Cold Asian Peanut Noodle Salad

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. Advertisements

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Lemony Chicken with Green Beans

A gorgeous dish, it really should have a fancy name…a little wine, lemon and a handful of sun-dried tomatoes spark up gorgeous green beans, chicken and a few potatoes. Fingerling potatoes or Yukons are perfect but a red potato makes a great budget stand in. And everything is napped with that bright sauce. Shhh…don’t tell…

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Irish Apple Cake or Apple Pie Cake

There are many names for this part cake, part pie dessert, and just as many recipes. A vague list of ingredients in my Irish Grandmother’s box pointed me towards it, and so began my search to find the particulars. Sometimes old recipes are like that, written I suppose, for the user and not some future…

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Blind Bake a Pie Crust

This is a kitchen basic, and on my blog not because it’s anything “special” but so I never have to pull out my recipe box and double check for the temperature and timing! I hope it helps someone else, too.

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Cajun Spice Blend

Do you like Cajun food? I happen to love it, and love using this homemade Cajun Spice Blend. It just makes everything you use it in taste a little special, whether it’s traditionally Cajun or not.

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Whipped Cream for the Freezer

You might have noticed I don’t like waste and I like to avoid additives. That doesn’t mean I don’t like a little indulgence now and then – like a little whipped cream on a latte or hot chocolate.

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Pueblan Style Shredded Chicken, Tinga de Pollo

An obligatory visit to the Taco House in Arnold’s Park, Iowa is a long-standing tradition to those who flock to the “Iowa Great Lakes” during the summer. One local said, “Crowds, mess, long lines and sometimes indifferent food served up by surly local teenagers in the middle of Northwest Iowa doesn’t necessarily give one hope…

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Omelette in a Bag

If there’s such a thing as a healthy, fun breakfast, the Omelette in a Bag has to be one of them. I was first introduced to them through my son’s Scout troop and reminded of them by a young friend who suggested they’d make a great post. Thanks, “Foofie!” I like to think I’ve taken them…

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Cook’s Illustrated Smothered Pork Chops in Onion Gravy

Down home cooking at it’s best and perfect for fall, these Cook’s Illustrated Smothered Pork Chops in Onion Gravy aren’t your Grandma’s pork chops, or even your Mom’s. That is if your Mom was like mine and used a canned soup or a Lipton’s mix.

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The Best Muffins Ever – Big, Beautiful Muffins

We’ve always loved these Big, Beautiful Muffins in the Frugal Household – out of this world fantastic, but still very much a muffin, not a cupcake. They have a beautiful crumb, gorgeous texture and they’re always moist without being heavy.

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The Beet Goes on Salad

Some of you (yes, you know who you are, baby sis and big bro!) may have heard me waxing on poetically about the humble beet. I love them and am always looking for ways to add them in to my diet when they’re available at the grocery or farmer’s market.

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Chicken Italian – Good, Gooder & Goodest

Chicken Italian, cheesy with tomatoes, at it’s most basic is a five-minute toss together weeknight save. Modified just a bit, and it’s a fantastic dinner. Add in a few gourmet ingredients, and you have a company dish. Best of all, each version takes just a few minutes and all are a one pan meal!

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