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Published: Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:31:07 -0500


Marinated Turkey

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:18:43 GMT

I still have two more turkeys to get through in my freezer.  Buying them at 59 cents a pound throughout the Thanksgiving season allows me to tuck away a few for future dinners in January and February.After that, the weather begins to warm, and who wants a heat-filled house with a turkey cooking?  Should any of you have taken my advice and are now wondering what to do with the big thing, here's a great recipe my friend gave me.  2 cups water1-1/2 cups chicken broth1 cup reduce [...]

New England Clam Chowder

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:09:06 GMT

A New England clam chowder, made as it should be, is a dish to preach about, to chant praises and sing hymns and burn incense before. To fight for. The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought for–or on–clam chowder; part of it at least, I am sure it was. It is as American as the Stars and Stripes, as patriotic as the national Anthem. It is ‘Yankee Doodle in a kettle.’– Joseph C. Lincoln (1870-1944)4 center-cut bacon strips2 celery ribs, chopped1 large onion, chopped1 garlic clove, minced3 sma [...]

Crock Pot Smothered Chicken Over Biscuits

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:57:13 GMT

A tasty biscuit-topper slowly cooks while you're away. Once home, just pop the refrigerated biscuits in the oven, and you've got dinner!1 lb. boneless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch pieces SAVE $3 medium carrots, sliced1/3cup chopped onion SAVE $1/2 cup water SAVE $2tablespoons margarine or butter, melted1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepper1bay leaf1 (1.2-oz.) pkg. roasted chicken gravy mix1/3 cup milk1 tab. sour cream or plain yogurt2 t [...]

Valentine's Day Peanut Butter Moon Pie

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:43:48 GMT

This will be a start of a family tradition for Valentine's Day.  What a sublime delight!  It may be a bit non-thrifty, but sometimes you just have to splurge a few dollars for those  you love.Turn a peanut butter sandwich into dessert, add some marshmallow whipped cream and Moon Pies, and you'll have a kid-friendly treat with a little grown-up flavor.Believe it or not, you can find Moon Pies at the Dollar Tree for $1 and 24 oz. carton of whipping cream at a local discount store fo [...]

Crock Pot Savory Turkey Breast

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:31:19 GMT

Every food pantry service is different.  Some readers write in wondering how I serve meals that seem to be out of the budget.  Well, to be honest my food pantry bag is diverse. One day it could be chicken legs another day it could be a frozen turkey breast.We always receive some type of meat in our bags.  I know many of you out there do not.  Nonetheless, I have many diverse readers out there from various cities that receive various odds and ends that others may not.  Du [...]

Crock Pot Chicken Drumsticks with Sweet Potatoes and Pineapple

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:20:35 GMT

This recipe is a wonderful gluten-free alternative to basic meals.  It's wonderful flavors ignite together during the slow cooking process.Sweet potatoes are always on sale and finding ways to incorporate them into family fare is a must!2 medium dark sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced1 8 oz. can pineapple chunks, undrained1/2 cup chicken broth1/4 cup onion, chopped1 tsp. grated fresh gingerroot1/2 cup BBQ sauce2 tab. honey1/2 tsp. dried mustard8 chicken drumsticksIn a small bowl, combine BBQ [...]

Crock Pot Cranberry-Orange Pork Roast

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:06:30 GMT

This recipe conjured up images of fruity meats served during a medieval gala.  So diverse were the ingredients that I had to try this first hand to sample the unique fresh infusions.It turned out to be a sublime treat of the palate.  So delicious was this feast, that any leftovers were gone by noon of the following day.1 2 1/2 pd. boneless pork shoulder roast1 cup sweetened cranberries1/2 cup chicken broth1 shredded orange peel1/2 cup cranbeerry juice cocktail2 tab. cornstarchPlace por [...]

Crock Pot Swiss Steak Supper

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:53:27 GMT

There is nothing more glorious then a slow cooker meal cooked to perfection.  This is a family favorite and is served with a loaf of crisp french bread.  Give it a whirl tonight.  There's no fuss, no headaches when you toss this one into the crock pot.1 1/2 pd. round steak, cut into six pieces1/2 tsp. seasoned salt6-8 small red potatoes, quartered1 1/2 cups baby carrots1 medium onion sliced1 13.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano, undrained1 12 oz. jar be [...]

Cyprus Lemon Garlic Lima Beans

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 17:08:44 GMT

This delicious dish can be served along with a salad or as a side dish to a main meal.  Anyway you serve it, those delicate flavors of lemon and olive oil add a nutritious, delicious meal to your day.​Lima beans are an excellent source of molybdenum and a very good source of dietary fiber, copper and manganese. Lima beans are good sources of folate, phosphorus, protein, potassium, vitamin B1, iron, magnesium and vitamin B6.1 pound dried lima beans2 bay leaves3 tablespoons e [...]

Valentine's Day Apple Corn Bread Crisp

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 16:47:13 GMT

I was dabbling in my kitchen looking through items that need to be utilized in the cupboard.  I noticed a box of cornbread left over from Thanksgiving and small standing crop of apples going bad from my last food pantry bag.I came across this recipe and was simply amazed of the flavor.  This was much better than any apple crisp I've ever prepared.  This will become a Valentine's favorite each year.  4 cups peeled sliced apples (about 4-5 medium)3/4 cup packed brown sugar [...]