Cinco de Mayo menu

Being a born and bred Texan, I love Mexican food. I think I love Mexican food more than any other type of ethnic food. I am literally salivating in anticipation of tomorrow's menu. About a year ago I read and researched and tested and figured out a recipe for authentic and delicious carnitas. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about carnitas. I have found that 4 lbs of meat will feed my hungry family twice, plus pork butt is a fairly inexpensive cut of meat (I pay anywhere from $1-1.39/lb) so it also makes for a fairly inexpensive dinner. What makes carnitas so delicious is you braise them until all the fat renders out of the meat, and then you let the meat fry in its own fat.  read more »

2009/04/09 Roast Chicken

Roast chicken, broccoli, stuffing, and strawberries. I picked up the chicken for .79/lb and the broccoli and strawberries are in season so they were inexpensive as well. Stove-top stuffing was a dollar a box. I figure we fed our family for less than $8 and I have enough chicken left over for a meal of chicken curry.  read more »

2009/04/01 Franks and corn the easy way

I am pretty sure my mom invented Franks and Corn when we were little. It is a favorite around here too because it is full of things that kids like. Basically, it's cooked diced potatoes, sliced hot dogs, and corn all seasoned with chili powder. I find it cumbersome to make it in a skillet, though, because it takes too long to cook the potatoes through and you have to keep stirring. So I have started roasting everything in the oven.  read more »

2009/01/21 A meal even a hausfrau would be proud of

Frugaldad spent two years living in Eastern Germany as a missionary. The people had just spent decades living under communism and many were atheists. The membership in the church was small so most nights the missionaries fed themselves, and they were lucky to be invited to Sunday dinners. He came home grateful that he had served in the land of meat and potatoes, as opposed to the land of fish and rice. He used to do the cooking whenever we ate food like this, but after twelve years I can finally make a meal even a German hausfrau would be proud of.  read more »

2008/12/15 Beef and Quinoa Enchiladas

Sometimes I fill enchiladas with a mixture of chopped meat and cooked rice. Last night I decided to branch out and I mixed finely chopped leftover roast beef with cooked quinoa. I thought it turned out really well and everyone ate it. Quinoa is an ancient grain that is a complete protein all by itself (meaning you don't have to complement it with a legume to make a complete protein) and I happen to have a 50 pound bucket of it.

2008/10/10 Meatloaf and 'mashed tatoes

I recently bought 20 pounds of ground beef and part of it was made into a meatloaf for the freezer. Last night as I cooked biscuits and sausage gravy, the youngest Frugalgirl, who is quite opinionated, especially since she turned 3, insisted that we also have "mashed 'tatoes." Since mashed potatoes don't really go with biscuits and gravy, I told her I'd make them tonight, so I pulled the meatloaf out of the freezer as well.

2008/08/14 Roast beef sandwiches au jus*

Since the dishwasher's death two weeks ago, I find myself having second thoughts when it comes to cooking and baking, because I know that I will be handwashing everything that gets used in the process (I know, I should get my kids to do dishes, but when the three older ones are in school, it's not like I am going to wait around for them to come home before the dishes get done.) To keep the kitchen in tip-top shape, I've been washing three times a day. Having all the dinner prep dishes washed before dinner comes in really handy after dinner, when the get-ready-for-bed rush hits. I'm often drop-dead-exhausted and want to ignore the dishes, but waiting till the next morning is not such a great idea. Having fewer dishes to wash makes the evening clean-up manageable.  read more »

2008/07/07 Almost homegrown supper

Frugalboy pointed out to me as we ate, that if the chicken had been one of the ones we had raised ourselves, and we'd grown the potatoes, that our meal would have been entirely homegrown. What a cool thing!

We had Garlic Lime Chicken, (I am not a Flybaby but this Flylady recipe is fantastic!) potatoes and homegrown peas in the cheese sauce leftover from the macaroni and cheese, and a medley of sauteed veggies straight from the garden--the first of the zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and onions.

I am stuffed from the veggies--they are my favorite!

2008/07/03 Crock Pot Pork Roast

In an attempt to keep my kitchen cooler (today's high is supposed to be 105) I put the crock pot in the garage with a pork roast, potatoes, and onions. That will go nicely with some steamed broccoli.