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This recipe calls for 4 staples that I keep on hand. Honey, lemon juice, parsley  and soy sauce. Because I keep them on hand I have found many dishes that calls for those ingredients. These items are easily found at local stores in small inexpensive sizes.  I store the lemon juice in the refrigerator after it has been open. Since I drink ice tea during the summer months. I like lemon and honey for my tea. Even though you have to maintain a frugal kitchen you will find these pantry staples important to make cheap meals sing with flavor.

Chicken thighs are the least expensive cut of chicken you can buy.  It is great for braising and stewing because it holds up in the process better than other parts of the chicken. Thighs are my first choice when I am trying to stretch a dollar. I always buy them with…

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Wishing Momoe would make this for me! ~~dru~~

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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 paper in the pan.  Also this recipe calls for crushed saltine crackers and nuts that is folded into the meringue to give it a wonderful texture. I also added a few videos to watch on how to make meringue.

This is a low cost desert to make and can be adjusted with less sugar and salt free crackers. I loved this pie as a kid. Some cooks are afraid to make meringue, but it is not hard.  You just have to remember that your bowl and beaters are real clean before you us the mixer…

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My kind of recipe, something so easy even I can do it. Too bad “HE” won’t eat fish but I may just do this for myself and he can make a veggie burrito. ENJOY.


Baked salmon in aluminum foil

Recipe (4 servings) ingredients:

  •  4 salmon filets (skinless)
  • 450g asparagus
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 lemon finely sliced
  • fresh dill
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • salt, pepper

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Place 7-8 asparagus in the center of aluminum foil. Drizzle 1 tbs olive oil over the asparagus and season with salt and pepper. Rinse the salmon fillets and season each side with salt and pepper. Layer each fillet over the asparagus and sprinkle the upper side with 1 tbs olive oil mixed with minced garlic. Top with fresh dill and a couple of lemon slices. Wrap each foil side inward over salmon fillets and then fold in top and bottom of foil to enclose. Bake for about 30 minutes, until salmon is cooked. Serve with boiled vegetables and/or mashed potatoes.

Unwrap and enjoy with a cold glass of white wine !

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This recipe sounds scrumptious and just what I need. I’m always out of money and ideas and I can’t bake. THANX momoe for another winner. ~~dru~~

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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 baking pan is needed. I baked mine in a square iron cast 9 inch skillet. Any heavy skillet will work.  You don’t even have to be good at baking to make this.

Butter and sugar are placed in the skillet and cooked on top of the stove until the sugar is melted. Then thin sliced apples are next added with a handful of raisins to the skillet.  The apples can cook on low heat while you mix the cake batter. The batter is poured over the apples and the cake is baked right in the…

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I need one of you to come over here RIGHT NOW and make this for me. Would be just perfect with hunks of bread on this rainy wintery day and since I have to go over to a friend’s home to feed her cat and start her pump if the backyard is flooded; so I just don’t have time to make this….BUT


butternut-soup2-2This soup is super easy to make. Light and creamy . Perfect for a chilly day!


  • 1 large or 2 medium Butternut Squash
  • Olive or coconut oil
  • 1/2 of an Onion chopped
  • 1 Celery Stock chopped
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. Cayenne
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Vegetable Stock
  •  Almond or Coconut milk

To Make This Soup:

  1. Cut the squash in half (length wise) and remove the seeds and pulp.
  2. Brush oil of your choice on the flesh of the squash.
  3. Salt and pepper the squash.
  4. Cover the tops or flesh part of the squash with foil and place foil side down on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 45 min  depending on the size of the squash.
  6. While the squash is baking cook the onion, garlic, and celery in a small…

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Lost my original comment…so I’ll just say YUM and you made me Hungry! Thanx Persia and Maximus. ~~dru~~

Maximus Octavian


Ingredients used: ready made pizza dough base, tomato and herb pizza sauce, mozzarella, baby spinach.


Get little helper to poke holes with a fork into the base.


Next, spread the tomato and herb sauce on the base.


Cut the mozzarella ball into slices (which I would not allow my little help to do), and place onto base/sauce.


Cover in spinach leaves.

Place in oven on gas mark 7 for approximately 15-20 minutes.



This is a really simple, easy meal for children to help prepare, and is very tasty.

(You can of course use whatever ingredients you wish, and it doesn’t have to be vegetarian).

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Like my Greens: Swiss Chard, Spinach, Parsley, Cilantro and Cucumber but Kale….it TEARS MY GUT APART; as does too much broccoli, Raw Turnips or Beets and other root veggies. I have diverticulitis and IBS so people with those conditions should be very careful of what they put in their juice or smoothies.

I’m not a big one for fruit in my drinks or carrots either because I’m also a diabetic but I do use some apple, like 1/2 of one. Also I prefer juices to smoothies preferring to eat my yogurt along with my drink to resemble a meal.

My very simple and very non-objectionable to my gut is: 1/2 green apple, 1-2 stalks celery, 2/3 to a whole cucumber, lots of parsley don’t really have a measurement…just a handful or two. Then plain yogurt on the side with it.

May not be varied enough to get the maximum nutritional benefit but I’m not on the toilet all day or grabbing my gut and crying. It can get that bad when you include Kale, Broccoli, Raw Beets and so on as my “HE Who Will Not Obey” is wont to do. He makes me a small glass first and then uses my base to add all his “stuff”.

Great Post with lots of info LORIEB THANX! ~~dru~~

LORIEB (Lor-eee-bee)

I try to make a healthy smoothie every morning.  I used to make them for my sonswhen they were young, now I make them for myself for a quick, nutritious start to my day.

These smoothies contain all of the following important nutrients and minerals necessary for a healthy thyroid and metabolism as well as combatants against depression, low energy, digestive problems, and weight gain:

  • healthy fats (omega 3s) for weight management: avocado, unsweetened coconut or almond milk
  • fiber for digestive health:  chia or flax seeds, broccoli, lentils, artichokes, avocado, cucumbers
  • iodine for a thyroid boost:  cranberries (fresh or frozen, unsweetened), kelp, organic yogurt, strawberries
  • protein for a thyroid and metabolism boost and energy: greek yogurt, hemp flour/seeds, whey powder
  • spices for flavor:  turmeric, curry powder, black pepper, garlic, ginger, cilantro
  • magnesium for necessary enzyme reactions:  dark chocolate (>70%), leafy greens, kelp
  • amino acids or building blocks of…

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Source:  from an AOL article



  • Flour (9 oz = 250 g)
  • Dry yeast (0.1 oz = 2 g)
  • Salt (0.2 oz = 5 g)
  • Water (2.8 oz = 80 g)
  • Canola oil (0.4 oz = 10 g)
  • Mozzarella and feta (11 oz = 300 g of each). (Ghlonti says, ”the U.S doesn’t import sulguni, a pickled cheese from Georgia’s Samegrelo region. Instead, I prefer half mozzarella and half French feta for a substitute.”)
  • Melted butter (0.4 oz = 10 g)


Mix together flour, yeast, salt, water and oil. Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes until the dough slightly rises. Mix again, and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Watch how to do the rest in this


Well after a Wonderful meal last night; you just can’t beat the combined flavors of Bacon and Cream of Tomato Soup with the crispness of chilled to almost frozen sparkling wine and a taste of chocolate afters; today dawns bright and sunny just as i hope will my New Year.


I’m just sitting here listening to choral music with my cats all about me and savoring the taste of a really good cup of coffee with self-indulgent real 1/2 & 1/2 instead of the Vanilla Soy milk as usual and contemplating what I will do with my New Day.  I’ve also eaten the last of the bacon from last night which makes the taste of my coffee even sweeter and more satisfying.

I never got around to the Swiss Chard last night so that will be part of today’s menu.  Greens to promote money and wealth in the New Year; along with black eyed peas for good luck and pork for richness.  Tonight I shall make Italian Spicy Sausage sauteed with red and green bell peppers, maybe some winter onion, and a dash of Tapatio Hot Sauce to add spice to the New Year also.


I’ll have to make veggie sausage for “HE Who Will Not Obey” as he has gone completely veggie on me but that left the whole pound of bacon from the butcher’s case for me last night and this morning. I BE FAT MOST OF THE TIME BUT RIGHT NOW….I BE FATTER!

We’ll have baked stuffing on the side and some homemade sauerkraut and that should cover all my New Year’s Day food traditions and superstitions because we had tamales for Christmas; so I do not need to have them today.  If I come across anyone selling them out of a cart today as I run my errands….I may indulge in one or two just because I live in usually Sunny So Cal.

I have a list of small chores that I want “HE” and I to accomplish today so that we start the New Year on the right foot but “HE” is already indulging in a nap and has his own business errands to run later.  Still we may at least combine our lists and get one or two things done.

I don’t take down my Xmas decorations (put up on the outside only) until 12th Night; the night of the 12th Day of Christmas and other’s Epiphany Celebration.  This was when I used to give small get-togethers for this event and EVERYONE was to bring all the sweets they had left over from Xmas and we were supposed to consume them all that night.  That was a long time ago when we were young and could indulge in an orgiastic sweet supper with champagne and also before the 20 odd (some semi-feral) Catz that don’t allow me to have people in my home anymore.  

Maybe for 2017 we’ll clean the house up enough to start having people over again.  Then again, maybe NOT.  I don’t need no stinkin’ resolutions to make me feel worse than i already do and put pressure on my near cracked mental state…..So Maybe Not.  But again, who knows….it is sunny today and almost anything seems possible.  2016xmasa

Well that is all for now my lovelies Thank you for stopping by and a Happy 2017 to you and yours! To END this ramble, I’m including a picture of “HE” and me and what we did New Year’s Eve. ~~dru~~