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Baking cookies at Christmas is a tradition for many people. It brings families and friends together with the warm goodness of cookies fresh from the oven. As you bake this holiday season, take a minute to learn the origins of some of the foods we enjoy each Christmas. According to the research of Food Timeline, Christmas cookies as we know them today were created from Medieval European recipes. Dutch and German settlers brought cookie cutters, decorative molds, and festive holiday decorations to America.German lebkuchen (gingerbread) was probably the first cake/cookie traditionally to be used as a Christmas food. Sugar cookie type recipes have roots in English traditions. Animal crackers have their humble beginning as edible ornaments, and are now a favorite of kids everywhere, all year long. Christmas cookie recipes produce more than just a tasty sweet; they are a baking tradition steeped in history.
Begin or continue your cookie baking traditions with the top 20 Christmas cookies below. From basics like drop cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and the all-time favorite sugar cookie to fancy designed, decorated and spiced Christmas cookies offered, you'll want to bake your own Christmas cookies right now and give them to your family and friends.What's more, you can also make a slideshow on how to make delicious Chistmas cookies or about the funny things happened when you are baking Chistmas cookies and then converter the slideshow to video to share it on video-sharing sites(e.g.Youtube,Metacafe etc.) or with mobile devices(e.g. iPhone,iPod,Blackberry etc.) with your family and friends.Besides,you can also burn the slideshow onto DVD to preseve your such good momories for a long time or just send DVD copies to others as a Christmas gift.
The Top 20 Christmas Cookies
Magic Seven Layer Bars
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies Molasses Sugar Cookies
Peanut Butter Chocolate Kisses
Chocolate Toffee Bars
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Sunday, November 29, 2009
Just about everybody loves cheese. Loaded with calcium and protein, the "real thing" makes so many dishes more appealing, and mellow, nutty, smooth-melting Jarlsberg is particularly versatile, a family favorite.
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Just about everybody loves cheese. Loaded with calcium and protein, the "real thing" makes so many dishes more appealing, and mellow, nutty, smooth-melting Norwegian Jarlsberg-America's most popular specialty cheese-is particularly versatile, a family favorite.
Made from part-skim milk, it's naturally low in calories, sodium and fat-newer Jarlsberg Lite, also great for snacking and cooking, has 50 percent less fat than regular Swiss.
Try this super simple Asparagus Rolls recipe-a surefire party idea. Here are a few other easy, creative, absolutely delicious uses for either classic Jarlsberg or Jarlsberg Lite.
Roll cheese slices around fresh fruits or raw vegetables.
Add cubes to salads and pastas-warm or cool.
Shred on vegetables and into sauces.
Enhance stuffings for meat, poultry or fish.
Enrich egg dishes.
Shred into mashed or "smashed" potatoes.
Grill with peppers, squash, potatoes.
Top burgers-beef, turkey or salmon.
Make hors d'oeuvres, wraps and sandwiches galore.
2006 marks the 50th anniversary of Jarlsberg cheese-and the 125th of its source, Tine B.A. Norwegian Dairies, a farmers cooperative. One way to celebrate is to discover tasty new ways to give your menus pizazz-and a nutritional boost.
Asparagus Rolls With
Ham and Jarlsberg
12 clean asparagus spears
12 thin slices lean ham
1 cup grated Jarlsberg cheese
Boil asparagus in lightly salted water 1 minute. With slotted spoon, dip spears in ice water to preserve color; drain on paper towels. Wrap a slice of ham around each spear and place on baking sheet lightly sprayed with oil. Sprinkle spears liberally with Jarlsberg and brown in 450° oven about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
Serving suggestions: Place on grilled country bread brushed with olive oil and garlic and topped with chopped tomatoes plus a bit of sea salt, if desired.
Cheese, glorious cheese is just delicious when included in this Asparagus Rolls With Ham and Jarlsberg recipe.
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More than milk: Convenient, tasty and healthy foods can be found in the refrigerated dairy.
Recipes can still be budget friendly.
The refrigerated dairy aisles of the grocery store are full of convenient, tasty, healthy foods--whether you're looking for thirst-quenching drinks, terrific meals and accompaniments or nutritious snacks.
The refrigerated dairy aisles of the grocery store are full of convenient, tasty, healthy foods-whether you're looking for thirst-quenching drinks, terrific meals and accompaniments or nutritious snacks.
Here are some ideas for nutritious anytime snacks:
Cheese Kabob-Alternate slices of apples and cheddar cheese on skewers.
Tropical Smoothie-Blend orange juice, frozen strawberries and vanilla yogurt.
Morning Wake-up-Mix cup of skim milk with teaspoon of instant coffee and sweetened cocoa.
Granola Delight-Layer granola and fresh fruit with favorite yogurt flavor.
Ultimate Easy Snack-Keep the fridge full of individually packaged yogurts, jello, cheese sticks, vegetable dips and more for anytime, anywhere snacking.
While any time of year can be a great time to visit the Cool Aisles of the store, June is officially Dairy Month, sponsored by the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA). That means you can find special prices and promotions on many tasty cool favorites.Secret Recipes from your Favorite Restaurants
Here is a breakfast, lunch or dinner entrée that's easy to make, with key ingredients from the dairy aisle:
Vegetable Cheddar Quiche
1 cup chopped red, green or yellow bell peppers
3/4 cup sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup refrigerated egg substitute
1 cup refrigerated non-dairy creamer
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 oz shredded Cheddar Cheese
Heat 10" skillet; spray generously with nonstick cooking spray; sauté peppers, mushrooms and onions until tender-crisp. Combine egg substitute, creamer, salt and pepper; pour into skillet, cover and cook over medium-low heat until set, approx. 8-10 minutes. Sprinkle quiche with cheese and replace cover until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and let set for two minutes. Serves 4.
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Menu in a Box 100 Day Planning
Fast food can be healthy food if you know where to look. And the easiest place to find healthy fast food is in your kitchen. The new "Pillsbury GOOD FOR YOU!" cookbook can help families with the daily challenge of making fast, healthy and flavorful dinners despite today's busy schedules. The book features 170 healthy, delicious recipes that contain less fat, sugar and salt than regular recipes. All can be prepared in 35 minutes or less, with more than half of the recipes taking 20 minutes or less. Here's a tasty "Super Express" sample:
Spicy Chinese Chicken Tacos
Start to Finish: 20 Minutes
1 box (4.6 oz) taco shells (12 shells)
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (3/4 lb), cut into thin, bite-size strips
1 teaspoon grated gingerroot
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 large green onion, sliced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
11/2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
1. If desired, heat taco shells as directed on box.
2. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, gingerroot and garlic; cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring often, until lightly browned.
3. Stir in soy sauce, honey, onion and pepper flakes to coat. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink in center.
4. To serve, place scant 1/4 cup chicken mixture in each taco shell. Top each with lettuce. Serve immediately.
6 servings (2 tacos each)
Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories: 180, Calories from Fat: 60% DV, Total Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 1.5g, Cholesterol 35mg, Sodium 260mg, Total Carbohydrate 18g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 4g, Protein 14g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 4%, Iron 6%, Exchanges: 1 Starch, 11/2 Very Lean Meat, 1 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 1
Besides delicious recipes, the cookbook also contains quick tips for better nutrition, on-the-go dinner ideas, easy-to-assemble fruit desserts and a pantry makeover. Look for it wherever books are sold.
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Sunday, November 22, 2009
Five Easy Tips to Save $590 on Your Food Budget This Year
by S. L. Simmons
Pine Canyon Media. LLC
Don't Throw Your Money AwayWould you like to help the planet and save an easy $590 this year? It's not a gimmick. Many families can save an easy $590 without even having to give up their lattes from Starbucks, turn down the heat, or ride their bikes to work. All it takes is a little better menu planning.
According to research from the University of Arizona, the average American family throws out nearly $600 in food annually, often due to good intentions but poor follow through. Research shows that most food shopping is done on the weekends, when shoppers are fresh and well rested. With good intentions to eat healthy, they buy an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables with plans to make healthy foods, perhaps a fresh fruit salad and green salad with dinner each week night. Then Monday comes and brutal reality strikes. The enthusiastic, health conscious shoppers from the weekend come home from work tired, hungry and cranky, order carry out pizzas with garlic fries and the family soda special, and forget about the tasty fresh produce sitting forlornly in the crisper. Or maybe they don't forget about the produce. They may even feel guilty about it. But they order the pizza, soda and garlic fries just the same. By the end of the week, the fruits and vegetables, wilted and spoiled, are tossed in the trash. Then the weekend comes, and the tired, fast food aficionados are once again transformed into the enthusiastic, health conscious, well intentioned grocery shoppers, and the vicious cycle repeats.
Tips to Avoid Wasting Food Each WeekIf the above description matches what goes on in your household, how can you stop this cycle of produce and budget abuse and save a cool $590 this year from your food budget? Try the tips below.
1. Buy canned, frozen or dried fruits and vegetables instead of fresh. Sure fresh produce tastes great and is highly nutritious, but be a realist. If your family is throwing out perishable food regularly, then cut back on how much fresh food you buy each week. Buy fruits and vegetables that will keep until you really have the time to prepare and eat them. Frozen mangos and frozen strawberries placed in a blender with some apple juice makes a tasty, healthy smoothie.
2. Grocery shop several times a week and just buy enough fresh food for a few days at a time. In my family we have found that it is less complex to plan 2 - 3 days out than it is to plan for a whole week. Plus shopping more often makes it easier to know what is in the fridge and be able to use up leftovers before they spoil.
3. Get a crock pot and make your meals in the morning before you go to work or get tired out from doing housework and taking care of the kids. With crock pots you can start baked potatoes, baked apples, baked winter squash and a wide variety of soups and casseroles with fresh vegetables in the morning and come home later in the day to a house filled with great aromas and a healthy meal waiting for you and your family.
4. Plan your meals in advance and only buy what you need to make those meals. For easy week day meal ideas, I like to buy cookbooks with dishes you can make with 3 - 5 ingredients. I've learned to avoid cookbooks that have "simple", "fast" or "easy" in the titles. What is simple, fast and easy for someone who loves to cook and whose only job is to write cookbooks for a living often means meals you can make in under an hour or two. I'm more into what can I make that is healthy in 15 minutes or less. Simple is a relative term often abused by cookbook authors, but three ingredients is three ingredients.
5. Buy fruits and vegetables with long shelf lives to keep on hand for those times when you find you do have the time and energy to prepare and cook fresh produce. These include apples, potatoes, onions, carrots, cabbage and winter squash. Diced onions and root vegetables, tossed with a little olive oil and roasted in the oven, makes a great side dish in about 10 minutes of prep and 25 minutes of baking time. Sliced carrots, onions and cabbage stir fried in a wok with a little sesame oil is another simple and healthy side for a quick week night meal.
A Little Planning Can Turn Into Big SavingsIf you can reduce waste and save $600 from your food bill each year, in twenty five years you will have saved $15,000 (or more if you invest your savings each year and let the interest compound).
Copyright 2008 Always Frugal.
S. L. Simmons is a thrifty mom of two. Visit her web site for articles on budgeting, a free budget worksheet and more ways to save money on groceries.
Originally published on SearchWarp.com for S. L. Simmons Thursday, October 30, 2008
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Budget Meal Plan: How to Eat For Less Than 20 Dollars Per Week
by Doug Smith
simple the answer is. Simply cooking your meals at home has such a
profound impact on your budget, it has got to be the number one way to
cut costs without sacrificing anything. By simply cooking more meals
you will absolutely save hundreds of dollars per month. Depending on
your habit, you may even save more than hundreds of dollars per week.
You don't even realize that on an average day, where all you get is a
fast food meal and starbucks in the morning, you've already dropped 10
dollars on horrible food. That's already 300 dollars per month - Do you
get where I'm going with this?
Here are some things you NEED to
pick up and start working with in your kitchen. These are basic staples
that can be used to create thousands of different recipe ideas, and
help you learn how to be a better cook:
Oil (sunflower, vegetable)
Various spices (salt, pepper, a few others)
Meat that's ON SALE
Vegetables that's ON SALE
breakfast (god forbid you wake up 5-10 minutes earlier) you can make
dozens of things with eggs. Overeasies, scrambled eggs, poached eggs,
500 different omelletes, on bread, by themselves, etc.
For lunch you can make pasta, rice, chicken/turkey sandwiches, anything - And you can bring it with you to work.
dinner, pasta and rice combined with various meats, vegetables, and
spices can be combined into thousands of dinner ideas. For specific
recipes simply google "chicken dish", or "cooking with rice". It isn't
complicated - there are hundreds of recipes that are nearly impossible
to screw up, even for virgin cooks.
Some of these meals will
only cost you 50 cents when you look at the ingredients. Rice is dirty
cheap and a staple around the world, yet neglected in the west. The
possibilities are endless - Believe it or not you can eat well for less
than 3 dollars per day. If you get a drink from starbucks in the
morning, eat lunch out somewhere, then pick something up for dinner (or
make a frozen meal), you're spending close to 15-20 dollars without
realizing it. That's 600 dollars a month. How much can you save?
the math. I just recently got a good friend and my sister on this plan,
and they're paying their rent with the difference.
For a more in depth look at this as well as sample recipes and other amazing secrets on saving money at the grocery store, visit Budget Living
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Sunday, October 18, 2009
Only four ingredients are needed to make these savory meatballs. Watch the Kraft Kitchens make and bake these favorites, from Kraft foods.
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The high cost of many items nowadays necessitates careful budgeting. If you carefully select your purchases and create a shopping list, you'll be able to get what you need without damaging your wallet too much.
- Buy food first. Check your refrigerator for the staples that need to be replaced. Milk, bread, eggs and cheese are all staples that should be available, and should go first on your shopping list. Expensive fresh fruit can be replaced with canned fruit, and macaroni and pasta are cheap, but not very nutritious. Meat is expensive in the short run, but packs a nutritional wallop that gets you a lot of bang for your buck.
- Plan ahead and show discipline. Looking at the bins of cheeses can make you want to buy more than you really need, so write down on the list exactly what type of cheese you want, add it to your cart and then walk to another aisle.
- Look at the ends of the meat and seafood section. There are often marked-down items there.
- Make friends with the butcher. He or she may point out some great deals, or mark meats down especially for you. Same thing works with the Produce Manager. Being friendly is free, but pays great dividends!
- Compare brands and check prices. There is usually a store brand version of most items that is cheaper and of comparable quality to the big name item.
- Read circulars before you go into the store to see if what you need is on sale. Comparing circulars from different stores might help you get a better deal.
- Clip coupons for items you normally buy and bring them with you.
- Buy dry goods and toiletries in larger sizes to save money.
- Remember what you went to a store to buy, so you do not have to walk up and down aisles. Zero in on the aisle or store you need to buy the item, enter, buy the item, and then leave. Impulse buying will ruin any budget, and when yours is tight, it will just be worse.
- As you buy, write the prices on a pad that you keep with you. It might even be best to use a small adding machine, pocket size, and as you put the products in your shopping cart, calculate what you have spent, remember how much you have set aside to spend, and when you get close, then stop shopping. Remember, you still have to buy shoes...
- Know exactly what type of shoes you need. Do not look around at all the different styles. Try on the proper size, and if they fit, then buy it and leave the store. Hanging around, looking at the handbags hanging on the wall might tempt you to buy something you really do not need.
- Put all the costs into the little adding machine. If you note that you have gone over the amount you can spend, then return an item that you really do not need at the moment, and put it on another list of 'to buy next time'.
- If you are going to use a charge card, only spend the amount of money you can afford to pay when the bill comes in at the end of the month.. Set aside this money, and use it to pay the bill. Do not purchase anything more than you have budgeted.
- If you are going to pay with cash, then make sure you only spend the amount you have with you. Anything over, return, and again, put it on your 'next time shopping list
- Don't assume it's cheaper just because it's in a larger size. Look at the shelf labels and compare unit prices. One large store that has 'always low prices' very often has larger sizes marked UP slightly.
- Spending more than you have budgeted for, will cause you not to have money left to pay utility bills, or medical bills. So be careful what you buy. Buy only what you need and only what is on your shopping list.
- Don't just buy things because they are on sale, unless you truly need them.
Things You'll Need
- A pad to jot down prices
- A pocket size adding machine to calculate what you spend.
- A shopping list
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If you watch too many cooking shows, and you'll begin to think that you need expensive gadgets and fancy, rare ingredients to be a great cook. But if you love to make food and shop wisely, you can make gourmet meals on a tight budget.
- Save money  for a few quality cooking tools by learning to Shop Carefully with a Tight Budget .
- Learn new cooking techniques, complimentary flavors, etc. by studying the free cooking shows on public television. Your local station probably shows them on Saturdays or Sundays.
- Assess your current kitchen tools, and create a list of essential tools to buy when you have enough money. Prioritize based on need. You will want to get knives, cookware, a cutting board, and a few important gadgets.
- Set the amount of money that you can afford to spend on a meal in order to meet your purchasing goals.
- Make a game of combining your on-sale ingredients to stay at or below budget using your new-found knowledge of complimentary flavors.
- Track the grocery ads. Know when sale items are normally featured. Some people keep a price book detailing sale items.
- Learn to calculate cost per ounce. Sometimes buying in bulk is not the cheap purchase. Learn to do the math by dividing the amount into the actual cost of the item. For example: Store brand tomatoes are 16 ounces for 60 cents versus the name brand that is 15 ounces for 60 cents. The store brand is cheaper as the size for the store brand can of tomatoes is larger.
- Purchase store brand products. Most are of equal quality as their name brand counterparts. If in doubt, buy a can or two of the store brand products and try them out. If the products pass inspection purchase them in quantity when they are on sale.
- Buy seasonal produce. Seasonal produce is usually cheaper and of higher quality. Also, this provides built in variety in the diet.
- Check the bottom or top shelves. Most grocery stores place the inexpensive, and usually less processed foods, on the shelves that are out of sight. The middle shelves will usually contain the pricier goodies.
- Practice your new cooking techniques when preparing your budget friendly meals.
- Write down recipes when you discover a good one so that you can make it again.
- Strategically practice cooking in areas where you have weak skills in order to improve.
- Purchase necessary cooking tools when your budget allows it to make cooking easier and expand your capabilities.
- Learn to use leftovers creatively. Sometimes planned overs taste better than their original meal.
- Plan vegetarian meals. Eat a meatless meal a couple times a week.
- Essential knives: Chef (8 or 10 inch), Paring, and a serrated blade (like a bread knife).
- Essential Cookware: Skillet (10 or 12 inch), Sauce Pan (2 qt), Stock Pot (4 qt).
- Essential Gadgets: Cutting board, colander, spatula, large spoon, whisk, measuring cups, measuring spoons, plates, bowls, grater.
- Essential Cookbooks: The Joy of Cooking, Betty Crocker, Better Homes and Gardens, The Way to Cook, Living on a Dime (or Not Just Beans by the same author), Frugal Family Kitchen Book, More-With-Less cookbook, Miserly Meals: Healthy, Tasty Recipes Under 75¢ per Serving, 15-Minute Cooking or Feed Your Family for $12 a Day or Eat Healthy for $50 a Week.
- Learn to make your own food mixes. The classic cookbook is Make-A-Mix but there are other cookbooks available using the same idea.
- Learn freezer cooking. There are several cookbooks available including Frozen Assets and Once-A-Month Cooking.
- Essential Cooking Techniques: Chopping, slicing, dicing, sautee, boil, fry, blacken, and broil.
- High quality knives are quite expensive, but if you maintain them you will never buy another set for the rest of your life and they work great. It's worth the money if you can afford the investment.
- Purchase the best cookware you can afford. Buy cookware by the piece as sets waste money. Most come with pans you will never use.
- Purchase a small set of knives, if you can find the right set. You can save money, without purchasing a bunch of knives that you don't really need (like a cheese knife).
- Consider taking a job in a restaurant, as a cook or even a waiter. You will earn extra money, get exposed to flavor combinations, learn cooking techniques, and befriend people who love to cook that can share their knowledge with you. Some restaurants will let employees take home leftovers which may help save money on the food budget.
- It's essential to follow good sanitary practices while cooking. You'll never be a great cook if you repeatedly give yourself or others food poisoning.
- Trying to gain new skills will require a lot of practice. You will likely fail a lot in the beginning. Stick with it! Make it easy to remember your successes by writing down your good recipes. Learn from your failures, and keep practicing until you get it right.
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Friday, October 9, 2009
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Trying to stretch every dollar? Here are some simple tips to help save money on food:
- Clip coupons. Shop at stores that double the value of a coupon. Some stores will triple coupons. Coupons for FREE products are the best out of any coupon, and one should take time to find these. Coordinate coupons with store ads. Use coupons at stores where the item is already on sale to increase the value of the coupon.
- Join a coupon swapping organization. Swap coupons with users in the same geographic area. Exchange for items that you frequently use.
- Create a grocery list and stick to it. Don't venture towards the eye-catching advertisements.
- Don't buy things just because they're cheap. Buy only what you actually need.
- Stick to your budget. This will force you be more creative with your recipes and pay more attention to your nutritional needs.
- Compare prices. Most grocery stores post the "price per ounce" along with the cost of a product.
- Buy in Bulk. It tends to cost less if you buy larger quantities. Buy durable goods that you'll need in the future, such as kleenex or paper towels. Buy family-size cereal.
- Shop for grocery store baked goods early in the day. That is when bakeries mark down their day-old items.
- Shop for grocery store meat later in the day. That is when the meat department marks down the items about to go past the "sell by" date. This meat is perfectly safe and can be frozen for later use.
- Consider buying private-label or store brands. In many cases, these rival the quality of the well known brands, but at a significantly lower cost.
- Avoid processed foods. They may be convenient, but they're usually expensive and less nutritious. Buy cheap, healthy foods that are easy to fix, such as whole grain pasta, legumes and lentils.
- Select plant proteins. Include grains, legumes and nuts. Animal products can be very expensive. Meatless Monday is a public health campaign associated with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. It encourages people to give up meat once a week to cut the intake of saturated fat. Check out the site for meatless recipes! 
- Check deep-discount grocery stores. They purchase overstocks and test market items from manufacturers. Be flexible as they offer a rotating stock and items change daily. You can save up to 40% on brand-name items by adjusting your menu. The west coast's deep discounter is Grocery Outlet (www.groceryoutlets.com).
- Join a wholesale club. They usually sell in bulk at cheaper prices than their competitors. Consider applying to BJ's, Costco or Sam's Club. Be sure to account for the cost of membership and transportation -- they may outweigh the benefit in savings. Smart & Final is a smaller, no-membership janitorial and restaurant supply store.
- Fringe Benefits If you need a job, look for a job in the restaurant industry. You can frequently bring home food for free or cheap, even when not going home. This is especially helpful if you want to go on a date, and don't want to appear penny-pinching. Family-run businesses are best for this.
- Learn how to cook. Go to the library and borrow cookbooks and magazines with simple recipes. It's easy to make a nice dish with pasta, rice or beans. Practice makes perfect.
- Learn to enjoy cooking from scratch. You will be less likely to eat out. You can carefully craft low cost healthy meals.
- Learn to roll yesterday's leftovers into today's meal. Create a new dish.
- Learn to make great-tasting dishes at a lower cost. Eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches instead of roast beef. Eat macaroni and cheese instead of steak.
- Manage your refrigerator. Never let food go bad. Eat it or use it as an ingredient in a sauce, casserole or soup. For example, old salsa can be added to a curry and old milk can be turned into a quiche. Of course, don't use anything that has actually gone sour or rancid.
- Plan meals based on what you have on hand. Bring out your creative side.
- Plan meals based upon what's on sale. Change your recipes accordingly.
- Find Cheap Recipes On-line There's lots of good cheap recipes on-line if you look, e.g. http://deliciouscheapmeals.com.
- Share a plate of food. Restaurants usually serve enough for two. Don't pay for more than you need. Take food home for an extra meal.
- Try growing your own fruits and vegetables. Even if it's only tomatoes on a sunny windowsill in your apartment. Dry out the seeds, of whatever you eat, on a paper towel. While shopping, look for planting and growing tips on seed packets in the store.
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I adore key limes and am always on the lookout for new ways to use these fruity jewels of yellow and green. They are so much more than an everyday key lime pie recipe!
Just for you, I've taken my 45 best key lime recipes and have made them into a recipe book called Key Lime Heaven. It's chock-full of all kinds of wonderful recipes and flavors to tickle your tastebuds.
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1 Tbsp. grated orange zest
1/3 cup orange juice
6 large boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 2 lb.)
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MIX barbecue sauce, orange zest and juice. Reserve 1/2 cup of the barbecue sauce mixture. Pour remaining barbecue sauce mixture into shallow baking dish. Add chicken; turn to evenly coat both sides of each chicken breast. Cover.
REFRIGERATE 30 min. to marinate. Drain; discard marinade.
PREHEAT greased grill to medium heat. Grill chicken 12 to 15 min. or until tender and no longer pink in centers (170°F), turning and brushing occasionally with the reserved 1/2 cup barbecue sauce mixture after 8 min.
Prepare as directed, using KRAFT THICK 'N SPICY Honey Barbecue Sauce.
Serve with Grilled Corn on the Cob.
Make It Ahead
Chicken can be marinated and refrigerated overnight. Drain, discarding marinade. Grill as directed.
A recipe that was quick and easy for a late supper.My guys gobbled it up and told me to make it again soon!
The orange flavor gave the sauce a fresh taste and great for grilling!
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Time to Prepare: about 20 minutes
Time to Cook: 35 minutes
1 pound ground beef
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 (8 oz.) package shredded cheddar cheese
1 pkg. frozen tater tots
Brown meat and drain. Mix soup with enough milk to thin. Spray casserole dish with cooking spray. Spread meat across the bottom of the dish. Add soup and cheese. Then cover entire dish with tater tots. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 35 minutes or until tater tots are at your desired crispness.
2 tbl. vegetable oil
3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
2 lb. stew beef
1 onion, quartered
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups beef broth or bouillon
1 tsp. salt, or to taste
1 tbl. lemon juice
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
1-2 bay leaves
Dash allspice, optional
6 carrots, cut in pieces
6 med. white potatoes, cut in pieces
1/2 cup cold water
1/4 cup flour
Combine flour, paprika and garlic powder in a plastic bag. Coat stew beef in flour mixture and brown in hot oil in a large skillet; transfer to the Crock Pot. Add the remaining ingredients except for 1/2 cup cold water and 1/4 cup flour. Cook on low for 9 to 11 hours. About 30 minutes before serving, mix together the flour and cold water; add to the pot. Turn to high and cook until thickened.