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Cook it

Menu Planning aka The Meal Plan Primer

How to Menu Plan

The Home-Ec 101 Introduction to menu planning

Basic Cooking Skills

Cooking Terms and DefinitionsUse the Water Test to Prevent Food from Sticking in Stainless Steel
Learn to Make Brown Gravy (Includes time-lapse video to demonstrate the process)Learn to Make Sausage Gravy
Learn to Roast a ChickenLearn to Make Meatloaf
Knife Skills
How to Sharpen a Knife
How to Dice a Bell PepperHow to Cut Up a Whole Chicken
How to Seed and Dice a CucumberHow to Dice an Onion
How to Slice an OnionHow to Dice a Tomato
Food Safety
How to Hand Wash Dishes
How to Use Chlorine Bleach SafelyIs Vinegar Strong Enough for Kitchen Disinfection
How to Freeze Food Safely, Part 1How to Freeze Food Safely, Part 2
Why Thaw Food in a WaterbathWhat to Do After the Freezer Was Left Open
How Long Can Food Be Frozen
Use Refrigerator Zones for Optimal Food StorageUse Caution Cooking Kidney Beans in a Slow Cooker

Recipes and Tutorials

Sauces, Gravy, and Salad Dressing

How to Make Bechamel (White Sauce)How to Make Pan Gravy
Cream of X Soup Substitute How to Make Brown Gravy
Includes a time-lapse video to demonstrate the process
How to make Sausage Gravy
Enchilada SauceTzatziki or Cucumber Garlic Sauce
Homemade Ranch Dressing MixBlue Cheese Dressing
Western Dressing

Soups and Stews

AlbondigasBaked Potato SoupBeef Stew
Black BeanChicken and Turkey StockChicken Gumbo
Chicken and Wild Rice  (Creamy)Chicken Noodle SoupCioppino (Shellfish Stew)
Corn ChowderCream of BroccoliCream of [X] Soup Substitute
GazpachoGluten-Free Corn ChowderLeek and Cabbage Soup
Leek and Potato SoupNew England Style Clam ChowderNo Tomato Chili
Shrimp ÉtoufféeSplit Pea SoupStewed Chicken
Taco Soup Tomato SoupWhite Chicken Chili


Bean and Corn SaladCandied Bacon Salad Caprese
Carrot Raisin Salad Chicken Salad Classic Tuna Salad
 ColeslawCucumber Salad (2 ways)
Greek Pasta SaladMediterranean Cous Cous SaladChick Pea and Watermelon
Pasta SaladPotato, Egg, and Green Bean Salad 
Radish and Egg SaladSpinach Salad with Cranberries & FetaTomato Salad
Tuna Macaroni SaladTuna Salad (Tangy Variation) 


CioppinoDilled SalmonFish and Chips, Oven Fried
Fisherman’s PieLinguine with Clam SaucePecan Crusted Salmon
LoxShrimp EtouffeeShrimp Etouffee, Dry Roux
Shrimp StockSpanish Baked Cod with Olive TapenadeSpring Rolls with Shrimp
Steelhead Trout with Honey or Maple Glaze  


How to Convert Chicken Recipes for Various Cuts

How to Cut Up a Whole Chicken

How to Butterfly or Spatchcock a Chicken

Buffalo Chicken Dip
Buffalo Chicken SandwichesChicken Fingers
Chicken MarsalaChicken ParmesanChicken Picante
Shawarma-Inspired Chicken
Leg Quarters, Thighs, Drumsticks, Wings
Chicken GumboChili Honey Chicken ThighsFried Chicken
Garlic and Brown Sugar ThighsGarlic and Soy Baked Chicken ThighsGrilled Buffalo Wings
Italian Marinated Fried Chicken ThighsOven-Fried Chicken ThighsPineapple Grilled Chicken
Stewed Chicken  
Balsamic Roasted ChickenBBQ Chicken (dry rub)Chicken Bog
Chicken Pilau Chicken Peppers and MushroomsOven Roasted Chicken
Pre-Cooked Chicken (canned or homemade)
Chicken and Wild Rice SoupChicken Chimichangas / Grilled BurritosChicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Pot PieWhite Chicken Chili


Ground Beef
AlbondigasBeef and Cabbage SkilletCheeseburger Macaroni
Egg RollsGrilled MeatloafLasagna
Ground Beef and GravyMeatballs
Meatloaf (traditional)No-Tomato Chili Simple Philly Skillet
Sloppy JoesSpaghetti Sauce Taco Soup
Pot RoastCompany Pot Roast
Extra Effort, but worth it
 Walnut Crusted RoastWine Braised Pot Roast
Beef StroganoffBlackened Beef TipsCountry Fried Steak
Country Style Cube SteakHerb Crusted SteaksMediterranean Beef Pitas

Short ribs


Baked Pork Egg Rolls    Chili Maple Pork ChopsFake ‘n’ Bake Pork Chops
 Italian Pork Chops Pork Chops with Raspberry Sauce Pork Spare Ribs, Memphis Dry Rub Style
 Pulled Pork Thai Lettuce Wraps with Satay Pork Strips  


Asparagus, GrilledBaked PotatoesBaked Potato Soup
Broccoli Almond SaladBroccoli Cheddar FrittataBroccoli with Bell Pepper
Broccoli, RoastedBroccoli, SteamedBroccoli Rabe with Garlic and Ginger
Brussels Sprouts, Oven-RoastedBrussels Sprouts with BaconButternut Squash, Savory
Butternut SquashCapreseCarrot Raisin Salad
Cauliflower Cheddar BitesColeslawCollard Greens
Collard Greens and Northern BeansCollard Greens, Vegetarian StyleFried Green Corn
Corn and Bean SaladCorn ChowderCorn Chowder, Gluten Free
GazpachoGreen Beans, RoastedGuacamole
Hasselback PotatoesHow to Roast PotatoesKale, Braised
Leek and Cabbage SoupLeek and Potato SoupLoaded Mashed Potatoes
Olive TapenadePeach SalsaPeach Syrup
Pear SaucePeas and AlmondsPotato Salad
Ranch Potato WedgesRice and PeasRoasted Vegetables
Rutabaga, BraisedRutabaga, Mashed Turnips and Rutabagas, Braised
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  1. Here is a great recipe that will go a longgg ways on a cold winter day. And it only cost $5 to make a big pot. 3 cans of tomato soup, 3 cans bean w/bacon soup, 2 cups water (optional), 1 bag of frozen corn or vegetable of choice (or two cans of vegatalbe of choice), 1 lb ground beef/venison/turkey, 1 1b smoked sausage or bacon. Fry meats until cooked. Drain grease. Combine all ingredients in Stew pot, simmer for about an hour. Great served with cornbread. I get all my soups at Save A Lot.

  2. Planting a garden so I can do canning and freezing is our number one goal towards a frugal life for next year. Right now using all we can to make our home the best we can. There was a pile of old metal siding and boards way out in our new field. Ray has used almost all of these materials and been able to enclose a garage on the house. Not fancy, but it works. I bought a $5 Craftsman Gas Weed Eater at a garage sale. Ray cleaned it up and it works great. It is a good thing because until a few days ago there was no yard. Ray has been busy. We are going to be getting ducks to clean our pond. I can’t wait I love critters!
    When I lost our home, I was devasted and not sure I could deal with it on top of being sick. I now know, it was a blessing in disguise. We lived in the woods until we could close on the new house. Probably about two months. No running water, no electric, but we were together. During the week, I would stay with family and friends so I could work. Anxiously awaiting Thursday evening to join my family. We had never been apart. Ray even stays at the hospital with me, except for when I had to stay at Mayo in MN. The only time we have been away from the girls is vacation and Mayo clinic. We won’t be doing vacation again because we can’t find anyone good enough to watch the dogs. How funny is that?
    To look around our home it isn’t much but it is a home full of love. There are weeks we don’t have much for groceries, but there are so many ways to make meals go alongggggg way. We live very simple. Our vehicles are all at least 12 years old and well worn. With the exception of the beautiful car, my father in law gave us to take to the clinic. But we only use that for special occations. I remember a time as a little girl, I wanted to live like Liittle House on the Prairie. Well, we did that. Now we are just living a frugal, wonderful, peaceful life!
    Well, thank you for taking the time to meet my family! Our Best to you and yours!


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