Just Freeze it

I have to admit my days are getting shorter and I need a Vacation from cooking. My husband would contend that I am on permanent vacation in fact for 10 years he didn’t know I could cook. Give me props for avoiding cooking for that long. I can cook very well in fact well not top chef well but good enough to have my husband and friends ask me to make them meals. I have so many friends who are having babies, need help, or deserve a meal but I do not have the time to make them. I needed to find a ...

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Rachel RAY goes gourmet on a budget: Sausage-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Marsala and Cranberry-Orange Polenta

Sausage-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Marsala and Cranberry-Orange Polenta YUMMY, YUMMY, YUMMY I have chicken coming out of my ears. I am learning to stockpile which we encourage you to do I bought the chicken last week for $.99 LB. What I do not have coming out of my ears is new recipes. I have to look to the goddess of the kitchen for those. I love fancy food with layered flavors. What I do not love is the price of these dishes. I try to make something new and exciting each week. I am not ...

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Eating Gourmet on a Budget

I wanted to share my families dinner with you. Many times people think that buying frugal or buying groceries on the cheap equals low quality meals. However, we ate gourmet tonight! Amee and I went shopping together at Harris Teeter yesterday. As we shared, the Tuna Steak was an e-VIC special. Unsure of how to prepare fresh tuna, I told Amee I was going to pass on the deal. Amee encouraged me to try it on the grill. I figured why not? It ended up being $1.75 for just under a pound. Normally it ...

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Rachel Ray recipe using the sales flyer: Sauteed Pork Chops with Sherry-Berry Pan Gravy and Rhubarb Chutney

What for dinner Wednesday Sauteed Pork Chops with Sherry-Berry Pan Gravy and Rhubarb Chutney Serves 4 6 tablespoons butter, divided 3 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice (from a wedge of lemon) 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2-3 stalks rhubarb, trimmed and chopped (about 1/2 pound) A handful of golden raisins 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) 4 boneless, center-cut pork loin chops (8 ounces each) At KROGER just  $3.79 Salt and pepper 1 tablespoon all-purpose ...

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Rachel Ray COOKS: Chicken Cutlets Brasciole

What's for dinner Wednesday So, I think the only difference between myself and Rachel Ray is, she enjoys cooking and I just cook to live. I decided to embrace who I am and march into the kitchen with my game face on and get busy. I then grabbed the sales flyers and my Rachel Ray cookbook and the search began. I am determined to cook something special in  under 30 minutes and within the budget. Chicken Cutlets Brasciole (if all else fails emulate the above photo.. no need to cook ...

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Rachel Ray meals using this weeks sales flyer: BABY Back Ribs

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What's for dinner Wednesday! AT  Food Lion This WEEK BABY Back Ribs just $1.99 a lb...         4 whole racks baby back pork ribs (5 to 6 pounds) 3 tablespoons chili powder 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper One 10-ounce jar seedless blackberry jam 1/4 cup ketchup 1 tablespoon steak sauce 1 tablespoon red wine ...

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What’s for Dinner: Flat-Iron Steaks with Blue Cheese Butter

What can I say I love Rachel RAY Still channeling Rachel Ray If only I could organize the rest of my life into 30 minutes. A healthy, fast, and frugal meal is what we aim to create each week as we pick two stores to tackle what’s for dinner on Wednesday. It is only a good sale if you can make something good with it! I asked myself what is flat iron steak? Here is my answer.   I am not a chef but I can follow directions. This cut of meat sounds cheap and tasty. Let’s try something ...

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What is for dinner? Wednesday: New York Deli-Style Mac & Cheese

So it’s true, we all want to be someone else sometimes…. I want to be Rachel Ray. You know, happy and effective in the Kitchen. The closest I come is, I married an Italian. I thought it would be fun to cook her recipes using the sales flyer as my guide to budget friendly meal with flair, flavor, and frugality. New York Deli-Style Mac & Cheese Budget Friendly Version 1 pound elbow macaroni - Pasta around a $1.00 a box Salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons butter, plus ...

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What's for dinner Wednesday??

Do you often wonder what do I do with all this stuff I bought on sale? Are you eating the same meal over and over again? We are here to help you out. Disclaimer- I am not a chef in fact for ten years my husband thought I didn't know how to cook. I figured why cook when he would??? Well times have changed and I am the one in the kitchen and buying the groceries. I would also like it noted that I was in a cooking co-op for a couple of years and people liked my cooking. I will put together easy ...

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Frugal in the Kitchen with a Potted Herb Garden

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Using HERBS is a great way to spice up even the most boring meal. And of course fresh herbs are always more tasty than the dried type. Why spend money on the fresh cut herbs at the grocery store when you can grow your own? Herbs don't require a lot of room and are fairly easy to maintain in a pot. No green thumb required! Herb gardens are very versatile. You can have a windowsill herb garden or a big planter on your deck. Whatever suits your needs and space. The above video from ...

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