Cooking On A Budget

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Mom's Chicken Salad

The humble and ordinary chicken salad mom made gets lifted up by the bread it's served on.

You all know how to make a basic chicken salad I am sure, that's just homemaking 101. This gives me the opportunity to speak with you all about "waste not, want not." Plus, this sandwich seemed not so basic and tasted so much better because of the bread it was served on.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Apple Strudel

Pink Lady and Yellow Transparent apples from Kauffman's Fruit & Farm Market led me to thoughts of making strudel.

Disclosure: I am partnering with Kauffman’s Fruit Farm as a blog ambassador. I have received these Kauffman’s Fruit Farm products for free; however, all opinions remain my own.

I searched the one cookbook I felt would lead me to the most traditional strudel recipe. The cookbook I purchased many years ago is called "Good Old Food". It was late in the evening when I remembered I had this cookbook. The recipe was indeed in there with the recipe for the dough. Let me tell you they were talking about how to make the dough and how to stretch it and it was all Greek to me. Then the recipe for the strudel follow and I was so relieved ~ phyllo dough! Okay, there's a market brand of frozen phyllo pastry that won't leave me in a heap crying in the kitchen because my homemade dough isn't thin enough.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Apple and Cider Donut Shortcakes

Sauteed spiced apples atop apple cider donuts with a nice dollop of whipped cream ~ fall is in the air.

My husband had a request for me to make apple pie or pumpkin pie this weekend, so I took out one of the Freezer Apple Pies I made a while back. What a life saver that was to have on hand. I took it out in the morning and by evening it was thawed and ready to be warmed up a bit in the oven. Just delicious! But for me I wanted something a little different ~ out of the everyday as I like to say. Spotting apple cider donuts on sale in our grocery store's flyer was the spark for this easy and simple dessert.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pork, Peppers & Onions Over Rice

A left-over make-over meal that speaks volumes to being frugal and resourceful.

An idea struck me today as I stared down that pork roast sitting in the refrigerator. Quite frankly I've always been baffled by what to make with left over pork roast. I've tried the potato hash thing and really we did not care for it very much, but this dish (Pork, Peppers & Onions Over Rice) so very similar to my Beef, Peppers and Onions will be my go to recipe for left over pork roast from here on out.

When you allow the peppers and onions to simmer in the pork gravy, the gravy takes on those flavors and it is really, really delicious. I still had peppers from our garden and they were a mixed color of green and orange. For this recipe just use the least expensive green bell pepper and it will be just as good, or if you prefer mix green and orange bell peppers.

  • 3-4 cups pork (left over) - cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup homemade pork gravy (or buy a jar)
  • 2 peppers - large dice
  • 1 large onion - large dice
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup chicken broth or water (to reconstitute gravy if necessary)
  1. Place a large skillet over medium low heat and melt the butter. To the skillet add in the onions and peppers. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Stir and saute for about 5-6 minutes until they soften up and start to release their juices. 
  2. When that is done, turn the heat down to low. Add in your gravy and if it is thick add a 1/2 cup or so of broth or water to reconstitute it. Stir to make it smooth and simmer on low covered for about 15 minutes for the flavors to meld together.
  3. While that's happening, if you are serving over rice begin your rice. Rice generally takes 18-20 minutes to cook.
  4. When the rice is almost done, add the cubed pork to the peppers and onion mixture. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes to warm up the pork.

While this was cooking I stepped outside and my neighbor asked me what I was cooking. He said, "whatever you're cooking smells terrific." Then my husband came in, tasted the sauce from the pan and was hoping I would serve it for lunch - he can't wait to eat it. I must say for a left-over make-over meal this is pretty darn tasty and I invite you to try it.

Simple, easy and from start to finish takes less than an hour.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Garlic Go-Go Bread

Another restaurant-quality dish I made in my own home and you can too. The ever delicious and exquisite Garlic Go-Go Bread.

 This amazing garlic bread is served at Michael Jordan's Sports Bar Cafe and I re-created it at home. If you've ever wondered about the recipe and how to make it, look no further. I've nailed it and it's as good as what is served in the cafe.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Cake Box Pumpkin Cookies

Whether you're a stay at home mom (or dad) or a full-time working mother, these easy, breezy cookies should be in your repertoire of fast and simple desserts.

I am so glad I discovered some years back the secret to making quick and easy cookies using a cake mix. I've made quite a few here on Cooking On A Budget and they were all terrific. The best part about them aside from how easy and quick they are to make and bake - they are delicious and do not cost very much to make them.
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