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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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Lemony Chicken with Green Beans

Lemony Chicken with Green Beans - simple enough for every day; elegant enough for company! There are potatoes, too, making it a complete meal. Try it with artichokes in the spring!

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 anyone how simple this dish is and they’ll think you’re a genius.

Lemony Chicken with Green Beans

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Irish Apple Cake or Apple Pie Cake . $1.87

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 progeny!

Irish Apple Pie Cake
Irish Apple Pie Cake

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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.

Pam Anderson Pumpkin Pie
Pam Anderson Pumpkin Pie

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Whipped Cream for the Freezer

Freeze Whipped Cream = a great way to have a dollop for hot chocolate or a latte or dessert. Freeze any extra when you have it to avoid waste or whip some up just to freeze.

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.

Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Pueblan Style Shredded Chicken, Tinga de Pollo

Chicken Tinga Mexican or Pueblan Shredded Chicken - makes enough to portion & freeze

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 of a culinary high adventure!”

Tinga de Pollo Mexican shredded chicken, pollo deshrabo, pueblan chicken
Tinga de Pollo – on a Tostada – slather the sour creme or crema down first to hold the chicken

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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 to a just a bit of a higher level while keeping all the simplicity.

Omelettes in a Bag, assorted add ins.
Omelettes in a Bag, assorted add ins.

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Smothered Pork Chops in Onion Gravy

Smothered Pork Chops in an onion gravy with bacon! The bomb!!

Down home cooking at it’s best and perfect for fall, these pork chops smothered in a gorgeous onion gravy aren’t your Grandma’s pork chops, or even you Mom’s. That is if your Mom was like mine and used a canned soup or a Lipton’s mix. These are succulent and moist, tender and never dry. The onion gravy, just thick enough to nap, then pool, is full of flavor.

Smothered Pork Chops with Onion Gravy
Smothered Pork Chops with Onion Gravy

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The Best Muffins Ever – Big, Beautiful Muffins

The BEST muffins. The only recipe you'll ever need with about 25 variations!

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.

Big Beautiful Muffins Cooks Illustrated
Big Beautiful Muffins – these are Cranberry Orange (no topping)

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