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Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:40:29 -0400


Extra Moist Manischewitz Pudding Chocolate Cake

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:22:36 GMT

It seems that anytime a Jewish holiday passes, I can be sure to find several boxes of items, in my bag, that have been overstocked commemorating the event. This particular item is one of my favorites.  By tweaking it a bit you've got quite a scrumptious brownie cake mix.  I keep a packet of chocolate pudding mix on hand when I receive these just to douse the mix with a bit of moist flavor. Now, if you read up on this mix at the Manischewitz site, you will note they add pudding to their [...]

Easy Shrimp Scampi

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 15:15:13 GMT

I know this is not a typical meal you'll see at Living on Food banks do to the addition of delectable shrimp.  But, with shrimp sales going on like crazy, you can pick up a bag for $4.99 at Save a Lot.  All you need to do is add a pound of noodles for 79 cents, and an iceberg lettuce salad.  Before you know it, you've got a meal for four for under $8.  So, don't give up on your love of shrimp just because the economy may be squeezing your budget a bit.  1 pound of shrimp [...]

Root Beer Pork Nachos

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:41:47 GMT

I came upon this recipe on a fun-filled weekend that left no time to cook.  Two small pork roasts were recently purchased from my DDS (Deep Discount Store) and sitting in my freezer.  They were a bit too small to make a dish that would last a few servings.So I spied this one and didn't have high hopes, but it was way too easy and would get something on the table in flash when I returned home later that day.  I can tell you I was beyond pleasantly surprised.  In fact, plans ar [...]

BBQ Chicken Rub

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:09:28 GMT

Before that summer wave hits, now's the time to get a few more of those whole chickens, that are on sale, in the BBQ for a delicious Sunday dinner.  Sunday's have always been a favorite time around this house especially during the best meal of the day, dinner.  It's a good time to gather the family together after a hectic week and rejoin by focusing on what's important in life.  Those people who are sitting right in front of you!Try this rub early afternoon and let it sit on your [...]

Slow Cooker Read Beans and Rice

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 16:03:13 GMT

There is nothing healthier than combining a grain with the delicious red bean.  This recipe was given to me by a Cajun and packs a delicious punch when meeting your taste buds.  It is reasonable, and makes quite a pot full that can be enjoyed for snacking later on.  It must be made in advanced, allowing the beans to marinate in the required mixture.1 lb. red beans2 large onions2 cloves garlic minced½ tsp. Tabasco ½ cup red wineWaterOlive oil¼ pd. ham ( I kee [...]

Memorial Day Lemon Iced Tea

Mon, 29 May 2017 14:27:42 GMT

Here's a last minute treat to add to your buffet today before the guests arrive.  Quick, thrifty, and easy this one can be put together in a snap.  3 quarts water9 individual tea bags3/4 to 1-1/4 cups sugar1 can (12 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawedLemon slices, optionalIn a Dutch oven, bring water to a boil. Remove from the heat; add tea bags. Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags. Stir in sugar and lemonade concentrate. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Serve o [...]

Memorial Day Bacon Cheeseburgers

Sun, 28 May 2017 15:05:23 GMT

Yum! Memorial Day is just around the corner, and what a wonderful excuse to create a better burger.  This one is sure to win raves when you serve'em.I know bacon can be a bit out of the ballpark when you are on a limited budget, but at my local deep discount store it can be scored for only $1.59 a pack.  If you haven't found an "odd" store that serves overstocked items, you need to keep your eyes peeled.  They are popping up everywhere.  2 tablespoons finely chopped onion2 ta [...]

Bread Machine Moist and Chewy Cinnamon Rolls

Sun, 21 May 2017 14:40:33 GMT

​This is an amazing recipe stocked with an amazing and unlikely ingredient.  I make these on Sunday morning for a special breakfast before jetting off to church.  In fact, if I place everything in my bread maker when I rise, it will be ready in less than an hour and a half.  I can roll these out quickly, cut, and pop them in the oven.  The fresh baked smell makes everyone wake with a smile.  Not a big expense here either, you can freeze leftovers for the busy week morn [...]

Arroz Con Polo

Sat, 20 May 2017 15:09:10 GMT

With hours that dwindle away leaving little time to prepare a nutritious meal for your family, finding one dish meals can be ideal in this economy.  Here is a version of a popular Spanish dish that will definitely tantalize taste buds young and old.  It uses just a few ingredients and can produce a mound full allowing a good container of leftovers to be ravaged the following day.   By the way, turmeric can be found in your local health food store in bulk [...]

Stir'em and Forget'em Canned Baked Beans

Sat, 13 May 2017 21:02:02 GMT

Let me tell you; what a delicious way to incorporate all those canned baked beans that are piling up in your pantry.  And, to make matters a bit better, no one will suspect these are those hideous cheap canned beans most patrons ignore.  This is an easy recipe that can be put together in a flash and then forgotten about as you continue your daily routine preparing for the afternoon festivities.  I usually visit my discount store for a pound of bacon.  I can pur [...]