and Chicken Chili

A bit different from the White Chicken Chilis out there, this one is a rich, earthy, spicy chili that just happens to have white beans and chicken. A deep tomato base and a good amount of spice make this a chili more suited for an adult audience (unless your kids are like mine!)

Chipotle & White Bean Chicken Chili
Chipotle & White Bean Chicken Chili

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Creamed “Chipped” Beef & Artichokes

Long known as a budget classic, various versions of S.O.S. have floated around for years. The problem? No vegetables. Beloved by many, the depression era dish is in serious need of an extreme make-over. Here it is: Lovely shredded Chipped Beef, elevated with a bit of Parmesan, artichokes and a smidge of wine. Truly Fabulously Frugal.

Upscale Chipped Beef
Upscale Chipped Beef & Artichokes

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Egg Salad Sandwich & Marinated Asparagus

Hot, humid July days scream for a nearly no cook meal, especially a meal that’s chilled and refreshing. What could be better than a gorgeous Egg Salad Sandwich paired with a bit of Marinated Asparagus? It makes me wish it weren’t too hot to be out on the deck.

The Perfect Egg Salad Sandwich
The Perfect Egg Salad Sandwich

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Pasta alla Carbonara

When you’re seriously dirt cheap or when you’re scrounging around for something to make fast? One answer: Pasta alla Carbonara. Plus, it’s so darned good!

Pasta alla Carbonara
Pasta alla Carbonara

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Salmon & Aspargus Hash

Sometimes I’m possessed by food jealousy – I think it might happen to a lot of people who are on a budget. They hear about a friend’s restaurant dinner, see a gorgeous meal in a magazine, or maybe they watch Tyler Florence…Darn you, Tyler! Darn you and your belly of fresh Atlantic salmon…

Salmon & Asparagus Hash with Poached Egg & Hollandaise Sauce
Salmon & Asparagus Hash with Poached Egg & Hollandaise Sauce

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False Frugality

Here is a quote in my mother’s copy of Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking, by Meta Given, one of the few cookbooks she owned.  It was given to her as a gift on her “one month” anniversary in 1955.  I love this quote as much for its quaint, old-fashioned wording as for its applicability in today’s world.

False Frugality x

“Because she can save the most money by cutting down on just these protective foods, (speaking of milk, eggs, meat, vegetables and fresh fruits) the homemaker who is not guided by a definitive menu plan for a well balanced diet may easily fall into this false economy at the expense of the family’s health and her own.”

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