Apr 052015
Curried Lentils & Potatoes

There is very little in life more boring than lentils and potatoes. I speak from experience here. Plain boiled lentils and plain boiled potatoes are about as exciting as plain boiled rice. On their own, they don’t taste like much, and even eaten together, they’re more the type of thing you eat because you have to, not […]

Apr 052015
Blackeyed Pea Gumbo

When Fred’s back first went out and we were considering early retirement for him, we had to eat from our pantry and freezer for about 6 weeks before the disability checks started coming in. I had lots of weird things in the freezer that had seemed like a good idea at the time, but which […]

Apr 022015
Not Campbell's Chicken and Rice Soup

This is my family’s answer to chicken noodle soup. Canned chicken rice soup is available, but most of it has small bits of gluten. This version is completely gluten free. As written, the recipe makes 4-servings. I usually double it, using a 12-ounce can of chicken. I make it with canned chicken, because I usually […]

Apr 022015
Not Campbell's Bean & Bacon Soup

My family has always adored canned bean and bacon soup. I used to buy the big, family-size cans and it could make a quick lunch when everything else was too hard to imagine. This soup tastes the same, but is not quite so quick to prepare. It’s still relatively easy if you use leftover or […]

Apr 022015
Not Campbell's Vegetable Soup

    When my kids were small they loved condensed vegetable soup. Some days it was the only source of vegetables I could get them to eat. Since we don’t eat canned soup any longer, the kids asked me to give them a substitute for alphabet soup. I asked if they really needed alphabet noodles, and […]

Mar 282015
Lentil & Vegetable Soup

This is simple, wholesome fare. It takes an hour from start to finish and fills the family up for very little cash. If you’re dieting, then it’s a great choice. It’s low in fat and sodium, high in protein and fiber. Plus all those veggies make it chock full of vitamins and minerals too. If […]

Mar 222015
Thousand Island Salad Dressing

Thousand Island Dressing Ingredients 3/4 cup mayonnaise 3 tablespoons ketchup 3 tablespoons vinegar 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder Directions Combine all of the ingredients in a 10-ounce or larger container. Small, clean, empty ketchup and mustard bottles are ideal. This is the […]

Mar 222015
Creamy Garlic Salad Dressing

When we gave up gluten and dairy there were some weird surprises. One of them was Caesar Dressing. We used to make our own dressing with plenty of parmesan cheese, or sometimes we would use the Great Value brand from Walmart. When we couldn’t eat dairy any more, we couldn’t have Caesar dressing either, because […]

Mar 222015
Non-Dairy Whipped Topping

Non-Dairy Whipped Topping Ingredients 12 ounce box silken tofu 1/3 cup corn oil or other mild flavored vegetable oil 1/3 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/8 teaspoon salt Directions I use an immersion blender to make this, but a regular blender will work too. Combine all the ingredients and […]

Mar 202015
Pantry Friendly Cheese

Cheese For Your Pantry Powdered cheese is available through mail order sources. I don’t like it. I’ve tried again and again to make peace with it, but it’s just not going to happen. So I’m left with two alternatives: Processed Cheese & Canned Cheese. Pasteurized Processed Cheese Spread is best known as Velveeta. It keeps […]

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