I am a lover of cooking, all things kitchen and cookbooks. I create ORIGINAL recipes and use recipes I grew up with and learned from my mother or grandmother or my dad. Cooking on a Budget is the title of my blog site which is filled with recipes and photos. Also, I love to write so I have food memories and food short stories on my blog site. My sister website I own is: http://greatrecipesonabudget.com
I invite you to join me and follow me on my blogger site. My love for cooking and pleasing people with good, flavorful foods has become a dream come true. I owned a tiny restaurant some years back and loved every moment!
I love so many different foods: comfort foods, soups, fish and shellfish, vegetables, fruits. Adore pasta and rice!
This dessert is a play on bananas foster. It is so darn good and if you can buy pineapples on sale, purchase angel food cupcakes pre made from the store, you have a winner of an inexpensive and scrumptious dessert. Make your own whip cream - it's so much better!
For me the chicken wings are the best part of the chicken. I often claim them as mine if we are roasting a whole chicken - like a child would call shotgun for the front seat of the car. This recipe is so easy, affordable and the wings can be an appetizer or used as an entree along with a vegetable and some kind of starch. Lots of care in the prep produces crispy and flavor. Hope you enjoy.
I love creating my own sauces from scratch - especially when I get ingredients from my pantry, have at it and come up with something as tasty as this basting sauce is. This recipe is using apricot preserves in conjunction with a small can of peaches. Use it for basting ribs or chicken.
I always make my linguine with whole baby clams and I use what I think are the best canned clams. The dish was a hit at my small restaurant as most people don't think to make it at home. It's affordable for anyone cooking on a budget and really makes for a nice meal for entertaining. The recipe can be doubled to feed more than 4 people. Make sure the wine you use is one that you would drink - never buy grocery store wine! Serve a Caesar salad alongside of this tasty dish. Also, for box pasta I think Barilla is the best and I highly recommend it. Cook pasta according to the manufacturer's directions. This recipe is listed to serve four people, however a whole box of cooked pasta could stretch it to 6 good sized portions.
In anticipation of our garden I was trying to come up with new ways to use fresh garden tomatoes this summer. So this is how this dish was born. Prep time is minimal and you can grill them, or as I did, bake them in a toaster oven. After all who wants to turn on an oven on a really hot summer day? There are no specific measurements, all the seasoning is purely to taste. However, for the sake of a starting point I am estimating the amounts to use. I'll say liberally sprinkle, etc. throughout the instructions. They are delicious, affordable and so simple to make. These tasty treats are great for an appetizer, a vegetarian meal or as a side dish with fish or poultry. The overall cost is approximately $1.54 each.
Whenever chicken goes on sale I pick up a 3 lb. package and try and think of different ways to prepare it. Seeking out ingredients from my pantry and freezer I spotted pecans and panko bread crumbs and decided that was it - dinner was born! The breast halves are large enough so you could actually serve 6 people. The coating and mayonnaise helped to keep this chicken moist and juicy.
Sticky chicken marinade and basting mixture was something I recently created for grilling chicken. Although the time for making the marinade is easy and quick, the cooking time for the chicken is about 30 minutes. I used the basting mixture on bone in, skin on chicken breasts. For a light summer meal, I served it with my rice recipe and lovely summer and zucchini squash right out of the garden. The marinade is four basic ingredients.
Our garden is producing a plethora of eggplant and I needed to think of different ways to cook it. So this recipe is a play on Eggplant Caponata. It is inexpensive to make, very cooking on a budget friendly meal. Serve as a side dish, or with the addition of a hearty pasta like penne, ziti or rigatoni or rustic bread it becomes a main meal. You could serve 4-6 people a hearty main dish or up to 8-10 as a side dish. Very vegan or vegetarian friendly.
Having a sheet of puff pastry and a small can of pear halves in the pantry and the freezer was the inspiration to make this affordable, simple quick dessert.
I adore Alfredo Sauce. It's one of the sauces that you pair with fettuccine pasta for Fettuccine Alfredo. The basic Alfredo sauce goes with any pasta and you can add in grilled chicken, or mushrooms or any other vegetables to make wonderful pasta dishes or use it in vegetarian dishes. Since I am a pasta freak, it's a go to sauce I use all the time! If you make more than you need, refrigerate in a sealed container. You will get residual butter after resting; however you can reconstitute this sauce over a low heat or in the microwave. Enjoy creating new dishes with this very simple sauce.
My husband loves raw oysters and he especially loves this special occasion recipe. He had them at a restaurant in Florida and asked if I could make them for him. They actually gave me the ingredients they used!
We ate this meal quite often when I was growing up. My daughter and I love it. We always use frozen french green beans as the side vegetable. Can't break away from tradition! This dish is easy, quick, tastes good and it is a way to use up that bowl of left over mashed potatoes. If you start out having to peel and cook the potatoes, (about 4-5 large russets)cut the potatoes in slices and not to thick so you stay within the 30 minute mark. This is definitely a Cooking on a Budget meal that is comforting and cozy.
There are binders of my recipes and I love it when I discover a loose recipe that I had scratched out eons ago. It's one that uses up left over spaghetti and the idea was from a co-worker many years back. A fabulous way to use up left over spaghetti and it is so budget friendly. Also it is a great meal stretcher and makes a nice side dish or main meal. If you don't have left over spaghetti, you obviously could boil up some fresh pasta. Hope you enjoy this utterly simplistic recipe!
Chicken in and of itself is pretty bland. You need to spice it up and dress it up! I created this basting sauce many years ago and recently pulled it out of my recipe archives. Perfect basting mixture for roasted chicken or for beer can chicken on the grill. 5 simple ingredients and no cook time - just basting time on the chicken. It doesn't get any easier than that!
This is a lesson more than a recipe. It's geared for the novice cook or for those who struggle to get the perfectly grilled steak. Use a simple sprinkling of seasoning on the meat and that's all the prep work there is to it.
Tuesday is golf night - my husband plays in a league so it's my night to have what I want. Our garden has produced the best ever tomatoes. I craved comfort but wanted something just a little different - VOILA a grilled cheese sandwich was born from the corners of a foggy brain. This sandwich is INSANELY DELICIOUS.
For those of you who are daunted by making pie crust, this Pumpkin Mousse recipe is as close to pumpkin pie as you can get. It is superbly delicious and easy to make. I put mine in four glass dishes and it is a large portion. You could easily get 2 more portions if you are using smaller serving ware. Your family and friends will go nuts over this recipe!
For a card night get together I blended the cream cheese and spices for a fantastic spread to go along with some crackers. Huge hit. You should make it according to the recipe, taste and determine if you want it more spicy.