Old English Potted Cheese

Old English Potted Cheese

I have good news today. See, some of you know I’ve been having some troubles with my joints; typing, while still slow and has to be done just a little at a time is easier and I’m trying to use the voice options on my computer. And cooking has been challenging, but I’m really trying to focus on fun & easy (and lightweight) food. And the best news? I made Old English Potted Cheese and it’s a super easy cheese spread and just to die for.

Old English Potted Cheese

Old English Potted Cheese

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Healthy Almond Coconut Granola

Healthy Almond Coconut Granola

I’m always making granola of one type or another but never seem to actually post recipes. Maybe because in real life I’m more of a dumper than a measurer, at least when I make granola. This Healthy Almond Coconut Granola, though is just too good to be missed, so I measured! Feel free feel to tinker, though, to suit your tastes.

Healthy Almond Coconut Granola

Healthy Almond Coconut Granola

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Home-made Gingerbread Granola with Dried Cherries & Pecans

Gingerbread Granola

Ya might think that I’d have gotten my share of Gingerbread over the Holidays, but it just didn’t work out. I wanted to find the time to make Gingerbread Men. I really did. I was so psyched about them. I even got the cookie cutters out and everything…

Home-made Gingerbread Granola with Dried Cherries & Pecans

Home-made Gingerbread Granola with Dried Cherries & Pecans

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Make Ahead Pumpkin Trifles. Layers of pumpkin mousse,whipped cream, crushed gingersnaps & chocolate covered almonds.

Make Ahead Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfaits

Make Ahead Pumpkin Parfaits - pumpkin spiced cream cheese mousse layered with whipped cream - and nestled in those layers are crushed gingersnaps and crushed chocolate covered almonds

You know what’s kinda cool? When you’re putting on a fancy dinner or a feast like Thanksgiving and you can knock off a showstopper of a dessert ahead of time. Even better? When it’s an easy, no-cook, and very fun dessert like these Pumpkin Parfaits.

Make Ahead Pumpkin Parfaits. Layers of pumpkin mousse,whipped cream, crushed gingersnaps & chocolate covered almonds.

Make Ahead Pumpkin Parfaits. Layers of pumpkin mousse, whipped cream, crushed gingersnaps & chocolate covered almonds.

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Radish Top Pesto

radish top pesto - tastes SO good and can be supplemented with basil and herbs for a fantastic green sauce

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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Chicken Salad honey dijon dressing fruit

Fruited Chicken Salad with Honey Dijon

fruited chicken salad with honey dijon by the frugal hausfrau

Way back when, my sister and I were discussing what should be on the menu for a family get together and we got down to the salad dressing. “Honey Dijon?” I asked. It was kind of a new thing then. “No one likes that,” she said. But I didn’t say, “I do, I do!” And goodness help me, I do.  Home-made at least. Don’t tell my sis!

Chicken Salad honey dijon dressing fruit

Fruited Chicken Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing

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Simple Balsamic on Arugula, Beet & Goat Cheese Salad

Arugula, Goat Cheese & Beet Salad

This is one gorgeous salad with the goat cheese & beets & home made balsamic

Have I ever told you I’m wild about Beets? We had a rough start, beets and I did, way back in elementary school. Canned beets, blech! But garden fresh beets? They’re another story altogether. So if you haven’t had beets in awhile, “…all I’ma sayin’ is give beets a chance…” ♬

Simple Balsamic on Arugula, Beet & Goat Cheese Salad

Simple Balsamic on Arugula, Beet & Goat Cheese Salad

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Grilled Vegetables with Tonkatsu Sauce

Good news! I was just outside and there was a cool wind! By cooler, I mean cool (85 degrees F) compared to what we’ve had. I think that nasty old heat dome is passing by! I wanted to throw up my arms and dance. And maybe I did, just a little. 🙂 I was like Rose in The Titanic. Well, older, chunkier and without Leanardo DiCaprio…or the ship. Ok, so I was just an old lady smiling into the breeze. 🙂titanic-rose-jpg_152711

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Rhubarb Pistachio Cake

Rhubarb Pistachio Cake

Rhubarb Pistachio Cake. came about because there’s a “perfect storm” of ingredients! A neighbor volunteered some rhubarb, I had just picked up a new carton of yogurt and I knew I had a stash of pistachios in the freezer. Then I happened to open up the April Martha Stewart magazine.

Rhubarb Pistachio Cake

Rhubarb Pistachio Cake

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Simple American Style Soused Chicken

Simple American Style Soused Chicken

Here’s another one of my recipes that tastes and looks all “gourmet” but gets dinner on the table in no time at all – Soused Chicken. I’ve made this for years and the somewhat unusual flavoring gets rave reviews. Seriously, people think you’re going all fancy whenever wine and a little cream or half and half are in the picture.

Simple American Style Soused Chicken

Simple American Style Soused Chicken

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Grandma's Applesauce Cupcakes with Ermine Buttercream

Grandmas Applesauce Cupcakes

Do you have old family recipes that just take you back to childhood? Maybe it’s a photo, maybe it’s the first whiff of them baking in the oven, or maybe it’s that first bite? This is one of those for me…my Grandma’s Applesauce Cupcakes.

Grandma's Applesauce Cupcakes with Ermine Buttercream

Grandma’s Applesauce Cupcakes with Ermine Buttercream

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