Aug
06

Cincinnati Style Chili – homemade imitation Skyline Chili

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Well, one of my favorite foods is Skyline Chili. Given that I don’t like processed foods and am trying (hard) to move further and further away from them, and given the price of Skyline Chili in cans at the store (we don’t live in Ohio), I made this to satisfy a craving a week ago. …

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Aug
04

Homemade Granola

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I love granola. Just love it. I’d been seeing on many blogs about how to make it and I felt like it was troublesome – and also figured that it would take a long time to make it taste good. However, my husband demolished half the batch, and he doesn’t even *like* granola. He kept …

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May
15

My Favorite Frugal Cookies: Oatmeal (Chocolate Chip)

Growing up, if we had cookies, 90% of the time if I didn’t scrape something out of an interesting cookbook and make them myself, they were usually this cookie. Occasionally we had other cookies; I can vaguely remember tries at molasses cookies and gingersnaps. The more I bake, though, the more I realize that these …

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May
09

Special Delivery: Nutella-stuffed chocolate chip cookies

This post was strongly inspired by these cookies I found on Pinterest. I wanted to make them and figured they were too difficult and expensive, until my friend over here was having a baby (even chose the same name as mine!!) and I wanted to have something to bring to her. She was, after all, …

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May
06

Fried Rice

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What follows stir fry, when plain leftover rice is not well loved by all members of the household? Fried rice. This is a simplistic, frugal version of fried rice and made a tasty meal for us. First, I dumped about 2 cups of leftover brown rice (this recipe is very flexible) into my wok, and …

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May
03

“Sweet and Sour” Stir Fry

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I keep forgetting about this, but I had a head of cabbage, and not wanting it to go bad (I am doing my best to stop the food waste from spoilage), I decided to make a stir fry. We both needed some protein so we added chicken. I used chicken breast which I cut off …

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Apr
24

Finding Frugality

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Well, I’ve loved a lot of the recipes I’ve put on this blog, really, I have. However, the more time has gone by, the farther we’ve drifted from the “frugality” part of the blog title. Most of it has just been comfort – I like to cook, and it’s still cheaper than going out, so …

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Apr
22

Beans

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So many recipes want a can of beans here or there, but canned beans usually have a ton of extra sodium and possibly other ingredients, when dry beans are so much cheaper. I have canned beans using a pressure canner, but right now I’m lower on pantry space versus freezer space, so I’ve been making …

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Mar
28

Shredded Chicken… the easy way!

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I’m trying to get into freezer cooking, because having the little one really has put a crimp in my cooking time – and sandwiches/cereal/frozen convenience food have been making all too many appearances at my dinner table. So, I wanted to make things to freeze so that I can pull out my own home cooking …

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Feb
18

Coconut Chicken Curry

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This recipe is by far my favorite one that I’ve made this last week; I ate way too much when I initially made it and also scored all the leftovers. It was the first time I had tried a casserole like dish with brown rice without cooking the rice first, and was amazed at how …

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