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girl who thinks philately is fun posting in Cheap Easy Food!
User: bkworm9
Date: 2009-03-20 00:18
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I read this column over at Gourmet.com and thought some of you might be interested. The only tip from it is to shop with the sales, rather than shop with a recipe in mind, but I thought it was pretty interesting. It's what I've been doing lately since I'm pretty much broke at the moment (have enough for rent and utilities this month, but otherwise, am racking up my credit card debt for groceries), and not only am I noticing the reduction in my grocery receipts but also it's forcing me to be more creative in the kitchen.
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girl who thinks philately is fun posting in Cheap Easy Food!
User: bkworm9
Date: 2008-12-29 13:15
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Hey everyone, just a heads-up: The Kitchn blog is doing a round-up of its 2008 posts and it has a pretty good review of tips related to frugal cooking - see here.

x-posted a couple places

ETA: Link fixed! Sorry about that.
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felicity posting in Cheap Easy Food!
User: morning_view
Date: 2008-12-11 21:09
Subject: SOUP 'N BISCUITS !
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i had a whack load of veggies just hanging around in my fridge getting soft. sometimes they keep, and other times they do not. not terribly sure what to make with a whack of everything, i figured that soup would be the best call. i also made some bisquit scone type things to accompany.

WHAT YOU NEED:
- veggies
- can of tomatoes (diced, whole, doesn't matter)
- stock cube
- water


the nice thing about soup is that you can really use anything your heart desires so i'll change the heading to

WHAT I DID:
- chopped a good size onion (but i love onion)
- celery
- carrots
- fried them up
- 1/2 cup of red lentils
- can of diced tomatoes
- 1/2 an eggplant
- one parsnip
- one veggie stock cube
- 2 and 1/2 cups water
- a bay leaf
- 2 cloves of garlic, smashed
- brought it to a boil and let it simmer for a bit
- took out bay leaf and garlic


voila, it was pretty easy.


then i made some biscuits... courtesy of bread & honey

WHAT I DID:


2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (i'd probably add more than this...)
2 tbsp vegetable oil, or any oil, or shortening
1 cup buttermilk - regular milk plus 1tsp of vinegar works well too, or if you have plain yogurt laying around use its "juice" to sour your milk
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1/4 cup strong cheese
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp pepper


preheat oven to 450ºF. in a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. add the oil, sour milk, onions, red pepper flakes, and pepper and mix together gently until "just mixed." spoon into lightly oiled/buttered muffin tins. i baked it for 10 minutes and i got about 9 biscuits ... i also "over mixed" so be careful of that.

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User: pastmidnight
Date: 2008-05-02 16:44
Subject: Balsamic Grilled Bruschetta Chicken
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I found this recipe on http://www.pickypalate.blogspot.com today and thought it was a nice and easy but fresh way to prepare chicken.  To save some money, I would probably use shredded mozzaerlla, which I keep on hand, and basil from my spice rack.  Fresh basil gets expensive and I don't use it that often! 

Balsamic Grilled Bruschetta Chicken

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User: pastmidnight
Date: 2008-04-24 11:13
Subject: Buffalo Popcorn Chicken Bites
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I have not made this, but I am going to at our next party.  It's not exactly healthy, but I'm usually cooking for a bunch of drunk guys who don't care.  I think it will be a huge hit!

I can't imagine it being super expensive, as pancake batter, hot sauce and chicken are all things we keep on hand. 

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User: pastmidnight
Date: 2008-04-24 11:01
Subject: Great Party Drink!
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Now, I'm not so sure this fits, because it's not really food, nor is it very cheap...but it's a recipe and I think you guys will enjoy it.  

If I'm having a party, my stand by cocktail of choice is the chocolate martini.  For my St. Patrick's Day party, I decided to make a Thin Mintini to go along with my chocolate mint cupcakes.  I had one at a bar before, and thought I could do it myself.  Sure enough, I just added to my chocolate martini recipe and everyone loved it!  I had multiple people asked me what I used.  

Thin Mintinis 

One shot of Vanilla Vodka
One shot of Chocolate Liquor (the creamy kind, not the clear kind)
One shot of Creme de Caoco
One shot of Creme de Menthe

Shake over ice and serve in a glass that has been "criss-crossed" with chocolate syrup.  This recipe can be easily multiplied and served from a pitcher.  Warning: more than two of these will knock you off your feet! 

Godiva is the chocolate liquor of choice, but to save money, I usually buy an off-brand that is about $10 a bottle.  The two creme liquors are about $6 each, and vanilla vodka I can pick up for about $10. 
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felicity posting in Cheap Easy Food!
User: morning_view
Date: 2008-04-08 16:06
Subject: CURRY ... IN A HURRY?
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this isn't a cheap and easy recipe at all, but is anyone into making curry? anyone know of good recipes or where to find them? so far my extent of curry is mostly a dibble dabble in thai/cambodian cuisine from some local walk in restaurants here.


what about indian food in general? i've never had it and i would be really excited to try.


share! discuss!

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User: pastmidnight
Date: 2008-04-08 10:18
Subject: An apology
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I'm sorry for my lack of posting new recipes.  I have been dealing with moving to a new place, as well as a death in my boyfriend's family.  Basically I have not been cooking or baking anything at all in the past week or so!  

I would love it if someone else would post a recipe or a topic for discussion.  I should be back to normal in the next week or so.   
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User: pastmidnight
Date: 2008-03-30 15:09
Subject: Food related websites
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 What are your favorite food related websites?

http://www.allrecipes.com is the ultimate for me.  I even have two of their cookbooks.  

I hardly ever use http://www.foodnetwork.com, probably because I do not have cable, and therefore never get to watch the Food Network. 
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User: pastmidnight
Date: 2008-03-30 14:50
Subject: Green Beans, two ways
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I'm not a huge fan of veggies normally, but I love, love green beans. I love them fresh, cooked, steamed, in a can, etc.

Here are two easy green bean side dishes.  Each recipe serves around 4.

 

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