How to dry Cilantro

I sometimes have fresh cilantro left over from cooking a Mexican dish.  I don’t like to let it go to waste after lingering in the refrigerator for a few days.  Cilantro dries very nice and stays green afterward.  Some herbs that are green can turn brown or black when dried but cilantro stays green. I…

Chicken Marsala

What do you do with s small package of boneless chicken breasts?  There is only 2 breasts and you need to feed more than 2 people or you would like to get a second meal out of it. I did a no buy month last month to use up what I had on hand and…

Easy Chicken Meat Pie

This is a simple pie to make.  You can use your favorite pie crust recipe or used ready made pie crusts from the grocery dairy case.  I  chose to be lazy and used ready made pie crusts for this.  I also didn’t have much time to make my own.  I just wanted to get through…

Fresh Strawberry Meringue Pie

This pie is an old recipe that I have had since I was a kid in the 1950’s. The pie crust must have it’s roots in Australia’s desert, pavlova. This pie was originally in the 1952 Betty Crocker Cookbook. This recipe is different because it is made in a pie pan with a circle of parchment…

Lentil and Maple Sausage Soup

One of our food bloggers here at WordPress,Tammy Algood, posted a wonderful recipe for Maple Sausage and Lentil Soup. My pantry is full of lentils right now because it is one of the common items that is distributed at my local pantry. The recipe looked simple and inexpensive and the maple sausage I had in…

Cake Spice Blend Recipe

A couple of Christmases ago, I was shopping in a discount grocery.  I ran across a small bottle of cake spice. That was it’s name just “cake spice.”  I looked at the ingredients on the bottle to see what was in it.  This was different then what I expected so I bought the little dollar…

Apple Pie Spice Recipe

One of things that is important when you have a low budget to cook with is to keep a good assortment of spices. Using spices and herbs can really add flavor to a recipe. Some of those spices you can find inexpensively in little cellophane bags or at the dollar store in small plastic containers….

Apple Upside Down Cake

What can you make with just two apples?  How about a apple upside down cake.  This cake is from an old fashion heirloom recipe.  It is simple no fuss comfort food from a few simple ingredients that is from your pantry.  The cake is baked in a 9 or 10 inch skillet so no special…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs or Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

  This is an extremely easy recipe and you don’t have to have any extra equipment or molds. There is only 2 ingredients in the peanut butter centers and you hand shape them. Just melt chocolate candy melts or other colors to dip the eggs in. Almond bark candy melts or even chocolate chips can…

Hearty Turkey Sausage And Tomato Macaroni

There are days when I forget to plan dinner.  I end up digging through my freezer trying to decide what I can whip up in a hurry. You know, like a half hour ago it should have been on the table?  Today was one of those days and the only thing that I had was…

Bavarian Style Sausage Pasta Dinner

Years ago this recipe was inspired by the back of a soup can. I don’t remember what the recipe’s title was but that it had Bavarian in it. It was inexpensive and quick to make.  It takes only 30 minutes to make this.  My family loved it.  I have been making a version of it…

Five Apple Pie (Small Family Pie)

In 1915 Corning Glass introduced clear glass oven bake ware called Pyrex. In that line of bake ware was a 7 1/2 inch pie plate.  It became a very popular size.  They continued to make that size until the 1960’s.  What made this size popular during that period was it only took one can of…