Showing posts with label frugal recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label frugal recipes. Show all posts

Friday, February 14, 2014

Potato Dumpling Pie

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Wanting for comfort food? Maybe, you're yearning for some Potato Dumpling Pie!
This Potato Dumpling Pie recipe can be cooked in a pie dish, iron skillet, or a casserole dish. Slices of potato and onion seasoned up with garlic and black pepper enveloped in a thick, creamy texture,all along with spoonfuls of rolled buttermilk dumplings simply beckon you to the supper table.
Very few ingredients and a simple technique make this recipe a winner. 

Let's get started and gather up some ingredients!

Total Cook Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes (approximately)
Bake Time: 1 hour
Preheat Oven: 425 degrees

4-5 medium size potatoes
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
2 cup Self-rising flour(Martha White or White Lily)
3 tablespoons shortening(I prefer butter flavored Crisco)
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon salt for dumpling plus approximately 1 tablespoons to flavor potatoes
black pepper season to taste
water-enough to boil potatoes in

1. Slice potatoes into disc and onion into rings
2. Place potatoes, onions, salt, and pepper in a medium pot. Fill pot approximately 3/4 full with water.

3. Bring to boil. Turn temperature down to a rolling boil for about 15 minutes.
4. Prepare dumplings by combining flour and salt in mixing bowl. 
5. Cut-in shortening.
6. Add buttermilk a little at a time while stirring with a fork. When dough will follow fork around the bowl there's enough milk.
7. Turn out on board, kneading just a little. Roll out and cut into squares.

6. Add dumplings to potatoes. Be very careful not to get burned by bubbling. Turn down the temperature on the potatoes if there's a danger of getting burned. The mixture will get quite thick and extremely hot.
7. Turn temperature down to a simmer after adding all your dumplings. Simmer approximately 5 minutes or until thickened.

These potatoes & dumplings could be served as is and be quite good but to achieve the brown crust you'll want to pour it in your dish to bake.

8. Pour in dish.
9. Bake at 425 degrees for 1 hour or until top is browned over.

Do enjoy!

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Peanut Butter Delight Bars

Preacher Cookie

This Peanut Butter Delight Bars Recipe is simple decadence. 
Blending of rich cocoa flavor with a crunchy peanut filling and the final topping from the honey-bear makes this dessert an absolute treat. It is an adaptation from what most southern folk call the Preacher Cookie. Although the recipe contains a bit of sugar it is also fairly healthy if you take in the quantity of peanut butter and oatmeal.
Most importantly, my kids say,
"It's Good!"

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 2 quart Yields: 7 x 11 inch or 2 quart (recipe can be doubled if not being served individually)

1/2 Cup Sugar
1/3 Cup Cocoa
1/2 Cup Evaporated Milk(regular whole milk can also be used)
2 Tablespoons Butter or Margarine
1 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Crunchy Peanut Butter plus 1 or 2 cups to spread as filling
2 Cup Quick Cooking Oatmeal
Honey for drizzling over top

peanut butter, oatmeal, honey dessert bar

1. Combine sugar, cocoa, and evaporated milk in a saucepan. 
2. Bring to boil, stirring constantly for 3 minutes then remove from heat.
3. Stir in peanut butter, vanilla, and butter until smooth.
4. Fold in oatmeal until well blended.
5. Spread into pan or casserole dish.
6. Cool until well set.

Bars can be served as the are but doubling with peanut butter in the middle is what really adds the extra to this dessert. Don't forget to drizzle the honey on top.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Helpful Hints-Beverages

Simple Beverage Tips

  • You won't need sugar with your Jasmine, Formosa Oolong, or any of the lighter-bodied tea varieties; these varieties have their own natural sweetness. They are a great choice for sugarless iced tea, as well.
  • Calorie-free club soda adds sparkle to iced fruit juices making them go further and offers calorie reduction.
  • Dissolving old-fashioned lemon drops or hard mint candy in your tea is a  quick way to brisk flavored tea.
  • Always chill juices or sodas before adding to beverage recipes.
  • Create a fresh mint chocolate cup of cocoa by placing fresh or dried mint in the bottom of your mug before filling with hot chocolate.
  • One lemon yields about 1/2 cup juice; one orange yields about 1/3 cup juice.
  • Storing ground coffee in the refrigerator or freezer to keep the flavor for a longer time.
  • Always use cold water when beginning to make coffee.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Happy Day Cake with Coffee Icing

If I knew you were coming I'd a' baked a cake...baked a cake..

Cake from Scratch

There's no special occasion or birthday today. 
We just like cake!
I'm glad to share my version of Grandma Hylton's Happy Day Cake.

Happy Day Cake with Coffee Icing

Preheat oven: 375 degrees
Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45-60 minutes (approximately)

2 Cups Self-Rising flour(sifted)
3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 1/3 Cup Shortening(I use Crisco Butter Flavored)
1 Cup Milk
2 Teaspoon Vanilla flavoring
2 Eggs

1. Sift all dry ingredients into mixer bowel.
2. Add shortening and 2/3 of milk, then add vanilla.
3. Beat 1 minute on low speed.(I use speed 2 with Kitchen Aid)
4. Add remaining milk and eggs, beat 30 seconds. Stop & scrape bowl.
5. Beat 1 minute  on high(I use speed 6 with Kitchen Aid)
6. Pour batter into prepared pan.
7. Bake 375 degrees for 50 minutes or until cake pulls away from pan.

Coffee Icing
2 Cups Confectioner's Sugar
1/4 Cup Margarine(softened)
1 teaspoon Vanilla flavoring
3 Tablespoons of Strong Coffee

1. Cream  sugar into margarine.
 2. Add vanilla and coffee creaming until smooth.

Yellow Bundt Cake

Monday, January 20, 2014

Turkey Dumpling Casserole

This Turkey Dumpling Casserole Recipe is a delicious remedy for leftover turkey.
Turkey can be so under appreciated but it's as delicious as you choose and many times it is the forgotten meat. After the holiday's, many grocers  will have deep markdowns on the excess turkey they have in stock, making it the frugal cook's  choice.

Chicken Dumpling

Turkey Dumpling Casserole

Prep Time:1 hour and 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
* Prep Time is to indicate approximately and hour to stew the turkey off the bone and 30 minutes to prepare your dumpling's.
*Cook Time indicates the time casserole is baked in the oven.

Preheat oven at 400 degrees

Leftover Turkey on the Bone(you could substitute chicken or boneless turkey)
1 Can Chicken broth
16 ounce bag of frozen Peas & Carrots (2 cans of Peas & Carrots)
2 Cups Self-Rising Flour
1/3 Cup Shortening
1 Cup Milk
2 Teaspoons Pepper plus a dash for the top
1 Teaspoon Salt
4. Directions:
1. Remove meat from bone.

2. Cover bone and meat with water in a large pot. Bring to a rolling boil for approximately 1 hour or until all the meat has fell off the bone. 

While turkey is boiling prepare your dumplings.

3. Place 2 cups of flour in a large mixing bowl.
4. Cut-in shortening.
5. Make a well in flour.
6. Slowly add milk until flour will follow fork around bowl. You might not need the entire cup of milk. If you have left over milk save it to add to your dumpling mixture later.
7. Roll out dumplings and cut into small rectangles.

8. Remove turkey pot from heat and let cool. Remove bone and any skin or unappealing gristle from pot.
9. Return pot to heat bring back to a rolling boil.

10. Add broth, salt, pepper, peas and carrots. Also add any remaining milk but let milk come to room temperature and pour in slowly while stirring.
11. Add dumplings to pot a little at a time. I add about a row that I've cut out then gently push them down into mixture so they cook a little. When they float back to the top, I add another row until all my dumplings are in the pot.

12. Simmer at low to medium-low for 2 -3 minutes.

13. Pour into 9 x 13" casserole dish. Move dumplings around evenly in dish. Pepper top of casserole.

14. Bake 45 minutes.


Chicken Casserole

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Boo Berry Cereal~Alternative

Are you on cereal burn-out?
How about trying an alternative to the usual bowl of cereal and splash of milk!
You might even gather a little more nutrition 
exchange it for excitement!

I have always tried to offer a little variety to my children's breakfast but even changing up between a boxed-cereal, oatmeal,  poptarts or pastry, and the an egg here and there, their weekday breakfast can quickly go boring and stale. 
As I was hoping to retrain myself on some healthier habit(I'm usually a breakfast skipper) I picked up a tub of yogurt and a box of granola and placed it in the grocery cart when I asked what they would be wanting for their morning breakfast for the week they eyed my yogurt and granola in jealousy. I then asked them if they would really eat it; they nodded wholeheartedly.
They have! They love it! 
I think they think there getting dessert for breakfast.

Let me give you my super simple recipe....

Boo Berry Cereal~Alternative

Prep Time: 2 minutes (maybe if that much)

French Vanilla Yogurt 
Granola cereal 
Blueberry topping

1. We've started ours with placing 3 heaping tablespoons of yogurt in the bowl.
2. Top with granola and a tablespoon of blueberry topping.

3. Fold over gently.

There's nothing left but the eatin'!
I'm no nutritionist but this meal can boast no preservatives.
Have checked out the ingredients to you children's favorite cereals?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

White Chicken Chili

It is the season for chili!
Are you looking for a different twist on one of the seasons favorites?
Maybe, you should give White Chicken Chili a try.
It's oh so easy!
Prep time: approximately 10 minutes.
Cook time: at least 30 but the longer this simmers the better it gets

2 Large cans  Great Northern Beans(40.5 oz)
1 can Chili Ready dices Tomatoes
2-3 lbs. fresh Chicken Breast(diced)
1/3 Cup chili powder
1 clove of garlic or Knorr's mini garlic cube
1 Tablespoon chopped onion or Knorr's mini onion cube
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Pepper
1 Habenaro Pepper or Jalapeno Pepper(chopped, no seeds) 
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1. Pour beans and tomatoes into large pot.
2. Bring to a rolling boil.
3. Add chili powder, onion, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to a simmer.
4. In a skillet brown cubed chicken and habenaro pepper in 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
5. Put browned chicken mixture into your pot of beans.
6. Simmer for about 30 minutes.

Around here chili requires Frito corn chips & a dollop of sour cream.
This White Chicken Chili is wonderful with Toasted Mozzarella French Bread.
Go ahead and toss a little mozzarella in the chili while you're at it.

Oh up!