Dec 072014
Menu: Brunswick Stew

  ~MENU~ Brunswick Chicken Stew Hot Fluffy Rice Peaches Iced Tea, Lemonade or Fruit Drink   Canned Goods 2 (12-ounce) cans chicken 1 (15-ounce) can corn, no-salt-added 1 (15-ounce) can lima beans or butter beans or green beans (no-salt-added, if possible) 1 (15-ounce) can tomatoes with celery, green pepper and onion 1 (28-ounce) can peaches […]

Dec 072014
Menu: Cuban Chicken Stew

  ~MENU~ Guisado de Pollo Cubano (Cuban Chicken Stew) Hot Fluffy Rice Pears and Mandarin Oranges Iced Tea, Lemonade or Fruit Drink   Guisado de Pollo Cubano or Cuban Chicken Stew The tangy juice of sour oranges is one of the ingredients that gives Cuban Chicken Stew its signature flavor. This is not something that […]

Dec 012014
Family Style Pizza, Not!

I’m not going to tell you that this recipe is exactly like store-bought wheat & cheese pizza because it’s not. I’m not going to tell you that it’s like frozen gluten-free, dairy-free pizza, because it’s not. It’s very pizza-like, but it’s not actual pizza. To a little kid it will seem like pizza. To a teenager or […]

Dec 012014
Ground Meat & Veggie Skillet

  A simple skillet dish to serve over rice, this recipe is flexible enough to use pretty much any type of vegetable you want to use up. In the picture above I’ve used 1-pound of frozen mixed vegetables. You can use broccoli, cauliflower and carrots instead, or chopped zucchini or shredded cabbage, or chopped celery, […]

Nov 302014
I want to lose weight, but diets make me crazy.

Oh, you too? I thought I was the only one. I have a diet plan that I loosely follow. It’s a good one, if you prefer to follow a sensible, controlled plan. In all honesty, I don’t like sensible, controlled plans. I like to play it fast and loose and fly by the hem of my skirt. The […]

Nov 262014
Banana Bread Snack Squares

These aren’t exactly banana bread, and not exactly muffins either. You can bake the batter in a muffin pan if you like, but it makes 16 muffins, which is an inconvenient number. I prefer to bake the batter in a 9-inch square pan and then cut them into 16 squares. I consider these to be […]

Nov 262014
Black Friday Freebie: Hard Core Poor

Last week, Kelly Sangree, the author of the new book, Hard Core Poor, contacted me about reading and reviewing her book for Amazon. When people ask me this, my policy is to inquire whether they expect an honest review, or simply a recommendation. Generally folks prefer a recommendation over an honest review. This sort of tips me off […]

Nov 252014
Praline Sweet Potato Casserole

This is our go-to Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole. I’ve been making it for over a decade and everyone always wants the recipe. I almost always make it with canned sweet potatoes, so it’s so easy too, which is a special boon during the holidays when all the cooking takes so much time and effort. It’s […]

Nov 252014
Triple Corn Bread Casserole

  This recipe makes a hybrid cornbread, somewhere between spoon bread or batter bread and regular corn bread. It’s vaguely reminicent of the old country favorite Jiffy Cornbread Casserole. I’ve been bringing it to Thanksgiving at my grandmother’s house for several years now, and it’s always one of the first dishes to be polished clean. […]

Nov 252014
Cheaper Dairy-Free  Margarine

I was buying dairy-free margarine the other day, to get ready for my holiday baking, and I found a new product, Blue Bonnet Lactose Free Margarine. It cost $1 a pound, as opposed to $3.75 a pound, which is what I’ve been paying for Earth Balance margarine. I’ve been on the lookout for a lower […]

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