Creamy Root Vegetable Chowder Recipe

Creamy Root Vegetable Chowder Recipe So why Root Vegetable Chowder? It seems easy and filling. I am always looking for a way to get my children to eat their veggies. I am also trying to use things I have on hand. This seems like a super way to use white potatoes. I always buy the big bag and then can't come up with anything to do with them other than make baked potatoes. What do you do with your massive amounts of white potatoes? Creamy Root Vegetable Chowder Recipe ...

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Southwestern Turkey Soup with Avocado

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The Sassy Saver and Frugal Femina have joined forces every Tuesday to share seasonal recipes. One of the easiest ways to save money on food is to cook in season. Food that is in season will be at it's lowest price for the year. For example, right now things like citrus, avocados, broccoli and fixings for soup are in season. The item of the week for "A Season of Cooking" is Avocados. I love avocados! Growing up in California they were plentiful and relatively cheap. Not so much here in Virginia. ...

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Pantry Challenge Week #3 Menu Plan

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Can you believe that we are into week three of the Pantry Challenge? I am pleasantly surprised about how well it has gone! We still have plenty of food in the pantry and I stayed under budget last week! Here is a quick run down of my shopping last week: Food Budget $40: Kroger: Spent $17.15 on produce, milk, bread Harris Teeter: Spent $13.24 on cheese, quaker rice snacks, crystal light, bread, yogurt & turkey breast (The fresh Turkey breast was 5lbs on markdown to $3.76 from ...

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Cooking with Connie: Pork Chops in Wine Sauce

Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! I was plundering around in my pantry and found a partial bag of herb-flavored stuffing mix left over from Thanksgiving.  I knew that it would go stale if I didn’t use it soon, and I needed a quick stove top recipe for supper.  So, I came up with Pork Chops in Wine Sauce.  It’s a variation of a dish Paula Deen serves in her restaurant, “The Lady & Sons”.  I chose to use 1/2-inch boneless pork chops ...

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Making a Pot Roast for the Dogs

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One of my goals for Madame Deals is to keep it real. I am not perfect, nor is Amee. I am learning on this frugal adventure on a daily basis. This week I had a BIG fail. As many of you know, I have been participating in the pantry challenge. Before I started the challenge, I went shopping for meat. That is one thing we had little of in our freezer stockpile. I bought a beautiful roast. With little room in my fridge, it ended up in the bottom drawer. Can you guess? Yes, I forgot about the roast! ...

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Rachel Ray: Shrimp Tarragon with Tomatoes is What's for Dinner

So why Rachel Ray recipes each week? Well, being a mom of two who co-owns a business and works part-time all while doing the most important job in the world being a stay at home mom... we need to eat. I like Rachel Ray's recipes because they only take 30 minutes. They are easy to follow and tasty. I pick recipes that use the items I have in the freezer and refrigerator or that are on sale this week to bring a little gourmet to our day. I try to make the most of my time and my dollars and Rachel ...

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Pantry Challenge Progress Report

It is the second week of the pantry challenge. How are you all doing? Are you sticking to your "rules"? To my surprise, this has been easier than I thought. What has really helped me is the menu planning. Although I did not strictly follow the menu plan last week (over sleeping will do that!), it was a huge stress relief to know that a plan was in place. Wouldn't you know it, the first week of the pantry challenge Harris Teeter had super double coupons! I am so glad I through the Harris ...

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Pantry Challenge Week 2: Menu Plan

Last week I shared my first attempt at menu planning.  Having the meals planned out was very helpful and a time saver. Now, my plan did not go smoothly. Wednesday morning I overslept- which meant I had no time to get the pork roast in the crock pot! It wasn't a big deal though; I just moved the Pulled Pork Sandwiches to Thursday. I also found that we had plenty of leftovers. Implementing a leftover night will help combat wasted food. Another great aspect of menu planning is that I was able to ...

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Cooking with Connie: Slow Cooker Lasagna

Growing up, my mother would strive to make each and every birthday special for me and my two sisters.  On your birthday, you could pick any dinner you want and Mama would prepare it for the Birthday Girl.  My birthday dinner was always lasagna.  This was probably because the classic dish was not something Mama prepared very often.  And, it can be a pricey dish.  However, it feeds a lot of hungry folks, so it is a favorite in many family. When I was little, no one in my family cooked with ...

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Marinate & Freeze Boneless Skinless Chicken

Have you taken advantage of the great deal on Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts at Harris Teeter this week? If so, you may be wondering what you will do with all of it! A few weeks ago Harris Teeter ran a similar promotion. I ended up with (6) packages of the chicken tenderloins. I divided the chicken into family sized portions and placed them in zipper bags. A simple way to get ahead on dinner is to add the marinade to the meat before you freeze it! When you pull the chicken out to defrost, it ...

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