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Super-Saving Entrees
June 9, 2009, 7:00 am
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Housewife1NPR is all about making cheap $10 meals for a family of four. They even have a ‘How Low Can You Go’ Family Supper Challenge.’ Given the prices of eggs and milk, it’s not a bad idea to try some of these heatly and frugal recipes. They’ve even got special guest chefs like The Neelys, Ming Tsai, and Jose Andres offering their expertise.

Viva Le French Toast
May 26, 2009, 8:18 pm
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  • 1 loaf of bread cut into 1/2 to 1in slices (I prefer egg bread like challah or brioche)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 to 1 teapsoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


Combine beaten eggs and milk into a small mixing bowl and whisk together. Add dry ingredients and vanilla and whisk again. Place some of the mixture in a shallow soup dish and dip the bread in the mixture on both sides. Place slices on a non-stick skillet and grill until brown. Serve warm and top with warm maple syrup, butter, and powdered sugar.

Voilà! This is a guaranteed way to make any overnight guest feel loved and special.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Muffins
May 19, 2009, 8:22 pm
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We can’t take credit for this recipe. It comes from the wonderful website, Break Or Bake. My apologies for it being posted so late.


  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted & slightly cooled
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly grease or line 12 muffins cups.

In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in melted butter, milk, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in chocolate chips. Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full.

Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean. Serve warm.

Cocktail Hour
May 5, 2009, 7:35 pm
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Perfect Old Fashioned

  • 3 tumblers bourbon
  • A dash of bitters
  • Dollop of simple sugar
  • 1/2 tumbler maraschino cherry juice
  • Cherry
  • Ice

Fill mixing cup with ice. Add bourbon. Then add bitters, about a nickel to a quarters worth of simple sugar (simple sugar is a 1:1 part mix of boiling water and granulated sugar), and cherry juice. Mix and pour into old fashioned glass with a cherry. Top off with ice. 

Fresh Whiskey Sour

  • 2 tumblers bourbon
  • Dollop simple sugar
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 lime
  • Ice

Fill mixing cup with ice. Add bourbon. Then juice of ½ of a lemon and ½ of a lime. Add simple sugar. Mix and pour into an ice filled highball glass.

Aqua Velva

  • 1 1/2 tumblers green vodka (1 part vodka: 1 part mint)
  • 1/2 tumbler gin
  • 1 dollop of simple sugar
  • 1 tumbler Blue Curacao
  • Ice

First make green vodka: Cut up mint and mix in a 1:1 ratio with Vodka and store for several hours/overnight in fridge, and remove the mint leaves through cheese cloth. (If no green vodka “muddle” mint with granulated sugar, which replaces simple sugar, at the bottom of the mixing cup)  Fill mixing cup full of ice. Add vodka, gin and blue curacao. Add simple sugar. Mix and pour into a highball glass full of ice with a slice of orange.

Banana Bread Muffins
April 21, 2009, 5:07 pm
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This recipe is based on banana muffin recipes found on The Coveted and Simply Recipes.


  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour (or all purpose)
  • 1/2 – 1 cup walnuts coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mash bananas with a potato masher. Melt butter in microwave or over low heat. With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in sugar, egg, vanilla, then add in baking soda and salt. Add flour and mix. Add walnuts if desired. (I’ll do half without nuts and half with) Grease muffin pan with oil or butter or line with cupcake liner paper. Fill with batter approximately 3/4 to the top. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes. Cool for a few minutes before removing from muffin pan. 

Big Mac Style Baby Back Ribs Maryland Style
March 25, 2009, 9:43 pm
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  • 2 chopped onions
  • 1 bottle BBQ sauce
  • 2 pounds pork ribs


Combine all ingredients into slow cooker and set for about 6-8 hours.


As promised, Japanese animal crackers:

Cock Crackers

Irish Soda Scones
March 18, 2009, 7:12 pm
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  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (or a mixture of whole wheat flour and white all purpose flour)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons dried currants or raisins (optional)


Preheat oven to 425º F and place rack in center of oven.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.  Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add most of the buttermilk.  Using one hand, or a wooden spoon, mix (adding more buttermilk if necessary) until you have a soft, moist dough. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and gently knead the dough into a 7 – 8 inch round that is about 1 inch thick.  Grab and roll dough into about 8 pieces. Place the scones on your prepared baking sheet and brush the tops with a little extra buttermilk and then dust with a little extra flour.

Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until nicely  browned and a toothpick inserted into the center of a scone comes out clean.  Test by tapping the bottom of a scone – it should sound hollow.  Remove from oven.  Serve warm.