They’re convenient and tasty, but have you ever considered the high cost of your favorite prepared mixes and spices?
In less time than it takes you to run to the market to pick up a box of Rice a Roni or Shake ‘N Bake, you can make it yourself, and save a bundle in the process.
With each of these “copy cat” recipes, I’ve indicated the approximate price of the “real thing” in my grocery store as this goes to print. It’s difficult to say for sure what these recipes will cost by comparison because there are so many variables, but I can assure you it’s pennies, not dollars!
Like Lipton Onion Soup Mix
- 3/4 cup dry minced onion flakes
- 1/3 cup beef bouillon powder
- 4 teaspoons onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed celery seed
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar Continue reading
While I don’t personally know of anyone who has been camping out in a Walmart parking lot for the last week, I do know lots of people who are storming the sales at malls and stores today. Me? I’d rather be any other place—like Yo Gabba Gabba LIVE! Or maybe in my kitchen stirring up a few batches of decadent Caramel Corn and Peanut Brittle.
Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to kick off the holiday season than with my two favorite decadent holiday treats! Continue reading
I had my first encounter with a can of diced tomatoes when it showed up on my weekly shopping list and not that long ago. Don’t ask which planet I’ve been on when I tell you I truly did not know such a thing existed. Not a big canned tomato fan, I lived my life avoiding that section of the store. If it wasn’t tomato sauce or tomato puree, I didn’t buy it.
As I’ve told you in past columns, I don’t actually make my own shopping list. I depend on the kindness of others who love to do that and who share their lists with me. Hey, if they enjoy matching weekly sales with manufacturer’s coupons (TheGroceryGame.com and eMeals.com), who am I to deny them that privilege? And I’m adventurous. I’ll try new things, even diced tomatoes with garlic and onion, one of several varieties available.
The first time I bought a can of diced tomatoes, I didn’t really buy it–I acquired it. It was on sale and when the clerk reduced the sale price by doubling the value of the coupon, it was free. How could I pass up a free can of diced tomatoes–with garlic and onion, no less? Continue reading
A surefire signal that I’m out of town is the big square burn mark in my best stainless skillet. That’s the tale tell sign my husband has attempted to prepare the one and only item on his repertoire of home cooked meals: A grilled cheese sandwich.
The man doesn’t know how to cook.
His grilled cheese sandwiches are burned on the outside, solid on the inside. Poor guy. When it comes to this basic all-American favorite, Harold does just about everything wrong. He starts with a blazing hot skillet, uses cold butter and unevenly sliced cheese with the thickest parts of the cheese piled up in the middle of the sandwich. This man really needs his wife.
There’s an art to preparing a perfect grilled cheese sandwich that is crispy, golden brown on the outside, soft on the inside with cheese that is evenly melted. Continue reading
Not long ago, as I was preparing one of my favorite dishes, I got to thinking about you. No kidding, I really did. As I was mulling over my short list of quick and easy recipes that make me look good, I made a mental note that I need to share these recipes with you. They’re quick, easy, very inexpensive and sure to make you look good.
Three-Packets and a Roast
This recipe makes me look like a much better cook than I really am. Give it a try soon, and you’ll know what I mean. You can use any cut of meat for this one, the tougher, the better, as that’s the one that will have the most flavor. Get ready to be amazed because this it makes its own gravy. Seriously.
- 1 packet dry ranch dressing mix
- 1 packet dry Italian dressing mix
- 1 packet dry brown gravy mix
- 1 beef roast, any cut
Place the roast in the slow cooker. In a small bowl combine the contents of all three packets with 1 cup water. Mix to combine. Pour over the roast. Cover. Cook on Low for 7 to 8 hours depending on just how cheap that cut of meat is. Continue reading