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how to make homemade pizza

How to Make a Homemade Pizza

I’ve been making pizzas for years and thought I’d share a few tips for how to make a homemade pizza.  Before I had a pizza stone, I pressed the dough into a jelly roll pan or patted it into a circle on top of a cookie sheet. (You can also use the back of a…

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kayden our border collie

Introducing Kayden

Apparently it’s National Puppy Day so I thought I’d take a break from sharing recipes and introduce you to one of the animal residents here!   I’m down to one cat, one dog and one chicken at this point. Our border collie Kayden is always happy to hang out in the kitchen when I’m cooking, hoping…

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mocha walnut pudding cake

Mocha Walnut Pudding Cake

This mocha walnut pudding cake is sort of magic.  What’s the magic? Pour a lot of water over a thick batter and bake it. When it comes out, you’ve got a cake on top and a rich pudding-like sauce underneath! This is another old favorite that got lost as I redesigned the site.

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Black beans with carmelized onions

How to Cook Dried Beans

Dried beans are a great money-saver, but using them means you need to plan ahead a bit and have a few hours to cook the beans. If you make your menus ahead of time, you can plan this out fairly easily and just cook them on the weekend or start a pot of beans while…

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Frugal Cooking: Using up Leftovers

When I’m in my most frugal mindset, I think about what needs to be used up.  If you grow vegetables, you “pick then cook.”  If you’ve got some stuff in the fridge that needs using up, think about how you can incorporate that into tonight’s meal so it doesn’t go to waste. Main Dishes from…

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shredding beef

Stretch that Beef Roast

As long as you’re cooking, cook a roast big enough for several meals. The first night, you might do a normal potatoes and gravy kind of thing. Save some of the “juices” for another night. Save some slices and have French Dip Sandwiches one night. (If you’re going to freeze the leftovers, freeze them in…

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how to make chicken broth

How to Make Chicken Broth

Learning how to make chicken broth can save you lots of money over the years. You can make chicken broth from a whole chicken, from cut up parts of a chicken, or even from just the bones leftover from that roast chicken you made. You can also collect bones in the freezer until you have…

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