Thursday, December 21, 2017

Cookbooks for the Thrifty

When I am feeling frugal here are two cookbooks I count on for meal ideas.

More With Less by Doris Jansen Longacre :

Written in the 1970's, this classic has withstood the test of time.
One third of the book deals with American dietary habits in relation to the rest of the world's hunger and nutrition issues.
The last two thirds of the book are where the recipes are and you can always skip the first part and move directly to the recipes.
The recipes are full of yummy foods made with basic ingredients that are usually inexpensive, too.
 Lots of ideas for using up your leftovers are also included.

Here's a favorite recipe.  If you like grilled cheese you will like this.

Oven Cheese Fondue:

Preheat oven to 325
Beat well 5 eggs
Add and mix well 1 tsp salt, a dash of pepper, 2-3 cups of grated cheese
Add 2 1/2 cups hot milk and 4 cups cubed bread
Pour into a greased 7 by 11 ( or 8 1/2 by 11) baking pan.
Bake 30 minutes until set.

Not Just Beans by Tawra Jean Kellem:
This book is full of recipes and tips on how to live and eat frugally.
Although it may sound like it, the book is NOT a vegetarian cookbook.  In fact, it has very few recipes containing beans because the author doesn't like them.
Below is one of her fast to make recipes that's a favorite of mine.

Chicken Pot Pie:
2 cups mixed vegetables.          1 1/2 cups chicken.         1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup biscuit mix.                       1/2 cup milk.                    1 egg

Combine the first three ingredients and pour into a casserole dish.
Combine the last three ingredients and pour over the chicken mixture.
Bake at 400 for a half an hour until golden brown.

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