Archive for April, 2010

Ever wonder how our ancestors always seemed to have food on the table even in lean times? When we are visiting the grocery store every week to the tune of hundreds of dollars, we long to know their secret. In fact it isn’t a secret at all. It is actually good planning and preparation on their part.  Once we realize this and begin doing as they did, we too will see our dollar stretch further.

The items that we have on hand are what determine how far our food will go. Filling your cabinets or pantry with a few useful staples can be the difference between a trip to the grocery store each and every week versus once or twice a month. Stocking just a few choice items is all you need to create wonderful meals.

1.Flour. Flour is a starter item for many recipes. You can add it to some water and make gravy in the pan for many meat dishes. Flour is used to make bread (biscuits, rolls, loaves) and to coat chicken. It can also be used to coat a round or square cake pan to prevent the cake from sticking. Of course, one of the favorite uses for flour is in cookie recipes that make scrumptious desserts.
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An easy to prepare and make pie crust recipe that you can freeze and thaw when needed.

What You Need:

2 C sifted all purpose flour

1 t salt

3/4 C shortening

4 to 5 T ice water

Wax paper

Freezer wrap

How to Make It:

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What do you do when a meal is finished? Most of us wash the dishes and wrap up the leftovers, but what happens to the leftover portions not eaten? Do they get consumed later or do they sit in the refrigerator until they start to smell and you finally throw them out? If you tend to do the latter, how about saving some time and money by learning how to use those leftovers in new ways to surprise your family at dinner time.

Some people like leftovers and some do not. Still then, many will eat them one day out, but quickly get tired of eating the same thing over and over. Here’s a way to fix the problem if you or someone in your family is the same way. Let’s start with an example.

You prepare a roasted pork loin and rice for dinner one night. The family wants something else for dinner the following night so the pork loin gets pushed to the back of the refrigerator. Normally, that’s where it will stay until you clean out the fridge, right? Not anymore. Let’s do something to keep that pork loin from going to waste.
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Try an all time favourite Strawberry Jam recipe. Try your own variations, add different fruit as desired. That is the best thing about cooking, you determine what you want.

What You Need For The Easiest Jam Recipe:

1 pt boxes of fresh strawberries, washed, drained and hulls removed

2 1/2 C of fresh pineapple, peeled and finely chopped

7 C sugar

2 pkgs (1 3/4 oz) powdered pectin

1 C cold water

4 pt freezer containers with lids

How to Make It:

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